Vermont First Tee Grants 37 Additional Vermont Elementary Schools

first_img(Rutland, Vermont, 8 January 2009) The First Tee National School Program and the Vermont Golf Association, Vermont Golf Association Scholarship Fund, Vermont Golf Course Superintendent’s Association, Vermont Golf Industry Committee, Vermont Professional Golfers Association, Vermont Senior Golf Association, and the Vermont State Women’s Golf Association, have today announced that 37 additional local elementary school physical education programs will participate in the 2009 The First Tee National School Program. The 37 new schools join the 15 schools that entered into the program in 2008.2009 schools: Allen Brook School (Williston), Beeman Elementary (New Haven), Bradford Elementary & Graded School (Bradford), Bridgewater Village (Bridgewater), Champlain Elementary (Burlington), Clarendon Elementary (North Clarendon), Dover Elementary School (Dover), Dummerston School (East Dummerston), Elm Hill Elementary (North Springfield), Georgia Middle School (St. Albans), Grafton Elementary School (Grafton), J.J. Flynn Elementary (Burlington), Kurn Hattin Homes (Westminster), Lothrop Elementary School (Pittsford), Manchester Elementary (Manchester Center), Mettawee Community School (West Pawlet), Mt. Holly School (Mt. Holly), Newbury Elementary School (Newbury), Northfield Elementary (Northfield), Oak Grove School (Brattleboro), Orange Center School (East Barre), Orchard Elementary School (South Burlington), Plymouth Elementary (Plymouth), Rochester School (Rochester), Rumney Elementary School (Middlesex), Stockbridge Elementary School (Stockbridge), Warren Elementary School (Warren), and Williston Central (Williston).2008 schools: Barnard Elementary School, Bristol Elementary School, Cavendish Town Elementary School, Chester-Andover Elementary School, East Montpelier Elementary School, Ludlow Elementary School, Lyndon Town School, Milton Elementary School, Mountain View Community School (Rutland), Pomfret Elementary School, Proctor Elementary School, Reading Elementary School, Rutland Town School, Sherburne Elementary School, and State Street School (Windsor).The National School Program curriculum is based on national physical education standards ( is external)), and utilizes equipment that is designed to be developmentally appropriate, safe and fun for children and beginners. The statewide Vermont golf collaborative partners, corporate sponsors, and individual donors are funding up to 75% of the cost to the schools.The golf community and physical education teachers know it is important for kids to learn activities that provide lifetime benefits while integrating strong character values. The National School Program emphasizes The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, respect, confidence, responsibility, courtesy, sportsmanship, perseverance and judgment.Community support is integral to this program and the statewide golf associations and Vermont PGA teaching professionals will provide the school with information on a variety of instructional and play opportunities for interested students and families. Parents may also check the junior golf Web site: is external) or is external) for more information.”The National School Program is structured to present a quality, school golf curriculum that develops competency, understanding and progression through movement and physical skills,” said Benna Cawthorn, Director of The First Tee National School Program. “Through this program, children as young as five will be exposed to the motor patterns associated with golf, along with the inherent values of the game.”Richard H. Mihlrad, President of the Vermont Golf Association said, “The statewide associations for golf in Vermont are excited to expand The First Tee National School Program into the elementary schools throughout the state. We know the results of our efforts will reap great benefits to the children of Vermont.”About The First TeeThe First Tee ( is external)) is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, FL at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to over 1.5 million participants and students in 48 states and four international locations – Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Singapore. Former President George Bush serves as honorary chairman.For more information, contact Richard H. Mihlrad, President, Vermont Golf Association, by phone (802) 645-1907 or e-mail ([email protected](link sends e-mail)).Vermont Golf AssociationPost Office Box 1612, Station ARutland, Vermont 05701(800) 924-0418 ▪ (802) is external) ▪ [email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Publix, Other Grocery Chains Offering Senior Shopping Hours

