The HBRA has hired Josie Palmer Leavitt as its new executive officer.Todd Leach, Leach Construction of Vermont and current President of the HBRA said, “We are thrilled to welcome Josie to the HBRA, and excited to bring on board someone of her caliber, expertise and commitment. Having served on our board of directors, Josie understands the needs of our members, and the housing industry. Her background in business, marketing, management, land development, sales and real estate makes her the perfect fit to dynamically lead our Association.””I am extremely excited to be joining such a wonderful organization. For over 50 years the Home Builders and Remodelers Association has put its mark on the building community in Vermont. By offering comprehensive educational resources, providing information on issues at the local, state and national levels, and creating networking opportunities for those in the industry, the Association works to be the ‘go-to’ resource for housing, and to help its members succeed. I look forward to continuing the HBRA mission and growing the Association,” said Ms. Palmer Leavitt.Palmer Leavitt begins as executive officer on Monday, March 12.Palmer Leavitt previously worked at Otter Creek Awnings, Sunrooms and Custom Closets as their marketing manager, and before that as the development and project manager for O’Brien Brothers Agency, Inc. A native Vermonter, Palmer Leavitt was born and raised in Hinesburg and continues to reside there with her husband and two daughters. Source: Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont, 3.12.2012
BackgroundBerkshire Bank Foundation Inc and Berkshire Bank Foundation ‘ Legacy Region the charitable arms of Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting BankSM, are leaders in philanthropy and community involvement. The foundations’ mission is to enhance the quality of life in Berkshire Bank’s footprint by providing priority funding to education and community/economic development projects. They also fund programs dedicated to the arts, education, and human services. Each year the two foundations award nearly $1.3 million to nonprofit organizations in their footprint. For more information, visit www.berkshirebank.com/foundation(link is external), ‘Like’ them onwww.facebook.com/BerkshireBank(link is external) or call Peter J. Lafayette, Executive Director at 413-447-1722. Berkshire Bank and its charitable arms, Berkshire Bank Foundation Inc and Berkshire Bank Foundation ‘ Legacy Region, contributed $8,478 to United Way organizations in the Southern Vermont through its 2012 United Way workplace campaign. The money raised includes a corporate matching donation from the Foundation of $4,239 and employee contributions of $4,239. The matching contribution from the bank’s charitable Foundation was a new effort in 2012 to help increase employee participation in the campaign while also recognizing the tremendous work United Way does in the community. Three different United Ways received support from Berkshire Bank in Southern Vermont including the United Way of Bennington County, Granite United Way, and the United Way of Rutland County. Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank ‘America’s Most Exciting BankSM. The Company has more than $4 billion in assets and 59 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services. Berkshire Bank provides 100% deposit insurance protection for all deposit accounts, regardless of amount, based on a combination of FDIC insurance and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). Berkshire has a pending agreement to acquire CBT ‘ The Connecticut Bank and Trust Company headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut. For more information, visit www.berkshirebank.comor(link is external) call 800-773-5601. Lori Gazzillo, Assistant Vice President of Community Relations at Berkshire Bank said ‘We are so pleased to be able to support these critical organizations in such a significant way. As one of many employers in Southern Vermont, we are excited by the response of our team members who really came together to support this effort. The dollars raised for United Way go directly to many meaningful programs throughout our region meeting important needs. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed the United Way this year.’ Berkshire Bank. 4.2.2012. In addition to monetary giving, the Foundation oversees the bank’s growing Employee Volunteer Program that carries out group community service projects benefiting schools, non-profit organizations and communities within the bank’s service area. In 2011, Berkshire Bank employees completed 67 volunteer projects in which over 50 percent of Berkshire’s 800 employees participated donating over 26,000 hours of service through both company-sponsored and individual volunteer efforts to help their local communities. Last month, Berkshire Bank received National Recognition from the American Banker Association for their community service efforts through their Employee Volunteer Program.
