Rutland Ninety Nine to close for renovation

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.

EMBOLDIA hosts event for entrepreneurs Sept. 12

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.

Women’s Healthcare awarded SCOPE safety certification

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.

PEGTV expands hours for producing studio programs

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.

For questions, call PEGTV at 747-0151 or  




SVMC launches express care service at Northshire Campus

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.

ECFiber extends network to six more communities  

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.


Agriculture Agency offers clean water initiative grants

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.


Tara Parks joins board that oversees Headstart programs

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.

Micro development program nets Wells Fargo grant

BARRE — Capstone Community Action’s Micro Business Development Program received a $10,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. The grant will strengthen Capstone’s efforts to provide low-income aspiring entrepreneurs with technical assistance, capacity building and mentoring support as they look to launch or expand micro businesses. Last year, Capstone helped individuals launch or expand 18 new businesses in central Vermont, creating 34 full time jobs
“Micro business development is proven to be an extremely effective and cost-efficient job creator that supports the community’s economic vitality,” said Dan H. Hoxworth, Capstone’s executive director. “At Capstone, our mission is alleviating the suffering caused by poverty by building sustainable households and communities. With this Wells Fargo grant, the micro business development program will help improve the economic futures of all employers and their employees.”
To learn more about Capstone Community Action and the Micro Business Development Program, contact Yvonne Lory at 479-1053.

Two appointed to Vermont Commission on Women  

MONTPELIER — Marybeth Christie Redmond of Essex and Emilie Kornheiser of Brattleboro have joined the Vermont Commission on Women, appointed by Vermont Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson. Redmond serves as a partner in the Vermont Story Lab project, training nonprofit communicators to weave storytelling through the fabric of their organizations to increase impact and reach. For six years she taught journalism at St. Michael’s College and also co-founded a program for Vermont’s incarcerated women called “writing inside VT.” Redmond also directed the development and communications efforts at Vermont Works for Women, a nonprofit organization training vulnerable women for meaningful, livable wage employment. Kornheiser is early childhood action plan director with Building Bright Futures, and recently with Promise Communities for the State of Vermont.