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first_imgFew people realize condoms, the very product designed to protect, can actually do harm ‘ to the environment, to the workers and to the body. That’s about to change with the debut of Sustain, a toxin-free, Fair Trade certified condom marketed primarily to women.‘We want to empower women to express ownership of their sexuality, while giving them the confidence that they’re making the right choice for their health, bodies and the world,’ said Meika Hollender, Sustain’s 26-year-old co-founder and marketing manager. ‘Condoms aren’t just about sex. They’re about making a responsible personal choice.’When most people think condoms, they think safe sex. But the condom industry is fraught with conflicting issues. They safeguard against pregnancy yet most are made with latex from plantations that offer no child labor protection. While condoms protect users from disease, they also expose them to the risk of toxins and chemical-laden lubricants.It’s what’s not in Sustain condoms the company’s founders think will resonate most with women. Unlike competitors, Sustain condoms have eliminated any carcinogenic chemicals associated with potentially toxic and physiological effects. They’re also vegan, GMO-free and sustainably sourced. ‘Our priority is establishing the trust that comes from transparency,’ said Meika Hollender. ‘Some things don’t belong in a woman’s body and the sad truth is that far too many products are made with potentially hazardous chemicals. It doesn’t have to be that way.’Sustain’s co-founder is Meika’s father, Jeffrey Hollender. He co-founded Seventh Generation, the iconic green household and personal care brand, taking it from mom-and-pop health food stores to mass market retail over the course of 25 years, disrupting and shifting the conventional cleaning industry in the process. Since his departure from Seventh Generation in 2011, Hollender has been searching for a new business venture with the potential to help solve some of the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges. The idea of sustainably produced condoms was one that first intrigued Hollender in the early 90s, when rainforest destruction was making headlines. While his ‘rainforest rubbers’ project remained a drawing board concept for the next two decades, it was the genesis of Sustain and the heart of Hollender’s vision of bringing a net positive product to market.‘Companies today are primarily concerned with making products that are ‘less bad’ than those of their competitors,’ said Hollender. ‘Instead we need to be focused on making products that are good. Sustain represents a shift in this paradigm, a movement to create products that are restorative and regenerative. We place tremendous value on what condoms ‘do,’ but almost never ask where they come from. When we peer behind the supply chain curtain, we reveal child labor, toxic chemicals, human rights violations, environmental destruction, and billions of dollars in profits that depend on externalizing costs onto our society and planet.’Sustain’s supply chain is relatively straightforward. Its latex is a natural product made from sap tapped from rubber trees. The trees are not harmed in the process and can produce latex for more than 35 years. The latex used in Sustain condoms is sourced from Southern India and certified by the Fair Rubber Council, and is independently audited by Scientific Certification Systems to ensure the highest quality environmental and working conditions, including living wages, collective bargaining, strict environmental management and a policy that forbids child labor. Sustain also intends to become B-Corp Certified in 2014. And the package itself is made from 100% recycled, post-consumer content.Hollender Sustainable Brands hopes to inspire a new generation of women through Sustain, and is giving back in the process. Ten percent of all profits will finance the increased availability of reproductive healthcare to low-income women in America. The philanthropic initiative, called 10%4Women, will be promoted on Sustain packaging and online, and serve as a clear indicator to consumers and other companies of a sincere commitment to the women’s reproductive healthcare movement. Hollender is optimistic that his ties to a broad network of responsible businesses will accelerate the involvement of other businesses to generate donations of approximately $500,000 in its first four years of operations.With sales efforts underway, Sustain should hit store shelves early in 2014 with its e-commerce store ready to take orders by January. And while the mass channel represents the largest volume opportunity, non-traditional retail and direct-to-consumer is promising. ‘Seventy-one percent of the women we polled are involved in the condom decision process and while few women currently buy condoms online, or at specialty stores, they’ve indicated a purchase intent that suggests this is rich territory,’ said Meika Hollender. ‘We’re looking for partners in unexpected places and focusing on retailers who have never sold condoms,’ she continued. ‘Imagine being able to purchase your fair trade condom with your fair trade coffee. It could happen.’About Sustain CondomsSustain believes that making better condoms makes for better sex and a better world. Sustain provides a better choice for women interested in high quality condoms that are safe for her body and the planet by using all-natural, toxin-free, sustainable, fair trade latex. Providing 10 percent of all profits to support women’s health initiatives in the United States, Sustain is committed to empowering women. To learn more about sustainable condoms and Sustain’s philanthropic efforts go to www.sustaincondoms.com(link is external).BURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–11.13.2013last_img read more

