Rutland Young Professionals event Oct. 17

Meet and network with young professionals from the Rutland region at The Draught Room. Bring your business cards and a friend. Apps and cash bar available, plus our monthly door prizes. Find more info at

Vermont Teddy Bear reveals a nostalgic event: In honor of Kevin Lepage

SHELBURNE– Vermont’s very own Kevin Lepage, a well-known local race car driver, is making an appearance at our factory in Shelburne, Vermont on September 29th. We will be honoring his last race at Thunder Road for the 55th Annual Milk Bowl. Vermont Teddy Bear was the first to sponsor Kevin in 1994, which then led to a very wonderful racing career throughout the past 20 years in NASCAR. The event will be held at 6655 Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vermont from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. It will be a fun-filled, nostalgic day with a raffle giveaway of a Vermont Teddy Bear Racer Bear with Kevin’s signature, meet and greet with Kevin, free factory tours all day long, and Handy’s Lunch will be on site.

Hildt Aviation offers Vermont service

BENNINGTON — HILDT AVIATION has relocated their general aviation maintenance operation from the Albany, NY International Airport to the Wm. H. Morse State Airport in Bennington, VT. According to pilot/owner Jamie Hildenbrandt, moving his general aviation operation to Bennington, Vermont allows HILDT AVIATION to better serve its growing general aviation clientele throughout the Hudson Valley Region, Southern Vermont and Western Massachusetts. “Since we opened our doors in 2010, our goal is to become a trusted part of your aircraft’s lifecycle, from pre-buy inspection through engine overhaul.”

In addition to a wide variety of maintenance, warranty repair and avionics services, HILDT AVIATION offers to pick up your aircraft and fly it back to your home base after service completion for a nominal fee. For more information contact Jamie Hildenbrandt at 1-866-649-5296 or or visit their website at

Rutland Young Professionals September Mix

Stop by Vibe Portrait Art for Rutland Young Professional’s September Mix. It’s the end of summer and we’ll be enjoying an ice cream social with The Vermont Truffle Company, while hearing from Vibe owner, Chris Booth. Plus music, lawn games and door prizes. Bring a friend! Learn more at


Free Admission

Annual ham supper in Shrewsbury

SHREWSBURY – The Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its annual ham supper on October 7th at the Shrewsbury Town Hall. The buffet supper has continuous seating that start at 4:30. The cost is $10 for adults, $5.00 for kids 5-12 and kids under 4 eat free. The SVFD along with the dedicated Shrewsbury Auxiliary will be serving up a delectable dinner consisting of Wallingford Locker ham, zesty potato salad, cole slaw, apple sauce and fresh baked rolls. The dinner will be topped off with scrumptious homemade desserts.

Three Steps Forward program names coordinator


RUTLAND — The Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board (RRWIB) and its partner, Vermont Adult Learning, has named Pierre Cotton Program Coordinator for Three Steps Forward for Young Men. The program, funded by The Bowse Health Trust, will provide local young men additional support to graduate with a high school diploma and with a clearly articulated plan for meaningful employment with advancement opportunities leading to financial security and healthy lives. “In Rutland County, employers report well-paying job openings across multiple industry sectors. Employers need skilled help. Three Steps Forward is designed to close the skills gap so our young men will be employed,” says Lynn Bondurant, RRWIB Executive Director.


Pageant seeks contestants

The Official US Continental Pageant is in search of Ms. and Mrs. Vermont US Continental. Qualification for entry is: Ms. Vermont applicants must be 18 and over and may be single, married, divorced or widowed. Mrs. Vermont applicants must be 18 and over and must be married. These programs recognize women of the new millennium for their accomplishments at home, work and in their community. Areas of Competition: Fitness in Aerobic Wear 33 1/3%, Private Interview 33 1/3%, Evening Gown Competition 33 1/3%, no talent or pageant experience required.

Volunteer to be a mentor

Who Mentored You? Many successful people credit one or more mentors who made a big difference in helping them achieve success and greater resiliency during their younger lives. Even as a recently retired person in my 60’s, I can clearly recall neighbors, teachers, colleagues, elders and some not-so-elders who in one way or another served to provide important guidance and direction at critical points in my growing up. In some instances, I needed only to observe in order to learn -it was mentoring from afar with someone leading by example. In others, I appreciated that someone was more direct and took me by the hand (or sometimes the scruff of the neck) in order to help me make better life decisions.

White & Burke negotiates Shelburne acquisition

BURLINGTON — Tim Burke, of White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors Inc. in Burlington, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the 370 Shelburne Road shopping center in South Burlington for Hauke Building Supply, Inc. The commercial strip center is comprised of 20,000 sf on 1.53 acres. Burke represented the Buyer, Hauke Building Supply, Inc, in the sale transaction. Mountain View Realtors represented the Seller, Evergreen Investments LLC. White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors specializes in commercial real estate development services, asset management, permitting, and brokerage.

Survey tracks Vermont business climate

WILLISTON – Nearly 150 Vermont businesses completed the latest semi-annual economic survey in July regarding the outlook of Vermont’s small- to medium-sized businesses. The survey, presented by Davis and Hodgdon Associates CPAs and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, revealed that business owners inside and outside of Chittenden county share a slightly increased level of optimism about the state’s economy. There is also a continued desire to see improvement in Vermont’s business climate and tax laws. • 34% of businesses exclusive to Vermont believe the state’s economy is improving (compared to 18% previously); 14% feel it is in decline (compared to 18% in January) and 37% indicate there is no change (compared to 61% previously). • For businesses with out-of-state interests, the responses were nearly identical to those in January.