Who’s moving? Charity sector recruitment round-up

first_imgMatt Lawley joins Charity Checkout as Events SpecialistCharity Checkout has appointed Matt Lawley as its Events Specialist. Matt was previously Head of Sports Events at Bloodwise, where he grew triathlons from just £120k in income to the over £500k level in 5 years. Matt has been with Bloodwise for over 10 years and is an avid sports enthusiast being a member of Crystal Palace Triathlon Club and a keen triathlete. Lawley joins Charity Checkout on 2 November. Who’s moving? Charity sector recruitment round-up Advertisement LifeArc appoints Diana Sternfield as Head of Intellectual PropertyLifeArc has announced the appointment of Diana Sternfeld as its new Head of Intellectual Property (IP), effective 12 November.  Sternfield joins LifeArc from her partnership at Fieldfisher LLP and brings a wealth of life sciences experience, supporting and managing the IP needs of the biopharmaceutical industry, including having litigated the first UK ‘biotech’ patents up to the House of Lords (UK Supreme Court).  104 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Tagged with: Charity People Recruitment / people Edith Prak to join University of Nottingham as Director of AdvancementThe University of Nottingham has appointed Edith Prak as its new Director of Advancement, taking up the role from 28 January 2019.  Prak is currently Director of Development for The Elders, with previous roles including Director of Development at the Open University and Deputy Director (Development and Outreach) of the Ashmolean Museum. In her new role, Prak will lead the Campaign & Alumni Relations Office (CARO) to encourage philanthropic donations from a wide range of donors through major gifts, annual giving and legacy giving. She will also lead communications and engagement with Nottingham alumni across the globe. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Photo credit: WaterAidThree new Trustees for WaterAidWaterAid has appointed three new trustees to its Board of Trustees, following their appointment at the charity’s AGM on 12 October. The new trustees are Matthew Tweedie, Group Finance Director of Arup; Zaid Al-Qassab (pictured), Chief Brand and Marketing Officer of BT plc; and Peter Simpson, CEO of Anglian Water. Stepping down as trustees are Rosemary Carr, Christopher Loughlin and Steve Vaid.  103 total views,  1 views today Here are six of the sector’s recent appointment announcements including WaterAid, Charity Checkout, and LifeArc. London Marathon Events appoints first Head of CharitiesKenneth Foreman, former Senior Sporting Events and Partnerships Manager for Alzheimer’s Research UK, has been appointed as the first Head of Charities at London Marathon Events Limited. Foreman is responsible for developing partnerships with charities to ensure that fundraising opportunities are developed and maximised across all of the events organised by London Marathon Events. First Young Trustees appointed by Kids in MuseumsKids in Museums has appointed its first ever Young Trustees to its Board: Amy Shakespeare and Sarah Moreno (pictured). The new Trustees will receive governance training and will be paired with an existing Board member, who will provide support and advice. Shakespeare currently works as Marketing and Impact Officer for the Cornwall Museums Partnership, while Moreno is a Freelance Educator and works with museum learning teams to develop their audience engagement. She is currently Learning Intern at the Bethlem Museum of the Mind and Learning Assistant on London Transport Museum’s employability programme, Route into Work. Melanie May | 1 November 2018 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Police: TCC student found dead near TCU knew killer

