The Grafton Homestead, LLC, in Grafton, Vermont has recently expanded its space for guest accommodations, according to Manager Jennifer Karpin. Karpin reports that the Grafton Homestead, which opened in the Summer of 2001, has experienced sufficient bookings this year towarrant the need for an additional guest room, called the Morning Glory room. “With a cheerful yet subtle morning glory theme, this room’s first floor location and private bath make it a good choice for our older guests or those who have difficulty climbing stairs,” says Karpin.The Grafton Homestead’s Guest Suite remains most popular with visitors who enjoy its spaciousness and privacy. Over 1000 square feet, the Suiteincludes a bedroom, living room, bath and full kitchen, all comfortably furnished with country antiques, upstairs in a circa 1800 historic cape.Guests may book the entire suite for a weekend or a week-long getaway, with all the comforts and privacy of a home in the country.Manager Karpin explains that she has used her marketing skills and experience to reach travelers throughout the northeast corridor and as far away as New Mexico, Canada, England and India. The village of Grafton, Vermont, known for decades for its quiet charms and gracious hospitality, remains a desirable tourist destination. Visited regularly by artists,writers and dignitaries, Grafton offers serenity and that “off the beaten path” sensibility for visitors, who enjoy hiking and cross country ski-ing at Grafton Ponds, dining at the Old Tavern, visiting the award winning Grafton Village Cheese Company, or exploring the town’s superb Nature andHistory Museums.The Grafton Homestead is located at 499 Route 121 East on the edge of Grafton Village, and its web site may be seen at www.graftonhomestead.com(link is external).For more information, call 802-843-1111.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A longstanding challenge for credit unions has been optimizing their investment in branches. In the not-too-distant past, big banks with their coast-to-coast network of physical locations commanded a clear lead.Today, the competitive advantage may be swinging more toward buzz-worthy solutions for mobile and online account access, from both traditional financial institutions and new financial technology (fintech) companies.Still, the financial services industry is a long way from bidding farewell to the branch. So rather than standing pat, it may be time to reinvent person-to-person service with a sales-centric flair.A white paper from Financial Management Solutions Inc. (FMSI) on the “Top Five Practices Holding Your Branch Back” pinpoints the areas where credit unions can either get by with a traditional service model or get ahead by implementing an innovative approach to personal service tailored to members’ needs and expectations. continue reading »
Press Association Last week Van Gaal said he would take time to decide who should take the honour, and Robson appears to think the Dutchman has already made up his mind. “Robin was his captain of Holland, so that is an obvious one,” United’s former ‘Captain Marvel’ told Press Association Sport. “I would be really surprised if he didn’t give Robin it.” The close bond between Van Gaal and Van Persie was clear to see throughout the World Cup. The pair spoke publicly about their admiration for each other and Van Persie raced over to the bench following his stunning opening goal against Spain to give his manager a big high five. Van Gaal defied his critics to guide Holland to the semi-finals of the World Cup before they were knocked out by Argentina on penalties. Robson believes Holland’s run to the last four bodes well for United, who finished seventh last year under David Moyes. “He has been a winner all his coaching career so hopefully he will install that back into the club,” said Robson, who played 461 times during a 13-year spell at United. One of Louis van Gaal’s biggest priorities in his new role as United boss is to select a skipper following the summer exit of Nemanja Vidic. After spending 10 years at the club Wayne Rooney was tipped to take the captain’s armband, but Van Persie skippered the Dutch national side at the World Cup and he enjoys a good relationship with the new man in charge at Old Trafford. “In the World Cup Holland were very good. Tactically he got them really well-drilled and I thought they were very unlucky. I thought they were better than Argentina, and they could have gone all the way.” Van Gaal has put his squad through tough training sessions since landing in Los Angeles, where United kick off their pre-season campaign on Wednesday against LA Galaxy. The players in the 25-man squad, which includes new signings Anders Herrera and Luke Shaw, have been keen to impress their new manager, who was appointed as Moyes’ successor in May. The pain and disappointment of last year’s dismal showing under the Scot will also be driving the players on, according to Robson. “The fans and the club were disappointed last year, but nobody hurts more than players,” said Robson, who won two league titles, one Cup Winners’ Cup and three FA Cups during his time at Old Trafford. “I know these players. They have won the title, the Champions League, and a lot of them were really disappointed about what happened so the lads that are still at the club will want to bounce back, they will want to prove to people that they are top players and they can win things.” Robson thinks United could fall short though unless they sign a centre-back. Last season United conceded 43 goals. After losing Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and possibly Patrice Evra, Robson is concerned United lack experience in their back line. “When you lose three class defenders like that you need to bring in a really top-drawer centre-half to the club. That would really give us a chance of winning the title,” Robson said. “You look back over the years and United have had Nemanja and Rio as a pairing, Brucey (Steve Bruce) and Pally (Gary Pallister). “Then we had Jaap Stam. He was a really dominant and aggressive player and we need one of those to come in to the club.” Robson believes Bruno Martins Indi would have been the ideal signing for United. The 22-year-old Holland centre-back joined Porto from Feyenoord on Wednesday after enjoying a successful World Cup under Van Gaal. “He really impressed me in Brazil, especially against Argentina when they were up against it,” Robson said. “He had a really good tournament. He had a big presence on the pitch and we need someone like that.” Bryan Robson expects Robin van Persie to captain Manchester United next season.
