Vermont Public Television Staffers Earn PBS Development Awards

first_imgThe Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) recently honored members of theVermont Public Television staff with national awards for their localfundraising efforts in the 2003 fiscal year. Besides recognizingfundraising success, the awards cite innovation and best practices. VPT’svice president for marketing and development, Lee Ann Lee, and her staffwere recognized for overall development. Sharing the honor were PeterShea, Paul Ugalde, Scott Schultz, David Donegan, Jeffrey Nelson, BrennanNeill, France Hilt, Trish Sweeney and Jeff Cory.David Donegan, pledge/events coordinator, and Kelly Luoma, vice presidentfor programming, headed a project to stage British comedy teas around theviewing area that earned VPT the PBS Development Award for cultivation andstewardship.Peter Shea, director, corporate and foundation support, won a corporateand foundation support award for his efforts in securing support forprograms.Trish Sweeney, auction coordinator, earned a certificate of achievementfor her work on the annual Travel & Leisure Auction.Vermont’s statewide public television network must raise about 57 percentof its operating income, more than $3 million, each year from localcontributions to support its programming and services.Lee Ann Lee said, “These are difficult times for non-profit organizations,but we work hard as a team to broaden VPT’s support base, while keepingour cost ratios within industry standards. We’re encouraged by the manygenerous individuals and businesses who support our work of making ourcommunities stronger.”last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims stay steady, low

first_imgThere were 836 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 19 from the week before. Altogether 11,842 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 191 from a week ago and 2,690 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,026 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 29 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 898 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 24 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate also continued to fall. The February rate was 5.6 percent, down one-tenth from January and down 1.1 points from February 2010. CLICK HERE FOR STORYlast_img read more