Winter brings delicious comforts and exhilarating pleasures to Vermont. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than a well-planned visit to the Green Mountain State, using the Vermont Chamber 2003 Vermont Winter Guide and the Ski Vermont Map.The dynamic combination of the Guide and the Map points the way to Vermont’s hot spots, on and off the slopes. A variety of visitors will find the Guide invaluable, to learn where to feel the freedom of Vermont’s most thrilling trails, the best places to shop for everything from treats to antiques, and to locate the spas services winter bodies crave.The Vermont Winter Guide will help visitors dream, then help them take care of reality, knowing what to expect from the lodging they choose. At the end of the day, there’s nothing like slipping into an outdoor hot tub while relaxing at a Vermont country inn, legendary for hometown charm and hospitality. The listings in the Vermont Winter Guide will help you find your B & B, country inn, resort, or hotel; the Ski Vermont Map will bring you there.The Resources Section of the Winter Guide presents a portable library that will fit in any suitcase: Alpine and Nordic ski areas; snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice fishing; maple sugarhouses, museums, and galleries; the Vermont Chamber Top Ten Winter Events, and more. Over highways and back roads, to resorts and beyond, choose entertainment from the Winter Guide to tickle any visitor’s fancy, then turn to the Ski Vermont Map to find the way.The 2003 Vermont Winter Guide, the Ski Vermont Map, and other Vermont information is available free of charge at 1-800-VERMONT or (802) 223-3443, or order information online free of charge from the Vermont Chamber website, www.vtchamber.com(link is external). The Guide tourism listings and editorial are also available on the Vermont Chamber’s website at www.vtchamber.com(link is external).
First Brandon National Bank, Brandon Vermont has earned a 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm. Five-stars denotes the absolute highest level of banking performance.First Brandon National Bank has earned the coveted 5-star rating for six consecutive quarters. (The award is based on an analysis of current financial data supplied by federal regulators, supplemented by historical data.)“We constantly receive phone calls from people worried about where they are putting their money; and with good reason,” noted Karen Dorway, president of the research firm. “With rouge institutions popping up on the Internet and elsewhere, many falsely claiming to be FDIC insured, it’s important to know there are still principled people running good, solid banks. First Brandon National Bank is one of those banks…a bank you can have confidence in.”First Brandon National Bank has been servicing the needs of its neighbors and friends in Rutland County for 141 years. Established in 1863, it now operates through four conveniently located offices in Brandon, Pittsford, and West Rutland.First Brandon National Bank: “Your 5-Star Community Bank.”
Mary Powell Named to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Board of Directors.Berlin – Mary G. Powell has been elected to the Board of Directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Ms. Powell was elected at the company’s recent annual meeting.Ms. Powell is senior vice president and chief operating officer for Green Mountain Power Corp. She was formerly senior vice president of community banking for KeyBank in Vermont. Prior to moving to Vermont from New York, she worked for the Reserve Fund as its associate director of operations. She also serves as a trustee of the Vermont Land Trust and Champlain College, and was appointed by the governor as co-chair of Building Bright Futures. She also serves as the co-chair of the Education Cost and Quality Task Force for the Vermont Business Roundtable.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s only Vermont-based health insurer and is the largest private health plan in Vermont. It employs more than 350 people and provides health care benefits for more than 160,000 Vermonters. The company offers benefits and services to virtually all Vermont populations through its array of indemnity and managed care products and through its partner companies, The Vermont Health Plan and Comprehensive Benefits Administrators. BCBSVT and TVHP were recently named by U.S. News and World Reports as two of the top 50 health plans in the United States.The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Board of Directors is comprised of 14 men and women, and its membership reflects representation from all corners of Vermont and all walks of life. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.
