Healthy Living Market named ‘Retailer of the Year’ by Grocers’ Association

first_imgKaty Lesser and Healthy Living, were honored by the Vermont Grocers’ Association with the VGA Retailer of the Year award during the association s annual convention at the Sheraton Burlington. The award was presented in recognition of their involvement with the community, food industry, store operations and customer service.Healthy Living is the state s largest natural foods market and has been family owned and operated for over 22 years. Its mission is to provide the community with a market that is dedicated to offering high quality food items at affordable prices, a child-friendly environment, and a place to gather, eat and learn. Lesser is joined in the operation of the store by her son, Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, and daughter, Nina Lesser-Goldsmith. The family has expanded the market several times culminating with the move to a brand new 35,000 square foot store on Dorset Street in South Burlington in 2008.They believe strongly in community service, and have donated to various local non-profits and charities since the store s founding in 1986. The Community Outreach Team at Healthy Living reaches many local organizations every year. As one example, throughout the months of March and April this year, Healthy Living Staff prepared and served five healthy meals a week to at-risk youth who use Spectrum Youth Services Pearl Street drop-in center. The partnership was a wonderful success for all parties and Healthy Living continues to foster similar partnerships with other non-profits in the community. We are very pleased to see Katy, her family and her store recognized with this award. They are dedicated to serving their customers and community, said Jim Harrison, VGA president, who presented the award. They represent that true entrepreneurial spirit as evidenced with the large investment in what is now a showcase of a natural foods marketplace.The Vermont Grocers’ Association is a statewide organization representing approximately 700 stores and 245 suppliers to the industry. The presentation took place at the association s annual convention at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel on September 12, 2009.Note: A photo of Healthy Living with the award can be accessed at: http://www.vtgrocers.org/files/files/Healthy%20Living%20Award.pdf(link is external)Caption: Katy Lesser (center) of the Healthy Living Natural Foods Market along with Ian Roos and Jessica Piccirilli with the VGA Retailer of the Year at the association’s 75th anniversary convention September 12.A video of Healthy Living showed at the award presentation can be found at: http://maltedmedia.com/recordings/ROY2009-97.wmv(link is external).Source: Vermont Grocers’ Association. 9.18.2009last_img read more

Syracuse knows this season’s ugly history of being ranked No. 1

first_imgThe top-ranked teams aren’t meant to lose, at least this quickly. But this year, it has become a common occurrence running through men’s Division I lacrosse. No. 1 teams lose a step and fall to weaker teams, and a new team emerges at the top.“It’s parity,” North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi said of No. 1 teams losing week after week. “We knew as coaches going through this, this is going to happen.”In each of the past five weeks and all but once this season, the top-ranked team has only held the No. 1 spot for a week. Last week, Penn State fell to Maryland and snapped a 10-game win streak. In Monday’s Inside Lacrosse rankings, Syracuse was named the new No. 1 for the first time in almost two years. In SU’s first defense of the ranking, the Orange play two games and its second comes against the defending national champions.“It’s a big thing we’ve been thinking about all week,” senior attack Jordan Evans said. “You see teams get a No. 1 spot each week and they’ve all fallen.”The Orange’s first test came Tuesday, against a struggling Cornell team. The Big Red kept the game close for the beginning, but a 10-0 Syracuse run put the game away. No. 1 Syracuse will have its hands full on four days’ rest Saturday, as the Orange (9-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) takes on preseason No. 1 North Carolina (6-5, 1-1) Saturday in Chapel Hill.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNorth Carolina has a chance to snap Syracuse’s seven-game win streak and dethrone another No. 1. Even with Syracuse consistently succeeding against the Tar Heels the past few years, it doesn’t take away from the fact that UNC has Top 10 talent. Even if the rankings don’t show it.Entering the year with high expectations, the Tar Heels quickly struggled and slid out of No. 1 before the Week 1 rankings. Five losses later and No. 17 UNC is on the brink of falling outside the top 20. But that doesn’t take away from UNC’s road wins against Denver and Virginia.After the Tar Heels fell, Denver took the top spot. North Carolina got its revenge on the new No. 1 just a week removed from the same spot.Maryland came next and barely escaped its first week as the top-ranked team. The Terrapins staved off a late push from Yale in a one-goal game. The following week, UMD stayed No. 1 — the only team to do so all year.Since Maryland’s loss the next time out, no No. 1 team has stuck around for the following week. Notre Dame held the top-ranked spot twice, and so did Denver. Rutgers jumped out to its best start in six decades, but couldn’t continue its hot streak against Delaware. The story remained the same.“That speaks to what we’ve seen in 2017,” ESPN lacrosse analyst Mark Dixon said. “On any given day any team can beat any other team, whether you’re No. 1 or No. 71.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 12, 2017 at 10:26 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcolast_img read more