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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."

New Vermont Women’s Business Center

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

The Community Economic Development Program of Central Vermont Community Action Council is please to announce the opening of the new Vermont Women’s Business Center. Housed at Woodbury College, the center will provide business counseling services and technological assistance for women owned businesses or for women considering starting their own business.

The Vermont Tax Practitioners Association (VTPA) to hold meeting.

Tue, 09/03/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Vermont Tax Practitioners Association (VTPA) will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, September 17th from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn just off Exit 10 of I-89 in Waterbury, Vt.
The morning session will be on “Employee Issues” and will be presented by Michelle Guilmette, a Sr. Tax Specialist with the Internal Revenue Service in the Taxpayer Education & Communication Division. Her talk will focus on employee versus subcontractor designations and related issues.

The WIB (Workforce Investment Board) to hold Annual Statewide Retreat

Tue, 09/03/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

The WIB (Workforce Investment Board) Annual Statewide Retreat is being held at the Killington Grand Hotel on Tuesday, September 24th. from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The one day retreat includes breakfast, workshops, lunch
and a forum with the three major gubernatorial candidates. The cost is $50 per person. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions of the
candidates about the economy and workforce development.
If you are interested in attending or want additional informaiton, please contact