GE Aircraft Engines – Rutland Operation,The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce held their 112th Annual Meeting on November 1st. Dan DiBattista, Plant Manager, Rutland GE-Aviation and his employees were named the 2010 Business Persons of the Year. In his remarks Executive Vice President Tom Donahue noted ‘GE Rutland recently added a 27,000 (square) foot expansion to Plant 2 and have invested $60 million into this plant within the last four years,’ Donahue said, ‘and will be investing another $10 million in the next year with a substantial portion of that total investment in machinery and equipment.’ Donahue also highlighted the benefits of having GE-Aviation in Rutland, GE’s commitment to the region, contributions to the community and the superior leadership of Dan DiBattista.The meeting featured Captain Richard Phillips, as the keynote speaker. Captain Phillips’ riveting address told of his capture by Somali Pirates and how the lessons he learned through his experience can be used by anyone. Captain Phillips noted that either on a ship or in business to remember, you are stronger than you think, the only time all is lost is if you quit, and a dedicated team of professionals can overcome most problems. He reminded those in attendance “Never trust a pirate” and to always hope for the best and plan for the worst.Other highlights of the meeting included an overview of the Chamber’s accomplishments over the past year and goals looking forward, awards were presented to Larry Jensen for his dedicated service to the Chamber and the Board of Directors and to John Valente who just finished his term as Chamber President.The American Red Cross and CVPS announced their annual goal for the Gift of Life Marathon. The goal (to beat Boston’s new record) will be 1,178 pints. The Gift of Life Marathon will take place on December 21st, 9:30am-6:30pm at the Paramount Theater.Photo: The RRCC Business Person of the Year Award is presented to Dan DiBattista of GE Aviation in Rutland by (L to R) Tom Donahue, RRCC EVP/CEO, Mayor Chris Louras, RRCC President Glenda Hawley, DiBattista and Captain Richard Phillips.
St. Leon, In. — The East Central FFA Chapter in St. Leon has won a $3,000 grant as part of the “Yearlong Living to Serve Grant” program. The nationwide program directs money to FFA chapters that have a community focus on safety, environmental responsibility, hunger, health, nutrition and community engagement.FFA members from East Central will examine ways to address invasive species with EC Re-Leaf campaign, remove Ash trees infected with the emerald ash borer and replace them with other native species and educate the public on the importance of planting and maintaining native plants.The “Yearlong Living to Serve” program has sent almost $338,000 to chapters in 35 states and Puerto Rico. Corporate sponsors of the program are Tractor Supply Company and CSX Railroad.There’s more information online at ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.
SEOUL, South Korea (CMC):Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz went through the final practice session yesterday as they put the finishing touches on their preparation for their international friendly against South Korea here today.The contest is expected to be a tough one for the Caribbean side, with South Korea ranked 53rd in the latest FIFA rankings, and Jamaica ranked four spots below.Also, South Korea have been in imperious form in their World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) campaign and currently sit on top of the standings in the second round of the Asian zone, with four wins from as many games. They are preparing to face bottom-placed Myanmar in their next qualifier next month.troubled startJamaica, meanwhile, had a troubled start to their World Cup qualifying campaign in the CONCACAF zone, going down 3-2 to Nicaragua in the first leg before scrambling a 2-0 win in the away leg in Managua, in order to reach the fourth round.Since their arrival here last weekend, the Jamaicans have battled wintry weather in practice, and temperatures are forecast to plunge to around 158C around game time, slated for 8 p.m. (6 a.m. Jamaica time).Jamaica have been boosted by the inclusion of strikers Giles Barnes of the Houston Dynamo and Darren Mattocks of Vancouver Whitecaps, both of whom were part of the successful squad at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.Mattocks has been in superb form, scoring in Jamaica’s last four encounters – both WCQ games against Nicaragua last month, and against Mexico and the United States in the preceding CONCACAF Gold Cup final and semi-final.The Reggae Boyz, the highest-positioned Caribbean side in the FIFA rankings, will use the South Korea game as final preparation for their campaign in the World Cup qualifying fourth round.They have been installed in Group B alongside Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti, and begin their campaign on November 13 against Panama at home in Kingston.JAMAICA SQUAD: Rosario Harriott, Lee Williamson, Simon Dawkins, AndrÈ Clennon, Allan Ottey, Michael Seaton, Deshorn Brown, Shaun Cummings, Jermaine Woozencroft, Ryan Thompson, Adrian Mariappa, Hughan Gray, Joel Grant, AndrÈ Blake, Lance Laing, Giles Barnes, Darren Mattocks, Upston Edwards, Errol Stevens, Ricardo Morris.