The holiday season often means preparing rich, traditional dishes like creamy green bean casseroles, macaroni and cheese and a whole menagerie of gooey, sweet desserts.Some cooks may feel that they will have a family mutiny on their hands if they start cutting salt, fat or sugar from their traditional family recipes with options that have less salt, fat or sugar, but University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist Connie Crawley believes you don’t have to sacrifice tradition for healthy food. “Many traditional holiday dishes can be modified to cut back on the fat, sugar and sodium. Often if you do this one recipe at a time and do it gradually over several holidays, your family will never know you made the changes unless you tell them,” Crawley said. Here are some ways to reduce the amount of sodium, fat and sugar hiding in traditional recipes without affecting the flavor or feel of the dish. Cutting sodium without compromising taste Canned vegetables contain far more salt than their fresh or frozen siblings. Nutritionists recommend using fresh or frozen vegetables whenever possible. If you do use canned vegetables, meats, stocks or soups in your recipes, choose the variety with the lowest sodium count. Most recipes can hold their own with less salt. Cut the salt called for in a recipe by half or leave it out completely, and let people salt their own food at the table once they taste it. They may use less salt that way, Crawley said. Also, try seasoning with Mrs. DASH or herbs and spices to further enhance the flavor of the dish. Sweet desserts don’t always need sugarThere are a number of sugar substitutes on the market, and substituting one of these sweeteners for all or part of the sugar can cut the calories in many desserts. One sugar substitute, Splenda for Baking, is formulated to preserve the texture of baked goods. Cooks may also try sugar-free gelatin or pudding to reduce the calories in desserts containing these ingredients. Sugar substitutes are used most successfully in drinks and pie fillings, where they don’t contribute as much to the texture of the recipe. Some guests may taste a certain sweetener’s aftertaste more than others. Try several to find the one your family prefers. Cut the fat where you can Many times the butter or oil in a recipe can be cut by one-fourth to one-third or entirely eliminated. This strategy may not work for baked goods or fried foods, but is worth trying in other dishes like casseroles. Reduced-fat margarine works well as a spread on rolls and to season cooked vegetables. For salads and other recipes including mayonnaise, substitute half light mayonnaise mixed with half plain, non-fat yogurt. Try out the recipes before the big day Using sugar substitutes or cutting the fat from recipes doesn’t always work the way a cook wants. Sometimes sugar, salt and fat are in recipe because they contribute to the texture, color or volume of a recipe, and the dish will not work without them. If you’re amending a recipe for the first time — especially for baked goods and desserts — it’s worthwhile to whip up a trial batch before the big day. Other ways to be healthy If you don’t want to change your recipes, there are still ways to make the holidays a little healthier. Crawley advocates keeping serving dishes off the dining table to prevent people from automatically filling their plates with second helpings. She also suggests offering a bowl of fresh fruit as one dessert option for people looking to avoid an after-dinner sugar crash. Also, hosts might want to look beyond the kitchen to make the festivities healthier. Why not organize a family walk, outdoor game or dance party after the meal to help guests burn off all that turkey and dressing. “Doing something active together can build richer holiday memories for your family and friends, than just vegging out in front of the T.V. watching football games,” Crawley said. The holidays are traditionally a time to splurge, but choosing carefully where to splurge and then embracing healthy habits can give you more energy to celebrate and will make your holiday parties more fun.
