Six lawyers in the law firm of Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP, with offices in Burlington and Middlebury, Vermont, have been named in the 2003-4 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”®. The Best Lawyers in America ® is considered the pre-eminent guide to the legal profession in the United States. The “Best Lawyers” lists are compiled through an exhaustive peer review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the United States confidentially evaluate their peers.In Vermont, there are approximately 2,700 lawyers and only 60 lawyers in Vermont are listed in “The Best Lawyers in America”®. The six Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP attorneys named are:Peter F. Langrock (Criminal Defense, First Amendment Law, Personal Injury).Mark L. Sperry (Real Estate)John L. Kellner (Personal Injury)Liam L. Murphy (Real Estate)Susan M. Murray (Family Law)Beth Robinson (Family Law and Workers Compensation)Six attorneys is the most named in any one firm in Vermont, and perhaps the country.Senior partner, Peter F. Langrock, stated “ We are pleased to have six of our attorneys -25% of the attorneys in our firm – recognized for their outstanding expertise. I believe each and every one of our 24 lawyers are among the best lawyers in America.”
Stratton Mountain’s environmental initiativeswere recognized again this year with the prestigious Silver Eagle Awardpresented by Mountain Sports Media, publishers of SKI and SKIINGmagazines.The Awards were established in 1993 to recognize and encourageenvironmental achievements. A record of 32 resorts participated in the2004 Golden Eagle Awards. The entries were judged by a panel ofenvironmental and industry experts.Stratton earned the 2004 Silver Eagle Award, its fourth since 1996, forExcellence in Fish and Wildlife Protection.Stratton was recognized for sponsorship of wildlife studies andeducational programs as well as for Conservation Easements presented tothe State of Vermont. These seven distinct areas, on 1,200 acres, wereidentified in the exhaustive planning process that resulted in Vermont’sfirst fully approved mountain resort Master Plan (1999). Theseconservation areas include whitetail deer wintering grounds and feedingareas, bear travel corridors and feeding areas and Bicknell’s thrushhabitat.While the state typically requires two acres of land be offered asmitigation for each acre affected by development, Stratton’s ConservationEasements “up the ante for future development by moving the ratio closerto 18-to-1,” according to state officials. “The Stratton Master Plan,based on cluster rather than sprawl development, supports the resort’seconomic viability while permanently protecting nearly a third of theresort property for use by important wildlife species.”
New President & CEO Appointed to Run BMHBarry G. Beeman has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Southern Vermont Health Services Corporation. He will be coming to Brattleboro this summer. Beeman has roots in New England, and he and his wife, a nurse, are very happy to be coming to Vermont, where they have family.Beeman comes to BMH with a total of twenty-three years of healthcare administrative experience including as President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Human Resources at three previous hospitals.Beeman most recently held the position of President/CEO of Atlantic General Hospital/Health System in Berlin, Maryland, a community hospital and health system with similarities to BMH, also located in a rural area. While there he coordinated major expansion projects to include new emergency and outpatient centers and expanded surgical and diagnostic services. He also provided leadership direction successfully positioning the hospital organizationally and financially. As CEO of Atlantic General, Beeman was an active leader in representing the hospital/health system in the community, resulting in successful appeals and development campaigns.Before going to Atlantic General in 1998, Beeman was President and CEO of Eastern Connecticut Health Network in Manchester, Connecticut. There he managed the performance of a network of two acute care hospitals, long-term care facility, home care agency, and two wellness centers. Before that he served at Rockville General Hospital for thirteen years in various capacities, the last four years of which as President and CEO.Beeman received a masters degree in healthcare management from Rensselaer at Hartford Graduate Center (CT), and obtained his bachelor of science in psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.His professional affiliations include memberships in the American College of Healthcare Executives and in the American College of Healthcare Administrators. He is a member of the CEO Circle, and is currently a member of the Maryland Hospital Association in addition to various other entities in Maryland such as Chambers of Commerce in several areas of the state. He is past president of his residential community in Maryland.Beeman is married to Kathy Banning, a registered nurse who trained at the Thompson School for Nurses here in Brattleboro. They have one grown daughter, Alicyn. Beeman lists as his interests, in addition to people in general, golf and other outdoor activities and going to the movies.Catherine Coonan, chairperson of the SVHSC board of trustees, says she is very pleased that Barry Beeman has accepted the position of leading our wonderful hospital. I feel confident that his background, leadership skills, and relationships with people both in the hospital and out in the community will benefit Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