REGISTER ONLINE NOW AT www.exterusfurniture.com(link is external) or www.exterusbusiness.com(link is external)Exterus Technology for Business and Exterus Business Furniture will be hosting the 1st Annual Exterus Fall Expo 2007 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington on November 27, 2007. The expo is a one-day exposition featuring 20 furniture and technology exhibitors, educational seminars, product demonstrations, prizes and more. This Expo is designed for new businesses, growing businesses, current office remodeling and those who need to keep abreast of constantly changing technology products and services. There will be educational seminars for attendees to explore the new products and services from both the furniture and technology industries. Registration is free and open to all Vermont professionals. Exterus Technology for Business provides hardware, software and service for all of your business information technology needs. Located in Shelburne, Vermont, Exterus is also a Premier Xerox Authorized Sales Agent with a mission to provide up-to-date technology, consulting, service and support to our customers to enable them to lower their cost of doing business. Exterus Business Furniture offers consultation services, space planning and design, and delivery and installation. Registered online now at www.exterusfurniture.com(link is external) or www.exterusbusiness.com(link is external)
The fourth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride was the Kelly Brush Foundation s most successful to date both in the number of participants and the amount of donations. A total of 495 riders took part in the event held in Middlebury, Vt. on Saturday, Sept. 12, raising $199,000 for ski racing safety and adaptive sports. The number of riders was up 35 percent, while fundraising was up 47 percent over last year. This level of support from riders and our sponsors is tremendous, said Charlie Brush, Kelly Brush Foundation president. The Kelly Brush Century Ride continues to grow each year, allowing the foundation to expand efforts to improve ski racing safety and better the lives of those living with spinal cord injury.This year s ride included Team Ride-On, 13 adaptive athletes riding hand cycles lead by Patrick Standen, president of the board of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association. The team included Sarah Will of Edwards, Colo. and Chris Waddell of Park City, Utah. Both mono skiers are the most decorated Paralympians in their disciplines. Team Ride-On raised $15,470, which means three handcycles, or similar adaptive sports gear, will be donated in the team s name to athletes with spinal cord injuries. In total 17 handcyclists participated in the event. All of us on Team Ride-On welcomed the opportunity to give others with SCI the ability to get adaptive sports equipment. Many of the members of our team purchased the hand cycles they used in the ride with help from Kelly Brush Foundation grants and we re happy to pay it forward, Standen said.The 100-mile Kelly Brush Century Ride benefits spinal cord injury prevention and awareness and funds grants for adaptive sports equipment for those with SCI. The ride also supports the foundation s grants for improving ski racing safety. For every $5,000 raised by an individual or team taking part in the Kelly Brush Century Ride the foundation donates a hand cycle or other adaptive sports equipment on behalf of the team or individual.The Kelly Brush Foundation, founded by Middlebury College graduate and ski team member Kelly Brush, raises awareness about ski racing safety, provides adaptive sports equipment for those with spinal cord injury, works to advance research on spinal cord injury, works to increase ski racing safety through grants to clubs throughout the USA and supports the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.The Kelly Brush Century Ride was made possible thanks to the generosity of sponsors including: Audi, KeyBank, Saatchi and Saatchi and Champlain Investment Partners.About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with herfamily, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injurywhile racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. www.kellybrushfoundation.org(link is external)Source: Kelly Brush Foundation. BURLINGTON, Vt. (Sept. 17, 2009)
Efficiency Vermont,Maple Center Motors, a family-owned business that sells used vehicles in St. Johnsbury, is one of numerous Vermont businesses improving its bottom line and the quality of light in its workspace by switching out inefficient T-12 fluorescent lighting technology and installing energy-efficient lighting through ‘newLIGHT,’ a limited-time program offering increased lighting rebates through Efficiency Vermont. The program was created to help Vermont businesses prepare for a new mandate from the US Department of Energy that will phase out T-12 fluorescent lamps by mid-2012.Working with a lighting contractor or distributor, Vermont businesses can take advantage of newLIGHT rebates that will cover 50-90 percent of equipment costs. In turn, businesses can save up to 25-50 percent on their lighting energy bills through the program, and avoid having to upgrade when replacement T12 lamps become difficult to purchase after the phase out.Maple Center Motors was keen to make a change after manager Kevin Sanborn spoke with Jeremy Roberts, a contractor with St. Johnsbury-based S&J Roberts Electric Inc. Roberts knew that the auto dealership used T-12s for lighting. After evaluating