Long Trail stewards welcome new executive director

first_imgThe Green Mountain Club today announced the choice of Will Wiquist as the organization’s new executive director.  Wiquist is the first new director in more than a decade for the 101-year old, 10,000 member club which maintains Vermont’s Long Trail network and seeks to promote the role of the mountains in people’s lives.Wiquist previously served for more than three and a half years as press secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  Among other public relations responsibilities, he managed the senator’s highly active social media presence including leading the way in building the largest Facebook page in the U.S. Senate. “We are really pleased to have Will Wiquist as our new Executive Director,’ said Marge Fish of Londonderry, president of the Green Mountain Club. ‘He brings great energy and enthusiasm to the job. He has already shown that he can review and absorb large amounts of information, interact with a diverse group of people, and triage the most important issues to work on. We look forward to a long and productive association with him.”Prior to working for Sanders, Wiquist worked as compliance director for now-Rep. Peter Welch’s 2006 campaign for Congress and a senior analyst for the Federal Election Commission. He also has extensive campaign experience in volunteer organizing.  Wiquist has a Masters in Public Policy from American University and an undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College.‘The Green Mountain Club is a wonderful Vermont institution led by dedicated volunteers and a talented and experienced staff.  It is a great honor to be a part of this community,’ Wiquist said. Following the highly-successful tenure of Ben Rose as director, Wiquist began work Monday in the club’s Waturbury headquarters and visitor center on Route 100 headed into Stowe.  Open seven days a week during the hiking season, and five days a week the rest of the year, the visitor center was completed in 2009 and is open to the public for maps, merchandise, hiking expertise and even free coffee.The Green Mountain Club is recognized by the state of Vermont as the “the founder, sponsor, defender, and protector” of the Long Trail system.  With its 273-mile footpath, 175 miles of side trails, and nearly 70 primitive shelters, the Long Trail is the oldest long distance trail in the United States. In addition to the 445-mile Long Trail System, the club also maintains much of the Appalachian Trail and other hiking trail systems in Vermont in partnership with organizations including the U.S. Forest Service, Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.Source: Green Mountain Club.last_img read more

Candidate makes house calls to win more votes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Although fewer than half of residents were home when he stopped by, response has been very positive, he said. ‘It’s a whole lot easier to communicate with people if you’ve been to their homes,’ Newcomer said. ‘That’s the big difference between me and my opponents. Most people are impressed that a candidate would make the effort to come to their door – especially for an Assembly seat.’ Newcomer criticized incumbent Assemblyman Ron Calderon for spending too much time courting big business. So far, Newcomer, Calderon’s brother Charles, Pico Rivera Mayor David Armenta, and Montebello City Treasurer Gerri Guzman have formed campaign committees, indicating plans to run for the Assembly seat. ‘Since I’ve been into the neighborhoods, I know better what they want than those candidates who spend their time in Sacramento talking to the fat cats,’ Newcomer said. MONTEBELLO – Three pairs of shoes and 600 miles later, Owen Newcomer had just about visited his 16,000th home Tuesday morning. The Whittier City Council member figured that, with 47 houses left, and at a rate of 25 houses an hour, he would easily knock on the 16,000th door somewhere in Montebello by nightfall. While most candidates for the state Assembly are just getting their campaigns under way, Newcomer began walking door to door on June 6 of last year in his bid for the 58th Assembly District seat. He has set a goal of visiting 24,000 homes by June 6 – the day of the Democratic primary. ‘I wear a pedometer, so I know how far I’ve walked,’ said Newcomer. ‘By the time I’m finished, I’ll have walked the same distance as from here to Sacramento and back – about 1,000 miles.’ The 57-year-old candidate said he is visiting only the homes of 58th district voters who cast ballots in past Democratic primaries. He also plans to send follow-up letters to homes to remind voters of his personal visit. ‘Mine is different from Chuck Calderon’s approach. He’s talking to lobbyists, not the people he’s representing. Who does he represent? The lobbyists in Sacramento, or the people? I have a different perspective.’ Guzman could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Armenta, who started campaigning two months ago, said meeting with voters will be the key to winning the seat. ‘I’ve been out there,’ he said. ‘Whoever wins that race must meet the people and go to the homes.’ Charles Calderon said during his tenure as an Assembly member in the 1980s and as state Senator in the 1990s, he saw residents through several major crises – experience that Newcomer lacks. ‘I have a record of representing the people of that community in times of crisis for 16 years,’ Calderon said. ‘I represented them during the Whittier Earthquake (of 1987) when I called a special session and helped provide grants and loans to homes, businesses and governments to rebuild. ‘(Newcomer’s) never been in a crisis. That’s when you need true leadership.’ Newcomer’s extensive door-to-door visits will not give him an edge, said Calderon. He believes that starting so early will only result in people forgetting Newcomer when they go to the polls in June. ‘He started last June 6. Who’s going to remember him?’ Calderon said. ‘Unless he has the ability to talk to them and remind them through a mail program and he doesn’t have the money. In any event, this is a Latino district. They haven’t elected a non-Latino in 30 years. (Newcomer) just doesn’t have the loyalty base.’ pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgNow that the dust has settled, times have been verified, and the blisters have healed; we can reflect on what has proved to be a truly great Donegal sporting event.Despite inclement weather, it was evident that the runner’s spirit would not be beaten and the day was a massive success.The Organising Committee of the second Donegal Marathon and Half Marathon, which took place at the end of August, would like to thank everyone who took the time and effort to lend their support to the ‘People’s Marathon’ whether it was to participate, organise or sponsor. First and foremost, congratulations to all of the runners and walkers who participated so valiantly on the day. Your efforts were truly admirable and inspiring in equal measure.Well done to the winners of each of the categories but in reality, you were all winners on a day that consolidated an annual sporting event that can sit proudly in the Donegal sporting calendar for many years to come.The committee would also like to commend all of the marshals, Donegal Volunteer Centre, all of the volunteers and especially the local gardai who gave of their time to ensure that the event was run in a professional manner with limited inconvenience to the general public. Thanks also to the Donegal Sports Partnership who ran Marathon Information Nights and to the venues that facilitated this.To run any type of sporting event these days, and particularly one as extensive as the Donegal Marathon, will inevitably incur considerable cost and expensive. The committee would also like to acknowledge the support and assistance of their main funder, the locally elected members of the Donegal County Council. Other key sponsors included United Health Care and Watson Hire. Last and by no means least, the committee wish to thank you, the people of Donegal for your continued support and encouragement to not just the participants but also the organisers and staff, both on the day and in the lead-up to the event.It is your support that makes Donegal Marathon, ‘the People’s Marathon’ and it is your turnout along the route and at the finish line that inspires the committee and ensures that, just like the people that take part, this Donegal sporting event will run and run.DONEGAL MARATHON ORGANISERS THANK ALL THOSE WHO MADE IT A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: September 16th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Bob Somerville captured this lovely summer evening

first_imgBob Somerville captured this lovely summer evening scene last night along the Harborwalk. See past neighborhood photo posts. “Neighborhood Photo” is a regular feature on NorthEndWaterfront.com. Send in your photos using our Submit a Post form, via email to info@northendwaterfront.comor tag @northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling us about your photo.*Advertisement*last_img