first_imgReddIt Elizabeth Campbell <br /> <a href=””>PC 35834 (REGINALD KIMBRO) (PDF)</a><br /> <br /> <a href=””>PC 35834 (REGINALD KIMBRO) (Text)</a><br /> Elizabeth Campbell ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Elizabeth Campbell Facebook Elizabeth Campbell Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare Twitter WATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Elizabeth Campbell CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! Linkedin + posts Previous articleCelebrity Dish Finale (Ep. 22 – The Best and the Worst)Next articleSearch for new Dean of Undergraduate Admissions down to 3 finalists Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printUpdate 3 p.m.: Police said they had collected enough evidence to recommend the charge of capital murder. Kimbro is being held in the Mansfield jail on a $1 million bond. A Fort Worth homicide detective said he believes Molly Matheson, who was found dead near campus last month, knew her killer and was sexually assaulted by him. Reginald Kimbro. (Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Police Department.)Police arrested Reginald Kimbro, 23, last week in connection with Matheson’s death.According to the affidavit for the case, surveillance video from a house on the same block as Matheson’s showed Kimbro’s car in the area that night. Police also found text messages from Kimbro to Matheson on her phone. During an interview with police, Kimbro said he and Matheson, 22, dated while she was a student at the University of Arkansas, according to the affidavit. The Registrar’s Office at the University of Arkansas could find no record of Kimbro ever attending.Detectives explained the case in the affidavit that was signed April 27 by Fort Worth Homicide Detective K.C. Sullivan. The details from the affidavit are as follows:Around 4:30 p.m on April 10, Matheson’s mother, Tracey Matheson, found her daughter “curled up in a ball” in the shower area of her apartment. Homicide detectives arrived on the scene around 5:45 p.m. Her mother told police she had come over after Matheson’s boss called to say she had not shown up to work. Matheson lived alone in an unattached apartment behind a house in the 2600 block of Waits Avenue, two blocks from TCU. According to the affidavit, there were no signs of forced entry into the apartment. The door was closed but not locked, according to police. Matheson’s left eye was swollen and there were spots on her face caused by bleeding, according to the affidavit. Due to her physical injuries and her lack of clothing, Sullivan said he believed “she may have been sexually assaulted.”Underwear and linens from the bed were found in the washing machine in the apartment, according to the affidavit. Sullivan wrote that he believed that the items “may have contained evidence of sexual assault and were placed in the washing machine by Molly’s killer in order to destroy evidence.” Officers connected Kimbro to the case after unlocking Matheson’s phone using her fingerprint, according to the affidavit. The last “read” text message was from Kimbro and said “Lazy Ass. Im outside.” It was sent April 9 around 10:30 p.m.On April 10 around 3 a.m. Kimbro sent another text: “Hey. Thanks again for the advice. Its nice seeing how far you’ve come. Im proud of you brej. Hmu when you get up.” That message was never marked as read on Molly’s phone. In the affidavit, Sullivan explained that he ran a search on Kimbro and found that he had been arrested for sexaul assault by the South Padre Island Police Department in March 2014. Sullivan said South Padre police told him Kimbro took the woman to the bathroom where he choked and raped a woman. Kimbro’s semen was found on the woman. Kimbro said the sex was consensual, and the charges were later dismissed. In 2012, Kimbro was a suspect in an aggravated sexual assault case in Plano. In the affidavit, Sullivan detailed the account from police, which contained similar aspects to Matheson’s case and the one in 2014. According to the affidavit, Sullivan “noticed the similarities in the cases.”Sullivan interviewed Kimbro April 14, according to the affidavit. During the interview Kimbro said he had previously dated Matheson while she was a student at the University of Arkansas. The two broke up, but stayed in touch. Kimbro said Matheson texted him April 9 asking if he wanted to hang out. Upon arriving at Matheson’s apartment, Kimbro said they kissed but didn’t have sex and that he left around 1:30 in the morning April 10. After leaving Matheson’s apartment, Kimbro told police he began driving to Arkansas. But Sullivan said Kimbro “became upset” and wanted to end the interview when asked “specific questions” about the time frame, according to the report.No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon, according to a county clerk.last_img read more

