June 19, 2018

Hub Happenings

Keeler elected AHFSA president

Williston resident Fran Keeler was recently elected to a one-year term as president of the Association of Health Facility Survey Agencies. AHFSA is the national association of state agencies that conduct health care regulatory survey work on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Keeler works for the Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection. She is also on the faculty of both the University of Phoenix and Grand Canyon University.


Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel recognized for sustainable practices 

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, its customers and staff helped collect more than 36,000 pairs of shoes for donation to micro-entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Lenny’s initiated a company-wide shoe recycling program last April in association with Rerun Shoes, based in Amherst, Mass. Lenny’s encouraged customers to ‘recycle’ their gently used shoes for reuse to promote sustainable business in West Africa. Earlier this month, Rerun Shoes recognized Lenny’s for promoting environmentally sustainable business practices.

“With help from companies like Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, we divert usable shoes from the waste stream in North America to reuse in African markets,” said Michael Aronson, president of Rerun Shoes. “Rerun supplies micro-entrepreneurs in Mali, Guinea and Liberia with shoes they refurbish and bring to market. These recycled shoes provide small scale entrepreneurs the ability to earn an income offering affordable footwear to their customers.”


Abbott, Erdman join Merchants Bank

Merchants Bank announced to new management appointments on Jan. 11.

Williston resident Laura Abbott is the banks new senior credit officer. Zoe Erdman is the new senior vice president and senior operations officer.

“We are pleased to have Zoe and Laura take on these new responsibilities. It is always exciting to promote from within when possible,” said Mike Tuttle, Merchant’s Bank president and CEO. “They are very capable managers who will bring great insight and valuable experience to their new positions.”


Supervalu sells Shaw’s

Grocery retailer Supervalu Inc. announced on Jan. 10 that it has sold five supermarket chains—including Shaw’s—to AB Acquisition, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management.

The other supermarkets are Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco and Star Market.

The transaction was valued at $3.3 billion in cash, stock and transfer of debt.


Vermont surpasses 200 green businesses

More than 200 Vermont businesses have been recognized by the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership (VBEP) for their environmental stewardship efforts. The VBEP is a state program that provides assistance to businesses trying to “green up” their operations and recognizes businesses of all sizes for meeting a set of environmental standards.

The VBEP program that started in 1998 now has 109 green hotels, 12 green restaurants, 4 clean marinas, 3 green links golf courses, 69 general sector business environmental partners, and 5 environmental leaders. All of these businesses have implemented a variety of environmental best management practices including energy and water conservation measures, waste reduction and recycling, environmentally preferable or green purchasing and formation of environmental teams to continually improve environmental performance.


WCAX names Kyle Midura Montpelier bureau chief

Kyle Midura has been named the Montpelier bureau chief for WCAX, covering politics and state policy from the capital. Midura joined WCAX in September 2011.

The Sunderland native graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a broadcast journalism degree and concentrations in history and political science.

“I am looking forward to reporting the stories from the seat of state government,” said Midura. “There are critical issues facing Vermont, from taxes to spending, and we will follow the issues and debates closely.”


Vermont unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent

The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for November 2012 decreased by three-tenths of a percent from the prior month to 5.2 percent. Vermont’s seasonally adjusted rate continues to remain significantly lower than the national average of 7.7 percent, which decreased by two-tenths of a percent from the prior month. The measure of Total Employment in Vermont increased for the third straight month.


Changes at Murphy Sullivan and Kronk

Burlington-based law firm Murphy Sullivan Kronk announced that its long-serving employee, Mary Guyette retired in December. The firm also welcomed new paralegal Linda Beal.


Diane Way joins Armistead

Diane Way recently joined Armistead Caregiver Services as it community outreach coordinator. Way has 18 years of prior experience in senior housing with The Lodges Retirement Communities and Wake Robin Life Care Retirement Community.

The Colchester resident served as a member of the board of directors of CVAA, a volunteer ambassador for the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and a founding partner and board member of Celebrating Seniors, Inc.

Northfield Savings Bank welcomes Nicole Hayes

Northfield Savings Bank recently announced that Nicole Hayes has joined the company as a mortgage originator. Hayes is a certified mortgage professional with more than 20 years of experience in the Vermont mortgage industry. Hayes will work out of the Williston Road office in South Burlington.

State invests $5 million in expanded cell service

The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) Board recently approved a $5 million grant to expand cellular service within 19 areas in Bennington, Rutland, Windham, and Windsor counties. The award went to VTel Wireless, an affiliate of Vermont Telephone based in Springfield.

The cellular project costs a total of $15 million. VTEL Wireless will launch its own retail cellular service and have roaming agreements with multiple major cell carriers.

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