Spooky Haunted Castle Cake

first_imgInspired by Hammer House Horror, ghoulish goings on and things that go bump in the night, this cake is ideal for Halloween and the celebration of all things spine chilling.The cake is formed of two parts; the castle and the rocky crag on which it is perched. A range of tools materials were used to create form, texture and effect. Click on the image below to launch the step-by-step photo guide%%ImageNewsTicker_23904%%by Sandra Monger, pictures by Robin Paikeslast_img

Chief Technology Officer Tom Evslin to retire from state government

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas announced today that Chief Technology Officer Tom Evslin will retire from state government on September 15. Evslin, 67, was recruited from retirement by Governor Douglas in March of 2009 to be Chief Recovery Officer to oversee Vermont’s use of stimulus funds and applications for competitive stimulus grants. When the temporary Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery finished its job, Evslin was named Chief Technology Officer for the State and has been the Administration’s lead on Challenges for Change.“I want to thank Tom for his work on behalf of Vermonters,” said Governor Douglas.  “Tom’s extraordinary talents were critical as we deployed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money quickly and transparently.  His leadership and broad understanding of the telecommunications world were vital to Vermont’s success in obtaining over $250 million in combined stimulus grants for smart grid and broadband expansion – ensuring the funding is in place to follow through on my eState goals of border-to-border high-speed internet access and cell phone coverage.”Vermont has been recognized as among the best states in deploying federal stimulus and the $250 million in broadband and the smart grid grant awards places Vermont at the top in per-capita funding in these areas. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had to work for Vermont as part of the Douglas Administration during these difficult times,” said Evslin.  “I’m particularly proud of the tremendous creative effort that state employees at all levels made to respond to Challenges for Change and find ways to serve Vermonters more effectively with less money.”As the point person for Challenges for Change, Evslin has been coordinating the various efforts to save taxpayer money through increased government efficiency and outcome-based budgeting.  Governor Douglas noted that “Tom’s ability to think outside-the-box and envision creative solutions to any problem has made him the ideal fit as state government has had to adjust its approach during the Great Recession.”Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville also praised Evslin for his service to Vermonters.  “Tom has been an integral part of the Governor’s team as we juggled the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Challenges for Challenges and the enduring impact of the economic downturn on state budgets and the lives of Vermonters.  Tom’s work has helped to position Vermont well to rebound from the recession.”Before his first retirement, Tom Evslin and his wife, Mary, founded several successful technology companies and he was one of the pioneers of VoIP technology. Evslin also wrote a novel and a popular blog and he is an inventor on eight granted US patents. In the early 1980s, he served as Vermont’s Secretary of Transportation under Governor Richard Snelling.  The Evslins live in Stowe. At his request, Evslin worked for minimum wage, which he then returns to the State.Source: Governor’s office. 8.31.2010###last_img read more

Bells still ring for traditional weddings

first_imgNZ Herald 27 April 2013New Zealanders are putting off getting married longer and longer – but a new study has found that most end up having surprisingly traditional weddings eventually.Even though the vast majority of couples have lived together for some years, most brides still want diamond engagement rings, wear white dresses on their wedding day and walk up the aisle with their fathers to be “given away” to their husbands.The cultural power of marriage extends to gay couples, who have kept many of the same traditions in their civil union ceremonies.The study, by Auckland University sociologists Professor Maureen Baker and Dr Vivienne Elizabeth, helps explain why gay couples have pushed so strongly for the right to marry even though they have been able to have civil unions since 2005 and have been treated the same as heterosexual couples under relationship property law since 2002.“One of the puzzling questions is why long-term cohabiting couples bother to legalise their relationships,” the study says.“In New Zealand, these couples are considered by the state to be in a ‘marriage-like relationship’ after they share a residence for three years, or earlier if they reproduce together.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10880039last_img read more

6-Year-Old Girl Killed By Dad’s Golf Ball

first_imgPolice say she was sitting inside a golf cart when her dad teed off at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem Monday.The ball struck Aria in the back of the head about 20 yards away.She was flown to the hospital in critical condition, but died Monday night.Police are investigating it as a tragic accident. A six-year-old girl in Utah is dead after she was hit in the back of the head by a golf ball her father sprayed off the tee.A family in Utah is grieving after a young girl was killed by a golf ball that her own father hit. https://t.co/WgHqXDadDg— WEAU 13 News (@WEAU13News) July 17, 2019last_img