Sixth Annual Vermont Employee Ownership Conference Announced

first_imgThe Vermont Employee Ownership Center (VEOC) has announced the date and location of its Sixth Annual Vermont Employee Ownership Conference. The event will take place on Friday, June 6th, 2008, at Champlain College in Burlington. Registration information is available at www.veoc.org(link is external).Attendees will learn about the unique benefits and challenges of employee ownership at this full-day conference packed with 14 workshops. The event is geared towards members of employee-owned companies; business owners and managers considering employee ownership; bankers, accountants, attorneys, and financial planners; government officials and staff members; economic development professionals; and anyone interested in employee participation or sustainable business models.This years keynote speaker is Veda Ferlazzo Clark, president and CEO of Litecontrol Corporation, a 100% employee-owned company. Ms. Clark will talk about the rights and responsibilities of employee ownership and how companies can decide what employee ownership means for them. The workshops will be led by experts in business management, finance, and law. As in past conferences, many of the speakers hail from Vermont-based employee-owned companies, including Gardeners Supply, King Arthur Flour, Pizzagalli Construction, and Carris Reels. This year will also include several notable speakers from outside Vermont, including Rodney North of Equal Exchange, Mary Josephs of Bank of America, Peter Paquette of Claremont Flock Corp., and Veda Ferlazzo Clark of Litecontrol Corp.About VEOCThe Vermont Employee Ownership Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and fostering employee ownership. The groups goals are to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain local ownership of businesses and the jobs they support, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities. VEOC works directly with owners interested in selling their business to their employees, employee groups interested in purchasing a business, and entrepreneurs who wish to start a company with broadly-shared ownership. For more information, visit www.veoc.org(link is external).last_img read more

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The only solution is to ban assault rifles

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe mass shootings using assault rifles (ARs) continue. The mass shootings in Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Nevada and California have resulted in 190 deaths and many more wounded. All are equally tragic. In 1994, a law was enacted that prohibited the manufacture of ARs for civilian use, but it allowed manufacture for law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, this law expired in 2004 and there was no effort by Congress to extend it. Thereafter, AR manufacturing surged. In 2012, in response to the Sandy Hook shooting of children and their teachers, a bill entitled The Assault Weapons Ban similar to the 1994 law was introduced. The NRA condemned this bill and the Senate rejected it by a vote of 60-40. So now there are as many as 15 million civilian-owned ARs, and the number continues to grow.Certainly, a law like that proposed in 2012 should be enacted. But what should be done about the 15 million already manufactured and sold?To think that mental health expansion, which is worthwhile, will solve the problem alone is naive. This is because it would be impossible to find, evaluate, treat and monitor all those of the 15 million that might be thinking of using their ARs to kill. And, as we have seen in the past, the tracking of those individuals who are known to pose a threat is prone to human error. The only solution to this horrific problem is to ban ARs from our civilian population. People’s lives are at stake. Congress must act.Dale BrownNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Flynns Beach Seawall Almost Finished

first_imgThe new Flynns Beach seawall and surrounding improvements are almost finished, reports the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.Now that works are nearing completion, a planned closure of Tuppenny Road is required to tie in the southern end of works.The new seawall is part of the first stage of the Flynns Beach Master Plan that commenced in May 2019 and will continue through to November 2019 to make the most of the winter period where beach patronage is typically at its lowest.The council also added that the final preparations are underway for the start of the dredging in the Settlement Shores canal system, which will begin later in November.The dredging will ensure the canal system continues to be safe to access for the boating public, whilst also preserving the shoreline and ensuring the stability of canal infrastructure.Birdon Pty Ltd will undertake the work on behalf of Council, with the dredging expected to be completed by April 2020, including a scheduled shutdown over the Christmas/New Year period.last_img read more

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