Retail therapy blues

first_imgRetail therapy may seem like the perfect solution to stress, but hitting the local mall is about more than just shopping. When stressed, some people turn to alcohol, drugs or other harmful behavior patterns. Some people turn to spending money.Retail therapy may help you to feel better for a little while, but often post-purchase remorse settles in after a few hours. In other cases, guilt and remorse hit when the credit card bill arrives or when you need the money for something more important. If the resulting anxiety and depression trigger another shopping spree, more financial problems are just around the corner.Whether you can afford it or not, overspending to feel better about yourself is a problem. Compulsive spending is a form of addiction that — while not considered to be a formal psychiatric disorder — is an issue for many individuals and families. Compulsive spending can lead to financial problems and, ultimately, financial ruin. Recognizing the problem is half the solution. If you have a problem with compulsive spending, follow these steps from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to take control of your finances and your long-term financial security. Stop using credit – Compulsive spenders typically carry a balance on at least one and probably several credit cards. Keep one credit card in your wallet for emergencies and leave the rest at home. Better yet, cut up all but the emergency card and close the accounts. Track your spending – To pinpoint problem spending areas, carry a small notebook and record what you buy, where you buy it, how much it cost and why you made the purchase. At the end of each week, review the log and look for patterns and areas in need of attention. Spend less than you earn – It may sound simple, but the key to long-term financial security is consistently earning more than you spend and investing the difference. Look for ways to reduce spending and to increase saving. Plan your spending – Know what you want from your money. What are your goals for the immediate and long-term future? How will you handle an emergency or other unexpected expense? Prioritize your wants and needs to keep spending and saving in line with your income. Once you have a plan, keep track of your spending to make sure that you’re sticking with it. Shop wisely – Use a list and avoid buying items not on your list. Comparison shop, especially for more expensive items. Compare options from different sellers and among competing brands in the same store. Use coupons only for frequently used items. No matter how good the sale and how great the savings, it is not a good buy if the item is not needed. Plan a yard sale – Compulsive spenders often have a house full of goods that they have barely used. Round up unwanted items and have a yard sale. Some items, like books, music CDs, DVDs and one-of-a-kind items, often bring better prices when sold through an online source, such as eBay. Use the proceeds of the sale to pay down debt or to kick off a new savings program. If you continuously have trouble curbing your spending, consider a support group or professional help from a trained counselor or mental health professional. For more information about how to manage your money, contact your localUGA Cooperative Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or view UGA publications at www.caes.uga.edu/publications/last_img read more

AGL Class I Graduates

first_imgOrganizers are now accepting nominations for the second class of AGL participants. The second AGL class will commence in early 2015. Those seeking more information about the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry can visit agl.caes.uga.edu. After two years learning about Georgia’s largest industry and developing leadership skills, the inaugural class of the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry has graduated from the program. UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty launched the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry program, known as AGL, in 2012 to educate and empower Georgia’s agricultural and natural resource industry leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic drivers in Georgia — the state’s agricultural and forestry industries. Thirteen industry leaders from across the state have spent the last two years touring farms and processing plants, traveling throughout the state and across the nation. They also spent two weeks in India learning about Georgia agriculture’s role in the global economy. “This class has shared in a journey that has covered many counties in Georgia, multiple states and a foreign country,” said Elliot Marsh, precision agriculture coordinator at Southern States Cooperative and AGL advisory board chairman. “These graduates are already making an impact in our communities and the state of Georgia. I believe that their experiences will play a tremendous role in Georgia’s Agriculture community for many years to come.” The AGL program brings together leaders from all segments of the state’s agriculture and forestry industries. During their time together they helped one another understand and analyze the issues facing their industries, as well as challenges that may emerge in the future. “My experience with AGL made me a better leader and citizen,” said Mark Risse, a 2014 AGL graduate, UGA Georgia Power Professor of Water Resources and director of the UGA Marine Extension Service. “I met hundreds of leaders across Georgia, and my interactions with them taught me that leadership comes in many forms. The experiences that I had, the people that I met and what I learned about myself put me in a better position to accomplish my goals as well as to advocate for those things that I think are important.” The AGL program is coordinated by faculty in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. “Adult non-formal educational opportunities sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences like AGL are helping Georgia become a top agricultural state in the nation and world,” said Kay Kelsey, head of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. “Graduates represent the elite in Georgia’s agricultural and natural resource-based industries. We would like to see this program expanded and are encouraging interested persons to apply for Class II. Its an experience that will be a game changer for participants.” Graduates of the first AGL class include: Brent Allen of UGA Extension, Washington County Brandon Ashley of the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation, Bibb County Sarah Cook of the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Turner County Steven Gibson of the UGA CAES Business Office, Clarke County Jennifer Harris of White Oak Pastures, Early County Jutt Howard of North Georgia Turf, Heard County Jesse Johnson of the Southern Land Exchange, Oglethorpe CountyDuane Myers of Kroger, Henry County Tate Izlar O’Rouke of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s office, Hall County Mark Risse of the UGA Marine Extension Service, Oconee County Amanda Tedrow of UGA Extension, Clarke County Rebecca Thomas of UGA Extension, Chattooga County Derick Wooten of Rocky Hammock Farms, Jeff Davis Countylast_img read more

