Secretary of State Jim Condos announced today that he is embarking on a ‘Vermont Transparency Tour’ to travel the state to help educate and train local and state government officials on the laws of the state regarding Access to Public Records and Open Meetings. He said at least 12 training sessions are envisioned this summer. ‘A change of the culture and attitude towards access to public records and open meetings is necessary for both state and local government,’ Condos said. ‘Open government is good government,’ Condos stated in announcing the tour. ‘Distrust in government is not good for our democratic process ‘ the public has a right to know the truth about what the government is doing.’ Condos continues, ‘As new legislation designed to provide for greater transparency in public records and open meetings progresses in the statehouse, it has become evident that local and state officials need training to better understand the law.’ This week Condos approached the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Vermont School Boards Association, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers, American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, and the Vermont Press Association to ask for their support of this endeavor. Condos is pleased to say that all have agreed that additional training is important and support the idea of taking this on the road. Other groups will also be asked to endorse the plan. While the training sessions are designed for all state and local government officials, they will be open to the public. The initial idea is to schedule two sessions a day, for two days a week over a three or four week period. The locations will be sprinkled across Vermont and will allow most government officials to be within an hour’s drive of at least two or more sessions. Jim Condos is Vermont’s Secretary of State, after serving eight years as a Vermont Senator from Chittenden County, 18 years on South Burlington City Council and 30+ years of private sector business experience. Source: Condos’ office. 4.29.2011
48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Don’t you love those movies when it seems as though the main character has exhausted all of their options, and just when it seems as though all hope is lost, they saves the day and live happily ever after?We all love those movies because we walk away feeling way more inspired than we were when the movie first began. I know you’re going to think I’m crazy for saying this, but that inspiration you feel when watching a good comeback story can provide the necessary jolt needed to re-spark your down-and-out email marketing plan.In the credit union industry, there are two areas of marketing that strike fear in the hearts of decision-makers: the first is social media and the second is email marketing. You see, the fear is evident because many people still don’t understand how effective a tool it can be, which results in their strategy not working… which ultimately leads them to believe that email marketing in the credit union world is a dying fad…That couldn’t be any further from the truth.Email marketing has been, and continues to be, one of the most effective ways credit unions communicate with their members. So today we are going to look at three important ways you can give your credit union’s email marketing strategy the important jolt that it needs. continue reading »
By David Smith, Jr.MEEKER, Okla. – It will be a night of firsts this Friday, July 14 for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Series makes its way to Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker for the makeup-running of the Freedom 40 rained out back on June 30.Contributions to the purse, to the tune of $1,500, has been added to make this the largest purse in the two-year history for the series with Friday night’s feature winner earning $1,000. Just to start the 20-car feature pays $275. A full night of heat races, last chance and the 40-lap feature finale will be on tap, the most laps ever run the series.The night’s racing action will conclude with a huge-fireworks show.Jake Martens is winless thus far this season but holds a 21-point lead over defending series champion Andy Shouse. Shouse currently has three victories on the season and four in the two-year history for the series.Chad Koch sits third in the standings while Loyd Clevenger and Joe Wood Jr. are the top five in the standings. Sixth through 10th are Chris Kelly, Tristan Oakes, Justin Fisk, Cody Whitworth and Brandon Long.Drivers also expected to compete include Shayla Waddell, Jerry Jumper, Steven Shebester, Dillon Laden, Gary Owens, Blake Scott, Justin Mowery, Chase Smith, James Fabian, Tanner Conn and Blake Daccus.Contributing to the purse for this event were Tim Young at Young Tool and Equipment; Paul Martens and Martens Machine Shop in Fairview; Bishop Racing Components; Victory Motorsports and Messmer Racing LLC.Feature purse amounts are 1-$1,000; 2-$600; 3-$500; 4-$400; 5-$375; 6-$350; 7-$345; 8-$340; 9-$335; 10-$330; 11-13, $325; 14-$315; 15-$310; 16-$305; 17-20, $275.“B” Feature: 1-4) transfer; 5-$200; 6-$125; 7) $125; 8-$125. The balance of non-qualifiers will receive $100.Gates open at 5 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults while children 10 and under will be admitted free.