Only Senior Citizens/ Parents Entitled To Prefer Appeal Against Order Of Tribunal Under Senior Citizen Act 2007: Madras High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesOnly Senior Citizens/ Parents Entitled To Prefer Appeal Against Order Of Tribunal Under Senior Citizen Act 2007: Madras High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK24 Feb 2021 12:49 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court has held that only senior citizens/ parents are entitled to file an appeal against an order passed by the Tribunal under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act, 2007. Holding thus, a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy dismissed a petition seeking a declaration that any aggrieved…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court has held that only senior citizens/ parents are entitled to file an appeal against an order passed by the Tribunal under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act, 2007. Holding thus, a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy dismissed a petition seeking a declaration that any aggrieved party to an order passed under the Act can file an appeal under Section 16. It observed, “When the clear words of a statute do not permit any other meaning or interpretation, particularly when it pertains to a right of appeal, additional words cannot be read into the provision to discover a right in favour of a class of persons excluded by necessary implication in the appellate provision.” Specifically, with respect to the language employed under Section 16, the Bench said, “When the words used in Section 16 of the Act are “Any senior citizen or a parent … aggrieved by order of a Tribunal may … prefer an appeal…” and the other words govern the time or describe the senior citizens or the parent in the alternative, there is no room to imagine that others aggrieved by an order of the tribunal may also prefer an appeal on the ground that the scales must be balanced between the two sides.” Perfectly simple provision need not be twisted At the outset, the Bench observed that the instant petition has been filed without any basis. “A perfectly simple provision lucidly enunciated is sought to be twisted to imply something that it clearly does not permit,” it observed. It noted that sub-section 1 of Section 16 permits only any senior citizen or a parent, who is aggrieved by an order of a tribunal passed under such Act, to prefer an appeal to the appellate tribunal. “The words used in the provision are lucid and, by no stretch of imagination, can such clear words of the statute be read or understood or interpreted to imply that any class of persons other than any senior citizen or a parent may be entitled to prefer an appeal under such provision,” it thus observed. Disagreement with Punjab & Haryana High Court During the course of hearing, the Court’s attention was drawn to the case of Paramjit Kumar Saroya v. Union of India, AIR 2014 P&H 121. Therein, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had held that Section 16(1) must be read to provide for the right of appeal to any of the affected parties. The Division Bench in the instant case was not persuaded by the above findings and thus, expressed its respectful disagreement. Right to Appeal not inherent but creature of a statute The Division Bench said that it is a settled law that an appeal is a creature of a statute and no right of appeal inheres in any person unless such right is expressly conferred by any statute. It observed, “It is possible for a right of appeal to be hedged with conditions or even a right of appeal to be granted to a class of persons and not granted to another. It is the wisdom of the legislature to decide what classes of persons would be entitled to the right of appeal and what conditions may be attached to the exercise of such right and how such right may be exercised.” Case Title: K. Raju v. Union of India & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Faculty urge USC president to resign over scandal involving ex-campus gynecologist

first_imgJeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images, FILE(LOS ANGELES) — Hundreds of faculty members at the University of Southern California have backed a motion for the school’s president to resign over how he handled sexual-abuse allegations levied against a former campus doctor.The letter, obtained by ABC Los Angeles station KABC on Tuesday, said USC President C.L. Max Nikias should step down because he mishandled complaints against a former campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall.Two-hundred faculty members across 14 USC schools had signed the letter as of Tuesday evening, claiming Nikias lacked the “moral authority” to lead the university’s investigation into the matter, according to KABC.“President Nikias’ actions and omissions amount to a breach of trust,” the letter said. “He has lost all moral authority to lead the university, and in addition, to lead the investigation of institutional failures that allowed this misconduct to persist over several decades.”The letter came in the wake of lawsuits filed against the school and Tyndall by current and former students who’ve accused the doctor of molesting patients for several decades. At least six women have sued the university alleging misconduct.One civil lawsuit claimed USC ignored complaints that Tyndall allegedly made crude remarks, took inappropriate photographs and groped patients to “satisfy his own prurient desires.”Tyndall, who worked at a USC student health clinic for 30 years, denied wrongdoing in interviews with the Los Angeles Times.USC Board of trustees Chairman John Mork said the university’s executive committee planned to support Nikias.“We strongly support President Nikias’ implementation of a thorough and comprehensive action plan that addresses these issues and enables USC to continue exemplifying our Trojan Family values as we move forward,” Mork said in a statement Tuesday. “We have zero tolerance for this conduct and will ensure that people are held accountable for actions that threaten the university student body and that do not reflect our culture of respect, care, and ethic.”Nikias also issued a lengthy statement on the school’s website laying out its action plan at the board’s request.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Seasonal speed-up of two outlet glaciers of Austfonna, Svalbard, inferred from continuous GPS measurements

