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Brattleboro Auto Mall Merger

Wed, 10/02/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

"If you build it, they will come," was a plea baseball's "Shoeless Joe" Jackson whispered to Kevin Costner in the movie, "Field of Dreams".
The phrase is being dusted off by Brattleboro, Vermont area natives David and Chris McCauley, who are merging the Raymond S. Roberts auto
dealership with Auto Mall on Putney Road to create a General Motors facility housing all five GM franchises.
It is apt in the historic sense and draws parallels with the movie
because it beckons customers of the age-old R.S. Roberts dealership to

SBA Lowers 7(a) Loan Maximum

Wed, 10/02/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

As federal agencies across the government begin operations today under
a short-term continuing budget resolution, the U.S. Small Business Administration implemented a $500,000 limit on most guaranteed loans – a step that will leave the vast majority of its small business credit customers unaffected.

Ag Dept denies egg farm permit

Mon, 09/30/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

State Agriculture officials announced October 1, 2002, that they have denied the
application by Vermont Egg Farm (VEF) for a proposed expansion that
would have more than doubled the size of its Highgate facility.

In an 8-page finding, the Department cited a number of concerns in denying
the expansion, primarily centering on manure management and its direct
relationship to the potential return of the fly problem that plagued
the facility in its early years of operation.

Local Firm Purchases former Hannah’s Market

Mon, 09/30/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

Following a fourteen year period of vacancy, Pioneer Environmental Associates, LLC, a Vermont-based consulting firm specializing in water resources planning and permitting work, has purchased the former Hannah’s Market building in Vergennes, VT. The purchase of the property has been facilitated by Ed and Bev Biello of Panton VT, who negotiated with the prior owners to sell the property and who maintained contact with the sellers throughout the process. Mr. Biello stated, “This deal is a very happy ending to a long period of neglect with this property.

Gail E. Haefner listed in “Best Lawyers in America.”

Sun, 09/29/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

Paul, Frank & Collins is pleased to announce Gail E. Haefner’s inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.  Ms. Haefner joins six of her colleagues,
John Sartore, Michael Frye, Alan Port, Crocker Bennett, Allan Paul and Peter
Collins, in this widely respected publication. 
The Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive peer-review
survey of other leading attorneys.
Ms. Haefner concentrates her practice on
Corporate Law, Commercial Law, and Intellectual Property Law.  She received her B.A. from the University of

Grafton Homestead Expands Accommodations

Sun, 09/29/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Grafton Homestead, LLC, in Grafton, Vermont has recently expanded its space for guest accommodations, according to Manager Jennifer Karpin. Karpin reports that the Grafton Homestead, which opened in the Summer of 2001, has experienced sufficient bookings this year to
warrant the need for an additional guest room, called the Morning Glory room. “With a cheerful yet subtle morning glory theme, this room’s first floor location and private bath make it a good choice for our older guests or those who have difficulty climbing stairs,” says Karpin.

Lake Champlain Chocolates Launches New E-Commerce Website

Sun, 09/29/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) has revamped their website,, focusing on e-commerce for consumers. The new site features over 80 gourmet chocolate products, ranging from boxes of truffles to Belgian chocolate bars, hot chocolate to dessert sauces. Consumers experience a streamlined shopping experience with unprecedented flexibility in navigating the site.

Yes, You Can Find a Room in Vermont During Foliage Season!

Sun, 09/29/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

Throughout the busy foliage season those who serve
tourists are faced with last minute travelers looking for a place to stay.
The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing launched a new tool in mid-September that will assist the tourism industry in connecting travelers and lodging properties. This simple, online system allows any lodging establishment in the state to post and update their current room availability throughout the day.

Merchants Bank Names New Winooski Branch President

Tue, 09/24/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

Merchants Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph L. Boutin today announced the appointment of Darcy L. Cunningham to the position of branch president of the bank’s Winooski office. Cunningham succeeds Darlene Cooper, who is preparing for a direct role in the Bank’s retail banking expansion plans. Cunningham will assume her duties as branch president on October 15, 2002, leading the branch staff that includes Customer Service Representatives Cindy Gilhooly, Kelley Kimball, Lisa Dudley, and Marina Kaye.

VSAC Receives New Grants to Serve Disadvantaged Students

Wed, 09/18/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

The federal government has renewed two grants that enable the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) to help disadvantaged Vermonters prepare for education beyond high school. The grants normally run for four years, but a perfect score on one of its applications qualified VSAC for a five-year grant. The awards are:
· $1.9 million over four years for the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program, which serves adult students.
· $2.2 million over five years for the Talent Search program, which serves students in grades 6 through 12.

Equinox Resort Names Director of Sales and Marketing

Tue, 09/10/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Equinox Resort has announced the
appointment of Courtney Lowe as Director of Sales and Marketing. He comes to the Resort from the Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville Virginia where he served in the same capacity. "We are fortunate to have attracted someone of Courtney's caliber." said Resort General Manager Gary Thulander. "His enthusiasm is infectious. Courtney's knowledge of the region, coupled with his marketing and sales acumen will help us take the Resort to the next level. It's all part of our quest to be the number one Resort in New England."