• Business briefs
    March 04,2013

    Lewis is ski group’s marketing director

    MONTPELIER — Kyle Lewis is moving to director of marketing at the Vermont Ski Areas Association, taking over for Jason Gibbs, who departed to start his own consulting firm. Lewis’ vacated marketing manager position at Ski Vermont is now filled by Hilary DelRoss.

    Lewis, a native Vermonter and avid skier, worked at Sugarbush Resort before joining Ski Vermont in 2010. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a minor in American studies. Her extensive travels include a year of teaching English as a foreign language and a semester of studying abroad, both in Madrid. She completed her master’s in business administration at Norwich University last August.

    Lewis will work closely with DelRoss, who comes to VSAA from a local wholesale wine distributor, the Vermont Wine Merchants Co., in Burlington. DelRoss previously lived and worked within Colorado’s winter tourism industry in front line, business administration and volunteer positions. DelRoss graduated from Emmanuel College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

    Pink cider toasts

    cancer survivors

    MIDDLEBURY — The makers of Woodchuck Hard Cider created a pink-hued addition to their lineup of handcrafted ciders to honor the Vermont breast cancer survivor organization Dragonheart Vermont and its support network, Survivorship Now.

    The Vermont Hard Cider Co. also made a $50,000 donation to Survivorship Now.

    “Woodchuck Hard Cider’s donation will help to keep the wellness programs of Survivorship Now free to all cancer survivors in our Vermont community,” said Dragonheart board member Linda Dyer. “And free, for many survivors, is the difference of being able to participate in the classes or not.”

    Dragonheart Vermont started the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival in 2006 to raise money for cancer-related nonprofits. It established Survivorship Now in 2011 after identifying a need for ongoing help and support after clinical treatment ends. The wellness network offers programs and classes based around nutrition, exercise, yoga, art and writing.

    The new cider, called Woodchuck Private Reserve Pink, has a pink hue from a grape skin extract used during the cider-making process.

    GOP dinner features Forbes

    BURLINGTON — Steve Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Media, will be the guest speaker at the Republican Spring Dinner to be held at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington on March 16. Forbes is the author of five books, including his latest, “Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn’t.”

    Forbes has run for president twice in 1996 and 2000.

    In addition to featuring the keynote speaker, the Vermont Republican Party’s spring dinner will honor small businesses in the state.

    For more information about the dinner or to reserve tickets, contact the Vermont Republican state committee at 223-3411.

    Tax return can speed assistance 

    BURLINGTON — Vermonters younger than 65 who plan to apply for government health programs or for assistance paying for health care can make the process easier and faster by filing a 2012 tax return this year — even if they don’t owe any taxes.

    Through Vermont’s new health care marketplace, Vermont Health Connect, which will begin in October, the state will compare applicants’ projected 2014 income with income reported on tax returns filed in 2013. If there are no significant differences between the income amounts, no additional documentation will be required, and a decision about the level of assistance the applicant qualifies for can be made quickly.

    However, if the applicant has no tax return on file with the IRS or there are significant differences between the reported income and the projected income, applicants may need to provide additional documentation before a decision can be made.

    Free tax return preparation for income-eligible Vermonters is available at 80 sites throughout the state. For assistance locating a free tax return preparation site, call Vermont 211.

    Vermont Legal Aid is a nonprofit law firm that provides free information, advice and representation to low-income, over 65 or disabled Vermonters with legal problems related to housing, education, family situations, benefits, money and debt. VLA serves all Vermonters who need assistance with health insurance or health care. Established in 1968, Vermont Legal Aid has offices in Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, Springfield and St. Johnsbury.


    Pinard new leader of medical group

    NEWPORT — After serving as the Vermont Optometric Association’s president-elect the past two years, Dr. Francis L. Pinard was elected VOA president for the 2012-2014 term. Pinard will also travel to San Diego in June to represent Vermont optometrists at the American Optometric Association’s annual meeting.

    Pinard has practiced in Newport for 25 years and is a member and past president of the Derby Lions Club. He has been active as a coach and volunteer at local schools throughout the past 20 years.

    FairPoint expands broadband reach

    SOUTH BURLINGTON — FairPoint Communications Inc. has expanded broadband to another 50-plus homes and businesses in Chelsea and Tunbridge. The Internet service will reach customers along all or portions of the following roads: Bicknell Hill, Harolyn Hill, Larkin, Almond, Hall, County, Holt Hill and High Ridge. 

    In Vermont, FairPoint has invested nearly $100 million in its network and has added 1,100 miles of new fiber, providing high-speed access to nearly 90 percent of its Vermont service areas.

    — Staff Reports

    Morrisville nursery receives award

    BURLINGTON — Don and Lela Avery of Cady’s Falls Nursery in Morrisville topped the list of winners announced at Green Works/Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association annual winter meeting.

    The Averys received the trade organization’s most prestigious award, the Horticultural Achievement Award, which is given to individuals over 40 years of age whose accomplishments have advanced the industry educationally, by plant development or growing, through literature, or through outstanding personal effort.

    Cady’s Falls Nursery was founded in 1980 and offers a wide selection of herbaceous perennials and woody plants for northern gardens. Ninety-five percent of its retail plant offerings are propagated at the nursery. The Averys grow many classic stalwarts as well as rare and hard-to-find plants. Some of the distinctive plants they propagate include dwarf and weeping conifers, native ladyslippers, native ferns, bog plants, aquatics, alpines, cacti and Itoh hybrid peonies.

    The Averys are active members of the Vermont Hardy Plant Club and offer workshops and tours through the group.

    Others receiving awards at the Feb. 13 Green Works winter meeting and trade show were Chris Conant of Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse and Perennial Farm in Colchester (the Environmental Awareness Award); Brian Vaughan of Vaughan Landscaping Co. out of St. George (the NENA Young Nursery Professional of the Year Award); Julie Rubaud of Red Wagon Plant in Hinesburg (the Retailer of the Year Award); and John R. Bruce, a University of Vermont sustainable landscape horticulture student, who received a student merit award of $350.  


    — Staff Reports

    Vermont Mutual taps Daglio for post

    MONTPELIER — Stephen J. Daglio has joined Montpelier’s Vermont Mutual Insurance Group as its regional general adjuster covering New England and New York. Daglio has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, both in New England and nationally as a catastrophe adjuster. He formerly held the senior adjuster/general adjuster position at Patrick J. Donovan Associates, where he worked for 20 years.

    He received his training through GAB, working in offices in Warwick, R.I., Boston and Salem, Mass. Daglio is a 1981 graduate of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, holding a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He has continued his insurance training through Northeastern University, as well as the Insurance Library in Boston.


    Kids program funds available

    MONTPELIER — Applications are being accepted for the Building Bright Futures grant, offered through the Vermont Community Loan Fund for child care, preschool and after-school programs.

    The funding can be used to start up, relocate, expand or improve facilities and accessibility. Grant requests may not exceed $25,000 and may not be more than 25 percent of the total project cost.

    Priority is given to full-day, full-year operations, comprehensive operations that integrate services with other programs and services, and operations in which 25 percent or more of the total enrollment is or will be filled by children whose families qualify for child-care financial assistance.

    All applications will be reviewed for quality of care and regulatory issues, and applicants must be active participants in the STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS).

    The deadline for applications is March 18 at 3 p.m. Applications can be downloaded from www.VCLF.org.

    More information is available from VCLF at 224-9141 or by emailing maria@vclf.org.

    — Staff Reports

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