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Business Notes: Miracle Mile Movie Theater Plans Expansion

Lebanon — Entertainment Cinemas is adding two more theaters to its eight-screen complex on the Miracle Mile, the consulting engineer handling the expansion said last week.

The company has filed an application with the Lebanon Planning Board for the construction of two 150-seat theaters, which would expand the complex on the back of the building, said Dan Nash, who is with the Lebanon firm Advanced Geometric and Design.

“It won’t even be noticeable from the street, but it will be an addition of about 6,000 square feet,” he said, adding that the proposal also includes changing the parking lot in front of the building and adding some lighting and landscaping.

If the city approves the project and a building permit is obtained, the company plans to start construction in the spring with a target of a fall opening, Nash said.

Company News

The Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce has named Kearsarge Arts Theatre Co. as business of the year and Ella Casey, executive director of the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce as the community member of the year. Trish Lindberg, founder and director of Kearsarge Arts for the past 30 years, accepted the award for the organization. The awards were presented last week during the chamber’s annual meeting at the Bistro Nouveau in Grantham at the Eastman Community Center.

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Central Vermont Community Action Council Inc., along with Central Vermont Economic Development Corp. and Green Mountain Economic Development Corp. has been awarded a $1 million community development block grant to provide business assistance and grant funding to meet businesses’ unmet needs related to the three 2011 disaster events.

The grant targets 80 percent of the funds for businesses located in Washington and Windsor counties, with the remainder located in other hard-hit areas of other Vermont counties.

The council will administer the program, and the other two agencies will provide technical assistance to help businesses apply for the financial assistance.

The first round of business applications will be considered in February. To find out more information please contact: Joan Goldstein, Green Mountain Economic Development Corp. Director Joan Goldstein at jgoldstein@gmedc.com or 802-295-3710.

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The Windsor Rotary Club recently honored three of its members as Paul Harris Fellows, the highest honor in Rotary.

Past President Dana Waters and Immediate Past President Rick Tillson received their pins and certificates at the club’s last meeting in December, while Martha Davis, the club’s long-serving sergeant-at-arms, was honored last week.

Waters, a Realtor from West Windsor, was already a Paul Harris Fellow when he joined the club several years ago from Topsfield, Mass. He served as the club’s president from July of 2008 to June 2009.

Tillson, of Windsor, is a real estate appraiser and served as the club’s president from July of 2011 to June of 2012. Davis, a Windsor native, was one of the first 100 women admitted to the Vermont Bar; in September, she marked her 40th year in practice. She joined Windsor Rotary in the mid-90’s and has a concentration in family law. Nineteen of the club’s 27 members are Paul Harris Fellows.

The award is named for the founder of Rotary, a Chicago businessman who was raised in Wallingford, Vt., and attended elementary school in a little red one-room schoolhouse there. The schoolhouse is now a Rotary landmark.

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A Charlestown pool and landscaping company is planning to open a second store on Interchange Drive in West Lebanon, the owner said last week.

Ringscape Pool and Spas has received a city building permit and plans to open in the space next door to the Beverage King by the end of February, owner Douglas Ring said.

The store will sell pools, spas, chemicals and accessories and will offer landscaping services, he said.

Upcoming Event

The Vermont Procurement Technical Center will be offering a free women-owned small business contracting workshop on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Holiday Inn Express in Springfield, Vt. Kathy Andrus, of the Vermont office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and members of the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center team will outline the “Women-Owned Small Business” and “Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business” programs and how companies can compete for government contracts.

The workshop will focus on the requirements of government contracting and how women-owned small businesses can become qualified vendors. Topics include information on eligibility requirements, steps to certification, marketing and how to compete for contracts.

Register online at: http://vtptac.ecenterdirect.com email Ed.Williams@state.vt.us or call 802-885-3061.

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