Month: January 2021

Make Snow sale finalized

first_imgPEAK RESORTS CLOSES ON PURCHASE OF MOUNT SNOW AND ATTITASH RESORTSST. LOUIS, MO- (April 5, 2007) – Peak Resorts announced today the completion of the purchase of Mount Snow and Attitash resorts from American Skiing Company. The sale agreement, originally announced on February 16, includes all properties and assets of Mount Snow and Attitash resorts, for a purchase price of $73.5 million. In addition, Peak Resorts assumed approximately $2 million in debt and other liabilities related to the resorts.”We are very excited to welcome these two fine resorts to the Peak group,” said Tim Boyd, President of Peak Resorts. “Both resorts have talented management teams and a proud tradition; we look forward to working with the resorts and local partners to build a strong future for both areas.” Season pass products for the 2007-2008 season and other issues related to the transition are being reviewed, according to Boyd. Announcements will be forthcoming when details are finalized. Peak Resorts operates 11 ski areas and 2 golf courses in 6 states. Peak Resorts Inc. is committed to building an enhanced resort experience at each of their properties.##last_img read more

VT PSB Approves Expansion of Co-Op’s Landfill Gas Plant

first_imgThe Vermont Public Service Board has issued a Certificate of Public Good approving Washington Electric Co-op’s proposed expansion of its landfill methane generating facility at the state’s largest landfill in Coventry. The PSB’s Order was issued on September 17th, and authorizes the addition of a fifth generating engine at the plant, as well as a small expansion of the building and other related modifications.The Coventry plant first began operation in 2005 and its generating capacity was previously increased in 2007. The facility is now generating almost two-thirds of all the electricity used by WEC’s 10,000 member households and businesses in Orange, Washington and Caledonia Counties. The cost to WEC of this energy is significantly less than current market prices in the region, and the plant is the primary reason why WEC’s members have not seen a rate increase in nine years and are not expected to for a few more.In accordance with Vermont Statute, an electric cooperative must also get the approval of its members for such projects after receiving PSB approval. The WEC Board of Directors has authorized a vote for October 7, and information packets and vote by mail materials are being mailed to all members on Friday. WEC’s members previously voted in favor of the original project and the first expansion by overwhelming margins.Assuming member approval, construction will commence immediately after October 7, with the additional generating equipment expected to be in service in early 2009.We’re very pleased that the Public Service Board granted the approval, said WEC’s General Manager, Avram Patt. We also appreciate the continuing support the Public Service Department has given to this project and its expansion and we look forward to the member vote on October 7th.. Because we’re a co-op, it’s fitting that our members who benefit from this project have the final say.last_img read more

The Vermont History Expo will not be held next year

first_imgThe Vermont History Expo will be suspended for June 2009BARRE, VT (12/4/08) — The Board of Trustees of the Vermont Historical Society (VHS) met on Friday, November 21st. At that meeting the decision was made to suspend the Vermont History Expo for this upcoming year (’09).Tess Taylor, VHS Director of Education and Public Programs, explained, “The Expo has had a nine-year run at the historic Tunbridge Fairgrounds for one weekend in June each of those years. Thousands of Vermonters, and “Vermonters at Heart” old and young have been treated to two days of exhibitions by local historical societies, for whom this event was created, plus offerings by history museums, cultural heritage organizations and associations, performers, history presenters, traditional trades people. It is often referred to as ‘Vermont’s Family Reunion.'”Like most non-profit organizations in Vermont, VHS is looking at a shortfall in its budget due to factors beyond its control: cuts to our state appropriation and the economic downturn that has reduced the likelihood that some donors will be able to maintain their level of giving, plus VHS endowment investments have been compromised.Expo has had a broader and more positive impact than anyone anticipated when it was first conceived. It has become a VHS “brand” and is a signature event in Tunbridge. This year of suspended activity will afford planners the opportunity to create a plan for keeping the Expo experience fresh and responsive to our audiences.Taylor said: “This was a difficult decision. Everyone is fond of Expo. We understand how it increases recognition of local historical societies and fosters interest in Vermont History like no other event or program has. However, Expo has a big budget that utilizes a large amount of staff time; this decision will help us to keep the rest of VHS on-going programs on track. Other factors we considered are that it will be more difficult to secure donors at this time and higher costs to the local historical societies will probably mean that fewer will attend. Lastly, the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial celebration is enjoying major support and attention. This seems like a good year to step back and assess.”Planning is now in progress for alternative programming for 2009 and a fresh look for Expo in 2010.The Vermont Historical Society is a nonprofit organization with offices in Barre and Montpelier, engaging both Vermonters and “Vermonters at heart” in the exploration of our state’s rich heritage. Its purpose is to reach a broad audience through outstanding collections, statewide outreach, and dynamic programming. The Vermont Historical Society believes that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities. For more information call 802-479-8500. Visit the Society’s web site at is external).last_img read more

