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 email@example.com(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 firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).· A complete calendar of events is available at www.cvfair.com(link is external)
Charles Dennis Huneke, 89, passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the IU Health Bloomington Hospice House following a sudden illness. Dennis was born in Batesville, Indiana on August 13, 1928 to Elmer and Effie Huneke. He had two younger brothers, Tilford and Leon, who preceded him in death.Dennis married Wanda Frensemeier October 9, 1948. They raised their three daughters in Batesville, Columbus and Madison, IN. Dennis and Wanda enjoyed 54 years of marriage before Wanda passed away on March 15, 2003.Dennis had a long career in management of lumber and hardware homecenters starting at Steinkamp’s in Batesville. He moved on to Dunlap’s in Columbus, IN before being promoted to manager for them at Hope, IN and then Madison, IN. While in Columbus, he was active in the local Kiwanas Club and the Moose Lodge. He also managed a store for S & T Hardware in Corbin, KY before settling in Bloomington in 1978 as manager for Black Lumber. He retired from Black’s and soon found himself working at Sam’s Club for several years before retiring for good. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and playing cards, listening to music and watching his grandchildren and more recently, his great-grandchildren grow and play.He is survived by his daughters, Peggy Wormley, of Bloomington, Patti (Marc) Blume, of So. Bend, IN and Pam (Frank) Farris of Bloomington, along with grandchildren: Kelly (DJ) Mullen, Kevin (Molly) Wormley, Jason Blume, Nick Blume, Cerra (Eddie) Deckard, Matthew Farris, Katie Farris and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his former second wife, Jeanette Vanus of Ellettsville, IN and her family.Dennis was a kind and loving man with a great sense of humor. His life served as a wonderful example for the following generations of how to live and enjoy life. His family is extremely grateful to his recent caregiver, Chanda Ferguson and a couple of his Redbud friends, Albert Fink and Terry Gooley for their kindness and compassion along with the management, staff and other friends at Redbud Retirement Community.Visitation will take place on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory 4155 South Old State Road 37 in Bloomington from 3-6 pm with funeral service immediately following visitation. Another visitation on Sunday September 3, 2017 will be held in Batesville, IN will be from 12-2pm at Meyers Funeral Home 1150 State Road 46 with graveside service immediately following. Burial will be at St. John United Church of Christ (Huntersville) Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to IU Health Bloomington Hospice House and online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with family and friends at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
AN assured team performance from the Guyana Amazon Warriors produced a six-wicket victory against St Lucia Stars in Match 12 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) last night.After pulling the Stars back from 91 for 2 to 152 for 8, a calm cameo from Gajanand Singh guided the Amazon Warriors to the target, despite a late blip which took the match deep into the last over.After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Stars innings was given a quick start by Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher. Fletcher only lasted eight balls however, before being beaten for pace by a back of a length ball from Sohail Tanvir.Fletcher’s demise did not seem to perturb his partner Charles who clattered a four and a six off the two balls immediately after the wicket and then hit an enormous Hero Maximum off Rayad Emrit which bounced off the roof of the stadium and down the road. A scratchy innings of 2 off 7 balls from Marlon Samuels was ended with a top-edged pull off Emrit and a tight sixth over, bowled by Rashid Khan meant the Stars ended the Powerplay 47 for 2.Two driven fours from Shane Watson gave the innings fresh impetus before Charles tore into some full tosses from Keemo Paul, taking the 9th over for 21. At the half way stage the Stars were 90 for 2, thanks largely to Charles who batted with typical belligerence, muscling the ball across the line, scoring 50 of his 53 runs on the leg side.His dismissal off the second ball of the tenth over by Rashid Khan changed the complexion of the innings. Kamran Akmal was stumped for 2 off 4 balls, charging down the pitch to Khan. Some tight overs and two more wickets – Watson for 32 and Kyle Mayers for 1 meant the Stars had lost 4 for 19.More quiet overs followed as Darren Sammy and Rahkeem Cornwall struggled to get the ball away, particularly from Rashid Khan who finished with 2 for 9. With 12 balls remaining the Stars were just 122 for 6.Those 