Gail E. Haefner listed in “Best Lawyers in America.”

first_imgPaul, Frank & Collins is pleased to announce Gail E. Haefner’s inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.  Ms. Haefner joins six of her colleagues,John Sartore, Michael Frye, Alan Port, Crocker Bennett, Allan Paul and PeterCollins, in this widely respected publication. The Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive peer-reviewsurvey of other leading attorneys.Ms. Haefner concentrates her practice onCorporate Law, Commercial Law, and Intellectual Property Law.  She received her B.A. from the University ofMichigan in 1978 and her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1985.last_img

CVEDC Awards presented at 27th annual meeting

first_imgCVEDC AWARDS PRESENTED AT 27TH ANNUAL MEETINGOnion River Sports, a Montpelier and internet based company was recently awarded the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporations Small Business of the Year Award. Business owner Andrew Brewer accepted the award from former CVEDC President, Francis Topper McFaun. McFaun praised the company for their growth and community involvement. Past recipients of the award include L&D Safety Markings, Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Granite Industries of VT, Connor Contracting, Small Dog Electronics, and Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks.The CVEDC Community Service Award was presented to the Board of Trustees of the O.M. Fisher Home, Inc. The award was given in recognition of their selfless hours of volunteer work on a 52 unit retirement housing complex, Westview Meadows at Montpelier. Trustee President William Callnan accepted the award on behalf of the group. The Board of Trustees include: Vice President Charles Haynes, Secretary Barbara Prentice, Treasurer Charles Wiley, David Pinkham, Judith Gendron, Paul Harrington, William Cody, Director Emeritus Marilyn Johnson and Joy McNeil.The CVEDC Directors Award was presented to Waterbury, Vermonts Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., for their commitment and dedication to the Central Vermont area as well as the companys ability to maintain a strong year round workforce. On behalf of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Paul Comey, Vice President of Environmental Affairs accepted the award at CVEDCs Annual Meeting.Viateur Vic Fecteau of Fecteau Homes, in Berlin accepted CVEDCs Presidents Award for his family business that has supported and participated in a variety of projects and organizations, which have positively affected the lives of many Central Vermont residents. Fecteau Homes provide 70-90 homes annually.last_img read more

Governor Douglas Announces First Brownfields Grant

first_imgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:December 29, 2005Contact: David MaceVermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development(802) 828-5229GOVERNOR DOUGLAS AWARDS OVER $301,000 TO CITY OF MONTPELIER FOR BROWNFIELDS CLEANUP AND HOUSING PILOT PROJECTMONTPELIER Governor Jim Douglas announced over $301,000 in Community Development Program grants to the City of Montpelier, including the first grant designed to help clean up and develop contaminated property.Over half of this amount, $194,336, is the first award of Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) funds for the Governors Vermont Brownfields Initiative.”I am very excited that these projects will help clean up a contaminated site for redevelopment within the downtown and create much needed affordable housing,” Governor Douglas said.The Vermont Brownfields Initiative was launched in April 2005 to expedite the clean-up and redevelopment of brownfields sites throughout the state.It is a collaboration of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Agency of Natural Resources to bring together expertise in economic and community development as well as technical environmental review to bring forth well planned, properly financed projects that meet the needs of the community.The brownfields project in Montpelier will be using VCDP funds along with $187,933 in leveraged funds to assist in the clean up of hazardous materials found in the soils of property on Stonecutters Way in downtown Montpelier. Redevelopment and reuse of the cleaned-up property within two years is a requirement of the grant.The other award to the City of Montpelier, $106,700, will be used to initiate a pilot program called the One More Home Campaign, which will provide technical assistance and incentive grants to single family homeowners who are interested in adding accessory apartments within their homes or within a detached structure on their lot.The ultimate goal of the pilot program is to increase the stock of affordable housing throughout the city, consistent with the Governor’s Homes For Vermonters draft proposal.Governor Douglas stressed the dedication of community leaders and volunteers who work cooperatively with the State of Vermont to support and improve the quality of life for Vermonters.The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development awards the competitive grants, based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Secretary Kevin Dorn.2005 Cycle III Implementation Grants$301,036 City of Montpelier: Grant to fund the One More Home Campaign, a public service program to provide technical assistance to single family homeowners to add accessory apartments to their homes. Grant to remediate brownfield sites at the former Salt Shed and adjacent Turntable Park on Stone Cutters Way. The remediation will enable redevelopment and re-use of both sites.For additional information about the Governors Vermont Brownfields Initiative, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/brownfields/index.htm(link is external). For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)last_img read more

