• ReSource receives capital grant
    February 18,2013
     

    BARRE — A $150,000 grant will help see ReSource through the final phase of a major renovation project at its historic Granite Street facility in downtown Barre. ReSource will use the funds from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for interior and exterior improvements to the building, which houses ReSource’s store and job training programs.†

    The $1.7 million renovation of the historic granite shed began four years ago and is expected to be completed in time for this summer’s Barre Heritage Festival in late July. The National Life Foundation and many other local businesses and individuals have also supported the Barre project.

    ReSource integrates job training into the operation of its store and its building deconstruction services, an arrangement that supports those in need of work experience while keeping thousands of tons of material out of landfills annually. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and sells household goods, appliances, furniture and computers. One of its job training programs, YouthBuild, builds and weatherizes affordable housing and installs residential solar energy systems.

    The Weinberg Foundation assists financially disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and families through nonprofit grants to direct-service providers and programs.

    In addition to the Barre location, ReSource also has facilities and programs in Burlington, Williston and Morrisville.



    Wallace named Realtors officer

    MONTPELIER — Claire Wallace, broker and co-owner of Wallace Realty in Bristol, has assumed her duties as the 2013 president of Vermont Realtors. She took office on Jan. 1.

    Wallace served as the vice-president for the association in 2012, and has held various leadership positions on boards in Vermont and New England. In 2006, she was named the state Realtor of the Year.

    Wallace and her husband, Tom, and daughter Kelly Laliberte have owned and operated Wallace Realty for more than 20 years. She holds the Certified Buyer’s Representative designation and is a member of the Real Estate CyberSpace Society.

    Vermont Realtors is the state realtor membership association, and part of the National Association of Realtors, the nation’s largest trade association. Vermont Realtors represents more than 1,600 members involved in the residential and commercial real estate industries.

    VPR makes best workplace list

    COLCHESTER — Vermont Public Radio has been named one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Vermont by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

    Companies from around the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the winners. The first part evaluated each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.

    The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation on April 4 at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington.

    — Staff and Wire reports

    Tooth Tutor program still going

    BURLINGTON — For the third consecutive year, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation awarded a grant of $84,000 to the Vermont Head Start/Early Head Start programs to sustain the Vermont Department of Health’s Tooth Tutor program.†The grant period operates from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013.†

    Through the Tooth Tutor program, registered dental hygienists work with Head Start children and families to assist them in finding dentists, becoming more comfortable with dental visits, and working with local dental practices to help expedite dental exams and treatment for Head Start children.

    For 17 years, the foundation has funded oral health programs in Vermont, Maine,and New Hampshire. Headquartered in Concord, N.H., with a sales office in Burlington, Northeast Delta Dental offers dental insurance programs for organizations of all sizes and for individuals and families that have no access to employer-sponsored dental benefits.



    USDA taking applications

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Applications are now being accepted for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School grants.

    “USDA’s Farm to School grants connect schools with their local farmers, ranchers and food businesses, providing new economic opportunities to food producers and bringing healthy, local offerings into school cafeterias,” said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

    Proposals for grants are due by April 24.

    This year, three different kinds of grants are available. Planning grants are for schools just getting started on farm-to-school activities. Implementation grants are available for schools seeking to augment or expand existing programs. Eligible nonprofit entities, Indian tribal organizations, state and local agencies, and agriculture producers may apply for support service grants in order to conduct trainings, create complementary curricula, or further develop supply chains.

    The USDA’s website will host seminars on March 5 (planning grants), March 6 (implementation grants) and March 7 (support service grants) to assist applicants. All start at 1 p.m.

    The Farm to School Grant Program is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which authorized and funded the USDA to assist farm to school programs to improve access to local foods in eligible schools. The act provides $5 million annually to support grants, technical assistance and the federal administrative costs related to the program.



    Food labeling topic of seminar

    HARDWICK — On March 21 University of Vermont Extension and the†Vermont Food Venture Center will sponsor “Food Labeling for Food†Producers,” an informational seminar to help food producers†and processors understand state and federal food labeling requirements. Registration is $5 per person for the session, which takes places at†the Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick from 6:30 to 8 p.m. To register, call 802-472-5362.

