Mad River Snow, Inc an affiliate of MadRiver Lifts, has joined forces with Maurer Construction, Ltd ofPenticton, British Columbia to provide design/build services for log, postand beam, and timber frame structures to mountain resorts throughout NorthAmerica. The new venture is offering turnkey construction services,including design, construction, general contracting, site work, and finishwork. The announcement was made jointly by Jeff Robinson, Principalof Mad River Snow and Fred Maurer, President of Maurer Construction.Maurer will design, fabricate, transport, and construct base lodges,ancillary buildings (like ski school and rental shops), condominiums andsingle-family homes of all sizes. The quality log, post and beam, andtimber frame resort structures are designed with the aesthetic andfunctional requirements that are unique to mountain resorts. The logbuildings are energy efficient and the rustic alpine elegance of eachstructure offers a visual impact and mountain resort ambience. Mad RiverSnow will provide general contracting, construction management, marketingrepresentation and client support services for the venture.Maurer has created custom log homes and structures for over 25 years —from cozy log cabins to massive log structures of over 16,000 square feetwith towering rock faces setting the backdrop. Each structure is built toexceed the exacting standards of the industry. Each log is hand peeled andhand crafted by skilled craftsman working with the finest logs selectedfrom forests throughout British Columbia. Maurer is experienced withcomplex construction challenges having built on the edge of sheer cliffs,in extremely remote areas, and other unique sites.Mad River Snow provides marketing representation, client relations, andsupport services to organizations that serve the ski industry. MRSPrincipal, Jeff Robinson, also brings to the relationship over 30 years ofexperience in commercial and residential construction as a licensedGeneral Contractor. Jeff holds an MBA degree in Management from SuffolkUniversity in Boston, Massachusetts with an emphasis on financial andmanagerial control techniques. MRS affiliate, Mad River Lifts, provideslift construction, maintenance and brokerage services to the ski industry.Prior to forming Mad River Lifts in 1999, Jeff served as a ConstructionSupervisor for Lietner Lifts USA, Garaventa CTEC, and Doppelmayr.
Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd announced that it has sold its retail production assets, located in Randolph Center, Vermont to Micropack Bottled Water of Natick, MA. Included in the sale are the bottling facility and spring sites in Randolph Center and the associated business.”This is one of a series of steps Vermont Pure is taking to strengthen and expand our core home and office delivery business,” states Tim Fallon, Chairman and CEO. “The divestiture of the single-pack retail segment of the business is a strategic and logical evolution for Vermont Pure. We believe that this business change will provide the necessary capital, expertise and attention so that all aspects of the Vermont Pure brand reach their full potential.”The company will retain the Vermont Pure trademark and continue to distribute water under that brand throughout its home and office distribution area. Vermont Pure plans to relocate its five gallon home and office bottling operations that are currently in Randolph Center to another location in Vermont, and source its spring water under an existing water supply agreement.”Vermont Pure will continue to pursue our successful strategy of accretive acquisitions of independent home and office distributors within our marketing territories,” continued Fallon. In the year ending October 31, 2003, Vermont Pure’s home and office segment had revenues of $49.9 million and operating profit of $7 million.Micropack Bottled Water, a national leader in the manufacture and sale of value-tier, single-serve bottled water products aquired Vermont Pure’s state-of-the-art bottling facility and spring sources located in Randolph, Vermont, and will assume responsibility to serve Vermont Pure’s growing portfolio of private label retail customers. Vermont Pure will license the Vermont Pure trademark to Micropack USA for use in bottling and distribution of retail products.”We are proud to add Vermont Pure’s outstanding facility, spring water sources and professional staff to our growing service network,” says James Morgan, Micropack’s president and CEO.
