Grand Re-opening Celebration at Sports & Fitness Edge of EssexEssex, Vermont/ September 17, 2007- On September 22, 2007 the Sports & Fitness Edge hosted a GRAND RE-OPENING celebration at their Essex location. All were welcome to attend this event at 4 Gauthier Drive in Essex.This event will showcase the newly renovated facility, which includes a large state-of-the-art fitness space featuring brand new equipment and a cardio theater, in addition to three new studios for group fitness classes. Kids & Fitness, our licensed preschool, has been enlarged and expanded to provide high quality childcare for more local families.A substantial part of this renovation project included the addition of Physical Therapy Center of Vermonts 4th and largest location where patients can take advantage of the innovative Healing Waves Program” as well as the existing physical therapy programs and services. On September 22nd the staff will offer tours of this new center.Other events taking place on September 22nd include the launch of Les Mills BodyPump classes. Trained instructors will be teaching these classes on Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm, and all are welcome to register 879-7734.Sports & Fitness Edge is also hosting a Health & Activity Fair as part of the Grand Re-opening celebration. This community event is free and open to the public, and features a bouncy castle, door prizes, and tables full of information about other health and wellness-related businesses and organizations in Vermont.For more information on the Grand Re-opening and Health & Activity Fair at Sports & Fitness Edge of Essex, contact Mike Feitelberg at 658-0001 or [email protected](link sends e-mail). About Sports & Fitness Edge, Inc. — Sports & Fitness Edge, Inc has provided fitness opportunities to the community since 1966. Members are welcome at any of the five locations that are run by the company. In addition, there are three Kids & Fitness Preschool facilities that provide child care for local families. The Physical Therapy Center of Vermont was founded in 2001 and offers an extensive list of rehabilitation services at four different locations. Go to www.sfedge.com(link is external) for more information.
Kamala Harris’s late mother left her native India in 1960, but half a world away from Washington the uncle and aunt of the US vice-president hopeful follow her every move — and are very proud.Harris was born in California in 1964 to a Jamaican father, economics professor John Harris, and breast cancer specialist Shyamala Gopalan.She was the first black attorney general of California — the first woman to hold the post — and the first woman of South Asian heritage to be elected to the US Senate. Topics : He added that while Harris can’t speak Tamil, the language of the southern state of Tamil Nadu that the family comes from, “she can understand a little bit”.He believes the nomination of Kamala — her name meaning “lotus” in Tamil, as well as in Sanskrit and Hindi — is a “big deal” for Indian Americans.”So far they have only achieved high professional jobs, but this is one of the highest political jobs,” he said. Up since 4 am Harris’s aunt Sarala Gopalan, who still lives in the city her big sister left at 19 — Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai, formerly Madras — said the entire family is “thrilled and happy”.”A friend of mine in the United States gave us the message at 4 am in the morning, and we have been up, since then,” Gopalan, a doctor, told news channel CNN-News18.”She is a person who never forgets her roots and believes in family values,” she told the Deccan Herald daily.”Even today she calls me ‘chithi’ and she has always been a caring person,” she said, using the Tamil word for a mother’s younger sister.And since Shyamala is no longer alive, “we will always be available for Kamala and (her sister) Maya”, she said.Besides her mother, Harris has said that a major influence was her maternal grandfather P.V. Gopalan — father of Shyamala, Balachandran, Sarala and another daughter, Mahalakshmi — a senior Indian civil servant.”He would take walks every morning along the beach with his buddies who were all retired government officials and they would talk about politics, about how corruption must be fought and about justice,” Harris said in a 2009 interview.”My grandfather was really one of my favorite people in my world.” Following her nomination on Tuesday as presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s running mate, the 55-year-old is now seeking to become the first female vice president of the United States.”There is no question about how happy we are,” Harris’s maternal uncle Balachandran Gopalan, an academic in the Indian capital New Delhi, told AFP on Wednesday.”She is a very committed personality — committed to public service and most importantly committed to common human decency,” he said.Shyamala would often bring her daughters to India, the uncle said, and when she died in 2009 Harris returned “to immerse her ashes in the Bay of Bengal”.
The Virginia’s City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has started a new round of dredging works on the Haxall Canal, as part of their maintenance dredging program.The Haxall Canal, which starts from the head gates near the west end of Brown’s Island and extends to the 12th Street level control structure, has accumulated large quantities of sediment from the James River and has reached levels that undermine the functionality of the level control structure and head gates, in addition to the aesthetic features the canal provides to the city.This project will remove these large quantities of sediment that have deposited in the canal, and comes after a survey and assessment completed this summer.The dredging operations will require the canal to be drained for approximately four months, with work ending May 1, 2019.The Haxall Canal was previously drained and dredged of sediment in 2008. The city is expected to perform this required maintenance every 10-15 years.In addition to routine dredging maintenance, the canal is periodically drawn down to lower levels for routine maintenance most often associated with cleaning trash and debris that undermine the functionality of the head gates and level control structure.