Vermont Chamber Hires Recent Champlain College Graduate as Grassroots Advocate

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce welcomes Michael Belyea as its Grassroots Advocate and Communications Specialist. The purpose of this newly created position is to enhance the Vermont Chambers member and legislative outreach efforts.Michael graduated from Champlain College in December of 2005. Ranked at the very top of his class with a double major in business, international business, and leadership, Michael brings experience and coursework in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, economics, and the global economy.Vermont Chamber President Duane Marsh stated, We are delighted to bring Michael on board. His efforts to build bridges between Vermont Chamber member businesses and legislators will reinforce the notion that Vermont employers with pressing issues and priorities stand behind our professional business advocacy team. This, in turn, strengthens our ability to work on behalf of Vermont businesses to create and retain jobs in Vermont by making our state a great place to live, work, and own a business.While in college Mike volunteered for political campaigns, started his own student blog, and began an online business. He completed a number of international business and market research projects and internships.Originally from Rockland, Maine, Michael is a resident of Burlington.A high-resolution photo is available upon request.last_img read more

State Awards $40,000 to Town of Hartford for Growth Planning

first_imgState Awards $40,000 to Town of Hartford for Growth PlanningHartford Receives Growth Center Award To Plan For Future Development WHITE RIVER JCT., Vt. – The state has awarded a $40,000 grant to the Town of Hartford to help the town plan for Growth Center designation, a move that would help streamline future development and create jobs and housing opportunities. “I’m very pleased that Hartford won this grant, and that it might someday benefit this project,” said Governor Jim Douglas, who presented the check to town officials after watching a presentation on a proposed redevelopment project on Prospect Street in White River Junction. “This is why I signed the Growth Center bill, to encourage communities to create more compact and dense mixed use development in appropriate areas.”This is the second year that the Department has awarded, through a competitive process, a special grant for Growth Center Designation planning. Last year Colchester received the grant.Growth Center Designation was created by the Legislature and subsequently signed into law by Governor Douglas in 2006 in an effort to encourage communities to plan for denser and mixed use development in appropriate areas.The legislation established a two-step process, whereby an advisory board, the Planning Coordination Group, provides technical assistance to towns interested in designation, and the Expanded Downtown Development Board reviews final applications for full designation.Designated Growth Centers receive benefits under Act 250, including relaxed thresholds; greater flexibility in reducing impact on agricultural soils; and increased options for obtaining revenues to fund infrastructure investment.Hartford will use their grant monies to work with the Planning Coordination Group and complete a final application to go before the Expanded Downtown Development Board for Growth Center designation by the end of the 18-month grant period.”We are very pleased to receive this grant from the state,” said Lori Hirshfield, Director of Planning and Development Services for the Town of Harford. “Hartford is unique in that historically development has been concentrated in five villages while retaining much of the town’s rural character. These funds will help us preserve what makes it special while planning for growth that will keep it vital.”Since the establishment of the Growth Center Program in early 2007, several communities have gone through the preliminary review including Montpelier, Waitsfield, and Middlebury and others, including Colchester, will be going through the preliminary review shortly.Two communities, Williston and Bennington, have received full growth center designation by the Board.This special award is part of the Municipal Planning Grant Program, funded by the Municipal and Regional Planning Fund established in 1988 from revenue generated by the property transfer tax.The fund assists Vermont municipalities with the development of town plans and other community planning projects such as zoning bylaws, encouragement of citizen participation and education, and innovative demonstration planning projects.The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA), which awarded Hartford’s grant, is making more than $800,000 in grants available to communities across the state for municipal planning and other special projects.Municipalities may apply for Municipal Planning Grants of up to $15,000 or $25,000 for multi-town “consortia” projects.”These grants help Vermont’s cities and towns craft plans that promote economic and housing development in our downtowns and village centers, while protecting Vermont’s working landscape from sprawl,” Douglas said.The Municipal Planning Grant website can be accessed at: www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/MPG.htm(link is external).For more information about the Growth Centers Program, please visit: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/GrowthCenters.htm(link is external).last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee announces price increase on K-Cups

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), announced today a price increase on all K-Cup® portion packs for its Keurig® Single Cup brewing system sold in North America. The increase will occur across all sales channels and will be effective beginning October 11, 2010. Consumers could expect to see a purchase price increase of approximately 10 to 15 percent over the next several months as a result.The increase is in response to several factors affecting the coffee industry including a sustained increase in the price of green coffee, differentials for premium quality coffees, increases in prices of other raw materials, as well as higher packaging and transportation costs. Over the past three months, green coffee prices have increased from $1.45 per pound to $1.90 per pound, or approximately 31 percent.‘Like others in the coffee industry, we have been closely monitoring rising green coffee costs and increases in other input costs like cocoa and packaging for several months,’ said Scott McCreary, president of GMCR’s Specialty Coffee business unit. ‘While we have the flexibility to absorb some short-term cost increases, the sustained nature of the increases we’ve experienced over the past three months led us to conclude it is necessary to adjust our pricing.’Source: WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully’s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman’s Own® Organics coffee, Timothy’s World Coffee® and Diedrich, Coffee People and Gloria Jeans®, a trademark licensed to the Company for use in North America and owned by Gloria Jeans Coffees International Pty. Ltd. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of roasters, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s, Timothy’s and Diedrich. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.gmcr.com(link is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. GMCR encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to GMCR’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.last_img read more

Miglorie to step down as president of College of St Joseph

first_imgAt the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the College of St Joseph, President Frank G Miglorie announced that he will resign at the end of the 2011-2012 fiscal year.  Miglorie came to CSJ in 1970 and served on the faculty for nine years.  He was then appointed Academic Dean, a position he held for four years.  In 1983, the board of trustees installed him as the college’s fourth president.  Miglorie was the first lay person and the first male to serve in this position at the Catholic college founded by the Sisters of St Joseph.  Now entering his twenty-eighth year as leader of the College, Miglorie is perhaps best known for his entrepreneurial spirit, expansion of the college’s programs and campus, and his conservative financial management of the college’s resources.During his tenure, Miglorie introduced a number of curricular innovations to better serve the needs of the region and the state.  Most significant among the group are: 2 accelerated bachelor degree programs for working adults, the Master of Science in Psychology with a variety of tracks leading to professional licensure, and the Master of Business Administration.  The initiative of which Miglorie is most proud is the development of the STEPS program, a special program for Vermont foster youth that enables them to secure a college education at CSJ.  This world class program is unique in New England and is one of the most innovative in the country.Over the course of Miglorie’s presidency, he has radically transformed CSJ’s campus.  He oversaw the construction of a second-story addition to St. Joseph Hall which added an additional 15,000 sq. ft. to the academic building.  He added a new athletic center, a new student center, and a new library to the campus as part of a major building campaign.  Most recently, he directed a major renovated the college’s two residence halls to improve their energy efficiency.    Finally, Miglorie negotiated the acquisition of the Clementwood estate from the Sisters of St. Joseph.  This purchase added 27 acres to the campus along with six buildings, the most notable of which is ‘Clementwood’, a mansion built by Charles Clement in 1863 which is now listed on the national historic register.  Under Miglorie’s direction Clementwood has been completely renovated and brought back to its original splendor.Under Miglorie’s leadership the college has substantially strengthened its economic base.  He has consistently operated the college with a balanced budget.  He has built an institutional advancement program that has resulted in two highly successful capital campaigns and an annual fund program that has grown over the years.  He established an endowment fund which is now approaching 5 million dollars.   The college’s long-term debt has been reduced to 2.6 million and is secured at the highly favorable rate of 2.58% for the remainder of its term.Miglorie is unique among college presidents today on two counts.  He is one of the longest seated presidents of a college in Vermont, New England, and the United States.  And, throughout his long tenure as an administrator, he has continued to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level.  On June 30, 2012, Miglorie will have served the college in various capacities for 41 years.Norman Lash, immediate past chairman of the CSJ Board of Trustees, acknowledges, ‘The College exists as it does today because of President Miglorie’s vision, hard work, and dedication.  Not only has the organization served its alumni well, but it is also become one of the area’s largest employers and an integral part of the Rutland community.  The next president will indeed have huge shoes to fill.  During my tenure as chairman of the board of trustees, it has been an absolute pleasure and learning experience working with Frank.  To say that he will be missed is indeed an understatement.’John ‘Jack’ Facey, new chairman of the CSJ Board of Trustees has announced that a presidential search committee will be formed in the near future.  The college will launch a national search to find Miglorie’s successor with a goal of installing a new president by the end of June 2012. www.csj.edu(link is external)last_img read more

