Month: January 2021

Veralli’s fine art photography on permanent display at NRG

first_imgBurlington, VT – March 27, 2006 – Amalia Veralli, a Warren Vermont photographer, has recently completed an installation of her work at NRG Systems in Hinesburg VT. NRG Systems is a global leader in wind energy assessment, and one of only four industrial facilities in the world to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold level certification.”Amalia’s photos are breathtaking! They drew me in the moment I saw her work,” exclaimed Jan Blittersdorf, President/CEO, NRG Systems, Inc. “She achieves a level of color, clarity and detail rarely seen in nature photos. These photos are a glorious addition to our workplace environment, adding a punch of color, and lots of interest from our employees and visitors.”In keeping with their commitment to provide a work environment that improves the quality of their employees’ lives, NRG offered employees an opportunity to participate in choosing the photographs for display in the various departments.”We are fortunate to have talented Vermont artists and photographers to choose from in decorating our workspace. I’m so happy to have Amalia’s work as part of NRG,” continued Blittersdorf.A successful and creative potter in her past life, Amalia is emerging as a force in the world of photography. Amalia Veralli has a distinct creative style in her photography, and in her functional and decorative pottery. She owned and operated Warren Village Pottery for more than 25 years, closing in July 2005 to pursue her career as a professional fine art photographer.Her work is in private collections throughout the northeast and can be seen at Artisan’s Gallery and Lee Parrish Gallery in Waitsfield, VT, and School House Market in Warren, VT. Amalia recently donated framed prints for permanent display in the lobby of the newly constructed Mad River Valley Health Center in Waitsfield.Amalia began her exploration in photography while on a trip to Europe working for a student travel organization after college. Originally, Amalia’s concentration was black and white photography and printmaking in her darkroom. After many years as a successful potter and working with black & white photography, Amalia turned her creative energies to the art of color photography.In 2004, Day Spring, a subsidiary of Hallmark Publishing, selected a collection of prints from her portfolio of flower photographs for one of their calendars entitled “Expressions of His Love.”Amalia’s success has been notable in Vermont as well. In 2004 and 2005, she won several blue and red ribbons for her portrait and illustrative photography in the Annual Photography Competition of the Vermont Professional Photographers Association. She has also been one of five winners in the well-known Waitsfield Vermont Round Barn’s annual photography show. Amalia has also shown her work at the T.W. Wood Art Gallery in Montpelier, VT.A native New Yorker, Amalia Veralli has called Vermont her home for the past 30 years. Her photographic journey includes study at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and the University of Vermont. Veralli is a member of the Vermont Professional Photographers and Christians in Photojournalism.Amalia’s web site is www.amaliaphotography.com(link is external). She can be reached at telephone 802-496-3192, via mail at PO Box 620, Warren, VT 05674, and via e-mail at amalia@amaliaphotography.com(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Douglas, Welch decry White House interference in tailpipe emission waiver

