Dramatically broadening its appeal to targetthe corporate meeting and wedding market, The Equinox has broken ground on construction that will create 3,200 additional square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art function space by fall 2002, just in time for the popular fall foliage season.The centerpiece of the project is The Rockwell Room, named after the internationally renowned New England painter, Norman Rockwell, whose workconsistently began to reflect small-town American life when he relocated to nearby Arlington, VT. Divisible into several smaller rooms and offering a seating capacity of up to 300, the new facility will feature the latest audiovisual equipment, high speed internet access and video conferencing capabilities. The new ballroom at the resort, unobtrusively tucked away at the far side of the sprawling property, will have its own entrance, pre-function areas, a coatroom, office space and upscale restroom facilities. Designed in the green and yellow hues of Vermont, the ballroom will be graced with several chandeliers, wall sconces and a bay window overlooking the grounds.The architect for the new ballroom project is Edward Clark of Bread Loaf Corporation in Middlebury, with Jinnie Kim, of Jinnie Kim Design inBrookline, Massachusetts, providing the interior design. The new ballroom is phase one of a major 2002 enhancement program, which includes the construction and opening of a new Rockresorts’branded-amenity Avanyu® Spa in the fourth quarter.Situated on 2,300 acres between the Green and Taconic Mountains, The Equinox, with 183 rooms and suites, dates back more than 200 years.
Kindred Design Studio of Hinesburg, Vermont was awarded 2 Gold and 1 Silver Creativity Award, along with 2 other awards of merit as it was recognized by and accepted into the Creativity #37 Annual published by HarperCollins and due out in Summer 2008.Design work completed for The University of Vermont and TDK Medical, out of Chicago, IL. garnered the Golds, while Kindred Designs own promotional Creative Work Book received the Silver. Merit awards went out to work done for Magic Hat Brewery and VASA, Inc. out of Essex Junction, VT and manufacturer of the VASA Swim Trainer.First launched in 1970, the Creativity Awards is one of the most esteemed graphic design competitions. Thousands of entries are received each year. The annual competition culminates with the publication of the Creativity Annual, a 400 page, full color hard cover book.Kindred Design Studio helps businesses create and maintain their voice of communication through insightful brand consulting and complete design asset management. We are dedicated to highly creative thought, design and application across such assets as typography, identity system design, print collateral, packaging, product graphics and illustration.Kindred Design has done work for GE Healthcare, VASA, Inc., Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Girls on the Run and Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity. Other clientele include TDK Electronics Corporation, TDK Medical and Fauquier Hospital of Virginia.For more information: Steve RedmondKindred Design Studio, Inc.firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)http://www.kindredesign.com(link is external)
Darn Tough Vermont has announced that their military issue flame resistant Merino wool boot sock is to be included in the recently awarded Fire Resistant Environmental Ensemble known as the FREE Clothing System. This is a multilayered, versatile, insulating system that is adaptable to varying mission requirements and environmental conditions.This four year contract worth $1 Billion dollars was awarded to ADS Tactical of Virginia Beach, VA, Darn Tough Vermont s long time partner and distributor to the defense industry. In support of this contract Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill will knit and provide the U.S. Army with their 100% U.S. sourced and manufactured Merino wool boot socks.Sales Manger Roland Beliveau states that, The announcement of this award represents the culmination of several years of hard work and many manufacturers coming together to develop and provide the U.S. Army with a high performance safe clothing system. We are excited to know that soldiers around the world will be more comfortable wearing our Vermont made socks. This contract is a significant milestone for our Northfield, Vermont community, Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill. It validates our long term commitment to domestic manufacturing, and will help ensure the stability and growth of our brands and knitting mill. All of us at the Cabot Hosiery Mill are proud to be involved in this project. Added Executive Vice President Ric Cabot, who is the third generation of his family to work in the hosiery business. When our troops go into a war zone like Iraq or Afghanistan, they need the most advanced gear available, said U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, co-chair of the Senate s 96-member National Guard Caucus and a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which handles the Senate s work in writing the annual defense budget. Senator Leahy has aggressively supported the efforts of Darn Tough to equip U.S. troops with their advanced