PEANUT Rx App

first_imgA new smartphone app for the Peanut Disease Risk Index, or “PEANUT Rx,” will help Georgia peanut growers predict their risk of disease for this year’s crop.The PEANUT Rx program, created by researchers from the University of Georgia, University of Florida, Auburn University and Mississippi State University, allows producers to predict the advantages of using various crop management strategies. Growers can now access this information in the field, on the tractor or in their truck, thanks to the new app.“I’m not here to tell a grower what to do. Our role in University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is to give farmers options, give them opportunities,” said Bob Kemerait, plant pathologist on the UGA Tifton Campus. “The opportunity that this app provides is (for growers) to educate themselves on what their risk is, to manage that risk and then to understand the prescription fungicide programs that different companies offer, spraying fewer times or more times, depending on (whether they’re at a) low risk or high risk. Even if they don’t change their fungicide program, it’s an opportunity to learn how to reduce risk and how to properly manage risk.”The PEANUT Rx app can be accessed from smartphones with Apple or Android operating systems. Those with a Android operating system can go to Google Play and search “UGA PEANUT Rx.” Growers using iPhones should go to the Apple App Store and search “PEANUT Rx.” The app is free and only takes a few minutes to download. Risk factors are updated annually, providing growers with the most updated information relating to research and variety testing, Kemerait said.“There are countless hours and years of research in this PEANUT Rx project. The beauty of it is its simplicity. We are able to package many of the things we understand about disease risk in peanuts into a few simple steps,” Kemerait said. “It’s now even more available through a smartphone app. We’re hopeful growers will adopt it and be comfortable with it, in order to better manage their peanuts.”PEANUT Rx deals with the three major diseases in peanuts: tomato spotted wilt virus, leaf spot and white mold. Kemerait said the index examines production factors like crop rotation, planting dates, plant varieties and the insecticide growers use at the beginning of the growing season. The index provides producers with a risk assessment of crops that could be affected by one of these three diseases.“It helps our farmers tailor a program that’s most appropriate for their risks. We’re not waiting until we see disease; we’re looking at the preseason risk factors that are associated with outbreaks of the disease and then changing those factors – finding a different variety, adjusting planting date, plant population, tillage practices – that will affect risks. Once you have a final risk value, then you decided what fungicide program is most appropriate for your situation,” Kemerait said.To learn more about PEANUT Rx, go to ugapeanuts.com. If you have additional questions, contact your local UGA Extension agent.Georgia is the country’s top producer of peanuts, recording $507.4 million in farm gate value in 2013, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.last_img read more

