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Workplace Health Promotion Business opens for all of Vermont

first_imgMain Wellness Works, L.L.C., is a new business based in South Burlington to help improve health in the workplace. Main Wellness Works provides health promotion presentations on behavioral health issues such as workplace stress management, exercise motivation, weight management, and smoking cessation.Presentations put research at the heart of practice and are designed to motivate better self-care, as well as help build practical skills to make, and maintain positive changes in lifestyle. These changes translate into noticeable improvements in quality of life and work, fewer sick days, reductions in health care dollars spent, and improved morale.“Main Wellness Works is available throughout Vermont and can work with business groups for as little as an hour, or spend more time allowing for deeper development of ideas, group interaction and team building,” says company founder Heather Main. “Companies often need health promotion services to energize staff as part of a company –wide or department business meeting where a health promotion workshop is used to infuse energy and fun into the day.”Presentations typically focus on improving individual health care and the interactive, upbeat nature of the work contributes positively to team building and department productivity. Prices are established to be affordable, and flexible depending on client needs. Discounts apply for non-profits and schools, and programs are available for student groups as well as staff. For more information contact Heather Main at heathermain@earthlink.net(link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Search Opened for Vermont Chamber President

first_imgThe search is open for the new President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. A search committee, comprised of leading Vermont employers from diverse business sectors and sizes all around the state, has been convened by Vermont Chamber First Vice Chair Mark Saba.Saba stated, Vermont s vibrant and diverse business community defines the Vermont Chamber s goals and priorities. The next President will take the reigns of the Green Mountain State s largest member-driven employer association.Saba, Chair of the search committee, owns two auto dealerships in Central Vermont, and one in Rutland. As the Voice of Vermont Business, the Vermont Chamber, our new President, and our talented staff, will be on the forefront of growing Vermont s economy while enhancing the quality of life we all cherish, Saba said. The new Vermont Chamber President will have big shoes to fill.Vermont Chamber Board Chair Rick Milliken, General Manager of the Doubletree Hotel Burlington, noted: Leading the team to identify the next Vermont Chamber President is an enormous responsibility. We thank Mark for his volunteer leadership; the task force is enthusiastic to work with Mark to identify the best candidate for the job.The Search Committee will be responsible for screening candidates, reviewing resumes, narrowing the pool, interviews, and negotiations. According to Saba, the Committee will recommend the top candidate to the Vermont Chamber Board of Directors by this summer. Interested individuals may call the Vermont Chamber at 802-223-3443.The new president will replace interim Vermont Chamber President Chris Barbieri. Barbieri was President of the Vermont Chamber for many years before leaving in 2003 to run the Vermont Chamber s international trade office in Shanghai, China. He took over on an interim basis for Duane Marsh when Marsh left his post in December to pursue other opportunities.last_img read more

State announces $1.8 million grant to redevelop Barre properties

first_imgA foreclosed apartment building will be refurbished and two blighted downtown buildings razed for redevelopment after the City of Barre was awarded a nearly $1.8 million grant by the Douglas Administration. In a ceremony at City Hall Park, Deputy Commerce and Community Development Secretary Jim Saudade announced the $1,769,400 Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant, funded by the federal government in response to the mortgage foreclosure crisis that gripped the country last year.“This money will help Barre revitalize its downtown, as well as preserve much-needed affordable housing,” Saudade said. “And it will help the economy in the short-term as well by creating jobs for local contractors and others.”The Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant will be used for three projects:1) $994,400 will be sub-granted to Central Vermont Community Land Trust who will buy the foreclosed apartment building at 8-10 Laurel St. and completely rehabilitate it;2) $700,000 will be used by the city to purchase the unsafe and blighted “Old Brooks Building” at a discount and then demolish it and clean the site as part of the city’s Depot Square re-development project;3) $75,000 for the city to purchase the burned-out “All Fired-Up” property at a discount and then demolish the remaining foundation, allowing the City to move forward with re-development plans for Merchants Row that includes re-location & design of the road, landscaping, sidewalks, other public amenities. “We are very pleased that the Douglas Administration and the state have stepped up to help as we invest in improving our downtown and creating both affordable housing and jobs for our residents,” said Barre City Mayor Thomas Lauzon.Late last year the federal government authorized Vermont to distribute $19 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds to be used to buy and resell foreclosed homes and to refurbish or even demolish other buildings as part of the response to the mortgage crisis.The state’s plan for distributing the funds calls for providing $7 million to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency to buy and re-sell foreclosed homes to low- and moderate-income Vermonters.$3.1 million of the funds will be made available to municipalities that can administer their own such Neighborhood Stabilization plans.$8.9 million will go to non-profit or private developers for specific projects, with $3 million of the money administered for housing funding by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and $5.9 million administered by the Vermont Community Development Program.To view the complete plan visit: www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/NSP.html(link is external) Source: State of Vermont-30-last_img read more

