Vermont Castings to be sold

first_imgLeading hearth and grill manufacturer Vermont Castings Group has announced that, after receiving interest from a number of potential buyers, it has partnered with a financial buyer which has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase the company. Among its many brands, Vermont Castings manufactures the famous Defiant wood stove. It employs about 175 at its plants in Randolph and Bethel. ‘ We are pleased to be moving forward with the sale of Vermont Castings Group to a high-quality financial buyer,’ said Dan Clifford, president and CEO of Vermont Castings Group. ‘ The combination of our strong brands and products, a solid team and an aggressive growth strategy with this additional investment will ensure continued success in both the short and long term.’  The company’ s parent company, The Riverside Company, announced in February that it had elected to exit its investment in the company. Riverside acquired the company, formerly known as Monessen Hearth Systems Company, in 2006. The sale is expected to close within 45-60 days, at which time the buyer will be named and additional details will be provided. About Vermont Castings GroupVermont Castings Group is a leading supplier of hearth and grill products throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. Under its four brands, Vermont Castings, Majestic, Monessen and Ambient Technologies, Vermont Castings Group offers a full line of direct vent, natural vent, vent-free, wood-burning and electric fireplaces, inserts, log sets and stoves as well as outdoor grills and heating products. Vermont Castings Group is proud to be on the cutting edge of design, efficiency and environmental responsibility.PARIS, Ky., April 24, 2013 ‘ Vermont Castings GroupRELATED STORYMonessen Hearth Systems renamed to Vermont Castings Group …Jan 7, 2013 … Today, Monessen Hearth Systems Company announced that it has changed the company name to Vermont Castings Group. Under the new …last_img read more

Rolf Prima cheers Olympic slot for sponsored triathlete Tyler Butterfield

first_imgEugene, Oregon, based wheel specialist Rolf Prima has hailed the recent achievements of sponsored triathlete Tyler Butterfield. After another impressive showing at this past weekend’s ITU WTS Madrid event in Spain, Tyler Butterfield has qualified to represent his home country, Bermuda, for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Butterfield cemented his slot after a strong finish with an overall time of 1:55.40.Butterfield currently races on Rolf Prima TdF60SLs and trains on Rolf Prima Echelons.“While I was fairly confident I would get the job done, you never know until you reach the finish line and the final rankings are confirmed,” said Butterfield. “And although I had anticipated that moment, nothing quite prepares you for the emotion of being told, officially, that you’re an Olympian. It’s pretty overwhelming – and pretty wonderful. I’m honoured to represent Bermuda and I hope to use my experience from Athens, paired with a solid season of training and racing, to put forth my finest performance to date.”Butterfield will return to his home in Boulder, Colorado, and begin the final focus on training for the nine weeks of preparation for London. His potential schedule leading up to the Olympics includes racing the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon on 24 June and potentially the Dextro Energy Triathlon Hamburg (an ITU World Triathlon Series race) on 21 July.www.rolfprima.com Relatedlast_img read more

New library at Lenexa City Center to open in June, months ahead of schedule

first_imgA rendering of the Lenexa City Center library branch.The Johnson County Library’s newest branch at Lenexa City Center will be opening ahead of schedule.The new Lenexa City Center Library at 8778 Penrose Lane will open to the public Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 5 p.m., the Johnson County Library Board of Directors announced at their Feb. 14 board meeting. The library was previously expected to be completed by this fall.Construction on the new library has been underway at Lenexa City Center since last year.The $21.1 million building has a footprint of 40,000 square feet at the Lenexa City Center campus, just south of city hall. The two-story library features public meeting rooms, public computers and a children’s programming area.“This is a really striking and beautiful facility,” said library board chair Nancy Hupp in an announcement, “and we are eager to invite our patrons in so people can start using their new library right away.”The library opening will kick off with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m., followed by remarks from public officials and a recitation of a work commissioned for the occasion from Wyatt Townley, emerita Poet Laureate of Kansas. Library staff will also provide tours of the new building and a viewing of award-winning children’s book illustrator Stephen T. Johnson’s new work of public art on site.Lenexa City Center Library will replace services provided at the Lackman Library at 15345 W. 87th St. Pkwy. Before the new library opens, the Lackman Library will suspend public activity. Library staff will also grow from 17 to 44.Lenexa City Center Library joins five other library branches that have regular service hours on Sundays. Johnson County Library also recently opened a new branch in western Shawnee last year.last_img read more

“Beauty and the Beast” and “The Belko Experiment” among this week’s new releases

first_imgDisney – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:* Beauty and the Beast — This musical, starring Harry Potter alum Emma Watson as Belle and Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens as the Beast, is a live-action remake of the 1991 animated Disney classic about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline. Rated PG. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.* The Belko Experiment — The Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr., Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn and Emerald City‘s Adria Arjona star in this thriller about 80 Americans locked in their high-rise office in Bogotá, Colombia who are forced into a deadly game of kill-or-be-killed as part of a twisted experiment. Rated R.Opening in limited release on Friday:T2: Trainspotting — The sequel to the 1996’s Trainspotting finds Ewan McGregor’s Mark Renton reuniting with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie after 20 years abroad. Rated R.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Mike Sorensen: Missouri Valley spices up March Madness