first_imgA large part of the ice discharge from ice caps and ice sheets occurs through spatially limited flow units that may operate in a mode of steady flow or cyclic surge behaviour. Changes in the dynamics of distinct flow units play a key role in the mass balance of Austfonna, the largest ice cap on Svalbard. The recent net mass loss of Austfonna was dominated by calving from marine terminating outlet glaciers. Previous ice-surface velocity maps of the ice cap were derived by satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) and rely on data acquired in the mid-1990s with limited information concerning the temporal variability. Here, we present continuous Global Positioning System (GPS) observations along the central flowlines of two fast flowing outlet glaciers over 2008–2010. The data show prominent summer speed-ups with ice-surface velocities as high as 240% of the pre-summer mean. Acceleration follows the onset of the summer melt period, indicating enhanced basal motion due to input of surface meltwater into the subglacial drainage system. In 2008, multiple velocity peaks coincide with successive melt periods. In 2009, the major melt was of higher amplitude than in 2008. Flow velocities appear unaffected by subsequent melt periods, suggesting a transition towards a hydraulically more efficient drainage system. The observed annual mean velocities of Duvebreen and Basin-3 exceed those from the mid-1990s by factors two and four, respectively, implying increased ice discharge at the calving front. Measured summer velocities up to 2 m d−1 for Basin-3 are close to those of Kronebreen, often referred to as the fastest glacier on Svalbard.last_img read more

Indian Coast Guard Commissions ‘ICGS-Rajkamal’ into Service

first_img View post tag: Navy Authorities January 9, 2013 View post tag: coast Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘ICGS-Rajkamal’, the fourth in the series of eight Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) designed and built by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata, was commissioned at Chennai by the Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh on January 8.The 50 meter indigenous IPV displaces 300 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 34 knots, with an endurance of 1500 nautical miles at an economical speed of 16 knots. Equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and advanced communication and navigational equipment, it makes an ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, Search and Rescue, and medical evacuation. The special features of the ship include an Integrated Bridge Management System (IBMS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS) and an integrated gun mount with indigenous Fire Control system (FCS).ICGS “Rajkamal”, literally meaning “Royal Lotus”, will be based at Chennai and will be under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region(East). The ship is commanded by Commandant Ravindra Kumar and has a crew of 5 officers and 30 enrolled personnel.The ship will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s capability to undertake operations to further Maritime Safety and Security and Coastal Security on the Eastern Seaboard.With the commissioning of ICGS Rajkamal, the force level of ICG has gone up to 77 ships and boats and with the planned inductions the force level would be doubling by 2018.Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard, Inspector General SP Sharma, Commander Coast Guard Region (East) and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Govt were present during the commissioning ceremony.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 9, 2013 View post tag: Indian View post tag: Naval Indian Coast Guard Commissions ‘ICGS-Rajkamal’ into Service View post tag: ICGS-Rajkamal View post tag: commissions Share this article View post tag: Guard View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Coast Guard Commissions ‘ICGS-Rajkamal’ into Service View post tag: Servicelast_img read more

Rare Nirvana Demo Tapes Straight From Kurt Cobain Emerge On YouTube [Listen]

