first_imgBarbara Snelling has been selected as the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Mark and Senator Diane Snelling will present the prestigious award at the 2002 Citizen of the Year Banquet, which will take place Wednesday, October 23 at the Radisson Hotel in Burlington. Vermont Chamber President Chris Barbieri will lead a lively evening of roasts and toasts, with speakers Helen Riehle, Fred Hackett, Sheldon Prentice, Charlie Kittredge, and Rabbi Max Wall.In the crowded field of awards given to Vermont community members, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award has become one of the most prestigious. Presented annually for nearly four decades, the Citizen of the Year Award honors the person who contributes to Vermont communities through service, self sacrifice, and volunteerism.”I can’t think of anyone more deserving to receive our Citizen of the Year award,” stated Chamber President Chris Barbieri. “Barbara Snelling has touched generations of Vermonters through her support of many organizations as well as her substantial years of public service as Lieutenant Governor and Senator.””It certainly is very exciting and flattering to be honored with this award,” noted Barbara Snelling. “We have strong communities in Vermont and that’s because people get involved on all levels.”The Snelling name is not new to Vermont. For many Vermont citizens, the name “Snelling” represents professional values, dedication, philanthropy, personal integrity, and the will to endure.Daughter and Senator Diane Snelling, with whom Mrs. Snelling works closely to this day, remembers “When the State of Vermont was in shock over the sudden death of her husband, Barbara comforted and reassured people by her bravery in grief.” Five years later, when Mrs. Snelling’s life was threatened by illness, “the same determination and success also led to her miraculous recovery… she instantly became a symbol of overcoming adversity against all odds.”Mrs. Barbara Snelling’s list of achievements is long: Lieutenant Governor and two-term State Senator; President of Snelling & Kolb for fourteen years. She has been a Board Chair, Trustee, or Board Member of dozens of charitable and community organizations, with interests ranging from education and the arts, to humanitarian concerns. She has received a number of honorary degrees. Currently, Mrs. Snelling is a member of the United States Peace Institute, appointed by President Clinton.The Citizen of the Year Award dates back to 1964. Past recipients include Diane Mueller (2001), Francis G.W. Voigt (2000), Governor Thomas Salmon (1996), Sister Elizabeth Candon (1985), and Perry Merrill (1978).last_img read more

first_imgVanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), a leading engineering, planning, and applied sciences firm, has completed designing and permitting of Vermont’s largest bridge, the Missisquoi Bay Bridge, for the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). Construction on this $41.2 million project began this month.Located in Alburg and Swanton, Vermont, the Missisquoi Bay Bridge crosses Lake Champlain and is a gateway to Canada, New York, and other New England States. It is the single largest bridge project in the history of the Vermont Agency of Transportation. At 3,600 feet long, the bridge will require five million pounds of structural steel.In designing and permitting this bridge, VHB solved many environmental issues. In its design, the firm left much of the bridge’s causeway structure for use by a threatened turtle species. VHB also ensured that wetlands and fragile wildlife species in and around the site were not negatively impacted.The project is moving forward this month despite high steel costs. Project contractor Cianbro has put forth a very aggressive timetable that shortens the construction schedule from three years to two. In abbreviating this schedule, Cianbro will mitigate rising materials costs.“The dedication and hard work that have been exhibited from every level of the project team during the past five years has been exemplary. When completed, the bridge will serve the Regional and Vermont needs for years to come,” said VHB Project Manager Chris Baker.Construction of The Missisquoi Bay Bridge project is scheduled for completion in June 2007, with traffic expected on the bridge by the end of 2006.Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) is a 625-person engineering, planning, and applied sciences firm that provides integrated transportation, land development, and environmental services from 13 offices in New England, New Jersey, Virginia, & Florida. Engineering News-Record has ranked VHB #93 of the Top 500 U.S. Design Firms, and among the top 50 U.S. transportation firms. For more information about VHB, visit www.vhb.com(link is external).last_img read more