Thursday, February 2, 2006GOV. DOUGLAS ASKS LT. GOV. DUBIE TO PROMOTE VERMONTS GREEN VALLEY AT INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL TECH SHOWMontpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas and Lt. Governor Brian Dubie today announced that the State of Vermont will send a team to the upcoming GLOBE international environmental technology trade fair in Vancouver, Canada to promote Vermont as an ideal location for sustainable, environmental industries. Governor Douglas said he asked Lt. Governor Dubie to head the team that includes the Vermont Department of Economic Development, Vermont Global Trade Partnership, and the Vermont Environmental Consortium at GLOBE 2006, a biennial trade fair and conference scheduled for March 29-31.Brian has been a leader in the promotion of the Green Valley – our effort to build a robust, sustainable environmental technology sector here in Vermont, Governor Douglas said. That leadership, coupled with his strong relationship with our Canadian neighbors, makes him uniquely suited to this task.I welcome the opportunity to promote Vermont and its environmental technology sector at such a prestigious event, Lt. Governor Dubie said. The Governor and I are both very committed to cultivating and attracting high tech environmental firms that will help us to make Vermont an even better place to live, work and raise a family. The Green Valley is a critical part of the Agenda of Affordability, Governor Douglas continued. Working aggressively to retain and recruit firms who utilize and produce cutting edge environmental technologies will help secure our economic future and ensure that the next generation of Vermonters have good, high-paying job opportunities that permit them to own homes and raise their families here, he said.The Vermont Environmental Consortium is a partnership of environmental technology firms, educational institutions, and other groups interested in promoting sustainable environmental industries.GLOBE 2006 showcases emerging environmental technologies and solutions from leading global technology companies. Organizers estimate that 10,000 environmental business leaders and corporate environmental managers will attend, and that over $625 million in estimated new business was generated at GLOBE 2004. For more information, visit the GLOBE Web site at: ###
Champlain Housing Trust Representatives AcceptWorld Habitat Award at United Nations Ceremony in AngolaBURLINGTON, VT – Two representatives from the Champlain Housing Trust accepted a World Habitat Award today at UN-HABITAT’s global celebration of World Habitat Day in Luanda, Angola. The award, presented by the Building and Social Housing Foundation in conjunction with the UN agency, recognizes the Housing Trust’s permanently affordable housing programs as innovative, sustainable and transferable.”This is a significant achievement for all of who have worked hard to create housing opportunity for Vermonters and for everyone across the country that has advanced the community land trust model,” said Brenda Torpy, Champlain Housing Trust CEO. “We all know there is more work to do, but in this time of great financial upheaval in this country and around the globe, our model in Vermont is being recognized as durable, sustainable and one that other communities can emulate.”Torpy is accompanied on the trip to Angola by Richard Kemp, a Board member and a resident of Champlain Housing Trust housing. “I am honored to represent more than 2,100 CHT residents in accepting this award on their behalf,” he added. “This recognition also confirms that community-based organizations are the ones that really succeed.”The Champlain Housing Trust was selected as a winner by the Building and Social Housing Foundation, which has made the Awards in concert with UN-HABITAT each year for over 20 years. The Housing Trust was chosen for its innovative shared-equity homeownership program. The program creates homeownership opportunity where none existed before, and uses a one-time infusion of public and private funds to make a home affordable forever.Vermont’s Congressional delegation offered their congratulations to the Champlain Housing Trust on Monday.”When I was mayor of Burlington, I thought the concept of a community land trust made a whole lot of sense and could be very effective,” Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said. “I never thought it would be as enormously successful as it has been and a model emulated throughout the world, showing how to establish both home ownership and perpetually housing. In the face of the sub-prime mortgage and foreclosure crisis, the Champlain Housing Trust has proven to us that there is a better way.”Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) added, “Brenda and Richard are showing the world Champlain Housing Trust’s approach to combating the difficult socio-economic challenge of ensuring every human being has access to a safe, affordable home. The award is a great recognition. I hope the energy and creativity of Champlain Housing Trust’s delegation to Angola inspires communities across the world to embrace this proven model.””This international award is a testament to the incredibly effective work of the Champlain Housing Trust in creating affordable housing and working with local partners,” said Representative Peter Welch (D-VT). “The Trust is a leader in the world while they make us all proud with their service here at home.”The Champlain Housing Trust is a community land trust that supports strong, vital communities in northwest Vermont through the development and stewardship of permanently affordable homes and community assets. Over 2,100 families and individuals live in Housing Trust homes. For more information, contact Chris Donnelly at (802) 864-2644 or visit www.champlainhousingtrust.org(link is external).
The state Senate yesterday passed a Vermont Yankee decommissioning bill that is a significantly watered down version of one that passed the House, but which still requires the current owners of the Vernon nuclear power plant to cover the cost of decommissioning the plant, whenever that might be. The House version requires that Entergy fully fund the decommissioning within 10 years if the plant closes in 2012.Entergy is seeking to renew the license for another 20 years. Because of the long period of cool-down and actual dismantling of the plant, much of the money Entergy intended to pay for the decommissioning is coming from investments, which were expected to grow substantially over several decades. However, those investments have suffered as the stock market plummeted over the last year; the expected decommissioning costs have risen; and Entergy announced last year that it wanted to spin off some of its older plants, including Vermont Yankee, into a new company.The Senate legislation is intended to ensure that if the company is spun off, that the plant’s owner – not the state of Vermont or its ratepayers – is still required to bear the cost of decommissioning. However, Central Vermont Public Service Director of Public Affairs Steve Costello pointed out that in the original terms of the sale to Entergy, as approved by the Vermont Pubic Service Board after much deliberation, required that the owner of the plant be responsible for the decommissioning and that under no scenario would Vermont be left with decommissioning the plant. Costello said that very point was one of the reasons that the local utility owners, including CVPS and Green Mountain Power, as well as state regulators, wanted to sell the plant.“The NRC has complete authority to order plant owners to put money into the decommissioning fund whenever it feels the need, and complete authority to enforce decommissioning obligations on its owner – whoever that is,” Costello said in an email to VBM. “They’ve never let an operator walk away from its obligations. We believe the bill and the House version are unnecessary and will only serve to complicate negotiations on a new power contract and could even result in an early shutdown.”In a prepared statement, Senator Ann Cummings, Chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, said: “When Entergy Corporation bought Vermont Yankee they promised Vermonters that they would be responsible for the costs of decommissioning the plant. We want to make sure that Entergy Corporation keeps their promise to Vermonters.”As for the new contract, Costello said, “We continue to talk, but I can’t say when we’ll have a contract proposal to release. We remain hopeful, however, that we will come up with an agreement that provides benefits to Vermont.”The decommissioning bill, H 436, requires that if Vermont Yankee is sold, the Public Service Board (PSB) must determine that its decommissioning fund has the capacity to pay for the clean up of the plant upon the closing of Vermont Yankee. If the fund is adequate, the PSB will require nothing further. If the fund is inadequate, Entergy will be required to either add funds or supply a letter of credit or other guarantee to shore up the fund. When decommissioning does occur, H 436 assures that the fund will be adequate to cover all costs, regardless of whether the corporation that owns the plant is financially strong or not. The decommissioning bill will be taken up for third reading in the Senate today. If passed, as expected, it would go to conference committee to resolve the differences with the House version.