the lighting quality benefits and determining the energy savings Maple Center Motors could achieve with an upgrade, Roberts worked with Andy Gagnon, manager at CED Twin State Electric Supply, to supply the new equipment.Working with S&J Roberts Electric Inc. and CED Twin State, Maple Center Motors upgraded the lighting in its showroom, offices, and mechanics’ shop from T-12s to more efficient High Performance T-8s (HPT-8s). HPT-8s are significantly more efficient than T-12s, so switching out can lower a business’ energy use. The lighting quality from HPT-8s is also superior to that of T-12s.When the lighting upgrade was completed in mid-May, Sanborn immediately noticed a striking difference in the quality of light in the auto shop. ‘We knew we made the best choice for our business when our technicians reported the superior quality of light in the mechanics’ bay,’ Sanborn said. ‘The lighting creates a safer work environment and provides greater visibility for our employees.’‘Efficiency Vermont’s newLIGHT program helps Vermont businesses as they make this important switch,’ said Roberts of S&J Roberts Electric Inc. ‘The increased financial rebates make it both a smart and cost-effective option for businesses, like Maple Center Motors, who want to upgrade and save now.’The benefits of newLIGHT extend beyond the business itself ‘ local contractors are experiencing an uptick in their business. Gagnon notes that CED Twin State has initiated a dozen projects with Efficiency Vermont to date. In turn, 46 Northeast Kingdom area businesses are taking advantage of the increased incentives, in addition to more than 200 other projects statewide. As an added incentive, Efficiency Vermont is offering contractors $200 for each newLIGHT project they complete with a Vermont business, with additional rewards available for 5, 15, and 25 completed projects.‘The newLIGHT program creates affordable opportunities for local businesses to prepare for the new federal mandate while increasing energy savings, enhancing the comfort of employees and customers, and reducing their environmental impact today,’ said Kris Hatfield, project manager at Efficiency Vermont. ‘We encourage business owners to take advantage of the increased rebates before the offer expires at the end of the year.’Business owners interested in newLIGHT can work with a contractor, distributor, or other lighting professional to determine if their proposed efficiency upgrades qualify for the increased rebates. The limited-time offer ends December 31, 2010.Source: Efficiency Vermont. August 30, 2010 ‘ St. Johnsbury, VT ‘To learn more, please call your local lighting professional, visit Efficiency Vermont online at www.efficiencyvermont.org/newlight(link is external) or call customer support at 888-921-5990.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).###
A team of Burlington High School students earned more than $19,000 in ten weeks playing the Stock Market Game run by the Vermont Council on Economic Education (VCEE).Today, two Burlington students ‘ Felix Keydel and Mien Chau ‘ were announced as the official winners in the high school division of the Game and were recognized at an awards ceremony at the school at 1:30 pm.More than 400 Vermont high school students from 14 high schools and 230 elementary and middle school students from 15 schools participated in the fall 2010 Stock Market Game competition. Between October 4 and December 10, the winning students from Burlington High School turned an initial investment of $100,000 into $119,739. The 19 percent return on investment was more than double the Standard and Poor’s 500 average stock market gain.‘Any activity that gets a student watching the news, learning about the issues our leaders are facing, and generates conversation with their parents is great,’ said David Lamberti, a BHS economics teachers and the coach of the winning BHS team. ‘The SMG does all of that and it provides a great lesson in saving, diversifying, and protecting your wealth.The Stock Market Game, coordinated in Vermont by the Vermont Council on Economic Education, is an on-line teaching tool, which aims to educate Vermont students about personal finance at an early age so they are prepared to make smarter financial decisions and are less likely to have debt in the future.‘The Stock Market Game is one of many opportunities that Vermont teachers at all grade levels are using to teach their students about economic reasoning and financial literacy,’ said Art Woolf, executive director of VCEE. ‘The game, while played for only a few months, teaches students the value of long-term investing and how to balance long term gains with short term risk.’The Vermont Council on Economic Education (VCEE) is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting economic education and literacy to Vermont students by providing economic instruction and resource materials to Vermont teachers at all grade levels in public and private schools. The Stock Market Game is a national game organized and run by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation. For more information about VCEE or about upcoming training sessions, contact Art Woolf at email@example.com(link sends e-mail).Source: VCEE. Wednesday, December 15, 2010’Burlington, Vermont ‘
### Consolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications has expanded broadband to hundreds more homes and businesses in Fairfax, Weathersfield, Brandon, Killington and Mendon.These new broadband rollouts are part of FairPoint’s pledge to bring total broadband coverage to half of its exchanges this year and are part of the company’s new fiber-based, high-capacity network called VantagePoint(sm).‘VantagePoint is enabling us to expand broadband service into areas with no high-speed Internet access and provide enhanced services across the state,’ said Michael K. Smith, FairPoint state president for Vermont. ‘Broadband availability opens the doors to the world for the residents and businesses in Vermont and is fundamental to the state’s future economic growth.’FairPoint’s VantagePoint network, a fiber core, IP-based network, providesresidential speed options as fast as 15Mbps. Broadband service on the VantagePoint network means customers can smoothly stream live video, play online games and upload photos and large files with ease. Always-on broadband access provides almost instant connections to information, news and entertainment.In Fairfax, FairPoint’s high-speed Internet service will reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Alexzis, Allen Irish, Anderson, Barnett, Brewster, Fisher, Goose Pond, Lyons, Main, Maple, Maple Hill, Marsh Hill, Maxfield, Mountain, River, Rounds, Rowland, Spafford, U.S. Route 104, Wilson and Wimble.In Weathersfield, high-speed Internet service was recently expanded to reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Ascutney, Comstock, Dake Hill, Gird Lot, Goulden Ridge, Lavigne, Morningside, Mountain View, Route 131, Tenney Hill, Thrasher and Victory.In Brandon, high-speed Internet service was added to reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Castle Hill, Cobb Hill, Creek, Florence, Hacks Sawmill, High, High Pond and Union.In Killington and Mendon, high-speed Internet service was recently expanded to reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Alpine, Brad Mead, Dean Hill, Fox Hollow, Merry Maple, Northeast, Northside, Old Coach, Overbrook, Robbins, Round Robin, Route 4, Windrift Ridge and Winterberry.Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $50 million in the communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to Vermont, including building almost 1,000 miles of new fiber across the state.Internet packages start at $35.99 per month. For additional information about FairPoint high-speed Internet prices and bundled plans, residential consumers can call 1.866.984.2001 or visit www.FairPoint.com(link is external).About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc., (NASDAQ: FRP) (www.FairPoint.com(link is external)) is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable data network, FairPoint delivers data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. VantagePoint(sm), FairPoint’s resilient IP-based network in northern New England, provides business customers a fast, flexible, affordable Ethernet connection. The VantagePoint(sm) network supports applications like video conferencing and e-learning. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com(link is external). You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/myfairpoint(link is external)) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint(link is external)).SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (April 7, 2011)’FairPoint Communications
Governor Peter Shumlin announced today the allocation $1.8 million in tax credits to downtowns across the state to support nearly $30 million in building improvements. The credits, competitively awarded by the Downtown Development Board, went to 15 projects ranging in size from a small community group’s efforts to open the shuttered village store in Guilford to more substantial private investments like the conversion of Winooski’s Champlain Mill into a hub for rapidly growing technology firms like MyWebGrocer. Other projects include the preservation of 37 affordable housing units at the Wharf Lane apartments in Burlington and 41 senior housing units at the former Hotel Rockingham in Bellows Falls. A complete list of tax credit projects is included below. The tax credit is one of the primary benefits of Downtown and Village Center Designation and assist hard-to-finance building revitalizations seen in community centers across the state. Most of the funding supports state-mandated code retrofits — like elevators and sprinklers systems — that are cost prohibitive to most commercial building owners. ‘This program has an impressive track record. A recent study showed that every dollar of tax credits leverages $16 more in outside investment, and every $1 million in tax credits resulted in 109 jobs,’ said Gov. Shumlin. ‘I know of few other state programs that provide such a substantial return on public investment to our communities and economy.’ Noelle Mackay, Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing, and Community Development and Chair of the Downtown Board, agreed, adding, ‘To improve Vermont’s quality of life and economy we must make investments to make communities strong and vital. This program does that and I’m enthusiastic about its potential to tackle the Governor’s priorities ‘ stimulating much-needed local economic activity and job creation, promoting housing choices, and improving the state’s infrastructure in a sustainable way .’ The Downtown Program is a training and incentive effort to help maintain Vermont’s compact development pattern by targeting state resources to promote the efficient use of land, infrastructure, and resources. Over 100 of Vermont’s Downtowns and Village Centers are designated and these communities receive priority for consideration for state funding, increased Act 250 thresholds, and tax credits to promote vital communities. 