Release Of $52 Million From Escrow Allows Mount Snow Projects To Move Forward

Mount Snow, VT. – Dec. 13, 2016 – Peak Resorts , the parent company of Mount Snow , announced today, Dec. 13, 2016 the release of $52 million in EB-5 funding from escrow. The funds – which were raised for the upcoming West Lake Snowmaking Project and the new base lodge for Carinthia Parks at Mount Snow – will be utilized to continue construction of the West Lake Project, with work on the new base lodge at Carinthia Parks scheduled to begin in 2017.

Urban Rhino wins several Davey awards

December 14, 2016
Zoë Furlong, Urban Rhino
(802) 238-8594

BURLINGTON, VT. – Urban Rhino, a video production company, has recently been honored with Best in Show, Gold, and Silver awards from the annual Davey Awards competition. The Davey Awards is a competition for smaller creative agencies who “derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets.”

Out of thousands of submissions, Urban Rhino’s “Day One” commercial for Vermont nonprofit Let’s Grow Kids was selected as one of only 11 “Best in Show” videos. Best in Show selections are made by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA) from the pool of Gold Winners, based on their scoring and other elements of merit as determined by the Academy. “Day One” is now featured on the Davey Awards site homepage.

Vermont Teddy Bear and Norwich University Hockey Donate Teddy Bears for “Toys for Our Kids”

Bill Shouldice | Chief Executive Officer | Vermont Teddy Bear Company
802.985.1300 |

Shelburne, VT – The Vermont Teddy Bear Company has donated two of its 3’ “Big Bears” for tonight’s Norwich/St. Michael’s men’s hockey game, taking place at Kreitzberg Arena at 7pm. “Many of our employees at Vermont Teddy Bear – including myself – have children who play hockey,” says Bill Shouldice, CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear Company. “It takes a lot of time, energy and money to keep up with the sport, and we are excited to help support the Norwich Men’s and Women’s hockey teams and their community endeavors.”

The idea for the Teddy Bear Toss came from both Shouldice and Mike McShane, Head Coach of the Norwich Men’s hockey team. It’s based on a well-known intermission activity known as “chuck-a-puck,” where fans purchase a hockey puck, throw it, and try to hit the center of the ice to win a prize.

Making Connections Conference Welcomes Stern Center Professional

Allison Provost
Communications Coordinator
183 Talcott Road
Williston, VT 05495-9209
Tel: 802/878-2332 x327

Brattleboro, VT – On November 5, the Brattleboro Area Early Childhood Educators hosted the Making Connections Conference at Brattleboro Retreat. Professional learning providers from around the state shared their expertise through workshops covering a variety of topics, thereby enhancing the knowledge of roughly 80 Vermont early childhood providers and educators. Funded by the generous support of the Turrell Fund, Karen Rodgers, a Speech Language Pathologist at the Stern Center for Language and Learning, was able to provide two valuable workshops to these educators. Delivering workshops during both morning and afternoon sessions, Rodgers addressed social development of infants and toddlers as well as preschool children ages 3- to 5-years-old. During these workshops, Rodgers offered a hands-on and interactive experience to all participants.

Vermont Teddy Bear 4’ Giant Bear Featured on Cover of December O Magazine

Bill Shouldice | Chief Executive Officer | Vermont Teddy Bear Company
802.985.1300 |

Shelburne, VT – The Vermont Teddy Bear Company proudly announces its 4’ Giant Bear is featured with Oprah Winfrey on the cover of the December issue of O Magazine. “It is such an honor to have our 4’ Giant Bear featured next to Oprah Winfrey on her magazine,” says Bill Shouldice, CEO. “This is very exciting for all of us at Vermont Teddy Bear.”

The 4’ Giant Bear has been a best-seller for a number of years and is available at Amazon. Hand-stuffed in Vermont, using 100% recycled material, the Giant Bear is a big hit each holiday season, and as year-round gifts for ages 1-100. “We can’t think of a better way to wrap up our thirty-fifth year and start our thirty-sixth,” says Shouldice.