Vermont Yankee reports new well with elevated tritium levels

first_imgVermont Yankee reported late Monday afternoon that two of the new monitoring wells the nuclear power plant just installed have tested positive for the radioactive isotope tritium. The three new monitoring wells were installed to complement the three drilled in 2007. Confirmed analysis from the new wells show tritium concentration is at 70,500 picocuries per liter in the nearest new well about 75 feet to the south of the well where tritium was first noted several weeks ago.At a new well about 100 feet further south, the tritium is at a much lower concentration of 1,840 picocuries per liter. Two other monitoring wells to the north, and one to the south, show no elevated levels.  The purpose of the monitoring wells is to characterize the tritium concentrations in the ground water to aid in the investigation. Yankee spokesman Robert Williams issued a statement saying this is useful information that will help engineers working to identify the source of tritium in the plant’s groundwater. Engineers are planning six more wells around the plant buildings to gather further data on the location of the highest tritium concentration and to focus the investigation on the possible source.  Williams said that while the multi-disciplined technical team continues to investigate the source of the tritium, he said it is important to note that there has been no elevated tritium level found in any drinking water well samples or in Connecticut River water. The existence of tritium in such low levels does not present a risk to public health or safety whatsoever, he said.Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen that occurs naturally and is also a byproduct of nuclear plant operation. The Environmental Protection Agency has set safe drinking water levels of tritium at 20,000 picocuries per liter.The Vernon plant is seeking approval from the state to relicense the plant another 20 years beyond 2012, when it is scheduled to be decommissioned. The Legislature must first approve the license extension before the Vermont Public Service Board ultimately rules on the case. Vermont Yankee owner Entergy is also seeking to spin the plant off, with five other older nuclear power plants, into a new company called Enexus.Source: Vermont Yankee. 2.1.2010last_img read more

AT&T expands mobile broadband coverage in Ludlow

first_imgAs part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of three new 3G cell sites in Ludlow. The new sites will enhance wireless coverage for area residents and businesses along Routes 100 and 103 as well as near the Okemo Mountain Resort, the Okemo Valley Golf Club, and the surrounding inns and shops in Ludlow center.  With 3G speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.The new cell sites are part of AT&T’s ongoing effort to drive innovation and extend its 3G wireless network the fastest in the nation, according to independent testing. It is also part of AT&T’s ongoing investment to build the broadband networks that will fuel economic growth and create jobs, and enable its customers to quickly access the content, applications and services that matter most to them.”We’re seeing advanced smartphones driving up to 10 times the amount of usage of other devices on average,” said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager, AT&T New England. “Despite these unprecedented increases in wireless data traffic, AT&T’s network investments and upgrades have enabled us to continue to deliver the nation’s fastest 3G network.”AT&T recently completed a software upgrade at 3G cell sites nationwide that prepares the nation’s fastest 3G network for even faster speeds. The deployment of High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology is the first of multiple initiatives in AT&T’s network enhancement strategy designed to provide customers with and enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and well into the future.  Faster 3G speeds are scheduled to become available in 2010 and 2011 on a market by market basis as AT&T combines the new technology with our second initiative to dramatically increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, primarily with fiber-optic connections, adding capacity from cell sites to the AT&T backbone network.AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T offers 3G data roaming in more than 115 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 220 countries.For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit is external).*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.About AT&TAT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates AT&T operating companies are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at is external).  This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at is external) and as part of an RSS feed at is external). Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook is external) to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at is external) to discover more about our small business services.© 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. 3G service not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsInformation set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.SOURCE AT&T Inc. LUDLOW, Vt., June 25, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

