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Hackett , Future Planning Associates merge

Tue, 10/19/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Hackett & Company and Future Planning Associates, Inc. Merge
Williston, VT - on November 1, 2004, South Burlington-based Hackett &
Company's retirement plan and administrative group will merge with Future
Planning Associates, Inc. of Williston, bringing together two of Vermont's
leading retirement consulting and administration firms with over 60 years
of combined service.
The merged company, with a combined staff of 20 "qualified plan"
specialists, will operate as Future Planning Associates, Inc. under the

CVE Board Secretary Honored

Mon, 10/18/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Demont & Associates, Inc. of Portland, Maine honored Walter G. Bruska of Burlington, for his half century of service in several top development posts including Cornell University and the University of Vermont where he hired and trained some of the most successful and notable development professionals in the country. He is currently an officer at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vermont and Vice President of the Board at Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.

Westaff acquires Synergy Staffing

Mon, 10/18/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Burlington, Vermont -- Westaff, provider of staffing services, of
Burlington, Vermont announced today the acquisition of the Essex
Junction-based Synergy Staffing. The acquisition was completed on
September 15, 2004.
³The acquisition has allowed a smaller, well-respected staffing service to
take advantage of the employee benefits available to Westaff employees,²
commented Dave Mount, Westaff CEO.
As a result, former Synergy clients now have access to the larger staff of

Banknorth reports record earnings; Net Income Up 8%

Sun, 10/17/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Banknorth reports record earnings; Net Income Up 8%
PORTLAND, Maine Oct. 18, 2004 -- Banknorth Group, Inc. (NYSE: BNK) today reported record
quarterly net income of $97.8 million for the third quarter ended
September 30, 2004, up 8% from net income of $90.3 million for the third
quarter a year ago. On a per diluted share basis, net income was 55 cents
for the third quarter of 2004 and 55 cents for the third quarter of 2003.
Exclusive of merger and consolidation costs, income was $102.1 million for

Blue Cross to offer educational seminars to seniors on new Medicare prescription drug benefit

Sun, 10/17/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont to Offer Educational Seminars to Seniors on the New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit
Berlin, VT - Congress signed a Medicare bill last year that effects how Medicare beneficiaries pay for prescription drugs. A wide variety of discount prescription drug cards issued because of the new law can save seniors money on drugs. Picking between the cards, however, can be confusing.

Vermont Federal Credit Union adds employee

Tue, 10/12/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont Federal Credit Union Welcomes a New Employee
BURLINGTON, VT-Joseph M. Finnigan, president and CEO of Vermont Federal Credit Union (VTFCU), is pleased to announce that Holly O. Sheltra has joined the VTFCU staff as Manager of their Burlington branch location.
Holly brings to the Credit Union more than 10 years of management, sales and lending experience. Prior to coming to the Credit Union, Holly was a Sr. Loan Officer/Jr. Underwriter for Homebound Mortgage, Inc. She was also a Consumer Loan Officer/Branch Supervisor for New England Federal Credit Union.