Derby Green in Derby, Vermont, is a small, 23 bed nursing home with a big, positive reputation that grows with every passing year. And that reputation recently grew again on May 17th when the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (D.A.I.L) awarded the home with it eighth Quality Award since the department first awarded the honor in 1999. No other nursing home in the state has earned this prestigious award so many times.On August 25 Lisa Bolhman, the director of Derby Green, accepted a check for $11,476.91 from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living as a result of the long-term care home earning its eighth Quality Award. Left to right: Claudio Fort, President and CEO of North Country Hospital; Kathy Austin, chairman of the hospital’s board of directors; Fran Keeler, the director of Licensing and Protection; Lisa Bohlman; Susan Wehry, the Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living; Paula Ducharme, RN, the Director of Nursing at Derby Green; Bill Perkett, Vice President of Hurman Resources at North Country; and Andre Bissonnette, Vice President of Finance at North Country.‘It is quite an honor to win this award for the last 5 years in a row and a total of 8 times since the award has been given,’ Lisa Bohlman said. ‘This award is not easily achieved and it takes work to continue to receive it each year. We could not have won this award without the dedication and commitment of each person in each department here at Derby Green.’ Bohlman is the administrator of the home which is located on Route 5 in Derby.The recent honor was bestowed upon Derby Green at the Gold Star Conference held at the Quechee Club in Quechee. The award was given by Susan Wehry, the commissioner of DAIL, and Fran Keeler, the director of the Division of Licensing and Protection. Bohlman and Paula Ducharme R.N., the director of director of nursing services at Derby Green, accepted the award. Then on August 25 Susan Wehry and Fran Keeler traveled to the long-term care home in Derby to award them a check for $11,476.91 for their dedication to patient care.Also at the conference Derby Green, which employs 29 workers, was honored with the Gold Star Employer Award. This program is implemented through DAIL and the Vermont Health Care Association. To earn this honor, Derby Green proved it had implemented ‘best practices’ for retention and recruitment of employees. Derby Green was awarded this honor every year between 2005 and 2011.I am so proud of my staff and the quality care they give to each of our residents each day throughout the year,’ Bohlman said. ‘Working at a nursing home is not for everyone, it takes someone who genuinely cares for the residents.
Egypt set to hold parliamentary elections starting October 18-19 Egypt set to hold parliamentary elections starting October 18-19The Egyptian Electoral Commission announced on Sunday that the long awaited parliamentary election will be held starting October 18-19. This, the commission said, is the final step in a process aimed at bringing back democracy that many critics say has been tainted by widespread authoritarianism.Egypt has been without a parliament since a court dissolution of the democratically elected main chamber back in 2012. The then parliament was dominated by the now-banned Muslim brotherhood movement to which the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak was credited.The elections had been set for March but were delayed after a court ruled part of the election law unconstitutional.The electoral commission also disclosed that after this first phase of election, there shall be a second phase on November 22-23. Egyptians abroad will vote on October 17-18.The incumbent president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi successfully led a mass revolution that toppled Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. It is after this that the army announced a ‘road map’ to democracy in Egypt, the most populous Arab state in Africa.The government has said that the election is a proof of the country’s commitment to democracy.In the long absence of the parliament, president Sisi has exerted legislative authority to limit political freedoms. He has however introduced massive economic reforms in the country.The parliament is expected to effectively check the actions of the executive after its institution.The house of Representatives is made up of 568 seats with 448 elected individuals while 120 elected through a winner-takes-all policy with quotas for women, youth and Christians. The president may also appoint a number of people to the house, not exceeding 5% of its total makeup.Hardcore Brotherhood supporters are likely to boycott the elections while others who initially supported the group but later became disillutioned with it during Mursi’s troubled rule could either vote for pro-Sisi candidates or other Islamists.
View Gallery (2 Photos)Ryan McDonagh has something teammates Brendan Smith and Cody Goloubef want: a roster spot for this year’s World Junior Championship.McDonagh, a sophomore defenseman from Arden Hills, Minn., was named to the U.S. Under-20 team earlier this month. Smith, a Mimico, Ontario, Canada native, and Goloubef, from Oakville, Ontario, begin their tryout process for Team Canada today in Ottawa.For McDonagh, the second time was the charm. He tried out last year during his freshman season but was not chosen to join teammates Blake Geoffrion and Jamie McBain on the U.S. team.After a good tryout and strong play during this season — his nine points on four goals and five assists are seventh best on the team in points — McDonagh was chosen to join the elite squad.“Having gone through it for my second time now, I felt more confident at the camp,” McDonagh said. “I felt I had a good chance to make the team if I had a pretty good first half. When I got the news, I was pretty happy. I called my parents right away, and they were pretty excited too.”Smith also tried out last season, but like McDonagh, didn’t earn a roster spot. The experience of going through the process once before is something Smith feels can only help this time around.“I’m just trying to prove myself,” Smith said. “I had a good camp last year, which I impressed myself with. I’m just trying to do the same things this time. I think I’ve been playing better defensively, so I think it’s just going to help out.”Smith and Goloubef have kept an eye on the annual tournament for years. Last season, they watched via Internet (the tournament is not broadcast in the U.S.) as former Badger teammate Kyle Turris won gold for Canada.This year, they’re hoping they’ll be the ones representing their country.“It’s a real big deal in Canada,” Goloubef said. “It’s a very well-respected tournament, so it’s definitely going to be an honor to put that jersey on if I make the team.”“It’s huge,” Smith said. “The World Juniors is the most televised thing in Canada [during] Christmas time. Everybody watches it, all my friends at school — they all watch it. I’m so excited about it. Just to wear that Canadian jersey, no words can describe it.”For McDonagh, the occasion is almost a bigger deal for his family — who will be making the nearly 20-hour drive from Minnesota to Ottawa — than it is to him.“I think it’s more exciting for my family because they’ve done so much for me growing up, driving me to the rink and spending a lot of money and everything,” McDonagh said. “They’re going to drive up to Ottawa for the whole tournament, so for them to get a chance to go up there and watch it — my mom’s never been to an international tournament before, but my dad has so it’s going to be real fun for them.”Last season, when Geoffrion, McBain and Turris took part in the event, Wisconsin had to play a two-game series against Colorado College during the same span. Without three of its best players, the Badgers were swept by the Tigers at home.A new rule this year, however, makes it so WCHA games can’t be scheduled during the World Juniors.“Colorado College is a great team. To miss some crucial players like we did with McBain and Geoffrion, just to miss some of those guys is so hard to play without them,” Smith said. “I think that’s a great rule for everybody. It just makes everything fair to every team.”The Badgers will for sure be without McDonagh for the Badger Hockey Showdown Jan. 2 and 3 and a two-game series against Northern Michigan, and could miss the services of Smith and Goloubef as well if either make the team.“Those are games that we’ve got to win, but it’s a really fun tournament,” Smith said. “I’m going to miss that, which I’m kind of disappointed about. I know the team’s going to pick up the slack for me.Regardless of who it’s playing, UW could potentially have three holes on defense to fill. It’s likely that freshmen Eric Springer and Ryan Little — who have been splitting time — will both start, as will seldom-used Craig Johnson.That will still leave one empty spot on the blue line.“I’m pretty confident in the guys that will fill the roles,” McDonagh said. “Maybe it’ll be a forward if all three of us make it that will have to come back. Our coaching staff and our teammates will all help them out. They’ll get the job done.”Johnson earned four starts in the four games missed by the UW trio and will very likely get the nod again.Without first-round draft picks McDonagh and Smith, and the second