Revision wins exclusive, cross-service protective eyewear contract for German military

first_imgRevision Military Ltd,Revision, the global leader in military protective eyewear solutions, announces its most recent contract award: to supply the Germany military with their ballistic eyewear needs through 2013. The project will see Revision deliver over 256,000 sets of the Sawfly Military Eyewear System for use by Army, Air Force and Navy troops. Revision was selected as the sole-supplier for this contract following a rigorous bid process and extensive in-service user trials including in-theatre use in Afghanistan.‘To have been selected as the standard issue brand following  one of most rigorous bidding processes we’ve seen to date, is a testament to the people, processes and technologies that we employ to advance the science and performance of this vital piece of soldier equipment. We are proud to be the German military’s protective eyewear supplier of choice,’ said Alex Hooper, Vice President, International Sales.In pursuit of this business Revision developed a Germany-specific version of their flagship product, the Sawfly Military Eyewear System. For it, a new lens shape was designed and two specialty lens tints were developed: one for specific-wavelength laser eye protection and the second for high altitude mountain operations. The 256,000 standard issue kits, available in three sizes ‘ small, medium and large, will include clear, solar and vermillion lenses. Additional quantities of laser protective lenses and Prescription (Rx) Carriers are also included in the contract award.In addition to being the only eye protection supplier to Germany, Revision is the sole approved provider of ballistic eyewear to Canadian, British, Dutch, Belgian and Danish forces. The Revision Sawfly continues to be the most widely issued military spectacle amongst NATO nations, dominating the ballistic protective eyewear landscape worldwide.ABOUT REVISIONRevision develops and delivers purpose-built protective soldier equipment for military use worldwide. The company, which began with eyewear, has expanded to face and head protection and continues to develop their capabilities for integrated, performance-enhancing soldier systems. To that end, Revision brings the most advanced expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and finest technical minds. Clients include the U.S. Department of Defense, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organization, the Swiss Federal Department of Defence and the UK Ministry of Defence. Privately owned and ISO 9001:2008 certified, Revision’s operational headquarters is located in Essex Junction, Vermont, USA, with international offices in the Netherlands and Canada.Montreal, QC, Canada (August 17, 2011) ‘ Left: The Sawfly Military Eyewear System exceeds military ballistic impact requirements for spectacles: MIL-PRF-31013 clause 3.5.1.1 and EN 166. It features flawless optics and 100% protection from harmful UV rays. Shown here: the German kit configuration. Right: A German SF soldier wearing the Revision Sawfly avoided serious eye injury when the ricochet from a G36 was deflected by his eyewear.last_img read more

