May 27, 2018

THE HUB: Hub happenings

Supercuts opens in Williston

Supercuts is the latest store to open in the Lot 30 project in Taft Corners along Vermont Route 2A. The hair care salon opened in late August at 62 Merchants Row.

The Williston location joins more than 2,300 Supercuts across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, providing hair care services and professional products at reasonable prices, including hair cuts, styling, coloring and facial waxing.


Williston physical therapist presents in Sao Paulo


Dara Chira of Chira Orthodontics in Burlington and Holly Spence of Cornerstone Physical Therapy in Williston presented an interdisciplinary talk with restorative dentist Jeff McClendon of New York City, orthognathic surgeon Michael Gunson from Santa Barbara and periodontist Edward Gottesman from New York City on Sept. 1 at the 20th Annual Roth-Williams International Orthodontist Society meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil. They have worked successfully as a team on many patient cases for the treatment of TMJ and airway obstructions in order to optimize whole body function and eliminate pain.

Champlain, Vermont Tech among ‘America’s Best Colleges’

Champlain College has been named the number one “up-and-comer” regional college in the North, according to the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” released last week by U.S. News & World Report.

The “up-and-comers” ranking comes from a survey of college administrators in spring 2013, who were asked to nominate institutions that they think have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

Champlain also rose to 14th in the “Best Regional Colleges in the North” section, which includes all the New England states, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

In the same category, Vermont Tech was ranked number 10 of the top public schools and for the second year in a row, the college has earned the number 33 spot for Best Regional Colleges.

NEFCU promotes two in consumer lending; earns Daysie

New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) recently announced two promotions in its consumer lending area.

Brenda Harmon is the new indirect lending manager. Harmon had previously served as supervisor of loan originations. Jen Seaver is the new consumer (direct) lending manager. Seaver had served as senior lender and branch manager before taking on her new responsibilities.

For the second year in a row, NEFCU received a DAYSIE Award for “Best Bank or Credit Union” from Seven Days. Each year, the paper’s readers vote for “Best In Vermont” selections in numerous categories, including banks and credit unions. More than 7,000 ballots were submitted for this year’s awards.

Stern Center promotes Osman, hires Price

Nonprofit learning center The Stern Center for Language and Learning recently announced the promotion of Janna Osman to vice president for programs. Over the past four years, she was program director for professional learning.

The Stern Center also hired Peggy Price as the new professional learning coordinator and director of the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence, which serves as an instructional and professional learning laboratory modeling best educational practices. Price has worked in the field of special education with a primary focus on literacy and language-based learning disabilities for 11 years.

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel donates backpacks to local families

In an effort to help local families gear their kids up for back to school, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel has donated 24 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to area school districts.

Williston Central School, St. Albans City School, Barre City Elementary and Middle School and Barre Town Middle and Elementary School were all recipients of the backpacks. Each school is responsible for selecting the children most in need to receive the donations.

Lenny’s customers donated $1 to stuff the backpacks with back to school basics including pencils, notebooks, binders, scissors, crayons and markers.

Loscalzo joins Evergreen

Evergreen Family Health recently announced the addition of physician assistant Elizabeth Loscalzo. Loscalzo worked as a senior histologist in dermatology for more than 10 years prior to pursuing her Master’s degree at Franklin Pierce University. The Essex resident has a special interest in chronic disease management such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma, and care of the elderly.

Vermont unemployment rate rises to 4.6 percent in July 

The Vermont Department of Labor announced recently that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for July 2013 was 4.6 percent. This represents an increase from the prior month’s estimate of 4.4 percent. The comparative national average was 7.4 percent, which was down two-tenths of a percent from June. July 2013 data represents the third consecutive month reporting an increase in the statewide unemployment rate in Vermont. A review of last year’s initial data shows a similar rise during the months of June and July. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was the fourth lowest in the country.

Vermont biologist tapped to chair national committee

A Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department biologist has been appointed to chair a scientific group tasked with conserving migratory birds along the East Coast.John Buck, Vermont’s migratory bird project leader, will chair the Atlantic Flyway Nongame Bird Technical Section for the Atlantic Flyway Council.

Buck has worked for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department since 1980.

