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STATE – APRIL 2003

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Douglas taps Dubie to head
Homeland Security Advisory Council

Governor James Douglas recently announced that his first executive order was
authorizing a new Homeland Security Advisory Council. He named Lieutenant
Governor Brian Dubie to chair the council.
Douglas said the purpose of the council is to improve communication and
coordination among the various organizations operating within the state, to
optimize emergency preparedness and response, and to protect
Vermonters from threats of terrorism. The new council replaces the Vermont
Terrorism Task Force.
In naming Lt Gov. Dubie to head the group, the governor said that Brian Dubie
brings a wealth of experience to this role. He was at Ground Zero, coordinating
FEMA efforts for the US Air Force. For his efforts on 9-11, the Air Force
awarded him a Meritorious Service Medal, First Oak Cluster. He is currently
Emergency Liaison Preparedness Officer with the National Security
Emergency Preparedness Agency, and a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.
Dubie said the council will gather and review existing plans for the various
agencies, examining how they fit together and how they can work more
effectively and seamlessly. The council will update and make recommendations
to the governor on a quarterly basis.
In addition to Dubie, 17 leaders from state, local and federal government and
private organizations have accepted appointments to the council. They include
Vermont Emergency Management Direct Albert Lewis
of Berlin, Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Martha Rainville of Williston,
Vermont State Police Homeland Security Director Lt David Stanton of
Rutland, Police Chief Paul Duquette of Newport, Lamoille County Sheriff
Rene Marcoux of Hyde Park, Captain Matt Vinci of the South Burlington Fire
Department, Chief Real Bazin of the Westminster Fire Department, Rutland
Fire Chief Robert Schlacter, Assistant US Attorney Gary Shattuck of
Shrewsbury, Executive Director of the Green Mountain
Chapter of the American Red Cross Donna Baker of Woodford, Highgate
Town Manager Larry Kempton, Speaker of the House Walter Freed of Dorset
and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Welch of Hartland, Vermont Secretary
of Administration Michael Smith, Commissioner of Public Safety Kerry
Sleeper, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Jan Carney, and Vermont
Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs Neale Lunderville.

New England Governors elect Gov Douglas vice chair,
Douglas introduces Northeast Dairy Compact Resolution

Governors from the six New England states recently elected Gov Jim Douglas
(R-VT) as vice chairman of the New England Governors' Conference. The
conference allows governors to work together to coordinate and implement
policies and programs to respond to regional issues. Douglas also introduced a
resolution in support of the reestablishment of a Northeast Interstate Dairy
Compact. The conference approved the resolution unanimously. The governors
further urged that their respective legislatures join in
support of such a program.
The NEGC coordinates regional policy programs in the areas of economic
development, transportation, environment, energy, and health, among others.
Through these efforts, the conference seeks to coordinate efficient and cost-effective regional policies that reflect and benefit the states. To promote New
England's economic development, the governors of the six-state region formally
established the New England Governors' Conference, an informal alliance since
colonial days, in 1937. In 1981, the conference
incorporated as a non-partisan, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation. The
region's six governors serve as its board of directors. Annually, the governors
select a chairman to oversee the activities of the organization. The NEGC also
serves as the New England Secretariat for the Conference of New England
Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. The Conference of New England
Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, which first met in 1973, is a unique,
inter-regional, bi-national organization.

VBA appoints new president

Peter F Crosby, chairman of the Vermont Bankers Association has
announced that Christopher D’Elia has been appointed to the position of
president of the VBA. D’Elia replaces Timothy Y Hayward who left the VBA
after 18 years of service to become chief of staff for Governor Jim Douglas.
Mr D’Elia most recently served as commissioner for the Vermont Department of
Economic Development. During his two year tenure as commissioner, he was
responsible for overseeing the economic development efforts for the state of
Vermont, facilitating a partnership of public and private organizations associated
with economic development as well as acting as a liaison between the business
community and the Dean Administration. Prior to his commissioner’s post, he
was executive director of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, director, of
Workforce Education and Training at Vermont Technical College, and executive
director of Lamoille Economic Development Corporation.

D’Angelo Sandwich Shops
embarks on major expansion

D’Angelo Sandwich Shops, a quick-service restaurant concept based in
Dedham, MA, recently announced plans to increase the availability of its popular
mad-to-order grilled and deli-style sandwiches throughout New England. The
company plans to build 400 units in the next five years by taking advantage of
unsatisfied customer demand identified in existing markets, particularly those in
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and western Massachusetts, and by continuing
to execute a plan announced last year to open more than 50 units in Hartford,
CT, Albany, NY and Long Island. According to Vincent Brown, senior vice
president of Restaurant Development, conditions within the economy and
within the sandwich chain itself suggest that now is a very favorable time for
D’Angelo to launch its expansion effort.
Careful attention to quality has enabled D’Angelo to add items such as Lobster
Bisque and its popular Lobster Sub to its menu, further projecting the allure of
upscale, full-service restaurants while presenting the value and convenience of
quick-service dining. D’Angelo currently has 211 locations, 90 of which are in
Massachusetts. Additional units are distributed throughout Connecticut, Maine,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Existing franchisees account for 54
of the chain’s locations, and new franchisees have been identified as the primary
vehicle through which D’Angelo will achieve its growth objectives. For more
information call 888-374-2830 or visit D’Angelo online at www.dangelos.com.

