2006 Expo Special Events CalendarGives Advance Look at Fun EventsFall Antique Show on VT ChambersTop 10 List for Second YearESSEX JUNCTION, Vt.- A new special events brochure, outlining the dates of more than 50-plus major shows and festivals at the Champlain Valley Exposition, is now available.Its the perfect way to get a jumpstart on your plans for the year, according to Stephen Mease, Director of Public Relations for CVE. This is especially helpful for families who want to know whats happening when during the busy summer months. Its also a handy tool for local businesses, hotels and restaurants to use as they plan for regional events like the craft shows, trade organization meetings and music festivals at the Exposition.The brochure describes the Expositions newly expanded Robert E. Miller Expo Center, which includes 100,000 sq-feet of air-conditioned indoor exhibit and meeting space, and other amenities such as camping, parking, special event catering that are available at the Champlain Valley Exposition facilities.This year will be busier than ever with the addition of two major events moving to Essex Junction The Vermont Flower Show on Feb. 24-26 and the Vermont Quilt Festival on July 29-July 2. Were excited for these shows and others that are taking advantage of the modern facilities and ample parking the Expo offers, Mease said. Some favorite shows at the Expo are also returning bigger and better in 2006:· April 29-30: Everything Equine Expo – a weekend show for horse lovers of all levels. Tickets on sale in February.· June 2-4: Vermont Balloon and Music Festival, Start the summer with a 3-day festival named a 2005 Top Ten Summer Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, featuring concerts, Balloon rides and launches, evening balloon glow, carnival rides and more.· August 26-September 4: The 85th Champlain Valley Fair Vermonts largest agricultural and entertainment event. Stay tuned for announcements about the Grandstand Concert series.· September 22-24: The NSRA Northeast Street Rod Nationals.· October 7-8: The Champlain Valley Antiques Festival the states largest antique show named a Top Ten Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce for the second year in a row.Copies of the new Special Events 2006 brochure are available at tourist centers, hotels, restaurants and retail outlets in Northern Vermont. Information and event updates are also available at www.cvfair.com(link is external) or by calling (802) 878-5545.
Summer’s big concerts coming to the Champlain Valley FairSomething for everyone from Jonas Brothers and Toby Keith to Daughtry, Danity Kane, Ted Nugent and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.ESSEX JUNCTION — The Champlain Valley Fair will offer some of the biggest entertainers of the summer as part of the Bud Light Music Series in the Coca-Cola Grandstand at Champlain Valley Exposition.”This is one of our most diverse line-ups in years, featuring some of the hottest talent touring this summer anywhere in the U.S.” said Stephen Mease, communications director for the Exposition.It begins on Saturday, Aug. 23 with “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor,” the popular public radio show, which features a mix of radio comedy sketches, live music and Keillor’s signature monologue The News from Lake Wobegon. The show, presented by Vermont Public Radio and sponsored by Solmate Socks, will be recorded live in performance for national broadcast on Sept. 6.Then comes Daughtry on Sunday, Aug. 24 – one of the hottest bands to break onto the rock scene in the past 20 years. Led by frontman and band namesake Chris Daughtry, the group makes its Vermont debut featuring such smash hits as It’s Not Over, Feels Like Tonight, Home and Over You. The concert is sponsored by 95 Triple X.On Monday, Aug. 25, Danity Kane – the sexy R&B, hip-hop and pop girl group from MTV’s reality series “Making the Band 3” comes to the Champlain Valley Fair Coca-Cola Grandstand at 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by 95 Triple X.Danity Kane was signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records and its self-titled debut studio album was released in 2006. The quintet is comprised of singers and songwriters Shannon Bex, Aundrea Fimbres, Aubrey O’Day, Dawn Richard and Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgette.The group’s first album sold more than a million copies while spawning two singles with top 10 hit “Show Stopper” and the ballad “Ride for You.” Danity Kane’s second studio album, Welcome to the Dollhouse, was released this past March following the release of the Billboard top 10 hit single “Damaged.”On Friday, Aug. 29, the Grandstand will be rocking with the incomparable guitar genius and intensity of guitarist Ted Nugent and his band. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist’s prodigious talents and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Nugent the moniker of “Motor City Madman,” along with international acclaim. The show is at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by 106.7 WIZN.Recognized as the world’s leading guitar showman, Nugent’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” & “Cat Scratch Fever,” Damn Yankees chartbusters like “High Enough,” cult classic “Fred Bear,” and now “Love Grenade,” Nugent’s rapid-fire sonic assaults continue to sell out venues around the globe.The Fair’s big country show is Saturday, Aug. 30 with Toby Keith’s Big Dog Daddy Tour with special guest Flynnville Train, presented by 98.9 WOKO. Known for rough-and-rowdy singles like High Maintenance Woman and Get Drunk and Be Somebody, Toby Keith’s recent #1 single, Love Me If You Can, is a reminder that he is one of the best in the business.And finally, pop rock music sensation, The Jonas Brothers, will finish their 40-city summer tour with a concert in the Champlain Valley Fair’s Coca-Cola Grandstand on Sunday, Aug. 31. The show is sponsored by 95 Triple X.Taking their music and touring to the next level for their ever-growing fan base, the Jonas Brothers promise to bring their most exciting production yet to the stage this summer.The Burning Up Tour kicks off in Toronto at the Molson Amphitheatre on July 4 and will see the band once again performing across America, headlining amphitheaters and fairs for the very first time. The tour is produced by Live Nation.Tickets for all six shows are available through the FlynnTix Regional Box Office in downtown Burlington and Copy Ship Fax Plus in Essex Junction. All ticket prices are plus applicable service charges. Online tickets are available at www.flynntix.org(link is external) or by phone at (802) 863-5966. Advance concert tickets include admission to the Fair the day of the concert.The 87th Champlain Valley Fair, presented by Progressive, is “Summer’s Last Blast” of fun, on Aug. 23-Sept. 1. The 10-day annual Fair features blue-ribbon agricultural competitions, free entertainment, motor sports, midway rides, carnival, a daily circus, concerts, shopping and food. It has been named a Top 100 Event in America by the American Bus Association for the second year in a row.For a schedule of ongoing events at the Exposition or to sign up for a free, online newsletter with updates on future concerts and events please visit www.cvexpo.org(link is external).
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that the Vermont Drug Task Force — which arrested 16 people Tuesday in a drug sweep in St. Albans — will receive $1 million in new federal grant funding through the Edward Byrne Discretionary Grant program. Leahy secured the funding in the appropriations bill passed by the Congress signed into law last week by President Obama.The funding will allow the Task Force to increase efforts to combat the abuse, trafficking and violent crime associated with illegal drugs. The trafficking and use of illegal drugs in Vermont is at an all-time high. The Drug Task Force is a statewide initiative comprised of state, county, and local law enforcement officers focused on substance abuse prevention and treatment programs and anti-drug crime investigative work. It is managed primarily by the Vermont Department of Public Safety. Including these new funds, Leahy, as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, now has secured $8.25 million for the Task Force since 2000. “Since my days as a prosecutor I have believed that ‘all hands on deck’ is an effective approach to solving some of the most difficult crime problems,” said Leahy. “As we heard in the Judiciary Committee’s hearings in Vermont, State Police Troop Commanders, County Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, as well as mayors, town managers and select boards, routinely call upon the Task Force to help with investigations and prosecutions of drug-related crimes in their communities. This new infusion of funds is a timely boost in countering drug crime in Vermont, and the Task Force’s operation in St. Albans is a timely reminder of how central this partnership approach is to these efforts.”Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. Twice last year he brought the panel to Vermont for hearings in Rutland and St. Albans where local, state, and federal officials joined law enforcement leaders, educators, experts in prevention and treatment and concerned parents to testify about the persistent problem of drug-related violent crime in rural communities. Vermont’s Commissioner of Public Safety, Tom Tremblay, and Rutland Chief of Police Anthony Bossi testified at the March 2007 hearing in Rutland. St. Albans Chief of Police Gary Taylor testified at the hearing in St. Albans last December. The hearings spotlighted the crucial role of the Vermont Drug Task Force in coordinating local, state and federal law enforcement resources in combating drug crime.Earlier this month Leahy announced that Vermont would receive nearly $5 million in additional federal grant funding through the Byrne Grant Program. Leahy had led successful efforts in the Senate to include these and other anti-crime resources in the economic stimulus plan. Grants awarded through the program allow state and local governments to support a range of programs to help prevent crime, and are used for law enforcement, prevention, education, drug treatment and crime victims programs, as well as for planning, training, evaluation and technology improvement programs.