first_imgThe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) recently approved $4.5 million in financing to support economic development projects throughout Vermont.’ ‘This round of Authority approvals included manufacturing, agricultural and small business loans,’ said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer.Approved for financing by the Authority:‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ $810,000 to partially insure a working capital line of credit renewed and extended by Mascoma Savings Bank to’ Vermont Machine Tool Corporation’ in’ Springfield.’ ‘ Vermont Machine Tool has 19 employees, a number expected to grow to 32 within three years of the project;‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ $3.1 Million in financing to Vermont farmers through the Authority’s agricultural loan program, the’ Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC); and‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Over $640,000 through the Authority’s’ Small Business Loan Program, which assists growing Vermont businesses that are unable to access adequate sources of conventional financing.’  Projects include:o’ ‘ ‘ Hill Farmstead, LLC, Greensboro Bend ‘’ Financing of $350,000 was approved to partially fund a project for the two-phase construction of a new brew house;o’ ‘ ‘ Peter and Jayne Chevalier, St. Albans -’ Financing of $150,248 was approved as part of a $375,620 project to help the Chevaliers purchase a 6,000 square foot building in St. Albans for lease to Chevalier Fire Protection, Inc.;o’ ‘ ‘ Britch & Sons Welding & Fabrication, Inc., Highgate Center -’ Financing of $25,000 was approved as part of a $34,000 project to fund the construction of a garage for use by the Britch & Sons welding and fabrication business; and’ o’ ‘ ‘ Rutland Plywood Corporation, Rutland ‘’ $114,963 was approved as partial financing for a project to increase the company’s log inventory and upgrade electric and hydraulic production systems.About VEDAThe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont’s statewide economic development finance lender.’  VEDA was created by the General Assembly in 1974 with a mission ‘to contribute to the creation and retention of quality jobs in Vermont by providing loans and other financialsupport to eligible and qualified Vermont industrial, commercial and agricultural enterprises.’Over the years, VEDA has grown and adapted its financing programs to keep pace with an ever-changing economy.’  VEDA offers a wide range of low-cost lending options for Vermont businesses andfarms of all sizes, and the Authority’s lending solutions are customized to each borrower’s individual needs.’  Whether in the form of direct loans, tax-exempt bond issuance or loan guarantee support, VEDA’s innovative financing programs help ensure that Vermont businesses and farms have the capital they need to grow and succeed.’  VEDA most often lends in conjunction with banks and other financing partners, helping to stimulate economic development activity in Vermont.Since 1974, VEDA has provided over $2.0 billion in financing assistance to thousands of eligible Vermont entrepreneurs, manufacturers, small businesses, family farms, and agricultural enterprises, helping them to realize their business growth goals, create jobs, and enhance the vitality of Vermont’s economy.’  For more information about VEDA, visit’ www.veda.org(link is external)’ or call 802-828-JOBS.’ VEDA 12.24.2013last_img read more

first_imgPublic Assets Institute(link is external) 4.18.2014 Public Assets Institute In what may be an encouraging trend, March data released today show that the number of working Vermonters, including those who are self-employed, increased for the sixth consecutive month. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.4 percent, a low not seen since 2005. At the same time, Vermont private sector employers reported 800 new non-farm payroll jobs, seasonally adjusted.Shorter unemployment linesDuring the worst of the recession, Vermonters filed initial claims for unemployment compensation at a rate of nearly 5,500 a month. February 2009 was an average month. Since then, new claims have been dropping steadily. Initial filings for February 2014 were down to about 3,100—slightly fewer than before the recession.A rebound for the 1 percentFor 50 years following the Great Depression, the share of total personal income going to the top 1 percent declined; the gap narrowed between the rich and everyone else. In 1981, however, the gap began to widen. By 2006 the top 1 percent of Vermont taxpayers received more than 20 percent of the income—a half-century’s gains in reducing inequality wiped away. That share dropped during the recession, but in 2011—the most recent available data—it rose again.last_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont Historical Society President Laura Warren has announced that Mark Hudson, who has been the Vermont Historical Society’s executive director for six years, has resigned to take a position as the executive director of the Tudor Place Historic House & Garden in Washington, DC. Warren