Month: January 2021

  • Torti to take over ANR from Wibs McLain

    first_imgTom Torti to Become Secretary of Natural ResourcesMontpelier – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that Tom Torti wouldbecome Vermont’s next Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources,effective January 24, 2005.Torti, 50, of Essex, is a veteran state manager and currently Douglas’Commissioner of Buildings and General Services (BGS). He steps in forlong time Douglas confidant Elizabeth “Wibs” McLain who is stepping downto spend more time with her family, especially her 8 grandchildren.Douglas said he is very confident in Torti’s ability to lead the agency.”Tom shares my commitment to improving and protecting Vermont’s naturalresources and working landscape,” the Governor said. “He has a provencommitment to energy efficiency and resource management, has spearheadedour fleet management and renewable energy programs, will continue toadvance my environmental priorities, and has the management skills neededto continue to improve service at the Agency.”At the direction of the Governor last year, Torti worked to develop thestate’s first comprehensive environmental impact and resource managementplan. The plan is working to reduce the environmental impact of stategovernment, save taxpayer dollars through energy savings, create marketdemand for environmentally preferable products-especially Vermontproducts-and demonstrate that the Governor’s commitment to fiscalresponsibility and environmental stewardship go hand and hand.Torti, an avid hunter and fisherman, said he is looking forward to leadingthe Agency of Natural Resources, championing the Governor’s environmentalinitiatives, and encouraging a new ethic of conservation throughout thestate.Governor Douglas also praised McLain’s leadership saying it has been keyto the success of his environmental agenda, especially permit reform,opposing changes in federal emissions standards, and implementing theGovernor’s Clean and Clear Water Action Plan.”Wibs has done a wonderful job leading the Agency, there is no doubt thatshe has been one of this administration’s all-stars,” the Governor said.”She is a dear friend and I look forward to her continued counsel and wishher all the very best in the future.”ABOUT TOM TORTIFormer Governor Howard Dean appointed Torti BGS Commissioner in 1996;Douglas extended this appointment in 2002. Prior to 1996, Torti served asDeputy Secretary of the Agency of Administration and Commissioner ofPersonnel, and executive director of the Department of State’s Attorneysand Sheriffs.Torti is currently serving a second three-year term as Selectman of theTown of Essex. He is a member of his community’s planning commission, andactive in many other community organizations.He holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Vermont, anda Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont.ABOUT ELIZABETH “WIBS” MCLAINMcLain was called upon in December 2002 to head the Agency of NaturalResources. Over many years in government and advocacy, McLain served as alegislator, Chief of Staff to Governor Richard Snelling and later asCommissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation and DeputySecretary of the Agency of Natural Resources under Governor Howard Dean.Prior to her appointment in 2002, McLain was Vice President for Communityand Government Relations at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.She is a graduate of Middlebury College.ABOUT THE AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCESThe Agency of Natural Resources has approximately 600 employees working inthree departments: the Department of Environmental Conservation, theDepartment of Fish & Wildlife, and the Department of Forests, Parks, &Recreation.###last_img read more

  • Marinelli joins Chittenden Bank

    first_imgBurlington, VT John W. Kelly, President and CEO of Chittenden Bank announces the hiring of Jan Marinelli as Chittenden Banks new Director of Community Development Services.Every year through the Chittenden Community Fund, the Card for Kids Program, Socially Responsible Banking, sponsorships and donations, Chittenden invests well over $1 million in programs and projects that support our Vermont community. Marinelli will oversee these programs and help Chittenden continue to invest in Vermont and its people.We are thrilled to have such talent in this very important role at Chittenden said Kelly. Chittenden has been a part of Vermont for 100 years and one of our main goals is to be sure we give back to the communities where we have all chosen to live and raise our families Kelly continued.Marinelli was formerly the Community and Economic Development Coordinator for U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords. In addition, she has worked for the University of Vermont, the Snelling Center for Government and for Vermont Legal Aid.Marinelli holds a B.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Vermont.Marinelli is an active member of the community. She currently serves on the board of the United Way of Chittenden County and volunteers with the Many Milers childrens fitness program. Jan resides in South Hero, Vermont with her husband.Chittenden is a full-service, Vermont-headquartered and managed bank providing a wide range of financial services and products to individuals and businesses. As the largest Vermont-based bank in the state, Chittenden offers 51 locations. To find out more about Chittenden, visit our website at www.chittenden.com(link is external) or call your local branch.last_img read more

