The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has announced a second round of requests for proposals for the Ag Clean Water Initiative Program. This grant program is made possible and supported, in part, by the Clean Water Fund — a fund created by Act 64 of Vermont’s Clean Water Act. This second round of RFPs will fund organizations assisting farmers throughout the state to support planning and installation of vegetative buffers adjacent to streams, grassed waterways to prevent gully erosion in crop fields, and grazing systems to exclude livestock from surface waters. “We’re excited to offer this expansion of technical assistance resources to support our hardworking farmers in their continued effort to identify, plan and install conservation practices to improve water quality throughout the state,” said Anson Tebbetts, secretary of agriculture. “We’ve seen a real uptick in the number of farmers interested in implementing projects, but technical assistance capacity to serve them is currently under-resourced.
BENNINGTON — Tara Parks has been appointed to the board of United Children’s Services, which oversees Bennington County Head Start. This program provides children and their families with the building blocks necessary to succeed in learning, parenting and life. Parks will also head up the policy council, which oversees all aspects of the Head Start program, including selection of staff, development of new policies, grant budget approval and curriculum development. The council is comprised of parents and community members. “I am pleased to have Tara Parks serve on the board of United Children’s Services, which includes our Head Start and Early Head Start programs,” said Lorna Mattern, executive director of UCS.
BARRE — Capstone Community Action’s Micro Business Development Program received a $10,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. The grant will strengthen Capstone’s efforts to provide low-income aspiring entrepreneurs with technical assistance, capacity building and mentoring support as they look to launch or expand micro businesses. Last year, Capstone helped individuals launch or expand 18 new businesses in central Vermont, creating 34 full time jobs “Micro business development is proven to be an extremely effective and cost-efficient job creator that supports the community’s economic vitality,” said Dan H. Hoxworth, Capstone’s executive director. “At Capstone, our mission is alleviating the suffering caused by poverty by building sustainable households and communities. With this Wells Fargo grant, the micro business development program will help improve the economic futures of all employers and their employees.” To learn more about Capstone Community Action and the Micro Business Development Program, contact Yvonne Lory at 479-1053.
MONTPELIER — Marybeth Christie Redmond of Essex and Emilie Kornheiser of Brattleboro have joined the Vermont Commission on Women, appointed by Vermont Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson. Redmond serves as a partner in the Vermont Story Lab project, training nonprofit communicators to weave storytelling through the fabric of their organizations to increase impact and reach. For six years she taught journalism at St. Michael’s College and also co-founded a program for Vermont’s incarcerated women called “writing inside VT.” Redmond also directed the development and communications efforts at Vermont Works for Women, a nonprofit organization training vulnerable women for meaningful, livable wage employment. Kornheiser is early childhood action plan director with Building Bright Futures, and recently with Promise Communities for the State of Vermont.
RUTLAND — The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at the new, expanded location of Back On Track Physical Therapy, at 365 U.S. Route 4 East in Rutland Town. Back On Track Physical Therapy offers private treatment rooms and a welcoming gym area with state-of-the-art equipment. Back On Track provides manual therapy, functional training for strengthening, flexibility and balance, work hardening programs, pre- and post-operative rehabilitation, and individualized fitness programs for post rehabilitation and more. For more information, visit backontrackpt.org or call 855-8068.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Waterbury State Office Complex Redevelopment project in Vermont has been named a 2017 Public Works Project of the Year winner by the American Public Works Association. The project is being honored in the Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair at a cost of more than $75 million category. The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year awards are presented annually to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects. The project team includes the state of Vermont through the Department of Buildings and General Services as the managing agency; PC Construction as the primary contractor; and Freeman French Freeman as the primary consultant; who will be presented with the award during APWA’s annual conference in Florida, Aug.
SOUTH ROYALTON — This month Vermont Law School welcomes new leadership as Thomas McHenry begins his tenure as the school’s ninth president and dean. A former partner with Gibson Dunn in Los Angeles, California, McHenry brings 30 years of environmental and administrative law practice to VLS. McHenry succeeds Marc B. Mihaly, whose term ended July 1. “Tom McHenry’s enthusiasm, focus and demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship will be great assets to Vermont Law School as we move forward from the outstanding leadership provided by Marc Mihaly,” said VLS Board Chairman Christopher Dutton. “Tom embraces Vermont Law School’s spirit of innovation and its mission to make the world more sustainable and just through education.”
“It is my honor and privilege to serve Vermont Law School as president and dean,” said McHenry, who for the past four years has taught on the VLS Summer Session faculty.
BERLIN — Three members of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont customer service team recently received national awards for outstanding service to BCBSVT members. Emily Fair, director of customer service, received national recognition from the Service Quality Management group with an award for first-call resolution, showing commitment to improving customer satisfaction levels and customer service experience. Janalee Willett received Service Quality Management’s award for supervisor of the year for her commitment to quality care and customer service satisfaction. Willett has worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont for 17 years. She is currently BCBSVT’s customer service supervisor and a Ulysses Master Coach.
MONTPELIER — John Hanzas has been named president and Michael Winchell vice president of Stone Environmental’s board of directors, effective July 1. While stepping down from their current executive positions, President and founder Christopher Stone and Vice President David Healy will both remain at Stone providing senior executive and technical consulting support, as well as serving on the board. Hanzas and Winchell are both longtime Stone veterans and leaders in their respective fields. They serve on Stone’s senior management team, and are well positioned to take on these new executive roles, as well as continue to lead Stone’s Agrochemical Fate and Exposure and Environmental Modeling teams.
“John and Mike bring experience and complementary talents that will take Stone to the next level of quality, innovation, and responsiveness that our clients expect to see,” said Stone. “They are supported by an amazing team of professionals who are passionate about the work they perform and make Stone a great place to work.
BERLIN — Northfield Savings Bank welcomes Nicole Carignan and Thomas Robbins to its board of trustees. Carignan, of Essex, is a corporator of NSB and served on the 2016 Corporator Nominating Committee. She is currently the owner of ProfitFusion, LLC, a business consulting firm focused on growing entrepreneurial companies. Carignan had a 17-year career with SymQuest Group, Inc., serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer. She serves on the boards of Champlain College and the Greater Burlington YMCA.