Murray, Vermont’s Chief Information Officer, to lead Vermont Telecommunications Authority

first_imgThomas E Murray, Vermont s CIO and Commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation, has been named as the Executive Director of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. The VTA was established by the Legislature in 2007 as part of Governor Douglas proposal to make Vermont the nation s first e-state. Its mission is to ensure Vermonters have access to affordable broadband and cellular service throughout the state. I want to thank Tom for accepting this vital mission at a very critical time in the extended development of the state s infrastructure, said VTA s Board Chairman Chris Dutton. Under Tom s leadership and vision, I m confident that Vermonters will soon see these important services available throughout the state.”I am pleased to join the VTA team and help lead this effort, said Murray. Whether it is for economic development, public safety, smart grid or improving educational opportunities, ubiquitous broadband and cellular services are essential to the state’s future. The VTA has a unique opportunity to build public/private partnerships that will ensure every Vermonter has broadband service available to them and that we have cellular coverage where we need it. While there certainly are challenges bringing these services to rural areas, the recent federal stimulus funding and the resources that the state and private sector have put forth should assist with moving Vermont toward improving these services statewide.” Tom has sixteen years of leadership experience in the telecommunications field having worked with TDS Telecom; Rural Cellular Corporation (UNICEL) and as Director of Telecommunications Infrastructure for the State of Vermont. Tom grew up in Montpelier and graduated from Western New England College with a BS in Business Administration. He currently resides with wife Cynthia and their two children in Middlesex.Source: Governor’s office. 10.19.2009last_img read more

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Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues fans ready for first Cup in franchise history: ‘We will all cry’

