Tim and Diane Mueller, owners ofOkemo Mountain Resort are pleased to announce staff promotions andadditions at Okemo Mountain Resort.Michael Kraatz has been named Director of Planning andPermitting. In his new position, he will oversee all aspects of Okemo’sreal estate planning and development. Michael came to Okemo in 1985 andwas formerly Manager of Rental/Repair and oversaw Okemo’s retail and foodand beverage operations. Michael will also serve as a Division Manager atOkemo. Michael replaces Dan Petraska, Okemo’s VP of Resort Developmentand Planning. Dan has been with Tim and Diane Mueller for the past 30years and will be retiring in the Fall.Ethan Mueller has been promoted to the position of Assistant Directorof Operations where he will oversee Okemo’s Cutting Edge Learning Center,Racing and Mountain Services departments. Ethan has worked in many phasesof Okemo’s operations including grooming, snowmaking, lift operations,rental/repair and culinary services.Jay Beardsley has been promoted to the position of Director ofFacilities Maintenance. He has been with the Okemo since 1990 and mostrecently served as the Assistant Facilities Manager. Jay will oversee allaspects of the resort’s four-season building and condominium maintenance,along with all of the base facilities and on-mountain buildings.Tom Spelas has been promoted to the position of Exterior AssistantFacilities Manager. Tom came to Okemo in 1985 and has served as theTraffic Control Supervisor and most recently as the Solitude VillageProperty Manager. Tom brings his extensive experience in carpentry andproperty management to his new position.Kristi Richardson has been promoted to the position of InteriorAssistant Facilities Manager where she will oversee all interior aspectsof the Building Maintenance Department, as well as the new Jackson GoreInn. Kristi has been with Okemo since 1990 and has held the position ofAdministrative Assistant Facilities Director since 1993.Rick Alexander has been promoted to the position of FacilitiesManager at Okemo’s new Jackson Gore Inn. Rick has working in severaldifferent departments including Mountain Operations, Snowmaking, LiftOperation and most recently as the Manager of Okemo’s Rental and RepairShop. Rick also serves as Okemo’s Safety Director.Richard Goodrich has been promoted to the position of NightFacilities Manager. He will oversee all aspects of the eveningmaintenance of the buildings and condominiums. He has worked in theFacilities Department since 1996.Chris Saylor has been named Snow Stars Manager and will overseeOkemo’s children’s ski and snowboard program. Chris previously worked asa Snow Stars Supervisor and brings his experience with children andteaching to the Snow Stars Center.Additions:Chris Doyle has been hired as Okemo’s Advertising/MarketingManager. He brings experience from resort and agency operations to hisnew position.
Vermont Public Television Launches Rutland Digital ChannelVermont Public Television’s Rutland digital TV channel has made its debut. VPT’s digital channel 9 will begin service officially on Wednesday, June 1, from atop Grandpa Knob. The new channel — the second digital channel in Vermont — will serve Rutland and Addison counties and parts of Bennington and Windsor counties. In neighboring New York state, the signal will reach Warren and Washington counties and some of Saratoga and Essex counties.VPT’s channel 28, which transmits signals in the current analog format, will continue to operate for several years.By federal mandate, all U.S. television stations are required to broadcast in digital. John King, VPT’s president and CEO, says, “Going digital means Vermonters will continue to have their own statewide public television network, with all the PBS programs and local programs they treasure.”Beyond securing VPT’s future, going digital will bring Vermonters clear reception and new services, including high definition programming (HDTV) and multicasting (up to four channels at the same time). In the future, along with TV programming, VPT will be able to transmit video, audio and text in the form of digital data that can be downloaded to a computer, providing educational resources to schools, teachers and lifelong learners of all ages.Viewers with a high definition television can see HDTV programs from PBS on VPT’s digital channel. Digital programming is only available over the air now, but VPT expects it to be carried on cable and satellite in the future. To receive digital TV channels, viewers can use their analog TV sets if they install a digital set-top converter box. However, to see true high definition television, viewers need a high definition TV.The current analog service on VPT and TV channels nationwide will continue until the FCC requires broadcasters to return their analog spectrum to the government for other uses and operate only in digital format.Viewers will find