October 31, 2014

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AllEarth Renewables named to Inc. 500 list

Inc. magazine has included the Williston-based AllEarth Renewables in its annual Inc. 500|5000, a ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies.

AllEarth Renewables ranked at number 148, and was the ninth-fastest growing energy company nationwide.

“We are honored to be an Inc. 500 business, which recognizes our company’s ability to grow in a highly competitive solar industry, while remaining committed to the core-values that has us working day-in-and-day-out toward a more renewable energy future,” said David Blittersdorf, CEO of AllEarth Renewables, in a statement.

Vermont Tech hires director of admissions

Jessica Van Deren, a recruitment and enrollment specialist with marketing experience, joined Vermont Tech in late August as director of admissions. A native of Vermont, Van Deren most recently served as Director of Admissions for Union Institute and University.

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel raises money for Special Olympics Vermont

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel recently held a month-long Olympic donation event, and the store and its customers collectively raised $12,000 for Special Olympics Vermont. With the theme “Support, Shop and Save” customers were challenged to make a gold, silver, or bronze level donation, and in return received a discount on their purchase. Lenny’s also made a contribution every time Team USA won a medal during the 2012 Olympic Games.

“We are blown away by the generosity of our customers and this $12,000 donation far exceeded our expectations,” said Lenny’s co-owner Mark McCarthy in a statement.

VSAC receives continued funding to assist public service lawyers

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation received a grant of $51,515 from the U.S. Department of Justice to go toward student loan forgiveness for attorneys who work as state prosecutors or state or federal public defenders in Vermont.

Attorneys in public service carry comparable education debt to those in private practice, but often earn much less. The Justice Department funding is designed to make it more affordable for attorneys to work as prosecutors and public defenders, and requires recipients to continue in those positions for at least three years following receipt of the aid.

VSAC administers the program at no charge so that all of the funding can go to eligible recipients. By law, half the dollars must go to prosecutors and half to public defenders.

NEFCU names new retail services manager

New England Federal Credit Union announced recently that Susan Wainer has accepted the position of retail services manager. Wainer has a history in retail banking with People’s United Bank/Chittenden Bank, most recently serving as market manager responsible for branches in South Burlington, Williston, and Essex.

Two Vermont colleges rank high

Champlain College and Vermont Technical College were recently named among the best regional colleges in the north by U.S. News & World Report as part of their annual Best Colleges rankings. Champlain College was ranked at number 15 and Vermont Tech came in at number 33 of the 370 colleges on the list.

The category includes New England, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The Regional Colleges ranking methodology is based on a number of key measures including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

Husky wins legal department award

Husky Injection Molding Systems’s legal/intellectual property team — led by Williston resident Rick Musgrave — received one of InsideCounsel’s top ten awards. The “InsideCounsel 10” award recognizes the country’s most innovative legal departments. Husky’s global legal/intellectual property team also includes Essex resident Carolyn Jenko.

Shelburne Vineyard wines take awards in two competitions

A Shelburne Vineyard wine received top honors — Best Red Wine in Show —from the 2012 International Cold Climate Wine Competition for the second year in a row. This year, the top honor went to the Marquette Reserve. Earlier in the summer, the winery won a Best in Class award for its Duet Ice Wine at the 2012 Indiana International Wine Competition, known as Indy.

Shelburne Vineyard won a total of four medals in the Cold Climate Wine Competition. The same Indy competition also recognized Shelburne’s 2011 Cayuga White and Vermont Riesling with Gold Medals

Make-A-Wish Vermont announces new CEO

Make-A-Wish Vermont recently announced the appointment of Leslie D. Williams as the President and CEO of the Vermont Chapter. Williams, a South Burlington resident, has 25 years of experience as an administrator and a background in healthcare, non-profit management and community involvement.

The Vermont Chapter also announced the appointment of a new vice chair to the board, Williston resident Julie Dale, who has served on the board of Make-A-Wish Vermont since 2011. The organization also announced new secretary Peter Young and three new board members: Corey Hevrin; Barbara Harris; and Cari Kelley.

DiGiulian selected as Saint Michael’s ice hockey coach

Damian DiGiulian, a veteran local college and prep coach, was hired as the Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey head coach. DiGiulian, who has also coached in the USA Hockey development system, began his duties in late August.

During the past three seasons, DiGiulian was the head coach and director of hockey for the Rice Memorial High School prep program, which he created in 2009.

Northeast Delta Dental Supports Vermont Oral Health Programs

Northeast Delta Dental Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $100,000 to Vermont oral health programs in the first half of 2012 to provide oral health education and increase access to dental care. Grant recipients included: Center for Technology, Essex; Community Health Center of Burlington; Head Start Early Head Start Tooth Tutor Program (statewide); Ronald McDonald House Charities; Springfield Medical Care Systems; Vermont Community Foundation; Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association; Vermont Free Adult Dental Care Day; Vermont State Dental Society; and Vermont Technical College.

Bodette joins Otter Creek

Cheryl Bodette has joined Otter Creek Awnings, Sunrooms & Custom Closets, Inc. as the new marketing manager. Bodette is a native Vermonter and Milton resident. She has an extensive background in marketing, sales and management and is an active volunteer with Lyric Theatre Company.

Hannaford launches program that supports schools

Schools in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York and Massachusetts will benefit from a program that provides them with money for items such as new computers, musical instruments, sports gear, field trips and playground equipment.

Hannaford Helps Schools will make cash donations to local K-12 schools when customers purchase eligible products between Sept. 9 and Dec. 1. As part of the program, customers receive three “school dollars”—equivalent to cash—for every four participating products purchased. School dollars can be turned in to the school or placed in special collection bins at any Hannaford location.

Vermont Green Building Network Recognizes Vermont’s Greenest Buildings

The Vermont Green Building Network recently announced the recipients for Vermont’s Greenest Buildings Awards, which have the lowest documented energy use of all award submissions. Some of the awards include:

The Putney School Field House, Vermont’s greenest commercial building

David Pill’s Charlotte house, Vermont’s greenest residential building

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity house in Charlotte, The People’s Choice Award for best representing the principles of sustainability.

WCAX-TV News hires Steve Bottari

Steve Bottari has joined WCAX as a morning TV anchor and reporter. Bottari will join Molly Smith and Gary Sadowsky weekdays from 5 to 7 a.m.

“It’s an honor to be part of the community,” said Bottari. “We will keep the region informed with news, sports and weather and have a little fun as viewers start their day.”

Bottari holds his master’s degree from Syracuse University and received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University. A native New Englander, Steve grew up in Chelmsford, Mass.

Red Cross announces new disaster services staff (w/ pics)

The Vermont & New Hampshire Upper Valley Region of the American Red Cross has announced that Larry Kupferman and Brent Garrow have joined the staff. Each will assume responsibilities related to the delivery of disaster preparedness and response services provided by the American Red Cross.

Larry Kupferman will serve as the coordinator for the soon to be launched Local Disaster Shelter Initiative. Brent Garrow has been hired as a deputy chief response officer with responsibilities that include the oversight of assets and disaster volunteers servicing the northern half of our region, as well as planning and administrative duties for the entire Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley Region.

Vermont businesses report jobs created in July

The Vermont Department of Labor announced recently that on a seasonally adjusted basis, the state economy added 2,500 more jobs in the month of July. The seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for July 2012 increased by three-tenths of a percent from the prior month, to 5 percent, placing Vermont as the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the nation. The national unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of one percent to 8.3 percent over the same time period.  The rise in Vermont’s unemployment rate was consistent with the regional trend as other northeastern states also saw increases to their unemployment rates.

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