Bill Schubart of Hinesburg, Vermont, is thewinner of the 2003 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. literary prize awarded annuallyby Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life magazine.Schubart’s winning entry, a true humorous essay entitled “TheBlack Bug,” captures Vermont life in the 1950s as it tells of a prankplayed by local Morrisville residents on the town’s newest flatlander. TomSlayton, one of the judges and editor of Vermont Life commented, “Writinghumorously is an art. Bill Schubart’s piece, “The Black Bug,” is one ofthose rare essays that attempts humor and achieves it. It also gives anaccurate picture of a rural Vermont community a half-century ago, and thejudges were charmed by it. We are delighted to publish Mr. Schubart’sstory in the fall issue of Vermont Life.” The fall issue of Vermont Lifewill available in bookstores and newsstands in mid-August.Schubart, president and CEO of Resolution, is a local businessleader and former chair of Vermont Business Roundtable. He is also thestepson of one of the characters featured in his winning essay.Schubart will receive a $1,500 prize for the story. His storywas selected from among nearly 200 entries, including essays, shortstories and poems, submitted in the 2002 contest. The literary prize isnamed for the late Ralph Nading Hill, Jr, a Vermont historian and writerand long-time member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors. This isthe fifteenth year the literary prize has been awarded. Shubart willreceive the award at a ceremony to be held Thursday, June 26.The Ralph Nading Hill literary prize is now considered by Vermontwriters to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes.The selection was made by an independent panel of judges: TomSlayton, editor of Vermont Life; Ruth Page, author and long-time friend ofMr. Hill; Alison Freeland, a 1994 winner of the Ralph Nading Hill, Jr.,award for her story, Shadbush; Brian Vachon, Vice President ofCommunications at National Life of Vermont and a former Vermont Lifeeditor; and Steve Terry, Green Mountain Power’s Senior Vice President,Corporate and Legal Affairs.The deadline for entries for this year’s contest is November 15,2003. The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonalresidents and college students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants maybe amateur or professional writers. The focus of the work must be”Vermont–Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” Entries mustbe unpublished and less than 3,000 words long. Staff of Vermont Life orGreen Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible. Send entries tothe Corporate Relations Department of Green Mountain Power, 163 AcornLane, Colchester, VT 05446.
Colchester, VTThe Vermont Council for Quality, partnering with the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, will hold their 2004 Fall Quality Conference on September 27, 2004 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. The purpose of the conference is to bring together a cross section of Vermont organizations to discuss how to implement performance excellence and continuous improvement measures to enhance an organizations efficiency, profitability and success.The conference will include panelists from Manufacturing, Health Care, Small Business and Education to share their success stories and lessons learned. The afternoon will spotlight best practices in Balanced Scorecard, Outcome Based Planning, Action Planning, and Information and Knowledge Management.Mark Blazey, author of Insights to Performance Excellence will be the keynote speaker. Governor Jim Douglas and Commissioner Michael Quinn of the Vermont Department of Economic Development have both been invited to speak. Commissioner Quinn will speak on high performing Vermont organizations and their effect on the Vermont economy.Founded in 1996, the Vermont Council for Quality is a non-profit that helps Vermont organizations improve their performance and competitiveness. VCQs services include a comprehensive organizational assessment that identifies strengths and improvement opportunities and serves as the foundation for the Vermont Council for Quality Award process, which is based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria. In addition, VCQ provides education and training, and serves as a resource referral for information, knowledge and sharing of best practices within and between Vermont organizations.For more information, please visit our website at www.VermontQuality.org(link is external) or call us at (802) 655-1910.###
