High Mowing Seed Company Hires New Marketing Manager/Sales Associate

first_imgHigh Mowing Seed Company Hires New Marketing Manager/Sales AssociateHigh Mowing Seed Company, a certified organic farm and seed catalog company selling vegetable, flower, and herb seeds to commercial growers and home gardeners, based in Wolcott, Vermont, has hired Alex Chamberlain as Marketing Manager/Sales Associate.Growing up on a working farm in Southern Ohio, Alex has learned the value of honest agriculture. She served as the former Director of Sales for The Farmers Diner, and worked in production and marketing for the documentary film, The Opportunity Crisis. Early in her career she was named the top Account Executive for the medical diagnostic company, Cytyc Corporation. At High Mowing Seeds, Alex will be involved in sales to wholesale and commercial grower accounts and managing the companys advertising and marketing efforts.Since 1996, High Mowing Seed Company has been dedicated to supporting healthy farming practices by providing organic growers with the highest quality, certified organic seed. They offer over 280 varieties of 100% certified organic vegetable, flower, cover crop, culinary and medicinal herb seeds. High Mowing is committed to finding and developing varieties that are specifically adapted to the needs of organic gardeners and farmers.For more information on High Mowing Seeds, visit www.highmowingseeds.com(link is external) or call 802-472-6174.###last_img read more

Dufresne-Henry bought by Canadian firm

first_img Dufresne-Henry Contact Richard Allen President & CEO Dufresne-Henry Tel: (802) 886-2261 Investor Contact Simon Stelfox Investor Relations Stantec Tel:  (780) 917-7288 Stantec, founded in 1954, provides professional design andconsulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, surveying, andproject management. We support public and private sector clients in a diverserange of markets, at every stage, from initial concept and financialfeasibility to project completion and beyond. Our services are offered throughmore than 5,500 employees operating out of over 80 locations in North Americaand the Caribbean. Stantec trades on the TorontoStock Exchange under the symbol STNand on the New YorkStock Exchange under the symbol SXC. Stantecsuccessfully closed today the previously announced acquisition of multidisciplinedesign firm Dufresne-Henry. The addition adds over 270 employees and 12 officelocations to Stantec in the New England states, New York,and Florida. For moreinformation visit http://announcements.stantec.com/dufresne-henry(link is external) EDMONTON AB, NORTH SPRINGFIELD VT (April 17, 2006) TSX:STN;NYSE:SXC Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statementsThis news release contains”forward-looking statements”. Some of these statements may involverisks and uncertainties and other factors that may be beyond the control ofStantec and cause actual results to be materially different from those containedin such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factorsthat could cause actual results to materially differ from those in theforward-looking statements is contained in Stantec’s filings with the Canadianprovincial securities commissions and the United States Securities and ExchangeCommission. Stantec is completing the purchaseusing a combination of cash and vendor notes. In 2005, Dufresne-Henry’sgross revenue was approximately US$30 million.center_img st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }Stantec adds to USEast operations with addition of Dufresne-Henry “Dufresne-Henry strengthensour operations in the US East creating a new region in New England and aninitial platform for future growth in Florida,”says Tony Franceschini, Stantec President & CEO. “This addition alsoincreases our service offering in the public sector in the environment andtransportation markets.” Stantec Contact Jay Averill Media Relations Stantec Tel:  (780) 917-7441 Founded in 1955 and headquartered inNorth Springfield, Vermont, Dufresne-Henry offers a full rangeof professional services in engineering, planning, environmental science, and landscapearchitecture. Stantec now has more than 50 offices in 21 states andapproximately 2,300 employees in the United States. “This is an exciting time for our employees as webecome part of Stantec,” says Dufresne-Henry President & CEO RichAllen who will continue with Stantec as Sr. Vice President, US East. “Weare now part of a North American firm with an extensive network of expertsenabling us to provide a wider range of services to our clients.”last_img read more