first_imgPublix is among several companies offering additional time to allow senior customers to purchases necessities as the state navigates through the coronavirus crisis.The chain is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7 to 8 a.m. for shoppers ages 65 and up.Meanwhile, the supermarket’s pharmacies will also open at 7 a.m. on those days for seniors to get their prescriptions.Regular store hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.In addition, Walmart is now opening for seniors between 7 to 8:30 a.m.Target is offering special hours for senior and vulnerable patrons on Wednesdays from 8 to 9 a.m.Dollar General is offering special senior shopping hours every day from 8 to 9 a.m.Whole Foods is generally opening its doors each day from 7 to 8 a.m. for seniors, although hours vary by community.Fresh Market is open for seniors Monday through Friday from 8 to 9 am.Winn-Dixie is designating time for seniors and high-risk customers from 8 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday in all its stores. Pharmacies will open at 8 a.m. on weekdays. All grocery stores will close at 8 p.m. beginning March 20.According to the Florida Department of Health, there are nearly 400 cases of coronavirus, with eight deaths.Walmart to close early, dedicate 1 hour of shopping each week for seniors onlylast_img read more

Olympia Family Theater Announces Upcoming Camp, Classes

first_imgPhoto credit: Mandy RyleEntering its eighth season, Olympia Family Theater has grown from staging great shows whole families can enjoy to providing a complete educational and entertainment center. Its current holiday production, Lyle the Crocodile, runs at South Puget Sound Community College through December 22. Theater critics agree: it’s a delight. Tickets can be purchased through the Washington Center for the Performing Arts or on you’re looking for a creative outlet for your child over winter break, OFT is gearing up for winter camps for children aged seven to about 13. Participants will create an original adaptation of classic folk tales to be performed for friends and family on the last day of camp. The camps are Monday through Friday, December 23 to January 3 (except Christmas and New Year’s Day), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $140 for one week or $260 for two weeks, with aftercare available at an additional charge.Beginning in January, Saturdays will find little ones exploring music, movement and creativity. If you’d like to introduce the building blocks of music, dance and theater to your two-to-six-year-old, then OFTeenies classes are for you. They run January 11 to March 1, from 10 to 10:45 or 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $64 for each eight-week series, though prorated enrollments are available.Saturday, performing arts classes are available for eight-to-13-year-olds. Each class focuses on a different theme, taught via fun, creative, energetic exercises and games. Classes will be held January 11 to March 1 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., or Tuesday and Thursday, January 7 to 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.OFT is proud to be your community partner in raising imaginative, loving, joyful and confident children. Its educational programs provide opportunities for personal development in young people by teaching creativity and responsibility, encouraging teamwork and personal integrity, and fostering self-esteem and appreciation for the performing arts.More detailed information regarding Olympia Family Theater’s performances and classes may be found on its website, Facebook37Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Bodymechanics Unveils Its New Cutting Edge Corrective Wellness Program