  • The Ultimate in Recycling: Four more farms plan CVPS Cow Power

    first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service March 30, 2006The Ultimate in Recycling: Four more farms plan CVPS Cow Power” generators, receive grantsRUTLAND CVPS Cow Power” is on the moooove, with four Vermont farms receiving CVPS Renewable Development Fund grant offers totaling $666,000 to defray the cost of building new farm based electric generating systems to support the states largest renewable energy program, Central Vermont Public Service announced today.Farms in Sheldon, Fairlee, West Pawlet and St. Albans will receive the grants from the CVPS Renewable Development Fund, set up in 2004 to encourage farm owners to develop new renewable generation and provide new manure management options.These grants will help develop about 8,400 megawatt-hours of clean renewable energy right here in Vermont, CVPS President Bob Young said. Thats enough energy to supply 1,395 average homes using 500 kWh per month.CVPS Cow Power” is the nations only direct farm-to-consumer renewable energy program, working with dairy farmers who want to process their cow manure and other farm waste to generate electricity. More than 2,500 CVPS customers have enrolled in the program so far, which provides farms with new manure management options, environmental benefits and income. The process reduces emissions of methane, which is roughly 20 times more effective as a greenhouse gas at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.The reduced methane from these four farms will provide an environmental benefit equivalent to taking xxxx??? cars off the road, CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said.The four farms include:” Montagne Farms in St. Albans, two farms owned by Dave Montagne, with 1,200 cows expected to produce 1.7 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year;” Green Mountain Dairy in Sheldon, owned by Brian and Bill Rowell, with 1,050 cows expected to produce 1.7 million kilowatt-hours per year;” Newmont Farms in Fairlee, owned by Walter Gladstone, with 1,020 cows expected to produce 1.4 million kilowatt-hours per year;” And Deer Flats Farm in West Pawlet, owned by Dick and Rich Hulett, who plan to use surplus crops and 270 cows to produce 3.6 million kilowatt-hours per year.The farms need Vermont Public Service Board approval to interconnect the generators, but all hope to be on-line later this year. CVPSs first Cow Power producer, Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, has been generating energy for over a year, serving as an example to other farms. The Audet family, which operates Blue Spruce, says they have a new revenue stream, eliminated over $60,000 in bedding costs annually by using dry solids left over from the digestion process, and substantially cut fuel bills by using waste heat from the generator to heat the office, the milking parlor, and hot water used for washing the milking equipment.Cow Power has done everything wed hoped it would do for us, and more, Earl Audet said. Its given us new income stream, reduced our costs, provided us options for handling our manure, and virtually eliminated the odor of manure spreading.CVPS customers can sign up to get all, half or a quarter of their electrical energy through CVPS Cow Power”. Customers pay a premium of 4 cents per kilowatt hour for CVPS Cow Power”, which goes to participating farm-producers, to purchase renewable energy credits when enough farm energy isnt available, or to the CVPS Renewable Development Fund. Farm-producers are also paid 95 percent of the market price for the electricity sold to CVPS.To generate the biogas fuel, manure is held in a sealed concrete tank at the same temperature as a cows stomach, 101 degrees. Bacteria digest the volatile components of the manure, creating biogas while killing pathogens and weed seeds. The biogas, which is part methane, fuels an engine/generator, and the energy is put onto CVPSs power lines for delivery to customers.last_img read more

  • Unemployment Insurance Claims Fall

    first_imgWeek Ending August 16, 2008There were 498 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 215 from the week before. Altogether 6,842 new and continuing claims were filed, 339 less than a week ago and 1,578 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 1,838 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, a decrease of 472 from last week.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