more information and a schedule for VPT’s digital service by visiting www.vpt.org(link is external) or calling 1-800-639-7811. VPT would like to hear from viewers who are able to receive the new channel.VPT has been broadcasting in digital on its Windsor channel since 2003.VPT will launch its St. Johnsbury and Burlington digital channels next year. Work begins this summer on a major project to collocate all Burlington market digital TV channels on Mt. Mansfield.Noting that federal and state matching funds are paying for VPT’s digital facilities, John King says, “Thanks to Senators Patrick Leahy and Jim Jeffords and Rep. Bernie Sanders, we have secured federal matching funds needed for the project. We have received most of the state matching funds and hope the state will appropriate the balance next year. We’re grateful to Gov. Jim Douglas, former Gov. Howard Dean and their staffs, and to Vermont’s legislators, especially the House and Senate Institutions and Appropriations committees, for the support they have given the project.”The cost of converting VPT’s four transmitters to digital to meet the federal mandate will be about $5.4 million. Conversion of VPT’s master control and production facilities to digital facilities will be the final phases of the project.VPT chief engineer Ron Whitcomb and studio technical supervisor Rob Belle-Isle are managing the digital conversion project. # # #
Exterus Technology for Business, an information technology company located in Shelburne has been named a bronze sponsor for the 2007 Girls on the Run 5K Run/Walk.Girls on the Run is an experiential program for girls in grades three through eight that combines lessons on physical, mental, and emotional development with a community service project and training for the 5K run/walk. The 5K is the culmination of the program, and a celebration of each participant. The 5K is a non-competitive, family-friendly event where everyone is a winner! In 2005, over 1200 enthusiastic girls, families and community members participated to celebrate their health!The 2007 Girls on the Run 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday, June 10, 10:00 a.m. at the UVM Cross Country Course in Burlington, Vermont.Exterus Technology for Business provides hardware, software and services for all small – mid-size business information needs. To learn more about available products and services, call 802.658.8225 or visit www.exterusbusiness.com(link is external).
Kristian Omland has joined the Statistical Services Group at Macro International, Inc. The Statistical Services Group is based in the companys downtown Burlington office. Omland blends statistical and ecological expertise and will complement Macros existing strength in fisheries and other natural resources surveys. He has an MS from UVM and a Ph.D. from UConn.
West Rutland, May 2, 2008- NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, a non-profit housing organization, has designed a complete housing program model that will help small towns across Vermont develop quality affordable housing for working families.The model, named Westmont, shows communities from start to finish how to go from simply talking about affordable housing through the process to actually develop, create, and construct affordable housing.The basic design for as Westmont home is centered on functionality and energy efficiency, and was drafted by architect Dan Pratt of Robert Carl Williams Associates, in Pittsfield, Vermont. Dans floor plan for the Westmont house maximized space and allowed for the expansion of bedrooms without increasing the size of the footprint of the house, said Gregg Over, construction manager at NWWVT. These are high quality homes. The home is styled as a two story Cape Cod home with 1,400 square feet. The floor plan utilizes space for maximum living area. The homes have three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and can easily be expanded to have up to five bedrooms. They are Energy Star rated, and follow Smart Growth and green construction principles to keep the natural beauty of Vermont intact while allowing Vermonters to own their own homes in the most cost efficient, affordable way possible, Over explained.The first Westmont neighborhood is located in Tinmouth. Construction will begin this summer, explained Ludy Biddle, executive director of NeighborWorks.We are very excited to start building, Biddle said.NWWVT believes that homeownership is crucial to maintain the fabric of rural Vermont communities. To make homeownership possible for working Vermont families, there have to be affordable homes available. NeighborWorks wants to make affordable housing a reality in Vermont. NWWVT also offers special financing for qualified buyers.For more information please call Ludy Biddle at (802) 438-2303 ext. 221, or visit the NeighborWorks website at www.NWWVT.org(link is external).