first_img10 July 2006, The combination of Mac hardware and software has been exceptionally consistent over the years,providing an ease of use that Mac users have enjoyed. With a Windows emulator such as Virtual PC, Macs can also runWindows and DOS applications. Since the mid 1980s, it has been essentially a Mac vs. PC world for personalcomputers, with Linux-based PCs gaining ground after the millennium.Mac mini: -The more recently announced Apple’s Mac mini has been turning some heads, even in the PC world. If the iMac G5 isbasically a 1U server attached to a monitor, the Mac mini is basically a reorganized laptop without a monitor The Macmini is especially relevant to this article because a lot of the discussions about performance with regards to Apple’sPowerBook will apply directly to the Mac mini, as the two platforms are very similarly configured.OS X Tiger: -The more I read about OS X Tiger, the more interested I become. The two main features that draw me to the update areApple’s system-wide, fully indexed search engine, called Spotlight, as well as the fact that in Tiger, every single pixel onthe screen will actually be rendered by the graphics card. For the most part, in OS X Panther, all of the rendering work isdone by the CPU, with some GPU accelerated compositing occurring. In Tiger, everything is done through the pixelpipelines of your GPU, increasing the dependency on a graphics card with fast memory access, as well as increasing theflexibility of some of the effects that you’re able to do in the OS itself.Given Tiger’s reliance on very high GPU performance, I would almost expect Apple to celebrate its release with a newG5 platform – with PCI Express graphics. That may be a bit of wishful thinking.New features included by appleThere are new RAW adjustment controls in the Adjustments Inspector and Adjustments HUD that improves the qualityof RAW decodes via custom tuning of parameters. Most noticeably, you can control contrast (using the new Boost tool)and sharpness, as well as color noise reduction from the RAW decoder.Apple gave us a new Color Meter tool that quickly and easily samples any area of an image for RGB, CMYK, or LABcolor values. You can use this as a stand-alone tool or as part of Aperture’s Loupe tool. Photoshop users who like tosample specific color ranges will feel right at home in Aperture due to this new tool.For those who never felt comfortable with Aperture’s printing parameters, the new version has updated image resolutioncontrols. You can specify output resolution in dots per inch (dpi) when exporting images or sending images to an externaleditor and Aperture 1.1 has increased the maximum size of images displayed in the Browser. You can resize the displayof images in the Browser up to a maximum of 512 pixels in height or width.There is an attractive feature included by apple that is Universal Compatibility that means Aperture 1.1 runs natively onboth Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macintosh computers. I tested it on both an Apple G5 Dual Core PowerMac withfour gigs of RAM and a new Mac Book Pro 2GHz model with two gigs of RAM. I’ve seen Aperture run on aPowerBook, and there’s no denying that it runs much quicker on the Mac Book Pro. I’ve seen Aperture run on aPowerBook, and there’s no denying that it runs much quicker on the Mac Book Pro.The internet is the best place to buy cheap computer parts. Due to increase in demand for many parts in many suppliersfind it profitable to sell their products online. The online dealers have their websites, which offer information on the varioustypes of computer parts available for purchase.Go to http://www.dvwarehouse.com(link is external), they have one of the most extensiveinventory of Digital Video products, Mac Computers & Parts and Pro Audio& Video Equipment, all available at warehouse prices, all of them almost always ready for rapid delivery to youShopping DV Warehouse means ? Total customer satisfaction. They view every customer as a customer for life. Theywork hard to make sure your experience is the easiest, most pleasurable shopping experience possible.Author: Harry JohnsonFor Listing visit http://www.dvwarehouse.com(link is external) (Best Online Computer Store) .Just login to http://www.Macmart.com(link is external) for all kinds of Used Mac Part. Themarketplace for purchasing quality used Macs. Sellamac.com The easiest &fastest way to sell your used Macs .last_img read more

first_imgFor the Week of 09/12/2009. There were 747 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 77 from the week before. Altogether 9,804 new and continuing claims were filed, 833 fewer than a week ago and 4,011 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,517 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 120 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 818 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 6 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a member of the veterans committee, today hailed President Barack Obama s signing of legislation establishing advanced funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the department s recent acceptance of the connection between Agent Orange and devastating diseases. President Obama signed legislation today providing health care funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) one year in advance to better plan and manage their facilities including the ability to hire and train the right number of staff to take care of our veterans. Sanders, an original co-sponsor of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009, said, After years of work by our nation s veterans organizations and their allies here in Congress, we have finally passed legislation that will make sure the VA gets its health care budget on time so that it can worry about its number one priority: care for our nation s veterans. Only three times over the last two decades has Congress provided the VA with its budget on time.  This law will change that.  In another important development, after years of pressure from veterans groups, Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced last week that the VA has decided to accept the connection between Agent Orange exposure and Parkinson s disease, B cell leukemias, and ischemic heart disease.   Veterans who have a presumed illness and served in Vietnam will no longer need to prove an association between their illness and their military service.Shinseki s action embraced legislation that Sanders introduced in the Senate earlier this year which would have added Parkinson s disease to the list of diseases presumed to be associated with exposure to Agent Orange and enhanced veterans ability to have their claims for compensation approved by the government.Sanders stated, I want to congratulate President Obama and Secretary Shinseki for making this decision to greatly simplify the application process for veterans with Parkinson s and other Agent Orange-related diseases and bring them the care they need and deserve.  I also commend all of the veterans groups that pushed for this change, particularly the Vietnam Veterans of America, for their years of work on this issue.Veterans who have previously had claims rejected or who have never submitted claims for these Agent Orange-related illness should contact their local VA health facility. Source: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, October 22, 2009last_img read more