Renewable NRG Systems announces new hires

Renewable NRG Systems recently hired four new employees.

Junda Zhu joined the team as systems engineer for Renewable NRG Systems’ turbine optimization product line. Zhu recently earned his doctorate in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Chris Wasser accepted the position of IT manager. Wasser joins the company from NTT Data in Montpelier, where he was an enterprise SharePoint architect.

Cody Spiegel, a Renewable NRG Systems intern since 2011, has been hired as a full-time associate mechanical engineer for the turbine optimization product line. Spiegel earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont.

Robert Cole has joined the company as a sales associate. A recent graduate of Middlebury College, Cole served as the outreach and volunteering recruitment intern for Burlington-based Local Motion.

Local CPA firm conducts business survey 

The Williston-based firm Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs conducted an economic survey in August regarding the future of Vermont-based businesses.  The survey was completed by nearly 100 businesses.

When asked how they expected their company’s sales to change in the next six months, half of respondents expected no change in sales, while 33 percent estimated that sales would increase by 10-30 percent. Only 8 percent predicted that sales will decrease by the same percentage range.

When asked to describe the current state of the economy, 41 percent of respondents felt that Vermont’s economy is stagnant while 39 percent indicated that it is improving, 17 percent described the economy of Vermont as “not good.”

Of the issues Vermont businesses would like to see addressed by the state legislature in 2013, the most prominent and frequently conveyed concerns include:

–Healthcare—from making sense of the new healthcare laws to the need for reform

–Simplifying regulatory processes which currently make operating business in Vermont very difficult

–Attracting young entrepreneurs to relocate to/stay in Vermont

–More tax incentives and support for small business

–Updating the infrastructure including roads

–Workforce readiness/training

For complete survey results, go to

Cathcart new president, CEO at Humane Society

The Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Chittenden County last week announced the appointment of Nancy Cathcart as president and CEO. Cathcart comes to HSCC after four years as director of development and communications at the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, one year as vice president for development of the Burlington YMCA and eight years as the founder and director of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement at Champlain College.

Cathcart has worked with dozens of regional non-profit organizations and has served as a volunteer for many community initiatives.

Local firm highlighted

Attorneys from Murphy Sullivan Kronk were included in the 2014 “The Best Lawyers in America, 20th edition.” The list is based on a peer-review survey.

Liam Murphy, Brian Sullivan, Catherine Kronk and Jeremy Farkas were named to the list. Farkas was also named Best Lawyers 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Land Use and Zoning Law in Burlington.


Gervais named to ‘Top 40 under 40’

Prime Renovation Group announced that its vice president, Sam Gervais, has been named to the Top 40 under 40 list by Professional Remodeler magazine. The magazine judges nominees from across the country on characteristics such as leadership, dedication, personal integrity and community outreach. The 2013 class had more than 100 applicants, and Gervais joins the previous 80 recipients of the distinction.

Rite Aid Foundation awards $15,000 to local nonprofits

Earlier this month, the Rite Aid Foundation announced $10,000 grant to Spectrum Youth and Family Services, provider of homeless youth programs. The funding will support services for youth living in Spectrum’s three residences in downtown Burlington, which provide homeless and at-risk youth with short- and long-term supportive housing.

The Rite Aid Foundation also recently announced a $5,000 grant to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which has four offices across Vermont and is the only private agency to offer free training, services and support to visually impaired Vermonters. The funding will provide scholarships to the Intensive Residential Life Experiences Camp, an annual opportunity to engage with and learn from children facing similar visual impairments.

Musgrave promoted

Husky Injection Molding Systems, Inc. announced the recent promotion of Richard J. Musgrave to director of intellectual property. Musgrave will be responsible for the intellectual property for all of Husky’s divisions, and he will direct law firms throughout the world in providing legal guidance to Husky’s foreign entities. He formerly held the position of senior counsel – intellectual property & legal within Husky.

Musgrave joined Husky in 2004 and has more than14 years of legal experience in law firm and corporate environments.

Paul Greilich joins DuBois & King

DuBois & King consulting engineers recently announced that Paul Greilich has joined the firm as a transportation planner. Greilich’s professional experience includes multi-modal street planning and design, conducting traffic impact analyses, and transportation corridor analyses and planning.

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