John Davis & Associates Announces its New Web Site

first_imgJohn W Davis, CPA and principal of John Davis & Associates, CPAs, expressed his enthusiasm for the web site created by Earthlogic Media Technologies. “With this attractive, easy-to-use, informative new web site the firm has demonstrated keenly the power of web technology to work for the accounting industry. I like the sections with the latest news and financial calculators, the page of many business resource links, but perhaps most of all, the CPA profiles page allowing our clients to know personally who they are working with.”The John Davis & Associates, CPAs site offers an “Our Community” page featuring profiles and news of its clients to share with others, giving clients another aveunue for exposure in the community. The web site displays informative brochures, newsletters and articles about the firm’s services. Visitors can now sign up and receive email announcements on a regular basis keeping them up to date on the latest financial and accounting news.last_img read more

State revenues up, but mixed results

first_imgThemonthly targets reflect the most recent fiscal year 2006 Consensus RevenueForecast that was agreed to by the Emergency Board on January 11, 2006. The States Consensus Revenue Forecast is updatedtwo times per year in January and July. Tax Component % Change Amongthe other General Fund revenue categories, Insurance Tax (-$7.00 million or -47.0%),Estate Tax (-$0.34 million or -29.3%) and Property Transfer Tax (-0.38 millionor -4.3%) receipts all performed below the latest targets for March. Aspredicted, some of the Insurance Tax income in March may have been lower thanexpected due to the rapid processing of tax receipts in February. Montpelier,VT – Secretary of Administration Michael K. Smith Announces March 2006 RevenueResults For The State Of Vermont: March General andEducation Fund Revenues Positive; Transportation Fund Revenues fall belowprojections. General Fund FY06 YTD General Fund By Major Element (In Millions) March-05 PRESS RELEASE RHofmann Timothy McQuiston 3 5 2006-04-10T21:58:00Z 2006-04-11T15:17:00Z 2006-04-11T15:21:00Z 1 920 5245 State of Vermont 43 12 6153 10.2625 Print MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} Staterevenues up, but mixed results FY05 YTD % Change Theconsumption taxes were the poor performers for March. Receipts in the Rooms andMeals Tax were below expectations (-$1.06 million or -8.7%). Receipts in Sales& Use Tax were also below projections (-$0.77 million or -4.8%). Bothfigures reflect actual purchases in February. Februarys poor weather contributedto poor tourism revenues, resulting in lower than expected revenue performancesin these components for March, commented Smith. March-06 Secretaryof Administration Michael K. Smith released April 11 the General Fund revenueresults for the month of March, the ninth month of fiscal year 2006. GeneralFund revenues totaled $74.11 million for March 2006, $1.78 million or 2.5% morethan the $72.34 million consensus revenue target for the month. Year to date,General Fund revenues totaled $785.97 million. However, Secretary Smith cautioned,Although we continued to exceed targets in March, with positive results inboth personal and corporate income tax receipts, the next couple of months willbe critical in determining our revenue results for FY2006. MonthlyPersonal Income Tax receipts, which are reported Net-of-Personal Income Taxrefunds, surpassed the target by $5.01 million or 60.4 % in March. This is anotable accomplishment since it occurred when we had refunded nearly $4.5million more than was expected in the cash flow target through March. PersonalIncome Tax Receipts are by far the largest single state revenue source. SecretarySmith also noted that the Corporate Income Tax surpassed projections during March,resulting in an above target performance of $5.83 million or 51.5%. Theseresults indicate that corporate profitability remains upbeat in Vermont, as it has nationally.last_img read more

VPR gubernatorial debate tonight at 7

first_imgLIVE GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE KICKS OFF VPR’S 2008 DEBATE SERIESVermont Public Radio will broadcast a live debate among the major party candidates for Vermont Governor Wednesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. The debate will include Republican Jim Douglas, Democrat Gaye Symington, Independent Anthony Pollina, and Liberty Union candidate Peter Diamondstone.VPR’s Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm will moderate the debate before a live audience at the Main Street Landing Film House at Burlington’s waterfront. Listeners may suggest questions for the candidates at VPR.net or by calling 1-800-258-1619. Seats in the audience are free and open to the public, but reservations are required; an RSVP form is at VPR.net.The gubernatorial debate is the first of the 2008 VPR Debates. The series continues Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. throughout October with debates from VPR Studios:October 1: Chairs of Political PartiesOctober 8: Attorney General CandidatesOctober 15: Secretary of State CandidatesOctober 22: Congressional CandidatesOctober 29: Lt. Governor CandidatesVPR’s daily midday call-in program, Vermont Edition, will feature one-one-one interviews with candidates for statewide office throughout the fall campaign season.About VPRListener-supported Vermont Public Radio has been serving the people of Vermont and the surrounding region since 1977. As Vermont’s only statewide public radio network, VPR is a trusted and independent source for news, music, conversation and much more. For more information about VPR and VPR Classical, a list of frequencies and streaming audio from all of VPR’s services, visit www.vpr.net(link is external).###last_img read more

