-30- Vermont Life magazine, the state publication that explores Vermont’s dynamic culture, has won three awards from an international association of regional publications. The magazine won a Silver medal in the Historic Feature category; a Bronze medal in the Most Improved Magazine category; and an Award of Merit in the General Feature category at the International Regional Magazine Association’s annual conference earlier this week in New Mexico.“These awards really reflect on the dedication and hard work of the staff,” said Vermont Life Managing Editor Mary Hegarty Nowlan. “They have done a tremendous job in moving the publication forward, and the fact that we have been honored in the Most Improved category two years in a row shows that the changes we are making have been recognized by our peers.”The Historic Feature award was for Enosburg Falls resident Leif Tillotson’s essay, “Earl’s Barn,” which chronicled the life lessons he learned growing up in the barn and how its recent destruction in a lightning-sparked fire affected him.The essay won the 2008 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Prize awarded annually by Vermont Life and Green Mountain Power.Leslie Wright’s “Killington at a Crossroads” General Feature award winner detailed the changes at the venerable ski area as it turns 50 and moves in a new direction.“These two stories really exemplify how Vermont Life is staying true to its historical roots while expanding its vision to include contemporary topics like outdoor recreation, food, and not just living in but making a living in Vermont,” Nowlan said.Founded in 1946, Vermont Life is published quarterly and is considered one of the nation’s premier regional magazines. It has won over 95 national and international magazine awards since 1990.Vermont Life’s mission is to create an engaging online presence and publish a premier-quality magazine filled with the best writing, illustration, art and photography Vermont has to offer. For more information please visit www.VermontLife.com(link is external) or http://regionalmagazines.org(link is external)Source: Vermont Commerce Agency.
Dallas Keuchel is believed open to the right 1-year deal, then resetting. One under the radar team: maybe Milwaukee, which has been linked to Kimbrel and has been willing to give up draft choice at times (ie Grandal, Lohse). Phillies, Padres, Astros are among other possibilities.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 18, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNIf he were to sign that type of deal, he would do so planning to hit the open market again in 2020. Teams that may have interest include the Brewers, Phillies, Padres and Astros.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, though, notes with the Brewers, the team would have to give up a third draft pick this season if it were to sign Keuchel to any kind of deal, which could eliminate them from the running.For #Brewers, it would be surrendering a third draft choice in 2019. Traded Competitive Balance Round A pick for Alex Claudio and forfeited third-rounder for signing Yasmani Grandal. https://t.co/Wez4D3ZjCT— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 18, 2019It should also be noted that Brewers general manager David Stears was the assistant general manager with the Astros in 2012 when Keuchel made his MLB debut, so he has a history with the lefty.Keuchel reportedly turned down a five-year, $90 million deal with the Astros in 2016 and changed agents in 2017 to Scott Boras.Boras is famous for having his clients go to the free-agent market to start a bidding war for his players. He did that with Bryce Harper this year and also with Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez in 2018.For Keuchel, it hasn’t worked out as he remains a free agent three weeks into the season.Keuchel told Houston Station Fox26 in February he wasn’t hitting the panic button and was just focused on getting himself ready for the season. Dallas Keuchel went into this offseason looking for a long-term deal, but that contract appears not to be in the cards for the Cy Young winner.The former Astros starting pitcher is now open to one-year deals at the right price, according to Fancred Sports. “I’m calm and collected outside the field,” Keuchel said. “I don’t really hit the panic button at all. I’m worried about getting myself ready and up to speed. I feel like I’m ahead of schedule compared to the last few years.”At the same time, I’d like to get out there and meet new teammates or meet old teammates. When that time comes, it’ll be nice.”