Beginning June 1, VPR presents a special series exploring the history, culture, and natural resources of Lake Champlain. Champlain 400 marks the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain s exploration of the region. Each Monday in June, VPR News will air Stories from the Lake. In the morning, Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb focuses on the lake s history, from the days when whales frolicked where ferry boats now sail to the stories of how battles and trade helped to form a nation.In the afternoon, All Things Considered host Neal Charnoff looks at culture and life in the Champlain basin, from what the region looked like when Champlain arrived in 1609, through the warriors, farmers, and sailors who followed.Champlain 400 continues throughout the summer with a broad range of special programming, including:Stories about Lake Champlain shipwrecksMusical showcase recorded in VPR studios by Vermont artists including Alan Greenleaf, Lisa Ornstein & Andre Marchand, Robert Resnik and Marty MorrisseySeries tracing the region’s musical traditions from Native American songs to Vermont’s own punk rock. Through the Eyes of Champlain, a series of commentaries by Mike MartinAn investigation into reported sightings of the elusive Lake Champlain monster, Champ.VPR has launched a special Champlain 400 website, with comprehensive program archives, photos, and resources about the lake. The site, which will develop and unfold as quadricentennial celebrations continue, is available by visiting VPR.net and clicking on Champlain 400.Source: VPR. Colchester, Vt., May 29, 2009 – –
Mack Molding Co. is today announcing the formation of its medical products group, which the company is branding MackMedical. Located at Mack’s headquarters in Arlington, Vt., MackMedical is a focused group of staff –product development, program management, quality, regulatory, document control, purchasing, sales and production — that is skilled in medical manufacturing. They manage all medical accounts, from upfront engineering through final manufacturing and distribution.“We have been aggressively developing the medical manufacturing sector of our business for the past nine years by refining quality and supply management systems, hiring specialized staff, and adding new technology,” says Jeff Somple, president of Mack Molding’s Northern Division.“As a result, the medical market now represents a full 30 percent of our business, including several Class III medical devices, surgical equipment, and disposables for the orthopedic market. After this significant investment of time and resources, we now have all the markers in place to legitimately call ourselves MackMedical.”“This is an engineering-intensive team with a medical manufacturing culture that understands the industry,” explains Kevin Bradley, business unit director. “The customer doesn’t have to spend time bringing us up to speed on the stringent requirements of this market.”More than a molderWhile rooted in plastic injection molding since its inception in 1920, Mack has long since been more than a molder. Vertically integrated into a number of other core competencies, Mack offers design, prototyping, metal fabrication, full product assembly and direct order fulfillment. Specifically for medical customers, the company has also recently added product refurbishment, complaint investigation, and obsolescence management.“We have developed a robust medical products group within Mack Molding that represents a rapidly growing segment of our overall business,” adds Somple. “Medical manufacturing will grow to 50 percent of our business in the near future, as we anticipate adding large-part clean room molding and other medical design services.“We have demonstrated to the medical market that we’re in this business to stay,” concludes Somple, “which is particularly important during this period of economic uncertainty. Given the length of the medical product development cycle, it’s critical for OEMs to deal with contract manufacturers that have the financial and staff bandwidth to stay the course. Mack remains debt-free and financially strong. And we continue to make investments in people, equipment and technologies that will collectively keep us and our customers moving forward together.”The company’s headquarters plant has been ISO 13485 certified for medical device production for several years. Just this month, its prototyping division (Mack Prototype, Inc., Gardner, Mass.) earned ISO 13485 certification as well.Mack is a privately owned business that operates six facilities throughout the eastern United States. Don Kendall is CEO and president. For more news and information about its applications and services, go to www.mack.com(link is external). Source: Mack Molding. ARLINGTON, Vt. (July13, 2009) – # # # # #