I-89 North near Barre was congested on Monday after a landslide covered the highway just south of exit six. One lane of traffic was open in the early afternoon.Debris reached into both of I-89’s northbound lanes shortly after a landslide the morning of July 16. VTrans workers cleared the left lane, but say the right lane will take much longer. VTD Photo/Anne Galloway Agency of Transportation workers were on site clearing the debris they could while the agency sent equipment to the site to clear clear larger rocks, an official said.Tom Anderson, a project manager at the Agency of Transportation’s Berlin office, which is responsible for central Vermont including the affected area, said crews were on-site. Anderson said the right lane, which is covered by larger debris, should be open ‘by the end of the day,’but stopped short of naming a specific time.Later, AOT said it could be two weeks before the right-hand lane is open to traffic.
Tech Vault, Inc has announced that it has entered into a long term agreement with Cabot® Creamery Cooperative Inc. of Cabot, Vermont to support their data center consolidation and technology upgrade efforts.Tech Vault’s nationally renowned facility demonstrates the industry’s newest and best practices in cooling, power, security, monitoring, and space utilization. This modularly designed Data Center can meet the needs of various clients and market segments looking for a secure site to support their growing and custom requirements.Tech Vault will use state of the art technology to provide Cabot® a secure and efficient hosting environment in its South Burlington facility. Tech Vault is a LEED Silver certified data center that helps support Vermont’s Green initiatives to promote growth in next generation technologies and environmentally friendly businesses.Charlotte “Charlie” Green, Cabot Senior Vice President of Information Services, said, ‘After careful consideration of our long term business requirements and culture towards technology, security, and the environment, it’s clear Tech Vault is equipped to meet our immediate and long term data center needs. Tech Vault’s product suite provides the flexibility to grow our business and meet changing technology demands.’Tech Vault is the only first-to-market, premiere, LEED commercial data center in the New England Region. Tech Vault customers are from all business sectors and the addition of Cabot is another demonstration of Tech Vault’s ability to address the needs of a growth company with international reach, who require custom solutions to their technology needs, delivered in a cost effective and environmentally conscious way.‘Cabot Creamery Cooperative is a recognized leader in technology advancement and a great example of an environmentally responsible company. We welcome the addition of Cabot to Tech Vault,’said Steve Loyer, President of Tech Vault, Inc.About Tech Vault Inc.Tech Vault (www.techvault.net(link is external)) is a state of the art data center located in South Burlington, VT, providing custom solutions to national and international customers, offering a range of services including colocation, disaster recovery and managed services in a 35,000 square ft. facility. We are a LEED Silver Certified, HIPAA, PCI/DSS, and SSAE-16 (formally SAS 70 -Type II) compliant data center.About Cabot Creamery Cooperative Inc.Cabot Creamery Cooperative (www.cabotcheese.coop(link is external)) has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of ‘The World’s Best Cheddar,’Cabot is owned by the 1200 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York.