No Relief

first_imgOn October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as a Category 5 hurricane, with peak, sustained winds estimated at 160 mph. It was the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the Florida panhandle. When it entered southwest Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane, packing wind gusts as high as 115 mph, it became the first major hurricane to directly hit Georgia since the 1890s.The storm caused extensive destruction throughout the hurricane’s path, which included substantial agricultural production areas. Before the hurricane hit, the 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Census of Agriculture estimated the market value of agricultural products sold in Georgia to be $9.6 billion. Those sold in Florida were valued at $7.4 billion.Immediately after the hurricane, experts from the University of Georgia and the University of Florida estimated that losses to agricultural production exceeded $2.5 billion in Georgia and $1.4 billion in Florida. (Additional data for timber losses was provided by the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Florida Forest Service.)U.S. Congress has made many attempts to allocate disaster assistance for this region to help offset these losses. However, more than six months later, no bill has passed both the House and Senate and the president has not signed any legislation.Agricultural producers in the region are struggling to recover from this disaster without additional federal assistance, even as the 2019 spring planting season is now fully underway.A recent survey of Cooperative Extension county agents in both states showed there is a great deal of continued uncertainty about future production in affected areas.Many farmers in the region are unable to fully, or even partially, begin their usual production activities for the 2019 season because of the losses or damages sustained from Hurricane Michael. The lingering problems are more pronounced in field crops including cotton, peanuts, corn and soybeans, as well as fruits and vegetables, pecans and beef cattle. The most common reasons for the recovery delay: the lack of adequate financing and incomplete cleanup and repairs.Some farmers have simply gone out of business or permanently stopped farming.Hurricane Michael also inflicted significant, and in some cases catastrophic, damage to farmhouses, buildings, equipment, fencing, irrigation systems and perennial plantings. As a result, producers face mounting costs for cleanup, replacements and repairs. Without disaster relief aid, farmers are having a hard time getting the financing they need to repair or replace damaged infrastructure.Many damaged irrigation systems still have not been fixed or replaced. These systems are a critical risk-management investment for agricultural producers who rely on irrigation to provide more consistent yields and to protect against other weather conditions, such as drought. Without these systems ready to use for the 2019 growing season, farmers risk significant reductions in agricultural production, especially for field crops, fruits and vegetables.Farm buildings, fences and other farm equipment await repair. And time is working against our agricultural producers. There has just not been enough time or labor available to complete these repairs, putting an additional burden on producers who need to focus their time and energy on moving forward to the next crop year.Timberland was also particularly hard hit across the region, which is one of the leading forest-producing areas in the country. Cleanup efforts are ongoing, but considerable timber remains on the ground due to limited access to funds for cleanup for both publicly and privately owned land.Although these landowners do not have the same concerns with spring planting season that crop producers face, timing is still critical as the region is in peak wildfire season (April-May). Surveyed counties reported that the limited ability to clean up downed timber and the long-term nature of replanting timberland has a number of landowners considering selling their timberland or even converting their timberland to a different agricultural activity, namely field crops or livestock. There were no reports of converting timberland to a non-agricultural activity.The economic impact of Hurricane Michael’s devastation to agriculture in Georgia and Florida may be far-reaching. When agricultural production dips, so do employment, profits and spending, causing ripple effects throughout the economy. Eventually, a smaller supply of agricultural products will mean higher prices for consumers, the potential long-term loss of market share to competing producers, and increased financial insecurity and social stress for producers and laborers.These impacts will affect local businesses and worker communities that are economically dependent on agriculture. The effects of both short- and long-term impacts will vary significantly across the hurricane’s path, and the scope of the impact is often determined by the size and structure of agricultural operations and the economic diversity and resiliency of the agricultural communities.The exact long-term damages to agriculture from Hurricane Michael are still unknown. But for now, farmers in the region face considerable challenges. Even before the hurricane, farmers were dealing with depressed commodity prices and uncertainty caused by trade disputes. Now, the lack of funds, or inability for some farmers to obtain financing, repair damages, clean up debris or produce a crop this year presents an additional challenge that was compounded by a 35-day government shutdown, which froze all agricultural lending support provided by the USDA.Some farmers and timberland owners are still not sure what the future holds. This is a critical time for agricultural production in the Southeast. Without government disaster relief for farmers, storm recovery is limited, stress and uncertainty are compounded, and they are hard-pressed to meet production demands for the 2019 season.In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “The proper role of government, however, is that of partner with the farmer … to the end that agriculture may continue to be a sound, enduring foundation for our economy and that farm living may be a profitable and satisfying experience.” These are words to remember as our farmers look toward our federal government to fulfill that partnership role.While the current proposed federal solutions have called for a one-time special allocation of disaster assistance, it is important that we also recognize the need for more permanent solutions to support disaster preparedness, response and recovery within agricultural sectors. Existing programs, such as crop insurance; the tree assistance program; emergency assistance for livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish; and the emergency forest restoration program are important risk-management strategies used by agricultural producers. But these programs have proved to be insufficient during times of significant disaster.We must review existing policies and recovery tools to find ways to decrease or prevent the need for one-time special allocations. And, when special allocations are needed, we must provide greater certainty for our farmers and reduce the time it takes to get them the help they need.Adam N. Rabinowitz is an agricultural economist at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Christa Court is an economist at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science in the Food and Resource Economics Department.last_img read more