Vermont company to lead energy efficiency effort in Washington, DC

first_imgVermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC),The Sustainable Energy Partnership, led by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), has been selected by the District Department of the Environment to create and operate the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) in Washington, DC. The SEU will help families, businesses, and institutions in the nation’s capital save money and energy, and support local job creation and economic development, by offering programs that spur investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy. With funding of approximately $7 million in fiscal year 2011, the SEU will operate under a seven-year performance-based contract with aggressive goals in job creation, energy savings, renewable energy deployment, and a significant level of targeted spending for low-income housing. Funding comes from the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund, established by the Council of the District of Columbia as part of the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008. ‘VEIC is excited by this opportunity to lead a world-class partnership that will help District of Columbia residents and businesses build a clean energy future for their community,’ said Scott Johnstone, Executive Director of VEIC. ‘Through our operation of Efficiency Vermont, we have shown how investments in energy efficiency are good for the bottom line, good for the environment, and good for the economy. We look forward to putting this expertise to work in the nation’s capital.’ Residential and commercial energy consumption in buildings is the largest driver of greenhouse gas emissions in the District of Columbia, with 15% of emissions coming from residences and 52% from commercial and institutional sectors. The District of Columbia estimates that it currently spends approximately $79 million each year on energy use in public buildings alone. The SEU will help address the challenge of reducing that energy use, while also providing new ‘green jobs’ employment opportunities for District of Columbia residents. SEU services will begin to launch in May, with three ‘quick start’ programs for residential and commercial customers. The SEU offices will be located in Washington, DC, with necessary technical and support services provided from VEIC’s Vermont office. More information is available at is external).VEIC’s work for the SEU represents a continued diversification of its activity outside Vermont. In 2010, VEIC was selected to start up and operate Efficiency Smart, an energy efficiency initiative that currently serves 47 communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. About VEICThe Vermont Energy Investment Corporation is a mission-driven nonprofit organization, founded in 1986, dedicated to reducing the economic, social, and environmental costs of energy consumption through cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.VEIC has consulted in 28 states, 6 Canadian Provinces and 7 countries outside North America to design programs that reduce energy use through energy efficiency and renewable energy. In addition, VEIC operates Efficiency Vermont ‘ the nation’s first statewide energy efficiency utility ‘ as well as other implementation services across the country. For more information: is external) April 22, 2011; Burlington, VT ‘last_img read more

Bruegger’s Bagels parent forms new holding company, Le Duff America

first_imgBruegger’s Bagels, Inc,Recognized as the second largest bakery-café company worldwide, French-based Groupe Le Duff has announced the creation of Le Duff America to manage its North American café brands, which includes la Madeleine Country French Café, Vermont-based Bruegger’s Bagels, Timothy’s World Coffee and Brioche Dorée.  The new organization will allow its North American brands to combine their expertise, maximize synergies and better position them for future growth. Le Duff America will serve as the umbrella organization and provide overall expertise and support in areas, such as human resources, purchasing, finance, franchise development and real estate, allowing the bakery-cafés to focus on delivering an extraordinary experience for their guests.  In addition, Le Duff America also named its new leadership team, which will be led by co-CEOs, Claude Bergeron and Jim Greco. Members of the new executive team include: ·         Claude Bergeron, chairman and co-chief executive officer ‘ Bergeron has been serving as the chairman and CEO for Groupe Le Duff’s American operations and will share responsibility for the strategic direction of Le Duff America with Greco. In this new role, Bergeron will oversee operations, product development, marketing, finance, IT, human resources and legal aspects of the company. ·         Jim Greco, co-chief executive officer ‘ Greco previously served as the CEO for Bruegger’s. In his new role, Greco will oversee purchasing, franchising and real estate. ·         Phil Costner, president/chief operating officer of la Madeleine and chief brand strategy officer of LDA ‘ Costner has a dual role of executing a multi-brand strategy across all of the bakery-café concepts for Le Duff America, while also leading la Madeleine as president and chief operating officer. ·         Mike Clock, chief financial officer ‘ Clock will continue to serve as CFO for la Madeleine and has also been appointed CFO for Le Duff America. ·         Harry Martin, chief administrative officer and general counsel ‘ Martin will continue his role as general counsel for la Madeleine and has also been appointed as CAO and general counsel for Le Duff America and its subsidiaries.   ·         Scott Berkman, chief purchasing officer ‘ Berkman, who was the vice president of purchasing, manufacturing and distribution at Bruegger’s, has been appointed as the CPO for Le Duff America. ·         David Austin, president of Bruegger’s ‘ Austin will continue as president of Bruegger’s.  ·         Jeff Dillon, vice president ‘ As a vice president, Dillon will oversee Le Duff America’s Canadian Threecaf brands. ‘The creation of this vibrant new organization will combine the deep expertise of Groupe Le Duff and these incredible brands, strengthening our leadership in North America’s bakery-café segment and, most importantly, delivering an enhanced experience for our guests,’ said Bergeron. ‘I’m pleased to have Jim Greco by my side as we take Le Duff America and its brands to the next level.’  ‘I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead Le Duff America in partnership with Claude Bergeron and bring together the strengths of Bruegger’s, la Madeleine, Timothy’s World Coffee and Brioche Dorée,’ said Greco. ‘Through this strategic move, we can maximize synergistic opportunities and be better positioned for future growth. We see the largest growth potential in franchising. We just launched la Madeleine’s franchise program, and we plan to franchise all of our brands across North America.’ About Groupe Le DuffGroupe Le Duff is a global bakery and restaurant company headquartered in Rennes, France. With $1.6 billion in total sales, 1,100+ restaurants and bakery-cafés globally and a presence in more than 50 countries around the world, Groupe Le Duff and its North American Subsidiary, Le Duff America, Inc., operate under the brand names Ristorante del Arte, Brioche Dorée, la Madeleine Country French Cafés, Au Pain Doré, Bruegger’s Bagels and Timothy’s World Coffee as well as others. In addition to its restaurant operations, Groupe Le Duff is also a major supplier of frozen breads and pastries to the wholesale market through subsidiaries Bridor Inc., with four plants supplying Canada and the United States, and Bridor France, which supplies the French and European markets. For more information, please visit is external).  About la Madeleine Country French Cafés  La Madeleine® Country French Café owns and operates 60 cafes in Texas, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Louisiana, offering French country cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, visit is external). About Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc.Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc. is a leader in the fast casual restaurant segment. The company operates over 300 Bruegger’s Bakeries in North America (including four co-branded locations).  In addition, it operates 137 Timothy’s World Coffee, mmmuffins and Michel’s Bakery Cafés in Canada through a wholly owned subsidiary, Threecaf Brands Canada, Inc.  For more information, please visit is external), is external), is external), is external), or become a fan on Facebook at is external). Montréal, Québec, Oct. 7, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Governor kicks off long-term Irene recovery effort