OKEMO PLANS TO OPEN FOR THE SEASON ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 WITH TOP TOBOTTOM TERRAIN!Ludlow, VT – The Okemo snowmaking team has been blowing snow non-stop inpreparation for opening day of the season on November 12, 2004.Fantastic snowmaking temperatures have enabled Okemo’s snowmaking team toreally powder the slopes at every opportunity. That’s great news forOkemoskiers and riders! Okemo will have top to bottom skiing on at least 7trails, with 4 lifts in operation to whisk skiers and riders to some greatearly season snow conditions on opening day.Skiing and riding will be available for advanced skiers and riders fromthesummit of the mountain on trails such as Count Down, Upper World Cup,LowerWorld Cup, Defiance, Buckhorn and Drop Off. Snowmaking operations arecontinuing at every opportunity to open additional terrain and provide topto bottom skiing and riding. The Northstar Express will start turning at9:00 am on opening day, along with the Glades Peak Quad, the F-10 Poma andthe Sachem Quad.The Base Café, Sitting Bull Lounge and Summit Lodge will be open servingfood and beverage. The Okemo Express Rental/Repair Shop, PenguinPlayground Day Care Center, Okemo Snowsports Shop and Mountain ServicesOffice will also be open.Skiers and riders should stay in touch with okemo.com or call the 24-HourSnowphone at (802) 228-5222 for the latest updates and for moreinformationon opening day of the season.OKEMO MOUNTAIN RESORT PREPARES FOR AN EXCITING THANKSGIVING WEEKENDLudlow, VT – Thanksgiving Weekend is right around the corner and OkemoMountain Resort is getting ready! Okemo’s snowmakers and groomers areworking nonstop to expand terrain and create the snow conditions Okemo isso famous for. Lots of lifts, trails spread across 5 mountain areas andon-snow fun is on the agenda for the Thanksgiving Weekend.Thanksgiving Lift Operations – November 22 to 28, 2004:Monday through Wednesday: Lifts open from 9 am to 4 pmThursday: Lifts open from 8 am to 4 pmFriday: Lifts open from 8 am to 4 pmSaturday: Lifts open from 8 am to 4 pmSunday: Lifts open from 8 am to 4 pmThanksgiving Buffet Dinner at Willie Dunn’s Grille:Served from 3 pm – 8 pmCinnamon Butternut Bisque Soup, Hand Carved Vermont Turkey with HomemadeGravy, Hand Carved Maple Glazed Ham, Roasted Pork Loin, Seafood Scampi,Homemade Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Whipped Mashed Sweet Potatoes, HomemadeStuffing with Cranberries & Nuts, Fresh Steamed Vegetables, Salad Bar withFresh Bread and Holiday Desserts.Unlimited Trips ($20.99 + plus tax). 50% off to children 12 and under(18% Gratuity will automatically be added to final bill)Call to make reservations, Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 22-Nov. 24between 11 am – 3 pm at (802) 228-1387.Thanksgiving Dinner at Coleman Brook Tavern:Served from 12 pm until 8 pmButternut Squash Sherry Bisque with Forest Mushrooms or Coleman Bibb Saladwith Candied Walnuts, Roasted Beets and Maple Mustard VinaigretteCorn Fritter with Apple Chutney, Roast Fresh Turkey with Cornbread SausageStuffing, Roasted Root Vegetables, Potato Medley, Cranberry Compote andSage Gravy, Pumpkin Pie or Apple Cobbler or Wilcox Dairy Selected IceCreamBuffet is $28 per person. $15 for children under 12 (entreeonly). Beverages, tax and gratuity extra. For reservations please callthe Coleman Brook Tavern at (802) 228-1435.Schedule of EventsWed, Nov 26: Wonderful Wednesdays! VT/NH residents can ski/ride theentireday for just $39 or pay just $21 for the afternoon (starting at 12:30pm). Proof of residency is all that’s needed at the time of lift ticketpurchase.Thurs, Nov 27: Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Willie Dunn’s Grille. Join usfor a beautiful Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet from 1 pm – 8 pm. Call to makereservations for Thanksgiving, Monday – Wednesday, Nov. 24 – 26 between 11a.m. – 5 p.m. at (802) 228-1387.Sat, Nov 29: Long Trail Apres-Ski Party. Join the fun for an Apres-skiparty with live music by Rick Redington and Long Trail giveaways in theSitting Bull Bar & Restaurant from 3-6pm.Sat, Nov 29: J1/2/3. Snowboard and Freestyle programs begin.Sat, Nov 29: Annual Okemo Season Passholder Cocktail Party and FashionShowinside the Okemo Great Room from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.Early Season Ski & Stay SpecialsWinter Weekend Warm-Up from $63.95 pp/dayAvailable opening to Thurs, Nov. 27, 2003 or Sun, Nov. 30 to Sun, Dec. 14,2003Take advantage of Okemo’s unsurpassed snowmaking capabilities and enjoyNewEngland ‘s best early season snow conditions. These sample packagesinclude lodging in either a Jackson Gore Inn room, a 1BR Okemo MountainLodge ski-in/ski-out, a 2 or 3BR Winterplace mountainside unit, and dailylift tickets. 2-day/2-night weekend stays available Friday night throughSunday.’Twas the week before Christmas from $106.25 pp/dayAvailable Sun, Dec.21 to Fri, Dec. 26, 2003Enjoy New England’s best early-season snow conditions, and then take intheHoliday Festivities in the Village of Ludlow. Visit the shops for a lastminute holiday gift, or simply relax and unwind in Okemo’s winterplayground. These sample packages include lodging in a new Jackson GoreInnroom, a 1 BR Okemo Mountain Lodge ski-in/ski-out, 2 or 3 BR Winterplacemountainside units, daily lift tickets, a free day ticket on Sundayafternoon, and the Okemo Freedom Pack. 5 -day/5 -night midweek staysavailable Sunday night through Friday. For the latest update on lifts, trails, snow conditions and events,visit the Okemo website at www.okemo.com(link is external) or the 24-hour Snowphone at (802)228-5222.
