January 23, 2018

Hub Happenings

Five new breweries join VBA

The Vermont Brewers Association welcomed five new breweries to its membership in December, including Beer Naked Brewing of Marlboro, Cousin’s Brewing of Waitsfield, Kickback Brewing of Westford, Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse of St. Albans and Next Trick Brewing of West Burke.

“Increasing our membership by 10 percent in just one month brought fresh energy to our association,” said Vermont Brewers Association Executive Director Melissa Corbin. “These new members have already generated some great ideas for the future of the VBA.”

The Vermont Brewers Association was founded in 1995 to promote and strengthen the culture of craft brewing in Vermont through marketing, education and advocacy for Vermont made beer. It currently has 56 member breweries. Visit vermontbrewers.com for more information.

Carla Wuthrich

VMEC hires former IBMer as business advisor

Former IBM and GlobalFoundries engineer Carla Wuthrich has joined the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center as its professional manufacturing and business growth advisor.

VMEC is part of the nationwide Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and has been hosted at Vermont Technical College since 1995. The college has campuses in Williston and Randolph.

Wuthrich brings to VMEC her experience leading, facilitating and coaching businesses. She is also a choreographer for Vermont Ballet Theater. She works from a home office in Hinesburg and can be reached at cwuthrich@vmec.org or (802) 734-1227.

Local accounting firm partners with Generator makerspace

Davis & Hodgdon, an accounting firm with offices in Williston and Rutland, has partnered with the Generator makerspace in Burlington to provide pro bono accounting and financial consulting to aspiring entrepreneurs.

“Davis and Hodgdon has become an essential part of the Generator team as we support the creative, educational and professional aspirations of our vibrant, solutions-oriented community of maker-artist-entrepreneurs,” said Generator Executive Director Christopher Thompson.

The partnership is part of Davis & Hodgdon’s signature partnership initiative, a key component of its corporate social responsibility policy to help small businesses.

“Our goal is to support a thriving business community made up of economically independent and engaged citizens,” said John Davis, managing partner of Davis & Hodgdon.

PC Construction names leader of Burlington City Place project

PC Construction of South Burlington has promoted Art Klugo to project director overseeing the Burlington City Place project on Church Street.

The $200 million project will redevelop the current Burlington Town Center site into a mixed-use space with retail, office and residential components.

“Art has been instrumental in leading the Burlington City Place project from preconstruction to current early construction activities,” said PC Vice President Kevin Morrissey. “In his new role, Art will continue to provide senior leadership for the Burlington City Place project team, while seeing this project through a successful construction period.”

Unsworth, LaPlante earn ‘Super Lawyer’ honors

Stephen A. Unsworth of Unsworth LaPlante, PLC in Essex Junction was named to the 2017 Super Lawyers list based on peer nomination, peer evaluation and independent research. He was ranked as one of the top estate planning and probate lawyers in New England. The firm’s other partner, Ellen B. LaPlante, was selected as a New England Super Lawyers rising star for 2017.

NEFCU’s Blankets of Hope drive continues through December

New England Federal Credit Union of Williston started its Blankets of Hope drive in 1998, collecting blankets for Vermonters in need and donating them to organizations like the Committee on Temporary Shelter, Spectrum Youth & Family Services and Samaritan House.

This year’s drive runs through Dec. 31. New and gently used blankets may be dropped off at any NEFCU branch. Blankets will be cleaned and packaged by Greer’s Professional Fabricare Services of Williston.

For a list of NEFCU branches accepting donations, visit nefcu.com.

Dept. of Taxes takes over health care fund assessment

The way employers who do not offer health insurance to employees pay their Health Care Fund contribution will change with the last quarter of 2017. From that quarter forward, the assessment will be collected by the Vermont Department of Taxes instead of the Vermont Department of Labor, which had been collecting it.

The change complies with legislation passed earlier this year. The first payment to the Department of Taxes is due by Jan. 25.

The due dates will be on the 25th of the month following the end of the quarter, instead of the last day of the month. This change was implemented to sync up the filing date to the withholding due date, to prevent businesses from needing to file an additional form.

Forms and guidance can be found at tax.vermont.gov. More information is available by calling (802) 828-2551.