Charles Davis leaving Merchants’ board

first_imgMerchants Bancshares, Inc. Announces Director’s ResignationSOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – The Board of Directors of Merchants Bancshares, Inc. announced February 27, 2008, that Charles A. Davis has given notice of his departure as a director of Merchants, in order to decrease the number of public company boards on which he currently serves.Mr. Davis has served on Merchants’ board since 1985. He commented, “I have made this very difficult decision in the interest of respecting best practice in corporate governance. I have a strong, long-standing commitment to Merchants, and remain fully confident in the management and direction of our company. Although my affiliation with Merchants as a director has come to a close, I look forward to continued success as a major shareholder.”Raymond C. Pecor, Chairman of Merchants Board commented, “It is with no small measure of regret that Merchants Board has accepted Chuck’s resignation. His dedication, experience and knowledge of our company, gained during many years as a director will not be easy to replace. We are pleased that Chucks brother, Jeff Davis, a fifteen-year veteran of our board, will continue the Davis familys tradition of Merchants directorship. On behalf of Merchants, I would like to thank Chuck for his many years of excellent service. He will be greatly missed.”The continuing mission of Merchants Bank is to provide Vermonters with a state-wide community bank that blends a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank fulfills this commitment through a branch-based system that includes 36 community bank offices and 44 ATMs throughout Vermont, Personal Bankers dedicated to top-quality customer service and streamlined solutions, including: Personal Checking and Savings with Free Checking for Life®, CashRewards Checkingsm ,a low-cost Money Market Account, Free Online Banking and Bill Pay, Overdraft Coverage, Direct Deposit, Free Debit Card, and Free Automated Phone Banking; Business Banking with Business Online Banking and Bill Pay, Business Lines of Credit and Merchant Card Processing; Small Business Loans; Health Savings Accounts; Credit Cards; Flexible Certificates of Deposit; Vehicle Loans; Home Equity Credit; and Home Mortgages. Visit mbvt.com for more information. Merchants stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Some of the statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements reflect Merchants’ current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause Merchants’ actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements should not be relied on since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond Merchants’ control and which could materially affect actual results. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include changes in general economic conditions in Vermont, changes in interest rates, changes in competitive product and pricing pressures among financial institutions within Merchants markets, and changes in the financial condition of Merchants borrowers. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent Merchants’ judgment as of the date of this report, and Merchants cautions readers not to place undue reliance on such statements. For further information, please refer to Merchants reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.###last_img read more

Symington and Shumlin react to governor’s veto of Yankee decommissioning bill

first_imgStatement from Speaker Symington and President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin on Governor Douglas’ Veto of the Decommissioning BillBy vetoing the decommissioning bill, S. 373, today, Governor Douglas chose to stand in the way of protecting Vermonters from the potential financial risk if the Entergy Corporation sells Vermont Yankee to a highly leveraged company. With this veto Governor Douglas showed clearly that his allegiance is to a multi-billion dollar out of statecorporation instead of to Vermonters.When Entergy bought Vermont Yankee in 2002, they agreed to accept the responsibility for the decommissioning fund. They are now restructuring and transferring the plant to a below-investment grade corporate shell -a move that will distance them from that responsibility.”Entergy is a well-run, well-capitalized corporation,” said President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin. “If Entergy were not transferring the plant to a new, debt-ridden company, we would not need this bill.”S.373 would have held Entergy to the promise it made upon acquisition of the plant by requiring the corporation to provide enough assets and financial guarantees to pay for restoration of the site upon the closing of Vermont Yankee. If the decommissioning fund is inadequate at the time of sale, additional funds, a letter of credit or other guarantee from Entergy will be required. If the fund is adequate, nothing further will be required.Regardless of whether the corporation that owns the plant is financially viable, S. 373 ensures that Vermonters will not be left with the clean up costs after Vermont Yankee shuts down.”The Governor had a choice between protecting a multi-billion dollar Louisiana corporation or protecting Vermonters,” said Speaker Symington. “By vetoing this bill, Governor Douglas chose the corporation over Vermonters.”last_img read more

