Hub Happenings

NEFCU donates to Vermont Children’s Hospital

Earlier this month, Bill Smith of New England Federal Credit Union presented a check for $26,453 to the Vermont Children’s Hospital. Funds were raised during the annual Big Change Roundup, in which “change bandits” in Vermont collected loose change and donations from their friends, family and members of the community. All proceeds from the Big Change Roundup benefit patients and families served by Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

The Big Change Roundup began in January and ended on March 11. NEFCU staff challenged its 85,000 members to join in the fundraising.


Special Olympics awards Lenny’s

Special Olympics Vermont recognized Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel with its 2012 Fundraising Organization of the Year award during its annual awards banquet.

In 2012, Lenny’s ran a promotion in conjunction with the timing of the Olympic Games in London that raised $12,000 for Special Olympics Vermont.

“Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel was a wonderful partner for Special Olympics Vermont in 2012 and we hope that this relationship continues for many years to come,” said Lisa DeNatale, president and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont. “We are thrilled that we are able to partner with local businesses for the mutual benefit of both parties which is exactly what happened with Lenny’s.”


DuBois & King honored, hires Davis

Iris Davis recently joined consulting engineers DuBois & King Inc. as a mechanical designer at the firm’s Williston office. A recent graduate of the Vermont Technical College, Davis earned two Bbachelor’s degrees, one in architecture and one in sustainable design and technology, as well as an associate’s degree in architecture and building technology.

DuBois & King received top honors earlier this month for three projects entered in the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards.


VPR wins 2013 Gracie Award

Vermont Public Radio has been honored with a 2013 Gracie Award. Upper Valley and Northeast Kingdom reporter Charlotte Albright was recognized in the outstanding hard news feature category for her story, “Female Veterans Cope With Harassment At New VA Center.”

The Gracies are presented by the Alliance For Women In Media and honor outstanding national and local work “created for women, by women and about women, as well as individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the industry.”


Berger makes all-stars list

Burlington-based firm Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. recently announced that Ritchie E. Berger was included in BTI Consulting’s list of The 2013 BTI Client Service All-Stars, in the area of Complex Litigation.

BTI Client Service All-Stars are selected from reviews by corporate counsel at the world’s largest business organizations, including the Global 500 and Fortune 1000. Berger is one of 307 attorneys nationwide and the only Vermont attorney selected.


Wings Over Vermont Air Show canceled 

The Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation announced last week that the Wings Over Vermont Air Show scheduled for Aug. 10-11 has been canceled. After studying the impact of sequestration on the air show, the foundation determined that it is no longer feasible to continue. The U.S. Air Force Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, were scheduled to headline the show.

On March 1, the Department of Defense directed the Air Force, and all the services, to cancel aviation support to public events for the remainder of the fiscal year. Additionally, the Air Force canceled the Thunderbirds’ entire 2013 season beginning April 1.

“The Foundation is deeply disappointed to cancel Wings Over Vermont,” said Phil Murdock, Chairman of the Wings Over Vermont Air Show.


Williston business hosts Homebuilders social

Vermont Custom Closets and Otter Creek Awnings & Sunrooms in Williston hosted the monthly Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont business social earlier this month. The mixer brought together over 60 members in the building and remodeling business community to meet and celebrate Otter Creek Awnings and Vermont Custom Closets’ newly remodeled showrooms.


Grant for hops research goes to UVM-Extension

The Vermont Brewers Association recently awarded a $20,000 grant to the University of Vermont Extension Program for hops research.

The award will be used to purchase an ultraviolet spectrophotometer and peripheral equipment and to set up a specialized lab for testing the various attributes of hops. The University of Vermont will have someone operate the lab and maintain the equipment. Right now the program has to send the hops grown in its research yards out to a contractor in Washington State for testing.


Five new members on UVM Board of Trustees

Three legislative trustees, a medical student and a gubernatorial appointee have been named to the UVM Board of Trustees for terms that started March 1.

The new legislative trustees, elected by the Vermont General Assembly for six-year terms, are Jeff Wilson, Sarah Buxton and Anne O’Brien. They succeed Harry Chen, Donna Sweaney and Jeanette White, while Carolyn Dwyer, who was appointed to a six-year term by Gov. Peter Shumlin, succeeds Jeff Davis. New student trustee Raj Thakrar was selected to a two-year term.

Robert Cioffi was re-elected to another one-year term as board chair at a special board meeting on March 11. Deborah McAneny was elected vice chair and Joan Lenes was elected secretary in February.


Platzer joins United Way

Alyson Platzer recently joined the staff of United Way as the Neighbor Rides coordinator. Neighbor Rides is a newly launched program to connect volunteer drivers with seniors and those with disabilities to help them get to medical appointments, grocery stores, adult day centers and other destinations.

Platzer served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and as an education and food security consultant for Washington, D.C.-based firms.


Hunger Free Vermont awarded

The Food Research and Action Center awarded the Dr. Raymond Wheeler/ Senator Paul Wellstone Anti-Hunger Advocacy Leadership Award to Hunger Free Vermont earlier this month in Washington, D.C. The award is given each year to an advocate who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the fight against hunger.

“Not only does Hunger Free Vermont work effectively within the state to create change, but the organization also has made it a priority to mentor other anti-hunger organizations in New England and across the country,” said Jim Weill, FRAC president. “FRAC is proud to honor their work in Vermont and to call them a partner in our work to end hunger.”


SymQuest hires engineers

Symquest Group recently made several new hires: Tyler D. Brown as a level 2 field support engineer; Daniel J. Eyer as a project engineer and Rich Sheffer as a field support engineer.


Small business owners opposed to gas tax hike

Small business owners in Vermont overwhelmingly oppose raising the gas tax as a way to pay for transportation improvements, according to a new survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

According to the survey, 94 percent of respondents oppose raising the per-gallon tax on gasoline and 92 percent oppose a four-percent sales tax on the total purchase, 98 percent say that policymakers should stop taking money out of the transportation fund for non-transportation related spending.


Vermont Information Technology Leaders appoints project manager 

Vermont Information Technology Leaders appointed Craig Hill as project manager earlier this month.

The Winooski resident worked as a temporary employee at the health information exchange organization for the past six months. Prior to entering the information technology industry, Hill was a business owner and project manager in the residential building industry for more than a decade.