More than 50 Georgia teenagers spent the better part of their summers working in some of the University of Georgia’s most prestigious research laboratories.For almost three decades, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Young Scholars Program has paired CAES researchers with high school students to foster students’ love of science and introduce them to the breadth of science that is the foundation of agriculture, Georgia’s largest industry.“We have students representing 40 high schools from all over the state,” said Victoria David, director of the CAES Office of Diversity Affairs. “These students really are the cream of the crop.”The students worked in some of the most advanced laboratories on UGA’s Griffin, Tifton and Athens campuses during the six-week program. They assisted with actual research projects led by UGA faculty and, at the end of the program, they presented their findings in a research symposium. Some students may be listed as co-authors on these studies when they are published in academic journals, which is rare for students who have not completed high school.Thirteen graduating Young Scholars will have the opportunity to continue their research work when they attend CAES in fall 2017.CAES Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Josef Broder urged all of the Young Scholars gathered for the program’s closing ceremony on July 14 to consider careers in agriculture. The world will need the best and brightest minds working in agriculture in order to feed the growing population, he told them.“It’s almost mind-boggling that we need to feed as many people as we will have to in a safe environment,” Broder said. “We will not be able to do it without you stepping up to the plate.“Some of you may want to be doctors, and that’s a noble profession, but think about how many people you can save by inventing a new grain variety. Some of the grains developed during the Green Revolution have saved millions of lives. It’s not glamorous. You may not get to wear a doctor’s coat, but think of the impact.”Promoting science for 28 yearsThe Young Scholars Program began at UGA-Griffin in 1989. The program was originally intended to provide a collegiate experience to students who were not planning to attend college.Since then, the program expanded to include scientists at UGA-Athens and UGA-Tifton. Students selected for the program are truly ready to engage in real-world research. They are matched to projects of potential interest.Because of this experience, many Young Scholars continue their research careers while attending UGA as students through the college’s undergraduate research program.For more information about the program, visit ysp.caes.uga.edu or email David at email@example.com.The application period for next year’s program will run from October 2017 to January 2018.This year’s Young Scholars include:UGA-AthensAmaja Andrews, Houston County High SchoolMason Bivins, Clarke Central High SchoolBreana Bowen, Greene County High SchoolChristina Chatman, Arabia Mountain High SchoolMichael Gabriels, Cedar Shoals High SchoolSong Khaing, Cedar Shoals High SchoolCore Kim, University High SchoolSierra King, Mill Creek High SchoolLilian Magaña, Cedar Shoals High SchoolJaylé Myers, Creekside High SchoolJoshua Patton, North Springs Charter High SchoolSabar Prasad, North Oconee High SchoolEduardo Ricome, Cedar Shoals High SchoolCambrilyn Scofield, Newton High SchoolAdonis Scott, Eagle’s Landing Christian AcademyCharity Stanton, Arabia Mountain High SchoolTaylor Sturgis, Union Grove High SchoolMark Swain, Oconee County High SchoolJoshua Thedford, Woodland High SchoolCiara Thomas, Eagle’s Landing High SchoolHenry Vencill, Cedar Shoals High SchoolCarlos Villanueva, Cedar Shoals High SchoolPaige Walcott, Prince Avenue Christian SchoolAnnie Whatley, Oconee County High SchoolLeah Whitmoyer, Tucker High SchoolUGA-GriffinAsa Bradley, Heritage High School Academy for Performing and Visual ArtsWilliam Brooks, CrossPointe Christian AcademyThomas Daniel, Pike County High SchoolMakayla Daniels, Henry County High SchoolRiti Desai, Eagle’s Landing High SchoolAustin Duncan, Whitewater High SchoolTamara English, Dutchtown High SchoolKaren Ezenne, Jonesboro High SchoolChanlier Futch, Griffin High SchoolDana Gould, Starr’s Mill High SchoolAntaures Jackson II, Eagle’s Landing High SchoolMary Grace Johnson, Flint River AcademyNia Jones, Luella High SchoolMaddox Jordan, Spalding High SchoolSheilendria Rawls, Spalding High SchoolJolie Ryff, Whitewater High SchoolMartha Sikora, Spalding High SchoolIyanla Smith, Spalding High SchoolSarah Smyly, Spalding High SchoolJordan Stewart, Hampton High SchoolUGA-TiftonLauren Asbell, John Milledge AcademyBret Bernard, Tiftarea AcademyMackenzie Brown, Crisp AcademyColeman Byers, Tift County High SchoolJulie Jernigan, Belleview High SchoolCatherine Kemeness, Tift County High SchoolLaura Lane, Worth County High SchoolMichael Pannell, Lowndes High SchoolMitchell Riley, Colquitt County High SchoolCarlee Snow, Tift County High SchoolReaiah Tyson, Irwin County High SchoolBailey Veeder, Clarke Central High School
Specialists from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will lead a blueberry-centric integrated pest management (IPM) field day on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in Alma, Georgia.The event, which is open to the public, will feature a blueberry pest management discussion by Assistant Professor Ash Sial, UGA IPM coordinator, as well as a sprayer calibration demonstration by Professor Glen Rains, both of the college’s Department of Entomology.“The field day is a great opportunity to put growers in touch with specialists to learn hands-on identification and sprayer calibration,” said Renee Allen, commercial blueberry area agent for UGA Cooperative Extension in Bacon County. “This collaboration benefits everyone. The growers can get the answers they need and the specialists can hear what information is highest in demand.”Sial and his team will be on site to answer all blueberry IPM-related questions for personnel and growers. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with the public.“Some of the topics to be discussed include gall midge, thrips and spotted wing drosophila in blueberry crops,” Sial said. “These are the most common blueberry IPM issues, and we would like growers to have as much information as possible. It is also the perfect opportunity for growers to get information specific to their farms.”The field day will begin at 9:45 a.m. at UGA’s Blueberry Research and Demonstration Farm. The half-day event will end at noon and will be followed by lunch. Those planning to attend must reserve their space with the Bacon County Extension office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (912) 632-5601.This field day is sponsored by DowDuPont Inc., AirScout and Bennett’s Tractor Service LLC.For more information about the field day, please visit the UGA Blueberry Blog at blog.caes.uga.edu/blueberry/.