Castleton Area Childcare Network educators attend workshop held by Stern Center

Williston, VT- On a rainy Saturday morning in early November, the Castleton Community Center was buzzing with the sound of shuffling papers, the crisp sound of book pages turning, and lively discussion. Enthusiastic and attentive, more than 45 dedicated early childcare providers were happily giving up part of their weekend to advance their knowledge and improve the quality of service they provide to local families. They shared stories, worked in groups, and listened to presenter Peggy Price, M.Ed., Fellow/AOGPE, provide strategies on how to increase early literacy skills. Made possible by grant funding from both the Turrell Fund and VB-5, this group of educators from the Castleton Area Childcare Network attended a 6.5-hour professional learning workshop held by the Stern Center for Language and Learning. During the workshop entitled BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® (BUILDING BLOCKS) Birth to Five, Peggy Price taught research-proven, play-based strategies that help young children become successful literacy learners.

Castleton Crackers Debuts Colorful and Compact New Packaging

Contact: Sharon Huntley
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. 802-457-9992

SOUTH WOODSTOCK, VT – Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company (VFCC) and artisan cracker division Castleton Crackers, is proud to introduce newly-designed box packaging for the entire line of Castleton Crackers in more vibrant colors and compact size while retaining its artisan look. Castleton Crackers flavors have been re-named to help clarify flavors and feature pairing suggestions on the back of the box. “The line includes a NEW version of our maple cracker, SALTED MAPLE, which is receiving rave reviews”, says founder, Whitney Lamy

The new packaging design updates the Castleton Cracker’s signature kraft box with more color and information, while still keeping the see-through window. Better fitting tray cradles crackers more effectively for less breakage and the compact size allows for easier stocking at retail and are perfect for Holiday Gift Baskets.

Wake Robin, Vermont’s life care community, wins 2016 ICAA Innovators Green Award

Contact: Charlotte Longley
People Making Good PR
(802) 863-3929 ext: 117

Shelburne, VT – November 10, 2016 – A multifaceted approach to sustainability including environmentally friendlier laundry facilities and controlling pests with beneficial insects has earned Wake Robin, nonprofit life care community in Shelburne, VT, a prestigious environmental wellness award. The International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) is pleased to announce that the 2016 winner of the ICAA Innovators Green Award is the older-adult community of Wake Robin. The community received the award for its Energy Use and Consumption Plan. The competition was open to organizations and professionals that share ICAA’s goals of changing society’s perceptions of aging and improving the quality of life for older adults within seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, vocational, physical, spiritual, intellectual, social and environmental. An ICAA committee of judges chose the Innovators Green Award winner for excellence in making a positive difference in the lives of older adults in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.

Vermont Teddy Bear Company Officially Launches VTSTEAMspace

Bill Shouldice | Chief Executive Officer | Vermont Teddy Bear Company
802.985.1300 |

Shelburne, VT – The Vermont Teddy Bear Company proudly announces it has created a VTSTEAMspace on its campus, in conjunction with Doug Webster of Champlain Maker Faire. “This space, created with Champlain Maker Faire, is all about creation and innovation for kids,” says Bill Shouldice, Chief Executive Office of Vermont Teddy Bear Company. “It is an honor to help promote this kind of creative and critical thinking for the children in our communities.”

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. The new space opened last week as an afterschool robotics program for 9-12 year olds and is a permanent, dedicated space on the Vermont Teddy Bear campus. “We looked at models in Northern Ireland, San Diego, and Toronto,” says co-planner Doug Webster.

Mobius Announces Recipients of the 2016-2017 Vermont Mentoring Grants

Burlington, VT — This fall, through the 2016-2017 Vermont Mentoring Grants, Mobius has awarded 32 grants, totaling more than $307,000, to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This funding will support 101 new and existing program sites, and more than 1,800 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont. Additionally, there is $45,000 in remaining grant funding available that Mobius plans to award to agencies planning or launching new mentoring programs during the 2016-2017 grant year. “We are excited to partner with agencies across the state this year to support the invaluable services that mentoring programs provide for youth in their local communities,” said Chad Butt, executive director of Mobius. “Working with both established partners and new agencies in underserved areas, we are continuing to make progress toward Mobius’ goal of being able to provide a mentor to every young person in Vermont who wants one.”

The Vermont Mentoring Grants are made possible through funding support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation, the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children.