first_imgQuite possibly no one is more excited than Ron Baechle.When you go to your first Blues game you encounter the usual: pregame videos to pump up the crowd, games played on the Jumbotron, goal songs and celebrity sightings — in St. Louis, that means the likes of Jon Hamm, Jenna Fischer and Nelly. All those traditions span across the other 30 NHL arenas, but there’s one that’s very specific to St. Louis. You see, Baechle is  “The Towel Man,” and after every Blues goal, under a spotlight, he leads 19,000 fans in counting how many goals the Blues have scored and then throws a towel to the crowd below. MORE: Jim and Pam from ‘The Office’ a house divided over Bruins vs. Blues”Twenty-nine years ago when we went to Peoria [Illinois] to watch the Rivermen, which was the farm team associated with the Blues,” Baechle told Sporting News while standing under the Al MacInnis statue outside Enterprise Center, “a gentleman by the name of Pete Martin would stand up and wave a towel, and it was neat and then after four, five, six and you’ve seen 10,000 people counting these goals, it was like, this is pretty cool.buddy and I had seats in towel man’s section at the blues game last night! 🏒🏒 pic.twitter.com/pUmHvX1ZWD— Rob Woke Up And Its 2019 (@STLHometownHero) March 12, 2017″So we brought it back. We talked about it. I walked around the section I was in and talked to about a dozen people, and said, ‘They do this in Peoria, we’re going to try and start it here.’ So we started doing it.”I had partial season tickets so it took about three years for it to catch on. You could see it build from section to section to section because there was no Jumbotron; you had to just see what was going on beside you. So the third year it completely made it all the way around the arena and it just started to become something fun and a tradition.”Towel Man is a Blues tradition. At Game 4, little kids shyly asked for his autograph, adult fans went up to him to take a picture with him.”I remember as a kid the Towel Man before he was official,” Dr. Naomi Copeland — who traveled down from Chicago to attend the game with her father — said after taking a picture with him for the first time. “This guy up in the nosebleed section coming out after every goal with his towel shouting how many [goals] we had, then throwing his towel with enthusiasm.”He’s now officially a part of Blues history and Blues fandom.” As you walked closer to the arena, you could begin to hear the chanting — “Let’s Go Blues” and “We want the Cup.”The fans went home happy that night after watching their Blues secure the franchise’s first home win in a Cup Final. Now, after a 2-1 victory in Game 5 over the Bruins in Boston, a city that has been waiting 52 years for a championship may just get its wish.How to watch Bruins vs. Blues Game 6″The Cup will be in the building. It’s the closest my team has ever come,” fan Brad Lee noted via text message Friday. “I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and this time it doesn’t feel like an oncoming freight train. I’m optimistic, which is a weird feeling as a Blues fan.”I’ve been a fan for 30 years. I’ve often joked I have always loved the team and it hasn’t always loved me back. It feels different this time. It feels like this is it. And then we will all cry.”The Game 6 edition of our fan-run program is in work. You could call it a can’t miss. Hard copies will be available all afternoon Sunday, but you can get the PDF Saturday afternoon anywhere in the world for $4. Email gtbradlee at gmail for details. pic.twitter.com/PD5BBO9bSs— What’s Chowdah? (@StLouisGameTime) June 7, 2019A victory by the longest-tenured team that has never won the Stanley Cup would register well beyond the borders of Missouri. St. Louis Game Time, a 24-page fan-run paper that has been sold outside Enterprise Arena for almost 20 years, has readers across the globe — in Seattle, Miami, Afghanistan and Japan. For Lee, who has served as the publisher since 2013, this moment is one that seemed impossible just six months ago.MORE: The Blues are in the Stanley Cup Final and we’re just as surprised as you”There was a very rough stretch, it basically stretched from December into February because, you know, a lot of people didn’t know if it was real or not,” Lee said at the Game Time tailgate prior to Game 4. “There was a tweet we sent out the first week of January and it was, basically, we were watching the postgame show with (Blues Hall of Famer) Bernie Federko on Fox Sports Midwest and he said, ‘You know what? Maybe this win means they’re turning the corner.'”I quoted him and said, ‘I can’t believe they say they’re turning the corner.’ And people were responding that when they won the Western Conference, like, ‘Oh, that aged well,’ and I was like, it was January. How much has happened between January and now? A lot.”By the by, this is from January 3rd. That’s not the mythical Philly game. It’s a 5-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Caps. So if we’re looking for a monkey’s paw…— What’s Chowdah? (@StLouisGameTime) May 18, 2019It is a pretty good story. As everyone has heard by now, the Blues fired head coach Mike Yeo in November, hired Craig Berube, still struggled and were dead last in the NHL on Jan. 3. Then, as Federko said, they turned the corner, winning 11 consecutive games. They finished third in the Central Division and defeated the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks in the West playoffs on their road to the Stanley Cup Final.”I moved here in 1973. I’ve been a season ticket holder since ’74,” Dr. Garry Vickar told Sporting News outside the arena on Monday. “I grew up in Canada, in Saskatchewan, dreaming about being at an NHL game.  To me, being at an NHL game was at first a dream. Now, a Stanley Cup … tremendously exciting.” (Jackie Spiegel) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/86/78/towel-man-fan-blues-060819-jackie-spiegel-ftrjpeg_1ntspwx6fy8wp17eep3jufyj7k.jpeg?t=956049915&w=500&quality=80 Blues fandom runs deep. It stretches generations and across the globe. Fans came from Israel, Chicago and even Boston.”I’ve been going to hockey games with my dad since I was a little kid and when we saw that this was happening, first of all, this is once in a lifetime,” said Kari Ceicys, who flew in from the Bruins’ hometown for Game 3. “First time in 49 years, last time was against the Bruins with the big old Bobby Orr, so I wanted to be a part of that magic and really wanted to get behind the team, the boys in blue. When we found that this was going to happen we were going, we were going. There was no other options about it.”The Enterprise Center has definitely been rocking. These fans have been waiting for this moment since the city was granted an expansion franchise to begin play in the 1967-68 season.  ST. LOUIS — It wasn’t even 5 p.m. on Monday, June 3, and Market Street, one of the roads that run parallel to Enterprise Center, was packed.There may have been two hours until puck drop for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, but Blues fans were out in full force. There were Tarasenkos and Twists, Hulls and a lot of MacInnises; fans with hair painted blue standing in front of a statue of Pierre Laclede, the founder of St. Louis, sporting a Blues jersey. (Getty Image) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bc/93/st-louis-blues-fans-060819-getty-ftrjpeg_42xt20plcm2m1n1z0pyeemnla.jpg?t=958206771&w=500&quality=80 MORE: SN Q&A with former Blues enforcer Cam Janssen”The fact that we’re in a Stanley Cup, I mean this is the pinnacle,” Towel Man said with a smile. “Such a great story, this team, this year that we need to finish the book. . . .  When the NFL, unjustifiably so, took a football team away from us [when the Rams moved back to Los Angeles in 2016], it was so nice to see the baseball team coordinate with the hockey team and become, if we’re not hockey we’re baseball. . . . They’ve got a great model to come after [since the Cardinals won a World Series in 2011].”But a Stanley Cup would just mean so much, so much to this city.”last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB NOTES

