Winners for the Vermont Hospitality CouncilsSummer 2009 and Fall 2009 Top Ten ListThe Vermont Hospitality Council, a divisionof the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the winnersfor the Top Ten Summer 2009 events and the Top Ten Fall 2009 events. Acomplete list of winners and descriptions of the events are available athttp://www.vtchamber.com/events/(link is external).The Top Ten Events are chosen by a panelof independent judges. Winning events are open to the public, scheduledbetween April 1 and August 31, 2009 for the Top Ten Summer 2009 eventsand September 1 and October 31, 2009 for the Top Ten Fall 2009 events,appeals to out-of-state visitors, and has the potential to attract a largeand diverse audience, including children.An independent panel of judges also considerscriteria such as:” Size and past audience of the event androom for growth within the event.” Geographic and seasonal date distributionamong Top Ten Event nominees.” If Top Ten Event award winners as a wholerepresent the variety of possible Vermont experiences, i.e.arts, history, agriculture, gardening, community, recreation, etc.” Complete and timely application by theevent coordinator.Top Ten Summer Events 2009Vermont Lake Champlain QuadricentennialCelebrating in towns throughout the Lake Champlain Basin and Vermont, yearround.www.celebratechamplain.org(link is external)Bennington Moosefest 2009Bennington, May – October 2009www.benningtonmoosefest.com(link is external)Eighth Annual Strolling of theHeifers Parade & FestivalBrattleboro, June 5 – 7, 2009 www.strollingoftheheifers.com(link is external)Vermont Quilt FestivalEssex Junction, June 19 – 21, 2009www.vqf.org(link is external)28th Annual LCI FathersDay Fishing DerbyLake Champlain, June 20 – 22, 2009www.mychamplain.net(link is external)Yellow Barn Music Festival 40thAnniversary SeasonPutney, June 25 – August 9, 2009www.yellowbarn.org(link is external)SolarFest 2009 – The New EnglandRenewable Energy FestivalTinmouth, July 10 – 12, 2009www.solarfest.org(link is external)39th Annual Antiques& Uniques FestivalCraftsbury Common, July 11, 2009www.vtcas.org/calendar(link is external)3rd Annual New Tasteof Stowe Arts FestivalStowe, July 24 – 26, 2009www.craftproducers.com(link is external) Deerfield Valley Blueberry FestivalJacksonville, Whitingham, Wilmington, Dover, July 31 – August 1, 2009www.boydfamilyfarm.net(link is external)Top Ten Fall 2009 Events Plymouth Folk & Blues ConcertsPlymouth Notch, September 5 – 6,2009www.plymouthfolk.com(link is external)New World Festival at ChandlerRandolph, September 6, 2009www.newworldfestival.com(link is external)South End Art HopBurlington, September 11 – 12, 2009www.seaba.com(link is external)Tunbridge Worlds FairTunbridge, September 17 – 20, 2009www.tunbridgefair.com(link is external)Annual Northeast Open AtlatlCompetition & Flint Knap-inAddison, September 18 – 20, 2009www.historicvermont.org(link is external)Vermont Life Wine & HarvestFestivalWilmington, September 25 – 27, 2009www.thevermontfestival.com(link is external)17th Annual HildeneFall Arts FestivalManchester, October 2 – 4, 2009www.craftproducers.com(link is external) MoondanceWindsor, October 9, 2009Great Pumpkin ChallengeBennington, October 24, 2009 www.betterbennington.com(link is external)Haunted ForestWilliston, last two weekends in Octoberwww.thehauntedforest.org(link is external)###In business since 1912, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profitbusiness organization with 1,500 members employing 45,000 people and representingall sectors of the states economy. Our mission is to create aneconomic climate conducive to business growth and preservation of the Vermontquality of life.
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Sunman, In. — A semi-truck fire on westbound I-74 near the Sunman exit closed the roadway for several hours Monday.Emergency workers from multiple agencies extinguished the blaze and conducted clean up operations.As of 8:30 a.m. sources say I-74 westbound is open.This is a developing story.For up to the minute traffic information click here.
