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Posted by: VHFA on 7/23/2008

Our friends and partners at the Center for Rural Studies (CRS) at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington are ramping up for their 30th anniversary celebration coming this fall.

The Center will hold a free anniversary symposium on Saturday, Oct. 4 at UVM's Davis Center. The day-long event will include:

  • Presentations and panel discussions
  • CRS and partner display tables
  • Vermonter poll over the years
  • CRS online scavenger hunt with drawn prize from Growing Vermont

Lunch will be available at the event for $18.

VHFA partnered with CRS to develop the Vermont Housing Data Web site, Vermont's largest online source of affordable and market-rate housing data.

Details on the CRS symposium are available at the CRS Web site.

Posted by: VHFA on 7/22/2008

This Friday marks the beginning of VHFA's next wellness program: weekly workouts to exercise videos.

Staff are encouraged to gather in the Agency's Board Room during the lunch hour two or three days a week to exercise along with the video of the day.

The program is the latest in the Agency's on-going wellness initiative to encourage better nutrition and exercise among staff members.

Human Resources/Office Manager (and Associate Director of Sweat) Martha Panton promises, "Just like the movies, popcorn will be provided." (FYI, popcorn, prepared properly, can be a healthy snack. Just watch the melted butter ...)

Posted by: VHFA on 7/22/2008

Yesterday we published VHFA's first healthy cookbook.

"In the Kitchen with VHFA" is part of the Agency's on-going wellness initiative to encourage better nutrition and exercise among staff members.

Despite the variety and quantity of less-than-healthy treats that might be in evidence at any given VHFA celebratory gathering, the staff actually has a number of tasty and healthy recipes in its repertoire.

The cookbook, compiled by Human Resources/Office Manager Martha Panton and designed by myself, contains 20 recipes submitted by staff — everything from soups, salads, salsas and pasta to fish, meat, vegetarian dishes, beverages and baked goods.

Culinary consultant on the project was Howard M. Dishes. (Can't find him on the official staff directory? Say his name outloud. Now do you get it?)

A limited number of printed booklets were made available to staff, but we're making a PDF of the cookbook available here.

Bon appetit!

Posted by: VHFA on 7/22/2008

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) is looking for an AmeriCorps VISTA member to help the organization in a variety of capacities.

The start date will depend on date of application — either in late August or November — and the placement will last one year.

A modest living allowance will be provided, as well as an end-of-service stipend of $1,200 or education award of $4,725.

The new AmeriCorps VISTA member will fill the vacancy created when Danielle Rose completes her term of service with the Coalition in a month.

A complete job description is available on the VAHC Web site.

VAHC is a non-profit member organization committed to ensuring all Vermonters have decent, safe and affordable housing.

Posted by: VHFA on 7/22/2008

trophyWe're happy to announce VHFA's final four top originators for the past fiscal year:

  • Deb Corey, Chittenden Bank
    Bennington County
  • Laurie Laliberte, Chittenden Bank
    Rutland County
  • Cathy Eakins, Chittenden Bank
    Windham County
  • Paul Chandler, Universal Mortgage Corp.
    Orleans County

VHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is when we announce all our top originators for the previous year.