Colchester, VT May July 26, 2007Life for new parents just got a little easier, and customer communication just improved for the customers of Lowes Foods supermarkets. MyWebGrocer of Colchester, VT and Lowes Foods of Winston-Salem, North Carolina announced the arrival of www.Lowesfoods.MyBaby.com(link is external) , the first grocery social networking site for parents. A place they can organize, share, discuss, and find things to do with their kids. Lowe’s Food Stores is launching lowesfoods.mybaby.com July 25, 2007.”We’re really excited about LowesFoods.MyBaby.com because, as anyone who’s been a parent knows, information and advice are critical, especially when you have an infant,” said Rebecca Roose, Marketing and Account Manager for MyWebLink. “LowesFoods.MyBaby.com gives parents the power and support they’re looking for. Plus, it’s full of awfully cute pictures.”MyBaby.com differs from other parenting social networking sites by aggregating a full range of information and networking possibilities for parents, such as, advice, blogging, photo and video sharing and organizing, personalized homepages, and event listings.”MyWebGrocer is excited about the continued expansion of our partnership with Lowes Foods and the addition of an advanced social networking tool like MyBaby brings Lowes Foods to the forefront of the Retail Grocery Industry,” said Rich Tarrant CEO of MyWebGrocer.For more information about Lowes Food’s social networking site, please go to www.LowesFoods.MyBaby.com(link is external)Founded in 1999 by Rich Tarrant, MyWebGrocer is a privately held company based in Burlington, Vermont, and is the industry leader in e-commerce and Internet marketing solutions to grocery retailers nationwide. “We Make Online Shopping Work,” by providing web site design and hosting, email, online circular, recipe, personalization and e-commerce services to more than 75 major retail grocery chains nationwide. With close to a decades worth of experience, MyWebGrocer has the tools and resources to make your web site and e-commerce initiatives efficient, effective and profitable. For more information please visit www.mywebgrocer.com(link is external).
City Market and Opportunities Credit Union (OCU) Team Up to Promote Small Business GrowthCity Market and OCU are offering low-interest business loans.Burlington, VTDecember 15, 2008 – City Market, Onion River Co-op, downtown Burlington’s cooperative grocery store, is announcing a new loan fund that will help small businesses to grow. The Co-op works with over 1,000 Vermont vendors and is committed to the sustainability not only of local agriculture of also of our local economy. Many of the Co-op vendors have expressed interest in a low-interest loan program in order to expand their businesses. Teaming up with Opportunities Credit Union, City Market is able to offer vendors a loan rate of 4.99%.To support a strong local food system, the City Market Loan Fund will help businesses purchase equipment, inventory, business vehicles, machinery, raw materials, or funds to purchase an income producing asset. Potential loan program participants could include existing small business owners, entrepreneurs, farmers and/or food producers looking to expand their current business, purchase/replace equipment, develop a new product line, increase production capacities and/or efficiencies. Start-up financing is not available under this program.OCU plans to review each business application and have sole discretion on approving loan requests. Businesses and owners must meet membership eligibility requirements of the credit union. Businesses that are not currently eligible according to OCU’s existing credit standards will be offered an action plan to address the barriers of their situation. For more information contact Greg Huysman, Small Business Lending Manager at 802-865-2003 x125 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).About City Market, Onion River Co-opThe Onion River Co-op is a consumer cooperative, with over 3,200 members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Recently awarded the 2008 Howard K. Bowers Fund Cooperative Excellence Award, City Market provides a large selection of local, natural and conventional foods, and thousands of Vermont-made products. Visit City Market, Onion River Co-op conveniently located in downtown Burlington, online at www.CityMarket.coop(link is external) or call 802-861-9700.
The Town of Manchester has announced a full-featured online GISpresence for its parcel, zoning, and tax maps. Information availableincludes overall zoning maps, overall and individual parcel maps,individual parcel data, and other useful information such as zoningdistricts, flood hazard overlays, and aerial photos.The site was created by Main Street GIS, and is available online athttp://www.mainstreetmaps.com/VT/Manchester/(link is external). This project was done as acollaborative effort between the Town’s planning and assessing departments.
Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie offered his farewell remarks in the Vermont State Senate Chamber this afternoon. Dubie served eight years as the state’s second in command.Good AfternoonThank you for the opportunity to serve you as your Lieutenant Governor for the last eight years.It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to serve our state in elected office.I would like to recognize a few special people who are here this afternoon.My wife, Penny and my daughters, Emily and Casey ‘ my brother, Gen. Mike Dubie — Gen. Jon Farnham, who has just returned from a year of service in Afghanistan, and Martha Hanson, my Chief of Staff and Only Staff.And a special salute to Lieutenant Governor-elect Phil Scott. Congratulations, Phil.# # #Some of you have served for many years; others will start your service here in Montpelier today. As I conclude my service as your Lieutenant Governor, I would like to recognize the service of some special Vermonters.We members of the American Legion have a saying: ‘many gave some, some gave all’. The mother of a fallen service member is given the title of ‘Gold Star Mother’A Gold Star Mother named Marion Gray is with us today. Marion and Steve lost their son, Army Sgt. Jamie Gray, in Iraq, on June 07, 2004. He was 29 years old.Marion has chosen to serve others.In May 2006, Vermont’s Gold Star families chartered a bus together to go to the National Day of Remembrance in Washington DC.Army Spc. Chris Merchant died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on March 1, 2006. His parents, Gary and Janet, wrote at the time, ‘This weekend we find ourselves on a bus with many people just like us. They know and feel the same things as we do. We see that it is okay to cry, to laugh, to joke, to live.’From that bus ride the Vermont Fallen Families was born, with Marion Gray as its binding force.Last November 11, Vermont dedicated a new Vermont Global War on Terror Memorial at the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, dedicated to all the state’s military who have served in war since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.The Grays, the Merchants, Ray DeGiovine, and all the other Gold Star families made the memorial at the Vermont State Cemetery a reality. Ray’s 25-year-old son, Marine Corporal Christopher DeGiovine, was killed in Anbar province in 2007. We must never forget these brave Vermonters and their sacrifice. Marion, thank you for your service. Thank you to all of Vermont’s Fallen Families.Another Gold Star Mother that I would like to recognize is Vicky Strong.Nate and Vicky Strong lost their son, Marine Sgt. Jesse Strong, in Iraq on January 26, 2005. He was 24. Jesse was loved by his community, and by his fellow students at Liberty University. Vicky has chosen to serve her state in a new way. She will serve alongside you here in Montpelier, as a member of the House from Albany, Vermont. She has much to offer. Vicky, we wish you the best of luck as you open a new chapter of service here in Montpelier.# # #On Monday, Sept. 19, 2005 Army Lieutenant Mark Dooley was killed in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Mark was 27 years old.Mark’s mom, Marion said, “Mark had a unique sense of dedication, care and responsibility toward his family, friends, his military companions and his country. I remember the sensitivity in which he gave me a sealed envelope prior to his deployment to Iraq and his request that I promise not to open it unless he did not return. As promised, this document was only opened after his death and I am confident that sharing it will allow everyone to have the insight into the remarkable person who was my son.”In that letter, Mark wrote, “Mom, I have no delusions that reading or even hearing this letter read can fill my absence. Please forgive me for not being able to be there; but also remember that my leaving was in the service of something that we loved, and that most people can’t comprehend its scope. Cherish in your heart that it wasn’t done for any abstract reason like a flag or a foreign government’s success, but our sacred honor.”Friend and fellow Wilmington police officer Greg Murano now organizes an annual 5K race in Wilmington. A portion of this year’s proceeds was donated to help complete the Vermont Global War on Terror Memorial. His service has life and meaning.Kyle Gilbert was a soldier from Brattleboro. Sadly, Kyle was killed in Iraq on August 6, 2003. He was 20 years old. His mother Regina wrote me a letter that I would like to share with you today.She wrote: ‘I want you to hear this, my dream, I really never thought I would have a dream but now I do, I will one day travel to the road my son was on, on 6 Aug 2006, and touch and feel the ground he where he took his last breath, feel his pain and pray for him on that night. When Iraq is free, I will prevail and make my dream come true, please be there with me’.After Kyle’s death, Regina’s husband Herbert chose to join the Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan for a year. I received a text message from Regina when Herbert landed in the United States after his year in Afghanistan. Please join me in thanking Herbert for his service and Regina for her dream.We all need a dream to focus our service. What is your dream?