Otter Valley Union High School principal joins leadership class

Jim Avery of Cornwall has been accepted into the Vermont School Leadership Project’s class of 2018, a program of the Snelling Center for Government. Avery is the principal at Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon. Avery joins 24 other educators from across the state in a program that offers intensive professional development for superintendents, principals, curriculum and special-education directors, as well as other education professionals who have proven leadership abilities. The class of 2018 will meet at Lake Morey Resort over the next 13 months. During their second year of the program, associates will apply and integrate new information through a transformation initiative conducted within their schools.

Tool aids Health Connect plan selection

WATERBURY– On Oct. 17, Vermont officials announced an online tool to help Vermonters weigh health insurance options and choose the health plan that best fits their medical needs and budget. The 2018 Plan Comparison Tool allows individuals and small-business employees to compare at least 24 health plan options, not just by monthly premiums and deductible amounts, but also by estimated total annual costs. “Comparison shopping is how Americans try to get the best deal possible for all kinds of consumer choices,” said Cory Gustafson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. “This tool makes it easy for Vermonters to do that research and comparison (shop) for health insurance.”

Vermonters can try out the 2018 Plan Comparison Tool by clicking

Rappahahn joins BROC as director of finance  

RUTLAND — Ted Rappahahn has been selected as director of finance for BROC Community Action. Rappahahn brings a wealth of financial experience and knowledge to the position. He is a successful, hands-on, detail-oriented and highly motivated individual, according to a news release, whose contributions to management positions in the past have included strategic recommendations and solutions demonstrating creativity and insight. Rappahahn and his family are building a home in Sunderland and enjoy skiing in Vermont.  





Washington Electric Co-op recognized for workplace safety

SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Washington Electric Cooperative of East Montpelier was among businesses singled out by the Vermont Department of Labor and Gov. Phil Scott recently for a strong commitment to providing safe, healthy and effective workplace programs, at the annual Vermont Safety and Health Council Expo, held in South Burlington. The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is the highest honor given by the state and recognizes commitment to excellence in workplace safety. Other businesses singled out included Champlain Cable Corporation, Colchester; Global Foundries, Essex Junction; and New Hampshire-based HP Cummings Construction Company. The Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety was created 15 years ago, and is sponsored by the governor, the Department of Labor and the Vermont Safety and Health Council.  

Baston joins Brattleboro Retreat as chief nursing officer  

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Retreat has appointed Meghan Baston as the hospital’s new chief nursing officer. She began her duties on September 25. Baston comes to the Retreat from Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she had served as the director of behavioral health services and earlier as a clinical nurse manager. In addition to providing direct care, Baston’s nursing background includes experience with program/staff management, strategic planning, the development and implementation of clinical processes, staff education, regulatory oversight, workforce retention, and cultural transformation within the workplace. “I’m excited to be part of a mission that focuses exclusively on treating people who suffer from mental illness and addiction,” said Baston.

Leach joins mental health team at Community Health center

RUTLAND — Molly Leach joined Community Health Center Rutland Region’s Allen Pond provider team in July, offering mental health services to individuals and families. “My approach is very systemic. I like to step back and give a perspective to all the different systems that could be impacting a person’s mental health. I try and pay attention to cultural factors, family background and social influences,” Leach said. While her professional experience has focused on gender and sexuality, specifically with the LGBTQ population, Leach also has helped couples and families.

Tax adjustment and renter rebate deadlines are Oct. 16

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Taxes reminds Vermonters the last day to file a property tax adjustment or renter rebate claim is Monday, Oct. 16. The Vermont Property Tax Adjustment and Renter Rebate programs assist in making housing more affordable through more than $180 million in assistance annually. All Vermont homestead owners must file a Homestead Declaration (form HS-122) even if they are not seeking an adjustment. You may be eligible for a reduction in your property taxes if your property qualifies as a homestead and you meet eligibility requirements.

Vermont Artisan Coffee has new facility, coffee bar

WATERBURY CENTER – Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea, Co. and its sister companies, Coffee Lab International and CLI’s School of Coffee, have moved into a state-of-the-art, 15,000-square-foot facility on Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe, and it is open for business with a new coffee bar. Founder Mané Alves, a coffee taster, consultant and coffee entrepreneur, has spent the last three years overseeing the design, construction and every detail of the new facility. “When our old leased location on Route 2 in Waterbury was flooded by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, I started looking for property to buy. I found this great location just 3 ½ miles past Ben & Jerry’s factory and decided to go for it,” said Alves.

Afterschool program leader to receive Con Hogan award

MONTPELIER — Holly Morehouse, executive director of Vermont Afterschool Inc., will be honored with this year’s Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership. The $15,000 award, to be used however the recipient chooses, will be presented to Morehouse at a reception on Oct. 4, at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. The annual award recognizes the life’s work of Con Hogan by rewarding each year a community leader who shares his vision of a better Vermont. As one of the co-founders of the statewide nonprofit Vermont Afterschool, Inc., established in 2009, Morehouse has played a role in advancing quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities for all Vermont children and youth.

Barre oral hygiene clinic expands services to three days

BARRE — The People’s Health & Wellness Clinic of Barre has expanded its oral health services to three days a week. Sandra Joslin, the clinic’s dental hygienist and oral health case manager, is seeing patients on site every Tuesday and Wednesday, and doing case management and referrals on Thursdays to more than a dozen central Vermont participating dentists who take the clinic’s patients for more advanced dental work. “Being able to expand oral health services is a terrific benefit, as access to oral health remains the largest unmet community health need,” said Health & Wellness Executive Director Peter Youngbaer. Joslin provides a wide array of services on site: Oral hygiene education, routine dental hygiene prophylaxis, emergency evaluation, digital bite-wing and panoramic X-rays, full-mouth deep cleanings, cavity stabilization, sealants and topical fluoride application/desensitization. She also consults on diet and nutrition, performs oral cancer screening, tobacco cessation counseling and case management.