This week, hundreds of Vermont hospitality industry professionals from across the state, gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, VT for the 68th Annual Vermont Travel Industry Conference. During the conference’s awards ceremony, VTIC honored the Town of Killington for excellence in marketing; Bill Orleans, owner of PP&D Brochure Distribution, for Vermont Travel Person of the Year; and Morgan Goodyear, junior at Johnson State College, as recipient of the VTIC Scholarship.After a series of educational and motivational workshops led by industry specialists representing hotels, state tourist attractions, PR and marketing firms and more, the opening day, May 12, concluded with an awards banquet honoring some of the great people and projects in Vermont hospitality. The first award presented was the Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence. As Master of Ceremonies, Josie Leavitt, owner of Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont, told the audience, the award is given to ‘a tourism-related business, region, or association that has shown a clear understanding of the Vermont Brand and has successfully incorporated it into one or more marketing initiatives.’ The award also gives recognition to the ‘ongoing commitment to Vermont’s tourism industry.’ The judges were asked to base their votes on the following criteria: strategy, creativity, innovation or utilization of a new approach, and achievement of stated bbjectives. The nominees were each unique and excellent in their own way and choosing just one proved to be an incredibly challenging task but the winning project successfully met all of the criteria for marketing excellence. Through their rebranding initiative, the Town of Killington, winner of the 2011 Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence, developed a strategy from the grassroots level that collaborated events, marketing & special projects. They successfully were able to reach multiple audiences via various channels of communication and relied heavily on the public for private partnerships to leverage additional resources. The Town of Killington used Vermont’s intrinsic qualities while still retaining elements unique to Killington. Seth Webb, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Town of Killington accepted the award. Honorable mention for the Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence was given to the Vermont Convention Bureau for their meeting planners guide ‘ a beautiful, comprehensive directory of the Vermont’s event and convention facilities; Ski Vermont for their 5th Grade Passport Program, a project designed to get kids involved in snow sports, and to encourage their allegiance to Vermont products, and again to Ski Vermont for their Digital Travel Initiative, a unique mobile phone application. The second award presented was the VTIC Scholarship. The scholarship fund was established in 1994 to enable Vermont college students to further their education in a tourism-related field. The VTIC Scholarship Award helps a deserving student become a future leader of the Vermont hospitality industry. The 2011 scholarship recipient, Morgan Goodyear, is a junior at Johnson State College and currently works part-time as Conference Planning Assistant at Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Stowe. The final award presented was the Vermont Travel Person of the Year. This award honors a member of the Vermont community who exemplifies and ongoing dedication to what makes Vermont such a special place to visit. The Vermont Travel Person of the Year award is presented to an individual who contributes significantly to Vermont’s travel & tourism industry, enforces the Vermont brand, helps position Vermont as a friendly and fun place to visit, promotes the value of tourism to the state’s economy, and exemplifies what is good within the travel industry and within our local communities. The 2011 Vermont Travel Person of the Year award was presented to Bill Orleans, owner of PP&D Brochure Distribution and Chair of the 2011 Vermont Travel Industry Conference. Bill’s services, as his nominees stated, ‘have become an integral part of the marketing plan of travel related businesses throughout Vermont.’ With over two million brochures distributed last year in hundreds of locations across the state, Bill has made a living promoting and supporting what is good in Vermont. For more information on the Vermont Travel Industry Conference, please visit the website at www.VTIC.org(link is external) or the conference Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VTIC802(link is external).