Via Cheese, a Swanton-based cheese manufacturer, will receive three-quarters-of-a million dollars from the state to help modernize the former Lucille Farms cheese factory. In a ceremony at the plant Wednesday, Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn announced the $750,000 Community Development Block Grant to the Town of Swanton, which will be loaned to Via Cheese, a manufacturer of mozzarella, provolone, and other products. Additional funding is being provided in the form of a $150,000 loan from the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation. The total project cost is estimated at just over $1 million and work is expected to begin at the plant in the coming months.Via Cheese began operations in October 2006 at the former Lucille Farms facility in Swanton’s industrial park, and will use the funds for capital improvements; repairs and upgrades to increase efficiency; and to bring the plant into compliance with Vermont Department of Agriculture and USDA inspection standards.“These funds will allow Via Cheese to provide enhanced quality control, to improve energy efficiency, and strengthen the company for the future,” Dorn said. “This will assist continuing to keep nearly 50 workers on the job, as well as supporting the local dairy farmers who supply the plant.”“We are very pleased that the town, the state, and the administration of Governor Jim Douglas have stepped up to help as we invest in bringing this facility up to date and implementing our Quality Improvement Plan,” said Via Cheese President Erik Brue. “Via Cheese is committed to Vermont, and this investment demonstrates Vermont’s commitment to our success.”“High volume dairy manufacturers such as Via Cheese are a significant contributor to the dairy industry and Vermont’s overall economy,” Dorn said.The Community Development Block Grant was approved by the Vermont Community Development Board, and the program is administered by the Vermont Community Development Program, part of the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing, and Community Development.“These grants are an important element of not only creating much-needed affordable housing, but of revitalizing our economy,” Dorn said. “This is especially true here in Franklin County.”The Governor praised the work of local officials and private partners as well as the dedication of the staff at the Department of Housing and Community Affairs who work in the Vermont Community Development Program.The Agency awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Secretary Dorn.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external) Source: Governor’s Office. August 12, 2009. -30-
As Hurricane Bill races up the east coast, bringing the threat of dangerous surf and potential flooding to coastal New England, Vermont Red Cross staff have been deployed to support any disaster relief needs that may arise. The storm is expected to glance off the coast, but could still threaten the region.The Vermont team led by Timothy Stetson, Senior Director of Emergency Services for the Vermont, New Hampshire Valley region will coordinate paid and volunteer staff as they move to the Red Cross emergency response center in Bangor, Maine this morning to await calls for support over the next 48 72 hours. As the Vermont team swings into action, additional volunteer staff is on standby and ready to move into coastal response areas as needed. Each year the American Red Cross responds to over 70,000 disaster incidents Hurricanes, Fire, Storms, Floods, and Tornados – serving those in need with shelter, mass care and other forms of assistance. Across the Vermont, New Hampshire Valley region over 7000 of our neighbors have been helped by local Red Cross volunteers in their hour of greatest need this year alone.Hurricane Bill serves as a reminder of the potential for large scale disasters in our region and the continuing need for volunteers to join the Red Cross team in support our neighbors. In anticipation of this hurricane season, and the never ending need right here at home, the Red Cross is actively recruiting volunteers to join our team. If you are interested in supporting your community locally, and possible responding to major disasters nationwide, contact us at800-660-9130 extension 110.We will train you and support you as together we work to make our region and our nation a safer place for all of us.About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org(link is external) or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org(link is external).Source: Vermont Red Cross. ( Burlington Vermont, August 21, 2009) –