Champlain Valley Exposition to Host January Business After HoursESSEX JUNCTION — If you are looking for a fun evening and some great silent auction bargains from local businesses and merchants, plan on attending the Ambassadors Silent Auction and Taste of the Chamber on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Champlain Valley Exposition (CVE).Champlain Valley Exposition, a non-profit organization, is home to many of Vermonts biggest events, including the annual Champlain Valley Fair, Rock Maple Snocross Racing, Vermont Flower Show, Everything Equine (named a Top Ten 2007 Vermont Chamber event), the Vermont Balloon and Music Festival, Spring and Fall Essex Crafts, Vermont Quilt Festival, NSRA Street Rods and the Champlain Valley Antiques Festival to name just a few of more than 100 special events.All these events help us fulfill our mission as a non-profit organization to encourage and support education, agriculture, commerce and entertainment, said CVE General Manager David F. Grimm, CFE.The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre, located on the 130-acre site, is the largest events complex in northern New England. The Expo Centre offers 81,000 sq. ft of clear-span exhibit space designed for maximum flexibility and is completely air-conditioned for year-round use.The professional staff and event management team at the Exposition provide turn-key services for consumer and trade shows, banquets, conventions, meetings, weddings, concerts and conferences. A 14,000 sq. ft connector building between Expo South and North has offices, conference rooms, concession space, a prep kitchen and additional dressing and rest rooms. Wireless internet service is also available at the Expo Centre and on the grounds of the Exposition during special events.The Expo Centre project was completed in January 2006 by REM Development Company, Williston, Robert E. Miller president.The 2007 Champlain Valley Fair, held at the Exposition Aug. 25- Sept. 3, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (ABA) list. Inclusion in the Top 100 list indicates that Vermonts largest annual event offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, said ABA.The Fair also received the 2006 John Deere Agricultural Awards of Excellence Sweepstakes Award from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for best overall exhibits and agricultural events in the nation. The attractiveness of the Champlain Valley Fair as a dont-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction, said Peter J. Pantuso, ABAs president and CEO. The honor gives Vermont, the Lake Champlain region and the Champlain Valley Fair an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners and travel professionals. According to studies recently completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motor coach group can leave from $5,000 to more than $13,000 in a local destinations economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.With the addition of new electrical and water service throughout the Exposition grounds, the ability to host large recreational vehicle and motor home rallies grew dramatically in 2006.CVE was the site of the Newmar Kountry Klub International Rally in Fall 2006 with more than 900 RVs on site. It was also the host of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally in July 2006 which brought more than 9,000 visitors to the Champlain Valley region and Vermont for nearly a week. The resulting regional economic activity CVE events encourages is substantial approximately $80 million per year, Expo officials say.The combination of modern facilities, convenient location near Burlington International Airport and access to major state and interstate highways makes CVE an attractive destination for regional and national organizations like the N.E. Forest Products Expo, Vermont Grocers Association, Green Mountain Alpacas and Green Mountain Dog Show. Champlain Valley Expositions experienced sales and marketing team are ready to help you grow your events in 2007 and beyond.· For information on holding your special events or meeting at the Exposition, contact Tom Oddy, director of special events at (802) 878-5545 firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).· To learn how your business can benefit as a sponsor of an event, contact Chris Ashby, director of sales and marketing at (802) 8787-5545 or email@example.com(link sends e-mail).· A complete calendar of events is available at www.cvfair.com(link is external)
Alan Pardew has admitted life as Newcastle manager is far from easy. “We haven’t got the finances of a big team and therefore, it makes it difficult and a lot of the time, people cling to bad news when there is a lot of good news. “Hopefully there will be some more good news coming out of it shortly.” Fans dismayed by Mike Ashley’s decision to appoint Kinnear in June reacted furiously as the deadline came and went without a single permanent signing having been made despite a series of targets having been identified and deals proposed. However, Pardew, while admitting he still would have liked another attacking player, has professed himself content with what he has got. He said: “It’s important sometimes to understand that we have a very good team. We invested 30-odd million in the last window, we have brought Remy in. “We have brought a lot of young players here who I think will, hopefully, blossom. That’s why they were brought here. The likes of Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett, part of my management is to develop players. “Having said that, our fans wanted a marquee signing, probably, and that’s what we were looking at, somebody that would