Topnotch Resort in Stowe under new management

first_imgSource: Vermont Business Magazine, 6.22.2010 Topnotch Resort & Spa,by James Dwinell, Vermont Business Magazine — Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe has a new management team. According to Arthur Kreizel, a longtime adviser to Topnotch and a former owner with the Cummings family of Stowe and Montreal, This is a done deal. The Capital Source Bank of Delaware took possession of Topnotch as a gift from the Cummings family and the Terra Resort Group of Jackson, Wyoming, has taken over management duties.According to a hotel management executive in Boston, The bank lost confidence in the management of the Cummings family s management. They decided to take possession of Topnotch and go in a different direction.Kreizel concurred saying, Topnotch had made a number of significant investments in facilities recently which, in today s resort environment, were not working out. They invested $60 million just before the recession in a new condominium development which just didn t sell profitably. You know, Kreizel said, I once was Vermont s Secretary of Development and then, as now, Vermont just does not spend enough money on tourism. I see others states and countries constantly promoting tourism but never Vermont.Interestingly, the chairman of Terra Resort Group is Rob DesLauriers, whose family developed and managed the Bolton Valley Resort from the 1960s until 1997. Rob is an extreme skier who opened terrifying chutes at Bolton before moving on to ski Mount Everest and the North Face. The Terra Resort Group web site is external), claims that it manages or owns hotels in Jackson and Sausalito, CA.In an exclusive interview with Vermont Business Magazine, Rob DesLauriers said, “We got involved because Topnotch is the premier hotel in the area. We think that its intimacy, charm, and privacy can be the source, with some investment and attention, of profitability.”Topnotch suffered during this very tough travel world we now find ourselves in. The (Stowe) Mountain Lodge was a very tough competitor with so much inventory, with very aggressive rates. Fewer are traveling today and it is tough to compete and maintain profitability.”That said, I really like our opportunity and it gives me a chance to come back to my roots from time to time.”DesLauriers said that both his parents still live at Bolton, which they and Rob’s grandfather began building in 1963 and opened Christmas 1964. The family had moved to Vermont in 1952, buying a farm on Williston road in South Burlington, which became exit 14 on I-89.Jamie Yarrow, President of Terra Resort Group, confirmed that the Group is now working with the bank and Topnotch ( is external)). He met with the employees yesterday afternoon. He said, The Cummings folks said good bye to their employees and thanked them, and we said hello and welcomed them all into the Terra Resort Group family. We are onsite and will continue to be. The Delaware Savings Bank gave us a long term contract to manage the property, years not months. We plan to do a total makeover in the near future after reviewing the potential capital improvements.Vice president for operations for the Terra Resort Group, Bruce Grosbety, was with Yarrow and will remain on site for some time.The Cummings family had no comment.Topnotch began as a private ski club in the early 1950s developed by Dick Hood and Don Schole. They sold Topnotch to Don Boardman, an eccentric from Georgia, in 1958. After Boardman s suicide on Christmas Eve in the early 1970s, Arthur Kreizel and Jack Cummings bought the lodge and its acreage on both sides of the Mountain Road, did major renovations, and created a huge spa and tennis program. The tennis facility attracted the world s tennis stars to Stowe for a United States Open warm up tournament in the late 1970s. In the 1980 s Cummings family bought Kreizel s interest and operated it until yesterday. Throughout it all, the graceful lobby with its grand chimney adorned with a moose head, reportedly from the Metropolitan Museum, remains.Author s Note: I was manager of Topnotch in the winter of 1968. The Henderson family, who had owned a lodge on Cape Cod, bought it from Don Boardman, but alas it started raining about March 8 and never stopped. This was before snow making and the Hendersons went out of business and Boardman took it over. He shot himself Christmas Eve up by the well with a rifle. It took some time before his body was found. He was beyond eccentric by then, taking reservations and not opening, or opening without reservations, etc.last_img read more

Current dominant strain of COVID-19 more infectious than original: Study

first_imgTopics : The genetic variation of the novel coronavirus that dominates the world today infects human cells more readily than the original that emerged in China, according to a new study published in the journal Cell on Thursday.The lab-based research suggests this current mutation is more transmissible between people in the real world compared to the previous iteration, but this hasn’t yet been proven.”I think the data is showing that there is a single mutation that actually makes the virus be able to replicate better, and maybe have high viral loads,” Anthony Fauci, the United States’s top infectious disease specialist, who wasn’t involved in the research, commented to Journal of the American Medical Association. But it was initially criticized because the scientists had not proved that the mutation itself was responsible for its domination; it could have benefitted from other factors or from chance.The team therefore carried out additional experiments, many at the behest of the editors of Cell.They analyzed the data of 999 British patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and observed that those with the variant had more viral particles in them, but without this changing the severity of their disease.   Laboratory experiments meanwhile showed that the variant is three to six times more capable of infecting human cells.”It seems likely that it’s a fitter virus,” said Erica Ollmann Saphire, who carried out one of the experiments at La Jolla Institute for Immunology.’This variant is the pandemic’ But everything at this stage can only be said to be “probable”: in vitro experiments often do not replicate the dynamics of a pandemic.As far as we know, although the variant circulating right now is more “infectious,” it may or may not be more “transmissible” between people.At any rate, said Nathan Grubaugh, a virologist at the Yale School of Public Health who was not part of the research: The expansion of the variant “whether through natural selection or chance, means that this variant now is the pandemic.” Writing in a commentary piece, Grubaugh added that, for the general public, these results don’t change much.”While there are still important studies needed to determine if this will influence drug or vaccine development in any meaningful way, we don’t expect that D614G will alter our control measures or make individual infections worse,” he said.”It’s more of a live look into science unfolding: an interesting discovery was made that potentially touches millions of people, but we don’t yet know the full scope or impact.”center_img “We don’t have a connection to whether an individual does worse with this or not. It just seems that the virus replicates better and may be more transmissible, but this is still at the stage of trying to confirm that,” he added.Researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and Duke University in North Carolina partnered with the University of Sheffield’s COVID-19 Genomics UK research group to analyze genome samples published on GISAID, an international resource for sharing genome sequences.They found that the current variant, called “D614G,” makes a small but potent change in the “spike” protein that protrudes from the surface of the virus, which it uses to invade and infect human cells.The scientists first posted their paper to the medical preprint site bioRxiv in April, where it received 200,000 hits, a record.last_img read more