Tomato Pan-genome

first_imgIt’s summer, and Georgia gardeners are anxiously awaiting their first tomato harvest. Just in time for those first tomato sandwiches, researchers at the University of Georgia have helped unlock the mystery of what separates today’s tomatoes from their inedible ancestors.Plant geneticists in the laboratory of UGA Department of Horticulture Professor Esther van der Knaap at the Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics are part of an international team of molecular geneticists who traced the genetic history of the modern tomato from blueberry-sized forest fruit to the red, spherical gems in the supermarket.They found that genes that are lost during domestication lines include those responsible for defensive stress responses as well as flavor traits. That loss means today’s tomatoes are more likely to be disease-prone and tasteless than their progenitors.Scientists first published the tomato genome in 2012, but like the all published genomes, the scientists who completed this feat had to focus on one reference variety to build the genetic map for the species. Last week van der Knaap’s consortium published a pan-genome for the tomato, which is a map of all of the shared and distinct genetic information found in 725 geographically and phylogenetically diverse tomatoes. The team published their findings in the May edition of Nature Genetics. The full version of the paper can be found at www.nature.com/articles/s41588-019-0410-2. “Large questions, such as ‘How do genomes evolve in time and how does that change the appearance, flavor, horticultural adaptability of the plant?’ could not be addressed in the past with only one genome of one tomato variety,” said van der Knapp, a member of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’  faculty. “The sequencing of many additional varieties and comparisons in genome structure allow us to discover the novel and unexpected, as well as identifying characters in the wild that could be used to improve modern tomatoes.”Tomatoes were domesticated from tiny, fruiting, wild relatives weighing about 1 gram. Along the way, ancient and modern farmers bred tomatoes to look the way they do today. This has led to a severe reduction in genetic diversity among tomatoes.Let’s say that 100 tomatoes that differ in weight, color, shape and taste were grown in one field. A farmer evaluates these tomatoes and only takes home the large, flat and red tomatoes from a few plants. The seeds from these large, red fruits are saved for next year’s season. If those seeds are planted next year, almost all of the plants will carry fruits that are very similar to their parent fruit — in this case, a large, flat and red tomato. That process, selection, would lead to a reduction in genetic and phenotypic diversity of the original pool.Researchers wanted to know which traits were left behind in this process.To find the answer, researchers, including van der Knaap, sequenced the genomes of 725 diverse tomato accessions and revealed something unexpected; 4,873 genes were entirely or partially absent from the reference tomato genome published in 2012 but are present in other tomatoes, including wild relatives. They also found that wild relatives contain more genes than their cultivated counterparts.This suggests that domestication and selection have led to measurable gene loss, including genes that provide disease and stress resistance and flavor. In fact, as the tomato evolved from a wild to a cultivated plant, the majority of the missing genes were intentionally selected against. This includes a fruit weight gene that was recently cloned in van der Knaap’s laboratory at UGA. A truncated version of the gene, called a cell size regulator, arose in the semi-cultivated tomatoes and is found in nearly all cultivated tomatoes. The loss of the original version of this gene presents another gene-loss scenario.Another gene, TomLoxC, controls the levels of apocarotenoids and is critical for tomato flavor. The genes that support TomLoxC variations were lost as the tomato was domesticated and bred for size, shape, disease resistance and shelf life. As a consequence, they are present in 91.2% of wild tomatoes but only 2.2% of domesticated tomatoes, resulting in a reduction in fruit quality.In addition to work done at UGA, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University, Pennsylvania State University, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture participated in the study. This research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the European Research Area Network for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences, the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund.For more information about the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, visit plantbreeding.caes.uga.edu.To see van der Knaap discuss her research, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQJlU6HWTNw.last_img read more