Carol-Lynn Saliba named Executive Vice President,Director of Retail Banking for Citizens Bank in NH and VTMANCHESTER, NH — Citizens Bank New Hampshire has announced thatCarol-Lynn Saliba has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Directorof Retail Banking. In her new position she is responsible for the branchnetwork in New Hampshire and Vermont, including community business lendingand consumer banking. Her team supports the branches in all aspects ofsales, customer service, and training. Most recently, Saliba was seniorvice president, director of retail sales and service for Citizens Bank NewHampshire, where she was responsible for all sales management support forthe traditional branch network, including overseeing sales training,promotions, incentives, and sales results. Saliba joined Citizens Bank in2000 as Vice President of Retail Sales. Prior to joining Citizens, she wasvice president and district sales leader for the Small Business LendingDivision at KeyBank.”I am so pleased to promote Carol-Lynn to head upretail banking division in New Hampshire and Vermont,” said Tom Metzger,president and CEO of Citizens Bank New Hampshire. “She has exceptionalleadership skills. With her extensive retail and business bankingexperience, and her capabilities in strategic planning, execution, andsales training, Carol-Lynn is a very valuable asset to the bank. She hascontributed significantly to the retail team’s tremendous growth throughcreation of numerous branch sales programs and key business developmentinitiatives. We are proud to recognize her talents, her hard work and heroverall contributions to the success of our organization.”An activemember of the community, Saliba is on the board of the Nashua Chamber ofCommerce. Saliba also serves as a cabinet member for Heritage United Way.Saliba earned a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Maine,Orono. She resides in Bedford with her husband and daughter. About Citizens Bank New HampshireCitizens Bank New Hampshire is an $8 billion state-chartered, full-servicecommercial bank headquartered in Manchester. It has 75 branches and 167ATMs located throughout the state and is a major lending and commercialbanking services resource for the New Hampshire business community. It hasmore than 1,200 employees.Citizens Bank New Hampshire is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group,Inc., a $131 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered inProvidence, R.I. Citizens has more than 1,580 offices, approximately 2,800ATMs and approximately 24,000 employees in 13 states. It operates inConnecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, NewHampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island andVermont. Citizens is the 12th largest commercial banking company in theUnited States in asset size and ninth when ranked by deposits. Citizens isowned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). The Citizens Web siteis www.citizensbank.com(link is external) .##
Revet Long Term Care Agency, LLC has added to their individual offerings by adding a new product to help business owners protect their company. Using pretax dollars you can own a long term care policy that will protect you and your company against the cost of long term care. With the roll out of this new product line we are offering a free consultation and needs analysis for you and your business. Learn how you can save up to 40% off the price of your long term care insurance policy.Mark & Lisa Revet have over 20 years combined experience in the long term care industry. Lisa having grown up in Bennington, Vt and now living in nearby Hoosick Falls, NY is helping businesses protect themselves, their families, and their businesses from the threat of long term care.For a business owner’s guide or to speak with someone regarding your business options and long term care contact the Revet Long Term Care Agency, LLC 800-535-8311 or email@example.com(link sends e-mail). The Revet Long Term Care Agency was voted the 12th largest health insurer in New York’s Capital District by the Albany Business Review and has made the book of lists again in 2005.
Governor Announces Forums to Focus on Affordability and The Vermont Way ForwardGovernor Jim Douglas has announced he will hold Town Meeting style forums in focusing on making Vermont more affordable and steps the Legislature should take this year to build a stronger, more innovative economy.Governor Douglas said Vermonters care deeply about the Affordability Agenda proposals to reduce property taxes and make homeownership and higher education more affordableand about building a stronger, more innovative economy. Thats why he wants to provide opportunities for Vermonters to express their point of view on these issues, and urge the Legislature to take action, he said.I look forward to visiting every region of Vermont to host Accountability Forums that center on the Affordability Agendaproperty taxes, homeownership and higher educationas well as The Vermont Way Forward, our four-part plan of creating an e-state, providing environmental leadership, job creation and innovative education, the Governor said. These forums will offer Vermonters an opportunity to communicate their expectations regarding these issuesand othersdirectly to me, and I will again convey these expectations to the Legislature.The first of these forums will be held in the Northeast Kingdom the evening of Wednesday, March 7 and the remainder will be announced as theyre scheduled.I very much look forward to these forums. More importantly, I look forward to helping the Legislature focus on those issue that are most crucial to the future prosperity of the people of Vermont, the Governor said.
TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design and Heritage Aviation received the Burlington Business Association’s Hertzel N Pasackow Architectural Excellence Award for the General Aviation facility project in South Burlington, Vermont. The total renovation of this vacant 60,000 SF 1955-era Army National Guard hangar, located at the south end of the Burlington International Airport, stripped the existing building of all exterior walls and windows to expose the underlying steel and concrete structure. A 25-foot wide addition at the runway-side of the building increased the size of the existing hangar space and includes a two-story passenger lobby with views to the airport and Vermont landscape through two-story glass windows. The exposed structure was outfitted with a high-performance exterior envelope including insulated metal panels, thermally efficient windows and a new high-insulation-value roof. Multiple large-format skylights and extensive glass at the upper areas of the hangar walls introduce natural sunlight to the interior of the hangar space. A complete renovation of the building interior included new stairs and elevators, energy efficient heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems, and utilized sustainably and regionally-sourced interior finishes and state-of-the art LED lighting.The facility will function both as a maintenance hangar for general aviation aircraft that visit Burlington and require scheduled or unscheduled service as well as an FBO (Fixed Base Operation) providing facilities for transient flight crews and allowing access for General Aviation (GA) passengers to and from their flights. Another 11,000 SF building addition at the northeast corner of the hangar provides the Customs and Border Protection Service with an air-side office and the ability to process larger numbers of international passengers.This project is currently registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is on track to obtain a USGBC LEED Silver Certification. Energy efficient features include:On-site renewable energy generation through a 10 panel solar thermal (domestic hot water) system, a 120 panel solar photovoltaic (PV) array, and a 100 kW wind turbine.Water Conservation and Control Strategies include a 30,000 gallon rainwater harvesting/storage system to supply landscape irrigation, green roof irrigation and plane-washing, parking lot of porous concrete pavement for on-site stormwater treatment, and a bio-swale stormwater collection area. Building Envelope and Energy Conservation strategies included recycling the building structure to avoid waste normally associated with building demolition and reconstruction; thermally improved building envelope with air-sealing and testing; a vegetated (green) roof; high-albedo (white) roof to minimize absorption of unwanted solar gain; daylighting strategies, including vision/daylight glass specification, skylights, and lighting dimming; LED parking lot lighting and interior lighting. The design team included: Architects: Richard Deane, AIA, Tom Hengelsberg, AIA, LEED AP, Peter Burns; Interior Designers: Kim Deetjen, ASID, & Cecilia Redmond, LEED AP; & Casa Bella Design, Hinesburg, VT;Civil Engineer: Stantec, South Burlington, VT; Landscape Architect: H. Keith Wagner Partnership, Burlington, VT; Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Hallam ICS, South Burlington, VT; Structural Engineer: Artisan Engineering, Charlotte, VT;Commissioning: Thomas Engineering, Warren, VT; Construction Manager: Engelberth Construction, Inc., Colchester, VT; Owner s Construction Representative: Barden Inspection Service, Hinesburg, VT; Air-Sealing Testing Authority: Building Energy, Williston, VT.TruexCullins is a Burlington based architecture and interior design firm providing clients with the expertise and creativity of five distinct design studios: education, workplace, home, resort and interiors for over 40 years.For more information contact Susan Weeks, Director of Marketing, or visit www.truexcullins.com(link is external). Source: TruexCullins. 4.16.2010. Photos by Susan Teare
For more than 40 years, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has recognized an outstanding citizen with this prestigious award. Nomination material will be collected through July 30, and a special selection committee will meet soon thereafter to select this year’s recipient.Nominees are judged on three criteria: This award is presented to a Vermonter who has made major contributions to the progress and betterment of the Green Mountain State; has been distinguished through outstanding service to his or her community and region; and in the judgment of the selection committee, typifies the true spirit of service and self-sacrifice in representing the finest ideals of Vermont citizenship.The 2010 Citizen of the Year will be honored with a special recognition dinner in the fall. The application includes a nomination form, a brief biographical sketch of the nominee, and supporting testimonials. A selection committee comprised of Vermont Chamber members and past award winners will select this year’s recipient.Last year’s Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year was Mr. Ed Colodny of Burlington.Please contact Antonia Opitz, Director of Events with any questions or to receive a nomination form at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) or call (802) 223-0603. You can also fill out a nomination form online at: http://admin.vtexpo.com/upload/photos/3182010_Nomination_Form.pdf(link is external)
For the week of October 30, 2010, there were 1.081 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 27 from the week before, as claims are trending upward in October. Altogether 8,058 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 361 from a week ago and 2,053 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,217 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 98 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 829 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 106 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