Council Honors Employers for Wellness Programs

first_imgCouncil Honors Employers for Wellness Programs Burlington — 48 Vermont work sites will receive awards October 7 from the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The awards honor employers that support staff access to physical fitness activities and promote good health on and off the job. The council and Governor Jim Douglas will present the awards in a ceremony at a Work Site Wellness Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington. The following work places will receive honors:1-25 EmployeesOtter Creek Conservation District – RECOGNITION Employees recorded the number of steps they walked each day for a “Walk Around Hawaii,” and they try to make healthy food choices.Rutland Housing Authority – BRONZE Nine of 12 employees participated The Vermont League of Cities and Towns “Keep It Off Challenge,” weighing in weekly for six months with a goal of losing pounds and keeping them off through the winter. Three days a week, all employees are allowed to use the last half-hour of the day for exercising.26-75 EmployeesBurlington Schools Food Service – RECOGNITION Food service employees attend trainings on cooking with whole, fresh foods and report a better understanding of eating healthy. Several partnered on a share at a CSA farm, and others say they now are more likely to purchase from farmers’ markets.Milton CAT GOLD STANDARD Each morning, Milton CAT employees, including managers, participate in a 10-minute stretch to limber their muscles and warm up for their workday. A wellness coach visits Milton CAT each week to provide biometric screenings and help employees set personal health and fitness goals.Stantec, South Burlington – SILVER Stantec encourages employees to track their own daily physical activity in return for reduced insurance premiums. The South Burlington site includes shower facilities to make it easier for people to bike, walk or run to work or during breaks. A summer golf league, hiking program, group ski days and office relay teams for the Vermont City Marathon entice employees to participate in sports year-round.Stantec, North Springfield- SILVER In addition to tracking their physical activity for reduced insurance, Stantec’s Springfield employees participated in a company-wide Bike To Work challenge, a friendly competition between offices. The company is flexible when workers need to adjust their schedules to accommodate coaching, officiating or other sports-related activities.Vermont Housing Finance Agency – BRONZE More than half the staff participated in a walking program, using complimentary pedometers and keeping walking logs for eight weeks. Each participant’s steps were charted on a map showing the route from VHFA to the coast of Maine. The map was posted on a bulletin board for all to observe. During Health Awareness Day, employees enjoy healthy meals, seminars, chair massages and health screenings.Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) – GOLD The VLCT Health Trust offers a health promotion incentive program to its member organizations. The program, called Leader Program, gives members a monetary credit on their health insurance for encouraging and promoting healthy behaviors among their employees. VLCT participates in the Leader Program, encouraging its own employees to get health screenings, do 30 minutes of exercise four times a week, quit tobacco and participate in community fitness events. The League received a credit of $24,662 over two years, which it shared 50 percent with employees.Town of Milton, Vermont RECOGNITION The town’s participation in VLCT’s Leader Program resulted in a $9,017 health insurance credit. Some of the money was used to purchase pedometers for an employee walking challenge and to pay for flu vaccinations. Monetary incentives motivate staff to join health clubs, participate in town recreation programs, enroll in weight loss and smoking cessation classes and attend confidential health.76-150 EmployeesCathedral Square Corporation RECOGNITION The company offers free monthly class on healthy living and also provides employees and their family members discounted memberships to health clubs. In a summer walk challenge, employees choose a course based on their fitness level and record their steps each week. Those who complete 12 weeks are entered into a prize drawing.Town of Colchester RECOGNITION More than half of the town’s 115 employees and their families joined a Hawaiian pedometer challenge, keeping track of their steps during a 12-week period. They celebrated their success with a healthy luncheon Luau. The town distributes wellness newsletters, provides health screenings and flu shots. It received a $16,296 insurance credit through participation in VLCTs Leader program. The