Dirigo Paper Company to restart
production at Gilman Paper Mill

Governor Jim Douglas has announced that up to 100 jobs would be created as
a result of an agreement by Dirigo Paper Company LLC of Milton,
Massachusetts to acquire and restart the Gilman Mill. The mill last produced
paper in April, 2002. The Siman Paper Group backs Dirigo Paper Company; a
70 year-old privately held paper products company headquartered in Miami,
Florida. "This announcement means a great deal to Vermonters in the Northeast
Kingdom seeking quality jobs," said Governor Jim Douglas. "I
want Dirigo Paper Company to be successful, and we will continue to work with
them to facilitate any assistance we can to help them in this new venture." The
Department of Economic Development will continue to assist the company
during the transition period through full operation. Peter Hanson, CEO of Dirigo
expected to begin the restart process in late March and plans to begin making
paper as soon as possible thereafter. The company will be bringing on staff as it
ramps up production.
The mill opened in 1901 and was operated by the Gilman family until it was sold
to Georgia-Pacific Company in 1967. During the 1970s the mill became a
leader in various specialty grades, including check paper, diazo (blueprint) and
base paper for wallpaper, labels and packing tape. Simpson Paper Company of
Seattle purchased the mill in 1990, and continued to produce specialty papers at
the mill, with particular success in watermarked financial papers. Simpson made
a strategic decision to exit the paper business, and sold the mill to American
Tissue Corporation in 1999. American Tissue's financial difficulties and 2001-bankruptcy filing resulted in the mills shutdown in April 2002. The mill was
recently auctioned to Steve Regan Company, of Salt Lake City, UT, which will
retain an interest in non-paper-related property acquired in the sale. For further
information about Dirigo Paper Company, contact Peter Hanson,
617-296- 1743.

Green Mountain Coffee placed
in all D’Agostino NY locations

Green Mountain Coffee Roaster, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) has announced that it
is supplying 15 varieties of Green Mountain coffee to all 23 D’Agostino
Supermarkets in New York City and Westchester county. In addition, the
company announced that D’Agostinos is the first supermarket chain in New York
City to offer Newman’s Own Organics coffees, roasted exclusively by Green
Mountain Coffee Roasters.
Since the company was founded in 1932, D’Agostino’s key to success has been
offering superior service and high quality products. The D’Agostino tradition of
innovation and quality continues with the introduction of coffees from Green
Mountain Coffee and Newmans Own Organics, bringing these high quality coffee
lines together in a New York City supermarket for the first time. Green Mountain
Coffee Roasters is a leader in the specialty coffee industry and has been
recognized by Forbes Magazine for the past three years as one of the “200 Best
Small Companies in America.”

Bond Auto opens its 30th store

Bond Auto Parts, Inc, recently announced that it opened its 30th store in Berlin.
According to Craig Bond, vice president of marketing and merchandising, the
Berlin location brings the company one step closer to realizing their goal of 50
stores by the year 2010. Bond Auto Parts has opened or acquired over 14 stores
since the late 1990’s. In September 2000, the company expanded its warehouse
operations by building a 68,000 square foot structure at its headquarters property
in Barre. This new structure has enabled the company to currently support its 30
store locations and beyond from central Vermont. The year 2002 saw the
company add 6 new store locations.
Bond Auto Parts is the largest Vermont based automotive aftermarket supplier
serving equally the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. Founded in
1956 by Earl Bond, the company is still family owned and operated. Bond Auto
Parts belongs to the Automotive Aftermarket Alliance, which is one of the
largest buying and marketing groups in North America.

Gallagher, Flynn completes study
of executive compensation in VT

Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC), Vermont’s largest CPA and
business consulting firm, has just completed the most extensive study of
executive compensation ever completed in Vermont. The 40-page, Vermont
Executive Compensation Survey Report describes how compensation increases
with organization size for the chief executive officer and the top operating,
financial, information technology and human resources executives of over 200
Vermont companies and non-profit organizations. The survey also compares and
contrasts the data by for profit versus non-profit, manufacturing versus non-manufacturing and Chittenden county versus the rest of the state.
Frank Sadowski, the survey author and partner in charge of Gallagher Flynn’s
Human Resource Consulting Division, states that there are some unanticipated
findings in this survey, one of which is the similarity in for-profit and non-profit
executives’ salaries. Many results of the survey are analyzed in this report, and
the survey data is comprehensively presented with charts and graphs. In addition
to consulting with clients on a wide range of compensation issues, GFC’s Human
Resources Consulting Division also helps firms with their recruiting, labor
relations, outplacement, and other human resources issues. Copies of the report
are complimentary to survey participants and are available to others for $200. To
receive a copy, contact Susan Duffy at Gallagher, Flynn at 802-651-7248 or
sduffy@gfc.com