The J Warren and Lois McClure Foundation has announced over $400,000 in support of promising programs across the state that remove barriers to higher education, encourage collaboration and communication between stakeholders, and promote long-term, systemic improvements so that every Vermonter can access an advanced education. The McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, has in recent years focused its philanthropic lens on improving access to post-secondary education for all Vermonters, granting out more than $2.1 million to 21 organizations since 2008 in support of that goal.‘Our foundation strategy starts with a family tradition of giving back to the community by collaborating with on-the-ground professionals already helping others to succeed,’ says McClure Foundation Vice President Barbara Benedict. ‘We continue to be guided by a long-term vision of what we wish to pass on to future generations of Vermonters: a vibrant, inclusive world-class economy that supports optimal quality of life in Vermont.’A significant portion of the current grant awards will support the Community College of Vermont’s (CCV’s) ‘Introduction to College Studies’ course, which assists high school juniors and seniors develop study skills and exposes them to college expectations. The McClure Foundation has supported this program for the past several years, and believes their investment is paying off, noting that 71% of students who have taken this course graduate and go on directly to college compared to the state average of 45%.The McClure’s support will allow CCV to expand the course offering to sophomores.The grants awarded to CCV will also continue sponsorship for a full-time coordinator at CCV to support student veterans, and an information campaign designed to inform prospective students and Vermont families about paths that align college coursework with desired career goals.Additional grants of between $15,000-$40,000, to promote education innovation and assist underserved populations in Vermont access cutting edge education, will go to Spectrum Youth and Family Services, The Tutorial Center, Franklin County Supervisory Union, Pre-K through 16 Council, and the Vermont Journalism Trust, among others.The McClure Foundation also aims to promote communication and collaboration. A regional forum held this month in Manchester was a fifth gathering sponsored by the Foundation to bring education, business, and community leaders together with legislators and specialized nonprofit professionals in order to identify key challenges and levers for action around the topic of workforce development.Foundation President Lois McClure shares: ‘Many individuals and organizations share our enthusiasm for offering opportunities for the necessary education needed beyond high school to succeed in the present world. We welcome them to join with us so more students can learn about what is available for them.’ Through its steady focus on promoting access to postsecondary and career education across the state, the McClure Foundation continues its family tradition of project-oriented, collaborative philanthropy, leading the way in encouraging and supporting Vermonters to reach their full potential. To learn more about the work of the Foundation, visit www.McClureVT.org(link is external).The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations, including the High Meadows Fund and the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and inspiring. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs and keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital. Together, its funds and programs provide more than $12 million a year in grants and other investments in Vermont. Visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external)
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center,The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has received official accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Education (AADE). This certification is awarded to programs and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the field of diabetes education by offering quality programming to support diabetes patients in self-managing the disease. Accreditation ensures that each program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.Virginia Quinn, RD, CDE and Nancy McCullough, RN, CDEThe Diabetes and Nutrition Education Program at MAHHC is led by Nancy McCullough, RN, CDE, supported by Dietitian Virginia Quinn, RD, CDE. McCullough developed the first diabetes education program in Vermont recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Quinn has extensive experience as a nutrition consultant with a focus on diabetes and weight management. Together they offer over 50 years of combined experience in the field of diabetes and nutrition counseling.McCullough said she is proud of the AADE recognition and spoke about the importance of maintaining the program. “This programming is invaluable,” said McCullough, “When diabetes patients learn about their disease and gain effective strategies for managing it themselves, it puts them in the driver’s seat and empowers them to take charge of their own health care. It serves our overall goal of improving the health outcomes of those we serve.”Leslie Kolb MBA, BSN, RN, Director of Accreditation at AADE, underscores the significance of accredited programs to people with diabetes, “Diabetes education is underutilized by the people who need it most. The Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP) certifies that a program meets the national standards and assures the participants are receiving quality educational programming that supports their self-management needs.Source: WINDSOR, VT–Mt Ascutney. Founded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is a not-for-profit community hospital network including the critical access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont, and Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock, Vermont. Affiliated with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Hospital provides people in communities across the Connecticut River Valley with primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation department. Mt. Ascutney Hospital is a recipient of the national Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most prestigious awards in healthcare, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), as well as the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation for delivering quality care. For more information about MAHHC’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, call 802-674-7198.
