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Brett Graves joins DuBois & King

Brett Graves

Brett Graves has joined DuBois & King, consulting engineers, as a civil engineer in the firm’s site and land development division. Graves, who lives in Richmond, works out of the firm’s South Burlington office.

Graves is a licensed wastewater and water system designer with seven years of professional experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont. DuBois & King also has offices in Randolph, Brandon and Springfield, Vt., and Bedford, Laconia and Keene, N.H.

Chamber sponsors Sept. 13 entrepreneur workshop
Steve Densham of Vermont Business Development Centers will lead a Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce workshop for new and seasoned entrepreneurs Sept. 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Trader Duke’s, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington.

Densham will offer strategies for becoming a more effective leader and manager — how to work on the business, rather than just in it.

Fee is $10. Proceeds go to the chamber’s Life Long Learning Fund, a nonprofit organization supporting the chamber’s youth education and training programs. Donations are tax-deductible.

Vt. Chamber names Norwich president Citizen of the Year
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named Richard W. Schneider, the president of Norwich University, as its Citizen of the Year.

His contributions to Vermont will be celebrated at an awards dinner Nov. 16 at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington.

Schneider has been president of Norwich University for more than 25 years, presiding over numerous improvements, including a new library, academic halls, campus center, sports arenas, the Sullivan Museum and History Center, student residence halls, and renewable energy facilities.

“President Schneider is a gifted leader, an inspiration for community engagement, and an exemplary representation of the finest ideals of Vermont citizenship,” said Betsy Bishop, president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “He represents the innovative spirit essential to inspiring students and faculty to tackle real-world challenges.”

Schneider, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, served eight years of active duty, including a tour in Vietnam, and served 30 years of both active and reserve duty, retiring in 1998. His military awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal, and numerous campaign decorations for service in Vietnam.

Ten businesses help study impacts of lawn-care methods
Ten Burlington businesses are helping University of Vermont researchers understand how lawn care might influence the cleanliness of water in local streams and Lake Champlain.

Researchers from the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program and UVM Extension are studying differences in soil and grass health on lawns where clippings are allowed to decompose on site. The study began in May and will last several years.

Dr. Kristine Stepenuck, extension leader for Lake Champlain Sea Grant, said the study will examine infiltration rates, soil organic matter, and grass health or soil compaction over time.

Soils rich in organic matter can hold more water than those with less. Allowing clippings to decompose should help reduce stormwater runoff, and, in turn, help reduce nutrient and sediment runoff in local waterways, and thus minimize harmful algal blooms in Lake Champlain, Stepenuck explained.

Study participants include Curtis Lumber, Dealer.com, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Farrell Vending, Hulbert Supply, Lake Point Property Management (at Foam Brewers), Magic Hat Brewery, Main Street Landing, Queen City Printing, and UVM.

The research is part of the Lake Champlain Basin-wide Raise the Blade campaign to promote adoption of recommended lawn care practices by businesses and residents. Information: lawntolake.org.

Girl Scouts enlisting businesses, organizations
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains are inviting businesses and organizations to help provide unique programs for nearly 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

Programs on Demand is designed to connect Girl Scout leaders, volunteers, and families with businesses and organizations that provide girls unique experiences and learning opportunities, help girls develop new skills, and enable girls to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Businesses offering opportunities for girls to learn about animals and the outdoors arts and entertainment, food and cooking, history, life skills, and health and science, are encouraged to visit girlscoutsgwm.org or call 888-474-9686.

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