(First appeared in the August 26th edition of the Vermont Standard)
By Paul Bousquet
In an announcement released last week, PreLaw magazine has ranked Vermont Law School (VLS) among the top environmental law schools in the country. VLS and three other law schools received the magazine’s summa cum laude ranking as the best of the best for their environmental law programs and green campus practices.
The magazine further references a U.S. News & World Report article ranking VLS as the nation’s premier environmental law school. PreLaw states that VLS offers a broader and deeper selection of environmental law and policy classes than any other school in the country both during the academic as well as the summer terms.
New Spa Prepares for Opening at Woodstock Inn & Resort
The Woodstock Inn & Resort’s crowning addition of the new luxury spa will host an open house on September 9 from 4-7 PM for the Woodstock community. In addition to the opportunity to view this vital addition, attendees will receive a coupon worth $25 off any 80 minute spa service. Furthermore, all local residents will receive one free Classic Manicure having a value of $35 with an 80 minute spa service during the month of September.
“The Spa is a long-anticipated addition to the Woodstock Inn & Resort,” said General Manager Werner Graef.
“It will add a new revenue stream for the Inn, and in addition to the 30 jobs created, will bring new visitors and tourism dollars to Woodstock and the surrounding area.”
According to the announcement, the $10 million spa, built to LEED certified specifications, accommodates ten luxurious treatment rooms within the 10,000 square foot space. The spa also touts a “Natural Gatherings Suite” featuring a wood-burning fireplace, deluxe treatment tables, traditional Japanese cedar soaking tub, and private bathroom.
Spa facilities also include an outdoor meditation courtyard with sauna, fire pit, and hot soaking pool.
The architecture of the building provides an airiness with considerable natural light, vaulted ceilings and surrounding views while the outdoor facilities highlight Nature and the beautiful setting of the Inn and Spa.
The addition of the Spa introduces a new level of service to the venerable Woodstock Inn & Resort.
The invitation to the open house is an occasion to view one of the finest new spas in the country.
Vermont Business Magazine Issues Call for Rising Stars
Vermont Business Magazine (VBM) has issued a final call for nominations for its Rising Stars event honoring Vermont’s emerging leaders.
Deadline for nominations is September 3rd. Candidates can nominate themselves or they can be nominated by some other person or organization. Nominees can be from either for-profit or non-profit businesses, the criteria being that candidates must be 39 years old or younger on October 1, 2010 and employed in Vermont.
VBM will recognize Vermont’s most accomplished young leaders at the Rising Stars dinner to be held in November. Award recipients will be selected by a panel of Vermont community leaders for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities.
For a nomination form and further information visit events.vermontbiz.com/about rising stars.
VPR Wins Six Regional Awards
Vermont Public Radio (VPR) has recently been honored with six regional Edward R. Morrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).
VPR was chosen for its breaking news coverage, feature reporting, investigative reporting, sports, and for its Web site. Its coverage of the capture of Captain Richard Phillips together with his ship and crew by Somali pirates, the extensive coverage of the 400th anniversary of the exploration of Lake Champlain by Samuel de Champlain, and Steve Zind’s account of UVM’s women’s basketball team rise to power followed by its first round defeat by the University of Connecticut at the NCAA Tournament were among the winning stories cited. Lynne McCrae’s coverage of a homeless family and Nina Keck’s story of Vermont National Guard members were also recognized.
Additionally, VPR’s Web site was singled out for a number of outstanding news stories.
Since it first went on-air in 1977, VPR established an exceptional programming schedule that has been an example for many public radio stations in other states to follow. Its team of professional reporters provide a depth of coverage on matters concerning Vermont that sets VPR apart from its competition.
Donna Kempson Opens Hair Studio in Bridgewater Mill
After 30 years of working at other hair salons, most recently at Woodstock’s Village Barber Shop, Donna Kempson has opened her own business in the Bridgewater Mall. Her second floor studio above Ramunto’s is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Donna’s Hair Studio is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from Noon – 7 PM; Fridays from 9 AM – 4 PM; and Saturdays from 9 AM- 1 PM. With a degree in Cosmetology and certified as a Master Barber, Donna
caters to both men and women as well as children.
For an appointment call 802-291-3401.
Signal Aviation Earns Lycoming Authorized Service Center Designation
Signal Aviation, Lebanon Airport’s fixed base operator, has recently met all criteria and been designated a Lycoming Authorized Service Center. While its staff provides maintenance and repair of various piston-powered aircraft, Signal is now certified to offer a higher level of aftermarket support to Lycoming powered aircraft.
Signal Aviation also operates a Cessna Service Center and Cessna Pilot Center in addition to providing hangar storage, and fueling services.
Larry Fraser of Windsor based Fraser Insurance, Inc. reported that his agency was recognized the Nationwide Insurance Company’s national sales conference as one of the top writers of farm insurance.
The annual FAST Track Conference recognized the top-producing agents in sales of new farm insurance policies during 2009. It’s noteworthy that while more than 8,300 agencies write farm insurance, only 88 qualified for the recent FAST Track Conference.
Nationwide Agribusiness is the largest writer of farm insurance in the United States.
King Arthur Flour Receives 2010 American Package Design Award
King Arthur Flour has received a 2010 American Package Design Award in the Food and Beverage category for its new Unbleached Cake Flour.
Organized by Graphic Design USA magazine, less than 10% of the initial 1,500 entries submitted by design firms and departments qualify for recognition that effective packaging and graphics make a difference in the success of a brand, campaign, product, and sale.
Postcard from Montana
Earlier this week, we had a reminder that winter is not far off. A cold front blasted through Big Sky on Sunday evening bringing with it high winds and heavy rain. The following morning, the veil of clouds that covered the higher elevations above 8,000′ broke enough to reveal a blanket of snow on the upper 3,000′ of elevations of Lone Peak. It’s a reminder that while we revel in summer activities out here, it’s the snows of winter that attracted us to this beautiful part of the United States.