RunVermont and KeyBank announced today that the bank will extend its 23-year sponsorship of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon for an additional three years. KeyBank has been the title sponsor of the race since its inception in 1989. The relationship is the second longest marathon-corporate sponsorship arrangement in industry history, surpassed only by John Hancock’s 26-year sponsorship of the Boston Marathon.”We are tremendously proud to be part of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay,’ said Scott Carpenter President of KeyBank’s Vermont District. ‘Nationally, the marathon has earned a high reputation among elite runners, yet the event maintains a community feel, engaging thousands of local runners, hundreds of volunteers and tens of thousands of spectators. We appreciate the national and local attention the marathon provides our company, as well as the excitement our employees feel participating in the event.”RunVermont Executive Director Peter Delaney said the staff and board of the organization have a deep appreciation for KeyBank’s long-standing partnership. ‘It is a privilege to be affiliated with a well known, community-focused company such as KeyBank,’ Delaney said. “They are a true partner and their consistent support assures we can continue to provide Vermont a great event for years to come.”‘There are very few sponsorships of this magnitude and this longevity in Vermont,’ said Tom Torti, President and Administrative Officer of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. ‘KeyBank’s continuation of this sponsorship shows a real commitment, not only to the event, but to this community.’ The race is estimated to bring in over $3.5 million in economic impact for the northern Vermont area over Memorial Day Weekend each year.Registration for the May 29 race is on record pace and organizers have announced a cap of 8,000 runners, which includes 700 2-Person and 700 3-5 Person Relay Teams. The relay is sold out and the marathon is expected to fill before race day. Runners can register for the 2011 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon at www.vermontcitymarathon.org(link is external).About KeyBank:KeyBank N.A. is one of Vermont’s largest financial services companies. A strong proponent for local economic growth, Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through branches and offices; a network of approximately 1,500 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site, Key.com, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.About RunVermont:RunVermont is a not-for-profit business focused on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The organization offers competitive and educational programs for adults and children including the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay, the MVP Health Care YAM Scram , FirstRun, Ready, Set, Run! and the Half Unplugged. For more information, visit www.runvermont.org(link is external).
I’m not gonna lie to you. I picked up this beer because of the can. It’s simple, muted, mysterious, attractive as hell…It looks like the exact beer The Riddler would drink. I’m not saying you can judge a book by its cover, but sometimes, a cool cover helps, you know? And then there’s the message on the back of the can:“If you’re not living over the edge, you’re taking up too much space. These 12 fluid ounces of hoppy American goodness should be carried with you on your greatest adventures.”I can dig that. True, I rarely live “over the edge” these days—mostly, I drive a minivan around—but I can dig the sentiment. So I bought the beer. Also, I’m really into IPAs right now. I think it’s a reaction to all of the malt-forward winter beers I’ve been drinking over the last couple of months. I’m ready for something a bit more complicated. Something…edgy.Standing in the beer store, I’d hoped Unknown’s Over the Edge IPA would fit the bill. Sometimes, a gamble pays off; Over the Edge turned out to be a hell of an IPA. This beer has a full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel and an incredibly balanced structure. That’s the beauty of modern IPAs—balance. At one time, the common American IPA was a hop bomb full of bitterness on the back end. I’d drink one and immediately get heart burn. Now, these beers have so much more going on than just being “bitter.” Over the Edge is a little bit sugary sweet up front, with incredible notes of citrus—mainly orange. Yeah, there’s a tinge of bitterness on the backend, along with a slightly piney drying effect on the tongue—it is an IPA after all—but that’s just one part of the Over the Edge package.Unknown Brewing Co. is based out of Charlotte. Between this beer, and all of the goodness that NoDa brewing (also in Charlotte) is cranking out, I’m thinking a road trip to the Queen City is in order.