Observer courtesy photo
Marybeth Gilliam on Lake Champlain

Greensea hires chief operating officer

Greensea, a marine robotics company located in Richmond, has promoted its chief marketing officer and vice president of sales, Marybeth Gilliam, to chief operating officer — a new position for the company.

Gilliam joined Greensea in 2015 and has helped the company increase sales.

“It would be difficult to overstate Marybeth’s value and contribution to the company,” said Greensea Chief Executive Officer Ben Kinnaman.

In her new role, Gilliam is responsible for ensuring continued sales growth while improving efficiencies and profitability.

“This is an exciting time to be part of this innovative team and to create products that are transforming the marine industry,” said Gilliam. “My goal in this new role is to progress our product lines and the internal infrastructure necessary to support our rapid growth within the commercial, military and science segments.”

Michael Thomas

Sarah Huddles

Jess Phelps

Burlington firm adds three new attorneys

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, a law firm in Burlington, has added three lawyers to its team: Jess Phelps, Sara Huddleston and Michael Thomas.

Phelps joins the firm’s real estate group. He was formerly an attorney at the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of General Counsel, Natural Resources and Environment Division in Washington, D.C.

Huddleston joins the firm’s business group. Her practice involves a variety of corporate and nonprofit transactions.

Thomas also join’s the firm’s business group, providing legal support to start-ups and established companies in all aspects of their business operations.

Essex Junction rider starts craft snowboard company

Observer courtesy photo
Max Holzman, founder of MTN Local Snowboards of Essex.

Snowboarder Max Holzman announced the launch last week of MTN Local Snowboards, a line of men’s and women’s snowboards hand built in his shop in Essex Junction.

The line includes split boards and carbon fiber models built with wood, custom composites and bio-resin.

Each snowboard is hand shaped and pressed in a custom steel press. Visit mtnlocalsnowboards.com for more information.

WABA ‘Jingle Mingle’ merriment

Observer photos by Marianne Apfelbaum
ABOVE: Williston Area Business Association members (L to R) Cheryl Bodette, Dodie Peck, Sue Duke, Sabrinajoy Milbury, Holly Keogh and Jane Mitchell enjoy New England Federal Credit Union’s hospitality at the WABA Jingle Mingle breakfast.
Elizabeth Austin of Building Energy in Williston opens a heavily wrapped holiday ‘gift’ while wearing oven mits.

 

Williston Rite-Aid to become Walgreens

The Illinois-based pharmacy chain Walgreens is acquiring roughly 2,000 Rite-Aid pharmacies nationwide, and Williston’s location at Cornerstone Drive is among them.

[Read more…]

Turning a corner

Observer photo by Jason Starr
Scott Sorrell, left , and Josef Harrewyn, of Chef’s Corner are looking forward to launching dinner service this spring.

After a successful move, Chef’s Corner contemplates evening service

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

Two thousand seventeen was a monumental year for Williston’s venerable café Chef’s Corner. Big plans are also in the works for 2018. [Read more…]

Third Vermont inmate dies at out-of-state prison

Block J at the Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania where Vermonters are housed. File photo by Jasper Craven/VTDigger

By Dave Gram

For VTDigger

It was the rare Vermont crime that was so horrific it drew extensive national media coverage. [Read more…]

State studies impact of dry cleaning chemicals on preschools

Williston’s CU2 ChildCare is one of seven childcare and preschool providers in Vermont partnering with the State of Vermont to assess indoor air quality because of their proximity to current or former dry cleaning operations. [Read more…]

Library Notes

The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is located at 21 Library Lane in Williston, and can be reached at 878-4918.

The Library Giving Tree [Read more…]

Police ramp up holiday DUI patrols

The Williston Police Department, along with the other law enforcement agencies in Chittenden County, will be conducting saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints throughout the county as part of a holiday DUI enforcement campaign.

The stepped up patrols will run through the end of December. The goal is to decrease DUI-related collisions through police visibility, education and enforcement. Travelers are encouraged to drive slowly, be patient and use a designated driver when necessary.

Letters to the Editor

Driven by greed

I read Rob Roper’s editorial in the Dec. 14 edition concerning his opposition to a $15 minimum wage with a mixture of disbelief and anger.

Apparently, the interests of businesses supersede the financial needs of those in the work force. I guess it is better to keep people in grinding poverty so that businesses can continue to grow. [Read more…]