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Tue, 12/25/2007 - 15:00 by tim

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Cristian Balan of Plattsburgh, N.Y., has been named the new director of the Computer & Digital Forensics program at Champlain College. Balan joined the Champlain faculty in July and now steps up to direct a nationally recognized program that was built by founding director Gary Kessler.

Kessler will now focus his attention full time on the Champlain College Center for Digital Investigation, a US Department of Justice-funded center at the college, which has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Balan is the owner and operator of a computer networks administration and security consulting business and he has extensive experience with the New York law enforcement community. He is also the chief of the Vermont Army National Guard Computer Network Defense Team.

Thu, 12/20/2007 - 15:00 by tim

Come celebrate the launch of The Nature Conservancys Corporate Conservation Council of Vermont, a program designed to bring together and recognize businesses that support conservation. Learn about the strategic nature of conservation and the importance of investing in the natural world. Businesses interested in finding out more about the Council and how the Conservancy works in Vermont and around the world are welcome to attend. Keynote speakers include Bill Stritzler, owner and managing director of Smugglers Notch which is the first resort recognized as a Vermont Business Environmental Leader, and
Bob Klein, Executive Director of the Vermont chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington on January 18, 2008 from 12PM to 2PM. For more information and to register, contact Jessica at 802-229-4425 ext 113, or email us at [email protected].

Wed, 12/19/2007 - 15:00 by tim

Burlington Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, announced the promotion of Karen Marshall to VP/GM for Northern New England. In this role, Karen will be responsible for local, regional, and national advertising sales, marketing and operations for Northern New England which includes the Springfield MA DMA and Burlington DMA zones in VT, NH and NY.
Since joining the company in November 2006 as Area Sales Manager, Karen has done an exceptional job building and growing the local, regional and national sales teams in Northern New England. During her time at Spotlight, she has led the conversion of the Vermont/Adelphia operations to Comcast systems and standards. She has also developed strong ties to the business community serving as Chair of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, Board Member of the United Way of Chittenden County and the VNA, and past Chair of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tue, 12/18/2007 - 15:00 by tim


Awards Open to All Members of AFL-CIO Affiliates

South Burlington, Vt. - (Dec. 19, 2007) - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 300 recently announced the deadline for the Union Plus Scholarship Program.
The nationwide post-secondary scholarship - open to current or retired AFL-CIO affiliated union members, their spouses and dependent children - will accept applications until Jan. 31, 2008 and is presented by Union Privilege. Since 1992, over $2.4 million has been awarded to 1,700-plus working families.

Mon, 12/17/2007 - 15:00 by tim

Rigby, ID December 17, 2007Life for new parents just got a little easier, and customer communication just improved at Broulims supermarket. The Idaho based chain launched its new web site ( in May 2007, including thousands of recipes, a weekly circular, Fresh Ideas and specials. In addition, Broulims has just added to their online family as of December 17, 2007.

MyBaby is a grocery social networking site provided by MyWebGrocer, located in Colchester, Vermont. differs from other parenting social networking sites by aggregating a full range of information and networking possibilities. Parents can take advantage of blogging, recipes, personalized homepages, advice and more.

Thu, 12/06/2007 - 15:00 by tim

VTrans Declines to Purchase New Passenger Trains
December 7, 2007: MONTPELIER: The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), after collaboration with both the Vermont Attorney General and the Vermont State Treasurer, decided not to contract with a Colorado company to purchase $17.5 million worth of new passenger train cars.
VTrans approached the Legislature in 2006 about purchasing five new rail cars three engine cars and two passenger cars as a way to potentially lower costs because the new train sets would be less expensive to run than the decades old cars now used, and owned, by Amtrak on the Vermonter line that runs from St. Albans to Springfield, Massachusetts and eventually New York City and Washington D.C.