first_imgUnion Bank,Union Bankshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:UNB), based in Morrisville, Vermont, has announced results for the second quarter of 2010. Net Income was $1.53 million or $0.34 per share compared to $1.23 million or $0.28 per share for 2009. Quarterly results reflect an increase in net interest income of $230 thousand or 5.2% and an increase in the gains and servicing rights recognized as a result of selling qualified residential loans into the secondary market of $200,000. The Company also benefited from a reduction in FDIC insurance expense of $208,000 due to the announcement in second quarter 2009 of the one time special assessment.The Company had total capital of $41.9 million with a book value per share of $9.40 as of June 30, 2010 compared to $39.5 million at June 30, 2009 with a book value per share of $8.85. Year to date earnings increased $243,000 or 9.7% over the same period last year.A quarterly cash dividend of $.25 per share was declared on July 21, 2010 to shareholders of record July 31, 2010, payable August 12, 2010.Today the company also announced the planned retirement of Kenneth D. Gibbons, President and CEO, scheduled for May 16, 2012. The succession plan adopted by the Board calls for recruiting a successor to Mr. Gibbons as President during the fourth quarter of this year and to CEO by May 2012. The succession plan also calls for Mr. Gibbons to become Board Chair in May 2011 upon the retirement of the current Board Chair, Richard Sargent. Mr. Gibbons stated the Board plan calls for the search for his successor to include consideration of both internal and external candidates.Mr. Gibbons became President and CEO in March of 1991 and along with the Senior Management Team has grown the Company from $120 million to $428 million in assets during that time.Union Bankshares, Inc., with headquarters in Morrisville, Vermont is the bank holding company parent of Union Bank, which offers deposit, loan, trust and commercial banking services throughout northern Vermont and northwestern New Hampshire. As of June 30, 2010, the Company had $428 million in consolidated assets and operates 13 banking offices and 29 ATM facilities in Vermont, and a branch and ATM in Littleton, New Hampshire.Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements necessarily involve risks and uncertainties, and many factors could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those contemplated in the forward-looking statements. When we use any of the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates” or similar expressions, we are making forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and events to differ from those contemplated in the forward-looking statements: uncertainties associated with general economic conditions; changes in the interest rate environment; inflation; political, legislative or regulatory developments; acts of war or terrorism; the markets’ acceptance of and demand for the Company’s products and services; technological changes, including the impact of the internet on the Company’s business and on the financial services market place generally; the impact of competitive products and pricing; and dependence on third party suppliers. For further information, please refer to the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov(link is external).CONTACT:  Union Bankshares, Inc. MORRISVILLE, Vt., July 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —last_img read more

first_imgBurlington Telecom,Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss today vetoed a City Council resolution proposing a charter change to the appointment, reappointment and removal process for City department heads.  The resolution, which passed at the October 6 Council meeting, proposes to eliminate the Council’s annual vote on department head reappointments, change the standard for removal of a department head, and give Councilors unilateral authority to remove a department head as well as initiate removal proceedings (see http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/docs/2646.pdf(link is external)).  The Council’s action was in large part prompted by the Burlington Telecom debacle, which resulted in the Vermont Public Service Board ruling last week that BT was in violation of its Certificate of Public Good. BT owes the City $16.9 million. BT has indicated that it might have to sell the City managed broad-band telecommunications company, depending on how negotiations with its chief creditor plays out.http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/october/vermont-public-service-board-rule…The current process in the Charter requires the Mayor to initiate removal of a department head, which must then be approved by the Council.Mayor Kiss’s veto is based on changes to the removal process. ‘Vetoing a Council resolution is something I take very seriously,’ said Mayor Kiss.  ‘This is only the second time in 4 ½ years I’ve taken such action.  This proposed charter change is unwarranted and unwise.  I’m concerned it is based on short-term considerations and not the long-term interests of the City.’‘Removal of a City department manager should be a joint responsibility of the Mayor and Council.  The lines of authority should be consistent and clear in the City, as it should be in any business or organization.  This proposed charter change will be detrimental to efficient and effective City operations.  City government needs a measure of stability especially at times when difficult issues arise.  This threatens to undermine the many successes that Burlington has accomplished over the last 30 years. I hope members of the Council will reconsider these proposed changes.’The full text of Mayor’s Kiss’s veto message can be found at: http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/docs/2708.pdf(link is external).  Managers of the following Departments are subject to the appointment, reappointment, and removal process in the current city charter: Airport; Assessor; City Attorney’s Office; Burlington City Arts; Burlington Electric Department; Clerk-Treasurer’s Office; Church Street Marketplace; Community & Economic Development Office; Fire Department; Human Resources; Fletcher Free Library; Parks and Recreation; Police Department; and Department of Public Works.The Director of Planning and Zoning and the School Superintendent are not part of this process.  Those positions are appointed by, respectively, the Planning Commission and School Board.Source: Burlington, VT ‘ October 18, 2010.  Burlington — 30 —last_img read more