Green Mountain Power Lauds New Stable Rate Plan

first_imgGreen Mountain Power said it was pleased with the opportunity to stabilize electric rates for its 90,000 customers as a result of a Vermont regulatory order issued Monday.”This is very positive news for our customers as it allows a very stable rate path between now and 2007,” said Green Mountain President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher L. Dutton. Green Mountain last increased its electric rates in January 2001, so the new rate order provides customers with a six-year period of rates that have been essentially flat.The Vermont Public Service Board issued an order Monday that:· Allows Green Mountain Power to raise rates 1.9 percent, effective January 1, 2005; and 0.9 percent effective January 1, 2006, if the increases are supported by cost of service schedules submitted 60 days prior to the effective dates.· Allows Green Mountain the opportunity to file for rate increases during the period if the Company experienced extraordinary events, like repair costs due an ice storm or other natural disaster.· Green Mountain will reduce its return on equity from the current 11.25 percent to 10.5 percent for the period beginning Jan. 1, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2007. This will allow investors a secure earnings path that will assist the Company in attracting investor capital to help finance needed system infrastructure improvements during the period.· Approves a three-year economic development agreement for International Business Machines, as long as IBM does not reduce employment by more than five percent during the period. The Board found that the IBM economic development agreement is not subsidized by other Green Mountain Power customers. The Board further stated in its December 22nd Order that, “Thus, we accept the proposition that retained jobs are essentially equivalent to new jobs.”· Provides for recovery of various regulatory assets, including the remediation of the Pine Street environmental superfund site in Burlington, VT.In summarizing the impact of its Order the Vermont Public Service Board said, “Green Mountain will benefit from the certainty the Memorandum of Understanding provides to its standing in the financial community, the security of predictable rate recovery, and the resolution and rate recovery of certain deferred accounting items.”The Board order also provided:· Green Mountain Power to file a new comprehensive rate design with regulators within 60 days, and this rate design will feature new proposals regarding economic development rate special contracts.· Green Mountain Power and the Vermont Department of Public Service will work to develop a proposed alternative rate regulation plan within 120 days. “On the whole, this order reflects a fair balancing of Green Mountain Power’s customer and investor interests. We are pleased with this favorable regulatory development,” said Mr. Dutton.last_img read more

VINS Co-Chairs New England Enviromental Education Alliance 38th Annual Conference

