NORTHFIELD — Northfield Community Development Network has announced the second annual Northfield Night on the Common. Scheduled for Sept. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the Common, this event invites all community members to come out and enjoy live music from the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra, free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and the opportunity to meet their neighbors volunteering in the community. The highlight of the event will be the “nonprofit market” where local nonprofit and community organizations showcase the good work they are doing in the area, answer questions, and connect those interested in being involved with causes that are critical to the community. The evening celebrates the hard work and commitment of Northfield’s many volunteers and community organizations.
BURLINGTON — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Thomas S. Leavitt of Waterbury Center to the Vermont Housing and Finance Agency Board of Commissioners. Leavitt has been president and chief executive officer of Northfield Savings Bank since 2014, and at MountainOne Financial in Massachusetts before that. He serves on the boards of Norwich University Applied Research Institutes, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, and the Flynn Center. He is an active member of the Vermont Financial Literacy Commission. Leavitt studied at the University of New Hampshire and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
RUTLAND — The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, located at 288 US Route 7 South in Rutland, will celebrate its reopening after undergoing a revitalization of its décor and amenities. The restaurant will be closed for renovations Monday, Sept. 11 to Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Ninety Nine will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and offer prizes for guests as they enjoy appetizer sampling.
MANCHESTER — EMBOLDIA, a group focused on uniting the collective brainpower and vision of entrepreneurs, investors, financiers, academics and professional advisors, is hosting a free entrepreneurial event on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Wilburton Inn in Manchester Village. The special event includes industry experts such as Issa Sawabini, owner of Fuse, and Michael Jager, founder and chief creative officer of Solidarity of Unbridled Labour. These successful entrepreneurs will discuss “The Power of Entrepreneurial Communities and Being Engaged with Generation Y and Millennials.” on a panel moderated by Joy Proft, JOY-all things underthings. “Our mission is to reach the individuals that are looking for inspiration and resources, and give them the opportunity to mix and mingle with like-minded people.
RUTLAND — Rutland Women’s Healthcare, a department at Rutland Regional Medical Center, has been awarded Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) for its women’s health program. SCOPE is a safety-focused program of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Rutland Women’s Healthcare is among the first ob-gyn offices in the country to be certified. SCOPE is a comprehensive patient safety review program available to medical practices in which obstetrics and/or gynecology services are provided. “Congratulations to the entire staff at Rutland Women’s Healthcare for achievement of SCOPE certification,” said Kathleen Craig, director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
RUTLAND — PEGTV, public access television for the Rutland area, will now offer studio time during the evenings. In a news release, the station acknowledged it can be a challenge for some to schedule a studio shoot during business hours. Therefore, they now have studio time available Mondays and Wednesdays at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Northshire Campus now features a walk-in clinic called Northshire ExpressCare. “SVMC Northshire’s ExpressCare is here to provide same-day health services for people of all ages,” said Dr. Bob Schwartz, medical director of SVMC Northshire Campus. “Our team of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and support staff is dedicated to providing the care you need at the time you need it.” The clinic will provide walk-in care to local patients and travelers with illnesses and injuries, including coughs, colds and flu, eye and ear infections, pulled and strained muscles, cuts and scrapes, bites, stings and rashes, stomach aches and other conditions. Onsite X-ray is available. The clinic’s association with the hospital allows its providers to make direct referrals to SVMC and to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians A second ExpressCare facility is located on the SVMC Campus in Bennington.
ROYALTON — ECFiber has released its 2018 construction plans today, identifying Braintree, Brookfield, Granville, Hancock, Rochester and Stockbridge as the six towns whose homes and businesses will get access to a fiber-optic-based internet connection in 2018. ECFiber will also build some mileage in Woodstock to initiate service there and to improve connectivity between West Windsor, Reading and the rest of its network. “Our mission is to build and operate a universal, open-access, fiber-to-the-premises network, ensuring state-of-the-art connectivity to every home, business and civic institution in all of our member towns. We are pleased that, thanks to our recent financing, we can at last provide near-universal coverage to six more towns,” said Irv Thomae, district chairman. ECFiber is a consortium of 24 towns organized as the East Central Vermont Telecommunications District, that is a municipal body dedicated to providing full-strength internet connections throughout its territory.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has announced a second round of requests for proposals for the Ag Clean Water Initiative Program. This grant program is made possible and supported, in part, by the Clean Water Fund — a fund created by Act 64 of Vermont’s Clean Water Act. This second round of RFPs will fund organizations assisting farmers throughout the state to support planning and installation of vegetative buffers adjacent to streams, grassed waterways to prevent gully erosion in crop fields, and grazing systems to exclude livestock from surface waters. “We’re excited to offer this expansion of technical assistance resources to support our hardworking farmers in their continued effort to identify, plan and install conservation practices to improve water quality throughout the state,” said Anson Tebbetts, secretary of agriculture. “We’ve seen a real uptick in the number of farmers interested in implementing projects, but technical assistance capacity to serve them is currently under-resourced.
BENNINGTON — Tara Parks has been appointed to the board of United Children’s Services, which oversees Bennington County Head Start. This program provides children and their families with the building blocks necessary to succeed in learning, parenting and life. Parks will also head up the policy council, which oversees all aspects of the Head Start program, including selection of staff, development of new policies, grant budget approval and curriculum development. The council is comprised of parents and community members. “I am pleased to have Tara Parks serve on the board of United Children’s Services, which includes our Head Start and Early Head Start programs,” said Lorna Mattern, executive director of UCS.