12 balls brought the Stars 30 runs as Sammy finally found his range, slamming three sixes—two over mid-wicket and one straight–before he was dismissed looking for a fourth, for 26 off 24 balls. The Stars finished with 152 for 8 – well below the two previous first innings at this venue of 196.Chadwick Walton gave the Amazon Warriors chase a frantic beginning by hitting four boundaries in the first two overs. However, the Stars pulled things back in the next three overs, conceding just 15. After Walton was dismissed by a good short ball from Jerome Taylor, the Amazon Warriors ended the Powerplay 42 for 1 with Martin Guptill being kept quiet on 4 off 12.Once the field dropped back the Stars bowled accurately, giving the Amazon Warriors very few boundary balls. After a brief but unspectacular partnership, Babar Azam was caught and bowled by Shane Shillingford for 12 off 14. At the halfway stage the Amazon Warriors required 84 more runs to win.When Guptill was eventually dismissed, well caught at deep point by Samuels off the bowling of Mayers, the Stars probably felt they were in with a chance. Although the required run rate of 8.93 was not steep, it required an acceleration that the Amazon Warriors had shown little sign of giving.It did however eventually come with 48 required from 30 balls as Jason Mohammad and Gajanand Singh took Shillingford’s final over for 16, putting them back in charge of the contest. A brilliantly flicked six and two slapped drives from Gajanand further reduced the equation.Despite the boundaries the Amazon Warriors never truly pulled away and a tight penultimate over from McClenaghan ended with the wicket of Mohammad and left them requiring 8 from the last over.After only two runs came from the first three balls, bowled by Sammy, the Stars had come from nowhere to stand on the brink of winning. However, Roshon Primus heaved a four and scampered two to ensure The Amazon Warriors recorded their first victory of the season.
SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Related Articles FTSE250 William Hill Plc has this morning published its full-year 2019 results, recording a 2% decline in group revenues to £1.58 billion (FY2019: £1.6bn). The bookmaker branded 2019 as a ‘transformative year’, in which it has restructured its three core trading divisions for online, retail and the US.Continued retail adjustments related to shop closures and redundancies saw William Hill book exceptional charges of £134 million, as the betting group continued to soak up costs related to the UK government’s £2 FOBTs stake reduction.Absorption of a number of anticipated restructuring costs led to a 37% decline in 2019 operating profits to £147 million, while group performance was maintained ahead of management expectations. Updating investors, Group CEO Ulrik Bengtsson commented: “2019 was a year of transition during which we executed on our ambition to diversify internationally with the acquisition of Mr Green and the continued strong growth of our US business. The Group delivered a strong operating performance, ahead of our expectations and against a challenging regulatory backdrop.”Closing its full-year 2019 accounts, William Hill governance declared group statutory losses before tax of £38 million, compared to FY2018’s £720 million loss – the year in which the FTSE bookmaker began its group-wide transformation programme, resulting in the closure of 700 UK betting shops. Detailing 2019 highlights, William Hill maintained confidence in its online performance with ‘three consecutive quarters of growth’ which was further supported by Mr Green assets performing ‘in line with expectations’, achieving cost synergies of £4 million in its first year of full integration. Despite navigating continued shocks related to the FOBTs stake reduction, William Hill said that retail sportsbook wagering saw a 6% increase in average weekly staking across its self-service betting terminals.The FTSE betting group enters 2020 maintaining a cash flow of £183 million, as corporate net-debt is expanded to £535 million to reflect its group restructuring costs, US expansions and acquisition of Mr Green. “We move into 2020 in a stronger position,” Bengtsson added. “Almost a quarter of revenue is now generated outside the UK compared to 15% in 2018. We made positive progress with our digital platform, launching our purpose-built platform in the US and product developments in the Online business in 2019. “We will invest in our proprietary technology as we continue to improve the competitiveness of our customer offering. We have also made great progress embedding a culture of safer gambling across the Group.” He concluded: “This is an exciting time to be William Hill’s CEO. Our industry is evolving and this brings great opportunities, underlining the importance of our efforts to re-position the business. We look forward to building on these foundations with a renewed focus on customer, team and execution.”