VBT Bicycling Vacations returns to its Vermont Roots

first_imgBRISTOL, VERMONT – Alan E. Lewis, Chairman and CEO of Grand Circle Corporation in Boston, announced that Gregg Marston has purchased Vermont Bicycle Tours Bicycling Vacation (VBT) from Grand Circle. Mr. Marston has served as VBT’s President since 1999.”We are delighted to have sold VBT to someone who shares our passion for adventurous, discovery-oriented travel experiences that have the power to change people’s lives,” said Lewis. “We know that VBT is in excellent hands.””As an avid traveler and bicycling enthusiast who has had the privilege of leading VBT for the past six years, I am very enthusiastic about the acquisition of VBT,” said Marston. “I look forward to continuing our efforts to offer the best bicycling vacation choices around the world, at the best value in the industry. Further, I am delighted to bring this company back to its roots in Vermont.”Established in Bristol Vermont in 1971, VBT Bicycling Vacations is the oldest bicycle touring company in the USA. The company specializes in deluxe bicycling vacations throughout the Europe, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Vietnam. Additionally, VBT offers several bicycling and barge vacations throughout Holland, Belgium, and France in conjunction with Continental Waterways, a Grand Circle subsidiary. VBT will serve nearly 4,500 travelers in 2005.Headquartered in Bristol, Vermont, VBT has regional offices in Italy, France and England, and will continue to develop bicycle vacations throughout Europe, North America and other destinations throughout the world. VBT can be reached in Vermont at 1-800-245-3868 or at www.vbt.com(link is external).last_img read more

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$1.3 million granted to Vermont schools for safety projects

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation today announced that 22 schools received a total of $1.3 million in Infrastructure Awards through the Agency’s Safe Routes to School program.Safe Routes to School is a federally funded safety program that is administered through VTrans. The program, which supplies money for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, has a goal of increasing the number of students who can safely walk or ride bikes to school.‘Safe Routes to School is about kids walking and biking to school regularly, routinely, and safely,’ said VTrans Secretary David Dill.  ‘The program is an opportunity to have schools and communities work together to solve some of their pressing safety, environmental and health challenges.’Competition for funding was stiff, as VTrans received 31 applications for a total request of $2.8 million.  The Agency was able to provide $1.3 million that will aid 19 projects.  Awards were granted to safety projects that include sidewalks, improved crossings, school zone signs, and traffic calming.A complete list of schools and awards is provided below.Seventy schools across the state have participated in the program since the 2006/2007 school year.  Efforts include student and parent surveys regarding transportation behavior and attitudes, as well as safety education.   Schools have also encouraged students to walk and bike to school through the use of chaperoned ‘Walking School Busses’ and regular ‘Walking Wednesdays’ that offer incentives like water bottles and T-shirts.  Participating schools work in partnership with their local governments to identify infrastructure needs on the routes to school.Source: VTrans. 7.14.20102010 Grant Receiving SchoolsSchool NameCityProject DescriptionTotal Guilford Central SchoolGuilfordFeasibility Study$26,500Chamberlin SchoolSo. BurlingtonFeasibility Study$20,000Jericho Elementary SchoolJerichoSidewalk connecting sidewalk on VT 15 to School entrance$175,000Warren SchoolWarrenRadar feedback signs and feasibility study51000Warren SchoolWarrenFeasibility Study$35,000Moretown Elementary SchoolMoretownInstall radar signs, upgrade signage and crosswalk markings$42,000Weathersfield ElementaryWeathersfieldUpgrade signs and radar speed sign$12,000Readsboro CentralReadsboroFunding for construction of additional sidewalk and curbing on VT 100$27,809Barre Town ElementaryWebstervilleUpgrade School Zone signs and erect radar speed feedback sign$33,500Middletown Springs Elementary SchoolMiddletown SpringsConstruction of sidewalk along School House Road$196,000Rutland Middle School & Rutland Intermediate SchoolRultandSign and pavement marking improvements to intersection around School Complex$10,607Saxtons River Elementary SchoolSaxtons RiverConstruction of sidewalk from school to village and bus drop off lane$209,000Champlain ElementaryBurlingtonFeasibility Study$24,000Champlain ElementaryBurlingtonUpgrade signs around school and radar speed sign$23,000Dothan Brook SchoolWhite River Jct.Feasibility study$27,000Waitsfield ElementaryWaitsfieldUpgrades to school signs, radar feedback signs, and intersection improvement near school.$141,000Poultney Jr. Sr. High SchoolPoultneySign upgrade, 4 radar signs$67,100Poultney Jr. Sr. High SchoolPoultney6 foot wide sidewalk, curbing 300 linear feet near jr/sr high school, retaining wall$149,200Malletts Bay SchoolColchesterMulti-Use path to access mallets bay school – small sections and crosswalks$31,537 $1,301,253 Total Awardlast_img read more

