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BioTek recognized as finalist for Department of Defense’s top employer award

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 5:37am -- tim

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced BioTek Instruments Inc of Winooski, Vermont as a finalist for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the DoD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees. The top 30 employers were selected from a pool of 2,960 nominations submitted earlier this year by National Guard and Reserve service members.

Rutland man wins GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:34pm -- tim

A Rutland man who has devoted four decades to protecting birds and the environment was presented the GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award today. Roy Pilcher, who founded Rutland County Audubon and has served as president and in other lead roles for more than 40 years, was presented with the award during a ceremony at the West Rutland Marsh, an Audubon Important Bird Area, a designation Pilcher was instrumental in obtaining.

The annual award, named for famed osprey advocate Meeri Zetterstrom, comes with $2,500 to support Rutland County Audubon’s ongoing work.

Berkshire Bank parent to acquire Firestone Financial

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:10pm -- tim

Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE: BHLB) announced today the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of privately held Firestone Financial Corp as an operating subsidiary of Berkshire Bank. Based in Needham, Massachusetts, Firestone is a longstanding commercial specialty finance company providing secured installment loan equipment financing for small and medium-sized businesses. Berkshire Hills is the parent company of Berkshire Bank, with offices in southwestern Vermont.

President nominates Burlington attorney Eric Miller to be Vermont’s next US attorney

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:59am -- tim

US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Thursday said that President Obama will nominate Burlington attorney Eric Miller to be Vermont’s next United States Attorney. Leahy recommended Miller in February to serve as Vermont’s 37th United States Attorney, managing the US Department of Justice’s US Attorney offices in Burlington and Rutland and overseeing the work of nearly 20 attorneys who represent the United States in criminal and civil investigations and litigation in Vermont

Vermont Bankers Association endorses ICBA Securities

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:13am -- tim

ICBA Securities Inc, the broker-dealer subsidiary of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), announced Thursday that it has received the endorsement of the Vermont Bankers Association Inc. (VBA). VBA is the 38th state banking association to endorse the services of ICBA Securities, which provides fixed-income investment products and services to community banks.

Wes Ward selected NEK Chamber Citizen of the Year

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:18pm -- tim

A St Johnsbury businessman praised for his honesty and professionalism was honored as the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce’s 44th Citizen of the Year at the organization’s annual meeting on May 21. Wesley Ward, owner of Wes Ward Auto Repair and Westward Equipment Service, was recognized for his extensive volunteer efforts with local and regional civic organizations. Ward, a past president of the Northeast Kingdom Chamber, learned of the award in a surprise video announcement prepared by fellow chamber member and friend, Steve Nichols, from Nichols Communications.

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew names McMahan new president and managing partner

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:15pm -- tim

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew announces that Jeff McMahan has been elected as its President and Managing Partner to succeed Brian Murphy. Regarding the transition, Brian said, “The firm is fortunate to have many outstanding leaders and the unanimous selection of Jeff as our new President is a superb choice.  His leadership skills are excellent, his keen business sense is a valuable asset, and his vision for the firm's future is very exciting.” 

Champlain Cable receives Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce today announced Champlain Cable Corporation as the winner of the prestigious and highly anticipated Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award. Presented by Governor Shumlin at the opening ceremonies of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry EXPO, this annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique.

Consumers beware: It is not the IRS calling

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:03pm -- tim

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning that thousands of Vermont consumers continue to report receipt of threatening recorded (robocall) phone calls from persons identifying themselves as IRS agents and threatening legal action if an alleged outstanding debt to the IRS is not immediately paid. The callers then direct the consumer to call a phone number and make immediate payment by credit card, wire transfer, or other direct means of payment. This is not the IRS calling – this is a scam.