Cleaner New Generation of Outdoor Wood Heaters

first_imgCleaner New Generation of Outdoor Wood Heaters is Good News for New Englanders(Waterbury, Vt. – Oct. 23, 2008) – Significantly cleaner models of outdoor wood-burning heaters – also called outdoor wood boilers, outdoor wood furnaces, or outdoor wood-fired hydronic heaters – will soon be available for New England families and businesses who choose to burn wood as a heat and hot water source.Under the second phase of a voluntary partnership with EPA, several manufacturers of outdoor wood-fired heaters have already pledged to market a new generation of units that are more efficient and which will emit about 90 percent less air pollution than unqualified units.Especially in northern rural areas of New England, outdoor wood heaters are relied upon by thousands of families to provide heat and hot water for homes and other buildings. Further, with skyrocketing costs of other energy sources prompting more people to turn to wood burning, EPA’s voluntary program to reduce emissions from outdoor wood heaters provides a cleaner alternative to consumers. Outdoor wood heaters can be a significant local source of smoke and particle pollution.”Here in New England, while many families and businesses are choosing wood as their winter heating fuel source, the new Phase 2 outdoor wood heaters will help people choose a model that is better for air quality than older, unqualified units” said Robert Varney, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.In response to concerns about smoke and particle pollution, in 2005, Vermont was the first New England state to propose a regulation for outdoor wood heaters that includes emission limits. Now, Maine and New Hampshire have adopted, and Massachusetts has proposed, similar regulations.”Vermont is proud to be the first state to take steps to encourage cleaner and more efficient outdoor wood heaters,” said George Crombie, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. “Vermonters have a long tradition of heating with wood, but as regulators we must ensure the cleanest burning units are available.”Qualified Phase 2 models of both outdoor and indoor wood-fired heaters will be marked by a white hang tag showing that a unit meets the requirements of the program. Some manufacturers already have units available that meet the new emission levels.The voluntary EPA program was first launched in 2007, providing criteria for units to be 70 percent cleaner than unqualified models. Today the program has evolved to Phase 2, and EPA-qualified units will be up to 90 percent cleaner than older unqualified units. So far, this program has reduced nearly 1,200 tons of fine particle emissions annually. Under Phase 2, new models must emit no more than 0.32 pounds of particle pollution per million BTUs of heat output. The models must be tested by an EPA-accredited third-party laboratory to verify that they meet these levels.Exposure to fine particle pollution, also called PM 2.5, is linked to a number of serious health problems, including decreased lung function, aggravated asthma, irregular heartbeat, nonfatal heart attacks and premature death in people with heart and lung disease. Children, people with heart or lung disease, and older adults are the most susceptible to the effects of particle pollution.More information:- Outdoor wood heaters in New England (epa.gov/region1/communities/woodcombustion.html)- National Voluntary Phase 2 program (epa.gov/woodheaters)# # #last_img read more

CVPS: Crews restore power to more than 11,000 over night

first_imgCVPS crews restored power to more than 20,000 customer outages yesterday and last night, after strong winds pounded the state Wednesday, knocking out power to more than 29,000 CVPS customers. Wind gusts above hurricane force hit several of the state, as part of a storm that affected much of the East Coast and knocked out the power to tens of thousands of Vermonters.As of 7:30 am Thursday morning, 9,600 CVPS customers remain without power, the majority in Rutland, Addison, Chittenden and Orange and Windsor counties. CVPS crews and more than 35 outside contract crews will be working through the day today and into this evening to restore power as quickly as is safely possible.Crews worked through the night last night and made good progress in Franklin, Addison and Rutland counties, but much work remains. ‘Numerous tress on one or two section of lines will make the going slow as the numbers continue to go down,’ said spokeswoman Christine Rivers, ‘but our crews will continue to work around the clock today.’‘The winds were severe yesterday,’ said Manager of Field Operations Geno Balestra. ‘In Poultney, there were trees down all along Route 30, and I saw cars pulled over along Route 4 because the wind was blowing so hard.’About 2,900 customers are without power in Addison County, 4,700 customers in Rutland County, 980 in Chittenden County, with scattered outages in other central and northern counties. Many customers will have their power back by late tonight, but some customers in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Rutland counties may be without power into tomorrow.‘We had a number of broken poles, and trees just came down everywhere, bringing down lines with them,’ Rivers said. ‘It was dangerous out there yesterday afternoon and last night. Our crews had to abandon their work and return to the safety of their vehicles many times, as trees were coming down all around them.‘We urge people to stay away from downed lines they may see today, and anything in contact with those lines. Never assume a line lying on the ground is de-energized. Stay at least 50 feet away,’ Rivers said.Up-to-date outage numbers (by town) can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages/default.aspx(link is external) and http://vtoutages.com/(link is external)CVPS offered several safety tips for coping with the outages:* STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES. Don’t touch or even go near downed wires! These wires can be energized and can cause serious injuries or death. If the line is blocking the road or in contact with a vehicle with people inside, call you local police or fire emergency number first. Then call CVPS. Instruct others to keep at least 50 feet away, and keep pets and livestock away as well.* Assume all objects touching the power line are also energized. Never attempt to remove trees or limbs from any utility lines! Notify CVPS of the situation.* If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator. Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure. Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.* Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.* If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment back on slowly.Additional safety tips can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/Safety/StormSafety.aspx(link is external) Source: CVPS. 12.2.2010. 7:30 a.m. ‘last_img read more