Berlin, Vt. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) has announced that complementary and alternative health care (CAM) services are now available to its members and their families through the health plans BlueExtras affinity discount program.The states oldest and largest health insurer has teamed with American WholeHealth Networks, Inc. to add CAM and wellness services such as massage/bodywork, acupuncture, chiropractic services, nutritional counseling, mind/body therapies, spas, fitness centers, and other wellness services.BCBSVT members simply visit a participating practitioner or facility in American WholeHealth Networks extensive network to receive significant discounts on their CAM care. This newest addition to the BlueExtras program also offers members savings on the newsstand rates of popular health and wellness magazines and discounts on vitamins and supplements.The BCBSVT BlueExtras program offers members discounts on services not covered in their health benefits plan, at no additional cost to the member, including weight loss and hearing services. The addition of CAM and wellness services through American WholeHealth Networks is a major enhancement to the programs offerings, according to Kevin Goddard, BCBSVT vice president of marketing and external affairs.The addition of complementary and alternative services is a tremendous addition to the menu of services now available through BlueExtras, Goddard noted. Our members now have access to a broad range of services to meet their health requirements. We know these additions will help our members achieve a healthy lifestyle.Bill Lubin, president and CEO of American WholeHealth Networks, Inc., is enthusiastic about the BCBSVT relationship. American WholeHealth Networks is delighted to support Vermonts largest health insurance plan by providing its members access to affordable health care options. Our team looks forward to ensuring the success of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermonts CAM program.The addition of CAM services to BlueExtras will also provide BCBSVT members access to AWHNs award-winning online member education site, WholeHealthMD.com, that includes a convenient practitioner search tool. BCBSVT members may access the BCBSVT website, www.bcbsvt.com(link is external) for information about the BlueExtras program and the selection of offerings available at a discount.About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of VermontBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the states oldest and largest private health insurer, providing health benefits coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.American WholeHealth Networks, Inc.American WholeHealth Networks, Inc. is the nations largest complementary health and wellness company, dedicated to serving more than 47 million patients through collaborative relationships with health plans and more than 25,000 providers nationwide. The companys network consists of more than 35 CAM specialties, including Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and Nutritional Counseling, as well as Personal Trainers, Yoga and Pilates Instructors, Mind/Body Therapies, Spas, Fitness Centers, and more. AWHN supports consumers via its award-winning, educational site WholeHealthMD.com. Network participants are supported through WholeHealthPro.com, a professional website that helps practitioners better serve their patients and improve their business. For more information about American WholeHealth Networks, visit www.americanwholehealth.com(link is external).(End)
PRESS CONTACTChris Stone, President802.email@example.com(link sends e-mail)Seth Pitkin Appointed Vice President at Stone Environmental, Inc.MONTPELIER, VERMONTThe partners of Stone Environmental, Inc. are pleased to announce that Seth Pitkin, leader of the companys Site Investigation & Remediation Group, has been appointed a Vice President and Officer of the organization.Since joining Stone in 1998, Pitkin has developed the investigation and remediation function into a vital service group that has shown strong financial performance and robust client and project growth.Pitkin developed Stones specialized Rapid Adaptive Site Characterization (RASC) program and is considered an expert in subsurface contamination investigation, site characterization, and vertical profiling. He serves as lead scientist on site characterization investigations, manages groundwater-related projects and investigations using the Triad Approach, and directs Stones real-time measurement technologies including a modified Waterloo Profiling technology that he has been instrumental in developing.Pitkin holds an M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. As a member of John Cherrys research team at Waterloo, he helped develop the Waterloo Profiler, a uniquely powerful