Source: Scottish Bakers(L-R) Vice president Ian McGhee, president Linda Hill and chief executive Alasdair Smith of Scottish BakersScottish Bakers has appointed Linda Hill as its new president.In her new role, Hill will lead the organisation at this crucial time, it said.She is the owner of Murrays Bakers of Perth, a fourth generation cake and pie producer.Hill has been a long-standing advocate of Scottish Bakers, taking an active role in the association for many years, it added.She will be replacing outgoing president Ronnie Miles of Bells Food Group. Hill has been a great support during my tenure, added Miles, who is ‘delighted’ to hand over the chain of office.“I am very proud of my business and I am proud to be part of this industry, so becoming President of Scottish Bakers was an honour I was thrilled to accept. Our world has changed so much as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and the year has been traumatic for so many of us personally and professionally I believe it vital we pull together through the association to support our members as they in turn support their communities,” said Hill.Ian McGhee of Glasgow-based McGhee’s Bakery will join her as the newly appointed vice president.McGhee will be working alongside Scottish Bakers to advocate for the sector and further its aims over the next two years, it added.“We are delighted that Linda and Ian are now inaugurated into their roles, it has been a while coming! But it means that we, as a sector, can now look to our post-Covid future; we will need a strong and strategic team to help direct us and with Linda and Ian, supporting the work of all at Bakers House, I am confident we can rise to the challenges ahead,” added Alasdair Smith, chief executive at Scottish Bakers.
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BALSAM LAKE, WISCONSIN — A Klemme man has been charged with vehicular homicide in Wisconsin after a crash that killed a woman. The Polk County Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department says 47-year-old Michael Barkema was driving a truck that was hauling a large trailer and was involved in an accident Sunday evening on County Truck Highway M just north of the Saint Croix and Polk County line, northeast of the Twin Cities metro area. Barkema is accused of turning in front of another vehicle, with a woman in the other vehicle being killed. Court documents say a responding officer said he could smell intoxicants on Barkema’s breath, said his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot and glossy. When he was asked if he had anything to drink, Barkema allegedly responded that he had only one beer. Authorities say Barkema failed field sobriety tests and that a preliminary breathalyzer showed his blood alcohol content was at 0.28, three-and-a-half times above the legal limit. Barkema has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.