Secretary of State Jim Condos will recognize Vermont’s oldest non‐profits in a ceremony to be held today, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4 pm at the Vermont Statehouse. The Vermont Centennial Nonprofit Awards program recognizes nonprofit organizations that have operated in Vermont for at least 100 years.The nonprofits being honored today range from educational institutions, libraries, churches, hospitals, fraternal and other service organizations and many more local groups.This year, 29 of Vermont’s oldest noprofits will be presented with plaques by Secretary of State Jim Condos. Governor Peter Shumlin, many state legislators, representatives of our congressional delegation, and other dignitaries are expected to attend.According to Secretary of State Jim Condos, ‘We believe it is important to recognize and honor Vermont’s oldest nonprofits for their many contributions to our communities and to Vermonters. Especially in these difficult times, our communities rely more and more on our non‐profits to fill the gaps and help where they can. This year’s awardees are exemplary representatives of the Vermont non‐profit community.’Any nonprofit that has been in operation in Vermont for 100 years or more can participate in this program by filling out an application available through the Secretary of State’s office. A complete list of the 2011 Centennial Nonprofit Award recipients appears below.Est. 1911 Lyndon State College Est. 1910 First Baptist Church of South Londonderry Est. 1904 Montpelier Lodge of Elks No. 924 Est. 1904 The Vermont Center for the Hard of Hearing, Brattleboro Est. 1897 Mark Skinner Library, Manchester Est. 1889 Vermont State Firefighters’ Association Est. 1884 Vermont Veterans’ Home, Bennington Est. 1878 Vermont Bar Association Est. 1871 St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Est. 1870 Goddard College, Plainfield Est. 1867 Union Agricultural Society (Tunbridge Fair) Est. 1866 Greater Burlington YMCA Est. 1846 Rutland County Agricultural Society Est. 1842 St. Johnsbury Academy Est. 1838 Vermont Historical Society, Barre Est. 1836 Lambda IOTA Society, Burlington Est. 1834 Brattleboro Retreat Est. 1833 West Newbury Congregational Church Est. 1819 Norwich University, Northfield Est. 1816 East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church Est. 1798 First Congregational Church of Berlin Est. 1796 First Church in Barre, Universalist Est. 1793 Bradford Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ Est. 1768 First Congregational Church & Society of Windsor Unable to attend: Prosper Cemetery Association, Woodstock (Est. 1911); Manchester Historical Society (Est. 1898); Rutland Regional Medical Center (Est. 1896); Westmore Community Church (Est. 1894); First Congregational Church and Society of Orwell (Est. 1842)
Berbice began their 50 overs Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)/Hand-In-Hand Mutual Fire and Life Insurance Inter-County U19 tournament with a nine-wicket win over the Select U17s at the Tuschen Ground, East Bank Essequibo yesterday. Berbice won the toss and sent the juniors into bat, dismissing them for a dismal 61 before racing to 67-1 from 62 balls.With persistent showers dampening sports across the country, Tuschen was spared as the rainfall eased and allowed play to begin at 13:30 which reduced the contest to a 22-overs-a-side affair.The Select U17s began positively with West Indies youth captain Sachin Singh smashing a delivery from left-arm fast bowler, Javed Karim over the ropes off the first delivery of the match. However, Karim would have some measure of revenge in his next over by cartwheeling the off stump of Guyana U-15 batsman, Nicholas Rajpat who scored just one run from six deliveries to leave the score 8-1. Kevlon Anderson at the other end struck with his third delivery, forcing Sean Glasgow to edge a catch to Kevin Sinclair and the Select U17s slipped further when Andre Seepersaud fell to Anderson and Nigel Deodat to left arm orthodox spinner Keith Simpson.Singh, however, batted a class above the rest, and struck a six off Sinclair which he hoisted out the ground into the trench on the northern side of the ground.He was dropped on 25 after hitting a delivery straight past the bowler for his fourth four but fell in the next delivery, mis-timing a long hop from Simpson and picking out Trevon Stanislaus. The score at that stage was 43-7 from 12.3 overs.Gevon Schultz batted patiently, seeing off the good balls to bring up the 50 for the junior side but did not make use of his life given when Steve Deonarine put him down off of Sinclair’s final over that went for 10 runs.Kelvin Umroa finished off things, bagging three wickets in his first over of the match. He missed out on a hat trick by bowling a wide delivery and finished with 3-1 while Simpson and Anderson picked up 3-14 from five overs and 2-4 from four overs respectively.Meanwhile, aggressive Alex Algoo and Junior Sinclair tore into the Select U17s bowling hitting 18 and 15 runs off the first two overs of the match. Algoo was welcomed by a rank knee high full toss which rocketed into the pavilion and was followed by a pull shot that blasted into the shed of the iconic pink ‘music house’ which oversees the ground.The third over went for 13 runs as a powerful shot from Algoo nearly clipped the female umpire at square leg. Deodat pulled back the innings only going for one run in his first over while Silvan Williams picked up the wicket of Algoo who miscued a shorter ball from Williams that hit the gloves and sailed into the hands of wicketkeeper Persaud.His 29 came from 13 balls and upon his dismissal, Karim and Sinclair batted and rotated the strike well to level the score before Sinclair finished it off in style with a massive six out the ground that capped off the dominance of Berbice.Berbice will now face Demerara at the Lusignan Community Development Centre ground while the Select U17s will meet Essequibo at Everest tomorrow.