footwear, writing several letters of support in 2006 that led to a significant contract and securing $1.6 million in appropriations in 2007 for Darn Tough to provide the footwear to the Marine Corps. These brave soldiers can go on patrols in extremely dangerous and challenging environments for days on end, continued Leahy. The last thing they should have to worry about is the quality and protection provided by their footwear. Vermont firms like Darn Tough have shown incredible skill and ingenuity in turning out products that meet all our troops needs in the toughest conditions. Darn Tough is already a regular provider to the military services, and this contract is a new vote of confidence from the Army and great news for the economy in Central Vermont.Congressman Peter Welch added, Darn Tough Vermont is a quintessential Vermont success story. Through their hard work, ingenuity and perseverance, they have created good jobs for Vermonters and a product that protects or soldiers around the world. They are a darn tough company with a darn good product!The FREE ensemble will be functional in multiple cold and wet weather climates and activities. Additionally, it is comfortable and ergonomically efficient for wear in the confines of aircraft and armored vehicles. New materials offer a wider range of breathability and environmental protection, providing wider versatility in meeting Soldiers needs. FREE is a comprehensive clothing system from skin to outerwear and from head to toe.Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill is owned and operated by Ric and Marc Cabot and is located in Northfield, VT since 1978. Darn Tough Vermont, The Premium All Weather Performance Sock, manufactures markets and distributes high performance hosiery to outdoor stores nationwide as well as to each branch of the US Military. To view the complete product line visit www.darntough.com(link is external)
Dakin Farm,Sam Cutting, IV, President of Dakin Farm, was honored with the coveted ‘2010 Maple Person of the Year Award,’ on January 25, 2010. The Vermont Maple Industry Council– a group of industry leaders who protect and promote the branding of pure Vermont Maple products — presents this annual award each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to Vermont’s Maple industry.Cutting has been a high-profile member of Vermont’s Maple industry for over ten years. A former treasurer and marketing consultant to the Vermont Maple Foundation, he currently serves as vice chairman of the Vermont Maple Industry Council and has recently been elected to the Vermont Agricultural Development Board. Additionally, for the past four years, Cutting has been chairman of Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness; a campaign to send as much as 8,000 pints of syrup to American troops stationed overseas, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010.‘I am greatly honored to be Maple Person of the Year,’ Cutting said. ‘Preserving Vermont’s Maple industry has held great presence in my life and I will continue to work and uphold Vermont’s Maple standards with all of my maple colleagues for years to come.’###Dakin Farm is a multi-channel retailer of pure Vermont Maple Syrup, smoked meat, cheese and other Vermont Specialty Food. For more information visit www.dakinfarm.com(link is external)
Photo by Sally McCay. (Officials from CCV, DEW and Vermont State Colleges gather together to celebrate the start of construction for CCV’s new Rutland Academic Center.) DEW Construction Corp,Construction of the new Rutland Academic Center for the Community College of Vermont has begun. CCV will be relocating its Rutland campus to new a new location at the corner of West Street and Wales Street in downtown Rutland. The new Academic Center is being constructed for CCV with occupancy scheduled for the end of this year, in time for spring semester classes starting January 2012. CCV has entered into a long term lease for approximately 32,500 sq. ft. with developer and construction manager DEW Construction Corp. of Williston. CCV selected the site over several other locations, stating the West and Wales location offered a prominent location in addition to on-site parking and the ability to expand as their enrollment continues to grow. ‘CCV takes its role as a community college very seriously. Our students are your friends, neighbors, relatives, and customers,’ said CCV President Joyce Judy. ‘We are delighted to be able to remain in downtown Rutland, where local businesses will continue to benefit from the 800 students, faculty, and staff CCV brings downtown every week.’ The new 3-story building will be constructed from steel and concrete, and have a brick exterior. Many LEED features and energy saving components will be incorporated into the new Class A building. CCV’s new home will house class rooms, science labs, art labs, computer class rooms, student work areas, and administrative offices. Daytime parking for faculty and staff will be provided on-site and DEW has entered into a lease agreement with the State of Vermont for additional parking at the parking garage located ½ block away. DEW Construction Corp. offers commercial development, preconstruction and construction services throughout the New England Region and upstate New York.