first_imgThis week, Tacoma-based musician John Purkey posted a number of videos on YouTube featuring rare Nirvana demo tapes which he says were personally given to him by the late Kurt Cobain. In each of the videos, Purkey explains the circumstances through which he received a given demo tape from Cobain and briefly runs down the content of the recording before letting them play. One tape is a copy of the oft-bootlegged, psychedelic home-recorded Cobain mixtape “Montage of Heck.” Another features early demos from what would become the band’s debut 1989 album, Bleach, recorded during their first-ever session at Riciprocal Studios in Seattle in 1988 with Melvins drummer Dale Crover on the drums. Another features an early demo of the songs that would become Nevermind with Crover on drums. Crover would leave the band and be replaced with Dave Grohl before the album was officially recorded.As Spin explains, “The audio is raw, and many of the demos have seen the light of day via the numerous Nirvana compilations released after Cobain’s death, but the collection and backstory is interesting.” Purkey played in various local Tacoma bands during Nirvana’s earliest years, and watched the band develop from nothing into a worldwide phenomenon. As Purkey explains in an additional video regarding the tapes’ background, he has taken great care to preserve these rare Nirvana relics over the years, stashing them hidden in a metal box, inside a second metal box. The second tape, he explains, was stolen out of a friend’s car–along with his tape deck–years ago. Luckily, he had made a copy of the tape to send to his brother, and was able to recover the recording from his brother’s copy. A monsoon once threatened to destroy the entire collection, and Purkey ultimately sold two of the tapes at one point because he didn’t trust himself to protect them, although he did hold on to a letter from Cobain personally addressed to him.You can listen to all of the newly-shared recordings and hear about their origins below, via Purkey’s YouTube page, the Observer:First Demo (Montage Of Heck)Second Demo [00:47 – Blandest 04:37 – Mr. Moustache 08:23 – Sifting Instrumental 13:51 – Blew 16:52 – Spank Thru 20:08 – Love Buzz (Early Single Version?) 23:55 – Big Cheese]Third Demo – (Bleach)Fourth Demo (Nevermind)Backstory about the tapes:[h/t – Spin][Cover photo – Cobain: Jeff Kravitz/Film Magic; Tapes: John Purkey]last_img read more

Saint Mary’s to screen documentary on fast fashion industry

first_imgIn a society that values instant gratification, the fast fashion industry thrives. Fast fashion refers to clothing designs that move quickly from runaways to stores in order to keep up with current trends; as a result, these garments are often cheaply made and require unethically sourced labor.The Saint Mary’s justice studies and theatre programs are hosting a collaborative screening of “The True Cost,” a 2015 documentary that explores the fast fashion industry across the world Monday in Vander Vennet Theatre at 3 p.m.The film powerfully depicts the social and environmental costs of fast fashion, an industry that has grown rapidly in recent years, assistant professor Andrew Pierce said in an email.“It is crucially important for western consumers to understand the human costs of the products we purchase, which are often produced under dangerous conditions, for shockingly low wages, in places like Bangladesh, India and China,” Pierce said.The film provides a rare glimpse into these conditions and into the lives of the workers who produce our clothing, he said.The issues the documentary covers overlap with problems that both assistant professor Melissa Bialko and Pierce are addressing in their respective courses in “Fashion Ethics” and “Global Justice,” Pierce said.Senior Anne Nowalk, who’s interested in sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry, decided to take Fashion Ethics to learn more.“It seemed like a really interesting class and opportunity to learn more about how to be more sustainable in what I wear and how to be mindful of the clothes I buy,” Nowalk said. “I have been interested in ethics surrounding sweatshops and worker pay in the [fashion] industry for a while now, so I was eager to explore that more.”Having watched the documentary previously, Nowalk believes the film shows a different perspective on the fashion industry that is not seen very often, she said.“I think watching a film is more effective in learning about fast fashion than reading a case study or an article because of the use of images and the familiarity of brands,” Nowalk said. “By watching the documentary, we’re able to understand why the fashion industry needs some changes.”Nowalk hopes to gain more knowledge after rewatching the documentary. “It’s been about two years since I’ve seen the documentary, so I’m hoping to look out for more information that I may have missed the first time I saw it. Then try to apply it to my own life and the context of the class to see what I personally can do better, but also looking beyond the surface level of the film and examining the deeper aspects,” Nowalk said.Tags: fast fashion, Justice Studies, true costlast_img read more

