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Top Vermont students to be honored by state Board of Education

Wed, 04/08/2009 - 6:32am -- tim

Vermont s top academic achievers will be honored by the State Board of Education at an event to be held Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol.
The students will be recognized for their achievements in the statewide spelling bee, debate, forensics, Geo Bee, top AP and SAT scores and much more. The event is open to the public.
A complete list of honorees is attached below.

2009 State Board of Education Student Recognition Event April 14, 2009 Mt. Abraham Union High School, Bristol



VHFA approves new income and purchase price limits

Wed, 04/08/2009 - 5:27am -- tim

More Vermonters are able to take part in Vermont Housing Finance Agency's low-interest mortgage programs now VHFA has approved new income and purchase price limits.
The Agency s Board of Commissioners approved the changes on April 6. They took effect today.
We re always working to give more Vermonters the opportunity to realize the dream of owning a home, said Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. With these new limits, many more Vermonters and Vermont properties have become eligible for VHFA financing.

Vermont Pure acquires Blue Hills Spring Water Company

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 11:14am -- tim

Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: VPS) announced that it has acquired the assets of Blue Hills Spring Water Company, Inc. of Quincy, Massachusetts. Blue Hills is better known by its popular brand Monadnock Mountain Spring Water.
The assets purchased include trucks, dispensing equipment, bottles, and customer lists. Blue Hills' customers will be merged into Vermont Pure's local existing operation creating more density in the Boston market for the Company.

Marsh appoints Julie Boucher to lead US captive management operations

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 11:10am -- tim

Marsh, the world s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, has appointed Julie S. Boucher as leader of the firm s U.S. Captive Solutions Practice, which currently manages nearly 350 captive insurance companies in seven major U.S. domiciles and has 114 employees.
Ms. Boucher, a managing director of Marsh based in the Burlington, Vermont office, will be responsible for the growth and development of the U.S. captive domicile operations, including Vermont, Connecticut, New York, South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.

Local Westaff Offices join The Select Family of Companies

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 11:03am -- tim

Koosharem Corporation, parent of The Select Family of Staffing Companies, a top 10 national staffing leader, completed its acquisition of Walnut Creek, California-based Westaff, Inc. Westaff maintained a large network of successful franchise offices, of which the Mount Family Group of Burlington was a part.
The Mount Family Group Ltd. operates Westaff branches in 9 cities and towns in the Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, including offices in Burlington and St. Albans.

Dr Cathy Palmer named Medical Director of the Laboratory at CVMC

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 10:55am -- tim

Long time Medical Director of the Laboratory at CVMC, Dr. Brian Travis, has passed the torch to his colleague, Dr. Cathy Palmer, who has been named the lab s new Medical Director.  Dr. Palmer received her MD/PhD degree from Indiana University and went on to complete an Internship and Residency in Pathology at the University of California San Diego Medical Center.  She came to Vermont to pursue a Clinical Fellowship in Cytopathology at Fletcher Allen Health Care and subsequently was a Research Fellow in Environmental Pathology at UVM.  Dr.

St J Academy helps Vermont receive recognition for Advanced Placement

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 10:48am -- tim

St Johnsbury Academy played an important role in helping Vermont record the nation’s largest five-year increase in the percentage of its high school student population scoring 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) exam.
AP courses are designed to provide high school students college credit, advanced standing, or both, upon successful completion of a national examination administered by the College Board.
According to the College Board, an exam grade of 3 or higher is a strong predictor of a student’s ability to succeed in college and earn a bachelor’s degree.

St Albans hospital CEO to take job in New Mexico

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 10:42am -- tim

Peter Hofstetter, the Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Medical since 1994, announced on Monday that he has accepted the CEO position at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico.
“We are sorry to lose Peter,” said John Casavant, the President of the NMC Board of Directors.  “He has served our hospital and our community incredibly well over the past 15 years.  His vision, leadership, and positive energy have helped us thrive.  Peter’s collaborative approach has positioned us well for the future.” 

Ledyard National Bank contributes $1,500 to Upper Valley Housing Coalition

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 10:33am -- tim

Ledyard National Bank is pleased to announce that they have made a Leadership Partner Pledge in the amount of $1,500 to the Upper Valley Housing Coalition. Ledyard National Bank proudly supports the Upper Valley Housing Coalition s mission to promote balanced communities that provide an adequate supply of housing for the region s workforce.

DEW Construction applauded for Workplace Safety and Health efforts

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 10:32am -- tim

The Vermont Department of Labor’s Project WorkSAFE Program is pleased to announce that DEW Construction of Williston has met and successfully completed the requirements of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for the Jay Peak Ski Area Hotel Expansion Project.
DEW Construction and Project WorkSAFE, Vermont’s Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program, began working on the certification process more than four months ago.

Veto Message of Governor James Douglas Regarding S115, An Act Relating to Civil Marriage

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 10:22am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today returned without signature Senate bill S.115, An Act Relating to Civil Marriage.  The text of Governor Douglas veto message follows.
April 6, 2009
The Honorable David A. Gibson
Secretary of the Senate
State House
115 State Street, Drawer 33
Montpelier, VT   05633
Dear Mr Secretary:

Vermont federal judicial nominating process open to applicants

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 10:07am -- tim

The nine-member Judicial Nominating Commission named to recommend a slate of candidates to replace retiring U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha will accept applications for the upcoming vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont through May 4. Applicants should visit the Vermont Bar Association s web site at to obtain a questionnaire and further instructions.