National Life Group,The Branches of Hope(link is external) cancer patient fund at Central Vermont Medical Center was formally presented $15,000 on Wednesday from the Do Good Fest and the National Life Group Foundation. The money represents proceeds from this year’s Do Good Fest music festival, as well as a matching grant by the National Life Foundation.“The Do Good Fest is just one of the many ways National Life tries to make our community a better place to live,” said National Life President and CEO Mehran Assadi. “We have a long association with Central Vermont Medical Center. We’re especially proud that we’re able to help patients directly through the Do Good Fest.The National Life Group Foundation decided to step in when it learned that Branches of Hope was surviving on the proceeds of bake sales, Foundation President Beth Rusnock said. “We came to understand the vitally important services that Branches of Hope provides and knew we wanted to help patients during a difficult time of their lives,” she said.With this year’s donation, National Life Group’s contributions to Branches of Hope totaled nearly $26,000.The Do Good Fest, was presented by National Life Group(link is external) and The Point Radio Network(link is external), and was co-sponsored by Seven Days(link is external), Harpoon Brewery(link is external), Montpelier Alive(link is external) and the National Life Group Foundation(link is external).National Life Group. July 29, 2015. For more details and photos, visit the Do Good Fest(link is external) website The companies of National Life Group offer a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, and investments, and financial solutions in the form of estate, business succession and retirement planning strategies. They are a leading provider of 403(b) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans, primarily in the K-12 school marketplace.Left to right, Tim Shea, National Life; Mehran Assadi, National Life CEO; Judy Tartaglia, Central Vermont Medical Center CEO; Zeb Norris, The Point Radio Network; Beth Rusnock, National Life Foundation; Sue Carey, National Life; MiChelle Lathrop, National Life.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust,Vermont Business Magazine Lake Sunapee Bank Group (NASDAQ: LSBG(link is external)) has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of fourteen cents ($0.14) per common share payable October 30, 2015, to stockholders of record as of October 23, 2015. Lake Sunapee Bank has several branches in Vermont. Lake Sunapee Bank Group is the holding company of Lake Sunapee Bank, fsb, a federally chartered savings bank that provides a wide range of life-cycle banking and financial services.Lake Sunapee Bank has four wholly owned subsidiaries: Lake Sunapee Financial Services Corp.; Lake Sunapee Group, Inc., which owns and maintains all buildings and investment properties; McCrillis & Eldredge Insurance, Inc., a full-line independent insurance agency; and Charter Holding Corp., which wholly owns Charter Trust Company, a trust services and wealth management company. Lake Sunapee Bank Group, through its direct and indirect subsidiaries, operates 30 offices in New Hampshire in Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Sullivan counties and 16 offices in Vermont in Orange, Rutland and Windsor counties. Lake Sunapee Bank Group has total assets of approximately $1.5 billion.NEWPORT, NH–(Marketwired – October 08, 2015) – Lake Sunapee Bank Group
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign spokesman, Michael Briggs, issued the following statement on Tuesday after the senator met with Secretary Hillary Clinton at the Capital Hilton: “Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton met in Washington on Tuesday evening and had a positive discussion about how best to bring more people into the political process and about the dangerous threat that Donald Trump poses to our nation. Sanders congratulated Secretary Clinton on the campaign she has run and said he appreciated her strong commitment to stopping Trump in the general election.“The two discussed a variety of issues where they are seeking common ground: substantially raising the minimum wage; real campaign finance reform: making health care universal and accessible; making college affordable and reducing student debt.“Sanders and Clinton agreed to continue working to develop a progressive agenda that addresses the needs of working families and the middle class and adopting a progressive platform for the Democratic National Convention.”The meeting also was attended by Jane Sanders, Jeff Weaver, John Podesta and Robby Mook.Source: Sanders campaign. 6.14.2016
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Vermont State Colleges (VSC) Chancellor Jeb Spaulding confirmed today that Lyndon State College President Joe Bertolino has accepted the presidency of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). The move will bring him closer to his family in New York and New Jersey. The VSC Board of Trustees is likely to appoint an interim president for Lyndon State College within the month. Bertolino has been president of LSC since 2012. He told VBM late last year that he felt his time in Lyndon was drawing near its end and that he wanted to be closer to the New York City area. He previously had been a vice president at Queens College/City University of New York.