BURLINGTON, Vt.– Champlain College has created a regional center for computer forensics with major funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). On December 28, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who helped secure the funding, joined Champlain College President David F. Finney on campus to discuss the important role of the new Champlain College Center for Digital Investigation (C3DI), which received a $650,000 grant from the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.The new center has been developed to advance three major initiatives. First, two new Champlain faculty members work with federal, state and local law enforcement investigators, performing digital investigations and adding capacity to law enforcement agencies in Vermont. Based at the Burlington Police Department, these investigators sift through digital evidence found on computers, cell phones, iPods and other digital devices so that crucial pieces of evidence can be applied to criminal investigations. Secondly, these two new faculty members also share their professional experience as they teach courses in Champlains Computer & Digital Forensics program. And lastly, the College is creating new online training opportunities that will be available to members of law enforcement in Vermont and across the country.Local, state and federal law enforcement officials have seen an explosion of complex electronic crimes, said Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Leahy also is the incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees federal anti-crime programs, and he has led on digital security and privacy issues. In a time when computers hold the key to everything from terrorist plots to accounting scandals, understanding e-crime and digital forensics is crucial for todays federal, state and local law enforcement officers and our civilian cyber security personnel. The digital forensics education curriculum that Champlain College has put together is right on point in helping law enforcement professionals succeed in countering cyber criminals. This grant will help the College expand its outreach to the public sector, building a rare and important partnership between academia and law enforcement to improve our effectiveness against these crimes.Champlain College President David F. Finney said, Were thrilled that the federal government is supporting Champlains efforts to both educate professionals in computer forensics and directly support law enforcement activities. Senator Leahy and his staff have been extremely helpful in furthering our outreach. Its clear that our country needs innovative programs to fight crime today, and Champlain is well-positioned to deliver leading-edge programs both face-to-face and over the Internet.The director of the new center is Associate Professor Gary C. Kessler, who also directs Champlains Computer & Digital Forensics and Information Security degree programs. Robert Edwards, director of Champlains Criminal Justice program, was named associate director of C3DI. Computer forensics and digital investigations have become an integral part of police work in the new millennium, Kessler said. Computers are now as much a part of the modern law enforcement officers daily routine as the baton, sidearm, radio and handcuffs.The Center funds two part-time digital forensics examiner positions to assist Vermont law enforcement in criminal digital investigations. Reporting to the Vermont Internet Crimes Task Force and housed at the Burlington Police Department, these new positions increase the states digital evidence examination capacity by about 20 percent, Kessler estimated.Today, many crimes have computer-based evidence and Vermont has just a handful of examiners. Burlington Police Chief Thomas Tremblay said, This program and partnership are innovative and necessary given the limited resources and funding available to local law enforcement to take on new and highly technical responsibilities.The new, part-time examiners spend the other part of their week on the Champlain campus teaching students in the Colleges three-year-old Computer & Digital Forensics programthe first bachelors degree program of its kind in New England and the only such program