Residential home changes name to Gary Residence

MONTPELIER — In an effort to provide clarity to its mission and level of care, the board of trustees of OM Fisher Home, a local nonprofit charitable organization, approved changing the name of the Gary Home to the Gary Residence. The name change became effective on April 1, 2017. The structure, located at 149 Main St. in Montpelier, was built in 1941, providing lifetime skilled nursing care. Over the years, and with new state regulations in play, the Gary Residence became a licensed Level III Residential Care Home.

C2’s Bruce Thomas promoted to vice president

C2 (Competitive Computing), a Vermont-based technology consulting firm specializing in ebusiness and enterprise technology infrastructure, announced the promotion of Bruce Thomas to vice president of finance and operations. Thomas has been with the company since 1999, serving in roles including IT manager and operations manager, and was formerly with Digital Equipment Corp. Thomas lives in Shelburne and works at C2 headquarters in Colchester.

Program gives aspiring farmers a leg up

In order for the next generation of farmers to be successful, young farmers must be trained in both agriculture and business. The Youth Agriculture Individual Development Account Program is a UVM Extension program that offers just this type of training, as well as a leg up on saving money. Individuals ages 14 to 21 with at least one year of experience managing income from a farm or food business are eligible for the year-long experience. “It’s about financial education, forming a cohort of young farmers, connecting the farmers with technical resources: people, or funding, or information,” said Liz Kenton, Youth Agriculture Project coordinator at UVM Extension. Originally funded by a USDA grant when it began in 2012, the program, which can accept eight to 20 participants from Vermont, is now supported by many Vermont businesses and families.