Sanders urges vet benefits protection
BURLINGTON — Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading a drive of more than 50 organizations of veterans and senior citizens to block what he calls significant cuts in veterans’ benefits and Social Security.
Sanders made the call in advance of the Veterans Day holiday.
Sanders is a senior member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
He sent a letter to congressional leaders opposing a change in how annual cost-of-living adjustments are calculated that he says would lower Social Security and veterans’ benefits.
He says the proposed cuts are part of the so-called Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction package and would hurt more than 3.2 million veterans who currently receive VA disability compensation payments.
Sanders says there are more than 52,000 veterans in Vermont and that more than 128,000 Vermonters receive Social Security benefits.
Heney opens Barre office
BARRE — Heney Realtors is opening an office in Barre.
As of Nov. 1 they have joined forces with Town and Country Associates and will be operating as Heney Realtors from the building at 135 Washington St.
Carol Ellison, broker of Town and Country Associates, will stay on in a much appreciated advisory position, and Michelle Gosselin and Moe Fortier will continue to serve clients. Ray Mikus, who has worked with Heney Realtors in Montpelier for four years, will join them as the broker-in-charge of the office.
The combining of these two brokerages makes sense for many reasons. Both Heney Realtors and Town and Country Associates have deep roots in Central Vermont. Both focus on bringing the highest level of professionalism to real estate transactions. Both companies recognize the incredible value of the relationships we have with past and present clients and customers.
NSB hits notable milestone
NORTHFIELD — Northfield Savings Bank has announced that 51 percent of employees have been with the organization for more than 10 years.
The following employees reached these years-of-service milestones as part of the Northfield Savings Bank team.
25 Years of Service: Tammy Manning (Northfield, Northfield Branch); 20 Years of Service: Cheryl Fournier (Barre, Northfield Branch); Al Flory (Barre, Barre Branch); Megan Cicio (Northfield, Northfield Branch); Joy Marineau (Graniteville, Northfield Branch); David George (Williamstown, Northfield Branch); 15 Years of Service: Tom Hewitt (East Randolph, Northfield Branch); Billi Higgins (Northfield, Northfield Branch); Terry Sarracco (West Berlin, Northfield Branch); 10 Years of Service: Cory Richardson (East Montpelier, Northfield Branch); Melissa Neun (Roxbury, Northfield Branch); and Jody Hardaker (Williamstown, Northfield Branch).MORE IN National / World BusinessA few years ago I attended a conference for women business owners. Full StoryIn this season of hope and joy, it was sobering to me last night to see on the evening news a... Full Story
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