The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service (VIRS) iscelebrating ten years of providing interpreting services for Vermonters.The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service was founded October 1,1992. Ithas grown steadily as awareness of the Service, its effectiveness, and theimplications of the landmark federal legislation, Americans withDisabilities Act (ADA), also enacted in 1992, have grown.VIRS provides state-wide interpreter and CART referral services forAmerican Sign Language (ASL)/English interpreting assignments in settingssuch as governmental, mental health, medical, legal, employment,educational, civil and recreational. VIRS serves all Vermonters, bothhearing and deaf, in need of securing a sign language interpreter.VIRS also provides advocacy for deaf clients, training opportunities forinterpreters and serves as an informational resource throughout the state.Initially established with funding from the Vermont Division of VocationalRehabilitation as a pilot project, the Service is currently funded with agrant from the Department of Aging and Disabilities and with fundsgenerated from finder¹s fees.Rene¹ Pellerin, Coordinator of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,says, “Without question, VIRS enables a far more efficient and effectivesystem of locating interpreters for assignments throughout the state ofVermont. Without them, it would be a time consuming task for individualagencies and businesses to obtain interpreting services.”In honor of the tenth anniversary, and marking yet another leap forward inthe evolution of communications access within the state, VIRS is pleased to announce the official launch of a new comprehensive website,at: www.virs.org(link is external), providing information online for businesses,organizations, interpreters, deaf and hard of hearing people as well asinteractive options for requesting interpreters.A special anniversary event, open to the public, is scheduled for May 3,2003 at the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 60 AustineDrive, Brattleboro. Additional details will be announced closer to thedate.
Prepared by FFWPU USAThe True Parents’ 58th Holy Wedding Anniversary Fishing Tournament has been taking place since May 5 and will continue until May 11. The tournament will be held for seven days on Hudson River and adjacent bays in NY and NJ area. We welcome individuals and groups from churches, departments, families and friends. True Parents’ 58th Holy Wedding Anniversary Fishing Tournament on Hudson River Day 1: 31 people participated in the first day of the fishing tournament. The day was very windy, with captains researching all over the bay for good fishing spots. There were five boats of eager fishermen, many who were going stripe bass fishing for the first time. Overall, the day was challenging, but together, 3 keepers (over 28 inches long) were caught.Day 2: On the second day, 22 people participated. The weather was cold and it was another difficult day. The participants used 4 boats, catching 1 fish over 28 inches throughout the day. Although the team saw fish through the fishfinder, they didn’t bite.Day 3: On the third day of the tournament, 10 people participated. They used two boats and caught two keepers. The weather was better than the previous two days. Among the participants included Bishop Jesse and Rev. Tanya Edwards.Day 4: After three consecutive days of fishing under difficult conditions, the 14 participants on the fourth day of the tournament were finally able to catch many keepers. Using three boats, the participants caught 12 keepers by the end of the day.Day 5: 11 people participated in the fifth day of the tournament. They used two boats and caught four keepers. In the morning, there was quite a bit of fog, while in the afternoon, the weather became windy. Five Japanese students who are on a pilgrimage to America joined the tournament.