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.
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Jakarta: Indian swimmer Virdhawal Khade on Thursday advanced to the men’s 50 metre butterfly swimming finals of the 18th Asian Games here.Taking a time of 24.09 seconds, the 26-year-old topped the Heat-2 charts, securing the fifth place in the final list.Anshul Kothari, the other Indian in the fray, despite winning the Heat-1 after clocking 25.45 seconds, failed to make the cut as he was placed at the 28th place in the qualification list.Finals of the event will be held later on Thursday. IANS
Cardinals to induct Carson Palmer into ring of honor “My trade request was to meet them at a middle ground,” Johnson told reporters Tuesday, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I was put on the trade block a month before I requested a trade.”#Browns Duke Johnson said he still wants to be traded pic.twitter.com/HPg2P7Aach— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) June 4, 2019News that Johnson wanted to be traded first came out in April after the team signed recently cut Chiefs running back and 2017 Pro Bowl player Kareem Hunt. Related News Duke Johnson still wants out of Cleveland.The Browns running back said he still wants to be traded, but also gave more details about how his original request to be dealt came to be. Coach Freddie Kitchens minced no words Tuesday when asked about the unhappy running back (via NFL Network): “He wants to be traded. I want to win the lottery. It doesn’t matter. He’s under contract. He’s a Cleveland Brown. He’s going to be used to the best of his ability in what benefits the team.”Browns general manager John Dorsey consistently has said publicly that the team will not deal Johnson, but if the running back is to be believed, it was Cleveland that wanted to move him first.Johnson said the news made him feel “unwanted.”However, he said he is happy to be traded if it’s best for the team. “I was put on the trade block to kind of see what the team could get,” he said. “And I mean, at the end of the day, I understand the nature of the business, I understand his job, John Dorsey’s job, is to do what’s best for the team and the organization.”And again, if that’s getting rid of me for a bigger piece, for a better piece, then I’m OK with it.”Johnson played in 16 games with the Browns last season (four starts) and rushed for 201 yards while catching 47 passes for 429 yards and three touchdowns. Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster attends prom with fan who got dumped Lions’ Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison, Darius Slay skipping minicamp in hopes of reworking contracts, report says