also announced that the organization has launched a national search for his successor.Under Hudson’s leadership, the Vermont Historical Society conducted several fundraising campaigns which created three rotating exhibit galleries at the Vermont History Center in Barre and which supported restoration projects of the Center’s historic building. The organization also received two awards from the American Association for State and Local History-one for its Vermont History Explorer website for children and teachers and another for publication of A Very Fine Appearance: the Vermont Photographs of George Houghton.”Mark has helped to transform the Vermont Historical Society during his tenure,” Warren said, “and with a national search, we plan to find an equally qualified leader for the organization.”More information about the executive director position can be found at www.vermonthistory.org/careers(link is external).The Vermont Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, the Leahy Library and new Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre, and programming throughout the state. Established in 1838, its purpose is to reach a broad audience through outstanding collections and statewide outreach. The Vermont Historical Society believes that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities. Visit the Society’s website at www.vermonthistory.org(link is external).last_img read more

first_imgVermont State Police Jan 11, 2016, 4:41 pm Interstate 89 north in the area of mile-marker 91 is blocked by a jack-knifed tractor-trailer. This is just north of Exit 16 in Colchester (Costco exit). Traffic is currently backed up to at least exit 15.  Currently there is no time estimate for the roadway to be reopened.  Updates will be provided when available. No injuries have been reported. On 1/11/16 at approximately 1612 hours, a white Ford Superduty towing a trailer with steel beams was traveling Northbound on I89 North of exit 16. The tow-hitch on the vehicle snapped off, causing the vehicle to fishtail and slide sideways into the guardrail. The vehicle came to rest blocking the right-hand lane for a few hours while wreckers removed the vehicle and trailer. No other vehicles were involved and there were no injuries. There was minor damage to the vehicle and the guardrail.Motorists should expect delays in the area, or seek alternate routes. Please call 511 for road conditions and drive carefully.Vermont Department of Public Safety | Vermont State Police Press Releases: http://vsp.vermont.gov/press_releases(link is external) Submit an Anonymous Tip: http://www.vtips.info(link is external) Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VermontStatePolice(link is external) Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/VTStatePolice(link is external)last_img read more

first_imgChamplain College School of Business. Champlain photo.Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College and campus-based adjunct faculty, represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), ratified a multi-year contract agreement on Saturday resulting in the College’s first contract with the union. It was ratified by a majority vote and will go into effect this fall. The new minimum pay rates for campus-based adjunct faculty, assuming satisfactory performance, will rise from $3,499 to $3,825. Adjuncts who qualify as senior adjunct faculty will see pay rates of $4,100 to $4,200, an increase over the prior rates of $3,499-$3,688. Pay rates are set to increase 2.5 percent and 2.0 percent effective September 1, 2017 and 2018 respectively.”We appreciate the constructive and deliberate dialogue that has led to this win-win result,” said Champlain’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics Laurie Quinn. “We take pride in the fact that all Champlain faculty members are deeply committed to teaching, and this significant investment in our adjunct faculty upholds those important values.”The three-year agreement continues to provide a tiered pay scale based on length of service and performance with the underlying metric shifting from semesters taught to course credits. “This tiered pay scale approach ensures that those adjunct faculty who successfully teach more of our students will receive increased levels of pay,” Quinn noted.  “The  first union contract acknowledges the national agenda of the SEIU while maintaining our positive Champlain culture of respecting adjunct faculty members as part of our teaching community,” added Quinn. “The College is pleased with this three-year agreement that significantly increases part-time faculty pay, creates a new professional development fund, and strengthens evaluation of teaching performance to keep the collective focus on a great experience for our students.”Included in the contract is a new fund to support the ongoing professional development of adjunct faculty to ensure high-quality academic experiences for students. The College will allocate $10,000 in FY17, $15,000 in FY18 and $20,000 in FY19. Adjunct faculty can apply for up to $750 in funds to support professional development on a first come, first-served basis.The agreement also allows for a $1,000 payment for courses that are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or other reasons, following an accepted formal offer to teach. Additional provisions include an enhanced teaching evaluation process proposed by the College to ensure continued teaching excellence.No additional