BURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College, a career-oriented, private college in Burlington, Vt., has named five new members to its Board of Trustees.Dawn Bugbee, CPA, of Colchester, Vt., is chief financial officer at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. Shes a member of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Healthcare, as well as a Vermont board member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Shes also a member of Rotary International.As a volunteer, Bugbee serves on the board of directors of the Vermont Education and Health Buildings Financing Agency and the Nordic Spirit Soccer Association, and she coaches girls soccer teams. She earned a bachelors degree at Castleton State College and her CPA license in Vermont.Susan Willey Lamaster of South Burlington, Vt., a 1988 Champlain College graduate, is the vice president and chief financial officer of Systems & Software, Inc. in Colchester, Vt. Systems & Software is a leading national provider of integrated information management systems for both single and multi-service utilities.Lamasters volunteer activities include working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Vermont Special Olympics and Champlain Vocational Services.Mary McLaughlin of Stowe, Vt., is area vice president, Northern New England, for Adelphia Communications in South Burlington. She is a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable, as well as a member of the Women in Cable and Telecommunications and the New England Cable and Telecommunications Associations.McLaughlin also serves on the advisory board of BELL-Boston (Building Educated Leaders for Life), and the national board of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). She earned an undergraduate degree at Bridgewater State College and a law degree at Suffolk University.Ambassador John OKeefe, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Human Resources at the US Department of State, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor. OKeefe, a resident of Vienna, Va., has headed the Office of Career Development and Assignments and he served as U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan from August 2000 to July 2003.Previous posts included serving as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Management, Management Minister-Counselor in Moscow, Deputy Executive Director of the Bureau of European Affairs, and Management Counselor in Belgrade.OKeefe has served as the Treasurer, International School of Belgrade, Vice President of the Board, International School of Manila, and Chairman of the Board, Anglo-American School of Moscow. He has a bachelors degree from Loyola College and a masters degree in public administration from Harvard University.Dr. Peter Stern of Shelburne, Vt., is a retired anesthesiologist and an investor. Hes a board member of Partners in Adventure, board member of the Bernice and Milton Stern Foundation, and honorary board member of the Stern Center for Language and Learning. Stern earned undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Vermont and a MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.Founded in 1878, Champlain College in Vermont offers professional certificates, associates, bachelors and masters degrees in 26 fields. Champlain is known for its innovative business, technology and human services programs. The College also offers its programs online and overseas at campuses in India and the United Arab Emirates.
By Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa (Aug. 25) – Justin Kay wrote his name in the record books following Friday’s season championship races at Farley Speedway presented by Casey’s General Store.Kay was crowned the track champion in both the IMCA Late Model and IMCA Modified divisions, matching a feat accomplished previously by only two other drivers.Kay took charge of the Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Model feature when the green flag waved and despite several attempts by strong-running Tyler Bruening scored the feature win and track championship.Kay’s run to the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Modified title was slightly easier as he held the point the entire 20 laps and scored a comfortable win over Mark Schultz.Despite having to go to the back of the 20-car field following a lap two spin, Tyler Soppe came all the way back to the front and scored an impressive season championship win in the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMods.Shoppe’s win put an exclamation point on a fantastic season at Farley. Soppe’s win cemented the track title. Troy Bauer ran second and Nic Coates was third.Johnny Spaw made his third visit of the season to Farley and scored the feature win in the Baker Seamless Gutters IMCA Stock Cars. Phil Holtz ran second and earned the season long point title.Point standings for all IMCA divisions become official on Oct. 23.The next event at Farley Speedway will be the 40th annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic. The Yankee will get underway on Thursday, Aug. 31 with racing action in the Modified, SportMod and INEX Legend divisions. On Friday night, Sept. 1, the Late Models, Stock Cars and Limited Late Models will take center stage. Saturday, September 2, will be the running of all last-chance races and the big Yankee Dirt Track Classic championships being headlined by the 100-Lap IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series event, which will award the Late Model winner $10,000.Action will take to the super-fast 3/8 mile dirt track each night at 6:30 p.m.
Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has been released from the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.Israel revealed to 850WFTL that he was never in the ICU and is expected to make a full recovery by primary election day August 18th.Israel is running against appointed sheriff Gregory Tony.Israel confirmed reports of the news with a statement:“Tonight I am being discharged from the Delray Medical Center. My fight with COVID-19 is not over but my condition has improved enough that my place in the hospital could be taken by another fighting this virus. I return home tonight grateful to finish out my treatment and recuperation and to strengthen for the coming days,” Israel, 64, wrote in part. “I want to thank the thousands of friends and supporters who reached out to me and my family over the past 48 hours. We were overwhelmed by your prayers and offers of support.”Israel confirmed in a prior statement that he tested positive for the virus Tuesday night.“After experiencing symptoms over the past several days and at the urging of family and friends, I decided to take another coronavirus test. This time, unfortunately, the test was positive,” wrote Israel.“Like most of you, I took precautions, followed the advice of health experts, wore a mask in public, washed my hands regularly and observed social distancing. Yet, despite this vigilance, I have contracted the virus. My outlook is positive, my faith is strong, and I rest in the strong support of loving family, friends and colleagues.”Israel, who was treated at Delray Medical Center, said that his campaign will continue even as he will be quarantined while recovering from the virus.He’s running to unseat Sheriff Gregory Tony, who was installed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to lead the Broward Sheriff’s Office in January 2019 after the governor removed Israel in the fallout of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings.They’re both considered frontrunners on the ballot for the Democratic primary on Aug. 18 despite both facing a vote of no-confidence from their deputies.Tony’s campaign posted a tweet Wednesday saying: “Wishing good health and a speedy recovery to Scott Israel. Some things matter more than politics. Scott and his family will be in my thoughts.”Israel ended his initial statement with a message to the public: “Please protect one another, love one another, stay vigilant and fight, fight, fight for the health and safety of our community,” he wrote.