American Red Cross re-opens Rutland office as chapter headquarters

first_imgThe Central Vermont & New Hampshire Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will be re-opening its doors to the public, but thankfully not in response to a disaster. On October 22nd, from 11:00am – 1:00pm, the Red Cross will host an Open House to mark the opening of its 117 Strongs Avenue property in Rutland as the new headquarters of its Central Vermont & New Hampshire Valley Chapter. The Red Cross will also demonstrate its revitalized presence in the Rutland community by providing free training in adult CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to a total of 100 people over the course of that weekend.The programmed portion of the event, including the presentation of a proclamation from Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras and remarks by former National American Red Cross President Jack McGuire, will take place during the October 22nd Open House at 12:15pm.The Red Cross has a rich history in Rutland, but over the past several years its downtown Rutland building has largely lay dormant after water damage to parts of the building. The building has returned to active use with a full-time staff presence, increased use by disaster services volunteers and a regular schedule of lifesaving classes such as CPR, First Aid, Babysitting and more. Now serving as the Chapter Headquarters, the Rutland office will be the hub of activity for the entire Central Vermont & New Hampshire Valley Chapter. The Chapter encompasses Rutland, Washington, Orange and the northern half of Windsor County, along with 12 New Hampshire communities in Sullivan and Grafton counties.‘The Blood Services arm of the American Red Cross has an incredibly deep connection to the Rutland Community,’ remarked Larry Crist, Regional Executive of the Vermont & New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross. ‘Our open house provides us with the opportunity to share with Rutland, and towns throughout Central Vermont and the Upper Valley, the many other ways that the Red Cross and its dedicated volunteers serve the community.’ In addition to offering classes in lifesaving skills such as CPR, First Aid and aquatic safety; the American Red Cross provides assistance to members of the armed services and their families; and provides local disaster assistance at no cost to community members when disaster strikes. Disaster services include food, individual and mass sheltering, clothing and more. Red Cross disaster services are supported by the generosity of donors.To promote their mission of helping people to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, the Red Cross will be providing 100 people with free adult CPR and AED training. For those interested, they will have three sessions to choose from:Friday, October 22nd from 1:00pm – 5:00pmSaturday, October 23rd from 8:30am – 12:30pmSunday, October 24th from 12:00pm – 4:00pmThe class size for each session is limited to 34 students. People can pre-register by calling 773-9159 or stopping by the Chapter Headquarters at 117 Strongs Avenue to sign up. Walk-ins will be accepted, but only if space is available.As the Red Cross prepares for this event, they have received support of the public, Mayor Tom Louras, and the local business community. The ability to offer free CPR training has been made possible through the support of Rutland Regional Medical Center, Casella Waste Systems and Catamount Radio. ‘The public/private relationships that have helped make this event possible are invaluable to the Red Cross,’ Regional Executive Crist added.Source: American Red Cross (Rutland, VT – October 5, 2010) ###last_img read more

City boss confident of title charge

first_img The 61-year-old Chilean will see out the final year of his contract after holding talks with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak on Sunday amid speculation that his reign was about to draw to a close. However, with City rumoured to be ready to make a bid to bring Guardiola to the Etihad Stadium when his contract at Bayern Munich expires next summer, he may have his work cut out to win a fresh deal. To that end, Pellegrini, who is currently with his players on the club’s North American tour, is targeting a second title in three seasons to enhance his credentials. He told the Manchester Evening News: “I am sure we are going to return stronger next season that we are going to recover the title for the Etihad. “The same way that our stadium is growing with the new stand, I think the club completely will grow. “There are a lot of important things in our project that we must try to improve every year. “I always have communication every week with the owners. I know exactly what they think – they know what I think also. “Every day, we are talking also with [technical director] Txiki Begiristain and [chief executive] Ferran Soriano – so we will see which is the best way to try to improve our squad and try to recover the title.” City finished a distant second to champions Chelsea this time around with eight points separating the clubs, although they ended the campaign four ahead of third-placed Arsenal and nine better off than derby rivals Manchester United in fourth. Press Associationcenter_img Manuel Pellegrini is confident Manchester City will make a concerted challenge for next season’s Barclays Premier League title as he attempts to fend off Pep Guardiola. last_img read more

B’ville swimmers gain pair of wins at SCAC meet

first_imgHaving earned its first victory of the season on Oct. 8 against Syracuse City, the Baldwinsville girls swim team did even more special stuff when it ventured to Syracuse’s home pool at Nottingham for last weekend’s Salt City Athletic Conference championships.Kali Sacco would win twice for the Bees, starting with the 200-yard individual medley, where in two minutes, 17.60 seconds, she did enough to hold off Fayetteville-Manlius’ Lindsay Mathews (2:18.13) for the top spot.Later, in the 100 backstroke, it was Ashley Konz’s turn to find the win column, her time of 1:00.71 just ahead of the 1:00.97 posted by Cicero-North Syracuse’s Kate Gucciardi. Konz also finished fourth in the 200 freestyle in 2:03.74. Tags: Baldwinsvilleswimming Sacco, in the 100 freestyle, finished in 58.69 seconds, well clear of Thompson’s 1:01.64, while in the 500 freestyle Burke claimed first place in 5:52.90 to the 5:57.44 for Liverpool’s Sophia Russo.Konz returned in the 100 backstroke, her specialty, and tore to victory in a season-best 1:02.90. And in the closing 400 freestyle relay, Konz, Sacco, Burke and Sauro won in 4:10.02 to the Warriors’ 4:10.35, with that same Bees quartet going 2:03.06 in the 200 medley relay to Liverpool’s 2:01.06.Liverpool won 60-34, overcoming Sacco’s 2:24.20 in the 200 individual medley as the Warriors’ Delaney Gellert won in 2:21.85.  Burke, in 2:12.55, was second to Russo (2:10.43) in the 200 freestyle.After the league meet, B’ville would host F-M, the first-place side in the SCAC, on Tuesday for its last regular-season home meet.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Sacco also finished fourth in the 100 freestyle in a season-best 56.90 seconds, helping Konz, Clare Burke and Madeline Sauro to fourth place n the 200 medley relay in 1:59.92, the first time they dipped under the two-minute mark in that event.Burke was fifth in 2:10.42 to go with her seventh in the 100 butterfly in 1:08.06, capping off the league meet by pairing with Konz, Sacco and Sauro for a third-place time of 4:04.85 in the 400 freestyle relay.Before all this, B’ville hosted Liverpool last Tuesday night. The Bees swept both of the sprint titles, starting with Konz going 26.64 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle to beat out Liverpool’s Kaitlyn Thompson (27.08) for the top spot.last_img read more