first_imgThe Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) will play akey role in this year’s New England Environmental Education Alliance(NEEEA) Conference October 15-17, 2004 to be held at the beautiful BreadLoaf Campus of M i ddlebury College in Ripton, VT. Marcia Whitney, VINSDirector of Statewide Education, is co-chair of the conference andchairs the Fundraising/Sponsorship Committee and Lisa Purcell, VINS ELFProgram Director, chairs its Field Trip Committee. Other VINS staff serveon committees as well.This year’s conference theme is “Opening Doors: Collaboration StrengthensOur Voice to Build Sustainable Communities”. The conference is co-hostedby Vermont SWEEP (State-wide Environmental Education Programs) andMiddlebury College. Keynote speakers include Mayor Peter Clavelle ofBurlington, community leaders, city decision makers, educators and youthas they share Burlington’s story of creating a sustainable city. Thethree-day event will also feature seven different field trips such asexploring Lake Champlain, learning about cold region environments, andvisiting a sustainable agriculture farm; 40 different educationalworkshops; entertainment; food; and a silent auction. The conference isopen to environmental organizations, teachers and schools, outdooreducators, museums, farm & forest centers, nature centers, youth leaders,parents, and anyone else interested in environmental education.For acomplete conference brochure, go to http://www.vermontsweep.org(link is external).Registration is due by September 28th.The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a non-profit, member-supportedorganization headquartered in Woodstock, Vermont, with regional offices inMontpelier, Manchester, and Quechee. VINS’ educational programs servemore than 80,000 adults and 72,000 students each year, making it thelargest environmental educator in the State of Vermont. They have longbeen a leading research center for the study of migratory songbirds,common loons, peregrine falcons, and other threatened or endangeredspecies. VINS’ wildlife services department has treated and releasedthousands of injured wild birds of all species since their inception in1972. For more information, please visit their website atwwww.vinsweb.org(link is external) or contact them at (802) 457-2779.last_img read more

Grand Opening of Upstart Marketing

first_imgGrand Opening of Upstart MarketingSt. Johnsbury, VT – Upstart Marketing, LLC will hold a Grand Opening event and presentation to mark the official launch of operations today St. Johnsbury.Leaders from the business community will gather at the Northeastern Vermont Development Association conference room located at 36 Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury. The event will take place from 2:00 to 3:00pm and will feature a presentation given by company founder Tom Stillwell.Upstart Marketing is an Internet based company designed to provide entrepreneurs and new business owners with the marketing tools they need to launch a business. Upstart is offering three different all-inclusive packages that feature design and print of logos, business cards, brochures, and stationary, plus web site design, hosting, and maintenance.”Our goal is to simplify the start-up process by providing packages that are truly all-inclusive,” explained Tom Stillwell, company founder. “We’ve included everything at a flat rate price; this allows our customers to focus on running their business while we handle the details.”Upstart will conduct business through its newly developed web site. An online platform will allow customers to interface directly with designers. This feature makes it possible for the customer to view their artwork, mark it up online, and send it back to the designer instantly.Partial funding for the web site was provided by Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) through a Rural Business Enterprise Grand from USDA rural development.”This is a business plan we really wanted to get behind,” explained Alex Ibey of NCIC. “Our hope is that Upstart Marketing builds on the number of tech based companies in our region that are capable of serving a national market. Tom is a great asset to the Northeast Kingdom and we were pleased to be a small part in his new and exciting venture.”Stillwell echoed these hopes for the new company by citing confidence in local talent. “We’re fortunate to have some highly skilled Vermont based designers on our team, and we believe that will translate into the kind of high quality reputation you can build on.”For more information on Upstart Marketing, LLC you can visit www.upstartmarketing.net(link is external), or call 1-866-245-5196, or e-mail info@upstartmarketing.net(link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Dr Cathy Palmer named Medical Director of the Laboratory at CVMC

