Source: GMP. (Marketwire – August 11, 2009) – Sherry Olson of Plainfield, Vermont, is the winner of the 2009 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. literary prize awarded annually by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life magazine. Olson’s winning poem, entitled “The Paper Cutter,” describes finding a skilled tradesman who takes pride in his work and always wants to do the right thing. While looking for someone to sharpen her paper cutter, she finds more: “I imagine his heart, not the bodily pumping one, but the one folks like to say, of gold, burnished and soft, something, almost, I might carry in my pocket, reach in and touch.”Mary Hegarty Nowlan, one of the judges and editor of Vermont Life commented, “Ms. Olson’s poem was selected as the winner because of the simplicity of the language, which was clear and not overwritten. Her description of Ben Corliss, who lives in East Calais, draws you in and rings true as you learn about someone who may do something simple, but whose graciousness and kindness make you think about how you approach the world.”Olson grew up in North Carolina and Kentucky and received a BA from Earlham College. She worked as a teacher and volunteer coordinator at Central Vermont Adult Basic Education for more than 15 years and now leads poetry workshops and reading discussion groups for people of all ages, some under the auspices of the Vermont Humanities Council. Her favorite assignment has been leading a weekly poetry workshop at the Dale Correctional facility, which she did for many years. She believes everyone can write poetry, and helping people discover the thrill of writing poems is very exciting to her.Olson’s first book of poetry, “Breakfast At The Wayside,” came out in 2000. She is currently putting together a second manuscript of poetry.”The Paper Cutter” will be published in the fall issue of Vermont Life, which will be available in bookstores and on newsstands in late August.Olson will receive a $1,500 prize for the poem. The literary prize is named for the late Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., a Vermont historian and writer and long-time member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors.This is the 20th year that the Ralph Nading Hill Literary Prize has encouraged writers in Vermont and it is now considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes. Entries may include essays, short stories and poetry.The selection was made by an independent panel of judges: Mary Hegarty Nowlan, editor of Vermont Life; Tom Slayton, past editor of Vermont Life; Tony Marro, retired executive editor of Newsday; Alison Freeland, a 1994 winner of the Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., award for her story, “Shadbush”; Brian Vachon, retired vice president of communications at National Life of Vermont and a former Vermont Life editor; and Steve Terry, retired Green Mountain Power senior executive.The deadline for entries for this year’s contest is November 15, 2009. The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and college students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers. The focus of the work must be “Vermont — Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 3,000 words long. Staff of Vermont Life or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible. Send entries to the Corporate Relations Department of Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446.
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“That surgery was conducted on Wednesday evening and everyone at Manchester City wishes Benjamin a speedy recovery.”Mendy missed the majority of last season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Crystal Palace in September 2017.He returned from injury in April this year and has started nine of City’s 12 Premier League games this season.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Mendy undergoes knee surgeryLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy underwent knee surgery on Wednesday, the Premier League champions announced.The 24-year-old was operated on after pulling out of the France squad for Friday’s Nations League game with the Netherlands.A statement from City read: “Manchester City can confirm that Benjamin Mendy has undergone surgery on his left knee tonight.“The Frenchman, who played the full 90 minutes in the weekend’s 3-1 win over rivals Manchester United, travelled to join up with his national team before withdrawing from the squad.“The 24-year-old defender attended Dr. Cugat’s clinic in Barcelona where scans revealed that surgery was required.