data acquisition system for the investigation of groundwater contamination. Pitkin and his team at Stone have modified the original profiler to create a proprietary tool that provides high-quality data in real time, including groundwater samples for analysis, a continuous vertical record of the hydrostratigraphy at each location, hydraulic head measurements, and physicochemical data on groundwater quality.Seth will be an important asset to Stones management team as we move the company forward, said company president Chris Stone. His work as leader of our site investigations team has been outstanding and we look forward to his input on broader organizational issues.Stone Environmental, Inc. is an environmental science consulting firm located in Montpelier, Vermont. The company has 21 scientists providing client services in four areas: site investigation and remediation services, water resources and wastewater, agrochemical fate and exposure, and applied information management (GIS, computer modeling, data management). The site investigation groups services include groundwater profiling with the modified Waterloo groundwater profiler, analytical services in NELAP-accredited onsite laboratories, 3-D data visualization, and use of the US EPAs Triad Approach to site investigations. Visit www.stone-env.com/profiling(link is external) for more information.Lesley AllenCommunications Specialist / MarketingDirect / 802.229.1878E-Mail / firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)Stone Environmental, Inc.535 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier, Vermont 05602Tel / 802.229.4541 Fax / 802.229.5417Web Site / www.stone-env.com(link is external)
BENNINGTON, VT BMA Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that Kirk Moore AIA, Principal Architect, has earned the United States Green Building Councils (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional certification.Kirk will lead BMA in the design of sustainable, cost effective buildings for both new and adaptive reuse projects as more and more clients look to the firm for long-term solutions to reduce their buildings global impact and overall building costs.BMA is committed to taking a socially and environmentally sound approach in its work. The firm is a corporate member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and has instituted a policy that all design staff in the company must have their LEED AP certification within twelve months of being employed.BMA offers a full scope of architectural and planning services for both commercial and residential projects. The design team has more than 50 years of combined experience with services from site selection, feasibility studies and master planning, sustainable design, construction documents, construction administration and building evaluation and remediation.With offices in Rutland and Bennington, VT, the Firm is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, The Better Bennington Corporation, and the Manchester & the Mountains Area Chamber of Commerce.
PCM Image-Tek, a leading New England electronic assembly services provider, today announced the completion of a strategic energy conservation initiative that will reduce the company’s energy consumption by more than 75,000 kWh per year for the next 15 years.The three-month project involved replacing the lighting system on the company’s 35,000 square foot manufacturing floor with a highly efficient lighting system that significantly improves manufacturing floor lighting while reducing energy consumption by more than half. The project, which was managed by Efficiency Vermont, will save the company more than $11,000 per year and has a payback period of two and half years.‘This project demonstrates that energy conservation can be good for a business’ bottom line and the work environment for its employees, in addition to the environment,’ said Michael Hathaway, president, PCM Image-Tek. ‘The measures we took to improve the efficiency of our lighting are part of an ongoing strategy to increase our competitiveness in ways that also produce a positive environmental benefit.’”I am pleased to have worked with PCM Image-Tek on their lighting retrofit project,” says Efficiency Vermont Key Account Manager Chuck Clerici. “This project significantly reduced the energy use and costs associated with running the business. Through careful planning and the use of the right resources PCM will also be able to claim a tax deduction of $0.60 per square foot of the retrofitted areas. This project is a good example of how environmental stewardship can benefit the Vermont electrical grid and the company’s bottom line.”Over the 15-year life of the project, the facility upgrade will reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions attributable to the company by 1.75 million