The Reading player added: “I am simply shocked and disgusted with the untrue and unwarranted comments made by Giovanni Trapattoni. “These hurtful and untrue comments have caused distress and upset to myself and my family, who have supported me throughout my career and know the level of commitment and passion I have always shown in representing my country. “I have proudly represented Ireland from the age of 16, and I have never shown anything other than 100 per cent commitment to my country and my team. “I cannot and will not tolerate attempts to defame my commitment and loyalty to Ireland. “Representing Ireland at senior international level has given me some of my proudest moments in my professional career, and for me captaining my country will always be my greatest achievement. “It saddens me greatly that I should have to defend my good character and reputation in a profession I love. However, I refuse to allow anyone to question my passion for representing Ireland. I will continue as always to proudly be available for my country.” Kelly, who has 32 senior caps, was a surprise omission from the squad when it was announced last month, although the mild-mannered former Fulham player is understood to have had a major disagreement with Trapattoni’s assistant, Marco Tardelli, after being left out of the team for the 6-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Germany at the Aviva Stadium in October. The 29-year-old full-back was not in Dublin for Wednesday night’s 2-0 friendly victory over Poland despite the absence of the injured Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger, Seamus Coleman and Darren O’Dea, with the latter excused to continue his pre-season preparations with Major League Soccer side Toronto FC. Asked about his absence, Trapattoni said: “You know what happened in the situation with Kelly? ‘I play or I go home'”. A furious Kelly responded on Friday morning by issuing a statement in which he reaffirmed his commitment to his country. He said: “It is extremely disappointing for me to have to make this statement.” Ireland defender Stephen Kelly has hit back at suggestions by manager Giovanni Trapattoni that he only wanted to join up with the squad if he was guaranteed to play. Press Association
This Week 15 WR injury update feels like it’s been written about 10 times this year. Welcome back to our weekly newsbreak on Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller V, and T.Y. Hilton. Thielen, Fuller and Hilton made returns from their respective injuries only to make them worse and miss more time, which isn’t encouraging as fantasy owners look for sure things in the fantasy playoffs. None have an exciting replacement, either, although the waiver wire could present options based on newer injuries.For updates on injured QBs Patrick Mahomes, Jameis Winston, and Tom Brady, click here; for news on banged-up WRs Calvin Ridley, Mike Evans, DJ Chark, and DeVante Parker, go here; for the latest on injured RBs Derrius Guice, Derrick Henry, and more, go here; for the latest on ailing TEs Noah Fant, Ryan Griffin, Mark Andrews, and Jared Cook, click here; for updates on injured TEs Gerald Everett, Evan Engram, and Greg Olsen, go here; for news on RBs James Conner, Josh Jacobs, Le’Veon Bell, and more, click here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @ SN_Fantasy. When will T.Y. Hilton be back?Hilton (calf) was referred to as “week-to-week” when Colts head coach Frank Reich spoke to reporters Monday. Hilton, like Fuller, made his return from the injury only to have it pop up again and hold him out of action. Indianapolis doesn’t play until Monday night in New Orleans in Week 15.MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsZach Pascal and Marcus Johnson both are in play as FLEX possibilities against an overrated Saints pass defense Monday, assuming Hilton is out. Even if Hilton made it back, he, too, runs the risk of aggravating the injury mid-game and ruining fantasy owners’ days. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAdam Thielen injury updateThielen was a surprise absence for Week 13 due to what must have been a worsening of his hamstring injury, he didn’t practice last week and missed his fourth straight game Sunday. A report late last week indiciated that Thielen is “frustrated” about the whole situation.Until Thielen is back, you can keep relying on Stefon Diggs as a top-notch receiver, while Kyle Rudolph should continue to occasionally be productive as he’s taken advantage of Thielen’s absence. The Vikings play in the late afternoon slot Sunday, so hopefully some Thielen clarity comes sooner rather than later.WEEK 15: Top Waiver PickupsJuJu Smith-Schuster injury newsSmith-Schuster (knee) hasn’t played or practiced since Week 11, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that JuJu is “eying a return” for Week 15 against the Bills. A return to the practice field this week would ease fantasy owners’ worries ahead of a Sunday night kickoff.(Update: Smith-Schuster is expected to return to practice this week, Mike Tomlin told reporters.)The Bills have allowed the third-fewest passing yards to WRs this season, and JuJu would probably get a heavy dose of shutdown corner Tre’Davious White, so he’s far from a sure play, especially coming off a multi-week knee injury. His return stunts any value that Diontae Johnson or James Washington might have had, too.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWill Fuller V injury statusTexans head coach Bill O’Brien didn’t commit to anything for Fuller in regards to Week 15 after saying Fuller sitting Week 14 was in the wideout’s best interest. Fuller had returned for two games from an earlier hamstring injury before it kept him out of action again.The Titans aren’t a great matchup for wideouts in Week 15, anyway, and the possibility of a hamstring injury being aggravated mid-game makes Fuller tough to play even if he’s active. There is big-play upside here if you feel like the underdog, though. If Fuller is out, expect Kenny Stills to once again serve as his replacement after playing all but three snaps Sunday.WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPP