Third Generation of Family Ownership Assumes Reins Waitsfield, VT A new generation takes the reins at Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom this week with the promotion of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Gregg Haskin to the position of President & Chief Executive Officer. After 50 years of managing the family owned company, Dana and Eleanor Haskin will step down from daily operations, but will remain active on the Board of Directors.The legacy left by my parents and grandparents will guide me into this exciting new chapter of my life, said Gregg Haskin. I grew up around this very unique business, witnessing it flourish tremendously. Im confident that the group of hard-working staff weve assembled over the years includes the exact balance of skills needed to head into the technically demanding future our business faces. The commitment to our customers remains at the center of all we do, how we operate, and what were all about. I look forward to working with everyone to guide the Company along this challenging path, doing whatever it takes to meet our customers needs. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I intend to make the most of it.Owning and operating a rural Independent telephone company has been such a wonderful experience for my family. Its a bittersweet moment, I am happy to have watched Gregg grow into the position, noted Eleanor Haskin. As Dana and I have grown older, we have realized that its time to step aside and let the next generation lead the Company into the future. We have assembled a strong Leadership Team and a very talented employee base to work side-by- side with Gregg and guide this Company through the next one hundred years. This strategy will ensure the goal of continued family ownership for the future.Gregg has been with the Company part-time since 1980, and full-time since 1986 working in the accounting department where he has served as manager and Vice President, taking over as the Companys CFO since 1999. Gregg will immediately assume the role of President & Chief Executive Officer. The Haskins other children are also active in the Company. Eric Haskin works as a Field Engineer and sits on the Companys Senior Leadership Team. Scott works as an Installation and Maintenance Technician. Their daughter Susan served as Customer Service Manager until her passing in July 2003, after a long struggle with breast cancer.Eleanor was born into the telephone industry, and at an early age she helped her mother and father repair the lines. Her father Alton Farr ran the Company in its infancy in 1907, and her mother Eunice Farr took over after his untimely death in 1940. Dana and Eleanor took over management of the Company in 1958. During her career, Eleanors involvement in the industry reached far beyond Vermont. She served three terms as President of the Telephone Association of New England (TANE) and 12 years as a Director. She was the first female President of both TANE and the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO). She also served on the Board of Directors for the Rural Telephone Bank, and served six years on the Board of Directors for the National Exchange Carriers Association, and was on the U.S Intelco Board of Directors. Eleanor graduated from the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, New York. Eleanor was President of WCVT from 1998 2005 and will assume the role of Board Chairman immediately.Dana Haskin was an officer in the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War. He served in the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) as a navigator and radar intercept offer flying F-89s. He remained with VTANG until 1984, retiring at rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dana attended the University of Vermont school of Engineering on the GI Bill. Throughout his career, Dana was also active in the telephone industry holding a variety of positions including serving as President of the Telephone Association of New England. He served as WCVT President from 1965-1998 and remains Chairman Emeritus of the Companys Board of Directors.Source: WCVT
WinCycle, the Windsor non-profit that refurbishes and recycles computer equipment, has moved its retail store to a new location: the Firehouse at Windsor at 147 Main Street. This new location, one flight down from street level, increases the size of our store and combines it with our recycling operation. Well be able to receive and process computer equipment in one building so there will be more for sale and more available for donation.Business hours have also changed. We are now open Thursdays from Noon to 8pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1 pm.WinCycle was founded in 2002 to address three important issues:” the growing volume of computer equipment in the waste stream,” the growing need of local schools for computer equipment, and” the need for education in basic computer skillsIt seems that every individual and business in the Upper Valley has old computer equipment that they no longer use. This equipment contains heavy metals and toxins that do not belong in landfills or in the air we breathe. In addition, while that computer may be obsolete to its original user, local schools and non-profits could use it. So dont throw that computer away, bring it to WinCycle! Our volunteers wipe hard drives clean of information and make any necessary repairs. Working computers are either sold in our store at low cost or are donated to local schools and non-profits. Computers that we cant fix are disassembled and recycled in an environmentally-friendly manner. WinCycle charges a recycling fee of $0.30 per pound on all equipment given to us. This fee covers the cost of preparing equipment for recycling, donation, or sale, and covers the recycling costs that WinCycle has to pay.Need a computer? Buy it used! Youll get good equipment for less money; youll reduce the volume and toxicity of waste going to our landfills or into the air we breathe; youll decrease the environmental destruction caused by mining, manufacturing and distribution; and youll support the local economy, local schools, and area non-profits.VolunteersWinCycle relies almost completely on volunteer labor. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome on Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm. Come and enjoy learning more about computers while helping a good cause. Volunteers may also work towards earning a free computer 50 hours of work earns a volunteer a $200 gift certificate at our store.Announcing: WinCycle Youth Night to begin Monday, May 16Mondays from 4-8PM area youth can come to WinCycle to help with dismantling computer equipment, under adult supervision. Youth may work towards earning a free computer.Find us online at www.wincycle.org(link is external), or give us a call: (802) 674-6320.