pounds, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 3,400 pounds, and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions by 6,800 pounds. By reducing the company’s greenhouse gas and other emissions, the project will negate the need to burn more than 850,000 pounds of coal.Other environmental initiatives undertaken by PCM Image-Tek include the adoption of lean manufacturing principles in the company’s printed circuit board, cable and harness, printer applicator production lines. Lean manufacturing is a manufacturing process philosophy that reduces waste, reduces production lead times, and lowers operational costs. In 2006, PCM Image-Tek converted to lead-free production of printed circuit boards the company produces for other manufacturers. In addition to eliminating use of a hazardous substance, the company’s lead-free processes help PCM Image-Tek customers comply with European Union environmental requirements.In the lighting project, PCM Image-Tek replaced 116 400 watt Halide lighting fixtures with T5 High Bay four-lamp fixtures that produce more light for half the electricity. The project also involved replacing 101 T12 lamps and ballasts with T8 lamps and ballasts that also significantly reduce electricity consumption.About PCM Image-TekPCM Image-Tek is a leading regional contract manufacturer and service provider. Precision Contract Manufacturing is the electronics contract manufacturing division of PCM Image-Tek. Through its focus on quality products, on-time delivery, and flexible manufacturing services, PCM helps original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada compete in the global economy. PCM products and services include printed circuit board assembly and test, custom cable assembly, electromechanical design and build, and supply chain management. In addition to electronics assembly services, PCM Image-Tek also produces a line of advanced print and apply equipment, and custom industrial labels and labeling solutions for companies throughout North America. The company’s 35,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is located in Springfield, VT. PCM Image-Tek has 100 employees. www.pcmanufacturing.com(link is external)Source: PCM. SPRINGFIELD, VT ‘ August 11, 2010 ‘
Midway Oil Corp & Affiliates,Frank Trombetta of Midway Oil has opened Poultney and Fair Haven’s first Irving Oil gas stations, expanding the regional brand to the community. They are located at 267 Main Street in Poultney and 38 Main Street in Fair Haven.‘Midway Oil is a locally owned, family operated Vermont business that has served the community since 1925,’ said Trombetta. ‘Irving Oil’s reputation of being a family-owned company with a deep community commitment fell in line with our values and motivated us to join the brand. Their growth in Vermont has been particularly impressive. We are excited to expand the Irving brand here and are looking forward to continuing to serve the members of our community.’Midway Oil is owned by the Trombetta and Merone families. The company supplies fuel for 53 gas stations and owns 20 locations in Vermont and upstate New York.Irving Oil, based in St John, New Brunswick, is a leading energy refiner and marketer currently growing across the Northeast. It credits its typically lower prices to having a nearby refinery located in St John, about 100 miles up the coast from Bar Harbor, Maine. The Poultney and Fair Haven stores are two of several new sites to recently open in the state. The Poultney Snack Shop is located adjacent to Green Mountain College and offers complete convenience store service with a variety of products at competitive prices including, Irving clean gasoline, Green Mountain Coffee, beer, wine, and tobacco products. The Fair Haven Smart Shop offers similar competitive prices and features a Dunkin’ Donuts satellite in the store. Both stores participate in Irving’s gas savings program with Shaw’s Supermarkets.‘We’re very pleased to expand the Irving name in Vermont,’ said Harry Hadiaris, general manager of Irving Oil Marketing. ‘Irving is always looking to partner with businesses that share our values for excellent customer service and a great fueling experience; we know that’s exactly what Midway Oil will provide.’About Irving OilWith over 800 fueling locations in New England and Atlantic Canada, Irving Oil, a Fort Reliance company, is a leader in the Northeast in refining and fuel marketing. Since its founding in 1924 to today, Irving’s reputation is based on providing the very best in customer service and products. As a regional family-owned company, Irving serves its community by focusing on corporate social responsibility, and was the first ever oil company to win a USEPA Clean Air Excellence Award for its clean gasoline. To learn more about Irving Oil visit www.IrvingOil.com(link is external).