2010 Downtown and Village Center State Tax Credits ProjectAllocation Total CostEligible WorkBrattleboro / 151 Main Street (Renaissance Fine Jewelry)$ 95,834 $ 580,000 sprinkler/codeBarre / 159 North Main Street (Former Homer Fitts)$ 53,075 $ 210,900 sprinkler/lift/code/faÃ§adeBarre / 210 North Main Street (Quarry Grill & Tavern)$ 17,176 $ 240,000 elevator/sprinkler/rehabBellows Falls / 45 Rockingham Street (Hotel Rockingham)$ 162,502 $ 2,203,575 sprinkler/code/faÃ§adeBurlington / 57 Maple Street (Wharf Lane)$ 277,228 $ 8,761,000 elevator/sprinkler/code/rehabCavendish / 1589 Main Street (Glimmerstone)$ 112,740 $ 1,142,793 sprinkler/code/rehabEssex Junction / 8 Railroad Avenue$ 48,750 $ 400,000 sprinkler/code/faÃ§adeGuilford / 475 Coolidge Highway (Village Store)$ 13,018 $ 993,393 sprinklerHardwick / 71 Wolcott Street (Riverview Building)$ 193,200 $ 1,114,000 sprinkler/code/rehabMorrisville / 82 Portland Street $ 102,500 $ 650,000 elevator/sprinkler/code/rehabSaxtons River / 35 Main Street (Main Street Arts)$ 83,050 $ 533,473 elevator/sprinkler/codeSt. Albans / 18-20 Lake Street$ 99,300 $ 393,000 sprinkler/code/rehabSt. Albans / 58-60 Lake Street (St. Albans House)$ 174,725 $ 1,104,500 elevator/sprinkler/code/rehabSt. Johnsbury / 1302 Main Street (Fairbanks Museum)$ 50,000 $ 278,191 sprinkler/code/rehabWinooski / One Main Street (Champlain Mill )$ 341,902 $ 11,156,837 rehab $ 1,825,000 $ 29,761,662
Feb 24, 2010 … His case against the relicensing was several fold, including: The new power purchase proposal from Vermont Yankee owner Entergy would … Aug 27, 2002 … Vermont Yankee finally sold to Entergy by Robert Smith The deal had more than its share of up and down moments, but the sale of the Vermont … Apr 18, 2011 … The other shoe has finally dropped. Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) announced this morning that two of its subsidiaries, Entergy Nuclear … Jul 25, 2011 … Today Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) communicated to its employees that the company’s board of directors voted to approve the fabrication … Entergy Vermont Yankee sues state of Vermont | Vermont Business … Northstar Vermont Yankee,Control room operators began removing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station from service Saturday night (October 8) to begin its 29th refueling and maintenance outage. The shutdown of the Vernon plant will mark the completion of the plant’s 29th operating cycle. The plant began commercial operation in 1972. According to published reports, the fuel will cost $65 million and the work will cost another $35 million for a total cost of about $100 million. The refueling will allow the plant to operate another 18 months, or well beyond its scheduled decommissioning in March 2012. Entergy has sued the state of Vermont to allow it to remain open for another 20 years. The state maintains that the Vermont Legislature must approve the license extension. The Vermont Senate voted in 2010 to reject the extension, but the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has already granted the 20-year extention. The Vermont Public Service Board would also need to issue Entergy a Certificte of Public Good for it to remain in operation. Energy states in the federal court case in Brattleboro that the state cannot legally pre-empt the process.The court case concluded in September and US District Judge J Garvan Murtha is now mulling post-trial briefs. It is widely expected that the loser in US District Court will appeal the decision. At the very least, Entergy appears to be banking on the court case, in any result, pushing well beyond March 2012 so it will get the full value from the refueling.A Vermont Yankee statement on the refueling said the plant has again demonstrated its value as a safe and reliable electricity supplier to New England consumers. During this operating cycle, which began in May 2010, the plant has produced more than 7.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The refueling and maintenance outage will be performed by Entergy Vermont Yankee’s staff supplemented by Entergy employees from its other nuclear plants and contract workers, including valve technicians, radiation protection technicians, engineers, inspectors, millwrights, electricians, pipefitters, boilermakers, welders, painters, equipment operators, insulators, carpenters, laborers and divers.Workers will replace 116 fuel assemblies in the reactor and perform various maintenance activities, tests and inspections on plant equipment which runs throughout the operating cycle.The influx of more than 850 outside maintenance workers and their associated local spending provide a major economic boost to the region.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy’s second quarter revenues were $2,803.3 million, compared to $2,862.9 for the same periond in 2010. Earnings for the two periods were $1.76 perdiluted share in Q2 2011 and $1.65 per diluted share in 2010.Entergy also announced last week that Kevin Bronson has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for the James A FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York, Pilgrim Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station.RELATED: Entergy to refuel Vermont Yankee as lawsuit proceeds | Vermont … Vermont Senate votes to close Yankee | Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Yankee finally sold to Entergy | Vermont Business Magazine