Derrinstown target for Dibayani

first_imgDibayani is set to tackle the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial following his pleasing return to action at Leopardstown on Sunday. Mick Halford’s Shamardal colt showed some smart form at Listed level during his juvenile year and made his seasonal return in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial. While the required finishing kick was lacking in the testing conditions, Halford is looking forward to seeing his charge step up to a mile and a quarter in the Derrinstown on May 12. Press Associationcenter_img Halford said: “I was happy with him for his first run back. It was a true-run race in very tough conditions. He seems to have come out of it well, he should improve for it and the plan now would be to step him up to a mile and a quarter in the Derrinstown.” Dibayani does not currently hold entries in either the Irish Derby or the Investec Derby at Epsom, but could be supplemented for either if connections feel it is right after his trial run. “On breeding he could get a mile and a half. He’s a half-brother to Dirar, who won the Ebor over a mile and three-quarters and his dam (Dibiya) also won over a mile and three-quarters,” said Halford. “We’ll see how he gets on in the Derrinstown and make a plan from there.” last_img read more

Cal should challenge USC’s resilient defense

first_imgThe Trojan football team might be entering the final stretch of its 2014 season, but it has its sights set for now on the California Golden Bears. USC is gearing up for its first game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in nearly a month, which will kick off this Thursday at 6 p.m.Comeback trail · Redshirt junior fullback Soma Vainuku, who missed the past three games with injury, could see action on Thursday night after taking added reps in practice on Monday. Vainuku has six carries this season. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (6-3, 5-2 Pac-12) are coming off a bye week that allowed the team to earn some rest following two road games, which the team split.Thursday thrillerThis week’s tilt will be only the second non-Thanksgiving, non-bowl Thursday game played in the Coliseum’s history. In the first game of this kind last year, USC defeated Arizona 38-31. The Trojans are hoping for similar success this year against the Bears (5-4, 3-4).USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said that the team is embracing the alternative schedule.“We kind of get one more day of prep here tomorrow before our normal Friday routine,” the first-year head coach said. “We can really clean some things up, stay locked into the details of the game plan and be fresh and ready to go Thursday night.”The Trojans did not practice last week, allowing multiple players to tend to their wounds following the team’s 44-17 victory at Washington State on Nov. 1. They got back on the field on Saturday to get a full five days of preparation in before taking on Cal, who is also coming off a bye week.Though the Thursday night game might be disorienting to fans, senior linebacker and team co-captain Hayes Pullard said it hasn’t affected the team’s preparation.“We really didn’t even remember the days we were playing on over the weekend,” Pullard said. “It’s just a chance to get better each and every day.”Good GoffPullard and the rest of the Trojan defense will have to bring their “A” game on Thursday to defend the high-powered Cal offense. Led by sophomore quarterback Jared Goff, the Bears are third in the conference in total offense, averaging 509.1 yards per game, and second in scoring offense, averaging 41.9 points per game.Goff, who has thrown 27 touchdowns and four interceptions this season, could take over the conference lead in passing yards following Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday’s season-ending leg injury.Sophomore Su’a Cravens, who has transitioned from safety to linebacker this season, said the team is anticipating a touch matchup against a quarterback who shows so much confidence.“We can see on film, there’s plays where he’s on the opposite hash and he’s throwing an out to the field,” Cravens said. “Not a lot of quarterbacks are comfortable with doing that, so he’s a great player.”USC’s roster is already running low on numbers, but the secondary is especially depleted, so Cravens and his teammates will have to step up to slow down Goff. Following the suspension of senior cornerback-safety Josh Shaw at the beginning of the season, a number of young players have rotated at safety, one of whom is freshman John Plattenburg. Plattenburg was carted off the field following Sunday’s practice, and Sarkisian said he suffered a thigh contusion and his status is day-to-day.Injury reportCravens, who tweaked his knee against Washington State, was back at practice and said if the game were today, he’d be able to play.Freshman wide receiver JuJu Smith, who left Sunday’s practice with something in his eye, was back at practice on Monday.Sophomore safety Leon McQuay III, who collided with freshman cornerback-wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson against Washington State, showed what Sarkisian called a good range of motion in his shoulder.Redshirt junior fullback Soma Vainuku participated in practice to a fuller extent than he has since he came back from a hamstring injury.last_img read more