“SCSU will have a dynamic new leader in Joe Bertolino. On behalf of the VSC Board of Trustees, I would like to thank Joe for his years of leadership and the strong sense of community he instilled at Lyndon State College. We remain steadfast in our commitment to a strong future for Lyndon and wish Joe the very best in his new role,” stated VSC Board Chair Martha O’Connor.VSC Chancellor Jeb Spaulding said, “During his time at Lyndon State College, Joe and his team have created a strong, studentcentered community that supports the success of all students.”He has also led efforts among his colleagues to build stronger connections among the colleges of the VSC. I am confident the Board will use this transition as an opportunity to build upon Joe’s work to enhance students’ academic experiences, to leverage systemwide resources on their behalf, and to pursue a strong alliance with Johnson State College.”This is the second recent opening for a VSC presidency. Dan Smith announced last month that he was leaveing Vermont Technical College (Story) for the Vermont Community Foundation.Lyndon continues to receive national recognition for its atmospheric sciences, electronic journalism arts and outdoor recreation management programs. This year it introduced the college’s first online degree program in early childhood education and created a new Center for Professional Studies. Recent capital projects include two new science labs, a new music, business and industry lab, a new electronic journalism arts studio, new smart classrooms, a new veterans’ lounge and several other public spaces. In the past two years, Lyndon has secured a record number of gifts from a record number of donors. With these new scholarship funds, many local students have come to Lyndon who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend college.In a message to the Lyndon community today, Bertolino wrote, “Lyndon is an extraordinary institution. Today I continue to be enamored with it. I am particularly proud of the relationships that we have built and that have strengthened our community. We have always come together to support one another. While the profile of our institution has increased, so too has our LSC Pride.”While Bertolino has had a profound impact on LSC and it has advanced his career in many ways, all of which he is aware of and appreciated, he told Vermont Business Magazine in its December 2015 issue (story by Joyce Marcel) that being the president of Lyndon State had one unforeseen down side: “Initially, I don’t think I fully appreciated what it means to be in a small community,” he said. “I have no anonymity here. What I say and what I do matters and is interpreted by many different people in many different ways. I might make a side comment or a joke, only to hear later that I’ve made some decision that I don’t know about. I have no privacy and I have no life. When I first came here, people would grab my cart in the White Market and pull me around the market and tell me what I should buy. And business is always being conducted. If I’m in the Dollar General or the Miss Lyndonville Diner, it is not unusual for someone to sit down in the booth and start talking to me about business. So I realize that my life is not my own.”Bertolino said at the time that he did not see himself staying at LSC for the rest of his career. “I’ll be here for a little while longer,” he said. “I’ve been very honest that I love it here and it’s a great place. The chancellor has asked me to stay and I’ve agreed to do that for the next couple of years. There’s a lot of work to be done here and with the VSC. I think we’ll be able to turn the enrollment situation around and generate additional revenue and get some major donors. You can’t just focus on 18-22-year-olds any more. I think with all we’re doing, we’ll be successful. And the relationships we’ve been developing with middle schools and high schools become critical.”Bertolino, openly gay, is also a national advocate for LGBTQ equality in higher education.He is a member of a group called LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education that only began organizing in 2010 with nine people. Now its membership is closer to 60. The rapid rise of opportunities for openly gay men and women at the college president’s level is keeping pace with the rapid expansion of gay rights in America, including the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn anti-gay marriage laws.“One of the reasons LGBTQ presidents come together is to hopefully mentor others,” Bertolino told VBM. “We want to say that if you are a good leader, the opportunities will present themselves. But not in every region of the country, mind you. I’ve been out for virtually all my college career. So when I was searching for a presidency, search firms would call and I’d say, ‘Before we continue this discussion, I have a partner of 20 years and his name is Bil. Is this going to be a problem? If so, let’s not waste each others’ time’.”Bertolino’s partner is Dr Bil Leipold, the chief of the Human Resources Office at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ.“We have a home in central New Jersey and we’re in a 400-mile commuter relationship,” Bertolino said. “He did not follow me here. The secret of our relationship success for 22 years is that sometimes we live together and sometimes we don’t.”A statement from VSC said Bertolino was selected by SCSU after a highly competitive search and will begin his new role in late August.Lyndon State College, founded in 1911, combines a liberal arts education with nationally recognized professional programs that integrate theory with handson experiences to prepare individuals for career success. Lyndon State offers twoand fouryear degrees and graduate degrees in education and liberal arts. Founded in 1911, Lyndon’s beautiful hilltop campus is located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.