The 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.
The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) in collaboration with the Public Infrastructure Ministry will soon be relieving residents of the poor and unsanitary drainage situation in Campbellville, Georgetown.A silted-up drain in Bel Air, GeorgetownOn Thursday, a team of M&CC Councillors, including Alfred Mentore, Phillip Smith and Akeem Peters, in the company of Community Coordinator of th Public Infrastructure Ministry Neilson McKenzie visited the communities of Bel Air Park; Section K, Campbellville; Lamaha Gardens; D’Andrade Street; and Newton, Campbellville, to evaluate the drainage dilemma affecting the areas.According to McKenzie, the examination was a “fact finding exercise to determine what are the persistent problems that have been plaguing these communities for a long while and how we could work together to remedy these situations to ensure that citizens benefit from improved drainage, improved de-silting mechanisms to ensure the yards are not flooded, the streets are not flooded, the businesses are not flooded, and to ensure a better quality of life for all.”Through the inspections, it was disclosed that the poor conditions of the drains required urgent attention due to the drains being blocked with weeds and being heavily silted, preventing proper drainage in the community.“It is a priority because it has been this way for a number of years,” McKenzie explained.Meanwhile, during this visit, the spotlight was also placed on the deteriorated roads, but according to McKenzie, “there is need for proper drainage before the road is constructed.”Councillor Mentore relayed that the communities perused are within his constituency and he intends to fulfill the promises he made and attempt to bring a solution to the problems affecting residents there.
Jonny Evans has denied spitting at Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse in the Premier League fixture at St James’ Park on Wednesday night. The first half incident overshadowed the Red Devils 1-0 victory, with an 89th minute Ashley Young goal the difference between the sides.Evans and Cisse were both charged by the FA, but while Cisse accepted the charge and has been given a seven-match ban, Evans will be banned for six if found guilty. An independent hearing into the case will be held on Friday night, with a decision expected on Saturday.If found guilty, Evans will miss fixtures against Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea. Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse clash 1
The death of a man whose body was discovered at an east Vancouver storage business last week was an accident, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.“During the investigation, detectives determined that the death was a result of a tragic accident,” Sgt. Brent Waddell said in an email.The man was identified by police as 70-year-old Thomas Dunlap.The sheriff’s office declined to offer more details about how the death happened.Dunlap’s body was found at about 7:30 a.m. Dec. 15 in the parking lot of East Vancouver RV and Boat Storage.Sgt. Fred Neiman previously told The Columbian the body was spotted lying on the ground in an open drive-thru area.Responding officers deemed the death suspicious as they were unable to immediately determine Dunlap’s cause of death, Neiman said.