Champlain Oil donates more than $2,500 for the Bissonette Family recreation area

first_imgLocal CITGO Marketer Champlain Oil Co.raised $2,530.60 by collecting three cents from every gallon of gas purchased in the month of April at the Hinesburg Jiffy Mart for the construction of a new recreational facility, the Bissonette Family Recreation Area. The 11-acre recreational facility located off Shelburne Falls Road will accommodate youth and adult recreation programs and provide adequate recreation space to support the town’s athletic programs.”We want to thank our great customers for helping make this donation possible. We kept hearing our customers complain about how much time it took to go to a field in another town just so their kids could play. When we heard about the plan to build a nearby recreation center, we jumped at the opportunity to help fundraise for the construction,” said Jiffy Mart manager Kristi Brown. “We know the facility will be a great asset to our community, and it definitely took a community to build it. We look forward to crossing the road and watching tons of games.”For many years, the Town of Hinesburg did not have the space to support its athletic programs, leaving youth programs scattered throughout the town and forcing residents to travel to surrounding towns in order to participate in team sports. In 2011, local farmer, the late Wayne Bissonette, and his family donated 11 acres of land to the Town of Hinesburg to be used as the Bissonette Family Recreation Area. This facility will include two full-size, multi‐purpose fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, a Little League baseball field, a “tot lot” playground, parking, restrooms and storage. To learn more about this project, visitwww.hinesburg.org(link is external).The campaign for the recreation area is just one way in which Champlain Oil gives back to the local community. Other examples include annual fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through a golf tournament and donations within its Jiffy Mart locations and also sponsorships for local youth sports teams, including the Charlotte Little League and CSSU Buccaneers football.Founded in the 1940s, Champlain Oil Company is an innovative leader in the wholesale fuel and convenience store industries and has grown into one of the largest, independent gasoline, diesel and kerosene distributors in Vermont and New Hampshire. Champlain Oil works with the Trucking Fleet and individual independent dealers to help them structure a business model and insure their success. Champlain Oil currently owns 32 Jiffy Mart locations throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.champlainoil.com(link is external).CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Vermont and New Hampshire own and operate nearly 140 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.CITGO.com(link is external).CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com(link is external).SOURCE SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — CITGOlast_img read more

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Leahy introduces bill to ‘help fix’ broken campaign finance system

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Wednesday joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) in introducing bicameral legislation that addresses a series of comprehensive democratic and electoral reforms to restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to our broken political system.  Counterpart House legislation, also introduced Wednesday, is led by Representative David Price (D-NC). The We The People Democracy Reform Act is more expansive than past versions and includes proposals to comprehensively reform campaign finance laws, increase transparency and accountability in the political system, end extreme partisan gerrymandering, increase voter participation, and strengthen lobbying and revolving door laws.A summary of its provisions is available here(link is external).Leahy said:  “Dark, unaccountable money is flooding our elections and damaging our democracy, advancing the special interests of large, anonymous corporations at the expense of hardworking Americans.  This is happening at the same time that voters are routinely disenfranchised by arbitrary rules and even discriminatory policies. The We the People Democracy Reform Act would help level the playing field by shining a spotlight on corporations that secretly influence our elections, and by protecting Americans’ fundamental right to vote. I am proud to again cosponsor this vital legislation in defense of our democracy and the rights of all Americans to have their voices heard.”  Leahy is the chief sponsor of separate legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court stripped away some of its key provisions.  Leahy, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee in 2014, steered a proposed constitutional amendment through the committee to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which opened the spigots for massive and anonymous campaign contributions.Udall, the chief Senate sponsor, said:  “Our democracy has reached a crisis point.  The American people are losing faith in our electoral process and in our institutions –- because they’ve seen too much evidence that our government no longer answers to ordinary citizens. Disastrous Supreme Court decisions have opened up the floodgates for secret, special interest money to drown out the voices of regular people. Foreign adversaries are interfering in our elections. Voting rights are under attack across the country. And big money donors are being rewarded with cabinet posts, high-ranking positions and special access. It’s long past time that we took action to restore confidence and accountability in our democracy. The ‘We the People Democracy Reform Act’ will empower us to take back our democracy and return it to the hands of all Americans, instead of a privileged, powerful few.”This new legislation builds upon a number of bills introduced by Leahy, Udall, Price and many others to address various shortcomings in our voting and political system. The package would make significant strides toward repairing the broken political system, which has diminished public confidence in their government and depressed voter participation. The bill also will serve as a model for states and localities to implement reforms at the local level.In addition to Leahy, the Senate bill is cosponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Angus King (I-Maine), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).             The bill has received endorsements from The Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, People for the American Way, the Center for American Progress, and Public Citizen, as well as policy leaders such as Norman Eisen, board chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and chief White House ethics lawyer for President Obama (2009-2011) and Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer for President Bush (2005-2007). Additional information about the We the People Democracy Reform Act is available here(link is external). Read quotes from supporters of the bill here(link is external). Source: WASHINGTON – (WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017) – Senator Patrick LeahyVBM vermontbiz.comlast_img read more

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Hundreds attend Region 2 Mash costume display

first_imgHundreds of children from various primary and secondary schools from across the Essequibo Coast gathered at the Anna Regina Centre Ground on Friday to witness the costume and physical display, as well as the jump rope competition.The event was organised by the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Department of Education, however, it was noted there were fewer participating schools than in previous years. Abram Zuil and Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary Schools did not participate in this year’s costume competition.Charity Secondary School’s ship titled “Liberty”Cotton Field Primary performing for the Judges30The activity is part of Mashramani celebrations in Region Two and featured children displaying appropriate costumes under the theme “Celebrate with Dignity, Liberty and Greater Unity”.Taking the stage first in the eight-10-year-old individual tropical category was Better Hope Primary. Teachers from that school were very creative and portrayed turtles in Guyana’s forest. They advocated for unity and liberation of Guyana’s turtles. Friendship Primary was next and portrayed the forested regions of Guyana and its majestic rainfall. In the same category, Hampton Court Primary beautifully crafted a representation of the national bird, the Canje Pheasant. Their float was made of natural materials, such as feathers, straws and nibi. The CV Nunes Primary also created a beautiful display. Friendship Primary copped first place, followed by Hampton Court Primary and Better Hope Primary.There were also depictions of waterfalls, rose petals and ethnic displays, while the secondary category featured costumes depicting Mashramani messages, in keeping with the theme.Cotton Field Secondary’s costumes portrayed unity, while Charity Secondary featured a boat, dubbed “Liberty”, which also highlighted the theme of Mashramani.The students were colourfully dressed with glittering faces, and many costumes caught the eye, including those from Hampton Court Primary, Cotton Field Secondary and Charity Secondary. These costumes were beautifully designed and expertly presented.last_img read more

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