Atlas Timberlands Project
receives certification

The Atlas Timberlands Project, the third largest private landholding in Vermont,
has been certified to meet Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards by the
SmartWood program of the Rainforest Alliance. The goal of forest certification
is to recognize responsible land stewardship through independent evaluation and
certification of forestry practices. Landowners attaining the FSC designation are
entitled to use the FSC label for public marketing and advertising of their
holdings and the forest products harvested from certified lands.
The 26,000-acre Atlas Timberlands includes 23 tracts of land in 17 towns in
north central Vermont. The land is jointly owned by The Nature Conservancy
(TNC) of Vermont and the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), which purchased these
lands in 1997 to protect both the working landscape and the ecological resources
there. The partnership received notification of the land’s certification in February,
following an 18-month review process. Certification of the Atlas Timberlands
enables TNC and VLT to test whether the marketplace will support sustainable
timber management with premium prices for forest products harvested from
certified woodlands. The Atlas lands have been managed for timber for nearly
200 years. The Atlas partnership hopes to obtain higher market prices for its
forestry products, in part as a result of having attained SmartWood certification.
The overarching goal for securing certification is to gather and learn from new
information about what constitutes sustainable forestry.

Vermont Lottery introduces
two new instant games

The Vermont Lottery recently announced that it will commemorate “25 Years of
Winning” with the introduction of two new instant games and a series of year-long Second Chance drawings for non-winning Tri-Sate Megabucks and
Vermont Lottery Instant Game tickets. The $2 game “Celebrate” will offer a top
prize of $10,000. A $5 Instant Game, “25 Years” will offer a top prize of $25,000.
The Second Chance drawings will consist of quarterly drawings for Vermont
Lottery Instant Games as well as special one-time drawings for non-winning Tri-State Megabucks.
The quarterly Second Chance drawings will allow players to submit non-winning
Vermont Lottery Instant Game tickets for a chance to win a variety of prizes,
including trips to Maui, personal computers and cash. The first drawing took
place in March. The Tri-State Megabucks Second Chance drawing will be held in
late summer 2003 and will feature a grand prize of a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid.
All profits from the Vermont Lottery are used to support the Vermont Education
Fund.

South Carolina seeks to pool drug
buying power with VT and MI

Upon the heels of the states Michigan and Vermont announcing the formation of
the multi-state pooling program to be coordinated by First Health Services,
Governor Mark Sanford has also announced that South Carolina will seek to
expand Medicaid savings on its preferred drug list by joining in the nation's first
Medicaid multi-state pooling program. The program will enable South Carolina to
negotiate higher discounts from pharmaceutical manufacturers by pooling with
these other states to maximize their collective buying power. Two weeks ago,
Gov Sanford announced South Carolina's request for federal approval of a
preferred drug list for pharmaceutical benefits that could save the state up to
$12.8 million.
Gov Sanford has stated that the preferred drug list and now the addition of this
multi-state pool are two ideas he thinks will go a long way toward getting a
handle on the prescription drug component of Medicaid. "The addition of South
Carolina to our purchasing pool is an exciting development that will bring greater
value to our innovative program," said Governor Jim Douglas (R-VT). "I was
very pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the merits of the multi-state
purchasing pool with Governor Sanford
at the National Governors Association conference."

VBMeX offers exchange and reuse
of excess business materials

Start-up businesses, schools and farmers are taking advantage of a state-funded
program whose goal is to promote the reuse of excess business materials. The
Vermont Business Materials Exchange (VBMeX) is a free listing service for
available and wanted commercial materials, many of which are free or low cost.
Anyone can view the ads or submit a new listing to VBMeX by visiting the web
site at www.vbmex.net. The listings are diverse, and ultimately can save money
and help the environment. For those not connected to the internet Vermont
Business Magazine has the listings each month. For more information call Ellen
Roffman at 800-895-1930

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

The fall membership meeting of the Vermont Society of Certified Public
Accountants was recently held in November and was attended by 60 CPAs
from across the state. The meeting featured a presentation by Kathy Eddy,
CPA, AICPA past-chairman. Also speaking were Brian Murphy, Esq, CPA, and
Lisa Nolen Birmingham, Esq, both of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, PC.
Vermont Tax Commissioner Janet Ancel presented a Vermont Tax Update, and
Michelle Guilmette, senior tax specialist and Robyn Truman, senior tax
specialist, IRS Taxpayer Education and Communication presented an IRS
Update.
Provan & Lorber, Inc has announced that Anthony Chown, project
engineer/manager, and Heather Voisin, design engineer, recently joined the
growing office in Montpelier. These additions further expands the local service
offerings into the areas of environmental engineering and budgetary needs of
their clients for a variety of planning and design projects. Provan & Lorber also
have offices and Contoocook and Littleton, NH.
Sharon Winn of Calais has been named the director of Quality Improvement at
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Prior to her appointment, she served
as counsel to the provider-contracting department.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont recently announced the election of
five new board members to the organization: Alana Shaw, senior accountant at
AM Peisch & Company,