first_imgNaomh MhuireThere will be a coaching course run by the Ulster Council in Ardara this Wednesday night at 7.30pm. The course will look at the fundamentals and how we should be coaching under 6 to under 10 players. Coaches are encouraged to attend. The under 13 boys season is now complete.The Seniors have no game this weekend. The Intermediate Reserve Championship second leg game against Termon is scheduled for this Saturday at the Banks with a 5pm throw in. The Reserves had a good display last weekend but were defeated by two points and need to win this weekend. All support appreciated. Beidh scòr aithùil naomh múire ar siùl ar 12 do dheireadh fomhar duine òg faoí 17 i ceantar naomh múire ar maith leis pairt a glacadh ann. Tuileadh eolas o sheamus mac Ruairi na fo cumann naomh mùire. Na ò brid anna ni Bhaoill ag club óige RnaF. Scòr aithùil naomh mhùire oìche aoine in aislann Rann na Feirste ag 7.30pm cèad isteach €5. Bìgì linn. Na comòrtas. Rince foirne. Amhranaiocht aonair. Ceol uirlise. Aithseoireachta na scèalaiochta. Ballad grupa. Nua cleas. Trath na gceist. Rince set. Le clarù agus tuileadh eolas dean e roimhe 6.00pm de ceadaoine. Seamus mac ruairì, Anton O Dochartaigh, fo cumann naomh mhùire. Na Brìd anna ni Bhaoill club òige Rann na Feirste.Naomh mhuire heats of Scór na nÓg will take place in Aislann Rann na feirste on fri 12th Oct @ 7.30,this is a fine showcase for all our u17s to show their talents and quailify for the regional heats of Scor na nÓg Dún na nGall which will take place later in the month in Rann na feirste. A meeting of committee and anyone interested in the running of the show will take place in The Aishlann at 7pm on Wed night. Anyone interested in taking part, contact Seamus MacRuairi, Bridanna Ni Bhaoill, Anton O Dochartaigh.Peil na mBan: the u16 final could be played this weekend so keep an eye out on the FB page or the Web for the fixture. The minors are still waiting to see who their opponents in the semi-final will be. Co. u13 development training starts this Saturday. Text message will be sent to the parents of the girls concerned, so ask people to make arrangements for the girls to get to the training. Big plans are afoot for a big Halloween surprise in the clubhouse, details will be announced later in the week.Lotto details for week 3rd October. Jackpot 3080 euro. No jackpot winner and three match 3 winners: Michael Kavanagh – Rann na feirste, Joey Doherty – Beal na Cruite agus Aidan Hughes – Mullachdubh.. Numbers were 2-4-18-21. Next 100 club draw is on 31st Oct. Some subs still outstanding from last months draw so can sellers please get money asap. Check out details on www.naomhmhuire.ie.  GAA NEWS: NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Naomh Mhuire Club noteslast_img read more

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Four More Dr Men Stories Arrive This Month

first_img The next four titles in the Doctor Who Meets The World of Hargreaves book series are available now to pre-order.Add the upcoming Dr. Second, Dr. Seventh, Dr. Eighth, and Dr. Ninth to your collection starting Aug. 29.Written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves—son of Mr. Men and Little Miss creator Roger Hargreaves—the collection combines Doctor Who‘s penchant for storytelling with the humor and design made famous by Hargreaves Senior.AdChoices广告Twelve titles will eventually be released: One for each Doctor. (There is no word on whether a 13th will be added to the lineup in honor of Jodie Whittaker). The first four books—Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh, and Dr. Twelfth—hit shelves in April, coinciding with the show’s season 10 premiere.The short tales—32 pages each—are aimed at three-to-seven-year-olds. But no one will judge you for sneaking into your kids’ room for a quick visit with the Doctor.Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston get the Hargreaves treatment (via Penguin Random House)The BBC recently shared a sneak peek at Dr. Ninth, in which the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) face off against cartoon Autons.Reminiscent of the show’s 2005 premiere episode “Rose,” Hargreaves’ story introduces Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) as a blocky Time Agent.Take a closer look at a few pages from the book, courtesy of the Beeb:via BBCvia BBCvia BBCvia BBCEvery story weaves a different narrative: Cranky Dr. First stumbles upon Cybermen, Dr. Fourth and Sarah Jane Smith have a run-in with Daleks, Dr. Eleventh and River Song go on a daring adventure, and Dr. Twelfth battles his long-time frenemy, Miss the Master.Puffin Books publishes the stories in Britain, while Penguin Young Readers serves as the US master publisher.The first four paperbacks are on sale from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s Target, and Walmart; or buy them directly from the Penguin Random House website.The First, Second, Eleventh, and Twelfth Dr. Men figurines are reportedly launching soon. Plus, stocking stuffers Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise! and The Doctors: Time and Space Collection will be available Oct. 17.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

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