in the nation offered online. These instructors teach on campus and online in positions that are funded for three years.The grant also supports an online training initiative that allows Champlain College to share its expertise with law enforcement from Seattle to Boston. The College is creating online programs that train law enforcement in computer forensics through the Vermont Police Academy and Vermont Internet Crimes Task Force, as well as through two national law enforcement training organizations. These organizations currently conduct face-to-face trainingwhich requires officers to travel to major cities for training. We all agree that its possible to reach about 98 percent of American law enforcement if we create online training in appropriate topics, and its more cost effective when it is provided online, Kessler said.Currently, Champlains Computer & Digital Forensics program enrolls approximately 150 studentsnearly half are traditional, on-campus students and the rest are enrolled online from as far away as California and Texas. Some of the online students are already members of the law enforcement community and they work their online education around their careers. This is Champlains second federal grant for computer forensics education. In 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice awarded Champlain College a $185,000 grant to further develop the colleges digital forensics program. Champlains program was hailed as the national educational model for undergraduate computer forensics education.More information at http://www.champlain.edu/(link is external).
National Governors Association chair Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, and vice chair Gov. Jim Douglas will host the nations governors in Philadelphia for a discussion with President-elect Obama and Vice president-elect Biden about the challenges facing states during this economic crisis. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 11:45 am.They will urge the incoming administration, as well as Congress, to provide a recovery package that will spur job growth, support infrastructure projects and ease the burden of Medicaid costs. This will bring immediate relief into states to stabilize their economies and help deter from cuts to essential programs.Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s, most respected public policy organizations.
Governor Jim Douglas today joined Franklin County farmers and watershed groups at their Rock River Field Walk as part of Vermont s fourth annual Clean Water Day.Clean Water Day is held annually in June to celebrate the work of Vermonters to improve water quality around the state and to renew the state s commitment to the goal of clean water for all Vermonters.The field walk highlighted the innovations and progress in agricultural practices that are currently being piloted and used on a number of farms around the county. Wayne and Nancy Fiske of Windfall Acres hosted the event. The Fiskes are leaders in farmers efforts to reduce soil erosion and phosphorus runoff from annual crop and hay land and improve agricultural practices. The commitment of countless farmers throughout Franklin County, and the state as a whole, to improve water quality is truly outstanding, the Governor said. The stewardship of Vermont s waters is everyone s responsibility farmer and city dweller; year-round resident and seasonal visitor and Vermonters take this responsibility seriously.The Friends of Missisquoi Bay and Farmers Watershed Alliance, which sponsored the annual event, highlighted recent advances in practices being used on Vermont farms, including reduced tillage methods, changing crop rotations, nutrient management planning, installing grassed waterways and riparian buffers, and improving cover cropping through the use of seed drills, aerators, and roller/crimpers. All have been shown to reduce agricultural runoff and/or erosion. Brian Jerose, of WASTE NOT Resource Solutions, who helped organize the event, noted the importance local implementation projects. It is when Vermont farmers test and use these practices on their farm s soils, generating watershed-specific results, that farmers become more confident that water quality protection and economically sustainable agriculture are compatible.Other speakers included Dr. Heather Darby of UVM Extension, who discussed projects involving high-residue cropping systems and Kip Potter, on assignment with the Agency of Natural Resources Center for Clean and Clear. Potter described his work identifying areas in the Rock River watershed that are likely to be the most susceptible to erosion and/or suitable for reduced tillage methods.For more information about water quality efforts in Vermont, visit www.anr.state.vt.us/cleanandclear(link is external).Source: Governor’s office.