first_imgSubmitted by BodymechanicsWhat started out as three individual businesses in the Bodymechanics building has taken a new direction.   Always striving towards new and cutting edge programs to facilitate client healing, the team at Bodymechanics have turned things up a few notches to become the top facility in the area providing Corrective Wellness.The Bodymechanics mission is to champion clients to bring a healthy balance into their lives by using compassion, experience, unique perspective and belief in client’s desire to heal themselves.    In alignment with this mission, the new Corrective Wellness Program is the most holistic and integrative approach to addressing the source rather than the symptoms for many conditions.Many in our community are looking for permanent and noninvasive methods of addressing injuries, repetitive stress injuries, chronic pain, nerve impingement conditions, and other neural, muscular and skeletal issues.  The new Corrective Wellness Program meets and exceeds client goals.Business owner, Shari Aldrich, LMP, believes that this program fills a hole in the traditional healthcare model.  “We see clients on a daily basis who are injured and living with daily pain, who believe that they must live this way forever.”   Many people who come into our clinic respond with “no” to the question posed on the initial intake:  Do you believe it is possible to heal 100%?“People are hopeless.  They are frustrated and are unsure of where to go to get help,” she describes.   The Bodymechanics Corrective Wellness program will include help for injuries, chronic pain syndromes, repetitive stress injuries, postural and structural deviations, and will also address weight management goals through nutrition counseling, group fitness and boot camp classes, and our Body Media program.Our affiliation with Body Media allows us to use a device that measures ambient body heat, measured in Mets, to calculate real time calorie expenditure 24 hours a day in our clientele.  This allows us to make precision adjustments to each person’s nutrition and exercise program for guaranteed, precise results in managing weight loss and body composition.Fitness Manager, Marshall Coleman, CES, describes the new program as a program “for injuries and chronic pain utilizing postural and structural analysis to determine the cause of the symptoms or injury and then integrating myotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, muscle re-training and nutrition to address the original cause and alleviate the symptoms from the source for permanent results.”Many of the symptoms that the medical community routinely treats with surgical solutions lead to missed work; weeks or months of physical therapy and down time, and other issues because of compensation patterns for the lack of mobility after the surgery.  The symptoms often originate from other problems, elsewhere in the body, and be reversed or alleviated with noninvasive procedures in a fraction of the time.One example of how the Bodymechanics Corrective Wellness program can facilitate a holistic and integrative approach is with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is often treated with surgery.  In most cases, we can alleviate the symptoms within a couple of Myotherapy treatments and then follow up with muscle retraining through our Corrective Exercise program to rebalance the length tension relationships within the muscles to prevent the symptoms from returning.   Since the symptoms often occur due to an issue elsewhere in the body, we follow up with a full program to address the source, which can take up to four to six weeks to fully complete all therapies.Functional Aging Training ProgramThe facility is also adding a program designed specifically for our senior population.  The Functional Aging Training Program is aimed at helping seniors achieve and maintain their independence through maintaining and increasing their ability to perform functional, physical activities ranging from basic movements such as standing and sitting without assistance; to training for athletic endeavors such as running.  This program is scheduled to begin in April 2014.Everyone at Bodymechanics is very passionate about what we do and about helping our clients and members achieve their corrective wellness, weight management and fitness goals.   The staff look forward to reaching out to the community and becoming a new standard for addressing these issues that people face in their lives every day.Whether you are dealing with issues like chronic pain syndromes, acute injury, headaches, neck pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, sports related injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, nerve impingement conditions, weight management issues, or you just want to join a fitness class – the program is there to meet your needs. 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Volunteers to Pour Into Highlands Saturday to Help Town Rebuild