money went to new exercise equipment and employee rewards.Town of Hartford RECOGNITION About one-quarter of the towns 116 employees participate in VLCT programs promoted by the town Wellness Coordinator, who distributes weekly wellness newsletters. Many employees maintained their weight through the VLCT Keep It Off Challenge. The town is building a gym and pool to which employees will have access, and nutrition and smoking cessation programs are planned.Peoples Trust Company of St. Albans BRONZE Employees are reimbursed up to $50 annually for gym memberships, weight management or smoking cessation programs. They also may participate during work hours in the Cardiovascular Health Improvement Program (CHIP), where a nurse provides health screenings and helps create health improvement plans. A nurse also checks customers’ blood pressure each month in the lobby. Nearly half of the employees participate in a walking club, committing to walk at least 3 hours a week. An after hours exercise class meets onsite.Ben & Jerry GOLD Onsite fitness rooms with state-of-the-art equipment, free weights and space for fitness classes make it easy for employees to exercise. Employees have flexible schedules so they may participate in fitness classes or meet with personal trainers or massage therapists. In a “Zen Den” a television with exercise tapes is always available. The company purchased a wii game to get employees moving. A community shared garden space encourages outdoor exercise and healthy eating. The company covers membership costs of employees at local health clubs and reduced rates for spouses and children.Rhino Foods – SILVER Rhino rolled out a new debit card program that provides cash incentives to employees to achieve specific health results. The funds can be used for health-related expenditures, thus allowing rewards for healthy behaviors to be reinvested to promote and maintain good health. Company meetings frequently feature wellness topics and employee newsletters always include wellness articles. A wellness team develops a calendar of wellness themes and events to keep employees motivated and informed. Four of Rhino Foods seven leaders have lost a lot of weight during the past year, which has energized many employees to take advantage of company-subsidized health club memberships, nutritional and smoking cessation programs.Huber + Suhner North America – RECOGNITION An onsite gym, massage therapist and yoga and Pilates classes make participation in physical fitness activities easy. To help employees eat nutritiously, the company provides a subsidized healthy lunch in which local restaurants cater a weekly company meal with healthy soups and salads. Employees who participate in a year-long ScoreHealth program receive $10 gas cards after their first two visits with the nurse, followed by a raffle for prizes that encourage activity: snowshoes, camping gear and certificates for sporting goods.Northfield Savings Bank- RECOGNITIONThe banks Recreation & Health Committee develops activities and disseminates health news, tips and recipes. Activities include an exercise challenge, fruit and vegetable puzzle and walking program. Participants earn Virtual Health Bucks or scratch-off cards with winners receiving $50 gas cards, $25 grocery certificates and hand-sanitizing soap. A wellness library at the bank’s main branch provides all employees with access to books, magazines, videos and pamphlets on health topics.Rock-Tenn Company: Missisquoi Mill – RECOGNITION Health club memberships and sports classes are fully funded by the company. Monthly telephonic wellness seminars provide a wide range of wellness topics such as alternative medicine, personal fitness and dealing with stress. An online health risk assessment gives employees continual access to health information and resources. Medical insurance is reduced for those who do not use tobacco. An annual health fair provides biometric screenings and wellness education to employees and their spouses.151-500 EmployeesTivoly Inc – RECOGNITION Tivoly pays for any program or product to help an employee stop smoking and pays half for employees and their family members to join a gym, take swimming lessons, going skiing and other exercise. Posters with wellness messages hang prominently.Green Mountain Power – SILVER Money and free water bottles entice employees to join onsite yoga and nutrition classes, biometric testing and wellness workshops. A 1% health insurance discount rewards employees who exercise three times a week and have a physical exam. An additional 1% discount rewards tobacco-free lifestyles and maintenance of healthy weight. Interest-free bike loans, gym discounts and free healthy snacks round out the wellness program. Weekly scorecards track accidents and sick time use, with analysis of causes and proactive corrective actions.Vermont Composites, Inc. – RECOGNITION A nurse and a physical therapist visit the workplace biweekly to do health screenings, present wellness information and assess employee ergonomics. The company sponsors employee teams in the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center 8 Week Trek for Health pedometer tracking event and local volleyball, softball, basketball and ski leagues. Gym memberships are subsidized and all employees receive a $25 per month bonus for a workplace free of lost time accidents.Engelberth Construction, Inc. – GOLD STANDARDEmployees and spouses receive free health screenings and complimentary coaching, and those working at construction sites also receive free on-site physical therapy sessions. A new online health risk appraisal system helps workers track their health. Employees receive discounted health insurance for participating in wellness initiatives.Trapp Family Lodge – SILVER The resort followed the Six Steps to a Worksite Wellness Program from the Vermont Department of Health, resulting in a methodical needs assessment, goal creation and evaluation. Employees may use all exercise facilities, equipment and classes at the resort, including ski trails and rentals, water aerobics, meditation, rock climbing and fitness center. Awards are given for using the fitness center. Smoking cessation classes and health screenings are provided. The employee dining room includes healthy food choices.Franklin County Home Health Agency, Inc – GOLD Employees receive up to $100 per year for fitness equipment, gym memberships, wellness classes and ski passes. A staff library includes myriad resources on health topics. Speakers at staff meetings give wellness tips. Rehab staff evaluates workspaces, including vehicles, for proper body mechanics. The agency regularly updates employees on opportunities to be active, eat better and stop smoking.Husky Injection Molding Systems – BRONZE Husky’s cafeteria, catered by New England Culinary Institute, provides nutritious meals. Husky subsidizes 50% of food costs to encourage employees to dine healthfully. The chef teaches healthy cooking sessions. An onsite fitness center is open 24 hours daily for employees and spouses. The campus includes running/walking trails, volleyball and basketball courts. A weekly newsletter provides healthy lifestyle information.Simon Pearce, US – RECOGNITION For six months prior to becoming tobacco-free, Simon Pearce provided smoking cessation programs for employees and spouses. A focus group addressed employees concerns. The result: Now 22% of employees smoke, down from 53%. A monthly newsletter informs on wellness news. Employees receive onsite biometric screenings and a wellness reimbursement of up to $100 for gym memberships, classes or wellness products.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont – GOLD Employees may earn $50 each time they complete a wellness program component, up to $250 total. A regular schedule of wellness events includes lunchtime speakers, random rewards placed inside healthy snacks in vending machines and subsidized fitness classes. Onsite facilities include a fitness center with showers, a lactation room for nursing moms and a wellness library. Maps illustrating walking routes and fresh apples are available in the HR office. An online wellness center provides customized health assessments. Flexible work schedules allow participation in wellness activities.Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, Inc. – RECOGNITION The center uses ScoreHealth to identify and address employees’ health risks. Employees may participate in a walking challenge and join a team in the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race. To bring support healthy lifestyles in the community, the agency partners with the Center for Health and Wellness and with area health clubs to offer wellness workshops and group exercise.Champlain College – RECOGNITION Employees may use the on-campus fitness center and take fitness classes. The wellness center leads a weekly summer walk series and noontime wellness seminars and discounted massages are offered year-round. Subsidized gym memberships, ski passes and Weight Watchers programs are provided.Community Care Network / Rutland Mental Health Services – GOLD STANDARD A regular series of workshops and classes for employees includes line dancing, cardiovascular health, stress reduction and strength training. It partners with UVM to offer employees VTrim, a behavior modification weight loss program, at a reduced cost. Data from free onsite health and fitness screenings are analyzed to track and evaluate wellness programs. Employees who meet fitness requirements receive financial rewards.America’s Gardening Resource, Inc. – RECOGNITION Monthly visits with physical therapists and weekly chair massages help employees avoid full-blown injuries. A Preventative Body Maintenance program allows employees to discuss health issues and make lifestyle changes. An active “Bod Squad” of employees trained in ergonomics helps employees maintain proper body mechanics.Mack Molding Company – BRONZE All three Vermont sites are equipped with fitness facilities including weight rooms, racquetball courts, group exercise studios and showers. Financial rewards helped encourage 58% of employees to join in a walking program. Participants included the company owner, CFO, president and senior managers. Monthly blood pressure screenings are offered to all shifts. The company pays entry fees for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and this year it fielded the largest team in that event.Greater Burlington YMCA. – RECOGNITION Free YMCA memberships for all staff encourage the use of fitness facilities and programs. YMCA leaders