medical, retirement or vacation benefits currently awarded to full-time faculty and staff are provided to adjunct faculty. They will continue to have access to all benefits in place prior to unionization, including the opportunity to invest in 403(b) retirement plans with pretax dollars, access to Champlain campus facilities, free CCTA bus rides, a discounted 25-meal plan and one free audited course per calendar year on a space available basis.The agreement caps a two-year process that included two summer mediation sessions, between the College and representatives of the Service Employees International Union. The adjunct faculty members voted to join the SEIU in October 2014.Champlain CollegeFounded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain’s distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review’s The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition. Champlain College is featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” for 2016 as one of the “best and most interesting schools” in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Champlain was named the #1 “Most Innovative School” in the North by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges and #14 in the overall list of “Best Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external).Source: BURLINGTON, Vt. (Sept. 5, 2017) – Champlain Collegelast_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is proud to announce that Barbara M Richardson, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, is one of five nurses named as a 2016 American Nurses Credentialing Center National Magnet Nurse of the Year®. The award was bestowed for Richardson’s commitment to structural empowerment, one of the five tenants of the Magnet model. Barbara M Richardson“I am honored and humbled to be recognized as a Magnet Nurse of the Year,” Richardson said. “And I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity to be doing this important, groundbreaking work at SVMC as well as for the impact the Transitional Care Team and I have been able to make for patients in our community.”Richardson, a champion for transitional care nursing, partners with local primary care providers to identify at-risk patients and helps patients navigate from one care setting to another. Richardson created a support network within the community, establishing partnerships with mental health services, Meals on Wheels, and the Support and Services at Home Program, which provides support to individuals who choose to live independently at home. She collaborates with a community care team that works on decreasing emergency department visits. These efforts have resulted in a 69 percent decrease in hospitalizations and a 26 percent decrease in ED visits for patients enrolled in the program. As a result of its work, the transitional care team was awarded a $200,000 innovation grant from the state of Vermont in 2015.“Barbara is an exceptional nurse, and what she and the Transitional Care Team have been able to achieve really sets Southwestern Vermont Medical Center apart from other health systems worldwide,” said Carol Conroy, DNP, SVMC’s chief nursing officer.  “We are proud beyond words to see her bring this award home to Bennington, and are grateful to our nurses for their tireless work and to our leadership for their support in pursuing the absolute best in nursing care.” The 2016 award winners were announced at the ANCC National Magnet Conference in Orlando earlier this month, where Richardson delivered an acceptance speech before the conference’s 10,000 attendees and SVMC was recognized as a 4-time Magnet designated hospital. Earlier in the conference, the Transitional Care team presented a concurrent session titled “Beyond Care Transitions: Nurses Building an Accountable Community.”Twenty-five of SVMC’s nurses were there in person to support Richardson and to accept the organization’s fourth designation as a Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence. The hospital is one of 444 Magnet hospitals in five countries worldwide. Only about 30 have held the designation as long as SVMC.“SVMC is a small rural hospital, but the work Barbara and the TCN program have done is revolutionary,” said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, SVHC’s President and CEO. “To see our nurses elevated as examples in this elite national forum, alongside tens of thousands of nurses from 444 Magnet hospitals worldwide, many of which are much larger academic medical centers, is awe inspiring.”The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) mission is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. In addition, ANCC accredits health care organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. It also offers educational materials to support nurses and organizations as they work toward their credentials.About:Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), which includes 19 primary and specialty care practices. Primary care offices are located in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, and Wilmington. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external).Southwestern Vermont Health Care complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.Barbara Richardson fourth from right. Courtesy SVMC.Source: BENNINGTON, VT—October 31, 2016— Southwestern Vermont Medical Centerlast_img read more