Arch for new Champlain Bridge lifted into place

first_img‘The arch lift will provide clear and tangible evidence that we’re moving very close to reopening the Lake Champlain Bridge to the public,’ said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. ‘This is an exciting and historic moment for the people in the region who heavily depend on the bridge for their livelihoods. I would like to extend my appreciation to them for their patience as we move forward toward the final phase of the project.’  NYSDOT began the transport process at sunrise on Friday with lift work extending into the late afternoon or early evening. The arch was floated from its construction site at Velez Marine in Port Henry to the bridge site over a two- to four-hour period.  The lift is expected to last between four and eight hours. The main navigational channel through the center span will be closed as the arch is floated into position, lifted into place and secured.  Marine traffic will be directed through an alternative navigational channel during this time period.   VTrans reminds the public that opportunities to view the arch lift from the Vermont side of the lake are limited. Due to safety concerns, viewers will not be allowed close to the construction site, by land or water. Viewers are welcome to watch the lift at locations along Route 125 on the Vermont side or from the New York side at The Crown Point State Historic Site or DEC campground. Viewers are also reminded that The Chimney Point State Historic Site is currently closed and is not available as a viewing site.  High traffic volumes are anticipated for the ferry and viewers will not be allowed to access the ferry landing area unless traveling on the ferry.The ferry connecting New York State to Vermont will remain open and operational at all times during the work.  However, higher than normal traffic levels near the bridge site may cause some highway traffic congestion. For those interested in viewing the process, on the New York side, the Department of Environmental Conservation campground, Crown Point State Historic Site and Essex County Visitors Center will be open to the public. Free parking is available at the historic site. The DEC campground will charge an entrance fee. However, parking is limited in these areas and no additional parking accommodations are available due to the need to keep New York Route 185, Vermont routes 17 and 125, and the ferry access roads passable at all times. The lift can also be viewed by visiting NYSDOT’s Lake Champlain Bridge webcam page at:https://www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge/bridgecam(link is external). The webcam takes periodic still shots of the construction site. Workers today began the process of transport and lifting into place the center arch span of the new Lake Champlain Bridge. A webcam showing the event (click HERE or see link below) offers still photos of the event. As of 2 pm Friday, August 26, the center arch was being positioned between the existing spans for installation. The first photo is of the final placement. The other photos show the progress of lifting the span into placeAugust 29 10 am 5 pm3:45 pm 2:45 pm Picture taken at 2:15 pm Friday August 26, 2011.last_img read more

GW Plastics expansion of Silicones Division could add 50 jobs in Vermont

first_imgGW Plastics Inc,Global precision molder and contract manufacturer GW Plastics announced today the expansion of its Silicones Division in Royalton, Vermont, to support increasing demand. With an initial investment of approximately $3 million dollars, GW will break ground in October 2011 and plans for full occupancy by the first quarter of 2012.GW Silicones offers highly-automated, precision molding and contract assembly services for Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) applications, as well as, internal mold design and build capabilities. The new expansion will allow for increased capacity by creating an additional 15,000 square feet, scalable up to 25,000 square feet, including a new ISO Class 8 cleanroom for silicone molding and assembly. The initial expansion will be capable of supporting up to 18 machines. Based upon current projections, GW expects the expansion to add 25 to 50 jobs over the next three to five years.‘The expansion of GW Silicones reflects our commitment to the business and growing manufacturing jobs in Vermont,’ states GW Silicones’ General Manager Mark Hammond. ‘It is encouraging to see our customers recognize the value that GW Silicones is bringing to the market’.About GW Plastics:GW Plastics Inc. – Plastics News 2009 Processor of the Year – is a global, high-precision injection molder, mold builder and contract manufacturer specializing in single-source responsibility for medium-to-high volume, close-tolerance components and assemblies. Ranked among the world’s top injection molding companies GW Plastics’ leading edge technologies, total quality commitment and pursuit of innovation have driven its steady growth since the company was founded in 1955. The financially strong, closely held organization services a portfolio of market leading companies in the Healthcare, Consumer/Industrial and Automotive Safety markets. GW’s capabilities include thermoplastic/silicone injection molding, tooling and assembly including precision conventional, insert, multi-shot and gear molding operating from six ISO Class 8 cleanrooms worldwide. The company’s ISO 9001, 16949, 14001, 13485, and FDA-registered facilities are located in Bethel and Royalton, Vermont; San Antonio, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; Querétaro, Mexico; Dongguan, China; and Cartago, Costa Rica. Royalton, Vermont, USA ‘ September 26, 2011last_img read more