WHERE: Waterfront Park, BurlingtonIn downtown Burlington, follow Main Street to the corner of Main and Battery. Turn right on Lake Street. Look for the tents at the end of Lake Street.Parking is available at College and Lake Streets, and in lots and garages throughout downtown Burlington. WHEN: Wednesday, June 7, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. SBA Vermont Small Business Person of the Year and Champion Award CelebrationNEWS EVENT: The 2006 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year and Champion Award recipients will be honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at a ceremony presented by Vermont Business Magazine at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Gov. James Douglas will present the Small Business Person of the Year award to John Wall, Wall/Goldfinger, Inc., Northfield, Vermont, with additional remarks by Mayor Bob Kiss, City of Burlington, SBA Regional Administrator Charlie Summers, and others. Champion awards will be presented to the following individuals:Janet Bullard, Vermont Commission on Women, Montpelier;James Keyes, Citizens Bank, Burlington;Mark Johnson, WDEV Radio, Waterbury;Robert Johnson, Omega Optical, Brattleboro;Laurie Hammond, Triple Loop Skate & Dance, Colchester;John Durfee & Lang Durfee, Bethel Mills, Inc., Bethel Mills;Stephen Brochu, Vermont Department of Labor, St. Johnsbury; andMargaret Ferguson, Micro Business Development Program, Barre.
A WEEKEND OF RECORD BREAKERS FOR OKEMOLUDLOW, Vt. For the second year running, the Sunday of Presidents’ Day Weekend was a record-breaker for Okemo Mountain Resort. Skier and snowboarder visits were up three percent for the day, compared to last years historic milestone, and up more than five percent compared to the previous best day in February 2005.Skier visits for the two-day period including Sat., Feb. 16 and Sun., Feb. 17 placed the weekend as the second-best two-day period over the past five years and the resort posted record revenues for the weekend. As of Feb. 17, skier visits for the season were 38 percent ahead of last year.A number of departments across the resort reported increases and set new records. Resort lodging saw a 22 percent increase in Presidents Day Weekend room nights compared to last year. On Sunday, Okemo’s Cutting Edge Learning Center hit a new high in the number of private lessons taught in a single day, and equipment rentals were up 8 percent in quantity and 13 percent in revenue over last year. Okemo Valley Nordic Center reported one of their strongest days in recent history. Record numbers of skiers and riders visited resort restaurants as well. Feb. 17 witnessed a record-breaking three-percent increase in the number of lunches served at Coleman Brook Tavern. The Roundhouse and Epic beat their previous bests by nine percent. Siena, Okemo’s Italian bistro saw a 27 percent increase over its previous best day.Okemo started the 2007-2008 ski and snowboard season with great optimism. Season pass sales were up 30 percent this year and college season-pass sales were up nearly 300 percent.Resort officials attribute the record-breaking day and year-to-date increases to favorable weather patterns and Okemos positive reputation for snowmaking, grooming and customer service.