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Stowe Mountain Lodge prepares to open new additions

first_imgStowe Mountain Resort,With the launch of the new winter season, Stowe Mountain Lodge and Stowe Mountain Resort are poised for a grand re-opening. A multitude of new additions including the South Wing of Stowe Mountain Lodge, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, new menu launch in both of Stowe Mountain Lodge’s dining options, KidSpa and additional meeting space will nearly simultaneously open in December 2010. Stowe Mountain Resort officially opened for the 2010/2011 winter season on November 24. The centerpiece of Stowe Mountain Resort is undoubtedly the four-diamond, ski-in ski-out Stowe Mountain Lodge located at the heart of the resort.  Stowe Mountain Lodge will open an additional 173 guest rooms on December 10, more the doubling the current capacity of the lodge and bringing the total room count to 312. The South Wing of Stowe Mountain Lodge will feature the same lavishly appointed accommodations as the 2-year old North Wing.The culinary team at Stowe Mountain Lodge is preparing to launch a new menu for the signature restaurant Solstice and apres-ski lounge Hourglass. Stowe Mountain Lodge appointed new Executive Chef Tiffany Sawyer last month, a 21-year luxury hospitality veteran, who will create the new menus which will be released in December 2010, just in time for ski-season.With its grand opening slated for December 27, Stowe Mountain Resort will also be home to the 420-seat state-of-the-art Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center is located just a few yards from the South Wing of Stowe Mountain Lodge, and will host a variety of music, dance and cinema performances.The Spa and Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge will launch a KidSpa in December 2010, dedicated to providing fun and simplistic spa services to children of all ages. The KidSpa will not only provide parents with additional children entertainment options, but it will also allow kids to stop, breathe and re-sensitize to their surroundings.Boasting over 56,000 square-feet of flexible meetings space, Stowe Mountain Resort is now the largest meetings venue in Vermont. With options including 12,000 square feet of indoor meeting space at Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe Mountain Resort accommodates a diverse spectrum of groups. SOURCE Stowe Mountain Lodge. STOWE, Vt., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — About Stowe Mountain LodgeThe new Stowe Mountain Lodge is the centerpiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a new $400 million alpine neighborhood that has been in planning and development stages for the past 16 years.  As part of this new community, guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge will enjoy five-star service, 312 guest rooms, a 21,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, ski-in/ski-out access to over 100 legendary trails, exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Club, an 18-hole mountain golf course designed by Bob Cupp, and a heated outdoor pool. The property offers more than 12,000 square feet of event space, as well as high-end boutiques, restaurants and limitless on-mountain recreational options.  The lodge offers farm-to-table cuisine in Solstice restaurant and Hourglass bar.  In addition, 34 fractionally-owned condominium units are available for vacation home ownership in the Lodge’s Front Four Private Residence Club.  Rooms begin at $435 for a studio unit, with special lodging offers and packages available by calling (802) 253-3560 or (888) 4-STOWE-VT or by visiting www.stowemountainlodge.com(link is external). For real estate inquiries, please call (888) 403-7739 or (802) 253-0320.About Destination Hotels & ResortsDestination Hotels & Resorts is the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the United States with more than 30 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. The company has developed a variety of initiatives to better serve its communities, stakeholders and customers including Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program, and the Destination Delivers guest loyalty program, which provides the best available offers to members. Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com(link is external) or to join Destination Delivers, visit www.destinationdelivers.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas joins National Life Board

first_img‘I am honored to be joining the board of National Life Group,’ said Douglas, who stepped down as governor earlier this year after serving eight years in office. ‘National Life has a storied history of delivering on its promises to millions of Americans for 162 years.’ Douglas’ election came at the annual meeting of National Life Holding Company on May 13, 2011. National Life Group,Former Vermont Governor James H Douglas has been elected to the Board of Directors of National Life Group. National Life is Vermont’s largest domiciled company. It is based in Montpelier.‘Governor Douglas is a man of unquestioned integrity who brings sound judgment, strong values and broad executive experience to our board,’ said Mehran Assadi, president and chief executive officer. James H. Douglas served as governor of Vermont from 2003-2011. Prior to his election as governor he served 12 years as Vermont’s secretary of state and eight years as state treasurer. He also served in the state House of Representatives and as executive assistant to Gov. Richard Snelling. The companies of National Life Group, a Fortune 1000 company, offer a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, and investments. Agents can also help to provide financial solutions in the form of estate, business succession and retirement planning strategies. As of Dec. 31, 2010, National Life Group held $28.9 billion in assets under management and served in excess of 840,000 customers. Source: Montpelier, Vermont ‘ National Life Group is a trade name representing various affiliates that offer a variety of financial service products. National Life Insurance Company is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Addison, TX is licensed to do business in 49 states and the District of Columbia. It is not licensed to do business in New York. Securities offered solely by Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, a Broker/Dealer and Registered Investment Adviser affiliate of National Life Insurance Company. All companies, unless otherwise noted, are affiliated and are located in Montpelier, VT. Each company of the group is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations. www.nationallife.com(link is external) While governor Douglas served as chairman of the National Governors Association. He also has served as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, president of the National Association of State Treasurers, and president of the Council of State Governments. He is currently the Executive In Residence at Middlebury College – his alma mater – and serves on the Governor’s Council of the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center.last_img read more

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