Governor Douglas and Coalition of Northeastern Governors Urge House to Pass Additional $1 Billion for LIHEAP FundingWaterbury, VT-The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) yesterday (May 29, 2008) urged House leaders to support an additional $1 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), as originally proposed by the Senate, in the FY2008 supplemental appropriations bill.CONEG, which is chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, is requesting that the House support allocating these funds equally between the regular LIHEAP block grant and emergency contingency programs, and that such funds are released in a timely manner to address the needs of the most vulnerable low-income households in the upcoming cooling and the heating seasons.”Thanks to financial commitments made by Governor Douglas and the Vermont legislature, our state provides the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the country, averaging approximately $1169 per household. However, we absolutely need the continued support of our federal partners to ensure this program is able to provide relief to the nation’s vulnerable, low-income households faced with dramatically increasing home energy bills,” said Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services.”Approximately 23,000 households in Vermont receive home heating assistance through LIHEAP. This additional funding is vital to supporting our efforts to ensure all eligible Vermonters receive the significant benefit we have been able to provide,” added Pam Dalley, Fuel Assistance Program Chief at the Department for Children and Families.LIHEAP funding is targeted to low-income households that are especially hard hit by high home energy costs. The demand for this highly effective program continues to increase, but the steady rise in prices for home heating fuels has lessened the purchasing power of the LIHEAP dollar. As a result, the average LIHEAP benefit nationwide has decreased since 2006.
BRESS, FREY AND GRIFFIN HONORED WITHVERMONT WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION ANNUAL AWARDSVermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) recently announced its award recipients at the organization’s annual conference held at the Lake Morey Resort last month.The awards are named after three outstanding women leaders in Vermont higher education: Sister Elizabeth Candon (former president of Trinity College), Jackie Gribbons (former Dean of Women at UVM), and Peggy Williams (former president of Ithaca and Lyndon State Colleges).Gayle Bress, Coordinator of the Hughes Endeavor for Life Science Excellence (HELiX) Program at the University of Vermont, was given the Sr. Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award. This award is given annually to a woman who has shown evidence of promoting and working toward the advancement of women in higher education and administration, and who has been involved in national, regional, state or local professional and/or service organizations. Bress’ nomination cited her leadership in local efforts to encourage young women to pursue careers in science.Cathy Frey, Dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences at Norwich University, was honored with the Jackie M. Gribbons Leadership Award. This award recognizes a woman who has demonstrated leadership, served as a mentor for aspiring professionals, developed innovated programs, and contributed significantly to her institution and profession. Frey was identified by her colleagues as a “woman pioneer” in academic administration at Norwich, and noted for her passion in recruiting mathematics majors from underrepresented populations.Patricia Griffin, Resident Dean and Women’s Sports Coach at Landmark College, was given the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award. This award recognizes a woman in the early stages of her career in higher education who demonstrates excellence in her professional contribution to students, colleagues and/or her institution. Griffin was recognized for connecting deeply with, and advocating for, students, as well as for her innovative student development programming.VWHE is sponsored by the American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education, based in Washington, D.C., and has been active in the state of Vermont for nearly 25 years. VWHE works to foster connections among women in various sectors of higher education, promote women’s leadership and encourage and support women leaders of diverse backgrounds. In addition, VWHE works through state and national organization networks to identify, recommend and advance women in higher education here in Vermont. The organization maintains an open membership policy and welcomes the participation of women from all levels of administration, staff and faculty.Additional information on Vermont Women in Higher Education can be found at www.vwhe.org(link is external).# # #
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An empty 334,000-square-foot building and an eager workforce explain only in part why Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (Nasdaq: GMCR) chose the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley of Tennessee for a major expansion site that eventually will employ 300 workers.”The central location makes us more efficient, reduces our transportation and distribution costs and shortens delivery lead times of our products,” according to Jon Wettstein, Green Mountain’s vice president for supply chain operations.But he says a well-coordinated economic development community also helped seal the deal.The Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley economic development partnership between the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Knoxville Chamber, Loudon County Economic Development Agency, Oak Ridge Economic Partnership, the Roane Alliance, and Tellico Reservoir Development Agency, Wettstein says, “provided an incredibly efficient process.”Quality of life considerations also played a major part in attracting the socially-conscious coffee roasting and distributing company. Knoxville has fared well in recent polls by Forbes, Inc. and Site Selection magazines.”The skilled workforce, the prospects for continuous learning, the opportunities for us to partner with the community, the quality of life for employees and the physical beauty of the area all were important factors in our decision to locate here,” Wettstein said.For their part, Innovation Valley officials welcome Green Mountain’s progressive business model. RO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com have recognized Green Mountain as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.”We think they’ll be trendsetters in corporate and social responsibility – both locally and internationally,” said Doug Lawyer, director of economic development for the Knoxville Chamber.Because nearly 100 million people work in the coffee industry worldwide – many of them in developing countries – Green Mountain has ample opportunity “to distribute value more equitably through the supply chain and support sustainability in coffee-growing communities,” said Mike Dupee, the company’s vice president of corporate social responsibility.Dupee said Green Mountain also places a high premium on human capital at home, has aggressive plans to reduce waste and minimize energy use, and continues to increase the percentage of its fair trade products.”In the workplace, a chain reaction occurs when employees are safe, have the opportunity to learn and grow, and have meaningful work: ideas and innovation flow among coworkers, customers are happier with our products, profits grow, and then we have more human and financial capital to invest in sustainable business practices,” he said.SOURCE Innovation Valley Inc.