DuBois & King Relocates to Downtown Randolph

first_imgDuBois & King Relocates to Downtown RandolphRandolph, Vermont- DuBois & King, Inc., a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, located 2.5 miles out of the center of Randolph on Vermont Route 66, is packing up and moving to the center of town. Sounds simple enough, right? It took five years of effort and the involvement of eleven federal, state, and regional agencies. The new building, on the site of the old Village School, is nearing completion and moving day is soon approaching.In business since 1962, DuBois & King has operated outside of town near Exit 4, off Interstate 89, for 33 years. Proximity to the Interstate was a major factor in originally locating the business on Route 66. Extensive travel is required to service clients throughout Vermont and New England.So, why move? And why move into town? When companies need to expand or want to move into the area, the trend has been to find a parcel of land outside of town, near the interstate, for the new construction site. What would make a company face the challenges to move into a historic downtown?The Randolph Village School, located on Main Street, was built in 1911 and vacated in 1999 when the new elementary school opened its doors. DuBois & King was retained by the Town to evaluate the structure of the old school and to identify what upgrades would be required to bring the building up to current code. It was determined that structural deficiencies were so severe that the costs of salvaging the building were prohibitive. DuBois & King presented the Town with alternative concepts and cost estimates for adaptive reuse of the site.DuBois & King was feeling growing pains and began to consider the old Village School site as a potential new location for their firm. During this time, Vermont Technical College was in the process of seeking a facility to house a new Business Technology Incubator. DuBois & King’s existing offices would be perfect for the College. The pieces of the puzzle were there, they just had to be put together.The Town and the people of Randolph have developed strategies for facing adversity, generating community spirit, and making things happen. In the early 1990’s three fires devastated a large part of the Downtown. The Town and local business people with the help of the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation committed to invest in the future of Randolph and rebuild on the ashes of the fires. There was a strong desire to maintain the Downtown as a vital cultural and commercial center. DuBois & King felt that the Town and RACDC would be good partners and collaborators. Thus began a five year public/private partnership effort to win approval to demolish the old school building and secure the funding to develop an adaptive reuse of the site that would help bring economic revitalization of the Downtown commercial district.”Looking back now, at the enormous effort, it probably would have been easier, not to move into town.” says William H. Baumann P.E. President and CEO of DuBois & King. “We are committed to Randolph and we believe the move will be beneficial to the local economy and will help ensure that the Downtown remains a strong center for the community. As we have seen in other towns, once the outskirts of a community develop disproportionately to the center, it becomes increasingly difficult for the town to maintain a sense of community spirit, a sense of belonging to a place. Without that sense of belonging it is hard to foster economic vitality or manage growth.”Having nearly seventy additional people working in the center of town five days a week will surely make a positive economic impact on Randolph, but what does it do for DuBois and King? The end of a long, difficult, and rewarding effort is in sight for Baumann. “We will be in a new building with more space and even room to grow. A really big thrill for us has been to have the opportunity to design and engineer a highly efficient and intelligent building for ourselves. We have helped our clients realize the environmental and economic benefits of energy efficient design. Now it’s our turn. It will be a very healthy work environment, filled with clean, fresh air and natural light. Even though the new building is 25% larger than our present facility, our annual energy costs and consumption will be 15% less. That’s good for everybody.”DuBois & King has branch offices in Williston, Vermont and Nashua, New Hampshire, and plan to be moved into the new Randolph headquarters by December 1 of this year.FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:Mark [email protected](link sends e-mail)Manager, Business DevelopmentDuBois & KingPhone 802 728 3376last_img read more