Amateur Champion Scott Gregory and British women’s stroke play champion Sophie Lamb are England’s top golfers of 2016, having each won their Order of Merit.Gregory, from Corhampton in Hampshire, is the runaway winner of the England Golf men’s title, while Lamb, from Clitheroe in Lancashire, came through a tightly-contested race to the top of the women’s table.Gregory has enjoyed a spectacular year and his standout moment was winning the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl. “It’s a moment in my career I will never forget,” he said.“In terms of how it’s changed my life, it’s been huge. I’ve played in The Open and The British Masters, and will receive invites to the Masters and US Open because of it! Any golfer would dream of that and it’s made me work even harder than before to get better. I want to do well in these opportunities, the Amateur Championship is a great thing to win but it’s what you do after that counts and that’s what I’m working hard on.”His other two highlights both involved team selections. Gregory made his GB&I debut in the winning St Andrews Trophy team and he helped England to win the world championship silver medal at the Eisenhower Trophy.“I’m incredibly proud to be part of the team to get the first medal for England at that tournament, and hopefully the beginning of something great!”Gregory is the second member from his club to win the Order of Merit and he laughed: “It also means Neil Raymond has one less thing to joke with me about. We are always having a joke about what we have/haven’t won!”Next year his goals include following Raymond again, this time into the GB&I Walker Cup team. “I would love to finish my amateur career in that team,” he said.Sophie Lamb puts her name on the Order of Merit alongside those of previous winners such as world number two amateur Bronte Law and Solheim Cup star Charley Hull.“Looking at the names of the women who have won this gives me something to strive for, but also makes me feel proud to have my name next to theirs,” she said.She cemented her place at the top of the table with victory in the British stroke play championship, which put her out of the reach of Cornwall’s Georgia Price.Lamb, who was the only player to beat par in the tournament, remarked: “I had a lot of top 10 finishes but this was my first women’s individual win which made it very special.“It was also one of my last events of 2016 so I was really pleased to be able to get a win in the season.”She had challenged for a big win all season, having been leading qualifier in the English women’s match play championship, tied fourth in the English women’s amateur and sixth in the English stroke play. She also helped England to win the Women’s Home InternationalsNext season the 18-year-old is aiming to win another big event, play her way into the GB&I team for the Vagliano Trophy match against Continental Europe, and to improve her world ranking.Leading final placingsMen:1 Scott Gregory (Corhampton, Hampshire) 109627.071pts2 Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park, Kent) 61113.3993 Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park, Somerset) 57301.7504 Jamie Bower (Meltham, Yorkshire) 56569.6675 Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex) 53010.888Women:1 Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) 79961.250pts2 Georgia Price (Bude & North Cornwall) 78666.6333 Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) 69688.2504 Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire) 50021.7505 Bronte Law (Bramhall, Cheshire) 44717.688Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 18 Nov 2016 Gregory and Lamb are England’s top players for 2016
By John BurtonSHREWSBURY – The state Department of Environmental Protection is calling on area mayors and community groups to help stem the tide of contaminates in the Navesink River.With recent studies conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that indicate higher levels of contamination from bacterial matter, state environmental officials believe local government and community groups can play an important role in informing the public and curtailing the problem.“Water quality’s degrading on the upper portions of the Navesink,” warned Bob Schuster, chief of the DEP’s Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring, with researchers finding elevated levels of fecal coliform contamination. Based upon analysis of the data collected in the DEP studies, state officials have suspended any shellfish harvesting from 565.7 acres of the river area, downgrading it from restricted to prohibited in 2015, according to Schuster.Schuster, who was joined by DEP Assistant Commissioner Daniel M. Kennedy, made these observations to the Two River Council of Mayors which conducted a special summer meeting on Thursday Aug. 4, attended by environmental groups and others.DEP studies revealed higher levels of fecal coliform (CFU) in certain areas of the river, such as in Red Bank’s Oyster Point, and off of Maple and Chapin avenues. Researchers found high levels of domestic animal and wildlife signature as well as human signature contamination. In Middletown, in the area of Marion Lake and McClees Creek, there were higher levels of domestic and wildlife signature discharge.Along with that, Schuster explained after a rain event, the bacteria level readings were usually considerably higher.Around McClees Creek, Monmouth County inspectors looked at the site and found horse stall muckings and horse manure dumped on the water’s edge; those inspectors, Schuster said, found a horse farm in the immediate area, with state and county inspectors telling the farm owners they had to clean up the area and dispose of the animal waste in an approved manner.With the situation, Schuster advised the mayors and others “There are things that can be done.”Anthony V. CosentinoThe DEP will continue to monitor the situation and search for the source point pollution and are willing to work with local government, environmental and community groups. “We’re here to help going forward,” Schuster said.On the local level, state officials said, officials could help get the word out to the public about the situation. It would be helpful to stress to the public about cleaning up after dogs and other pets, and to be conscious of other sources of pollution that can easily make its way into storm drains and eventually water ways, Schuster pointed out.“There are things that can be done from a land use, planning perspective,” Kennedy added, with local government reviewing its requirements for impervious surfaces and storm water management for land development projects coming before local planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment.“There’s no one size fits all solution here, no magic bullet,” Kennedy acknowledged, but adding there are incremental steps that will improve the situation.“The main thing is no blame game here,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of the environmental group Clean Ocean Action, stressing that pointing fingers at possible culprits is not the answer. “Just find it and fix it.”Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli said the recently reformed Navesink River Municipalities Committee will play and an important role in educating the public.“I think a lot of this is common sense stuff. I think a lot of this is awareness,” said committee chairman Brian Rice, agreeing his committee will cooperate on education. “I think we can do a lot.”“The bottom line is,” Lucarelli pointed out, “if we get the source” and correct it, “the river can clean itself.”“There shouldn’t be a panic,” concerning using the water way for recreation, including fishing, Schuster stressed. And now the plan is to work with the local groups, he added.The Two River Council of Mayors will take up the issue at its regular September meeting and formulate a plan for moving forward, said Shrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden, who chairs the council.The Two River Council of Mayors is an informal group of elected officials representing 12 communities who meet monthly much of the year to discuss issues relevant to the region.