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] A week into March Madness and is there any question why it’s so much more exciting than the NBA playoffs? We’ve had Northwestern State coming from 17 down in the second half to beat No. 3 seed Iowa, No. 11 seed George Mason coming back from a 16-2 deficit to beat defending national champion North Carolina and No. 13 seed Bradley winning a pair of games, just to name a few of the highlights. And we still have two weekends to go . . .The Missouri Valley Conference certainly has proved the critics wrong, going 4-2 the first weekend with Wichita State and Bradley advancing to the Sweet 16. The MVC has been ranked lower than the Mountain West Conference for years, so maybe the MWC schools can use the MVC success as motivation to become a better league . . .As usual, the MWC-teams-other-than-Utah laid their annual egg in the NCAA tourney. Of course with an 11 seed and a 13 seed, the MWC wasn’t expected to win its NCAA games, although San Diego State should have beaten Indiana before giving it away.But at some point, the Utes need a little help from their fellow MWC mates. Since the MWC was formed, the Utes have a 4-5 record in the NCAAs, while the rest of the league is an abysmal 1-11. And if you go back to the 1990s in the WAC, Utah won 15 NCAA games in that decade, compared to a grand total of six victories for the other league schools . . .Why can’t the NCAA Tournament return to a 64-team tournament?Isn’t it kind of demeaning to the two schools that have to go to Dayton and compete Tuesday night for the right to play the No. 1 seed in the tournament? Of course, it’s the Mountain West Conference’s fault that it became a 65-team event with the stupid play-in game.The NCAA selection committee didn’t want to give up one of its at-large picks when the MWC was given an automatic berth a few years back. But what’s wrong with one less at-large team? This year, it would have probably meant that Air Force wouldn’t have gotten in, which, in retrospect, would have just caused less embarrassment for the committee . . .If the NCAA won’t eliminate the play-in game, why not add three more play-in games with each of the winners playing the No. 1 seeds?That would increase the tournament to 68 teams. This year, teams such as Cincinnati, Michigan and Hofstra couldn’t have complained about not getting in. Of course there will always be teams that just miss the tournament, crying that they should have been in . . .Wasn’t it fun having the NCAAs in town again this week? Montana provided excitement with its upset win and Pacific, Xavier and San Diego State each came very close to providing upsets. Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison showed he can be a great player as well as a not-so-great player when his shot isn’t falling. He also showed he’s kind of an odd duck with that banging the ball against his head stuff and constant jabbering . . .Is there anything more boring than hearing radio or TV guys talk about how they’re doing with their brackets? Who cares? . . .Turning to the NBA, the Jazz aren’t likely to make the playoffs this year, not with their recent pattern of winning every other game.They’ll need to win two out of every three games the rest of the way. Looking at their schedule, it isn’t going to be easy. Perhaps after Deron Williams’ 28-point performance in a win the other night, Jerry Sloan will finally wise up and keep him in the lineup instead of Keith McLeod and Milt Palacio . . .And finally kudos to the Utah and BYU women’s basketball teams.They fly under the radar all year locally, but both teams have had terrific seasons and both won their first-round NCAA games Saturday. Don’t be surprised if the Utes and Cougars advance to the Sweet 16 with victories tonight in Tucson and Denver, respectively. last_img read more

Liquor Locker – It is more than just liquor

first_imgLiquor Locker, located at 1007 W 8th, Wellington, has recently undergone some big changes.  Our retail area has been expanded allowing us to offer more brands and new products and promotions.Starting Wednesday, July 22, we will be offering WINEY WEDNESDAYS.  All in-stock wine will be 20% off our regular low prices.A selection of craft beers in addition to the most popular brands is always-in-stock. Need mixers to go with your purchases?  Liquor Locker has mixers available;  one-stop shopping.Liquor Locker carries tobacco products at discounted prices.  The sales floor expansion has provided space to offer CBD and Kratom products. CBD provides various health effects, from anxiety and pain relief to better skin and heart health. However, because CBD is separate from THC, CBD users can enjoy the health benefits of CBD without experiencing the “high” associated with marijuana.  We currently have in-stock snacks and products safe for your pets that experience high anxiety.Kratom is new to Liquor Locker; they offer a variety of brands, products, and dosages known for relieving pain and discomfort.   Check out both Liquor Locker Locations:- the second location is in Caldwell, KS at 124 S Chisolm St. Phone: (620) 845-2627.  See what is new and watch for future specials and productslast_img read more