first_imgBy John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Saturday is all about helping friends, fellow business owners and maybe total strangers who are in need after what Super Storm Sandy has wrought.That’s the intent of the 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. event Saturday, April 27, organized by the Highlands Business Partner­ship. The partnership’s Hope for Highlands project is expected to draw more than 400 volunteers who will offer their assistance to help the community so devastated by the October storm, according to Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the partnership, which oversees the borough’s business improvement district.“It’s amazing to me how many people who have pulled together and organizations that have partnered with us to really get the town moving,” Cefalo-Braswell said of this and previous efforts to assist the community.Saturday’s effort will in­volve volunteers from among such corporate entities as Comcast, Sherwin-Williams and Raymour & Flanigan, along with members of the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Associ­ation and Love, INC, who all will be offering their sweat equity to help residents and businesses.Volunteers will be asked to help with cleaning, gardening, raking, doing some Sheetrock work and painting. Some skilled volunteers will work on rebuilding homes damaged and destroyed.Along with the physical help, Cefalo-Braswell said Sherwin-Williams is donating paint, which will be used to refurbish the exterior of a couple of restaurants and residences. Raymour & Flanigan will offer some furniture and Comcast is expected to make a cash contribution to be used by residents and businesses, as they continue to rebuild and restore in Sandy’s aftermath.“It really will be a day of celebrating volunteerism – that’s what it’s all about,” Cefalo-Braswell said.Along with those efforts, the firefighters benevolent association has selected the borough’s Veteran’s Park at Bay and Shrewsbury avenues as the site of its next Where Angels Play playground, Cefalo-Braswell said. The organization is working to build playgrounds in honor of the 26 victims in last December’s Newtown, Conn., shooting.The group plans to construct 26 playgrounds in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; the first was built in Sea Bright last month.Association members will tear up and haul off the destroyed boardwalk located along the shoreline at Veter­ans Park to make way for a new boardwalk, Cefalo-Braswell said.Among the local businesses expected to be helped will be two restaurants, the Inlet Café, 3 Cornwall St., and Chilangos, a Mexican restaurant located at 272 Bay Ave. Both locations were hit hard by the storm and their owners have been working feverishly to open in time for Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, respectively, and for the important summer season.Volunteers will paint the restaurants’ exteriors, Cefalo-Braswell said.Chilangos had about 6 1/2 feet of water rush through the structure. Owner Leo Cervantes has been wading through insurance headaches as he tries to get the business up and running, he said.“It’s been really nice getting help from friends and family” and he appreciates what the others are willing to do, he said.Doug Lentz, Inlet Café’s owner, called the damage to the café, his other location – the Original Oyster, 1 Willow St. – and his home, which is attached to the café, “catastrophic.”Work at the café, which was flooded with about 5 feet of water, is now about 75 percent complete, Lentz said. The Original Oyster, however, “took a pretty good hit and that will not be reopening as it was,” he said.Lentz is considering other opportunities for the location; a tiki bar is one possibility, he said.“This is a town with a lot of potential,” Cervantes said of Highlands, where he is also a resident. “In the long run, it’ll be a better town, definitely 100 percent better.”Lentz, on the other hand, appeared a little more introspective about the future. “I think it’s a town in transition,” with a number of residents and businesses deciding to not return. But with the café’s reopening, “we’re looking for a good season,” he said.“I think a lot of people need to hang in there,” Cefalo-Bras­well said, though she ack­now­ledged “there are a lot of people still undecided, proceeding with caution” for the future.“There’s help available,” both financial and physical, through the Hope for High­lands effort and the generosity of organizations like the Robin Hood Foundation, which has contributed a $250,000 grant for repairs.“There’s always a friend, there’s always someone to lend a helping hand,” she said.last_img read more

Moms Work to Make Little Silver More Walkable

first_imgBy Jenna O’Donnell |LITTLE SILVER—More bikes than usual lined the bicycle racks outside of the borough’s two schools on a recent Wednesday morning.The bicycles, up from three or four the previous day, were a hopeful sign for Liz Gearon, a Little Silver mom who has led an effort to get more of the borough’s students walking and riding bikes to school. With an informal Walk and Wheels Wednesdays initiative this spring and a “walking school bus” program planned for the fall, Gearon and other like-minded parents hope to kick-start a long-term plan that will make Little Silver less car-centric and more pedestrian friendly.So far, the kids love it.“I think they feel a lot more energetic and refreshed just getting outside,” Gearon said. “My neighbor’s daughter came up to me and told me she’d ridden her bike to school every day and loves it. Her favorite part is the crossing guard.”Though informal, Walk and Wheels Wednesdays have mostly succeeded in getting more students walking with their friends to school or riding their bikes, and hopefully reducing some of the traffic at each of the schools. Some parents have been more reluctant to let their kids walk in a town where commuters often pass through in a hurry to catch the train.“There’s some resistance,” Gearon said, noting that most of the concerns were about safety. “People want better sidewalks, want other people to drive slower – all valid things.”To help alleviate some of those concerns, Gearon has been working with borough officials on brainstorming ways to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. One possible avenue is Complete Streets, a U.S. Dept. of Transportation coalition that assesses a town’s roads and sidewalks and makes recommendations on how to improve access and safety.Those recommendations, which typically might include a cross walk or bump out to slow down cars, can be instated gradually over time, as a community makes needed updates to roads and sidewalks. The point, Gearon said, is that the town must be committed to being bike and pedestrian friendly.“It’s not just something that we’ll have for a couple of years,” she said. “It’s a long-term plan that once we’ve committed to, it’s there for future generations.”As the school year winds to a close, Gearon is working to get a Walking School Bus program up and running for the fall. A “walking school bus” is exactly what it sounds like – a neighborhood-based group of children who walk to school with one or two adults. Three moms have volunteered as official coordinators, while neighborhoods will have specific coordinators as well. In the afternoons, Red Bank Regional students may volunteer to walk with younger kids for community service credits.“We are trying to get more kids aware and excited about it,” Gearon said. “Maybe we’ll get some of the kids from high school walking as well.”Gearon’s walking and riding initiatives have been enthusiastically supported by borough officials, with the mayor, council and recreation department director all on board. The hope is that if more students get used to walking or riding around town, they’ll be healthier and happier and do better in school. And once the kids get walking, maybe some of the parents will, too.“Kids shouldn’t be shuttled around, especially when it’s only a couple blocks,” Gearon said. “And this will reduce the traffic – which I think everyone wants.”This article was first published in the June 22-29, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Theater Review ‘Cyrano’ at Two River Theater

