Stowe Area Association presented the Stowe Business Person of the Year award at their Annual Membership Dinner, which was hosted on June 19th by Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa. The Annual Stowe Business Person of the Year 2012 honor was awarded to Michael Diender, owner of the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites. Diender started his career in the hospitality industry 36 years ago when he attended the hotel management school in Maastricht, Netherlands. From there, Michael moved to the United States for an internship, and it was in Florida that he met his wife Debi and decided to stay. He subsequently managed several hotels in the Disney World area. In 1985 the Dienders vacationed in Stowe where they fell in love with the community. For years Michael wanted a business of his own and they decided to purchase the Grey Fox Inn. Between 1986 and 2001, they transformed the Grey Fox Inn from a 19 room renovated farm house inn, into a AAA 3-star mini-resort. Michaelâ s pride and joy was creating the Dutch Pancake CafÃ©, a tribute to his Dutch heritage, which became a favorite among tourists and local residents. In 1998, Michael and Debi purchased the Sun & Ski Inn and a few years later created another Stowe first, the Stowe Golf Park. Looking to slow down a little they sold the Grey Fox in 2004. In 2011, to their great surprise their daughter Rachel and son-in-law Mark asked to enter the family business. Rachel & Mark have been operating the Sun & Ski Inn since January. Over the years Michael has also focused his energies on improving Stowe as a tourist destination. He has been a long time member of the Stowe Area Association and served as its President from 2000 to 2006. Heâ s been an active member of Rotary and currently serves as its President, a member of the Stowe Vibrancy Committee, and currently serves on the Design Review Board. He was also a notable leader in Stoweâ s effort to create a local options tax for the benefit of the community and visitors. In his presentation speech at the dinner, Chuck Barawâ President of the SAA board of trusteesâ said, â Michael can be truly characterized as being polymathic.’He explained, â he is an individual with many interests and with a depth of knowledge in a wide variety of subjects.â As Michael transitions into retirement, he will remain an active advisor for the Sun & Ski Inn, and will remain on the Board of the Stowe Area Association. Both Michael & Debi are looking forward to enjoying time in their home, traveling and spending time with their daughters Donna and Rachel and 4 grandchildren, and welcoming a fifth in January 2013. Stowe Area Association, located in the resort community of Stowe, Vermont, is a tourism marketing organization as well as being the Chamber of Commerce. Stowe, VT (June 25, 2012) Stowe Area Association
May 24, 2010Study shows sepsis, fetal distress with H1N1 in pregnancyAmong 18 pregnant women hospitalized with pandemic flu, 9 had gastrointestinal symptoms, 13 met sepsis criteria, 4 experienced fetal distress, 1 had a miscarriage, and 1 2-day-old baby died from sepsis. Among the mostly minority women, 5 had asthma, 2 had sickle cell disease, 1 had diabetes, and 1 was HIV-positive. All patients received oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which, the authors write, may have improved outcomes. All were released from the hospital with good outcomes.http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/170/10/868May 24 Arch Intern Med abstractSymptoms differ between H1N1, seasonal fluA study of hospital patients in Singapore in the first 3 months of the pandemic showed that H1N1 patients were younger but had fewer symptoms, on average, than those with seasonal flu. Of 547 patients with novel H1N1 pandemic flu, 42% were age 6 to 18, 35% were 19 to 35, and just 6% were 51 or older. In 193 patients who had seasonal flu, the respective numbers were 16%, 21%, and 23%. Fever was more common in those with seasonal flu, but cough, sore throat, and muscle aches were more common with H1N1.http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/170/10/861May 24 Arch Intern Med abstractH1N1 shedding, transmission akin to seasonal fluA study of pandemic flu virus shedding and transmission in German households found that most patients stopped shedding virus by 5 days, consistent with other studies, and that the secondary attack rate for contacts was 26%, somewhat higher than other studies. Investigators also found that nasal wash was the most sensitive specimen type. They concluded that the findings are similar to seasonal influenza patterns.http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/171/11/1157Jun 1 Am J Epidemiol abstractFDA clears H1N1 diagnostic testThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today it has approved the first diagnostic test for pandemic H1N1 flu through its normal regulatory pathway. The newly approved Simplexa influenza A H1N1 test was previously available through an emergency use authorization. The approval will allow clinicians to continue using the test even after the public health emergency expires, the FDA said in a statement. The test is made by Focus Diagnostics, of Cypress, Calif.http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm212997.htmMay 24 FDA statementBrazil extends vaccine campaignBrazil’s Health Ministry last week announced plans to extend its H1N1 vaccination campaign by almost 2 weeks, to Jun 2, according to China’s news agency Xinhua. Since March, the country has vaccinated more than 61 million people, about 70% of the campaign’s goal The ministry also decided to broaden vaccination to include children 2 to 5 years old, which will require almost 11 million additional doses.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/health/2010-05/22/c_13309319.htmMay 21 Xinhua story
Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news. Related TopicsAHLAnton ForsbergCleveland MonstersIowa WildJohn RanageKyle ThomasMarc-Andre BergeronShut OutT.J. Tynan David Sprouse The Monsters are on the road in the middle of a twelve day run and on Sunday afternoon, in DesMoines, Iowa they defeated the Wild by a score of 2-0 bringing their record to 24-20-2-4 after 50 games played this season putting them back in fourth place with a 0.540 winning percentage and 54 points thus far in the Central Division standings.After the first two periods slid by scoreless, Kyle Thomas pounded home a sharp-angle John Ramage feed from Marc-Andre Bergeron at 3:44 of the third at even strength to deliver the Monsters a 1-0 lead and earn Thomas his first career AHL goal. T.J. Tynan then followed suit for Cleveland and potted an unassisted empty-net goal at 19:22 to seal a 2-0 victory for the Monsters.Cleveland goaltender Anton Forsberg posted his second shutout of the season on Sunday by virtue of a 28-save performance that pushed his record to 15-12-2 between the pipes this year while Alex Stalock fell to 15-12-6 in net for Iowa despite stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced.Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Monday rematch vs. the Wild with full coverage, live from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA, underway at 8:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network. Follow us on Twitter @neosportsinside for up-to-the-minute scores and action or @neosi_sprouse and @Eli_Mooneyham for continued updates.