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Every year, 450 babies arrive at the Children's Hospital at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD) for state-of-the-art care.
Irving Oil and CHaD are pleased to announce that their first ever
"Mork the Stork" fundraising partnership has raised $90,000 for infants in
Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
The funds, donated by Mainway customers and Irving Oil, will support
neonatal intensive care units and neonatal care facilities in the Pine
Tree and Granite states.
As part of Irving Oil's "Mork the Stork" Campaign, customers donated $1
for a feather to help cover up "Mork the Stork," a giant stork without
wings. Feathers were affixed to "Mork the Stork" displays at more than
120 Mainway and Big Stop locations over a period of five weeks. With each
feather, "Mork the Stork" was able to fly higher and higher, exceeding
fundraising goals set by Irving and CHaD.

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Saint Michael's College received a grant for $116,640 from the Davis
Educational Foundation on May 5 for a program focused on helping integrate
new faculty into teaching in a liberal arts college, President Marc
vanderHeyden announced.
The grant will support a New Instructors Program, which will include a
series of one-hour seminars addressing student learning styles, classroom
management, effective pedagogy and understanding of the Saint Michael's
Liberal Studies requirement. It will also support a program linking a
faculty-teaching mentor with each new faculty member to help him or her
develop an effective teaching style.
"What's exciting is that this grant allows the college to work with
incoming faculty members as they make the complicated transition from
graduate programs at large universities to teaching at an undergraduate

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Sugarbush Resort has announced that it has retained two firms to assist in the development and management of the soon-to-be constructed Lodge at Lincoln Peak.
Boston-based Leggat McCall Properties will assume management responsibilities for the financing, design, construction, and legal aspects of the development of the new Lodge. With more than 35 years of experience, the firm has a vast list of commercial and mix-use properties to their name totaling more than $1.5 billion in value.

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Pomerleau Real Estate is pleased to announce that Ed Helmer has joined their Commercial Real Estate Division.
Helmer is a native Vermonter currently living in Colchester. In 2002, Ed graduated from Phillips-Exeter Academy and in 2002, graduated from Bates College as an English major. His current focus is on getting his real estate license and becoming a member of the Burlington community.

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2much Media of Burlington accompanied their client, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, on a recent trip to Mexico and Guatemala. The goal was to come back with footage that GMCR could use in a variety of ways to raise awareness about the growing Coffee Crisis.
If you’re not already familiar with the Coffee Crisis, it won’t be long before you are. After all, coffee, preceded by oil, is the world’s most traded commodity. The issue isn’t about a shortage in quantity, it’s quality that’s at stake. The small, multi-generation arabica coffee farms of Central America and other traditional coffee producing regions are struggling due to the increasing availability of lower quality and less expensive robusta beans from coffee sources such as Vietnam.
"There are social, agricultural, political and economic angles to this story," says Bill Kinzie of 2much Media. "It’s not all that different from what the dairy farmers here in Vermont have been dealing with."

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I AM Presentations is proud to announce the recent web mastering outsourcing agreement reached with Best Breed of Findlay, Ohio. Best
Breed is a national premium dog food manufacturer and has brought its web requests to Vermont's I AM Presentations, owned by Michael
LaRocque of Swanton, who has developed interactive websites for numerous Vermont companies including Vantage Press, Burnt Mountain Designs, Pastore Financial Group, to name a few.

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The Vermont Mentoring Partnership (VMP) is hosting the sixth annual “Mentors Make A Difference” conference on Monday, May 5, from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Burlington. The Conference is open to adults and youth 13 years of age or older.
The Conference attracts 400 to 500 youth and adult participants, offering over 30 workshops serving Vermont youth and service providers from the mentoring community. Through a dynamic program designed for youth and adults alike, Vermont’s mentoring community will attend workshops to share ideas and strategies, improve and promote mentor programs, and strengthen team-building skills while exploring life principles.

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SoVerNet announces that it is now
providing high-speed Internet business access to two more Vermont
communities: Randolph and Saint Albans.
With the introduction of SoVerNet Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line or
SDSL service to Randolph and Saint Albans, businesses within the
geographic limits of the technology now have high-speed connectivity to
the Internet at speeds far superior to those provided by dial-up Internet
access.
SoVerNet's high-speed broadband service is available at speeds between
160K and 1,544K. Customers are required to purchase a dedicated data line
over which the service is provided. The customer may also need to
purchase a modem, and, a router depending upon their networking needs.
The service is fully monitored 24/7 for reliability. Set-up time takes 2
- 3 weeks from time of order to turn-up.
SoVerNet has a booklet on SDSL services which is available on

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This Earth Day, April 22, Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless provider, is encouraging consumers to protect the environment and give back to the community at the same time by donating no-longer-used wireless phones and equipment to its HopeLineSM phone recycling program. Since 1995 Verizon Wireless has collected more than one million wireless phones from consumers. This has kept over 200 tons of electronics waste out of landfills, and has benefited hundreds of victims of domestic violence nationwide. With as little effort as it takes to clean out a junk drawer, an old wireless phone can become a lifeline rather than a landfill addition.
Customers of any wireless carrier can easily donate a wireless phone – regardless of condition – at any of the more than 1,200 Communications Stores nationwide, or by mail.

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Vermont Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Carl Spangler announced on April 15 that Christopher Barbieri, Vermont Chamber President, is resigning his position effective November 1, 2003.
Barbieri has been the leader of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce for 33 years. “It is with mixed emotions that I admit that as time moves on, there are other experiences and interests I want to pursue,” Barbieri wrote today in an open letter to all Vermont Chamber members. “With my years of experience, I look forward to expanding economic opportunities for Vermont in the rapidly growing regions of Asia and the Pacific Rim.”
Barbieri will be relocating to Shanghai as the Vermont Chamber’s International Trade Liaison in Asia. He will be responsible for fostering trade relations between Vermont businesses and businesses from Taiwan, Mainland China, and Hong Kong.

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STATE – APRIL 2003

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Douglas taps Dubie to head
Homeland Security Advisory Council

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A new satellite campus in Williston will bring several popular Vermont
Technical College programs to Chittenden County in the fall. The College
plans to offer selected associate's and bachelor's degree programs at its
Blair Park facility to full- and part-time students.
"Demand for our programs continues to grow in Chittenden County and the
northern part of the state," says Vermont Tech president Allan Rodgers,
"Our Blair Park campus will bring Vermont Tech within reach of those who
want to enroll, and prefer to live at home."
Programs at the Williston campus will include associate's degree choices
in Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology,
E-Commerce Technology, and Business Technology and Management. Computer
Engineering Technology will be offered as a bachelor's degree as well, and
students who already hold an associate's degree in a technology field can