Mon, 12/03/2007 - 15:00 by tim

----- CEO Chris Dutton to retire August 2008 ----
COLCHESTER, VT.December 4, 2007.. Mary G. Powell, 47, will become Green Mountain Power's next
President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2008 when CEO Chris Dutton retires after 11
years leading the Vermont electric utility, it was announced today.
"We are extremely pleased that Mary Powell will succeed Chris Dutton as Green Mountain
Power's new CEO, thus bringing to fruition a leadership transition plan started five years ago,"
said Robert Tessier, Chair of the Green Mountain Power Board of Directors.

Mon, 12/03/2007 - 15:00 by tim

McKelvey Foundation taps Champlain Colleges BYOBiz program
to co-promote entrepreneurial scholarships

--Entrepreneurial scholarship applications due January 15--

BURLINGTON, Vt.--The McKelvey Foundation of New York City has selected Champlain Colleges BYOBiz program as a partner in the McKelvey Entrepreneurial Scholarship program. Through its innovative entrepreneurial program for college students, Champlain College will help promote the McKelvey scholarships to young college-bound entrepreneurs.

Sun, 12/02/2007 - 15:00 by tim

BURLINGTON, Vt.--Paul Millman, vice president and CEO of Chroma Technology Corp. in Rockingham, Vt., was invited to spend a day on the Champlain College campus on November 29 as part of a new Champlain Division of Business initiative called Executive Spotlight.

The mission of Executive Spotlight is to engage Champlain College students, faculty and the broader Champlain community with business leaders who have made a significant contribution to Vermont and its economy. Millman spent the afternoon speaking with students and participating in a roundtable discussion with faculty members. The program concluded with a reception in the historic Morgan Room.

In an international marketing course, Millman spoke with students about the importance of cultural sensitivity and the acquired skills necessary to successfully conduct business around the globe. He related some of his experiences doing business in China, Japan, India and Germany.

Sun, 12/02/2007 - 15:00 by tim

Bountiful, UT December 3, 2007Life for new parents just got a little easier, and customer communication just improved at Winegar's supermarket. The Utah based chain launched its new web site ( in October, including thousands of recipes, a monthly "Fresh Ideas" circular, weekly ads and specials were added. In addition, Winegar's has just added to their online family as of December 3, 2007. MyBaby is a grocery social networking site provided by MyWebGrocer, located in Colchester, Vermont. differs from other parenting social networking sites by aggregating a full range of information and networking possibilities. Parents can take advantage of blogging, recipes, personalized homepages, advice and more. Winegars also provides their customers with online specials just for parents. We are excited to offer this new feature to our valued customers.

Thu, 11/29/2007 - 15:00 by tim

CVPS, DPS agree on 2.3 percent rate increase
RUTLAND, Vt. (November 29, 2007) - Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE-CV) and the Vermont
Department of Public Service today agreed to a 2.3 percent rate increase to take
effect with bills rendered in February. CVPS filed for a 4.46 percent rate
increase in May. The settlement must be approved by the Vermont Public Service
"This settlement will provide CVPS with modest but adequate funds to improve
customer service and reliability, while maintaining extremely competitive rates
compared to the rest of New England," President Bob Young said. "Working with
the DPS, we were able to reduce our initial request while committing to making
substantial additional investments in tree trimming and system upgrades, which
will benefit our customers."
Under the settlement, a residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours per month

Thu, 11/29/2007 - 15:00 by tim

COLCHESTER, VT... (November 30, 2007) The Vermont Public Service Board today approved revisions to Green Mountain Power's renewable energy rate, called GreenerGMP. The revisions allow Green Mountain Power to use all the proceeds from the customers purchasing energy under GreenerGMP to purchase Vermont renewable energy projects as they become available, rather than renewable resources elsewhere in New England.
"We already have more than 500 customers participating in GreenerGMP, and we believe these changes will make our renewable energy program more attractive to more of our customers," said Mary Powell, senior vice president and chief operating officer. "We believe Vermonters prefer to support local projects and we are working on several fronts to be able to offer local renewable energy projects to our GreenerGMP customers."