  • Gubernatorial Appointments Made in May, June and July

    first_imgGubernatorial Appointments Made in May, June and JulyMontpelier Vt.- Governor Jim Douglas has released the list of appointments made in May, June and July, 2008.Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders:Alden Launer, GreensboroPatrice Thabault, BurlingtonVermont Aviation Advisory Council:George Coy, SwantonJohn McNerney, New HavenMary Paull, NewportState Rehabilitation Council for the Blind & Visually Impaired:Claire Bruno, WorcesterBuilding Bright Futures Council:Ann Dillenbeck, CharlotteCapital Debt Affordability Advisory Committee:David Coates, ColchesterJohn Valente, RutlandVermont Commission on Women:Anne McClaughry, KirbyMarion Milne, WashingtonVermont Community Development Board:Gary Reis, Saint JohnsburyHelen Whyte, ManchesterConnecticut River Watershed Advisory Commission:Beverly Major, PutneyJoseph Sampson, BradfordNathaniel Tripp, Saint JohnsburyDepartment of Disabilities Aging and Independent Living Advisory Board:Jennifer Fitzgerald, WilmingtonNancy Lang, BurlingtonPeter Meyer, CalaisDiane Novak, RutlandDistrict #2 Environmental Commission:Stephan Morse, NewfaneVermont Downtown Development Board:Peg Elmer, South RoyaltonJerry Goldberg, BrattleboroTim Halvorson, CharlotteMichael McDonough, BenningtonVermont Economic Development Authority:Steven Bourgeois, SwantonSusan Plausteiner, BrownsvilleRachel Schumacher, BenningtonVermont Economic Progress Council:Betsy Gentile, GuilfordStephan Morse, NewfaneNancy Port, BurlingtonState Board of Education:Alexander Melville, WoodstockElectricians Licensing Board:Leo Larocque, WhitingRobert Williams, PoultneyElevator Safety Review Board:William Henry, TopshamState Emergency Response Commission:Michael Collins, EssexFish & Wildlife Board:Edward Gallo, RichmondHearing Panels for Professional Public Educators:Kathryn Christy, BarreDana Cole-Levesque, MiddleburyCurtis Hier, Fair HavenLee Orlando, WillistonArmando Vilaseca, WestfordVermont State Hospital Governing Board:Paul Dupre, BarreVermont Housing Finance Agency:Thomas Pelletier, MontpelierVermont Council on the Humanities:Major Jackson, South BurlingtonVermont ICC for Families Infants & Toddlers:James Austin, AlburghMelissa Bailey, DuxburyKaren Barton, CambridgeStella Bukanc, South BurlingtonCatherine Burns, RichmondConstance Curtin, RichmondMonica Esch, BrookfieldErin Hand, MontpelierDanielle Howes, FaystonElizabeth Jordan-Shock, WillistonMichele LaRouche, RutlandLinda Michniewicz, NewportKate Rogers, East BarreSusan Ryan, ColchesterLarge Farm Operations Advisory Group:Harold Howrigan, FairfieldVermont Lottery Commission:Richard Bailey, Hyde ParkMartha O’Connor, BrattleboroVermont Milk Commission:Austin Cleaves, East MontpelierPaul Doton, WoodstockNew England Interstate Water Pollution:James Ehlers, ColchesterEugene Forbes, BurlingtonOccupational Safety & Health Review Board:Benjamin O’Brien, South BurlingtonVermont Pension Investment Committee:Vaughen Altemus, WillistonRichard Johannesen, StoweMichael Smith, Essex JunctionPlumbers Examining Board:Steven Goodrich, BenningtonThomas Nesbitt, WaterburyPublic Oversight Panel:Lawrence Hochreiter, University ParkVermont Rail Advisory Council:Joanne Erenhouse, BenningtonGovernor’s Snowmobile Advisory Council:Dennis Pudvah, HardwickBrent Tewksbury, BarreVermont Standards Board for Professional Educators:Brian Howe, BenningtonSusan Jensen, BarnetCassandra Major, WaterburyHeather McCollum, RichmondRonald Stahley, BrattleboroState Police Advisory Commission:Thomas Crowley, South BurlingtonUgo Sartorelli, BarreState Program Standing Committee for Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health:Joy Prior, HartlandRobin Yandell, BurlingtonState Rehabilitation Council:Paul Meier, FairfaxDavid Townsend, RutlandTravel & Recreation Council:Pennie Beach, VergennesPaula Maynard, ArlingtonVeterans’ Home Board of Trustees:Alan Cook, NorthfieldGary DeGasta, NorwichVictims Compensation Board:Duane Natvig, NorthfieldWorkforce Development Council:Gerald Brown, StoweMary Lintermann, StoweJeffrey Wright, RutlandWorkforce Development Leadership Committee:Mary Lintermann, StoweGovernor’s Workforce Equity & Diversity Council:Cecile Lushima, South Burlington xxxxlast_img read more

  • Unemployment climbs to 6.4 percent

    first_imgMontpelier — The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2008 was 6.4 percent, up seven-tenths of a point from the revised November rate and up 2.5 points from a year ago. The nation s job market deteriorated sharply in the fourth quarter and especially in December, said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. New estimation procedures indicate that Vermont s job market followed those national trends.The preliminary estimates of nonfarm jobs for December, and the revisions to the estimates for November, reflect substantive changes made in estimation procedures. These new procedures are designed to bring the aggregate monthly change in jobs for individual states into closer alignment with the change in national job counts reflected in the estimates produced and published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a result of these changes, the November and December 2008 estimates are not totally comparable to previous months’ data. This will be resolved with the release of revised (benchmarked) numbers for 2007 and 2008 that will be published in March of 2009. For details of these changes, please contact Andy Condon at the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4153 or andrew.condon@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail).Job GrowthBefore seasonal adjustment, Total Non-Farm (TNF) jobs increased by 1,700 or 0.6% from November to December. An increase is typically expected as we move into the height of the holiday season and the beginning of the winter recreation season. However, the observed job increase was smaller than expected resulting in an annual loss of -6,000 jobs or -1.9%. The largest monthly seasonal increase was observed in Leisure & Hospitality, (4,250 or 14.3%). This was enough to keep annual job growth in the sector slightly positive. Large and unexpected monthly loses were seen in Construction (-1,250 or -8.2%), Retail Trade (-350 or -0.9%) and Other Services, (-450 or -4.6%).When seasonally adjusted, December job levels declined by -2,400 or -0.8% over November and by -5,800 or -1.9% from December of 2007. Only Leisure and Hospitality showed a seasonally adjusted increase in jobs over the month, (+500 or 1.5%).Employment GrowthVermont s unemployment rate grew to 6.4 percent in December as a result of a sharp increase in the number of unemployed (+2,500 to 22,700) and a corresponding decrease in employed Vermonters (-2,500 to 334,200). Vermont s observed December seasonally adjusted employment, unemployment levels and unemployment rate were statistically significant. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 7.2 percent, up four-tenths of a point from November 2008. Unemployment rates for Vermont s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.3% percent in Hartford to 9.8% percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the December unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 6.0 percent, up six-tenths of a point from November 2008 and up 2.3 points from a year ago.last_img read more

  • Hinesburg woman wins Ralph Nading Hill writing contest

    first_imgHeather Anne Caulfield of Hinesburg, Vermont, is the winner of the 2011 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. literary prize awarded annually by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life magazine.Caulfield’s winning story, titled “Fetching Lambs,” describes a teenager on a Vermont family farm leading the sheep into the shed for the night. As she walks in the frosty darkness, her path illuminated by her flashlight, starlight, moonlight and the glow through the window of the distant farmhouse, she thinks about the family’s life on the farm through the seasons.Mary Hegarty Nowlan, editor of Vermont Life, commented that the judges were taken by the strong sense of place that came through in Ms. Caulfield’s writing. “We were impressed with her ability to perfectly capture a scene and evoke a feeling that is familiar to anyone who has spent some time on a farm in Vermont. Her unadorned, precise prose made her story an absolute pleasure to read.”Caulfield, 29, grew up in Putney and Dummerston, and worked at her family’s farm stand after school. She graduated from UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, and the SIT Graduate Institute. She has taught English as a Second Language in Mongolia. Caulfield is currently the administrative coordinator at VHB in North Ferrisburgh, an engineering and environmental consulting firm.Caulfield said: “I began writing fiction in my early teens, but poetry became my first love by the time I left for college. I’ve written about the ordinary moments such as neighbors, car trouble and gulls in a field, as well as life’s deepest moments, such as the death of my father and the sale of our family farm.” Caulfield describes her winning story as “creative non-fiction. I was trying to recapture a memory from my early teens and I found myself reimagining certain details I couldn’t recall. Although I set the story in early winter, the actual event most likely occurred in during spring lambing.”Ms. Caulfield will receive a $1,500 prize for the short story. The award is named for the late Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., a Vermont historian and writer and long-time member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors. It is considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes.The selection was made by an independent panel of judges: Mary Hegarty Nowlan, editor of Vermont Life; Tom Slayton, past editor of Vermont Life; Tony Marro, retired executive editor of Newsday; Alison Freeland, a 1994 winner of the Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., award; Brian Vachon, retired vice president of communications at National Life of Vermont and a former Vermont Life editor; and Steve Terry, retired Green Mountain Power senior executive.”Fetching Lambs” is available on the Vermont Life website, www.vermontlife.com(link is external), and will also be included in Vermont Life’s September newsletter.The deadline for this year’s Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Prize is November 15, 2011. The contest, now in its 22nd year, is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers. Submission may include essays, short stories and poetry that focus on “Vermont — Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long. Employees of Vermont Life or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible. Send entries to the Corporate Relations Department of Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446.last_img read more