Residential home changes name to Gary Residence

MONTPELIER — In an effort to provide clarity to its mission and level of care, the board of trustees of OM Fisher Home, a local nonprofit charitable organization, approved changing the name of the Gary Home to the Gary Residence. The name change became effective on April 1, 2017. The structure, located at 149 Main St. in Montpelier, was built in 1941, providing lifetime skilled nursing care. Over the years, and with new state regulations in play, the Gary Residence became a licensed Level III Residential Care Home.

Vital Communities celebrates annual Heroes & Leaders

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vital Communities will recognize 11 young leaders and their contributions to the Upper Valley at the sixth annual Heroes & Leaders Celebration on Wednesday, May 24, at the Quechee Club in Quechee. The annual dinner, which benefits the Leadership Upper Valley program of Vital Communities, honors community members who have made significant positive impacts in the region. “The young leaders we’re honoring this year are passionate about building the Upper Valley community — and their accomplishments are truly inspiring,” said Vital Communities Executive Director Tom Roberts. “From addressing the region’s opiate epidemic, to bringing aquaponics into schools nationwide, to strengthening the local economy, these young leaders represent a range of approaches toward a common goal: community.”

This year’s Heroes & Leaders honorees are: Paul Coats, Lebanon Recreation & Parks; Noah Crane, Upper Valley Nighthawks; Elyse Crossman, Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce; Emily Donaldson, Cultivating Action; Sam Drazin, Changing Perspectives; Gordon Ehret, Hypertherm; Nicole LaBombard, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Dan McGee, Red River; Merritt Partridge, Tuck School of Business; Stephanie Thompson, Springfield Prevention Coalition; and Holly West, Friends of Mascoma Foundation.  


Chamber to co-host Boston bank president

The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce have partnered to host a May 10 visit from Eric Rosengren, president and chief operating officer of Boston Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, who will provide an economic outlook on the U.S. economy. The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington from noon to 2 p.m.

The event is open to the public but seating is limited. Rosengren became the thirteenth president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in 2007, after holding senior positions in both the bank’s economic research and bank supervision functions. He has written extensively on macroeconomics, international banking, bank supervision, and risk management, including articles in leading economics and finance journals. Contact the Central Vermont Chamber at 229-5711 for information.

Winooski contractor transfers ownership to employees

WINOOSKI — VHV Company is proud to announce the establishment of an employee stock ownership plan that effectively transfers ownership of the company to all employees. David Brown, president of VHV Company, a mechanical HVAC contractor, sold his ownership interest to the newly created employee ownership trust, allowing employees to gain the benefit of ownership without any personal investment. Commenting on the announcement, Brown said “This transaction will give employees a financial interest in the future success of the business. After 20 years of ownership, I decided it was time to sell all my stock to the people who I trust and value the most — the employees. People are the core of our business, and it is extremely important to reward them for their passion, loyalty, and most importantly, their competence.

Milton to open art center and gallery

MILTON — On Saturday, May 6, the Milton Artists’ Guild will formally open the Milton Art Center & Gallery to the community with a ribbon cutting and grand-opening ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, a celebration will be held in the new space featuring food, beverages and music. The guest of honor will be Ernie Pomerleau, who generously donated this space to the Milton Artists Guild for one year. Gov. Phil Scott will attend. This community Arts Center & Gallery will be the home for the Milton Artists’ Guild through April 2018, and will serve as a hub for the arts in the Milton and greater Northern Chittenden community.

Gund family creates Institute for the Environment at UVM

BURLINGTON — A $6 million gift from the Gund family — with a challenge to raise even more from other donors — will create the University of Vermont’s first university-wide sustainability institute and accelerate UVM’s long-standing commitment to the environment. Designed to catalyze interdisciplinary research at UVM, the new initiative also will connect scholars with government, business and societal leaders to address urgent sustainability issues around the globe. The Gund Institute for Environment at UVM will be headquartered in Johnson House on UVM’s Burlington campus, replacing the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics which the family established in 2002. “The University of Vermont is recognized worldwide as a true leader in environmental scholarship, from the nation’s first environmental studies program to our pioneering research on acid rain, lake health and nature’s true economic value,” said UVM President Tom Sullivan in a news release. To inspire further philanthropic support from other donors who also are passionate about building a sustainable future for the planet, the Gunds have committed to providing an additional gift of $4 million when UVM raises $8 million for the Gund Institute for Environment.

State releases guide to harvesting timber  

MONTPELIER — Landowners considering logging on their land can now benefit from a series of simple guides designed to address the most common questions about timber harvests. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has introduced “The Landowner Guides to a Successful Timber Harvest.” These guides encourage wisely planned harvests that support forest health while maintaining or enhancing wildlife habitat, protecting water quality and encouraging opportunities for outdoor recreation. “Growing forests and the forest product economy is integral to keeping Vermonters working on their land, which benefits the entire state,” Gov. Phil Scott said in a news release. “Landowners now have a helpful tool to ensure timber harvests are a viable way to support long-term forest health and bring in supplemental income over time.”

Pulling from recommendations already in the 2015 Voluntary Harvesting Guidelines, “The Landowner Guides to a Successful Timber Harvest” explains the processes behind selecting and cutting timber and removes some of the confusion about the “how, what, where and why” of timber harvest operations. The series includes an overview booklet with tips on how to plan harvest goals and discusses the five major steps of a successful timber harvest.

CVMC wins award for employee wellness

BERLIN — For the third year running, The University of Vermont Health Network — Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin earned the Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award, highlighting efforts to promote employee health. Members of CVMC’s Wellness Committee accepted the award from Gov. Phil Scott and the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports at March 23’s Worksite Wellness Conference in Burlington. The award recognizes Vermont employers who have made healthy behaviors a priority. CVMC offers employees at least one physical activity challenge per year, pays their entrance fees to the Vermont Corporate Cup Race, maintains a one-mile walking path on the main campus, and will hold a 5-mile Fun Run/Walk June 24 to raise funds for the Vermont Health Care Share program. Health Care Share provides food-insecure residents with local farm-fresh food throughout the growing season.

Classic car event finds new location

WATERBURY — On March 23, the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts, organizer of the Vermont Antique & Classic Car Show, signed a 5-year contract with John Farr, Ted Farr and John Farr Sr., owners of Farr’s Field on Route 2 in Waterbury. Revitalizing Waterbury, Waterbury’s community development organization, hosted the signing, which was open to the public. “This is a momentous occasion for Waterbury and the VAE,” said Zoe Gordon, Waterbury’s economic development director. “We are thrilled to begin a new relationship with the VAE and the Vermont Antique Car Show that will last for years to come!”
After learning of the sale of Nichol’s Field in Stowe last spring, Revitalizing Waterbury sprung into action to bring John Farr and the VAE together. The Antique Car Show brings over 10,000 people to the region in mid-August each year and includes a car meet, 300-vendor showcase, antique car parade and street dance.

Preservation grants go to 17 agricultural buildings

MONTPELIER — Barn owners in Bellows Falls and Brandon were among recipients of the 2017 State Barn Preservation Grants. Seventeen matching grants totaling $211,369 will aid in the restoration and maintenance of significant historic agricultural buildings in 10 Vermont counties, according to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Funding will help owners repair a broad range of barns, from a 1933 gambrel-roof horse barn in Underhill to a 1830 English barn that is part of a complex of historic agricultural buildings at the Miller Farmstead in Ferrisburgh. Grants will support foundation repairs, drainage work, timber frame repairs, and replacement of failing roofs. Basin Farms in Bellows Falls, preserved by the Vermont Land Trust, will receive $15,000 through the program.