The Green Mountain Club today expressed strong support for the Green Mountain National Forest temporary closure. This closure applies to the Appalachian Trail through Vermont and the Long Trail system from the Massachusetts border to Mt. Ellen in Warren. The Green Mountain Club manages the Long Trail as well as most of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and private land owners. ‘There is so much work to do in Vermont communities up and down the Green Mountains and now is not the time for hiking in those areas,’ said Will Wiquist, executive director of the Green Mountain Club. ‘Hiking on the National Forest in these areas could be dangerous and could also get in the way of important recovery efforts.’ With the Labor Day weekend taking place, the club also noted that the towns of Duxbury and Huntington have closed the roads leading to the primary trails on Camels Hump. Camels Hump Road in Duxbury is entirely closed and is extremely dangerous and impassible. Access to the mountain from the Huntington side is closed due to a land slide. Hikers are advised to avoid hiking Camels Hump until further notice. ‘Closed means closed,’ he said. ‘Both overnight and day hikers should not enter the national forest at all. There are hikes available on northern Vermont summits like Mt. Hunger, Mt. Mansfield, and Laraway Mtn.’ In general, the Long Trail itself appears to have survived tropical storm Irene with relatively minimal damage. The club has been maintaining a detailed list of trail conditions and road reports related to hiking trails. While far from comprehensive, this is an excellent resource for hikers. Even so, Wiquist advises, ‘hike and drive with caution even in places seemingly unaffected by Irene, as the entire trail network has not yet been fully assessed. And of course heed all federal, state and local road closures.’ The Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine, overlaps the Long Trail from Massachusetts to Killington, Vt. then diverges from the Long Trail and heads east toward New Hampshire. The ‘AT’ lost at least two bridges in Vermont. The AT is closed in Vermont ‘ from Massachusetts to Norwich, Vt. Green Mountain Club’s seasonal caretakers and Long Trail Patrol have spent most of this week working to help Waterbury village residents recover from the flood. The club plans to send its Appalachian Trail Conservancy- and Green Mountain National Forest-sponsored Volunteer Long Trail Patrol to a local community in southern Vermont with help from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. For the holiday weekend, caretakers have returned to the northern Long Trail.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) opened Route 9 Friday to full public travel, restoring a critical east-west travel corridor that is vital to safety, mobility and state commerce. The agency today also reopened a bridge along Route 30 at the Dummerston and Newfane town line. The opening reestablishes public access along Route 30 as far northwest as Jamaica, where the road remains closed due to storm damage that is still under repair. Tropical Storm Irene caused considerable damage along Route 9, knocking out a bridge in Woodford and washing away several roadway segments between Marlboro and West Brattleboro. Route 9 through the heart of Wilmington also received considerable damage. As a result, the entire 35-mile stretch of Route 9 between Woodford and West Brattleboro was closed. “Travel between Bennington and Brattleboro since the storm has been challenging as the detours were exceptionally long,” said Gil Newbury, incident commander for VTrans recovery efforts across southeast Vermont. “Reopening Route 9 allows not only residents but businesses to return to something that is close to normal.”Motorists using Route 9 should expect delays in and around Wilmington as well as throughout the seven-mile stretch between Marlboro and West Brattleboro where crews are still conducting repairs and much of the once paved roadway is now gravel. The speed limit, normally 50 mph through much of this stretch, has been reduced to 35 mph for safety reasons. VTrans is advising commercial traffic that is through traffic to use the Massachusetts Turnpike or MA Route 2 to the south as travel on Route 9 will be slow and rough in places.Route 9 is the latest major east-west roadway to reopen since the storm closed more than 450 miles of Vermont State Highway on August 28. In less than two weeks, state work crews in conjunction with dozens of private contractors and hundreds of National Guard troops also have restored services to Route 103 between Rockingham and Rutland, as well as Route 11 between Chester and Manchester. The remaining major east-west corridor that remains closed is Route 4 between Rutland and Woodstock. VTrans, baring some unforeseen setback, anticipates opening this vital stretch of roadway next weekend. “Reestablishing east-west mobility is vital to both our safety and to our economy,” said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. “From day one, reopening these roads was one of our top priorities. But as good as today’s news is, everyone needs to remember that many of our reopened roads are still under construction. If you do not need to be on them, please don’t be. And if you do use them, drive with caution and leave additional time to reach your destination.”The effort to reopen Route 9 involved crews of more than 75 workers from not only VTrans but the Vermont National Guard and several private contractors, including Deloury Construction, C. J. Weaver Excavating, Zaluzny Excavating, Berard’s Excavating, Eilers Brothers Trucking and Construction, Brown Logging and Chipping, Cold River Construction, and Kubricky Construction Corp.