Council encourages kindness

first_imgPankiw said she believes the week will encourage students to continue the effort.“We’re optimistic,” she said. “We’re giving students service events to educate them and show them little acts of kindness can make a difference in the lives of others.” “We were trying to think of out of the box ways to bring service to Notre Dame,” she said. “Sometimes its hard to get students off campus to do service.” “While discussing ideas for service events at one of our meetings, someone brought up a news story in which over 100 people paid for the customer behind them in a Starbucks drive-through,” sophomore Annie Boyle, a member of the committee, said. “We found several similar stories and agreed that there were many opportunities for students to be a part of the ‘pay it forward’ idea.”  She said the committee came up with the idea for the week as a way to encourage students to participate in a different form of community service. “Basically we are going to spend three hours hanging out with the kids, doing tutoring type things and kind of preparing for child abuse awareness month, which is in April,” he said. “Best Buy donated a few video cameras so we’re probably going to do small public service announcements talking about the month and what it is and how to tell signs of abuse.” The idea of the service effort originates from a Starbucks in Chicago were people took turns paying for the person behind them. Pankiw is a member of the Hands-On Community Service Committee, which is the group from the SCC sponsoring the event. She and six others are members of the committee, which organized the week’s events. Yesterday the committee sponsored a panel lecture with different members of the community, including two students, members of The Catholic Worker and two members of the South Dining Hall staff. Pakinaw said the week’s events started on Monday morning and will continue throughout the week. Greg Woods, also a member of the committee, said it has participated in bigger community service projects this year, but wanted to shift gears to focus on something smaller and simpler.  “All year we’ve been focused on more of the bigger type events, like having a kids youth jamboree and visiting the Catholic Worker,” he said. “We’ve done a lot of hands-on service, but we thought that maybe what we could add to this was a focus on the smaller things.” “We started the week passing out hot chocolate on Monday morning in front of DeBartolo and then showed the movie ‘Pay it Forward’ in Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall,” she said. “We have more events scheduled for the rest of the week.” “Each person is to speak about how they’ve paid it forward in their own lives or how its helped people in their own lives,” she said. The idea is simple, three big favors for three other people. That’s it.The Sophomore Class Council (SCC) kicked off a community service week emphasizing doing small acts of kindness for others, based on premise of the 2000 movie “Pay it Forward” starring Haley Joel Osment and Kevin Spacey. “Our hope is with the events we have scheduled people are being educated and it will start to have a similar effect at Notre Dame,” sophomore Erin Pankiw said. Woods said the committee coordinated an afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club in South Bend for an alternative type of community service that focuses more on social justice. Boyle said the mission of the week is to encourage the rest of campus to adopt the idea of doing acts of kindness for others. The week’s events were summed up Wednesday evening with a prayer service in Geddes Hall following the service trip to the Boys and Girls Club. Woods said he hopes after this the idea will take off and students will continue to perform acts of kindness.“This week is something we hope to see grow, but then again its something that should become more of an everyday thing,” he said. “Hopefully people take the message and move forward and make it part of their everyday lives.” “The idea of ‘paying it forward’ is for someone who has received an act of kindness to do something for another person, asking not for gratitude in return but for him or her to do the same,” she said. “As a result, a sort of chain of good deeds develops. We wanted to bring the positive spirit of this idea to our campus.”last_img read more

Sale of Local Golf Course Complete: New Ownership Shares Plans

first_imgNORTH CLARENDON, VT (June 13, 2007) – Stonehedge Golf Course announced today that the course has been purchased by Richard “Dick” Bendig and his two sons, Shawn and Chriss. The 9-hole course, Rutland County’s only par-3 golf offering, features 1,107 yards of rolling fairways and well-manicured greens. The course was designed and operated by Robert Matson since 1995.”We are very pleased to have completed the sale and excited about the possibilities this course has to offer local golfers,” said Richard Bendig, President of Stonehedge. “The real beauty of the course lies in its versatility. For the accomplished golfer, we offer an affordable way for them to improve their short game. For the senior golfer, we provide a 9-hole course that can be easily walked or ridden in just over an hour. And, finally, for the younger/novice golfer, we strive to create an atmosphere that allows them to learn the game at their own pace.””I’ve been playing golf for over 20 years and can still remember what it felt like the first time I stepped onto a tee box at a larger, traditional golf course& Simply put, I found the experience to be quite stressful and a bit overwhelming,” said fellow course owner Shawn Bendig. “Here at Stonehedge, one of our primary goals is allowing the less experienced golfer to feel at ease on the course and enjoy their round of golf. Judging from the conversations that we have had with some of our customers and the smiles I’ve seen on their faces as they come off the 9th green, I’d say we’re heading in the right direction.””We are thrilled with how well course conditions have improved in the past two months; our turf manager has the greens playing better every week,” said Chriss Bendig, the final member of the new ownership team. “Over the next few months we will be looking to make a number of improvements to the course including updating/expanding our rental club options and adding a putting/chipping green and driving cage where customers can warm-up before hitting the links. We will also be offering a variety of new course promotions including night golf were groups/organizations can rent the course for an evening and play with glow-in-the-dark equipment!”Stonehedge Golf Course is located on 216 Squire Road in North Clarendon, VT 05759 (directly behind Automobile International at the junction of Routes 7 and 103). The course will continue to operate seven (7) days a week from 8:00AM until dusk.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Two Pennsylvania Cities Making Amazon Shortlist

first_imgGovernor Wolf Statement on Two Pennsylvania Cities Making Amazon Shortlist Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on two Pennsylvania cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, making Amazon’s shortlist for its HQ2, which is expected to bring 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars in investment:“It is no surprise that Pennsylvania’s two world-class cities have made the shortlist for Amazon’s HQ2. Pennsylvania’s strategic location in the heart of the East Coast, nationally ranked educational institutions, and a workforce equipped to support future growth makes it prime for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America.“Pennsylvania continues to lead the way for successful businesses and communities with innovation, and is equipped to support and sustain business for centuries to come. Our location at the geographical center of the East Coast, rich cultural heritage, abundant natural resources, and job-ready workforce has made us a hub for commerce and a leader in technological innovation and education.“My administration, including the Department of Community and Economic Development, worked collaboratively with the all local governments, the General Assembly, Chambers of Commerce, and higher education to put forth strong proposals. I thank all the Pennsylvania applicants who worked constructively and creatively to show off their communities in this process.“Both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have a real shot and we will continue to support these locations by making the case to Amazon that Pennsylvania is a unique and tremendous place to build a business, make a home, and pursue your happiness.”Background:Governor Wolf spearheaded efforts to promote the commonwealth as the prime location for the Amazon HQ2 project, launching the Amazon in PA website, which includes joint letters of support from Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, legislative leaders, education advocates, and cabinet officials. Additionally, the commonwealth submitted a state-level proposal to accompany the proposals submitted by Pennsylvania’s communities.The governor’s efforts in responding to this historic opportunity resulted in collective letters of support from Pennsylvania’s congressional leaders expressing support for the placement of Amazon’s second company headquarters, cabinet officials outlining the administration’s efforts and historic investments in education, workforce development, business development, and transportation, higher education advocates representing more than 360 postsecondary institutions highlighting why Pennsylvania is the best choice for Amazon, and bipartisan state leadership expressing their full support for Amazon to select a location in the Keystone State.Amazon is expected to invest over $5 billion in construction and create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operations is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img January 18, 2018last_img read more