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Prevent Child Abuse Vermont Pivots After Montpelier Flood

By Pat Heffernan on Aug 17, 2023 11:30:00 AM

WCAX covered the latest in a series of resiliency pivots by the team at Prevent Child Abuse Vermont after the July flooding in Montpelier. This week, PCAVT announced that after losing all of the supplies for the annual awareness walk and losing its usual location on the Statehouse lawn, they are now planning for an online donation event instead.

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CWM's Christina Ubl Featured as MoneyGeek Expert

By Pat Heffernan on Oct 22, 2021 10:45:00 AM


In October, Christina Ubl CFP®, co-owner of Clute Wealth Management was featured as a guest expert in the MoneyGeek article "How to Start Saving and Investing." Clute Wealth Management (CWM) is an independent firm and Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) that provides strategic financial and investment planning in the Champlain Valley region of New York and Vermont. Among the earliest woman-owned and led RIA firms, when they enjoy an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to "Financial Strategies for Women in Transition," we're always delighted.

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CWM's Akemi Chen Interviewed by Strictly Business Magazine

By Pat Heffernan on Oct 30, 2020 4:26:00 PM


In October, Clute Wealth Management team member Akemi Chen was interviewed as part of a Strictly Business Magazine article featuring five alumni from SUNY Plattsburgh who chose to settle down and start their careers in the Plattsburgh area after graduating. 

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Chroma Technology CEO Paul Millman Steps Down

By Pat Heffernan on Apr 2, 2020 10:45:00 AM


After 29 years at the helm, Paul Millman announced his upcoming retirement and shared musings about the state of the iconic employee-owned company, science in our society, mission-driven management, and business in Vermont.

Paul's long-planned announcement coincided with the international peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which drove escalating demand for Chroma's precision optical filters and optical coatings for the medical, scientific and imaging industries. Headquartered in Rockingham (Bellows Falls), Vermont, the company serves an international market. Local, regional and national media covered the news — each with an appropriately different take.

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Rock Point School featured by local film crew

By Pat Heffernan on Aug 18, 2019 5:47:00 PM

The Burlington area in summer is glorious in Vermont and this year that drew a film crew to produce a pilot episode at Rock Point School and other local spots.

"Local film crew films new pilot episode in Burlington" was the lead on CBS-affiliate WCAX-TV Channel 3 News on August 17th. The interior and exterior of Rock Point School's iconic stone classroom and dorm building were featured prominently in the news segment as were the surrounding campus grounds.

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Audubon Vermont's Bird-Friendly Maple Project receives grant, featured on WCAX+

By Pat Heffernan on Apr 2, 2019 4:02:00 PM

Spring is sugaring season in Vermont and this year that means Audubon Vermont's Bird-Friendly Maple project seems to be in the news everywhere.

"Bird-friendly maple certification catches on with producers" was the lead on CBS-affiliate WCAX-TV Channel 3 News on April 2nd. Adam Sullivan talked with long-time maple producers in the Buck family as well as Steve Hagenbuch, manager of the BFM program, about their partnership to protect the sugarbush as a habitat for birds while producing award-winning maple syrup. Civil Eats and the Addison County Independent also covered the increase in the maple producers and sugarbush acreage involved in the Bird-Friendly Maple program.

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Spring Lake Ranch interviewed in AARP on failure to launch

By Pat Heffernan on Mar 4, 2019 4:19:00 PM


Judith Newman interviewed Spring Lake Ranch's Director of Admissions & Outreach Rachel Stark for an AARP article about national "failure to launch" treatment programs for young adults, including the work done at the Ranch.

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Rock Point School's CJ Spirito Interviewed on Education and Burlington Impact

By Pat Heffernan on Nov 16, 2018 12:07:00 PM


C.J. Spirito, Head of Rock Point School, was interviewed by Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce President Tom Torti on Channel 17 public access recently to discuss the impact of #RockPointSchool in our Burlington community and the academic options for youth who learn differently.

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Heidi Clute Rides Again in Road Pitch 2018

By Pat Heffernan on Aug 3, 2018 12:18:00 PM

For the fifth year in a row, Heidi Clute, founder and Managing Partner of Clute Wealth Management, joined Road Pitch 2018, a multi-day motorcycle trip around Vermont as one of the “business bikers” with investing, entrepreneurial/business and business advisory experience who ride together and stop in small towns where “Local Organizers” have organized a pitch session for entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to the group.

The 2018 event was scheduled for Monday, July 30th to Thursday, August 2nd, with one finalist selected at each of eight stops and a final winner selected in October. A record number of women business owners pitched at this year's event.

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Vermont Coffee Company Announces a Greener Roast

By Pat Heffernan on Jul 16, 2018 5:47:00 PM


Vermont Coffee Company publicly announced becoming the nation’s first 100% renewable biogas-powered coffee roastery in May 2018 — but this change has been a long time coming! Since founding Vermont Coffee Company in 2000, Paul Ralston has been searching for renewable energy sources for roasting coffee, which traditionally consumes high volumes of energy during the roasting process.


Marketing Partners helped Paul and the VCC team get out the word about the big news through a multi-media news announcement and landing page that were picked up by numerous regional, local and  major trade publications.