Brooks Koepka on Friday downplayed concerns over a hip issue that forced a trainer to administer stretches several times during the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday.Koepka, aiming for his third consecutive PGA Championship, carded a 2-under 68 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco on Friday; he finished 6-under through two rounds, two strokes behind leader Haotong Li. But the prevailing story after his Friday round was his hip heading into the weekend. Koepka, however, didn’t seem worried.MORE: PGA Championship live golf scores, results, highlights from Saturday’s Round 3″It was my hip. Nothing to do with my knee. It’s fine,” Koepka said. “I woke up this morning, it was tight, and worked out and it got even tighter and then we loosened it up. It was a little tight when I was hitting balls on the range but it’s nothing to be worried about.”We’ll loosen it up again and it will be a lot better.”Koepka finished his round with a birdie at the final hole and sits in a six-way tie for second at six under. A closing birdie for @BKoepka.He’s two back heading into the weekend in search of his third straight @PGAChampionship. pic.twitter.com/T8E3OWqlPT— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 2020The four-time major champion was happy with his form, but allowed that missed putts cost him an even better second-round score.”It was nice to finish that round with a birdie. It got I thought pretty difficult from about 11 on. The wind picks up, and it’s quite difficult,” Koepka said.”It’s not an easy golf course. You’ve got to find the fairway and then find the uphill putt or hit it close to the pin. These greens are so good.” read more
CEDAR FALLS — The Northern Iowa Panthers are in a good position for the post-season as they get ready for this week’s visit from Indiana State. The Panthers are 6-3 after a win at nationally ranked Illinois State.That’s coach Mark Farley. With a strong finish the Panthers will be in a good position to earn a first-round bye in the FCS playoffs.Indiana State is 3-6 and lost Iowa transfer quarterback Ryan Boyle to a season ending injury. Farley says the Panthers know the Sycamores are better than their record.Kickoff at the UNI-Dome on Saturday is scheduled for 4 o’clock. IOWA CITY — Iowa will try to climb back in the race in the Big Ten West when the 18th ranked Hawkeyes visit 16th rated Wisconsin. The recent history of this series has been all Wisconsin. The Badgers have won six of the last seven.Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. An Iowa defense that has posted two Big Ten shutouts this season will try to slow down Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, who ranks fifth in the country in yards per game.The bye week did not help every injured Hawkeye. Leading receiver Brandon Smith is still out with an ankle injury and middle linebacker Kristian Welch will miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury. Wisconsin’s defense has been tough to solve for the Hawkeye offense. Iowa’s offense has only scored a total of 32 points in the last four games.Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 3 o’clock, with the pre-game show at 1 o’clock on KGLO. Also tune in tonight at 6:30 on KGLO for Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz GARNER — Osage is headed back to the state volleyball tournament after sweeping Emmetsburg in the Class 2A Region 2 championship match last night held in Garner. The Green Devils took the first set 25-14 and then cruised through the final two sets, 25-9 and 25-10. Osage improves to 36-6 overall. They are the fourth seed in the Class 2A state tournament and will face fifth-seeded Grundy Center in the quarterfinal round next Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The Green Devils split a pair of matches against Grundy Center in the Waverly-Shell Rock tournament on October 5th, with each squad taking a two sets to one win. The winner of the Osage-Grundy Center match will face either top-seed Western Christian of Hull or eighth-seed Hudson in the semifinals. The other side of the bracket has second-seed Beckman of Dyersville facing seventh-seed Van Buren County, and third-seed Wilton taking on sixth-seed Clarion-Goldfield-Dows. The Cowgirls swept East Sac County 25-8, 25-20, 25-19 in the Region 3 championship in Manson last night. AMES, Iowa (AP) — Senior Michael Jacobson led seven Cyclones in double figures with 20 points and nine rebounds and Iowa State throttled Mississippi Valley State 110-74 in its season opener. Tyrese Haliburton had 12 points, 14 assists, seven rebounds and six steals for the Cyclones, who improved to 7-0 against the Delta Devils. Next up for Iowa State is a road trip to Oregon State on Saturday. AMES — The stretch run begins for Iowa State with a visit this week to ninth ranked Oklahoma. The Cyclones are coming off their bye week with a record of 5-3.That’s ISU coach Matt Campbell who says the Cyclones have put themselves in a position to play meaningful games.The chore for the Cyclone defense will be to contain Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, who ranks second in the country in total offense.Kickoff in Norman on Saturday night is scheduled for 7 o’clock. read more