Two Iconic Blue Ridge Outfitters: Then and Now

first_imgLast year, two of the Southeast’s outfitters landed among Outdoor USA’s top 100 outdoor retailers in the country: Mountain Crossings in Georgia and Water Stone Outdoors in West Virginia.Amid a world of big box stores and internet behemoths, these two outfitters have managed to keep their doors open for over 20 years. How have these shops evolved over the past two decades?Mountain Crossings est. 1983Blairsville, Ga. The original founders of Mountain Crossings—Dorothy and Jeff Hansen—were no strangers to adventure by the time they arrived in Georgia. Dorothy had thru-hiked in 1979 and Jeff worked within the outdoor education field and had studied under such legendary figures as Paul Petzoldt. He came to Georgia as a requirement for completing his degree in outdoor recreation, but once he got a taste of North Georgia and met his future wife Dorothy, Jeff never left.“That place and that area meant so much to us,” Jeff says. “Our life together was in the outdoors there.”Their love for the area was tangible, as real as the love they shared for each other, but they didn’t fully realize what that meant to them until they were sitting on the terrace of the building at Neels Gap that would later become their shop. The year was 1982, and the place could only be described as, at best, decrepit.“The state of Georgia’s original intention was to bulldoze the place,” Jeff says. “It was out in the middle of nowhere, so it kinda fell through the cracks.”Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid-1930s, the original building still remained—but just barely. There were loose tiles, a leaky roof, pipes that were literally tied together, and no running water.But the Hansens didn’t mind. They saw potential, and not just for a business, but for building a home away from home. After assuming ownership of the building in the fall of 1983, the Hansens moved to the gap to live there full time and open up shop. Through brutal weather, a collapsing infrastructure, and the practically unheard-of challenge in raising two children without the convenience of running water, the Hansens persevered.Isolated 30 minutes on either side of the mountain from the nearest town meant growth for the outfitter was slow. Through the tried and true method of providing quality customer service, particularly when it came to decreasing pack weights of thru-hikers, the little outfitter on the mountain gained a reputation that trickled out around the world.“I think that maybe the greatest unexpected surprise was how well [the outfitter] was accepted by everybody and the wonderful, extended community that happened in this place that was really not close to anything,” Jeff says.Though the Hansens no longer run the outfitter, they feel that Mountain Crossings is in good hands. Georganna and Logan Seamon of the thru-hiking class of ’09 recently became the new outfitter owners. According to the couple, the future for Mountain Crossings lies in the revival of its roots.“So many people have memories of this place and this building means so much to so many people,” Georganna says. “That’s one thing we’re really working to maintain and preserve.”Water Stone Outdoors est. 1994Fayetteville, W.Va. Though the New River Gorge is now perhaps one of the most iconic climbing destinations in the country, it wasn’t always that way. In fact, when Gene and Maura Kistler first moved to Fayetteville in the spring of 1991, you could count the number of regular climbers on one hand.The Kistlers both had been climbing in the New River Gorge since the early ‘80s and were part of a small, second wave of climbers who journeyed weekly to the then-undeveloped sandstone cliffs. Gene was a carpenter by trade, Maura a teacher. They teamed up with another climber friend, Kenny Parker, to create a climbing shop.Interestingly, Water Stone Outdoors began not as Water Stone, but as Blue Ridge Outdoors (sound familiar?), a Roanoke-based outdoor outfitter with a sister store in Blacksburg, Va. The Kistlers and Parker all found themselves working for the outfitter at some point, but by 1993, Gene was ready to buy the business and open up a third store in his new hometown of Fayetteville.For nearly a decade, Gene and Kenny slowly built the credibility of the Fayetteville store while chipping away at the building’s much-needed renovations. Finally, in 2001, Gene sold the two Virginia businesses to focus his efforts solely on his pride and joy, which, he decided, was in need of a new name.“We asked for suggestions and got over 400 of them, but they were all kinda ridiculous,” Gene remembers. “As I was driving to Charleston to incorporate the damn thing, I just said screw it, we’re gonna call it Water Stone, which works. I guess we could get into kayaks if we wanted to.”But they didn’t. They stuck to their climbing roots. Kenny and the Kistlers did more than simply run a business, too. They walked the talk. They organized volunteer-run events like the New River Rendezvous and the Craggin’ Classic. They developed routes, built trails, advocated for access. They got involved with the local planning committee, created environmental committees of their own, and stood on their soapbox when something threatened the place they love.They created the New River Alliance of Climbers and established a working relationship with the National Park Service. They hosted climbers from every walk of life in their own homes, hosted potlucks, slideshows, crag cleanups. They were, and are, the face of climbing in the New River Gorge, and now, 20 years later, Water Stone Outdoors is one of the most internationally recognized core climbing outfitters in the country.“We definitely see our job as more involved than simply selling gear,” Maura adds. “We see it as our job to help climbers connect and to be a welcome wagon for the community. We’re really proud of the vibe here.” •last_img read more