Vermont Announces Annual Summer ‘Vermont Fuels Your Vacation’ Promotion

first_imgVermont Announces Annual Summer ‘Vermont Fuels Your Vacation’ PromotionMONTPELIER, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas has announced that the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing will kick off its third annual fuel-themed tourism promotion to encourage visitors and Vermonters to explore the state this summer. “Vermont Fuels Your Vacation” is a 15-week promotion featuring a $100 gas card giveaway every week. Vermont residents and non-residents can register to win at www.VermontVacation.com/fuel(link is external) and gas cards may be used at participating gas stations in Vermont. Entries will be accepted from June 16 through late September with the first gas card giveaway drawing on June 23.”Vermont is well positioned geographically because it is within a 300-mile radius of more than 80 million people who may opt for shorter drives and closer destinations this summer,” said Governor Douglas.Six of ten (59 percent) Americans who are currently planning a trip with their car, truck or SUV this summer will not change their travel plans even with additional increases in the price of gas, according to the Travel Industry of America.Still, travel-related fuel promotions are continuing to grow in popularity. Established in 2006, the “Vermont Fuels Your Vacation” promotion received an average of 240 entries per week last summer. Several inns and lodging properties around the state are currently offering fuel-saving packages and gas card promotions to attract visitors as well.”The cost of gas continues to be a topic of concern for people, so this promotion is definitely a great way to attract visitors and encourage residents to explore all of the great things Vermont has to offer,” said Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. “The ‘Vermont Fuels Your Vacation’ clearly resonates with consumers and provides a positive twist on some of the constant coverage of rising fuel prices.”Visitors make an estimated total of 13.4 million trips to Vermont. Thirty-seven percent of those visitors come to Vermont during the summer, making it the busiest time of the year in terms of total visitors. Total direct spending by visitors adds an estimated $1.57 billion to the Vermont economy annually and supports more than 36,000 jobs for Vermonters.###last_img read more

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Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation’s Basket Ball event to be held virtually

first_imgDue to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation’s primary fundraising event, the Basket Ball gala, will be held online this year. The April 25 live stream event will raise money for coronavirus relief. “I’m a little nervous about it,” Juli Boeheim told The Daily Orange. “We’ve never done anything like this.” Traditionally held at Turning Stone Casino, the Basket Ball — which Boeheim described as the foundation’s “breadwinner” — normally nets about $500,000 in donations. The Boeheim family and Syracuse men’s basketball players dress in tuxedos and typically mingle with guests.But an event like that would be impossible at this time. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that 195,031 people in New York have tested positive for COVID-19, a respiratory disease that has infected more than 1.8 million worldwide and killed 118,304. Eleven people in Onondaga County have died, county executive Ryan McMahon announced on Monday.“This is the toughest time in our history and I firmly believe we’re going to get through this,” Jim Boeheim told NBC3, which is broadcasting the gala. So instead, the Boeheims will hold the 21st annual Basket Ball event in their Fayetteville home, partnering with NBC3 and CNYCentral. It’ll feature the whole SU men’s basketball team on a Zoom call, a surprise musical performance and special VIP appearances. The first hour will be broadcast on NBC3 at 7 p.m. on April 25, and the second half can be found online at CNYCentral.com and Facebook Live. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOver the years, the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation has raised nearly $5.5 million for cancer research as well as for children in need within the central New York community. “We don’t take a dollar for granted, that’s for sure,” Boeheim said. Recently, the Boeheim Foundation donated $50,000 to Mercy Works, a Syracuse-based nonprofit, to feed Syracuse city school children during the pandemic. Next week, Mercy Works will provide between 4,700 and 5,000 kids with boxed lunches, Boeheim said. Another cause supposed was David’s Refuge, an organization that supports caregivers of children with special needs.It also gave $3,000 to Belle Grove Missionary Baptist Church to fund grocery distribution for 200 families, and one of the foundation’s upcoming initiatives involves buying laptops and iPads for students who need them to learn remotely. “We’re never at a loss for where to put the dollars. There’s always way more needs than we would like there to be, but that’s just the way it is,” Boeheim said. The Basket Ball raises money with both a live and silent auction, sponsorships from local businesses and ticket sales — though this year is, of course, free to “attend” with an online stream. “I’m just hopeful it’s going to bring all of us together for one cause and for each other,” Boeheim said.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 13, 2020 at 6:26 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

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Onions Cause Salmonella Outbreak in Florida, 42 Other States

first_imgA salmonella outbreak said to be caused by onions is reportedly expanding and has infected 640 people from 43 states, including Florida.At least 85 of those infected have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If you don’t know where your onions are from, don’t eat, serve, or sell them or any food prepared with them,” the CDC said Friday.The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers not to eat onions from Thomson International Inc.That advisory applies to red, white, yellow, and sweet onions.Some of the onions were sold at stores including Walmart, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Publix, Giant Eagle, Food Lion, and H-E-B, under various brand names.Several companies have recalled onions and foods made with the recalled onions, including chicken salad, macaroni salad, fajita stir-fry, pizza and diced raw onions, including Taylor Farms and Giant Eagle. The CDC went on to explain that people should check their homes for the recalled products and throw away the affected items.“Do not eat them or try to cook the onions or other food to make it safe,” the agency added.Signs of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps lasting between six hours and six days after exposure to the bacteria.Those under the age of 5, those over 65 and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to experience severe illness.In some cases, the infection can also spread from the intestines to other parts of the body and require hospitalization.The CDC is asking anyone with symptoms of salmonella poisoning to contact a doctor, write down what they ate the week before they became sick, report the illness to the health department and communicate with health investigators about their illness.Infections have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.last_img read more

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