# # #I would also like to recognize another special mother. She lived in Bennington. Her name was Sally Goodrich.Sally and Don Goodrich lost their son, Peter, on September 11, 2001. Peter was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 175, the second plane to crash into the World Trade Center towers in New York City.Shortly after Peter’s death, Sally learned she had ovarian cancer.Reflecting on her situation then Sally said, ‘Everything was destroyed, my life, my faith, my ability to live. I had nothing left.’‘Then in August 2004, a friend of Peter’s who served as a Marine major in Afghanistan sent an e-mail asking the Goodrich family to collect supplies for the children of a village in dire need of assistance.‘That was the beginning,’‘ Sally said then. ‘I call it the moment of grace. I knew Peter would have responded to that e-mail. I knew I had to, in his name. For the first time, I felt Peter’s spirit back in my life.’‘Peter’s father Donald said, ‘Peter was always searching for a better understanding of the human condition, suddenly it shone upon us, that here is a path that Peter would be on. Because he would be on that path, we were going to take it.’‘To honor his memory, the Sally and Donald created the Peter M. Goodrich Foundation, and conducted fund-raising to build and support three schools and an orphanage in Afghanistan.Don says, ‘Sally saw a need or saw something that would be fun, and that big old Irish smile would come out and things would happen.’‘Sally says of her work in Afghanistan, ‘I wouldn’t say it was a journey of faith, but I would say it was a journey that restored my faith, and it also changed my faith. I think about my faith, and I think about God in more open ways than I did before. I don’t know how to explain it except to say that my faith is now about action to help people. Helping these children with education, which is the future of Afghanistan, gave us our lives back. I’m so lucky to have found that. I don’t know how to thank them.’‘ Sally passed away on December 19, 2010.Thank you, Sally.We face challenges in our state. You have run for office to serve. The lives of these special Vermonters serve as inspiration to all of us. Each had a dream, like each of you. Each took a first step, like each of you. Each faced setbacks, as you will, and each served in a special way. Each of you can and will serve in a special way.These Vermonters made a difference. So will you.The Vermont State Senate lost its guiding beacon last August. David Gibson served as Secretary of the Senate from 2000 till the time of his death.When I was first elected lieutenant governor, the presiding officer over the Vermont Senate, I must admit I had never been in this Senate chamber.I met David, and David explained Mason Rules, rules of the Vermont Senate, the unwritten rules, and the traditions of the Vermont Senate.It has been my privilege for the last eight years to learn the traditions of the Vermont Senate. They were written on the heart of David Gibson.For the past half-century, Ernest ‘ David’s father; Robert ‘ David’s brother; and David wrote those rules and kept them alive.David really only had one rule. It ruled his entire life and was the basis for all the rules of the Senate: Do unto others as you have them do unto you.We serve in a legislature where strongly held beliefs carried by strong-minded people are bound to clash.David Gibson was a beacon of kindness, grace and integrity.He made us all better people than we would have been without his friendship. And we all loved him for this.David, we will miss you.May God bless you.I know that David would approve of your choice to succeed him, former state senator John Bloomer. John, I know you will wear the mantle well. Congratulations, and best wishes to you.I would also like to recognize and thank those others who serve year in year out to keep this chamber working well.Assistant Senate Secretary Steve Marshall.Journal Clerk Vanessa Davison.Calendar Clerk Priscilla Alexander.Office Assistant Roxy QueroCornelius Reed, Theresa Randall, and our Doorkeepers and pages.Thank you all for your service to our state.Serving in elected office is a unique way to serve one’s fellow citizens.But there are many ways to serve. I look forward to assisting Vermont by continuing my work with our friends in Quebec. Next time you are in Quebec City, look in the phonebook; I have a lot of cousins up there.As I reflect on my service, many have asked me about my post-election thoughts.Here is my perspective. I have run for office and lost before.As a matter of fact, one man I lost to will soon be Vermont’s new Secretary of Human Services. In November 2000, I lost to a fine gentleman named Doug Racine.A few months later, in April 2001, I was on a long run on Miami Beach, training for an upcoming marathon, on a layover with my airline job. I must admit, I was thinking about the election when a frantic boy