first_imgFor women with early stage HER2-negative cancer, researchers are looking to see if the new combination helps keep cancer from coming back. After surgery to remove the cancer, women participating in the study will receive either standard chemotherapy or standard chemotherapy plus bevacizumab, known by its trade name Avastin. The drug is actually an antibody designed to block the rapid growth of new blood vessels. It has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat other types of cancer. Howard added that this research is particularly useful because of the need for specific drugs for HER2-negative tumors. ‘The HER2 gene typically creates a more aggressive cancer, and provides an excellent target for therapy,’ explained Howard. ‘HER2-negative cancers tend to be less aggressive, but they also don’t give us a good target.’ Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center is one of only 480 locations around the country taking part in a study of a new drug for treating breast cancer. The study, called a clinical trial, will help determine if adding a new drug, bevacizumab, to conventional chemotherapy affects the prognosis of women with a specific type of breast cancer. ‘Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women,’ Howard added. ‘By offering this clinical trial, we are able to give women additional options for treating this disease.’center_img ‘The new drug is specifically aimed at women with HER2-negative breast cancer,’ explained Dr. Orion Howard, director of medical oncology at the cancer center. ‘There are several types breast cancer caused by hormone or growth factor imbalances. A HER2-negative tumor means the tumor was not caused by a problem with the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, a technical term for the gene that controls cell growth in the body.’ Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center is home to Vermont’s only breast care program, accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. It is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, a community-based not-for-profit health system that includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, The VNA & Hospice of SVMC, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation, and several medical practices. ‘ The study is sponsored by the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, a clinical trials cooperative formed in 1958 by the National Cancer Institute. As a national study, women must meet specific criteria to be included. For more information about taking part in the study, contact Theresa Keefer at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center 802-447-1836.last_img read more

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) opened two key temporary bridges on Saturday in locations that were badly damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. Opening the two temporary bridges ‘ located along Route 100 in Jamaica and along Route 73 in Rochester ‘ is significant as they both eliminate lengthy detours.Opening the Jamaica bridge means Route 100 is now open in its entirety for the first time since Irene struck on August 28, while opening the Rochester bridge allows residents who for seven weeks have been using a foot bridge to access Route 100 to use a motor vehicle instead.‘Reopening these two bridge locations eliminates lengthy detours and will help residents in these hard hit areas return to normal,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘We now have restored traffic over all but three damaged bridge locations, and those we will reopen before winter.’When Irene collapsed the bridge at the intersection of Route 73 and Route 100, the storm cut off dozens of Rochester residents living along Route 73 from accessing Route 100 by vehicle unless they took a nearly hour-long detour. To access Route 100, residents for the past seven weeks have used the combination of a pedestrian bridge and two makeshift parking lots ‘ one on either side of the White River ‘ to get to and from their homes and workplaces.While the Rochester bridge is now open and residents will no longer need the foot bridge, Route 73 remains closed to all but local residents and emergency vehicles. Work on the road is ongoing, and is expected to continue into November. In Jamaica, Irene knocked out four state bridges. Three of these locations were reopened earlier, leaving the temporary bridge along Route 100 as the final location. The new span restores travel between Jamaica and Wardsboro, and eliminates a detour along local roads that took about 20 minutes.Eliminating the Jamaica-to-Wardsboro detour means all 216 miles of Route 100 are now open to public travel for the first time since Irene hit on August 28. Travelers using Route 100 need to drive with caution, however, as several stretches ‘ including several miles in the Wardsboro area ‘ contain gravel sections and are still under construction.Other areas along Route 100 that remain under construction include sections through Granville, Hancock, Rochester, Plymouth, Tyson, Stockbridge, Pittsfield, and Readsboro among others. These locations are open to public travel, but motorists using these areas should expect delays and leave additional time to reach their destination.Opening temporary spans in both Rochester and Jamaica leaves just three state bridge locations severed as a result of Irene. One bridge remains closed in along Route 12 in Barnard, while two bridges remain closed along Route 12A in Roxbury. A temporary bridge is being erected in Barnard, while rapid construction of new permanent bridges will be used to replace the spans in Roxbury. For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call VTrans recovery call center at 1-800-Vermont or go to the agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter. VTrans. 10/16/2011last_img read more