participate in Y programs, maintain healthy weight and do not smoke. A full-time Wellness Educator works with local companies to help them start and manage work site wellness programs.The Vermont Country Store – GOLD STANDARD A Marathon Health For Life nurse splits 20 hours per week among each VCS location, providing free health screenings and coaching. A record 85% of employees participated last year. One employee says the program saved her life, by the nurse encouraging her to schedule an exam that turned up a life-threatening issue. Company owner Gardner Orton, a certified Holistic Health Coach, provides educational forums to employees. Staff may use onsite fitness facilities or receive $25 quarterly for gym memberships. VCS realized a healthcare savings of $150,000 in 2007 for lowering medical care usage.Brattleboro Retreat – RECOGNITION Employees are informed about health and wellness topics via email, posters and a newsletter. At Employee Quick Clinics, staff can be seen by nurse practitioners for illnesses and injuries. Wellness workshops last year focused on hearth health with sessions on nutrition, exercise and medical treatments. A schedule of fitness activities for staff includes snowshoeing clinics, hiking, biking, skiing, sing-alongs and noontime meditation sessions.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products – RECOGNITION Free cholesterol screenings are given at an annual health fair and employees may complete free health risk assessments. Seminars, workshops and newsletters educate about healthy eating and smart exercising. Employees and spouses use an onsite fitness center equipped with cardio machines, weights and a group exercise studio. A personal trainer and a nutritionist are available for one-on-one counseling. Work schedules allow for participation in wellness activities.Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Inc. – RECOGNITION Walkathons, pedometer challenges and a Biggest Loser contest pushed employees to join fitness activities, and participants were rewarded with prizes and mentions in a staff newsletter. Biweekly nutritional lunches are provided on site, and two free heath club memberships are given by lottery. Staff may use work time to partake in health screenings, chair massages and flu shots.501-999 EmployeesDept. of Exercise Science & Dept. of Intramurals, Lyndon State College – RECOGNITION A campus-wide initiative provides undergraduate majors with opportunities to serve as health and fitness promoters, providers and managers. Faculty, staff and students participate in health screenings and fitness activities with weekly self-reporting. Guest speakers motivate and educate. Bulletin boards, newsletters and radio announcements keep everyone informed.Northwestern Medical Center – GOLD STANDARD Free wellness workshops, free counseling with a dietician, nutritious food “tasting” events, newsletters, email tips and a wellness website are among the resources that educate employees about their health. “ScoreHealth” provides health risk assessments and one-on-one counseling and allows NMC to track outcomes. Employees receive $130 per year health insurance discount for participating, and free sneakers, magazine subscriptions, sports equipment and cash for additional wellness activities. Indoor and outdoor walking paths and free loans of Nordic walking poles and snowshoes encourage daily physical activity.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters – SILVER Employees who completed four activities last year received a discounted health insurance premium this year: They had to walk 10 miles in 30 days, track food intake for 5 days, try a new physical activity and take a health risk assessment. In addition, employees are reimbursed 50% for fitness activities including ski tickets, gym memberships, horseback riding and rental equipment such as skates, skis and kayaks. An onsite physical therapist treats and educates employees. Yoga is offered onsite. Plant and distribution staffs participate in daily mindful stretching sessions at the beginning of each shift.National Life Group – RECOGNITION Participants in the Life Program have access to an onsite exercise room with cardio and strength equipment, group fitness classes and showers. Points are earned for attending brown bag luncheons on health related topics and for physical exams, dental visits, weight loss and smoking cessation. The employee cafeteria promotes healthy, local foods. Executive staff participates in the Vermont Corporate Cup and Vermont City Marathon, and sports and fitness successes are shared in a company newsletter.Goodrich Corp, Fuel & Utility Systems – GOLD Employees who complete an online Health Risk Assessment earn $100, and $50 more if their spouse does so. Three days each week, a physical comes onsite to evaluate workstations for ergonomic safety. Each employee receives personal recommendations for stretching and strengthening, with encouragement to participate in work area stretch classes. Wellness prizes and cash are given for participation in stretching sessions, onsite monthly wellness seminars, Weight Watchers and group walks. Employees, spouses and the community may use an onsite fitness center with cardio and strength equipment and group exercise studio. Discounted memberships