    UVM Extension’s food safety specialist, Dr. Londa Nwadike, will†clarify labeling regulations for food products commonly sold in†Vermont and explain what information is legally required to appear on†all food labels. Nwadike also will discuss UPC codes and federal†requirements for label claims and nutritional labeling.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Rose Crossley at 802-223-2389, ext. 201, or toll-free in Vermont at 866-860-1382†by Feb. 28. For more information, contact Nwadike at londa.nwadike@uvm.edu.





    Wallace named Realtors officer

    MONTPELIER — Claire Wallace, broker and co-owner of Wallace Realty in Bristol, has assumed her duties as the 2013 president of Vermont Realtors. She took office on Jan. 1.

    Wallace served as the vice-president for the association in 2012, and has held various leadership positions on boards in Vermont and New England. In 2006, she was named the state Realtor of the Year.

    Wallace and her husband, Tom, and daughter Kelly Laliberte have owned and operated Wallace Realty for more than 20 years. She holds the Certified Buyer’s Representative designation and is a member of the Real Estate CyberSpace Society.

    Vermont Realtors is the state realtor membership association, and part of the National Association of Realtors, the nation’s largest trade association. Vermont Realtors represents more than 1,600 members involved in the residential and commercial real estate industries. †

    VPR makes best workplace list

    COLCHESTER — Vermont Public Radio has been named one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Vermont by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

    Companies from around the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the winners. The first part evaluated each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.

    The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation on April 4 at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington.





    CVMC MRI achieves accreditation

    BERLIN — The Diagnostic Imaging Division of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) at Central Vermont Medical Center recently received accreditation from the American College of Radiology.

    “This accreditation is a standard of excellence that speaks to both the credentials of the staff operating the highly sophisticated MRI unit, and interpretation of the complex images by our board-certified radiologists,” said CVMC Chief Operating Officer Nancy Lothian.†

    The MRI service is now ACR accredited for three years.

    ††

    GMP seeks nominees for 2013 Zetterstrom Award

    Green Mountain Power is currently accepting nominations for the GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award, given annually to a person, business, group or nonprofit to honor a significant contribution to Vermont’s environment.†

    The deadline for nominations is March 15. The winner is chosen by a panel of GMP employees with responsibilities related to land management, resource protection, community relations and education, and environmental compliance, and a $2,500 donation is made to the winner’s environmental cause. Nominees should have a demonstrated a commitment to improving Vermont, its land, air or water, wildlife, or the enjoyment of the outdoors by others.†This may be through educational efforts, environmental stewardship, resource rehabilitation, protection or preservation, or conservation.†Vermonters of any age may be nominated. For a nomination application and more information, visit www.greenmountainpower.com.

    The award is named for osprey advocate Meeri Zetterstrom. Past award recipients include Sally Laughlin, a leading wildlife advocate and scientist whose work was instrumental in restoring three species of endangered birds in Vermont; Michael Smith, the founder and driving force behind Rutland’s Pine Hill Park; and Margaret Fowle, who has long led Vermont’s peregrine falcon restoration program, which is responsible for their return from the brink of extinction.

    Flower show coming up

    ESSEX JUNCTION — The 2013 Vermont Flower Show will be held March 1-3 at the Champlain Valley Exposition. The event, presented by Green Works/Vermont Nursery and†Landscape Association in collaboration with University of Vermont†Extension and others, will feature colorful display gardens, a landscaped model garden railway and a flower†judging competition, as well as special activities for†kids, cooking demonstrations, more than 80 vendors, and a full slate of educational workshops. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (60 and†older) and $3 for children (3-17). A weekend pass is $30.

    Vermont certified horticulturists will be available throughout the†show to answer gardening and landscaping questions. Visitors also can†attend seminars to learn about flower,†berry and vegetable gardening; landscape design; insect pests; water†gardens; ecological landscaping and other horticultural topics from†experts from UVM, state agencies, garden centers and nurseries, landscaping firms and other organizations. Keynote speaker Stephanie Cohen, author of the “Perennial Gardener’s Design,” will give†talks on colorful, showy perennials for the home†garden and perennial garden design. For a full schedule of seminars and workshops along with other show†information, visit http://greenworksvermont.org/vermont-flower-show.

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