About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).Source: FairPoint. ‘This new IP-based voice mail platform improves current features right off the bat and allows for future ‘bells and whistles,’‘ said Mike Smith, Vermont state president for FairPoint. Duplicate user guides for home and business voice mail customers are available online at: http://www.fairpoint.com/northern_ne/support.jsp(link is external). Additional questions can be answered by FairPoint representatives by calling 866-984-2001 (home) or 866-984-3001 (business). Consolidated Communications,FairPoint customers around Vermont are getting a new voice mail system, one that offers improved features on a new next-generation voice mail platform. FairPoint began rolling out the new voice mail this month, starting with Essex Junction customers. Bennington, Brattleboro and Rutland will be added this week and the transition to the new system will continue community by community over the next three weeks. And, for the first time, Island Pond customers will soon have voice mail availability. FairPoint customers will receive instructions for the new voice mail system by mail, which includes a user’s guide, followed by voice mail messages as the transition date approaches.
The other day David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox showed up for batting practice with a metal bat. Of course, these are banned in major league baseball, but he wanted to put on a show for the fans during batting practice. He supposedly hit several balls completely out of Fenway Park–even some over the scoreboard. Now you know why they are banned in pro baseball. However, that is only part of what I wanted to discuss today. In the early days of baseball, players literally brought lumber to the plate. The bats were huge from one end to the other. Babe Ruth supposedly used a bat so large that some major leaguers couldn’t even swing it. As the years have gone by, the bats keep getting smaller, lighter, and more slender. Couple this with the fact that ash is not readily available any more you constantly see bats being shattered. Ash wood has been affected by a beetle and no other wood has proven to be as good as ash was. Players say they prefer the new slender bats because they get the same effect with the narrow handle as a golfer gets when he uses a driver. You literally get a whiplash effect which carries the ball farther from the plate. With all of the technology in baseball today, you can see this in some of the slow motion camera shots. I have already discussed the controversy of metal bats and their danger to pitchers in the lowest levels of baseball. I doubt if anybody uses the Jackie Robinson model that was so popular in my high school baseball days.