Fleming, Fischer receive BPW awards

first_imgFleming, Fischer receive BPW awardsST. JOHNSBURY, VT — Business and Professional Women/USA’s St. Johnsbury chapter President Susan Ohlidal is pleased to announce that BPW has chosen Carolyn ‘Lyn’ Fleming as ‘Woman of the Year,’ and Harriet Fischer of Lyndonville will receive the ‘Woman of Achievement Award.'”Woman of the Year” designation recognizes a BPW member who has made outstanding contributions to her community and to BPW over the past year. “Woman of Achievement Award” honors a woman for life-long accomplishments, goals realized, and mentoring or being a role model for other women in business or the professions. This award does not necessarily have to be awarded to a BPW member.”Woman of Achievement” Award winner Harriet Fischer has been a contributing freelance writer for The Caledonian Record since 1980; she has also written feature stories for the Burlington Free Press, the Newport Daily Express and had an article published in Yankee Magazine. Harriet is well-known for her historical research of the Northeast Kingdom — particularly the history of Lyndon and Lyndonville — is called upon to speak on local history at local schools, and is the author of three books, including Willoughby Lake: Legends and Legacy. Harriet lives in Lyndonville.Carolyn ‘Lyn’ Fleming, BPW’s “Woman of the Year” is employed by Union BankCitizens Division, and is President of the Board of Directors for Kingdom Animal Shelter. She is also a member of the Friends of Davies Memorial Library in Lower Waterford, volunteering for fund-raising-related activities, including seasonal decorating, book sales, etc. Lyn has held several offices in the local BPW chapter, including that of President. She is bookkeeper for her husband’s business Bryant E. Fleming, Builder. Lyn has one married daughter, and currently lives in Waterford with three cats.Founded in 1919, Business and Professional Women/USA promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. With 1,500 Local Organizations across the country and members in every congressional district, BPW/USA is the leading advocate for millions of working women on work-life balance and workplace equity issues. The St. Johnsbury Chapter of BPW, along with all local BPW organizations, provides members with professional development programs, networking, participation in grassroots activism, and opportunities to support scholarships for disadvantaged women.Outgoing St. Johnsbury BPW Chapter President, Pat Westover, had this to say in a recent interview, “Business and Professional Women/USAs express goal is to achieve equity for women in workplace.” Ms. Westover continued By providing advocacy, education and information for working women here in the Northeast Kingdom, as well as though out the country, BPW is fulfilling a vitally important roleand the contributions of women such as Harriet and Lyn embody BPW’s mission.”last_img read more

Government doing a disappearing act to avoid Post Office closures, says Pat the Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle has labelled the recently approved Post Office closures plan agreed by the Government as a disaster for rural Ireland and a further death knell for the long term sustainability of rural communities. Pat the Cope has today hit out at the government’s absence from the issue. He said: “What is shocking is the complete unavailability of our Government Ministers to address the concerns of our communities, usually not that shy when it comes to media spin or highlighting the merits of Government policy, but on this occasion regarding their policy on post offices the Ministers are as difficult to find as hens teeth.” Pat the Cope has the accused the government of having a strategy by timing the closures with Dáil summer recess. He said: “The entire Cabinet are missing in action or should I say inaction on their part – they are nowhere to be found since the roll out of this post office closures plan agreed by them. “Even our rural based Ministers have done a Houdini disappearing act rather than face the general public on this issue of post office closures but, this was part of their strategy of announcing these closures during the summer recess. “The Government approach agreed with An Post of announcing Post office closures over the summer months was always intended to make cynical use of the Dáil recess whereby they could not be held to account for their actions and consequences of this policy in the Dáil.”Pat the Cope criticised the Government for agreeing to a policy of removing services and closures in rural Ireland less than six months after the launch of the National Development Plan. He said: “National Plans it seems for this Government are a media show event only and nothing more because when it comes to actual policy the Government revert back to their well-established anti rural approach of closures and removing services from our rural communities.“It is now becoming apparent to many of our rural communities the true and real impact of this Government decision, and the significant negative consequences that these Post office closures will have on our rural towns and villages. It is self-evident that this Government neither comprehend nor understand rural life or the importance of our rural communities and whilst they may have a Department of Rural Affairs they certainly do not have strategy for developing rural communities,” concluded Pat the Cope.Government doing a disappearing act to avoid Post Office closures, says Pat the Cope was last modified: August 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more