The most successful BH tennis player, Damir Dzumhur, will remember his victory against Thomas Fabbiano in the eighth finals of the ATP tournament in Umag as the match with which he earned his first million USD.Dzumhur had 990,265 USD on his account from the prizes at the ATP tournament in his career before the tournament in Croatia.After the triumph over Almagro in the first round, he earned 5,150 USD, and after yesterday’s victory over Fabbiano, he earned additional 8,693 USD.In this way, he earned a total of 1,004,108 USD from prizes during his career by playing in the singles and doubles from 2011.In singles in his career at the ATP level he is in the ratio 36-35, while in doubles this ratio is 1-4.(Source: E. B./Klix.ba)
Wakenaam businessman’s murderAn Alberttown, Georgetown resident was on Wednesday morning arrested and is being interrogated for the murder of Wakenaam businessman, Mahendra Persaud who was gunned down on Alexander Street, Bourda on Tuesday.Dead: Mahendra PersaudThe 26-year-old suspect was arrested at about 03:50h by Police ranks. A Police source stated that the man is a known character to the Police and was seen in the CCTV footage of the shooting incident after it was reviewed by investigators.Guyana Times understands that the Police uplifted and reviewed several pieces of surveillance footage from nearby businesses in the area where the incident took place. With the arrest of Alexander, the Police are on the hunt for one other man suspected to be the shooter.The 26-year-old businessman was shot about three times on Tuesday by a lone gunman who attacked him seconds after he exited a motorcar to transact business at a wholesale store. He reportedly collapsed and was run over by a heavily tinted motorcar.A man, who was seen changing the licence plates of the vehicle after the incident was arrested. He is said to be assisting with investigations.It was reported that after the young businessman was shot, licensed firearm holders who witnessed the incident discharged several rounds in the direction of the gunman who managed to escape on a motorcycle ridden by an accomplice.The injured businessman was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The gunman was not successful in relieving the Persaud of the bag containing the money he was carrying.It was during him resisting the gunman that he was shot to the neck and stomach. The now dead man was described as friendly, non-confrontational, funny and helpful. He only recently got married.
A Donegal girl delivered a powerful performance of Amhrán na bhFiann on St. Patrick’s Day that earned a rapturous applause from the people of Letterkenny.Cloghan schoolgirl Katie McCarthy, aged 12, was asked to sing on the main stage to open the Letterkenny parade on Saturday. The young singer and Blue Ribbon group member accepted the honour and wowed the crowds with her flawless vocals. Katie was approached through her school, SN Taobhoige, to take on the prestigious role. Her proud dad Jimmy McCarthy said: “Katie jumped at the chance, knowing this was such an honour to be asked, but knew she only had 24 hours to practice. As the parade starting time approached, so did the excitement.”It’s hard to believe that this was a last-minute performance for Katie, and as Jimmy is heard saying in the video, she really ‘nailed it’.WATCH: This 12-year-old’s take on the national anthem will leave you speechless was last modified: March 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Amhrán na bhFiannkatie mcCarthyletterkennynational anthemparadeSingingSt Patrick’s Day