first_imgCentral Vermont Medical Center,Long time Medical Director of the Laboratory at CVMC, Dr. Brian Travis, has passed the torch to his colleague, Dr. Cathy Palmer, who has been named the lab s new Medical Director.  Dr. Palmer received her MD/PhD degree from Indiana University and went on to complete an Internship and Residency in Pathology at the University of California San Diego Medical Center.  She came to Vermont to pursue a Clinical Fellowship in Cytopathology at Fletcher Allen Health Care and subsequently was a Research Fellow in Environmental Pathology at UVM.  Dr. Palmer is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, with subspecialty certification in Cytopathology.  We are very happy Dr. Palmer agreed to take on her new role as Medical Director of the Laboratory, said Judy Tarr, CVMC s president & CEO.  She is a talented clinician with an impressive academic background.  Dr. Palmer has worked here since 2001 and is well established within the physician community.  I expect that she and our new Administrative Director of the Laboratory, Jeanne Laperle, will bring CVMC s lab to the next level with new initiatives and ways of doing business, concluded Tarr.  One of my key roles as Medical Director is to facilitate communication between the laboratory and the clinicians who rely on us, both in the hospital and in community-based practices. said Dr. Palmer.  All of us in the lab work very hard to provide our clinicians the test results they need as quickly and accurately as possible, so that they can provide the best possible care to their patients.  The CVMC lab offers a broad menu of tests in many different areas, including hematology, chemistry, serology, microbiology, and blood banking.  A newly purchased state-of-the-art instrument allows the lab to perform more tests in-house that previously were sent to outside reference labs.  That means faster turn-around times, and clinicians get test results sooner.  Within the next few months, new molecular diagnostic testing will be brought into the lab. Another important aspect of the CVMC laboratory is the Surgical Pathology service, which provides diagnoses of surgical specimens obtained in the OR as well as tissue biopsies, pap tests – and more – from the various medical practices.  Dr. Travis and Dr. Palmer support CVMC s surgeons by offering intra-operative evaluation of specimens by frozen section microscopy.  They also collaborate with CVMC s radiologists on CT- guided or ultrasound-guided aspiration biopsies of lung, liver, lymph node and thyroid.  Aspiration biopsy is a relatively non-invasive outpatient procedure that, in many cases, can provide same day diagnosis.  This is an exciting and challenging time at CVMC, noted Dr. Palmer.  We have new hospital administration and new leadership in the lab.  Similar to other areas of the hospital, like the Emergency Department and Same Day Surgery, our highest priority is to serve patients needs right here in our community.     Dr. Palmer and her husband, Bruce Scott, live in Waterbury with their two sons Colby, nine-years-old and Clay, eleven-years-old.  They are nature boys, so we spend lots of time outdoors, said Dr. Palmer.  Winter skiing is over and the boys are enjoying the Mad River Valley Spring Soccer League while looking forward to summer kayaking, hiking and fishing.last_img read more

Magic Mountain opens ownership to skiers

first_imgMagic Mountain Ski and Snowboard Resort,Magic Mountain, a classic ski area located in southern Vermont, has announced that it is officially selling shares of the mountain effectively offering ownership opportunities for skiers, snowboarders and enthusiasts of the mountain. As the second ski resort in New England to ever offer ownership to its pass holders and customers, Magic Mountain shareholders will enjoy an equity position in the mountain, season pass discounts, reduced ticket prices, and voting rights in operational decisions.  Modeled after the Mad River Glen ski area co-op, the opportunity for individual ownership aims to increase customer loyalty, and fund significant upgrades to the resort. After reviewing the success of Mad River Glen, we realized that we had a tremendous opportunity to allow loyal fans of Magic Mountain to invest in something special and participate in saving and reviving a classic Vermont ski area, said Jim Sullivan, President, Magic Mountain.   In addition, this offering makes perfect business sense from a capital growth perspective in this current economy where it is difficult to garner support from large investors.  This opportunity brings the dream of owning a piece of a ski mountain and having a say in how it is run to individual ski enthusiasts and in particular those who love Magic and what it represents.Magic Mountain aims to raise $3 million and invest it in the snow-making system, as well as upgrades to lifts, grooming equipment and the main lodge.  The resort is now issuing 1,000 shares priced at $3,000 per share, which will enable the setting up of an LLC whereby the new share holders will own 60 percent of the mountain.To purchase shares of Magic Mountain and review the current business plan, click here: http://www.magicmtn.com/alpineupdates.php(link is external)Magic Mountain is also hosting an open meeting for anyone interested in being a shareholder on Sunday, July 5.  To learn more about this meeting, click here: http://www.magicmtn.com/event.php?day=05&month=07&year=2009(link is external)About Magic MountainFounded by Swiss born ski Instructor, Hans Thorner, in 1961, Magic Mountain is a classic southern Vermont ski mountain located in Londonderry, VT.  Known for its challenging terrain, old-style slopes and woods/glade skiing in a low-key, family setting, Magic Mountain is the ideal ski destination for purist skiers and snowboarders.   To learn more go to: http://www.magicmtn.com/(link is external) Source: Magic Mountain. LONDONDERRY, VT June 29, 2009last_img read more