The McKernon Group is pleased to be honored with a 5th AnnualExcellence in Housing Award in the commercial construction category for thecompany’s work in revitalizing downtown Brandon’s Howe Scale Block. Theaward was presented to The McKernon Group by the Home Builders andRemodelers Association of Southern Vermont at an award ceremony on January14th.Kevin Birchmore, co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of TheMcKernon Group accepted the award, attending the event with Project ManagerBrian Thomas.”A lot of people worked really hard on this project. Several of thebuildings had to be rebuilt from the ground up. I hope that all the peopleworking on downtown Brandon for almost a year feel good about the award.They did the heavy lifting, they’re the ones who deserve to be recognized.We’re also grateful that everyone in Brandon was patient. I live in Brandon,and it’s great to see the town so improved,” remarked Kevin Birchmore fromThe McKernon Group’s offices in Brandon’s Park Village a mile north ofdowntown.Two of the three commercial buildings on Center Street, Route 7 indowntown Brandon are occupied. Demerest and MacNeal Interior Design, Inc.has retail space in 15 Center Street. Everywear for Everybody, is opening asecond store in 17 Center Street this month. Eleven Center Street with itslandscaped terrace, and overlooking Memorial Park would be a perfect spotfor a restaurant. It is currently under consideration by several parties.
This will be the final gathering of the year at Powerstown Park with the bumper eight race card also including the Grade Three Kerry Group Stayers Novice Hurdle was added to the fixture due to the cancellation of racing at Cork on Sunday.An inspection is planned for 8 o’clock tomorrow morning – if the action goes ahead the first race is due off at the earlier than normal time of 11.45.Vroum Vroum Mag will be the star attraction in the 12.15 Mares Hurdle.
The Jamaican government wants local rum manufacturing companies to regard the Caribbean region as an important market for their products.“I want to recommend that we target not just the global external market, but the Caribbean, a major market for tourism. Sometimes we overlook the bars at the hotels in the countries of the Caribbean, which the tourists are visiting, but that, too, must be a part of the plan,” said Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Audley Shaw.Millions more to be earned Shaw, who recently toured the National Rums of Jamaica and Clarendon Distillers Limited, said Jamaica’s rum-manufacturing companies can earn millions annually from the regional market.But, he said, they have to research and tap into the various markets for demands that are not being fully satisfied.He also called on Jamaica’s rum-manufacturing companies to seek assistance from his Ministry, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Tourist Board, to help with marketing their products across the region.A government statement said that Shaw tour was geared towards having a better understanding of the needs of the rum manufacturers and to create linkages that will assist the companies with marketing and selling their products in the regional and international markets.