The Blood in This Town,’ the documentary about Rutland, Vermont’s grassroots efforts to revitalize itself, travels to Capitol Hill this week for a screening and revitalization forum, bringing the plight and promise of America’s ailing small towns to the attention of national leaders and advocates. The event is hosted by the Northeast-Midwest Institute in cooperation with US Rep Peter Welch’s office, the Rockefeller Foundation, Great Jones Productions and the German-Marshall Fund. It will take place on Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 – 9:00pm at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. In less than a year since an early version of the film was screened for the citizens of Rutland, ‘The Blood in this Town’ is sounding a wake-up call in the nation’s capital as part of its growing national outreach to spark the exchange of revitalization ideas and resources among local communities state-to-state. Organizers of the DC event from the Northwest-Midwest Institute see Rutland’s example of re-invention as emblematic of how communities can work together to turn their fortunes around, and chose to screen the film at the height of Washington’s fierce debate over economic turnaround in the U.S.Rutland, by building on local strengths and assets to chart a new way forward, is creating a blueprint for revival that could help save a recession-battered America.‘Given today’s intense national search for new ways to build a stronger economy and reinvigorate local communities, Rutland’s story of transformation is right on time and right on target. Now is the time to share Rutland’s grassroots spirit and revitalization know-how with more and more towns across the United States and bring the plight of America’s struggling rural and rust-belt towns to the full attention of power in DC,’ said Art Jones, the film’s director.The panel discussion to follow the film will include: moderator Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development; Art Jones, Director, ‘The Blood in This Town’; John Robert Smith, President, Reconnecting America; Tara Kelly, Executive Director, Rutland Area Farm & Food Link; and Steve Costello, Director of Public Affairs, Central Vermont Public Service and ‘head coach’ for the Gift-of-Life Marathon blood drive.For six weeks beginning September 17, 2011, ‘The Blood in this Town’ has been on the road taking Vermont strength & revitalization to the nation. With stops across Vermont, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Washington, DC and New York City, the fall series brings together community leaders, urban planners, business people and government officials to engage local citizens in action to create a more vibrant, sustainable future for small towns.‘Ultimately, this is a story about challenges facing town after town in America,’ Jones said. ‘Rutland’s revitalization efforts are instructive and inspiring, and the best news is that they are transferable.’As background, ‘The Blood in This Town’ is an 80-minute documentary that uses Rutland’s remarkable Gift-of-Life Marathon blood drive to explore how an ailing rust-belt town can rebuild from the grassroots up. Rutland’s act of giving blood in record-breaking numbers becomes a powerful symbol of renewal and social change that radiates throughout the community – in initiatives to engage new ideas and create sustainable businesses, world-class natural recreation, farm-to-table networks, entrepreneurial start-ups, and the revival of a historic downtown.Event Details‘Rutland Revival and Small Town Revitalization’Screening & Forum with ‘The Blood in this Town’Thursday, October 13, 6:00-9:00pmU.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Auditorium, Washington, DC 6:00pm Reception: Taste of Vermont6:45pm Opening Remarks from U.S. Rep. Peter Welch / Film Screening 8:15pm Panel Discussion and Q&A
Manchester United forward Juan Mata admits he was “mad” he was not able to give fans what they deserved in the defeat to Liverpool. Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Old Trafford stood out not only for the visitors underlining their credentials as Premier League title challengers, but also United’s inability to compete against their north-west rivals. But even after the final whistle, large pockets of supporters remained to voice their support for the team and Mata said he was disappointed the players could not match that level of performance. United striker Wayne Rooney described the defeat to Liverpool as one of the darkest days of his career. “It’s one of the worst days I’ve ever had in football,” Rooney told MUTV. “It’s hard to take. You have to give Liverpool credit – they played well – but it’s difficult to take. Nobody wants to lose, especially in this way, in your own stadium. It’s not nice.” Manager David Moyes admits his first season at Old Trafford after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson is harder than he ever imagined. “The job was always going to be hard. Harder? Yes I would say so yes,” said the Scot, who has not given up hope of finishing in the top four despite being 12 points adrift of Manchester City, who have two matches in hand. “It will be very difficult but it’s not over yet, so we have to keep working as hard as we can towards trying to do it. “I’ve been saying for a while we’ve given ourselves a long task and a long road to try to get back in it.” “There are no words to describe your support in the stadium,” he wrote in his personal online blog. “In games like yesterday it makes me mad not being able to give you what you deserve. “I know there is nothing I can say right now but at least I want you to know how I feel.” Mata joined United from Chelsea in January for £38million but there has been no vast improvement in results, with just three wins from the seven matches he has been involved in, being ineligible for the Champions League defeat to Olympiacos. However, the 25-year-old believes the experience will make him a better player. “The storm will pass and the sun will rise again. I have no doubt,” said Mata. “Besides, no one said this would be easy but this is football. It gives you fantastic moments but also very hard times you have to cope with, when you have to show pride and professionalism until the end. “And when all this is gone I’m sure I will be a more mature footballer.” Press Association
HIGH ABOVE THE REST—Doing a full split 4-5 feet over the balance beam is world champion and already national champion Simome Biles during the second day senior women’s competition. (Photos by J.L. Martello)PITTSBURGH (AP)—Simone Biles hopped off the beam, cut her longtime coach Aimee Boorman a knowing look and went in for a relieved hug.Turns out nobody’s perfect, not even the best gymnast on the planet. Guess Biles will have to settle for being as close as the sport gets at the moment.The bubbly 17-year-old easily captured her second straight U.S. women’s gymnastics national title on Saturday night to set the stage for an even bigger title defense this fall.Biles posted a two-day total of 122.550, more than four points clear of Kyla Ross. She did it despite a late stumble on beam that never threatened her grip on the top of the podium but left her with something to work on heading into the world championships in China in six weeks.“I’ll think over and over again about beam,” Biles said.The rest of the world has a bigger problem: figuring out how to close the seemingly widening gap between Biles and everyone else.