really threaten the first team. “But we couldn’t get it over the line in terms of what we wanted and unfortunately that’s the position we are in. Speaking at his first press conference since the transfer window closed with only loan signing Loic Remy added to his squad by director of football Joe Kinnear, Pardew acknowledged that the summer, and in particular the weeks leading up to the transfer deadline, had been testing. He said: “You don’t take it in your stride. I’m not saying it’s an easy job, Newcastle manager. “But having said all of that, I still think we have got a very, very strong side.” Whether the club’s fans would agree is a moot point, and it was perhaps significant that in excess of 4,000 more than the crowd of 46,402 which watched the last league game at St James’ Park turned out on Wednesday night for former Magpies keeper Steve Harper’s charity game, which marked his 20 years’ service to the club. Pardew, who was among them, said: “It was a humbling experience for me to sit in the stand and watch that all unfold and those great players who have graced this shirt. “If ever our players needed reminding how strong this club is, it was there for all to see last night.” Newcastle will return to action at Aston Villa on Saturday with Remy vying for a first start after making a cameo appearance as a substitute in the 1-0 victory over Fulham before the international break. Pardew said: “Since Demba [Ba] left, we have lacked a player to increase our goal threat. “With all due respect to the players we have, we needed someone to really put the other team on the back foot, and I think Remy does that. “We have got Papiss [Cisse], Shola [Ameobi] and [Yoan] Gouffran to complement that, and hopefully they all stay fit. “That is probably the one fault you would say against us in this window. That other offensive player, which unfortunately we didn’t secure, would have just protected us a little bit.” Midfielder Yohan Cabaye could also return to the starting line-up after failing to secure a move to Arsenal last month. Pardew said: “The French national manager [Didier Deschamps] did a good turn for us in not picking Yohan because we have got some really good work into him while he has been here. “That was important because I don’t think he was ready for international football this particular time round. “But they got great results and we have got great results with him because he’s in good shape. “I’m very, very pleased. He has a duty to the French national team and to us, and he is carrying that duty out with its full responsibility, and that’s how it should be.” Press Association
Women’s volleyball will ride a ten-game winning streak into Norman, Oklahoma, on Thursday to take on Oklahoma and Maryland in the Oklahoma Invitational. After racking up four three-set victories to win the USC Classic last weekend, the team will look to execute its game plan and open Pac-12 play at UCLA on Sept. 23 with a perfect record.The Women of Troy are ranked third in the nation, behind Penn State and Texas, after starting the season at No. 22 last month. Much of their success in the early season has been thanks to senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio. Last week, the Guadalajara, Mexico, native became the first player in over a decade, and the second overall, to win three consecutive Pac-12 Player of the Week awards in the same season.“Samantha always brings this silent intensity to our team,” junior middle blocker Elise Ruddins said. “She’s not super loud, but when she gets a kill it is … deadly.”Head coach Mick Haley also appreciated Bricio’s spectacular form, and he praised her versatility and ability to score points both serving and blocking. At the same time, however, Haley stressed that other members of the squad will have to rise to the occasion when needed.“There will come a time when Samantha will not be able to do that on a certain night,” he said. “Everybody else is going to have to step up.”Bricio’s form has helped get USC off to a hot start, but Haley emphasized the need to keep improving as the season goes on.“We’re trying to add pieces to our system and get players ready to come in, relieve other people and play multiple positions,” he said. “It’s constantly a work in progress, but the fact that we’ve been able to do this and be successful so far … has certainly been a boost to the confidence of the players.”Ruddins agreed with her coach and was adamant that the team would not get caught up in its own success.“Something that we always take pride in is just going on to the next game,” she said. “We always look for what we can improve on and focus one game at a time.”The Women of Troy open the Oklahoma Invitational with a game against the hosts. The Sooners stuttered out of the gates, beginning the season 0-3, but have since turned things around. They are 5-1 in their last six and ride a three-game winning streak into their clash with USC.USC will then face Maryland on Friday. The Terrapins have also enjoyed a good start to their season, as they enter the tournament with a 10-1 record. Their lone loss came against George Washington last weekend.The Oklahoma Invitational is the final fixture on USC’s schedule before the start of Pac-12 play. Haley wants to make sure that his team seizes this final opportunity to kick into midseason form.“We’re travelling, we’re playing back-to-back [days] against … real quality opponents,” he said. “So we’re just trying to go through how it will be following week when we open with UCLA and Stanford on the road.”The Women of Troy will open the tournament in Norman on Thursday at 6 p.m. against Oklahoma before taking on Maryland on Friday at 2:30 p.m.