first_imgBurlington Electric Department,Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Electric Department has added a Maine wind farm to its renewable generation portfolio. The 17-turbine Hancock Wind Project went online yesterday for commercial operation and will supply BED with 13.5 megawatts of electricity, or 9 percent of its energy needs. The Hancock Wind farm has a total capacity of 51 megawatts and is located in rural Hancock County, Maine. BED’s stated goal is to source 100 percent of its power from renewable generation. While it now either buys or produces about 91 percent renewable energy, it sells much of its own production (hydro, biomass, solar) as Renewable Energy Credits or RECs to reduce customer rates. The after-REC total was just over 20 percent in 2015.“An important part of our Burlington Electric story is our continuous drive to maintain our ability to source 100 percent of our power from renewable generation,” said Neale Lunderville, General Manager. “Ever since the day we achieved our 100 percent renewability goal, we’ve been working hard and smart to identify additional renewable resources and to keep our power costs low for our customers. Recognizing that Burlington Electric’s resource portfolio is dynamic, that contracts expire, and that resource outputs are variable, we have a continuing commitment to get our power from renewable resources, and must never view 100 percent as a moment in time.”Burlington Electric has entered into a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Hancock Wind to acquire 26.5 percent of the Hancock Wind farm’s production (approximately 32,000 megawatt hours of power annually). The only other recipient of wind power from Hancock Wind is Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, which has entered into a PPA to purchase 37.5 megawatts of electricity. Turbine installation for the project began in May 2016. Burlington Electric’s next major resource change will be the expiration of its five-year, 42,000-megawatt hours NextEra hydro-electric contract.“We have not raised our electric rates since 2009 and will continue to be proactive about bringing new resources online as others phase out,” added GM Lunderville. “Hancock Wind also serves as a hedge against the potential impact of future natural gas prices.”About Burlington Electric DepartmentBurlington Electric Department has been serving its customers with safe and reliable power since 1905. Burlington Electric is a recognized national leader in green energy with the recent milestone achievement of sourcing 100 percent of its power from renewable generation. With a focus on low and stable rates and a commitment to energy efficiency, Burlington Electric’s 20,000 customers use less power today than they did in 1989.Source: Burlington Electric Department 12.15.2016last_img read more

first_imgMiddlebury College,Vermont singer and songwriter Grace Potter received an honorary degree and surprised graduates with a performance of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” at Middlebury College’s commencement on Sunday, May 28. Photo by Brett Simison.Vermont Business Magazine The 552 graduates of the Middlebury College Class of 2017 basked in a splendid spring morning on Sunday, May 28, to celebrate the formal conclusion of their undergraduate careers. Thousands of friends and family gathered in the main quadrangle for Commencement, as the temperature hovered around the 70-degree mark, to hear from two guest speakers, watch as five honorary degrees were conferred, and cheer as the graduates crossed the platform one-by-one to receive their diplomas. Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, gave a 20-minute Commencement address. The former editor of Newsweek said, “It is incredibly tempting to feel superior to the past. But as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., once said, self-righteousness in retrospect is easy, but it is also cheap. So while we are right to condemn posterity for slavery, or for Native American removal, or for denying women their full role in the life of our nation, we need to pause and think: What injustices are we perpetrating even now that will one day face the harshest of verdicts by those who come after us? What can we do to right these wrongs in our own time?”Meacham said passionate partisanship is the defining feature of the America we live in today. “Too many of us are given to reflexively reacting to whatever unfolds in the public square, not according to our reason but to our ideological and tribal predispositions. I want to be clear about this. Partisanship is not intrinsically bad. It’s in the nature of things, in the nature of human beings, to hold fast to views and allegiances, and heroes and creeds, to the exclusion of other views and other allegiances, other heroes and other creeds.“What is worth avoiding is reflexive partisanship as opposed to reflective partisanship. The point of America is not for all of us to think alike; that’s impossible and undesirable in any event. Autocracies are about total agreement, or at least total submission.