March 07, 2020 Gov. Wolf Announces Two New Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Cases, Legislative Action to Aid in Swift Response SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon confirmed two new presumptive positive cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania. Both individuals are from Montgomery County, have mild symptoms, are in isolation at home and were exposed to an area of the United States where COVID-19 is present.“These new cases bring our total of presumptive positive cases to four in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Even with these new cases, I want to reassure Pennsylvanians that the commonwealth is prepared and responding appropriately and swiftly so that information and resources are available.“I have been coordinating with legislative leaders from both parties, and we have agreed to immediately work toward a package that would provide resources to ensure we are aggressively mitigating the spread of COVID-19.”Resources will help mitigate the spread and strengthen state and local efforts by:Supporting county and municipal health departments;Securing necessary equipment and personnel;Securing personal protective equipment (PPE);Disseminating public health messaging; andSupporting care for seniors, the most at-risk population.“While we anticipate that there will be more Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks, it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and that they should be, too,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We are working with the health care community and local community leaders across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing and ensuring they have the resources they need to care for patients. We are prepared to mitigate the spread of this virus in Pennsylvania.”On Friday, the Wolf administration announced the first two presumptive positives – one adult in Delaware County and one in Wayne County. Both have mild symptoms and are in isolation at home.To date, there are more than 105,000 cases worldwide, including more than 3,500 deaths. There are 401 cases in the United States and 17 deaths to date in the United States. The CDC expects cases to continue to be confirmed in the upcoming days and weeks but wants everyone to take action to help prevent the spread of the virus. CDC also said due to the rapidly changing nature of the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is important for families to be prepared.The Wolf Administration Preparedness ActionsThe World Health Organization first announced the coronavirus outbreak in late January and the Pennsylvania Department of Health has had its Emergency Operations Center set up since February 1. The center allows for a collaborative, concentrated state response, including:Activated of the Department of Health’s Emergency Operations Center to allow for enhanced response coordination;Begun testing for COVID-19 at the state laboratory;Maintained communication and outreach with federal, state and local partners;Provided symptom monitoring for residents returning from areas impacted by coronavirus;Provided health care providers, businesses and education providers with information;Reviewed and adapted current pandemic flu plans to prepare for spread of COVID-19;Increased testing capacity to test 20 to 25 individuals daily;Purchased equipment to increase testing capacity to 125 to 150 individuals beginning the week of March 9.Partially activated the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA.Governor Tom Wolf signed an emergency disaster declaration March 6 to ensure state agencies involved in the response have the expedited resources they need to continue to focus on the virus and its possible spread.The Department of Health is providing a daily update via statewide press release.About COVID-19Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Individuals most at risk for severe symptoms include elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.Pennsylvanians are reminded to:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.Contain if you are sick, you should stay home until you are feeling better.Comments from State Health Secretary“We are making progress to increase our testing capacity to up to 150 specimens a day over the weekend,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This increased capacity allows us to continue to work with clinicians to ensure Pennsylvanians have access to testing. We want individuals who have potential exposure and symptoms to call us at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).“Further spread of this virus throughout the nation will likely occur. We encourage people to prepare for potential life disruptions. The same family emergency plans and kits that we use to prepare for flu or norovirus, and even snowstorms and floods, are important now.“Since the start of flu season, we have encouraged Pennsylvanians to stop the spread of illnesses by washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning surfaces and staying home if you are sick. Those are the same healthy habits you should continue to practice to protect your family and yourself against the spread of this virus.“Individuals who intend on traveling outside of the United States are urged to check the CDC’s and the federal Department of State’s travel guidance. Currently there are outbreaks of COVID-19 occurring within numerous countries across the world. The number of countries seeing new cases has increased significantly over the last week.“As this situation evolves, we will continually update Pennsylvanians through our website, health.pa.gov, our Facebook page and our Twitter account,” Dr. Levine said. “It’s important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Department of Health.”Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, GraphicsFind the latest information on the coronavirus here.Photos of the state’s lab in Exton are available for download and use here.Coronavirus and preparedness graphics are available here near the bottom of the page: On.pa.gov/coronavirusMarch 7 press release on the coronavirus:Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, No New Presumptive PositivesMarch 6 press releases on the coronavirus:Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, Testing Capability at State LabGov. Wolf Signs COVID-19 Disaster Declaration to Provide Increased Support for State ResponseWolf Administration Confirms Two Presumptive Positive Cases of COVID-19