October 23, 2014

THE HUB: Hub Happenings

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Labor Dept. to assist laid-off IBM employees

After IBM announced lay offs at sites across the country, including its Essex facility, last week, the Vermont Department of Labor arranged to host rapid response sessions to assist laid-off employees.

Two sessions are set for June 22, one at 9 a.m. and one at 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. The sessions will include presentations on job placement and training programs, unemployment insurance programs, research tips and Vermont Department of Labor programs.  The Vermont Department of Labor staff will also be available to meet with workers on an individual basis to answer questions.

Lenny’s receives top honors from Carhartt

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel received the Hamilton Carhartt Retailer of Excellence award as one of four top-selling retail partners in the United States for 2012.

Carhartt CEO Mark Valade and VP of Sales Steve Carter presented Lenny, Mark and Todd McCarthy with the award earlier this month.

Williston company honored

Williston-based MBF Bioscience was honored at the White House in May by the Small Business Administration for its research and development for the government and success in driving innovation and creating new jobs.

MBF Bioscience and 17 other companies across the U.S. were presented a Tibbetts Award, which honors outstanding small businesses and individuals who participate in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research program.

2013 maple crop largest in decades

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released its 2013 Maple Syrup Production report and the Vermont maple crop was the largest in 70 years, with 1,320,000 gallons of maple syrup produced this year—a 76 percent increase from last year. Vermont continues to be the national leader in maple syrup production, making 40 percent of the maple syrup produced in the United States.

Weight Watchers leader awarded

Grace Burkins of Bridport, who leads meetings in Williston, has been awarded the Jean Nidetch Service Vision Leader of the Year Award. This recognition is awarded annually to one leader in each region who embodies the core philosophy of exceptional customer care.

Liquor license approved for new restaurant

The Selectboard on June 17 approved a liquor license for H and W Williston LLC, doing business as Vermont Tap House—a new restaurant that will be located at 70 Marshall Avenue, the former location of Ponderosa Steakhouse.The board approved a first-class liquor license, which means the establishment can serve liquor, as well as beer and wine.

Ponderosa closed on May 13. The new restaurant will serve wood-fired pizza and include a bar area, Paul and Peter Handy, who ran Ponderosa, told the board.

New CFO at Stern Center

The Stern Center for Language and Learning, a nonprofit learning center based in Williston, announced the hiring of Michael Shapiro as chief financial officer. Shapiro, who has worked in finance for 18 years, follows John Connell, who is retiring after 13 years with the Stern Center.

 

Schwer joins AllEarth Renewables (w/ pic)

AllEarth Renewables in Williston recently hired Carly Schwer as marketing coordinator.

Schwer, of Jericho, comes to AllEarth Renewables from Fab-Tech Incorporated, a Vermont-based stainless steel exhaust pipe manufacturing company, where she was the marketing assistant.

“We’re thrilled to have Carly joining our team.  She has a clear passion and dedication to renewable energy and addressing climate change and she comes to us with great creative and technical experience,” said David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables.

 

New England Air Systems hires Picard

Williston-based New England Air Systems recently hired Michael T. Picard as chief financial officer. Picard recently served as CFO for Control Technologies Inc. and spent 23 years in the trust and investment industry.

 

Crouse 85th grand master of Freemasons of Vermont

Roger Crouse of Essex, a summer resident of Williston, was elected and installed as the 85th grand master of the Freemasons of Vermont.

Crouse has been a member of Mount Mansfield Lodge #26 in Jericho since June 1969. He has held several offices, including treasurer for eight years and worshipful master in 1976-77. He is also a member and past presiding officer of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, member of York Rite, the Shrine, National Sojourners and Order of Eastern Star.

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