first_imgBy Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen Fear not. Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers wrote a script that adheres to the original story line based on a real person, but with a more contemporary vernacular, costumes mixing modern and traditional styles, a set with reversed flats suggesting we may be watching from backstage and short blasts of hip-hop music during scene changes. The playwrights also streamlined the cast to five people – with O’Connell as Cyrano – exuding the panache for which he is known in a well-drawn performance. Journalist Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen’s theater news and reviews can be found on Jason O’Connell stars as Cyrano, Luis Quintero as Christian and Chris Thorn as DeGuiche in Two River Theater’s production of “Cyrano” now through Oct. 13. Photo courtesy T. Charles Erickson Costume designer Jessica Wegener gives Cyrano motorcycle pants, Roxanne a simple red dress and Montfleury feathers and braid. Scenic designer Kristen Robinson also includes the traditional proscenium and modern metal chairs. Lighting designer Paul Toben gives us an incredibly beautiful moon at the end. The rest of the superb, very talented company includes Chris Thorn (DeGuiche, Ragueneau, Montfleury, Cadet) and Nance Williamson (LeBret, Duenna, Lise, Monk, Unsavory Character). A new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic play currently running at the Two River Theater in Red Bank is less like the 1950 movie featuring José Ferrer in the title role, and more like the 1987 film “Roxanne” featuring Steve Martin, whose script offered a happy ending. center_img This is not your grandparents’ “Cyrano de Bergerac.” It’s probably not even your parents’ “Cyrano de Bergerac.” So I wonder: Is this a“Cyrano” for millennials? Notexclusively, of course. Afterall, Roxanne says, towardthe end of the play, she feelsmore grownup after whatshe’s been through. Roxanne still falls in love with the new handsome cadet Christian (Luis Quintero, who also plays Sister Marthe and Bellerose.) When he first encounters Cyrano he makes several insulting jokes about Cyrano’s enormous nose. The only makeup to indicate the flaw is what looks like a black vein – tape? – on one side of a normal nose. It’s disconcerting. Meredith McDonough’s direction is flawless, often brilliant, when it comes to on stage costume changes, entrances and exits, and the opening and closing business. Don’t be late, trust me. While the first act of the two acts is long, it kept moving. If you exit early, however, Cyrano might take note, which he did in this performance. In the shorter Act 2, Cyrano incurs an injury he tries to hide bycovering his face with hishand, making it difficult tocatch all the dialogue. But the production includes a most inexplicable change by doing away with Cyrano’s oversized nose, the source of his sometimes crippling self-doubt when it comes to love and women. One woman in particular. Although he is much admired for his dueling, his poetry, his wit, his charity, he believes no woman could love him, especially his distant cousin and childhood companion Roxanne, nicely played by Britney Simpson, who also plays a cadet. last_img read more