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Gov Douglas Appoints New Connecticut River Commissioners

Sun, 12/28/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas has appointed Kenneth Bishop of
Springfield and Norman Wright of Putney to serve on Vermont's Connecticut
River Watershed Advisory Commission.
Bishop, a lifelong dairy farmer, is president of the 550-member Windsor
County Farm Bureau, and chairman of the Windsor County Agricultural Fair,
which is held annually in Springfield. Bishop reports that his parents and
grandparents acquired 200 acres of prime agricultural land in Springfield
after construction of the Bellows Falls Dam, and the family has farmed

Green Mountain Power Lauds New Stable Rate Plan

Sun, 12/28/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

Green Mountain Power said it was pleased with the opportunity to stabilize electric rates for its 90,000 customers as a result of a Vermont regulatory order issued Monday.
"This is very positive news for our customers as it allows a very stable rate path between now and 2007," said Green Mountain President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher L. Dutton. Green Mountain last increased its electric rates in January 2001, so the new rate order provides customers with a six-year period of rates that have been essentially flat.

Keeping Warm with the Vermont Chamber

Wed, 12/10/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

The competition is stiff; the judges, discerning! Vermont’s Top Ten Winter Events begin next week. Chosen from dozens of entries for their ingenuity, creativity, and special Vermont flavor, visitors and locals alike will enjoy Vermont’s blue-ribbon “Top Ten” events.
Even Scrooge could not resist the holiday spirit with Christmas at the Farm in Woodstock, The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Tour, and New Year’s Eve “First Night” in the capital city of Montpelier.

Step IT Up

Wed, 12/10/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

CyberSkills/Vermont and Northern New England Tradeswomen are running their third class of Step IT Up, a joint venture to give women the skills for a career in Information Technology.
The first two classes were held at Dale Correctional facility and prepared women for careers in Web Site development. The current class prepares the ten participants for jobs in the growing desktop publishing arena.

Vermont Chamber Announces Top Five Economic Development Initiatives

Wed, 12/10/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce will hold a press conference in Room 10 at the State House on Monday, December 15 at 10:30 AM to release the Top Five Economic Development Initiatives for 2004.
Paving the way to job creation and retention, the initiatives focus on: permit reform, competitive business climate, tax policy to ensure business investment, energy costs and taxes, and travel and tourism.

VSO Announces New Marketing Director

Wed, 12/10/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra announces the hiring of Patrick Keogh as
Sales and Marketing Director for the statewide, non-profit organization.
Keogh graduated from Champlain College with a degree in marketing
Management and recently held the position of Sales and Marketing Director for
Thrifty Car Rental of Vermont.
Primarily, Keogh will be responsible for
carrying the message of the VSO throughout the state, and ensuring strong ticket
sales throughout the communities in which the VSO performs.

Stern Center Makes Management Changes

Tue, 12/09/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Stern Center for Language and Learning has made some changes in their
management team. Mary Allen Stifler, M.A.T., formerly Director of
Development has moved to a newly created position as Vice President for
Program Administration. The Development Department has been restructured
with Megan Cluver, B.A., taking the position of Development/Community
Relations Coordinator.
New to the organization are Laurie Caswell Burke,
Ed.M. and William Billings, B.S. Ms. Caswell Burke, formerly Giving World

Travel Industry Recognizes Vermont Businesses for Marketing Excellence

Sun, 12/07/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont businesses were recognized recently by the Vermont Travel Industry Conference (VTIC) for marketing and business excellence in promoting travel to and within Vermont. The award winners were also acknowledged for their efforts in gaining exposure for the wealth of activities to experience in our state.

Eggleston & Cramer welcomes Barbara Ripley

Thu, 12/04/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

Barbara G. Ripley has joined the law practice of Eggleston and Cramer, Ltd in Burlington. Ripley has experience in both public and private law.
She previously served the State of Vermont as Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources and Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry. Over the past 4 years, Ripley has been an attorney at Wilson & White in Montpelier, where she focused on environmental and land use matters as well as stakeholder process facilitation and mediation.

Freeman French Freeman Staffer Achieves Leed Certification

Thu, 12/04/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

Burlington architecture firm Freeman French Freeman’s leadership in sustainable design has lead to staff member Jesse Robbins receiving LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. Robbins attended the LEED Training Workshop at the University of New Hampshire and the GreenBuild Conference in Pittsburgh before taking and passing the exam.