Sugarbush Resort Plans to Open for the 2008-09 Winter Season this WeekendWarren, VT (November 18, 2008)- It’s time to get the gear out; winter is here. Sugarbush Resort will open for the 2008-09 winter season this Saturday, November 22nd when the Super Bravo and Heaven’s Gate chairs begin spinning at 9 A.M.”Our snowmaking crews have put down a great base from the top (of Lincoln Peak) to the bottom of the Heavens Gate lift,” said Resort president Win Smith. “Mother Nature has lent us a helping hand over the last 10 days dumping about a foot up top and temperatures this week are allowing us to make every effort to have top-to-bottom skiing and riding come Saturday. We just ask that guests check the website for the latest info before coming up to the hill Saturday morning.”Sugarbush commenced snowmaking operations earlier this month and has been making snow at every opportunity. Several lake-effect squalls that began arriving in October have also helped to turn the resort’s trails white. The Gate House Lodge’s food court and Allyns Lodge will be open as will Timbers restaurant this weekend. The Castlerock Pub, however, will be closed as it is in the final stage of a $1 million renovation. Construction began earlier this fall to double the size of the popular après spot and add a deck on top of it. Sugarbush also added more seating and bag storage capacity to the second floor of the lodge. The new additions are scheduled to make their debut the week after the resort’s 50th Birthday Bash, which is being held December 12-14. Après-ski festivities this weekend will be held in Timbers.Lift tickets this weekend will be $49 for everyone (seniors, juniors, adults, and Sugarcard holders.) The Super Bravo and Heaven’s Gate chairs are scheduled to run from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.Visit sugarbush.com for the most up-to-date information on conditions and to book your stay for the 50th Birthday Bash.-30-
Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) Commissioner Steve Kimbell today announced the appointment of Georgia John Maheras as Deputy Commissioner of Health Care Administration. The Health Care Administration is responsible for oversight of health insurance companies in Vermont, the Hospital budget review process and hospital capital expenditures through the Certificate of Need (CON) process.Maheras will assume the position effective August 29. Maheras brings to BISHCA a diverse background in health care, having worked both for a major managed care company in Massachusetts and a variety of policy and advocacy organizations. An attorney, she has served as a health care advocate for Boston-based organizations including Health Care for All and Health Law Advocates, where she engaged in litigation, policy development and legislative advocacy.Maheras served as a Consumer Representative Appointee to the National Association of insurance Commissioners.‘Georgia is a great addition to BISHCA and to the Shumlin administration’s health care reform team,’ said Kimbell. ‘Her experience will be extremely helpful as we move forward with implementation of Act 48, the health care reform legislation signed by the Governor on May 26th.’BISHCA 7.8.2011 # # #
Four St Johnsbury non-profits’Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury Academy and Catamount Arts’will jointly promote the combined arts-and-culture resources that exist within their organizations and develop new opportunities for collaboration to enhance St. Johnsbury’s cultural climate and creative economy. The group is recognizing their proximate area in St Johnsbury as the Arts & Culture Campus.‘Along Main Street from the Fairbanks Museum to the corner of Eastern Avenue at the Athenaeum, down to Catamount Arts and back over to St. Johnsbury Academy, we see a geographic link amid our shared traditions of arts programming and community outreach,’ said Jody Fried, executive director of Catamount Arts. ‘We view this area, which we’re calling the Arts & Culture Campus, as a jumping off point for arts programming in our town, inclusive of all of greater St. Johnsbury. People can come to town and easily circulate through this area to enjoy a concentration of fun happenings.’The shared histories (largely descending from the vision and beneficence of the Fairbanks family) and strengths in the arts of the four local organizations will place a sharp focus on the rich cultural programs that St. Johnsbury offers to the public.The alliance has created a logo and theme through which to advance the public’s thinking about what the town as to offer: ‘Get Inspired’St. Johnsbury’s Arts & Culture Campus.’ The logo will be used with advertising and marketing materials to position St. Johnsbury as a dynamic center for the arts, statewide and regionally.‘Our efforts will be on coordinating events to give area residents and visitors a range of arts, culture and educational activities, so once they’re in town they have a range of fun opportunities throughout a day or a weekend,’ said Anna Rubin, director of external relations for the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium. ‘With the local non-profits working in collaboration, we see this an exponential promotion of the arts in St. Johnsbury.’ The organizations in the coalition share:Rich cultural resources for visual and performing artsFull calendars of learning programs for all agesAuthentic connections to the local heritage of the areaSupport for vibrant, dynamic and evolving new voices and expressionsAccess to artistic inspiration from around the worldEasy access on Main Street/Eastern Avenue campus. The group will be co-planning and promoting arts events beginning in 2012, kicking off with First Night St. Johnsbury 2012. They intend to coordinate their efforts with other area arts organizations, businesses, and chambers of commerce. ‘The St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce looks forward to fully supporting the efforts of this wonderful coalition of creative and cultural institutions here in St J We’re excited by this new opportunity to help bring more attention to the creative economy in and around town,’ said Jeff Moore, president, St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce. CUTLINE:(L-R) Matthew Powers and Mary Ellen Reis of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Anna Rubin of the FairbanksMuseum & Planetarium, Joe Healy of St. Johnsbury Academy, and Jody Fried of Catamount Arts, gathered on the steps of the South Congregational Church onMain Street in St. Johnsbury. ST. JOHNSBURY, VT (December 28, 2011)’