The state has awarded more than $417,000 in Municipal Planning Grants to forty-five communities across the state to help them plan for growth and development.Officials at the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development announced the Municipal Planning Grants of up to $15,000, which can be used for a variety of planning projects.‘These grants support the planning activities that are at the heart of Vermont’s Smart Growth strategy,’ said Tayt Brooks, Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development. ‘While the budget crisis has curtailed the amount available, these investments will help promote economic activity, community development, and housing in our downtowns and village centers, while protecting Vermont’s working landscape.’The Municipal and Regional Planning Fund was first established in 1988 as a way to support municipal planning and development. The program offers grants of up to $15,000 through a competitive process. Municipalities were funded to support updating town plans, zoning bylaws, and capital improvement plans, as well as special planning projects relating to downtown and village revitalization, growth center planning and economic development planning efforts.‘The program priorities were established through a municipal survey, which indicated a strong interest in supporting downtown, village center, and growth centers,’ said Brooks. ‘The awards also reflect an increased focus on municipal infrastructure, which the survey indicated was a strong concern in our communities.’Communities have 18 months to complete their planning projects.2011 Municipal Planning Grant Awards
Champlain Bridge, August 24, 2011, NYSDOT.NYSDOT expects the transport process to begin at sunrise on Thursday with lift work extending into the late afternoon or early evening that same day. The arch will be floated from its construction site at Velez Marine in Port Henry to the bridge site over a two- to four-hour period. The lift is expected to last between four and eight hours. The main navigational channel through the center span will be closed as the arch is floated into position, lifted into place and secured. Marine traffic will be directed through an alternative navigational channel during this time period. VTrans reminds the public that opportunities to view the arch lift from the Vermont side of the lake are limited. Due to safety concerns, viewers will not be allowed close to the construction site, by land or water. Viewers are welcome to watch the lift at locations along Route 125 on the Vermont side or from the New York side at The Crown Point State Historic Site or DEC campground. Viewers are also reminded that The Chimney Point State Historic Site is currently closed and is not available as a viewing site. High traffic volumes are anticipated for the ferry and viewers will not be allowed to access the ferry landing area unless traveling on the ferry.The ferry connecting New York State to Vermont will remain open and operational at all times during the work. However, higher than normal traffic levels near the bridge site may cause some highway traffic congestion. For those interested in viewing the process, on the New York side, the Department of Environmental Conservation campground, Crown Point State Historic Site and Essex County Visitors Center will be open to the public. Free parking is available at the historic site. The DEC campground will charge an entrance fee. However, parking is limited in these areas and no additional parking accommodations are available due to the need to keep New York Route 185, Vermont routes 17 and 125, and the ferry access roads passable at all times. The lift can also be viewed by visiting NYSDOT’s Lake Champlain Bridge webcam page at: https://www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge/bridgecam(link is external). The webcam takes periodic still shots of the construction site. The operation could be postponed or delayed due to excessive winds or lightning. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced plans to transport and lift into place the center arch span of the new Lake Champlain Bridge this Friday, August 26, weather permitting. The public will be able to watch the transport and lift, but some marine and vehicle traffic restrictions will be in place. There will also be a webcam showing the event (see link below).‘The arch lift will provide clear and tangible evidence that we’re moving very close to reopening the Lake Champlain Bridge to the public,’ said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. ‘This is an exciting and historic moment for the people in the region who heavily depend on the bridge for their livelihoods. I would like to extend my appreciation to them for their patience as we move forward toward the final phase of the project.’