to outside gyms are provided, and the company subsidizes fees for the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge.1000+ EmployeesRutland Regional Health Services (Medical Center) – SILVER Employees earn $50 for meeting each of five health goals for a possible total of $250. ScoreHealth provides health risk assessments and one-on-one counseling and allows for tracking outcomes. Educational resources include a Health Library stocked with books, videos and journals, a display board in the food court and email blasts with healthy tips. RRMC pays registration for community running and walking events and team sports. Tobacco cessation, weight control, strength training, health seminars and walking programs are offered onsite. The Biggest Loser competition created a healthy buzz throughout the organization, with 46 teams and 204 competitors.Hannaford Bros. Co. – GOLD 85 percent of eligible employees participated in a healthy behavior incentive plan, each receiving $20 weekly for completing a health risk assessment and meeting with a health coach. Company-wide wellness initiatives include walking challenges, preventative care and nutrition campaigns. Nurses and dieticians are available to all employees and dependents, providing personal advice, motivational coaching and steerage to community resources. Programs are targeted to stores whose employees experience greater incidence of heart disease and illness. Healthy snack options are available in employee break areas and regular “health huddles” keep employees informed on wellness topics.Vermont Automobile Dealers Assoc. – GOLD STANDARD More than 90 auto dealerships across the state are eligible for onsite wellness screenings for employees and spouses. Participants receive counseling at the screenings, followed by a health report with recommendations for follow-up. Employees that complete 8 of 10 wellness criteria receive a fleece jacket and are entered into a drawing for 20 $500 cash prizes. Each year, dealerships compete in physical activity challenges to motivate employees and their families. Last year, 20 dealerships competed in a 354-mile virtual walk through New Hampshire during a 10-week period. 69 % of participants said the challenge motivated them to continue walking after the challenge period.IBM Burlington – BRONZE A wellness website promotes physical activity with activity logging, progress tracking and professional support, with webcasts on health topics and live chats with exercise coaches. Online tools also include food tracking, meal planners, quit smoking tips and health risk assessments. Onsite initiatives include health screenings, chair massages and wellness coaching. Vending machines are stocked with healthy options, with icons identifying low fat, sugar free and organic items. A $150 Children’s Health Rebate helps families aid children in the maintenance of healthy weight.Fletcher Allen Health Care – SILVER Fletcher Allen’s comprehensive wellness program includes tobacco cessation incentives, 10,000 steps pedometer program, “Get Moving!” calendar, nutrition/weight management resources and free depression screenings for employees and family members. The “Know Your Numbers” campaign provides biometric screening with one-on-one counseling and motivational interviewing to encourage stress management, weight loss, smoking cessation and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Incentives to participate include gift certificates, wellness products and subscriptions to Eating Well magazine.State of VT, Dept of HR, Div of Workforce Development and Wellness – SPECIAL RECOGNITION State employees and retirees receive onsite wellness screenings including a one-on-one appointment with a nurse and completion of a health risk assessment. An annual Activity Program provides a free pedometer and materials to log steps over an 8-week period. Participants are encouraged to team up for the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race. At the end of the 8-week program, a closing ceremony is held to recognize and reward participants. Raffle prizes are drawn and award winners have their picture taken with Governor Douglas. Healthy living workshops and CPR classes are offered to employees, and a web-based tracking tool allows employees to monitor their physical activity and engage in friendly competition with coworkers. The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is a physical activity promotion and advocacy group, comprised of volunteers appointed by the Governor to represent a broad spectrum of Vermonters. The Council’s mission is to promote wellness through physical activity for people of all fitness and ability levels.###last_img read more

Vermont Education chair Tom James stepping down

