Age 65 is the new __? Department

Vermont Skier Aims for World Record After Skiing 6.4 Million Vertical Feet

For Scott Howard, skiing 35,000 vertical feet is just another day on the mountain. In fact, it’s even less than his daily average over the 170-plus days he has skied this season. For this 65-year-old skier hailing from Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, bagging insane amount of vert is the name of the game as he hopes to set the record for the most lift accessed vertical feet skied in a season.

While the current official world record was set by Canadian Pierre Marc Jette, who skied 6,025,751 feet between November 22, 2014 and May 10, 2015 in Whistler, Howard says there are some rumors floating around of a guy who hit 6,575,000 feet in 177 days. Currently sitting at 6.4 million and change himself, Howard hopes to break the 6.6 million feet mark before his season comes to an end on May 31.

Starting a Business Webinar

A Small Business Administration webinar about the basics of starting a business is at 1 p.m. May 18.

Topics include financing options, market research, business plans and other resources available to launch a small business.

To join the webinar, log onto and use the meeting number 8882948505 and the code 5429282. Participants are encouraged to access the webinar five minutes prior to the start time.

To join by phone, dial 1-888-294-8505. When prompted enter access code 5429282.

To access the conference call, dial toll free 1-888-294-8505, when prompted enter the access code of 5429282.

For more information, email or call (802) 828-4422 Ext. 206

Buyer Beware/Change the Name to Protect the Guilty Department

Does your company have a less than stellar, nay notorious, image resulting from buying up companies, slashing costs and raising drug prices, sometimes by a thousand percent or more?

Is a former company executive on trial in federal court in Manhattan on charges that he defrauded the company through hidden ties to a mail-order company that was used to get around insurers’ efforts to substitute cheap generics for the company’s expensive drugs?

Solution: Change the company name, from Valeant, to Bausch Health.  Problem solved, and you’re a “Job Creator”, what with all the signage, stationary, Web site updates, etc., that will be needed.

Think back to the tobacco maker Philip Morris Co. changing its name to Altria, or ValuJet Airlines’ switch to AirTran.

Valeant’s headquarters in Bridgewater, N.J. The drug maker’s new name, Bausch Health Companies, will take effect in July.


Happy Birthday Department

1998 – 20 years ago………………..  What a long, strange trip it’s been!
Macworld | May 6, 1998 article announcing the iMac and it being “Slightly Ahead of Its Time” with:

  • Holographic stickers for port identifiers, FCC tags, and other labels
  • Standard 32MB of RAM, expandable to 128MB
  • 6-Kbps modem
  • Two 12-Mbps Universal Serial Bus (USB) connections
  • 233MHz PowerPC G3 processor complete with a 512K backside cache
  • 4GB EIDE hard drive
  • 24x ATAPI CD-ROM drive

Farewell Department

Vermont Life was founded in 1946 and published by the state of Vermont as a quarterly magazine covering Vermont’s people, places and culture.  A Web site was added in 1994. Unfortunately, after 70 years, Vermont Life will cease to exist along with six staff positions.

One of the final issues of Vermont Life on a grocery store newsstand. VTDigger photo

While the magazine was put up for sale last year, no transaction was consummated, leaving a future door to be opened by some creative and ambitious individuals in or outside of state government.

Getting in the Mood Department

Remember the mood ring? Well, circadian lighting computerizes it!  As if it’s not enough to manipulate us with sounds, smells, and plain old fixed colors!

Need to boost employee productivity later in the day? Now you can program a more stimulating environment with lightbulbs. Does the CEO have to announce a new round of workforce reductions (RIFs)? Just choose the bad-news-is-good-news programming option and the color temperature range will be adjusted to the appropriate setting between 1,400 to 10,000 kelvin, to bolster everyone’s mood.

About 10,000 Ketra bulbs were used in the lighting scheme for the Manhattan headquarters of the advertising and design agency R/GA. Lights cycle between warm and cool white over the day, and colors are used for special events and to identify conference rooms.