The U.S. Senate Friday confirmed two nominees for the top federal law enforcement offices in Vermont, steered through the Senate by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Tristram Coffin and David Demag became the first U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal nominees of President Obama to be confirmed by the Senate. In March, Leahy recommended Coffin to fill Vermont s U.S. Attorney position, and Demag, a longtime law enforcement officer in Vermont, to be the state s U.S. Marshal. Coffin was the President s first nominee to fill 93 U.S. Attorney positions across the country. Demag became the President s first U.S. Marshal nominee on July 31. By longstanding practice, the state s senior senator from the President s party makes recommendations for nominations to federal vacancies in the senator s state. Leahy also chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which handles the confirmation process for U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals. In Tris Coffin and David Demag, Vermont has two first-rate federal law enforcers to fight and prevent crime, said Leahy. Their experience and professionalism will be especially valuable in our ongoing efforts to combat drug-related crime and violence in Vermont. I am delighted that they have become the first U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal confirmed by the Senate in the new administration.Coffin was nominated by the President on June 4. He will manage the U.S. Department of Justice s U.S. Attorney offices in Burlington and Rutland overseeing the work of nearly 20 prosecutors. Coffin formerly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as an attorney in the Justice Department s Civil Division. Since 2006 he has been in private practice in Burlington.Demag was nominated just one week ago, on July 31. He will oversee Vermont s U.S. Marshal Service operation, which has offices in Burlington, Rutland and Brattleboro. Demag is a fourth-generation law enforcement officer, and formerly served as police chief in St. Albans and Essex Jct. Source: Leahy’s office. (FRIDAY, August 7, 2009)
2010 Best Places to Work in Vermont awards ceremony held in BurlingtonWells River Savings Bank and Merchants Bank were the top winners at a ceremony held last night to honor the top employers in the state. The ceremony was held at the Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington to reveal the 2010 Best Places to Work in Vermont rankings and honor the recipients. A joint project of Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the awards went to 15 companies from around the state. In order to participate in the program, businesses had to have a minimum of 15 employees in Vermont. Businesses were divided into two categories based on size, with those that have 15 to 149 qualifying as small and medium companies, and a large companies bracket for those with 150 or more employees. Eligible companies entered themselves into a two-part survey process administered by Best Companies Group (BCG) of Pennsylvania, which evaluated each company and analyzed the data to come up with the final rankings.Twenty-five percent of the scoring was based on the employer questionnaire, which covered a wide range of company practices and policies. The remaining 75 percent was determined by the employee portion of the survey, which asked employees to rate their experience at the company. Only those companies which met what Peter Burke of BCG called the high-bar of workplace excellence, according to BCG s evaluations, were honored as one of the best places in the state to work. They were then ranked within their size category.Placing first among large companies was Merchants Bank, which is headquartered in South Burlington and has nearly 40 branches throughout the state. The top honor in the small and medium company category also went to a bank, Wells River Savings Bank of Wells River, a company that has been in business for over a century. They were joined by 13 other companies, ranging from large utility companies to a manufacturer of baking flour. All of these honored companies are winners, Vermont Business Magazine Publisher John Boutin said. It s a great testament to all of them that they recognize that being a good employer is not only the right thing to do, but that it benefits the bottom line. As diverse as these companies are, they are all successful, even during this economic downturn. The companies recognized with the distinction of being one of the best places to work in Vermont demonstrate a high level of commitment to doing business in Vermont and to the wellbeing of their employees, Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. These 15 companies are most deserving of this award and should be proud of their accomplishments. This year s award recipients in order of ranking are:Small/Medium Companies: 1. Wells River Savings Bank 2. Edward Jones 3. The Bank of Bennington 4. Mascoma Savings Bank 5. Seventh Generation 6. King Arthur Flour Company 7. NRG Systems, Inc. 8. Resource Systems Group, Inc. 9. MBF Bioscience 10. TPW Management LLC Large Companies: 1. Merchants Bank 2. Dealer.com 3. Green Mountain Power 4. Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee 5. Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.