first_imgTom James, Chairman of the Vermont State Board of Education, announced today he will be stepping down from the Board. His final monthly meeting will be held September 15, 2009. James was appointed to the Board by Governor Douglas in February 2005 after filling two years of a vacant term. A retired IBM executive, James has served as a member of the Essex Planning Commission, the Essex Town School Board, the Essex Town Selectboard and the Essex Rotary. His State Board term was scheduled to end in 2011. However, State Board terms are six years in length, and James has served on the Board for over six years. He has served as State Board Chair since 2005.“I am both proud and humbled to have served on the Board for over six years, and I thank the Governor for appointing me twice to serve Vermonters,” said James. “Also, I am honored to have had my peers on the board elect me to serve as Chair for over four years. I am especially pleased to have participated in the initiation of the Transformation of Education in Vermont, which will ensure all students will be prepared when they graduate from high school to be successful in college, careers, and citizenship.”“I am deeply grateful for Tom’s dedicated service to the people of Vermont,” Governor Douglas said.  “Because education is the foundation of a strong and prosperous society, Tom’s efforts will continue to pay dividends for our state for many years to come.”  “Tom James has been an advocate for improving student learning and through his leadership has helped initiate a transformational movement that will provide Vermont’s schools with the tools needed to prepare our students for the 21st century,” said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “Tom has addressed the difficult issues facing our system with grace, respect and perseverance. He will be sorely missed both for his leadership but also for his commitment to our students.”It is expected that a new chair will be chosen at the September 15, 2009 meeting.last_img read more

Governor Shumlin is 2011 commencement speaker at Green Mountain College

first_imgPeter Shumlin will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College’s 174th graduation ceremony May 14, and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. The ceremony is at 10 a.m. on the College’s Griswold Library lawn.Governor Shumlin is the 81st governor of Vermont. His career in public service began in Putney, Vt. almost 30 years ago when he was elected to serve on the town’s selectboard at the age of 24.He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and has worked for many years in his family business, Putney Student Travel in Putney, Vt. Today, Putney Student Travel has nearly 20 full-time employees, with another 200 working around the globe during the summer months.In 1983, Shumlin was appointed to fill an empty seat in the Vermont House of Representatives by Governor Madeleine Kunin. After three years in the House he ran for one of Windham County’s two Senate seats. He was elected in 1992, and would represent Windham County for the next ten years. During his second term he was elected Democratic leader, and in 1997 his colleagues chose him to serve as president pro-tempore, the chamber’s top leadership post.The College will also present an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Robert H. Young and renowned writer and reporter Thomas G. Wicker.Young has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (CVPS) since 1995. During that period, he launched a cultural and environmental transformation of the company that has led to wide national recognition for efficiency, transparency and creativity. Young will also be the speaker at the hooding ceremony for GMC master’s degree graduates at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13.Thomas Wicker has been a dedicated reporter and incisive observer of the American scene for the past 60 years, helping millions of readers interpret the McCarthy era, the struggle for civil rights, Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the Vietnam conflict, and Watergate. He joined the New York Times in 1960, where he covered the White House, Congress, and national politics. His award-winning book A Time to Die: The Attica Prison Revolt provides a riveting account of the Attica Correctional Facility revolt in 1971.SOURCE Green Mountain College. POULTNEY, Vt., April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Attorneys general settle with video rental chain

first_imgVermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell and 49 other state attorneys general have settled allegations of unfair debt collection practices involving consumer accounts at the now-bankrupt Movie Gallery, Inc., also known as Hollywood Video, a video rental chain that once had six outlets and over 27,000 members in Vermont.When Movie Gallery filed for bankruptcy in Virginia in 2010, its accounts receivable were assigned to a debt collection firm called National Credit Solutions (NCS). Consumers around the country began to complain that NCS was reporting negative credit information to credit bureaus without giving them an opportunity to challenge the debt, double-charging them for video replacements and late fees, and seeking to collect amounts that were not owed, among other practices.Under the settlement, the Trustee in the Movie Gallery bankruptcy will:Withdraw all previously submitted credit reports.Not submit any future credit reports.Not charge collection fees or interest on principal amounts owed by consumers.Not collect both late fees and video replacement charges for the same item, but only for the lesser of the two amounts.Not collect video replacement charges if they are the only fee owed for that transaction.Protect consumers in the future from abusive collection practices. May 6, 2011last_img read more