ran up to me, asking for my help.I followed this young person to the water’s edge — looked out ‘ and saw three heads in the water a couple of hundreds yards out. Immediately, I headed out into the surf. As I swam out, I thought of the advice of my loving wife Penny — who happens to have been a lifeguard. ‘Never go in the water without a floatation device’– and I am thinking, ‘What do I do now honey? Oh well,’ I think, as I keep swimming.Soon, I had reached the first person in the water. It was a school-aged girl, and the look in her eyes confirmed that she was in trouble. Just like my wife predicted, she grabbed me frantically with her arms and legs around my neck. Fortunately, I was able to get her to shore.Then I headed back into the water, to assist another rescuer who had followed me out to bring the next young girl in.The short version of this story is my girl made it, and the second girl did not. I was on that beach because I had lost an election.The way I see it is, there is another person, on another beach for each one of us. Our job is look for the person and do our best in that moment.Marion, Vicky, Regina and Sally by their service remind us that there are many ways to serve. Thank you all for your service. I wish you the best of luck. God Bless you all.# # #
Green Mountain Power Corporation (GMP) and Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) today filed a petition with the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) for the planned acquisition of CVPS by Gaz MÃ©tro Limited Partnership (Gaz MÃ©tro) and the merger of GMP and CVPS into one, stronger utility. Gaz MÃ©tro, GMP and CVPS announced in July the acquisition and the agreement to merge that provides significant benefits for customers, community, employees and shareholders, including a commitment to $144 million in customer savings over 10 years, a public ownership interest in VELCO, and the establishment of the Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation in Rutland.”Today’s filing with the PSB represents an important step in the process of combining two great Vermont companies,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of GMP and Larry Reilly, President and CEO of CVPS. “CVPS and GMP have a long history of bringing affordable, clean and reliable power to our customers. This combination is a unique opportunity that will allow us to deliver lower rates and higher quality service than if the companies continued to operate as stand-alone entities — while maintaining the strong local bonds that set Vermont utilities apart.”The combination of CVPS and GMP will produce $144 million in customer savings over the next decade. The merger will generate permanent cost reductions and customer savings will grow to as much as $500 million over a twenty-year period. Due to the commitment to no layoffs, as well as the complexity of the integration, the full realization of annualized savings will take six years to achieve. During that time, the new combined company would share in anticipated savings while ensuring that customers receive $144 million of cumulative benefit over the first 10 years.The agreement also includes other benefits in addition to customer savings. The new combined company will transfer 33% of the voting shares in VELCO, Vermont’s transmission utility, to a new public benefit entity, which will diminish the new combined company’s voting control of VELCO to less than 50%. The new public entity will provide $1 million annually — largely generated by dividend from the VELCO stock — to support a low-income rate program.The Rutland region will remain part of the new utility’s corporate identity, with the merged company locating its Headquarters for Operations and Energy Innovation in Rutland. There will be no layoffs, other than some executive officer positions due to the consolidation, nor mandatory relocation of employees. Additional benefits for the Rutland region include the establishment of a new downtown facility, $200,000 for regional economic development and support for the downtown, and new “Solar City” program in Rutland. Finally, the new, combined entity will build on CVPS’s extensive community support efforts that are already underway.The combined utility will also deliver even better service to customers in a number of ways. For example, a more contiguous service area will aid in storm recovery as resources can be deployed more uniformly than is possible today and crews from the separate utilities will no longer have to travel across the other company’s service territory to work in a district.The PSB will establish a schedule for the regulatory proceedings. The full petition can be downloaded at http://www.greenmountainpower.com/about/gmpcvpsmerger.html(link is external).This press release is for informational purposes only. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes or results to materially differ from those expressed in this release. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements and such statements speak only as of the date of this release. MONTPELIER, VT–(Marketwire – September 02, 2011)