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The McDonald Consulting Group Launches New Name, Products and Services at Gala Celebration

Sun, 10/24/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

October 9, 2004 -- The McDonald Consulting Group was formally launched at a gala party on October 9, 2004 in Austin, Texas. Representatives from both the Austin, TX, and Burlington, VT, offices were on hand to unveil the company's new product and services offering as well as their new logo.

Vermont Chamber of Commerce Elects New Board Members

Sun, 10/24/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Last month at its Annual Meeting members of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce elected seven businesspeople to the Board of Directors.
The Vermont Chamber welcomes the following individuals to its Board of Directors:

Tom Donahue; Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Dwyer; Hackett, Valine, and MacDonald

Daria Mason; Central Vermont Medical Center

Bob Rogan; Burlington, Vermont

Kathleen Schirling; Chittenden Bank

Stephen Terry; Green Mountain Power

Chittenden Reports Earnings and Quarterly Dividend

Wed, 10/20/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Chittenden Reports Earnings and Quarterly Dividend
(NYSE: CHZ) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul A.
Perrault, of Chittenden Corp in Burlington has announced earnings for the quarter ended September 30,
2004 of $19.5 million or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to $19.9
million or $0.43 per diluted share a year ago. For the first nine months
of 2004, earnings were $55.1 million or $1.18 per diluted share, compared
to $55.1 million or $1.23 per diluted share a year ago. Chittenden also

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.