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

Heynckes says Bayern played best match for years

first_img“At this high level you can’t make the sort of mistakes we made after half-time.”The unfortunate Ulreich gifted Karim Benzema his second goal of the match one minute after the break at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, completely misjudging a back-pass from Corentin Tolisso to allow the French striker to slot the ball into an empty net.James Rodriguez equalised for Bayern in the 63rd minute, setting up a desperate last half-hour in which the Germans pinned Real back but despite a handful of chances failed to score the goal that would have given them an away-goals victory on aggregate.Real won 4-3 over the two legs and will play either Roma or Liverpool in the final in Kiev on May 26.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jupp Heynckes’ final European match in charge saw Bayern Munich fall just short © AFP / Christof STACHEMADRID, Spain, May 2 – Coach Jupp Heynckes said Bayern Munich played their best match for years but were undone by a mistake from goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to allow Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final.“We are very disappointed,” Heynckes said. “My team played an outstanding game. I haven’t seen Bayern play as well as that for years.last_img read more