Friday November 16, 2012

Bennington Rotary's new members

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Rotary has inducted two new members into the organization. Michael Nigro, Director at Bayada and Noreen Gardner, Executive Director of Care Net Pregnancy Center joined the group, which meets Fridays for lunch at the Bennington Station.

Bennington Rotary is committed to the theme of Rotary, Service Above Self.

Members of the group work on projects that help the community. Besides being active in the annual Bennington Car Show, the group also works at Mayfest and other events. Its next project is bell ringing to raise money for the local Food & Fuel Fund.

10,000 books to be donated by Pizza Hut restaurants

DALLAS -- In celebration of National Young Readers Week Nov. 12-16, Pizza Hut and its BOOK IT! Program have selected the winning Pizza Hut restaurants in the third annual Big Book Giveaway.

The Giveaway challenges Pizza Hut restaurants nationwide to develop creative and impactful ways to donate 500 books in their local communities as part of the program's goal to motivate children to read more and develop a lifelong love of reading.

Founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, National Young Readers Week is an annual event that encourages young readers to get excited about reading. Eventsare hosted in schools across the country, where local officials, sports figures, public safety officers, parents and other "celebrities" from the community share their favorite stories withstudents to help reinforce the importance of reading and to encourage reading for enjoyment.

For the BOOK IT! Big Book Giveaway, 20 of the 6,000 Pizza Hut restaurants were chosen at random as winners of the giveaway. Each restaurant winner developed a plan on how to distribute 500 books to children in their communities.

These restaurants focused on how the donation of books would impact their community and support literacytied to the BOOK IT! Program, which is in its 28th year and isreaching more than 14 million young people this school year.

Among those chosen were the Bennington Pizza Hut restaurant, and the books will be going to the local Head Start program.

In addition to the book giveaway, the BOOK IT! Program is teaming up with One More Story to feature a narrated book on www.bookitprogram.com during Nov. 12-16. View the narrated stories at www.bookitprogram.com/teachers/nyrw

To learn about One More Story, visit www.onemorestory.com.

Orvis and BBA aid victims of hurricane

MANCHESTER -- When Orvis Senior Manager Don Benasich suggested joining forces with the students at Burr and Burton Academy to mount a relief drive for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, he anticipated being able to send a tractor-trailer, maybe two, of clothing and non-perishable food items to the worst hit area on the New Jersey shore. By the end of the first day of the drive, he knew his guesstimate was way off.

The drive filled five tractor-trailers and parts of a Greyhound bus sponsored by the Rotary Club and a Heartworks U-Haul truck. Three of the trucks went to Sea Bright, N.J., one went to New York City, and was bound for Brooklyn. More than 200 BBA students and 100 Orvis employees packed 2,360 boxes of clothes, blankets, food, personal care items, cleaning supplies and tools for the storm-ravaged communities of New York and New Jersey.

"The entire community went above and beyond for this effort," says Benasich. "There were so many people and businesses that stepped up to help. In addition to Orvis and Burr and Burton, Brown's provided a forklift, with Dydo Construction donating time to run it; Rain or Shine provided tents, the contractors at the new roundabout loaned lights; Casella donated trash bins and a dumpster; Flying Cow created a banner for Route 7 while Lake Gaston Signs made a 40-foot banner and sandwich boards; Dorr Oil provided a storage trailer, and Christo's and Wood Fired Pizza provided lunch for all the volunteers each day. Members of the Manchester Special Olympics chapter also helped us out on Saturday." SBA's sets Web chats with how-to tips

WASHINGTON -- The start of the holiday season also signals the end of another year. Small businesses are gearing up for holiday sales and they're looking for ways to minimize their tax burdens, both of which can be crucial to a business' success in the New Year.

Now is a good time to get tips and advice on how to maximize both, with help from the U.S. Small Business Administration. November's web chats will feature experts who will give tips on how to boost holiday marketing strategies, and how to prepare now for tax filing season.

The November web chats and links are:

Nov 19 at 1 p.m.: "Holiday Marketing Tips & Ideas" with Caron Beesley, SBA blogger, marketing communications consultant, and small business owner. Learn how to maximize your holiday profit and how to help increase sales volume. Participants can join the live web chat, and also post questions beforehand by visiting Web Chat Event: Nov 19.

Nov 28 at 1 p.m.: "Getting Your Small Business Ready for the Tax Filing Season" with Edward S. Karl, vice president of taxation for the American Institute of CPA's (AICPA) and the AICPA tax staff. Learn useful and practical tips for year-end tax savings strategies and tax provisions that may affect your business. Participants can join the live web chat, and also post questions beforehand by visiting Web Chat Event: Nov 28.

The Web chats can also be accessed at www.sba.gov under the What's New tab.

To see past web chats and related media content, visit SBA's Small Business Learning Center at www.sba.gov/sba-learning-center/search/chat.

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