The 50-Plus & Baby Boomers EXPO seminar and workshop line-up will include ‘When Your Parent Moves In,’ presented by award- winning medical educator, filmmaker, director and author David Horgan. Based on his book ‘When Your Parent Moves In – Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living With an Aging Parent,’ Horgan will share his firsthand experience of what to do, what not to do and what can and will happen when your parents move in.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 3.6 million parents live with their adult children and this trend continues to rise. Join Horgan to learn how to approach this time with practicality and discover how to make it work for you. ‘I provide the necessary tools so that you can make the best decisions for your individual situation,’ Horgan says.Horgan has shared his experiences in interviews with NPR, ABC, NBC, CNN, and USA Today to name a few. He is also involved in Project-13, a non-profit program in Holyoke, Mass., which reaches inner city children through music and film production. The 50-Plus & Baby Boomers EXPO, now in its 17th year, will be held at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9a.m-4p.m. In addition to seminars and workshops, the EXPO features interactive exhibits, live entertainment, silent auction, soup sampling, live game shows, Lyric Theatre Chorus and more. Horgan’s workshop is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. in the Diamond Ballroom. For more information, visit www.vermontmaturity.com/expo(link is external).
China Banks Steer Clear of Adani’s Mega Coal Project in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享South China Morning Post:Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and China Construction Bank said in separate statements they were not working on the project, after media recently reported that Chinese banks may get involved.Adani was seeking A$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) in financing by March 2018 for the A$4 billion first stage of its proposed Carmichael coal mine in the state of Queensland, a project that has been shrunk from a A$16.5 billion plan to make it more viable.Adani declined to comment on its financing plans on Monday or the statements from the Chinese banks.Australian and overseas banks have balked at granting loans for the project, which environmentalists oppose due to climate change and the potential for damage to the Great Barrier Reef.“ICBC has not been, and does not intend to be, engaged in arranging financing for this project,” ICBC, China’s biggest listed lender by assets, said in a statement on its Australian website.“ICBC attaches great importance to its social responsibilities and keenly promotes ‘green financing’ … This statement is made without any view on or prejudice towards the Carmichael mine project.”The mine’s location 400km from a Pacific Ocean shipping terminal means financing infrastructure costs has been at the forefront of debate over the project’s economic viability.“China Construction Bank is not involved with, nor considering involvement with, the Adani Carmichael Mine project,” an external spokesperson for China Construction Bank in Australia said in an emailed statement on Monday.CCB in China was not immediately available for comment.Reuters has previously reported that Adani was in talks with China Machinery Engineering Corp (CMEC) for a loan, which could have involved China Construction Bank or China Export Import Bank.China Export Import Bank was not immediately available for comment.Tim Buckley, from the pro-renewables Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said that the news was very significant, but did leave open the possibility for the project to be funded by another Chinese bank.“At the end of the day, any one of these big Chinese banks could fund 100 per cent of the project tomorrow if they wanted. They’re that big,” he said.Carmichael has been delayed by court challenges from environmentalists and indigenous groups concerned about climate change and the impact on native land and water supply, but those challenges have been rejected.Adani hoped to start shipping coal from Carmichael by March 2020 in the first stage of the project, which it bought amid a coal boom in 2010.More: China’s top two banks won’t finance controversial Adani coal mine in Australia