Vermont Teddy Bear announces Limb Loss & Limb Difference Bears


SHELBURNE – Vermont Teddy Bear is proud to announce its newest Bear to the Bears That Care program: Limb Loss & Limb Difference Bears. Working closely with the Amputee Coalition, Vermont Teddy Bear has created this collection of Bears to help those with limb loss and limb difference. “We are really proud of the whole Bears That Care program, and are very excited about this Bear and our partnership with the Amputee Coalition,” says Bill Shouldice, CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear Company. The idea for the new Bears came from Teddy Bear Designer, Cassandra Clayton as she was brainstorming ways to could grow the Bears That Care program. “We are constantly thinking about how our Bears can touch more hearts and spread more love,” says Abby Temeles, Bear Brand Manager.

Larry Morrissey, three-term mayor of Rockford, Ill., joins Marathon Health

BURLINGTON — Marathon Health, a provider of onsite health centers that enable employers to optimize the health of their workforce and business, today announced the appointment of Larry Morrissey as vice president for government relations. In this role, Morrissey will expand the company’s services to public sector clients and direct government relations at the local, state and national level. Morrissey, a three-term mayor of Rockford, Ill., was introduced to Marathon Health during the city’s selection process for a worksite health center partner to serve the healthcare needs of its employees. During his tenure as mayor, Morrissey moved the city’s health fund from a $3 million deficit to an over $8 million reserve in 2012, which helped the city open its Health and Wellness Center in 2014. In addition to direct experience in worksite health, Morrissey’s experience driving individual and community health outcomes includes the city becoming the first in America to achieve the “functional zero” definition for ending Veteran Homelessness in December 2015.

Green Mountain College to host North Country Climate Reality Conference

POULTNEY – We need all hands on deck to combat climate change! To empower individuals and local communities to create climate solutions, Green Mountain College will host the third annual North Country Climate Reality Conference. Presented with SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury, the event will take place Friday, April 21, 2017 from 8:00 am – 4:45 pm in Withey Hall at Green Mountain College, One Brennan Circle, Poultney, Vermont. “As the nation’s number-one college for sustainability, we are excited to initiate such an important program for catalyzing action on a grassroots level,” said William M. Throop, Ph.D.,
Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College. “Every person on this planet plays a part in climate change and it’s up to each one of us to make a positive difference in our communities.”

Participants will emerge from the conference energized and with a purpose to help make the North Country a model for citizen action on climate change.

Savvy Speakers Toastmasters Club celebrates 40th anniversary



BARRE — Savvy Speakers Toastmasters Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Blue Cross Blue Shield’s conference room on Industrial Lane which is off from the Airport Road in Berlin, VT from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

The general public is invited to come visit and learn more about what Toastmasters has to offer. Please contact Margaret Ferguson at or 802-476-0908 for more information. The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Ninety-two years ago, when Toastmasters founder, Dr. Ralph C. Smedley held the first meeting in the basement of a YMCA in Santa Ana, Calif., USA, only a few people showed up. Now, with membership exceeding 313,000 in more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries, Toastmasters International continues to build on Dr. Smedley’s foundation of teaching public speaking and leadership skills.

Kelly Baker joins CCS board



COLCHESTER— Champlain Community Services (CCS), a nonprofit serving Vermonters with intellectual disabilities and autism, recently welcomed Kelly Baker to its board of directors. Baker is a preschool para-educator at Malletts Bay School in the Colchester Early Education program, and also serves as a part-time community support worker with a young woman with an intellectual disability. She holds a B.A. in Psychology (minor in Anthropology) from St. Michael College. “It’s my personal motivation of creating a more understanding and inclusive world for all members of our community that brings me to this board,” Baker said.

Common Good Vermont event for nonprofits starts June 7

BURLINGTON — Common Good Vermont announces Vermont’s 2nd annual Day of Giving “Vermont Gives” on June 7th – 8th. Vermont Gives is a one-day fundraising event, designed by Vermonters for Vermonters, to support local charities and causes, highlight the impact of nonprofits, and strengthen our local communities. Led by Common Good Vermont and the Ithaca-based platform GiveGab, this event will raise funds and awareness for nonprofits throughout the state. Last year, over 200 nonprofit organizations representing a variety of communities and causes participated in raising over $80,000 statewide. Vermont Gives is modeled after similar events held across the country, Days of Giving enables nonprofits of all sizes to reach thousands of new potential donors and boost visibility throughout the state.

Construction begins on WRJ assisted living facility

The Village at White River Junction, a revolutionary $27-million assisted living and memory care facility, will break ground at the intersection of Gates and Currier Streets at 4:00 pm on Monday, April 10, 2017. The ceremony was announced by Brooke Ciardelli, President of Gates & Dickson, which specializes in developing innovative, downtown, living communities for seniors. The handsome five-story facility designed by Lou Bieker of 4240 Architecture will include 80 large, light-filled apartments, restaurant-style dining, a fireside bistro and wifi throughout the building, as well as a dog park, rooftop garden, cinema, spa, and gym. “Seniors are more active later in life than at any other time in history,” Ciardelli explains. “We are creating a kind of vertical main street that is a community within the community.

“Spring into Summer” fashion show to benefit cancer and brain injury patients

SOUTH BURLINGTON– The fourth annual “Spring into Summer” Sportswear Fashion Show will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at a new venue – the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center – and will support patients and families affected by cancer or a traumatic brain injury (TBI) by raising funds for the University of Vermont Cancer Center and Brain Injury Association of Vermont. This year’s event theme is “Movement is Medicine” in celebration of local dance and athletic groups who will be both performing and wearing the summer season’s hottest sportswear, as well as guest speakers Karen Newman and Hannah Deene Wood – two well-respected Burlington, Vt.-area athletes and survivors. Karen is a nationally-ranked triathlete, cancer survivor and author, and Hannah, an avid skateboarder, snowboarder, Zumba instructor and owner/operator of Talent Skatepark, is a TBI survivor and mentor. Other event highlights include door prizes, a silent auction, free dance and yoga instruction and demonstrations, hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and a cash bar. No one leaves empty handed!

Lissarrague joins college guidance association


FAIRFAX, Virginia – The Independent Educational Consultants Association, (IECA), today announced Alice

, Lissarrague College Guidance, of Shelburne, VT, has been accepted as a professional member in the association. Professional membership in the association is reserved for only the most capable and experienced independent educational consultants (IEC’s). It requires an appropriate master’s degree or comparable training, and a minimum of three years experience in counseling. In addition, members must have visited a minimum of 50 campuses, meet IECA’s professional standards, and subscribe to its Principles of Good Practice. Alice has been an IEC since 2015.

Hinge to oversee NPI tech

Eric Hart, co-owner of NPI Technology Management, is pleased to announce the promotion of Nick Hinge to Director of Client Technology. He will oversee technology for all NPI accounts. “I have worked closely with Nick for over 10 years and am confident that he will excel in his expanded role,” says Hart. NPI assists Vermont companies with technology management services such as forecasting, budgeting, implementation strategies and risk mitigation as well as ongoing management and support. We link business and financial goals to technology performance for maximum returns.