Food Hub in Hardwick secures $350,000 for new Food Venture Center

first_imgDuring a Friday morning visit to Vermont Soy, a business that graduated from the Vermont Food Venture Center, Sen. Patrick Leahy announced he had secured a $350,000 federal grant to help construct, equip and operate a new Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick’s industrial park.  Leahy said the new kitchen incubator was needed to expand the food-based and agricultural-based economy of rural Vermont.The Vermont Food Venture Center, founded in Fairfax, Vt. in 1996 by the Economic Development Council of Northern Vermont (EDCNV), is a kitchen incubator that offers affordable rental food production and packaging space to entrepreneurs interested in starting their own food-based business.  The center also offers technical assistance to clients in the areas of food production, development, packaging and marketing.  According to EDCNV Executive Director Connie Stanley Little, since 1996, 83 businesses, many of them micro businesses operated by Vermonters, have emerged from the center. Stanley Little said that the new Vermont Food Venture Center, dubbed Vermont Food Venture Center2, will offer entrepreneurs nearly 14,000 square feet of multipurpose kitchen space.  She explained that the move to Hardwick was made possible thanks to two Hardwick-area businesses which have already reserved space in the new facility.  Vermont Soy plans to make and package soy-based tofu in the facility and Jasper Hill Farms intends to expand cheese making operations in the center.  The new center will be equipped not only with specialty food production capabilities, but also feature a dairy production cell and a meat processing cell, Stanley Little said.“This project will put people to work for decades to come developing new small businesses, enhancing Hardwick’s agriculture-based and food-based economy and giving entrepreneurial Vermonters new opportunities.” said Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee.  “Hardwick has become a national model for the future of agriculture.  It has become a test bed where new agricultural technologies come to grow, where young and vibrant farmers are starting new farms instead of closing old ones and where food is more than a meal – but a way of life, a career and a science.”“The creation of new food-based businesses through the Vermont Food Venture Center will help build strong local agricultural economies throughout the state,”   said Andrew Meyer, co-owner of Vermont Soy.  “Vermont Soy is an example of how the Food Venture Center has helped provide eager entrepreneurs the tools and support to develop a successful food business.”“The Vermont Food Venture Center represents the spirit of Vermont, and it is appropriate that it is moving to Hardwick,” said Todd Hardie, owner of Honey Gardens Apiaries – a one-time client of the Vermont Food Venture Center.  “By collaboration and working together, the Venture Center brings people and natural raw materials together to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts.”During the visit to Vermont Soy, Leahy also announced that the Economic Development Council of Northern Vermont in conjunction with Northern Enterprises has submitted a $1.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant application to the Economic Development Administration to complete the $3 million project.  Leahy said he had brought this application to the attention of EDA leadership, and a decision is expected by the end of September. In July, the Vermont Community Development Program awarded a $650,000 Vermont Community Development Program grant for the Vermont Food Venture Center.  Leahy said this grant, federal funds administered by the State of Vermont, would not have been possible without the support of Commerce Secretary Kevin Dorn and Northeastern Vermont Development Association Executive Director Steve Patterson.  Combined with a previous $100,000 Leahy-secured grant and a $500,000 United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant, Stanley Little said the funding for the project is almost complete.  She said the EDCNV will seek bids for the project in the coming months, with hopes of starting construction in either late fall or early spring.The EDCNV, headquartered in St. Albans, Vt., is Vermont’s only EDA-designated district.  EDCNV is an active participant in a wide array of economic initiatives throughout Northern Vermont, including telecommunications, international trade, finance, manufacturing, commerce, tourism and agriculture. Source: Leahy’s office. HARDWICK, Vt. (Friday, Aug. 28, 2009) –# # # # #last_img read more

KPK calls for maximum sentence for Novel attackers amid low-sentence demand

first_imgMeanwhile, the antigraft body’s workers union head Yudi Purnomo Harahap criticized the prosecutors’ sentence demand, saying it would hinder corruption eradication efforts, as the attack was based on Novel’s profession as a graft buster.He went on to say that the lack of legal guarantees and protection for Novel as a human right defender only showed that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was not serious in fighting corruption.”The people who want to disrupt the fight against corruption will repeat terror against KPK employees or leaders without hesitating,” said Yudi.He added that the union urged the President to give an order to law enforcers through the formation of an independent team to uncover the mastermind behind the attack and investigate a possible obstruction of justice in the case.Topics : Novel’s left eye was severe injured as a result of the attack.Both defendants have been indicted of violating Article 353 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Code on torture causing severe bodily harm, which carries a maximum jail term of seven years.“The KPK hopes the panel of judges will rule justly by considering the sense of public justice as well as the fact that Novel became a victim when doing his duty in handling corruption cases,” KPK acting spokesperson Ali Fikri said in a statement on Friday.Read also: ‘Someone influential’: Novel Baswedan tells court he has name of person behind his attack The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has called on the panel of judges to hand down the maximum sentence on two alleged attackers of senior KPK investigator Novel Baswedan as prosecutors only demanded light punishment.Prosecutors demanded that the bench sentence the defendants, Chief Brig. Ronny Bugis and Brig. Rahmat Kadir Mahulette from the National Police’s Mobile Brigade, to one year of imprisonment for throwing acid into Novel’s face in April 2017.last_img read more

Lacrosse defends win streak in overtime against Oregon

first_imgOver the weekend, the No. 12 USC women’s lacrosse team enjoyed its third consecutive win against Oregon State at McAlister Field on Sunday. After a hard-fought battle, USC was left on top by a score of 9-8.Junior midfielder Emily Conciali (left) passes to sophomore attacker Izzy McMahon (right). Conciali missed her 2017 season due to an injury. Wanting He | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy continued their winning streak by overcoming Oregon in overtime. The game-winning goal was netted by sophomore midfielder Kerrigan Miller, who drew a foul in overtime and led the team to a victorious win. Miller has proven to be a strong asset for the Women of Troy, scoring 20 points so far in the 2018 season.In the first five minutes of the game against the Ducks, the Trojans put 3 points on the scoreboard. This was an ambitious start for USC, which had a strong first-half performance against Oregon last year as well.   Oregon put up a solid fight. The Ducks scored 3 goals in 61 seconds during the first half, 2 of those goals from free position. With 17 minutes on the clock in the second half, neither team could find the back of the net until Oregon’s Shannon Williams tied the score at 7.USC sophomore attacker Hope Anhut scored with seven minutes left on the clock. Her efforts put USC on top with little time remaining. Nonetheless, Oregon’s senior defender Jill Zubillaga scored for the Ducks, tying the score with just eight seconds left on the clock, forcing the game into overtime.The game would remain knotted in overtime until Miller netted the game-winning goal with a mere 51 seconds on the clock.The victorious win advanced the women’s lacrosse team to 33-9 all-time at McAlister Field. The overtime win against Oregon marked the first time that USC has ever played in back-to-back overtime games.    Senior goalie Gussie Johns, who has previously received the Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, had eight saves, six ground balls and caused three turnovers against the Ducks. Johns has had a total of 66 saves this season.The women’s lacrosse team emphasized the importance of continuing to work on their defense and communication on the field during practice. The team has attributed its success to improving not only as a team but also as individual players.“Our goal during every practice is to keep improving and working on our own personal goals,” Johns said. “We want to fix things from past games and continue to move forward as a team.”Up next, the women’s lacrosse team will defend their winning streak against Cal this Friday. The Golden Bears have recently fallen to Oregon and Colorado, both of which are teams that USC has defeated 9-8 and 8-7, respectively.The game against Cal, whom USC beat last year 21-4, will conclude the first half of the Pac-12 season for the Trojans.last_img read more

GHPL Week 4: Medeama pip Kotoko, Hearts hold WAFA

first_imgAsante Kotoko suffered their second loss of the season after losing 1-0 at Medeama on Wednesday. The Yellow and Mauves converted a 3rd minute Prince Opoku Agyemang penalty to hand Kotoko  another loss after they were beaten 1-0 by Berekum Chelsea in Kumasi in Week 3.Hearts of Oak went unbeaten for the second straight match after they drew goalless at WAFA. The Phobians managed to keep their hosts at bay but they also needed a timely save from goalkeeper Richard Attah in the 65th minute to keep them in the game.Liberty Professionals grabbed their first victory of the season after they beat Ebusua Dwarfs 2-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium. Seidu Abubakar gave Dwarfs the lead in the 69th minute but Alhassan Mubarak levelled four minutes later and Rudolph Mensah gave Liberty the win with a goal in the 90th minute.Elmina Sharks also grabbed an away win after beating Inter Allies 3-2 at the Accra Sports Stadium. Benjamin Tweneboah gave Sharks the lead in the first half but Victorien Adebayor tied things up before half time. In the second half, Bernard Boateng and Raphael Ocloo stretched the lead for Sharks to 3-1 but Samuel Armah scored for Allies to make it a nervous end but Sharks held on.King Faisal and Bechem United drew 2-2 in Kumasi. Kwame Peprah and Ibrahim Osman scored for Faisal while Prince Kwabena Adu found the net for Bechem United.In Techiman, Eleven Wonders handed Aduana Stars their first loss of the season after a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from  Kwadwo Asamoah.last_img read more