Gov. Peter Shumlin is an enthusiastic supporter of smart grid technology. He sees deployment of the system as a way to enable Vermonters to curb their energy use. The benefits of a more responsive electric system are twofold, he said: Residents of the state will save money on electric costs and reduce their contribution to the carbon in the atmosphere that is causing global climate change.Shumlin, who also announced his Vermont Climate Cabinet on Tuesday, described his commitment to abating climate change through a familiar story about his family’s farm where buckthorn is thwarting the regeneration of an ancient maple grove and a pond that was once teeming with frogs is now nearly sterile.‘We are leading in the race to get off our addiction to oil, to capture jobs and to keep this planet livable for future generations,’ Shumlin said. ‘The planet is going to be fine. It’s the folks who live in it that are in trouble.’Shumlin told conference attendees that the state has to figure out how to make the power grid work with a more intermittent supply that includes a much larger amount of renewable energy from solar panels, biomass, methane from cows and hydro.‘The challenge of the Sandia partnership is to take the infrastructure of the past and transform it into the power of the future,’ Shumlin said. ‘We will show the rest of the nation how to get it right. We cannot move fast enough.’Key members of his administration ‘ Elizabeth Miller, commissioner of the Department of Public Service, Karen Marshall, director of ConnectVT, the broadband initiative, and Lawrence Miller, the secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development ‘ spoke at the conference about how the state will implement the new system.Commissioner Elizabeth Miller described several key issues around effective deployment of the smart grid, including public opposition to the installation of smart meters.‘We want to avoid that resistance here in Vermont because we truly believe that this new advanced meter is an infrastructure upgrade, really, and it’s an important upgrade for Vermont to compete in the energy future in front of us,’ Miller said.Miller said initially the department had a ‘mandatory mentality.’ In other states, where the smart meters have met with strong public resistance, the meter installations were proposed as required infrastructure upgrades. Miller said Vermont’s consumer behavior working group is considering an alternative approach to smart meter installation.‘We’re looking at whether narrow targeted opt-out programs that specifically both describe benefits to consumers and appropriately describe the costs â ¦ would allow consumers a choice that frankly tamps down concern and increases acceptance statewide,’ Miller said.Vermont is also looking to marry broadband and smart grid technologies, she said.‘In order for the meter system to communications to the utilities, you have to have a communication system,’ Miller said. ‘One way to think of smart grid is just an overlay of the communication system on the electric system we already have.’Utilities lay groundwork for deployment University of Vermont,by Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external) May 18, 2011 Thanks to technology, consumers are keenly self-aware. The Internet tracks our purchases, our favorite websites and our ‘friends.’ The web gives us constant updates on the weather, sports events and instant access to the intimate musings of complete strangers via Facebook and Twitter.What if you could track your electricity use in real time? Would you be more apt to turn off the lights and power down your computer if you knew it would save you a couple of bucks each day? Would information about just how much juice it takes to run the clothes dryer spur consumers to hang their laundry on a drying rack?Those are the kind of hypothetical questions interdisciplinary energy scientists and utilities are attempting to answer as part of an initiative yet to be implemented known as ‘smart grid’ technology.The ‘smart grid’ is a digital communication system designed to allow utilities to follow consumption patterns and gauge power outages in real time. Data would be collected from consumers ‘ commercial enterprises, manufacturers, farms or residences ‘ through a ‘smart meter,’ a wireless device that tracks electricity consumed by appliances, computers, lightbulbs ‘ anything that needs power to operate.Utilities would ‘read’ this digital information, use it to study energy consumption trends and change the power generation flow into the system as needed. The ‘smart grid’ is designed to save on energy consumption and costs.At a two-day conference in Burlington, ‘Powering the Future: The Vermont Smart Grid and Beyond,’ experts from the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, the University of Vermont, utilities and state agencies came together to talk shop about research, development and implementation of a ‘smart grid’ project that could revolutionize the way power is consumed and delivered in the state of Vermont. About 100 utility experts attended the invitation-only event on Tuesday; the symposium included a full slate of plenary panels and discussions on Wednesday.The federal government awarded $69 million to the state for the development of a ‘smart grid’ system in Vermont. The state’s 20 utilities are matching those funds and are deploying ‘smart meters’ to 85 percent of electricity customers in the state.Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who spoke at the conference, is the prime mover behind the federal-state partnership. Sanders approached Sandia National Laboratories three years ago and asked them to consider working with Vermont utilities on a ‘smart grid’ system.Vermont is the first state to develop an integrated electricity system for all its utilities, according to Richard Stulen, vice president of energy, climate and infrastructure security for Sandia National Laboratories. (In other areas of the country, a single utility is taking the lead.)The collaboration between the University of Vermont and Sandia will help the federal government leverage its investment in Vermont, Stulen said.Stulen said the level of collaboration between academia, utilities and the state is very rare. In New Mexico, he said, utilities compete with one another for smart grid projects. Stulen, who called Sanders the ‘sparkplug for all of it,’ said the senator is the only member of Congress to lead such an effort.‘I have never seen anything like this in the country,’ Stulen said. ‘I’ve never seen the galvanization of the state, industry and a university ‘ with a senator behind it.’Sanders’ original vision would have led to the foundation of a national energy laboratory in Vermont. Instead, Sandia agreed to create a ‘center for excellence’ at the University of Vermont. The two institutions have created an exchange for experts and academicians. Together, the team of experts will develop plans to help the state deploy the system.‘What is unique here is the state’s fierce independence and desire to do something progressive,’ Stulen said.Vermont’s small size helps, too. Stulen, who called the smart grid project a ‘human experiment,’ commeded the collaborative nature of the state’s project.The state’s role Mary Powell, the CEO of Green Mountain Power, said the smart grid system will increase reliability, shrink the state’s carbon footprint and contain energy costs.‘Vermont was the first state to put together a whole systems approach,’ Powell said. ‘That’s why we got our funding.’The state’s 20 utilities will match the $69 million in federal stimulus finding for the $138 million smart grid project. Eighty-five percent, or 300,000 Vermont households, will receive smart meters (at a cost of $125 apiece).The federal money is being administered by VELCO, Vermont’s statewide transmission utility, and it will be distributed to utilities throughout the state once the installation of smart meters and other upgrades are complete, according to Allen Stamp, program manager for VELCO.The goal is to improve the overall reliability of the electrical distribution system through better two-way communication between utilities and power consumers, Stamp said. The state’s utilities plan to leverage the existing cell and radio tower infrastructure for communication devices, he said.As part of the research and development phase of the smart grid project, Central Vermont Public Service and Vermont Electric Co-operative have received money from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the relationship between consumer behavior and energy efficiency.Powell said the smart grid system will profoundly improve utilities’ customer service. ‘You’ll never have to pick up the phone again (in the event of a blackout),’ she said. ‘We will instantly know you’re out of power.’The smart grid will increase energy conservation and possibly enable utilities to avoid building new power generation plants, Powell said.
State Auditor Tom Salmon, CPA, would like to remind municipalities, schools and non-profit organizations who may be eligible for FEMA assistance that the one-page ‘Request for Public Assistance’ form (Form 90-49) must be submitted by the close of business Monday, October 17. This a simple one page form that must be submitted, even if you don’t know your DUNs number. The Request for Public Assistance Form (RPA) may be found at: http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=2690(link is external) and should be submitted to Alec Portalupi at the Vermont Agency of Transportation. He can be contacted by phone at 802-828-3889 or by e-mail at Alec.Portalupi@state.vermont.us(link sends e-mail). You may fax the form to 802-828-2848.Communities, certain non-profits, and publicly owned utilities in the declared counties can put in claims for things like overtime paid for storm cleanup, public infrastructure damage, contractors, equipment rentals, fuel for those rentals and other publicly owned equipment used for cleanup or repairs, and any other costs above and beyond normal operating expenses.Your regional planning commission, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and PA specialists from FEMA can help with the application process, but it must be completed by the deadline of October 17. For more information, please call Alec Portalupi at the Vermont Agency of Transportation at 802-828-3889; or Gary Schelley of VTrans at 802-828-0425.