Throughout the busy foliage season those who servetourists are faced with last minute travelers looking for a place to stay.The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing launched a new tool in mid-September that will assist the tourism industry in connecting travelers and lodging properties. This simple, online system allows any lodging establishment in the state to post and update their current room availability throughout the day.As of September 26, as many as 150 Vermont lodging properties were logging on daily to enter the current room availability. “We think it’svery exciting to have this service, which lets travelers and innkeepers find each other immediately. It really works; it’s a wonderful idea,” said Jennifer Karpin, manager at The Grafton Homestead.The listings are immediately available to staff at Vermont Information and Welcome Centers, Regional Marketing Organizations, chambers ofcommerce, and operators at the 1-800-Vermont teleservicing center. Availability can be sorted by region of the state, town, number of rooms available, or by the time the listing was last updated.Even a lodging property that has filled its own rooms can use the system to help additional travelers who show up at their front desk.Listings from the previous day are cleared automatically from the system at 5 a.m. each morning. Properties that register will receive anautomatic email reminder to update the current day’s information. This ensures only current information is displayed.Vermont tourism officials expect an excellent 2002 foliage season, which means about 4.5 million people will be booking lodging accommodations during the season. For foliage conditions and scenic tours see:www.VermontVacation.com(link is external)
CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle applauded credit unions for their efforts in serving seniors in an editorial published on LinkedIn Thursday.June 15 has been declared World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations since 2006.“It is unfortunate that we need such a day but inspiring that there are so many willing to advocate with, and on behalf of seniors who may vulnerable to abuse,” Nussle wrote. “America’s credit unions are dedicated to meeting the financial needs of all consumers, and serving the seniors in their communities is an important part of their mission.”Nussle noted that advocates from around world are gathering today in Washington, D.C. for the third Global Summit on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.“At today’s summit, staff from North Carolina’s State Employees Credit Union will be on the agenda to discuss financial abuse issues plaguing older adults and the legislation that could address the issues affecting our seniors,” Nussle wrote. “I applaud State Employees Credit Union for dedicating their time to advocate on this important matter.” 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
It would be a stretch to call last season’s performance by the USC women’s tennis team a disappointment. The Women of Troy finished the season ranked No. 19 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings and had several players perform well enough to advance deep into the postseason.Serves up · Junior Danielle Lao, ranked No. 16 in singles this year, registered a 26-13 overall record in singles play last year as a sophomore. – Daily Trojan file photoBut given the recent history of success the team has experienced under USC coach Richard Gallien, it’s no surprise that this year’s squad is looking for more.“To stay in the top 20 in the country was certainly not our goal, but considering how few people we had ready [last season], I think we did quite well,” said Gallien, now in his 17th season with the Women of Troy.Prior to the 2009-2010 season, USC had finished ranked no worse than No. 11 in the nation this century. The 2009-2010 season’s final rankings saw the team at No. 20, followed by last season’s finish at No. 19.Last year’s squad was hampered by mid-season injuries to key players, and the lack of depth affected the team’s performance. This year the Women of Troy face another huge obstacle before the season has even started in replacing senior Maria Sanchez, who graduated last spring after finishing the season No. 3 in the nation.But the Women of Troy have plenty of returners to make up for Sanchez’s departure, including junior Danielle Lao, who finished last season ranked No. 23 in the ITA rankings and was named second team All-Pac 10.Lao believes the team is in a good position to move forward without Sanchez.“You can’t replace a player like Maria Sanchez,” Lao said. “But we’ve got a lot of strong freshmen coming in who are eager and hungry, so we’re looking forward to a good season.”That group of freshmen, ranked as the second best recruiting class in the country according to TennisRecruiting.com, consists of Gabrielle, DeSimone, Giuliana Olmos, Sabrina Santamaria and Zoe Scandalis.Gallien expressed his excitement about this group of new players.“Although we lost Maria [Sanchez], we also gain one of the top recruiting classes in the country and I expect all four [freshmen] to play and contribute,” Gallien said.Though this new batch of freshmen will be relied on this season, a former highly touted recruit is also expected to be a top contributor: sophomore Kaitlyn Christian.In her first season playing Division I tennis, Christian teamed with the aforementioned Sanchez to form one of the top doubles teams in the country. The pair advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA doubles championships, the farthest any USC women’s doubles team has ever been. This year, however, Christian is looking to top that mark.“The big goal would be to win the Pac-12 and NCAA championship,” Christian said. “But right now we’re just focused on working hard.”Christian credits Sanchez as a key contributor to her own personal success. She looks to experience some of that same success the two experienced last year with a new partner this season.“Maria taught me a lot,” Christian said. “She’s probably one of the best players I’ve ever played with, so hopefully I can carry some of that success into this year.”Christian is listed at No. 60 in the preseason ITA rankings of individual players after finishing last season at No. 90. Lao currently sits at No. 16.Teamed with other returners, such as Valeria Pulido and Allison Ramos, Gallien is looking to return to past success.“With the players we have coming in and the returners, I really do think we should be back in the top 10 and make a solid run at a championship.”The Women of Troy open the season this weekend at the Nike Invitational at California.