In a year-end push to attain one million Facebook fans, Spartan Race has announced the ‘Race to a Million’ contest. For every Spartan Race contest entry on Facebook received by 11:59 p.m. (PST) Dec. 31, 2011, twenty cents will be donated to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that annually sends 100,000 care packages to military personnel, their families and wounded service men and women.‘Two of Spartan Race’s biggest commitments are getting people from all walks of life active, healthy and open to new challenges and supporting the brave service members of the Armed Forces,’ said Spartan Race Founder Joe Desena. ‘This contest is a fun way to head into the New Year with increased awareness of Spartan Race and our mission as well as helping a very worthy cause.Upon achieving its goal of one million Facebook fans before New Year’s, Spartan Race, the world leader in obstacle racing, will donate an additional $50,000 to Operation Gratitude.‘To show our thanks to those who enter,’ Desena, added, ‘we’ll be giving away Spartan Race Season Passes for 2012 to ten lucky contestants. Once we reach that magic one million number, we’ll give away 50 more Season Passes to celebrate!’‘We are extremely grateful to Spartan Races for this generous gesture,’ said Operation Gratitude Founder Carolyn Blashek. ‘There’s still a critical need to send these care packages overseas,’ she elaborated. ‘Tens of thousands of American service members remain deployed in hostile and remote regions of the world, including the Middle East, Afghanistan and on ships throughout international waters. They are away from home and loved ones at all times of the year, but it’s felt even more so now during the holidays. They deserve to be remembered.’‘Care Package number 750,000 will leave our warehouse this week,’ Blashek added. ‘Operation Gratitude will keep sending packages as we have for almost nine years. Not just until my son comes home, but until they all come home.’ Blashek’s son is currently deployed to the Middle East.The ‘Race to a Million’ contest is just one of several examples of Spartan Race’s longstanding commitment to the Armed Forces. Spartan Race will host 12 Marines currently stationed at Camp Pendleton at its sold-out, Jan. 28, 2012, Super Spartan race in Temecula, Calif. The race will take place the day before those 12 Marines depart for a one-year, overseas deployment. Spartan Race also recently unveiled a new Military Series to benefit direct military nonprofits and other organizations to help address the unique needs of each respective host installation. The first race in that series will be held May 5 – 6, 2012 at the Fort Carson military base in Colorado Springs, Colo.About Spartan RaceSpartan Race is an international obstacle racing series with three levels of courses: three-mile Sprints with roughly a dozen obstacles; eight-mile Super Spartan with 15 or more obstacles; and 10- to 12-mile Beast Races. The Spartan Death Race, held in Pittsfield, VT is an annual event that inspired the obstacle racing series and is reserved for the most extreme competitors. Spartan racers may compete as individuals or teams. The series is the brainchild of Joe Desena of Pittsfield, Vt. and seven extreme athletes and a royal Marine.Desena of Pittsfield, Vt, home of the legendary Death Race, turned an interest in endurance racing into a passion. His racing resume includes more than 50 ultra-events overall and 12 Ironman events in one year alone. Most of his races are 100 miles or more with a few traditional marathons in the mix.Spartan Races are held in each region of the U.S. starting with a Sprint and working up to a Beast. The World Championship Beast will be held annually in Vermont starting in 2012. Courses are muddy, creative and extreme ‘ uniquely designed to exhaust and exhilarate as well as test competitors’ strength, stamina, mental and emotional fitness and sense of humor.For more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race, visit http://www.spartanrace.com/(link is external).About Operation GratitudeOperation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in harm’s way, to their Children left behind and to Wounded Warriors recovering in transition units. Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 730,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas.PITTSFIELD, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For more information, visit http://www.OperationGratitude.com(link is external)
The Vermont Department of Taxes (VDT) has fully identified all three parties that accessed personal tax data inadvertently displayed from Property Transfer Tax Returns on a vendor portion of its website on January 9th. The immediate investigation of the incident led to the following findings: Three parties accessed the data. All three parties have been identified and contacted.All three parties have confirmed that the data was not disseminated to other parties, and they have destroyed the data.Two of three parties could not open or see the data file, as it was corrupted. Given the results of this investigation, the Vermont Department of Taxes has a high degree of confidence that the risk of identity theft arising from this incident is minimal. Call or email the Department of Taxes if they have questions regarding this issue. Taxpayers may call (866) 348-4038 or email questions to Tax.DataProtection@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail) Check back for updates posted on our website at http://www.state.vt.us/tax/DataProtection.shtml(link is external). The Department will post updates through its Facebook page and Twitter account. Learn more about credit monitoring, details to be set forth in the letter to individual taxpayers. While the Department is highly confident that the risk to affected taxpayers is small, the Department encourages taxpayers to use these resources. The Vermont Department of Taxes continues to review all safeguards related to the disclosure of taxpayer information. Department staff will strengthen the procedures related to the publication of this specific report. Also, standard operating procedure at VDT requires that the Taxpayer Advocate investigate and prepare a report with recommendations after any such inadvertent disclosure. Vermont Tax Department 1.11.2011 All affected taxpayers will receive a letter alerting them that their personal information was inadvertently disclosed. Letters will be sent no later than Saturday, January 14th. The letter encourages taxpayers affected by the inadvertent disclosure to take the following steps: