Business News in Brief

Friday November 9, 2012

GMP, Cross Country Ski Center aid Ski for Heat

PERU -- It’s time to make plans to participate in Ski for Heat, which this year will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, and the Hot Blues for Cold Days Benefit Concert on Dec. 1.

As they have so generously done in the past, Chuck and Tracy Black, owners of Wild Wings in Peru, are again donating the use of their Cross Country Ski Center to all Ski for Heat participants.

The Dec. 1 benefit concert will be held on Dec. 1 and feature Bob Stannard and Friends.

All proceeds from Ski for Heat will be matched (up to $5,000) by Green Mountain Power.

Mass. voters approve auto repair question

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts voters have approved a ballot question requiring automakers to provide car owners and independent repair shops with access to their diagnostic systems.

Approval of the measure Tuesday came on the same day a compromise right-to-repair law took effect in the state.

The compromise was passed by the Legislature in July but came too late for the question to be removed from the ballot.

The ballot question would supersede the compromise law. Both require all new cars sold in the state include onboard diagnostic and repair information systems. The ballot question calls for the requirement by 2015, while the law gives the industry until 2018.

It’s unclear whether legislators will revisit the issue in the next session.

Local veterinarian named director of National Foundation

ARLINGTON -- Dr. Frederick W. Baum, of the Arlington Animal Hospital, has been named director of the VIN Foundation. The Veterinary Information Network is based out of Davis, Calif., and serves over 43,000 veterinarians worldwide. The VIN Foundation is its charitable arm providing research, data, support, and assistance to veterinarians in transition across the United States and around the world.

While continuing to practicing in Arlington, Baum -- will oversee the strategic and long term direction of the foundation while helping to build collaborations with other veterinary associations across the United States. Baum is the director of the Arlington Animal Hospital and staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Latham, N.Y.

VAHC elects three new members to Steering Committee

BURLINGTON -- The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC), a statewide membership organization dedicated to ensuring that all Vermonters have decent, safe and affordable housing, announces the addition of three new members to the coalition’s steering committee.

Elected at the annual meeting, John Broderick, Sara Kobylenski, and George Mathias will be serving on the VAHC steering committee for 2012/2013. The coalition’s steering committee serves as its board of directors.

John Broderick, At Large Member. He has been the executive director of the Regional Affordable Housing Corporation (RAHC) in Bennington since January of 2009. Before that, he served as state advocacy director for the Supportive Housing Network of New York in Albany.

Sara Kobylenski, At Large Member. She has served as the executive director of The Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction since 2009. She became involved in the housing world as a result of her four years as AHS field services director for the Hartford District, from 2005 through 2009. For 35 years prior to that, she worked with families and children in almost every aspect of social services.

George Mathias, At Large Member. He joined Gilman Housing Trust, Inc. in 2004, and is the Chief Operating Officer of the community development corporation, with holdings of over 600 units of affordable housing and commercial properties, a NeighborWorks® Homeownership Center program, property management services, and resident support services, including the powerful new SASH program. He is responsible for directing all lines of business in this 40-person organization serving Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans counties.

Broderick, Kobylenski, and Mathias join Ted Wimpey, Chair, Chris Donnelly, Vice-chair, Terry McKnight, Treasurer, Julie Lowell, Secretary, and Harold Nadeau, At Large Member, on the Steering Committee.

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition is a statewide membership organization dedicated to ensuring that all Vermonters have decent, safe and affordable housing, particularly the state’s low and moderate-income residents, elders, the homeless and people with disabilities.

For information on the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, visit


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