Saturday May 4, 2013

Area businesses recognized for excellence

BRATTLEBORO -- Vermont Small Business Development Center celebrated its 20th Anniversary in Randolph Center at Vermont Technical College. The highlight of the celebration was the recognition of Vermont businesses for their excellence.

These following local businesses in Windham County were cited for excellence in the several categories:

-- e-Commerce Strategy: Megan Baehr of Nonesuch Garden, Brattleboro.

-- Family Owned: Kelt and Kristina Naylor of Side Hill Farm, Brattleboro.

-- Irene Survival Success: Laura and Stanley Lynde of Lynde Motorsports, Brattleboro.

-- Start-up Success: Jesse and Peter Friedman of Student Cultural Exchange, Brattleboro.

-- Sustainable Retailer: Loretta Palazzo and Matt Maranian of Boomerang, Brattleboro.

-- Value Added Agriculture: Kate and Charles Dodge of Putney Mountain Winery, Putney.

-- Young Entrepreneur: Alli Wright of OWL Energy Bar, Brattleboro.

Commonwealth Dairy receives brownfield redevelopment award

BRATTLEBORO -- Commonwealth Dairy was recently recognized with a Phoenix Award for excellence in Brownfield redevelopment. It will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 16, in Atlanta, where it will be cited as among the best of the best when it comes to remediating and transforming a site into a significant community asset.

Commonwealth Dairy was built in the Delta Business Park, a former auto salvage yard, in 2010. Extensive site work, solid waste removal, and engineering effort were required to transform the site into the present ultra-modern dairy making only all natural yogurts.

"While the selected site required significantly more time and effort than anticipated to develop, we were dedicated to the redevelopment process and appreciated the unwavering support we received from the state of Vermont, the Windham Regional Commission and the town of Brattleboro," said Commonwealth Dairy’s President and CEO Thomas Moffitt. "Without this support the project would never have materialized."

In addition, the facility just completed a significant expansion and the Company’s Green Mountain Creamery brand of vanilla Greek yogurt recently won first place at the World Dairy Expo Dairy Product Championship Contest.

The National Brownfield’s Conference is the largest event in the nation that focuses on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. The Phoenix Awards are awarded by a non-profit entity, The Phoenix Awards Institute, Inc., to recognize successful revitalization projects, honor project participants, and encourage project participants to share their knowledge/techniques so these model projects can be replicated across the country.

Zero Balancing opens in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO -- Suzan Sutton B. DIV, CZB has opened a new office in the Vermont Building at 1222 Putney Road, Suite 3FS. Nine years ago she was introduced to Zero Balancing and followed the professional coursework track to certification. Inspired by the concept of a holistic health center destination, Sutton chose this location to provide the hands-on manual therapy.

The Zero Balancing modality was developed in the early 1970s, by Dr. Fritz Frederick Smith, medical doctor, osteopath and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. ZB is a combination of Eastern and Western medicine that brings cohesion to both the energetic and physical aspects of the human body. Each synergistically supports the other, creating stability and expansion at the same time. Following a protocol that generally lasts 30-60 minutes, the practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance.

For more information or to set up an appointment, call Sutton at 443-928-1402 or e-mail zblisser@gmail.com. In conjunction with the month-long national effort for Zero Balancing awareness, she is offering free introductory 15 minute sessions through May 15. For information regarding classes, visit www.zerobalancing.com.

Lorenz named support professional of the year

WILMINGTON -- On April 30, the American Network of Community Options and Resources recognized Heidi Lorenz of Families First in Wilmington and Brattleboro as the 2013 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Vermont.

"We at Families First are proud of Heidi. The award shows the dedication Ms. Lorenz has to support people with disabilities and reflects the quality of services provided by Families First," said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of Families First.

Direct Support Professionals -- also referred to as caregivers, personal assistants and direct care or homecare aides -- provide a rich mosaic of daily support services for the many Americans with disabilities. These DSPs are integral in helping people with disabilities participate in their communities and lead full and independent lives.

ANCOR’s Direct Support Professional Recognition Award is given to those who personify the values of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign, which works to ensure a well-trained and sustainable direct support workforce. Nominees are judged on the work they’ve done to build social networks, substantive community participation and advocating for the people they serve.

County Dems seek intern

The Windham County Democratic Committee is now accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Internship for Grassroots Organization. The intern will work under the supervision of the WCDC chairman. His/her responsibilities include: Identify and recruit Democratic Party leaders in various towns of Windham County and assist these persons, as needed, with the organization of their respective Town Democratic Committees. The intern will also become familiar with the operation of the Vermont Democratic Voter Files, and assist Town Committees with data entry and downloads to/from these files. The internship will start in mid- to late-June and last for eight weeks. The Intern will receive a stipend of $75 per week, plus housing for the eight weeks if desired. A minimum time commitment of 12 to 15 hours per week is expected. The Intern must be a licensed driver and have access to a vehicle for transportation around Windham County.

For more information, contact WCDC Chairman Bill Johnson at 802-257-1020 or billjnsn@sover.net. Interested persons may e-mail their resume and at least three references to the same e-address. The application deadline is Friday, May 17.