Vermont Yankee engineers believe they have found source of tritium leak

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Vermont Yankee engineers and technicians have identified a likely source of a tritium leak at the Vernon nuclear power station, according to a statement from Yankee released last night. As noted by Yankee on Saturday, workers were successful in inserting a conduit into the Advanced Off Gas pipe tunnel from the AOG Building side of the tunnel. This allowed an inspection of the tunnel using a boroscope. The inspection found standing water in the tunnel. The water was tested and found to contain tritium in a concentration of  2,400,000 pCi/L. A level of 200,000 pCi/L is considered by the EPA as the maximum safe level in drinking water. On Sunday, workers shut off flow from a drain line associated with one of the plant s hydrogen recombiner units and began moving the standing water out of the tunnel to be processed through the normal radiological waste treatment systems. The drain line appears to be a likely source for the water found in the tunnel, according to Yankee. Work continues to determine if and where the water from the tunnel could have been getting into the groundwater, and to verify that there are no other potential sources of tritiated water entering the tunnel.Meanwhile, the shoring and bracing work at the AOG building excavation is being reviewed by engineers and vendor experts. Over the weekend, workers attempted to set the I-beam shoring piers around the perimeter of the excavation site. Due to interferences found while excavating for the pier holes, there is a need to make changes to the shoring plan and these changes are being worked on. The actual size of the excavation area might have to be modified from the original size in order to place the piers or to accommodate different shoring options. Erection of the enclosure building over the excavation site continues.While this investigation continues, Vermont Yankee states that no tritium levels found in any samples taken from drinking water wells or the adjacent Connecticut River. Outside experts and Yankee have agreed that tritium probably is seeping into the river, but at levels that are undetectable given the amount leaked and the volume of the river.For more details on the tritium investigation, the Vermont Department of Health has a thorough status report on the investigation at this web link: https://email.entergy.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://healthvermont…(link is external)Also helpful is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission web page on tritium monitoring: https://email.entergy.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://email.enterg…(link is external)Source: Entergy Vermont Yankee. 2.16.2010last_img read more

USCIS proposes H-1B electronic registration system to reduce costs for businesses

first_imgUS Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a proposed rule that could save US businesses more than $23 million over the next 10 years by establishing an advance registration process for US employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for foreign workers in specialty occupations. The proposed electronic system would minimize administrative burdens and expenses related to the H-1B petition process’including reducing the need for employers to submit petitions for which visas would not be available under the statutory visa cap. Vermont has made much use of the H-1B program, especially in the travel and tourism sector.USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas today announced the opening of a 60-day comment period that will allow businesses and the general public to provide input on the proposed system in order to ensure it best meets the needs of employers that rely on H-1B visas to bring in foreign workers for specialty occupations.‘The proposed rule would create a more efficient and cost-effective process for businesses interested in bringing workers in specialty occupations to the United States,’ he said. ‘Improving the H-1B petition process is part of USCIS’s ongoing efforts to leverage new ideas and innovation to streamline our operations and enhance customer service.’Under the proposed rule, employers seeking to petition for H-1B workers subject to the statutory cap would register electronically with USCIS’a process that would take an estimated 30 minutes to complete. Before the petition filing period begins, USCIS would select the number of registrations predicted to exhaust all available visas. Employers would then file petitions only for the selected registrations. The registration system would save employers the effort and expense of filing H-1B petitions, as well as Labor Condition Applications, for workers who would be unable to obtain visas under the statutory cap.The proposed rule, which posted to the Federal Register today for public viewing, contains complete details about the registration system and estimated cost savings. USCIS encourages formal comments on the proposed rule through www.regulations.gov(link is external). The comment period runs for 60 days, beginning March 3, 2011, and ending on May 2, 2011.For more information on the proposed H-1B rule, please see the USCIS Fact Sheet. For more information on USCIS and its programs, visit www.uscis.gov(link is external).last_img read more

Casella Waste Systems announces conversion and remarketing of portion of FAME bonds

first_imgCasella Waste Systems Inc,Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CWST), based in Rutland, VT, a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, announced today that it intends to convert the interest rate period on, and remarket, $21.4 million aggregate principal amount of Finance Authority of Maine Solid Waste Disposal Revenue Bonds (Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Project) Series 2005 (the “Bonds”). The Bonds were originally issued on December 28, 2005 and have a final maturity of January 1, 2025.Following a mandatory tender for $21.4 million of the $25.0 million aggregate principal amount of Bonds currently outstanding, and the satisfaction of certain conditions, the tendered Bonds are expected to be converted from a weekly interest rate period to a 5 year fixed term interest rate period and will include additional covenants and credit support for the benefit of holders of those converted Bonds, including guarantees by certain subsidiaries of Casella. Upon conversion to a 5 year fixed term interest rate period, the converted Bonds will not be secured by a letter of credit. The converted Bonds will be remarketed on February 1, 2012. The remaining $3.6 million of outstanding bonds, the proceeds of which were used to finance assets at Casella’s Maine Energy Recovery Company, will remain in a weekly interest rate period and will remain secured by a letter of credit issued by Bank of America, N.A.The Bonds are being offered only to qualified institutional buyers as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).The Bonds have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act and will be offered and sold pursuant to an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and other applicable securities laws.This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Bonds, nor shall there be any sale of the Bonds in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This notice is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act.Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified as such by the context of the statements, including words such as “expects,” “will,” “intends,” and other similar expressions. Among the forward-looking statements in this press release are statements regarding the conversion and remarketing of the Bonds. All of these forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and estimates and management’s beliefs and assumptions. Casella cannot guarantee that it will complete the conversion and remarketing will be completed on the terms disclosed in the forward-looking statements or at all. Such forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, market conditions, potential changes in credit rating and Casella ‘s ability to successfully consummate the remarketing of the Bonds. Casella expressly disclaims any obligation to update such statements to reflect change in its expectations whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required.RUTLAND, VT– Marketwire, January 11, 2012last_img read more