First Brandon National Bank has earned 5-Star rating

first_imgFirst 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.”last_img read more

Efficiency Vermont offers rebate to assist in phase out of old fluorescents

first_imgEfficiency 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).###last_img read more

Solskjaer says ‘smiles back on Man Utd faces’ ahead of derby

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says smiles are back on the faces of his Manchester United players after their victory against Tottenham as he prepares to take on defending champions Manchester City.United ruined Jose Mourinho’s Old Trafford return on Wednesday, winning 2-1 to end their former manager’s perfect start to his reign at Spurs.They are sixth in the table, still eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, but Solskjaer said the win was a shot in the arm for his team after two disappointing draws.“Confidence is a strange thing in football,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Friday. “You can get performances and results like Wednesday night and it boosts it so much.“And I know our boys will be up for it, energy-wise they should be fine, 24 hours less recovery time shouldn’t matter (City played on Tuesday), go on adrenaline. I expect them to have had a good night’s sleep and the smiles are back on faces.”The Norwegian described City as “arguably the best team in England” even though they trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by 11 points.“I said it before (Spurs) that this is a chance for everyone. It was doom and gloom, but it’s a chance to turn that doubt into belief and, for us, if we can manage to get another performance the confidence, the way we played against Tottenham, if we can do that at the Etihad we can come out of it with a result.“People say ‘why do you not have better results in other games?’. But the Premier League is hard.“No matter who you play, it’s margins, I think it’s a compliment to the league. You’ve got City, Liverpool, Leicester consistent, but the other games are really tight.”– In-form Rashford – One man playing at the top of his game is forward Marcus Rashford, who has scored 12 goals in his past 13 games for club and country.“He’s consistently now scoring, but it’s not like four in one and two or three without,” said Solskjaer.“It’s not just in spurts, but he’s consistently getting chances, into better positions, and on Wednesday night he was unbelievable and hope to see that again.”Solskjaer moved to Old Trafford in 1996, just after City had been relegated to the second tier of English football.And it was not until 2001 that the Norwegian faced them in a 1-1 home draw.“At least we play every year now,” he said about his derby memories. “Took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself, it’s changed in a way.“Man City are a better team now than when I was playing. Football has changed quite a lot, was allowed a few more proper tackles.“With every little angle everything is being scrutinised now. It’s more of a technical, tactical game than physical or mental. A derby should be played as a derby. We don’t play basketball and we’re ready if that happens.“Manchester derbies are always special games, but you can’t say it matters more. For the fans, of course. We’re up for it.”Paul Pogba will be absent again following his ankle injury but Anthony Martial returns to the squad.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more