Burlington reports on its carbon emissions

first_imgThe City of Burlington is one of a handful of prominent cities around the country and the world participating in the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project’s ‘Global Report on C40 Cities.’  The report, issued in June, summarizes carbon emissions from ‘C40’ cities ‘ large cities around the world which have joined together with a commitment to tackling climate change ‘as well as 6 additional cities, including Burlington, which voluntarily disclosed information on their carbon footprint.  Burlington joins cities such as New York, Chicago, Berlin, Dhaka, Hong King, London, Lagos, Taipei, and San Francisco in participating in the report, among others. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg chairs the C40 Climate Leadership Group (C40).  In Mayor Bloomberg’s introduction to the report, he states that ‘This candid report establishes an invaluable baseline of information for future actions that can be taken locally, but have a global impact.  This transparency will give people everywhere confidence that cities ‘ the level of government closest to the majority of people on the earth ‘ have the foresight and courage to confront the greatest challenge that humanity has ever created for itself.’ Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project, emphasized the value of documenting the carbon footprint of businesses, organizations, and cities, and praised the transparency of local governments willing to publicly self-report such data: ‘[This report is] unique ‘ all of the data is these pages is self-reported by city governmentsâ ¦.The connection between measurement and management is…clear for city governments. As concentrations of people, businesses, and wealth, cities are both large emitters of greenhouse gas emissions and highly vulnerable to the potential physical effects of climate change.  With the right processes in place, local governments, just like corporations, can gain strategic insight into their operations and reduce their exposure to climate change through assessment of climate risk.  Through public disclosure, cities share their methodologies and insights as they create transparent, climate-safe places in which to live and work. The report comes as Burlington has announced the development of thirty-six high priority climate action strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help meet the City’s emissions reduction target.  The City has released a new website devoted to the City’s Climate Action Plan, www.ci.burlington.vt.us/cap/(link is external), which includes an analysis of how waste, transportation, and energy use in Burlington impact green house gas emissions. Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss kicked off an initiative to involve the public in greenhouse gas and waste reduction at a community meeting on July 20. A full copy of the CDP’s Global Report on C40 cities can be found at https://www.cdproject.net/Documents/CDP-Cities-2011-Report.pdf(link is external). Burlington’s carbon emission report can be found on the Carbon Disclosure website (www.cdproject.net(link is external)) as well as the Climate Action Plan website (www.ci.burlington.vt.us/cap/plan/ghg/(link is external)). The Carbon Disclosure Project ‘is an independent not-for-profit organization holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world’ (from www.cdproject.net(link is external)). More information about the C40 group of cities is available at: http://www.c40cities.org/(link is external). Members of the public interested in getting involved in the City’s climate action efforts can go to www.ci.burlington.vt.us/cap/(link is external) for more information.last_img read more

DOE Report: New Financing Mechanisms for Solar Industry Will Drive Costs Down Further