first_imgDouglas, Welch decry White House interference in tailpipe emission waiverMONTPELIER, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas said May 20, 2008, that the Bush administration must stop standing in the way of state efforts to limit tailpipe emissions.Douglas was reacting to reports that after meeting with White House officials Stephen Johnson, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reversed his initial support for a waiver – which Vermont and 13 of other states including California has signed on to – allowing states to establish higher tailpipe emissions standards.”It is unacceptable that the White House acted to reverse Administrator Johnson’s decision to grant the emissions waiver,” Douglas said. “Vermont’s economy and way of life are rooted in our pristine environment and I will press on with our legal challenges to this inappropriate interference to safeguard our future.”Under the Douglas administration, Vermont has engaged with other states in a legal battle against the EPA. In all, more than a dozen states are waiting to adopt the stricter auto emissions standards. The EPA has never fully denied a waiver request before.At the invitation of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Governor Douglas also testified before the U.S. Senate in January on the EPA’s decision. Douglas reiterated his view before Congress, saying that the EPA denial was “faulty, factually incorrect and irresponsible.””With gasoline prices approaching $4 a gallon we need this waiver to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and Vermonters’ driving costs with higher fuel economy,” Douglas said.Vermont is the “greenest” state in the nation by many measures. Because it is a rural state, however, residents rely largely on personal vehicles for work and family activities. That’s why tougher tailpipe standards are a substantial way it can reduce greenhouse has emissions, the Governor added. And in Vermont, public transit ridership is up as the Douglas administration increases park-and-ride facilities and Vermonters opt to reduce commuting costs.Representative Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in reaction to new documents and testimony that show that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) career staff unanimously supported granting Californias request for a waiver to enforce its greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and trucks. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson also supported granting the petition, according to the report, until he communicated with the White House. Johnson is testifying before Welch and the Oversight Committee May 20..”The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision defied science, defied the states, and defied common sense. This report demonstrates unacceptable political interference by this administration and complete disregard for the public interest. The evidence of global warming is overwhelming. Consumers deserve higher mileage standards as they bear the burden of record fuel prices. Since the Bush administration clearly won’t lead, it’s time they get out of the way.”Among the evidence of the EPA’s political interference, the report documents that:· When Administrator Johnson polled EPA experts for their opinions on granting a waiver not a single staffer argued that the California waiver should be denied, according to five EPA staff who were in the meeting.· The EPA staff interviewed by the Committee was unable to identify any agency documents that argued in favor of denial prior to December 19, 2007, the day California’s petition was denied.· EPA Associate Deputy Administrator Jason Burnett testified that Administrator Johnson’s preference for a full or partial grant of the waiver did not change until after he communicated with the White House.· During his deposition, when Burnett was asked to identify the White House officials who spoke with Administrator Johnson and to describe the substance of their communications with Administrator Johnson, he informed the Committee that he had been directed not to answer any questions about the involvement of the White House in the decision to reject California’s petition.Welch is an author of H.R. 5560, the Right to Clean Vehicles Act, which would to overturn the waiver denial. In September, Welch rallied 89 members of Congress to urge the EPA to promptly grant California a waiver to adopt stricter emissions standards, allowing other states to follow its lead. Earlier in the year, Welch led a successful effort to block a proposal being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee that would have prohibited states like Vermont from adopting auto emissions standards that are tougher than those imposed by the federal government.# # #last_img read more

New York, Vermont Bi-State Intercity Passenger Rail Study meeting December 13,14

first_imgA draft report has been released on extending passenger rail service from the capital region of New York into southwestern Vermont. Several proposals on what could cost up to $200 million are outlined in a report that will be described in public meetings in New York and Vermont on December 14 and 15.The most elaborate of the proposals (see cost chart and maps below) has a full loop that would extend service all the way from Albany to Rutland and going through North Bennington on the way up and Saratoga Springs on the way back down. Other options include a simple up and back with terminus in alternatively Manchester or Rutland, in what would essentially be a parallel service to the existing Ethan Allen Express. Alternatively, the Ethan Allen could simply be moved from a predominantly New York service to a predominantly Vermont service. Of course, the first proposal in the report is to do nothing.  The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), are working together to identify and establish intercity passenger rail service to parts of southwestern Vermont and eastern central New York, and have scheduled a round of public meetings to gather input on the Phase I Evaluation of Alternatives Report. The Report identifies challenges and opportunities for a number of different routing alternatives, and the capital costs needed to implement passenger rail service. The Report can viewed at http://www.ny-vt-passengerrail.org/documents.html(link is external) Public meetings will be held on: §  Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 7PM at the Bennington Fire Station, located at 130 River Street, Bennington, VT 05201; and§  Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 7PM at the Mechanicville Senior Citizen Center, located at 178 North Main Street, Mechanicville, NY 12118; and Public involvement is essential for the development and implementation of this planning study. These meetings are the third in a series of four rounds of public meetings that will be held in both Vermont and New York over the course of the study to gather public input on intercity passenger rail service options. The desired outcome of this study is to develop a preferred transportation alternative that will continue forward into design and construction.  When the preferred alternative is identified, the study will proceed with the following major steps:§    Complete Federal environmental documentation and reviews;§    Develop preliminary engineering materials; and§    Develop an implementation plan to identify the management approach and financial plan for the proposed service. The study is scheduled to be completed by summer 2012. The project study area, which is generally located between Albany/Rensselaer, NY and Rutland, VT, includes Bennington and Rutland Counties in Vermont, and Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties in New York. Passenger rail is a vital and integrated component of both the Vermont and New York multimodal transportation systems; both states have developed state rail plans to provide a strategic policy framework for maintaining and enhancing their respective rail systems. The public is encouraged to attend and provided input to the study team.  Those unable to attend may provide comments to:Costa Pappis, VTrans, (802) 828-5790, costa.pappis@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail)Tim Conway, NYSDOT, (518) 485-9234, tconway@dot.state.ny.us(link sends e-mail) In addition, the public can provide input using the project website comment form.  This form and information about the study can be found on the project website at: http://www.ny-vt-(link is external) passengerrail.org/NYSDOT 12.1.2011last_img read more