The Red Hat Society: Red Hats Abound atCreative Habitat at Ben FranklinBurlington, VT — July 19, 2004 Directly in the front door, and to the right, Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin has created a product vignette dedicated solely to the ladies of The Red Hat Society. Founded by a group of women in California, The Red Hat Society celebrates the coming of age for women 50 and over, by wearing fancy red hats and bright purple outfits.Creative Habitat has “caught the Red Hatitude fever,” agreed Mark and Michael Dowling, co-owners. “From straw red hats to purple boa wraps, weve a great selection of fun essential products for the ladies of The Red Hat Society,” Mark noted.Sue Ellen Cooper, Queen Mother of The Red Hat Society, decided to celebrate a friend’s birthday by giving her a poem by British author, Jenny Joseph, entitled Warning. The poem begins, When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn’t go and doesnt suit me.” The poem continues with all the wonderful freeing activities she will partake when she grows old.Local members of The Red Hat Society can create their own look. Creative Habitat has a complete section of Red Hat Society products, including scrap booking essentials, accessories for hats, decorations, wrapping paper, jazzy purple t-shirts, and, of course, the boas,” Mark continued.Today, there are 25,000 chapters in 21 countries, with an estimated 600,000 members. For more information about The Red Hat Society and local chapters in Chittenden County, please check out the Society’s web site at www.redhatsociety.com(link is external).Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin, formerly Ben Franklin, has been owned and operated by Mark and Michael Dowling since 1991. Creative Habitat is an independent store in the Burlington community, continuing in the family tradition of quality home design, crafts, and framing. Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin is located on Shelburne Road in South Burlington, telephone 802-862-0646. You may also visit them on the web at: www.creativehabitatvt.com(link is external).
Vermonts minimum wage rate will rise to $7 per hour as stated below.Note: Effective since July 1, 1989, “if the minimum wage rate established by the U.S. Government is greater than the rate established for Vermont for any year, the Vermont minimum wage rate shall be the rate established by the U.S. Government”.)MINIMUM WAGE, effective thru 12/31/2004: $6.75 per hour workedMINIMUM WAGE, effective 01/01/2005: $7.00 per hour worked.Employers engaged in the hotel, motel, tourist place and restaurant industry shall receive a tip credit for tips actually earned and retained by *service or tipped employees. For service and tipped employees the basic wage rate** will be:Minimum Base Rate …… Maximum Tip Credit AllowedCurrent Rate, eff. 1/1/2004: $3.58/hr. …… $3.17/hr.Rate, eff. 1/1/2005: $3.65/hr. …… $3.35/hr.*Service or Tipped Employees — is defined as “All those, in either hotels, motels, tourist places, and restaurants who customarily and regularly receives more than $30.00 per month in tips for direct and personal customer service.”** The basic wage rate is the minimum required employer contribution towards the minimum wage. If an employee does not receive sufficient tips in the workweek to at least achieve the minimum wage for all hours worked that week, the employer must make up the difference.
Alpine Skier Bode Miller Invests in New England “better for you” snack-food companywith plans to expand distribution nationallyBeaver Creek, CO (December 4, 2008) Bode Miller, Olympic Skier and two-time WorldCup Overall Champion, has invested in Madhouse Munchies (MHM), an up and comingsnack-food company based out of Burlington, Vermont. Miller, who recently purchasedan organic farm in Sugar Hill, NH, plans to supply MHM with potatoes in the future forgreater quality assurance and reduced -transportation costs. The announcement cametoday in Beaver Creek, CO as Miller prepares to compete for gold in the 2008 men’sWorld Cup Alpine Ski races.”If you produce a great product, it doesn’t matter that you’re the underdog, you don’tconcern yourself with that, you know you have something great and it’s not hard tochallenge the Superpowers at that point,” states Miller. In announcing the partnership,Miller and Brad Hall CEO of Madhouse Munchies, also kicked off an Internet contest(www.bodegonemad.com(link is external) ) for people all over theworld to impact a campaign bringing the two entities together. Prizes will be awardedfor best script and best video including a Madhouse Munchies van filled with a year’ssupply of chips, a ski vacation at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont and a pair of skiesautographed by Mr. Miller. “We’re really excited about this new partnership with Bodeand through the marketing campaign, hope to engage the public in creatively takingMadhouse to a whole new level,” states Hall.Since 1996, Madhouse Munchies has been committed to making chips that are fun,simple and healthy. From their humble beginnings hand-slicing fresh New Englandpotatoes in a small Vermont kitchen, the company’s product line has expanded to nowinclude Sea Salted, Mesquite BBQ, Sea Salt & Vinegar, and Creamy French Onion PotatoChips, and stone ground White and Blue Corn Tortilla Chips. Madhouse Munchies iscommitted to 100% all-natural ingredients, using pure mono unsaturated canola oil, andto making a healthy, great-tasting potato chip. For more information, to find out moreabout the contest or to enroll for a free bag of chips, visit www.madhousemunchies.com(link is external) or call 1-888-MADHOUS.###