first_imgDOE Report: New Financing Mechanisms for Solar Industry Will Drive Costs Down Further FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By  Michael Copley for SNL: Long a niche industry burdened by expensive financing, solar appears on the verge of unlocking cheaper sources of capital that could propel it further into the mainstream.From yieldcos to asset-backed securities and cash equity financing, solar companies have been trying to take advantage of declining costs and maturing technology to move toward alternatives to the relatively expensive tax-equity funding that historically drove industry growth.“Once solar is much less costly and less subsidized, it might receive the type of lower-cost financing received by mature assets today,” the U.S. Department of Energy said in a recent report titled “On the Path to SunShot: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges in Financing Solar.”Costs, at least in the utility-scale sector, may not have that much further to fall. At about $1.20 per watt, utility-scale solar plants could be financed in the same way developers fund construction of natural gas plants, the DOE said. GTM Research recently reported average turnkey costs as low as $1.25 per watt in the southeastern U.S., $1.27 per watt in the southwest and $1.32 per watt in California.Based on the DOE’s SunShot initiative price targets for 2020, which are based on cost reductions of 75% from 2010 levels, the government previously said solar could meet 27% of the country’s electricity demand by 2050. In the past five years, solar’s levelized cost of energy has dropped by as much as 65%, the DOE said.“[Utility]-scale solar in the U.S. is extraordinarily competitive,” GTM Research Senior Vice President Shayle Kann said May 11 at the firm’s solar summit in Arizona. “That creates an enormous potential for demand outside of renewable portfolio standards just out of pure need for new electricity generation capacity for utilities all over the country.”Full article $: https://www.snl.com/web/client?auth=inherit#news/article?id=36566147&KeyProductLinkType=4last_img read more

U.S. Proposal to Subsidize Fading Coal and Nuclear Plants Seen by Wall Street Analysts as Unlikely to Materialize

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:A U.S. Department of Energy proposal calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure full cost recovery for certain nuclear and coal-fired assets drew skepticism from Wall Street, which characterized the proposal as vague and at odds with the nature of competitive power markets.The DOE on Sept. 29 directed FERC to issue a final rule requiring grid operators to allow full cost recovery for generators with at least a 90-day fuel supply on site and not subject to cost-of-service regulation to fully recover their costs. While FERC does not have to comply with the DOE’s request, the agency has been taking a measured look at scenarios where baseload assets are compensated for reliability attributes.But Wall Street was largely dismissive of the likelihood carte blanche subsidization would be offered to certain coal and nuclear assets that have experienced weaker margins amid heightened politicization. More broadly, analysts characterized the DOE’s proposal as a referendum on wholesale markets with the potential to undermine market structures built in recent decades.“The DOE proposed rule, to provide deregulated coal & nuclear plants with ‘full recovery of costs,’ will in our view not be implemented by FERC because it would bring an end to competitive power markets, is not clearly needed to ensure grid reliability & resiliency, and would be very expensive,” Morgan Stanley analysts said Oct. 2.“Effectively re-regulating a major portion of the currently de-regulated organized markets via a cost-of-service system would presumably render any existing discernable market pricing mechanisms irrelevant,” J.P. Morgan Securities analysts said Sept. 29, noting the added uncertainty to state nuclear subsidies programs in New York and Illinois, for example.More: ($) Wall Street views DOE grid proposal as anti-competitive U.S. Proposal to Subsidize Fading Coal and Nuclear Plants Seen by Wall Street Analysts as Unlikely to Materializelast_img read more

Bike DuPont State Forest

first_imgWhen cold temperatures and Frankenstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in late October, many of us were anticipating the winter season to end all winter seasons. “We’ll be shredding in May with all the snow we’re going to get!” we yelled while high fiving strangers in the milk/water/canned food/candle aisle of the local grocery store. Ski slopes opened early, El Nino was in the air, and life was good. Unfortunately, we came back down to planet Earth over the next month, and here we are again in mid-December with mild temps and dirt, not snow, beneath our feet. Before we resign ourselves to a winter like last year, we must remember that this is fairly typical in the Southeast. Winter will make its official arrival soon enough, but in the meantime, take advantage by getting in one more weekend of warm weather activity.The best way to recreate outside and take in some nature while still scratching that adrenaline itch is to hop on the mountain bike and attack some flowy singletrack. The best place to do that is at DuPont State Forest outside Asheville, N.C. The extensive trail system in DuPont is more buffed out than in nearby Pisgah National Forest, providing buttery smooth downhill sections and manageable climbs. The scenery can’t be beat, with waterfall after waterfall along the trails and Lake Julia on site. Either way you ride it, linking up loops or trying the 35-mile IMBA Epic Ride, you can spend all day in DuPont and not cross your tracks.View Larger Maplast_img read more