The setup: Then-No. 20 USC came into Corvallis, Ore., fresh off a 24-21 win at then-No. 18 Arizona and looked to build off that momentum as the Trojans tried to break the Corvallis Curse, as they hadn’t won at Oregon State since 2004, after losing their last two games there when ranked No. 1 and No. 3.A sorry sight · Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley was helped off the field Saturday after suffering a high-ankle sprain during the second-to-last play of the first half on Saturday. The timetable for his return is unknown. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan The story: Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley could be done for the season.Barkley received a high-ankle sprain on his right foot after he was sacked on the second-to-last play of the first half. He was carted off the field and did not re-enter the game. He came out of the locker room in the second half with a walking boot on and using crutches.“I don’t know the depth of the injury,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “Obviously we’ll work to get him back but otherwise we got to move forward.”Barkley said that being out for the remainder of the year is the last thing he wants to happen and did not know after the game if he will be able to play this week.Down and out: USC got down early and never came back. Like the previous two losses, the Trojans dug themselves in a deep hole early. A pass from Barkley was intercepted and returned for a touchdown to put the Beavers up 10-0 early in the second quarter.Seven minutes later, Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers ran the ball in for a three-yard score to put Oregon State up 17-0. The Beavers tacked on a field goal before the half, creating a deep deficit that proved too much for the Trojans.“The problem with [the interception] is that play happens and you have the feeling, ‘Here we go again,’” Kiffin said. “I’m sure everyone had that feeling. That’s the blueprint for coming in here and playing a team that hadn’t played well the last few weeks before. We handed them the ball and seven points.”USC found itself in more trouble when Barkley injured his ankle.As a result, senior backup quarterback Mitch Mustain led the Trojan offense in the second half and gave it some spark coming out of halftime. He led a drive that ended in a 13-yard touchdown run from senior running back C.J. Gable with three minutes left in the third quarter that brought the Trojans within 16.On USC’s next possession, Mustain put together a nine-play drive but turned the ball over on downs after his pass fell incomplete to freshman receiver Robert Woods on fourth-and-four at the Beavers’ 46-yard line. That incomplete pass would be USC’s last chance to get back in the game as Oregon State scored a touchdown on its next possession to put the game out of reach.Mustain finished with eight-for-17 passing for 60 yards.“You can’t put a guy in a much worse situation,” Kiffin said. “On the road against a defense that’s playing really well that day, and we’re not playing great on offense anyway, and we’re down by much. But it was very good for Mitch’s experience especially because he might be our quarterback next week and the week after.”Mustain said he didn’t feel much pressure going in and enjoyed competing with the outcome of the game still in limbo.“It’s nice to be playing for something, per se,” Mustain said. “Not that it doesn’t always matter, you can put it on film, but this is different. This is a chance to get in with these guys and really make a difference. The hardest part for me especially is that we didn’t execute in times that could’ve helped us.”The game was over when: USC walked into the stadium. Even with Barkley running the offense in the first half, he was inconsistent and couldn’t establish any rhythm. The farthest the Trojans ventured into Oregon State territory in the first half was on their first drive to the Beavers’ 26 yard-line, but redshirt junior running back Marc Tyler was stuffed on fourth-and-two.“If you turn the ball over, don’t make many third downs, barely make any fourth downs and don’t get any turnovers, that’s what happens,” Kiffin said. “Obviously, our offense was terrible.”The resurgence of Gable: For the first time this year, Gable saw extended playing time and was arguably the best Trojan on the field. After Tyler hurt his ankle in the first half, senior running back Allen Bradford dropped a pitch in the second quarter — and with freshman tailback Dillon Baxter absent after possible contact with a registered NFL agent — Kiffin gave Gable a shot.Gable’s 56-yard kickoff return in the third quarter set up the Trojans’ only score — his 13-yard touchdown run. He finished with 10 carries for a team-high 57 yards.Key injuries: Several Trojans were injured in Saturday’s contest. Barkley went down with a high-ankle sprain, Tyler hurt his ankle, junior right tackle Tyron Smith hurt his knee and redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo suffered a concussion.Galippo should be back next week but the timetable for the return of the other three players is unclear.