“The American republic is founded on the notion that even the person with whom I most stridently disagree might have something to say worth hearing and heeding. The only way I can figure that out is by listening to that other person, by weighing the relative merits of what is said, and by then, and only then, making up my mind. … We should not concede to the primacy of passion; give reason a chance.”Members of the board of trustees presented five candidates for honorary doctorates:- Cartoonist Alison Bechdel of Vermont, author of the graphic novel Fun Home, which was made into a Tony Award-winning musical, recipient of a Doctor of Letters;- M.I.T. research specialist Kate Darling, an expert on social robotics, intellectual property law, and the economic incentives of copyright and patent systems, recipient of a Doctor of Science;- Vermont singer and songwriter Grace Potter, who, in addition to her music, has done charitable work for WhyHunger and the Alzheimer’s Association, recipient of a Doctor of Arts;- Fred Swaniker, the Ghanaian leadership development expert whose Global Leadership Adventures and African Leadership University is transforming the continent, recipient of a Doctor of Humane Letters; and- Presidential historian and author Jon Meacham, the Commencement speaker, recipient of a Doctor of Letters.The speeches and honorary degree presentations were prelude to the awarding of degrees to the Class of 2017, with each recipient also receiving a replica of Gamaliel Painter’s cane. In keeping with Middlebury tradition, the first diplomas were presented to the valedictorian, Evelin Eszter Tóth, of Budapest, Hungary, an environmental studies major, and the salutatorian, Noel Jean Antonisse, of Silver Spring, Md., a double major in mathematics and economics.Commencement concluded more than two hours after it started with three songs: Grace Potter on acoustic guitar performing “I Shall Be Released,” the singing of (and tapping along to) the song “Gamaliel Painter’s Cane,” followed by the alma mater “Walls of Ivy, Paths of Beauty.”Associate Chaplain and Rabbi Ira Schiffer, in one of his final acts before he retires next month, delivered the benediction and recited the poem “Each of Us Has a Name,” by the Israeli poet known simply as Zelda. At long last the sky was filled with sailing mortarboards as the graduates whooped and cheered, soon to be reunited with family and friends who joined them on this day. Source: MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – 5.28.2017 The student chosen to address the class, Jackson Adams ’17, from Towson, Md., spoke about having the courage to do the right thing in the face of adversity. He told of the Russian submarine commander who, in 1962 at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, insisted on surrender rather than fire a torpedo armed with a nuclear warhead.That commander, Vasili Arkhipov, “saw an opportunity to prevent needless human suffering, and did not surrender to the hysteria of the moment. He did what was right,” Adams said. “And what I see in this story is that greatness does not require pre-planning. People are not born to be great, nor must one be a fearless superhuman to achieve greatness. Greatness requires accepting fear and doubt and isolation, and doing the right thing anyway.”President Laurie L. Patton opened the ceremony and said the graduates assembled before her had “worked tremendously hard” to get to this moment, and that they did it with the support of their parents and grandparents, friends, and relatives. The president also announced that the graduates had raised over $40,000 to create the 2017 and 2017.5 Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of two classmates who had died, Nathan Alexander and Murphy Roberts. Both statements from President Patton were met with thunderous applause.center_img Students line up for the processional to Commencement.last_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott appointed David Soucy on Monday as Senator for the Rutland District, serving Rutland County. He will serve alongside Senators Peg Flory (R) and Brian Collamore (R). Soucy will be sworn in this week, and was one of three nominees put forward by the Rutland County Republican Committee. He will be participating in the veto session, which begins Wednesday.Soucy, a resident of Killington, was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former Senator Kevin Mullin (R), who was recently appointed as chair of the Green Mountain Care Board. Keeping with traditional practice when replacing a member of the Legislature, Gov. Scott selected a replacement from the same political party.“Dave brings a wealth of business experience to this position, which will serve the people of Rutland County well,” said Gov. Scott. “With his commitment to serving Vermonters, I am confident he will be a positive force in Montpelier, proudly representing the people of Rutland.”Soucy has been a Vermont resident since 1997, and has served as the general manager and head golf professional at Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington. He is a member of various state and local organizations, including the Killington Pico Area Association, the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.“I’m honored to have been selected to serve the residents of Rutland County, and look forward to working with my fellow legislators and Governor Scott to promote economic development and address the crucial issues facing Vermonters,” said Soucy.Soucy, a former professional golfer, is the past President of the Vermont Chapter of the Professional Golf Association of America and currently sits on the Board of Directors of New England PGA. In 2012, Soucy started Legislative Golf Day at the Vermont State House to develop relationships between legislators and leaders of the Vermont golf industry. He attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. VBM vermontbiz.comSource: Govenror 6.19.2017last_img read more