July 18th, 2013
John Coburn Agency awarded
Williston-based Allstate Insurance Company agency John Coburn Agency has been named an Allstate premiere agency. This award is given to those agencies that deliver “an exemplary customer experience coupled with exceptional business results,” according to a press release. The honor goes to less than 38 percent of all Allstate agencies nationwide and 50 percent of Vermont agencies.
Lenny’s customers raise money, donate shoes
Local shoppers raised more than $3,000 for Special Olympics Vermont in June.
Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel held a month-long change roundup—customers chose to roundup the change from their purchases to donate—and the store and its customers collectively raised $3,186.08 for Special Olympics Vermont. Lenny’s district manager Bobbie Jo Roby presented that donation to Lisa DeNatale, President and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont on July 10 at Lenny’s in Williston.
Lenny’s also teamed up with Rerun Shoes to collect 551 pounds of running shoes during the month of May and to support The One Fund Boston. For every pair of gently used running shoes contributed, Rerun Shoes donated 50 cents to The One Fund Boston, raising a total of $1,690 for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Lenny’s initiated a company-wide shoe recycling program last year in association with Rerun Shoes, encouraging customers to recycle gently used shoes for reuse and to promote sustainable business in West Africa. In one year, Lenny’s customers and staff have helped collect more than 36,000 pairs of shoes. Customers can drop off their gently used shoes at any Lenny’s location.
Shelburne Museum facility named for local philanthropists
Shelburne Museum Director Thomas Denenberg announced that the museum’s new arts center will be named the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education after the Pizzagalli family, longtime museum benefactors and local philanthropists. Additionally, the building’s exhibition and education wings will be named for Theodore H. Church and the family of J. Warren McClure, respectively.
“The Pizzagallis’ support of this transformational project has been essential to its success. The Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education ensures that Shelburne Museum will continue to be a vital part of the state’s cultural landscape, allowing the museum to broaden educational offerings and serve as a hub for the community,” Denenberg said.
The Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education opens on Aug. 18.
AllEarth Renewables hires Reynolds
AllEarth Renewables recently hired Tim Reynolds as sales account manager.
Reynolds, of Bristol, competed at Middlebury College as a Division I cross-country skier. His passion for ski racing led him to become a founding member of the Green Racing Project, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s Olympic development program.
“It is great to have someone join our team with the energy and commitment Tim has. As a native Vermonter and competitive winter athlete, he comes with great qualities and values to promote the benefits of solar in Vermont and beyond,” said David Blittersdorf, President and CEO of AllEarth Renewables.
Vermont Family Network welcomes Williston board members
Vermont Family Network welcomed two new members to its board of directors in June.
TD Bank manager Heather Burnett-LeGrande has nearly 14 years of combined experience in sales, management and banking. A Williston resident and native Vermonter, Heather volunteers with COTS, the Vermont Special Olympics, and is a member of the Williston Area Business Association (WABA).
Beth Wilson, a certified financial planner and investment advisor with Poulos Advisors, Inc., brings experience in healthcare finance and health system organizations. She resides in Williston with her husband and son.
Veterans invited to free Business Ownership event
Veterans can attend a free workshop titled “Exploring Business Ownership” July 24 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Department of Labor’s Resource Center in Burlington.
Veterans will learn about financing options, market research, developing a business plan and the resources available to launch a small business.
To register, call 828-4422, ext. 206 or to learn more about opportunities for potential and existing veteran small businesses, visit www.sba.gov/veterans.
Vermont Public Radio has been honored by the Public Radio News Directors Inc. with two national awards for its news reporting in 2012.
Vermont Edition was recognized for its program, “Tiny Houses, Big Statement,” a program exploring the design, building, and living in homes under 300 square feet.
The VPR news team received an award for its All Things Considered newscast for Oct. 29, 2012, the night Hurricane Sandy bore down on Vermont.
ReSOURCE top Vermont e-cycle location
ReSOURCE was awarded the 2013 Top Vermont E-Cycle Collection Location by the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) last month. Since 2011, ReSOURCE has collected 497,757 pounds of electronics for the E-Cycles Program.
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Vermont Public Service Department and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, will offer a day-long session on ground-mounted solar electric generation permitting and siting.
The technical training is intended for solar project installers and developers, including environmental consultants and attorneys who work with solar project developers. Regional and municipal planners, community energy committees and others interested in solar siting best practices are welcome to attend.
The free training is set for July 22 at the Green Mountain Club Headquarters in Waterbury Center. To register or for a complete agenda, contact Billy Coster at [email protected] or 595-0900.
Specialty Food Association welcomes new members
The Vermont Specialty Food Association welcomed the following members to the organization that have joined recently: Grafton Village Bakery; Putney Mountain Winery; Vermont Gluten Free; Vermont Raw Nut Butter; and Wozz! Kitchen Creations.
King Arthur Flour ‘Retailer of the Year’
The Northeast Resource Recovery Association recently recognized King Arthur Flour of Norwich with the “2013 Retailer of the Year” award.
King Arthur Flour has partnered with Northeast Waste in their Zero Sort Recycling Program and recycles 33 tons of zero sort material, 76 tons of cardboard in addition to wood and metal recycling annually. Initiatives include cardboard reduction and reuse, composting, K-cup recycling and use of EO water bottles. Innovations include a “flour silo” where 22,800 bags are annually removed from the waste stream. Future plans include a shrink wrap compactor and transition to compostable paper goods and utensils for employees.
Vermont Air National Guard awarded
The Vermont Air National Guard was among six federal agencies that received recognition from the EPA for leadership in reducing its environmental footprint.
The Guard won a national 2013 Federal Green Challenge Award in the energy category.
The Vermont Air National Guard installed a 1.4-megawatt solar energy project consisting of 5,700 individual 230-watt solar panels in two separate systems covering eight acres. The project is meeting 34 percent of the Guard’s electricity needs while saving an estimated $250,000 a year in energy costs.
Women’s Fund fundraiser set for August
The Vermont Women’s Fund and 4orty Bridge Boutique are hosting a Fashionable Fundraiser & Cocktail Party in Waitsfield on Aug. 10 from 5-7 p.m. The fundraiser benefits the Vermont Women’s Fund, a nonprofit that helps Vermont women and girls build better futures.
Tickets are available at 4orty Bridge Boutique in Waitsfield Village, at the door or by emailing [email protected] Tickets are $25 and include a glass of wine, donations to the Vermont Women’s Fund also accepted at the door.
For more information, visit www.vermontwomensfund.org.
Williams joins DRM (w/ pic)
Senior brand strategist Veronica Williams joined the law firm of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Williams is based in the Burlington office and will lead the firm’s marketing and business development initiatives.
“Veronica is a dynamic and successful executive with an impressive track record in building brand awareness and developing strategic marketing initiatives,” said DRM CEO and Managing Partner Paul H. Ode, Jr. in a press release. “We are excited to welcome her to DRM.”
Most recently, Williams was president and director of operations at HMC Advertising in Richmond.
Stone joins DRM Energy and Telecommunications Group (w/ pic)
Vermont Law School graduate Alison Milbury Stone has joined the northern New England law firm of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Stone will be based in the Burlington office and will practice in the firm’s Energy and Telecommunications Practice Group.
Polli joines Marcelino Team (W/ PIC)
Elise Polli has joined The Marcelino Team Real Estate as a buyer specialist. She comes from the Visiting Nurses Association, where she served as the assistant director of development, working with community partners and donors to raise $1.2 million annually for patients in need.