first_imgVermont Governor Peter Shumlin today announced a plan to assist communities recovering from Tropical Storm Irene.  Dubbed the Community Recovery Partnership, this initiative will target affected towns and regions with facilitated community conversations and cross-agency State support, as well as collaboration in long-term planning and implementation of recovery efforts. ‘We know that all recovery is local and the best role for the State is to support the towns.  The first step is to talk with communities about both their current needs and their future plans, in order to better gauge the additional assistance they will need going forward,’ said the Governor. ‘We need to harness the incredible community energy of the past two months and direct it toward rebuilding Vermont into a stronger, smarter and safer state.’ Governor Shumlin said the recovery needs vary from town to town and region to region.  To best understand these needs, the state will ask town residents to share their views and ideas. ‘True recovery is a community-powered process and we are eager to have local leaders who emerged during the Irene response be active participants,’ said Neale Lunderville, Irene Recovery Officer. “These conversations will inform the state’s long-term recovery plan and help set the direction for the future.” The first round of conversations will begin next week and occur over the next few months.  While the State is not in a position to provide direct financial assistance to towns, it can provide time and expertise to help craft a plan for the future.  All visits will include a team from the Agencies of Commerce & Community Development, Transportation, Human Services and Natural Resources, as well as representatives from the Regional Planning Commissions and Regional Development Corporations.  Through a combination of public hearings and meetings with stakeholder groups, communities and regions will outline their long-range recovery vision and capacity on issues like housing, transportation and economic development. This, in turn, will enable the Shumlin administration to match needs with existing services in the short term, but also create a long-term state recovery plan that leaves Vermont in better shape than before Tropical Storm Irene hit.‘Our goal is to support communities as they make the hard decisions about recovery,’ said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of Economic, Housing and Community Development, who will spearhead this initiative through her department. ‘Having cross-agency teams is critical as we help towns identify gaps in capacity and need, as well as trends worth pursuing.’ The Governor will personally lead the first several workshops.  The first conversation will be held in the Mad River Valley (details TBA). Towns that are interested in having a community conversation with the State should contact Faith Ingulsrud @ sends e-mail) or by calling 802-828-5228. For further questions on the long-term community recovery contact Noelle MacKay at sends e-mail) or 802-828-5216. Governor’s office. 11.9.2011last_img read more