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Burton Chill Program and Rock Point School

By Dave Bowers on Dec 18, 2019 10:20:00 AM


The Chill Program, established by the founders of Burton Snowboards, Jake and Donna Carpenter, is a nonprofit that inspires youth to overcome challenges through board sports.

Since its inception, Chill has introduced more than 25,000 youth to snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Rock Point School was thrilled to have a student featured in a new video about the Chill Program. Rock Point students are encouraged to explore multiple ways to overcome challenges by keeping physically active and enjoying the Vermont outdoors. Watch Charlie, of Rock Point School, share his experience in the Chill Program, and what it means to him.

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Small Dog Electronics sponsors VPR event; An Evening with Audie Cornish

By Karen Wilkinson on Nov 7, 2019 4:37:00 PM

Small Dog Electronics had gifts aplenty for lucky audience members who were able to snag tickets for this VPR live event on November 6, 2019 that quickly sold out. 

An Evening with Audie Cornish, Reporting on Politics in 2020 was an entertaining and illuminating experience for everyone in attendance at the beautiful Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael's College. Audie Cornish is co-host of All Things Considered which airs weekdays on VPR each afternoon. Her wit and humor shone through as she described many aspects of reporting and broadcasting in the current fast-paced news cycle.

Small Dog Electronics' sponsorship was integral to the success of the event, and we congratulate them on their efforts.

Small Dog Electronics on the move

By Dave Bowers on Oct 15, 2019 11:02:00 AM

Small Dog Electronics, a long time client, is on the move. Originally started as a mail-order electronics online shop, Small Dog Electronics expanded into bricks-and-motor stores in Vermont and Key West, Florida. Their second store, Dorset Street in South Burlington, is moving to a new space at Flynn Ave and Pine Street in Burlington. We're excited to see the new store that is just a short drive down Pine Street from downtown Burlington. The store is set to open Thursday, October 17.

Second Annual Battery Collection Challenge!

By Dave Bowers on Sep 25, 2019 4:13:00 PM

Call2Recycle, Inc. and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources have kicked off the 2nd annual Vermont Battery Collection Challenge. The challenge once again seeks to rally Vermont residents to recycle their batteries at drop-off locations, thus diverting them from landfills, lowering the risk for potential safety incidents, and reducing waste collection costs.

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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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Incentives for commercial electric mowers

By Dave Bowers on May 16, 2019 12:31:00 PM


WCAX-TV News featured Burlington Electric Department's new incentive to purchase electric lawn mowers, including an incentive for commercial electric mowers by Mean Green Mowers. Our client Eco-Equipment Supply is the regional dealer for Mean Green Mowers

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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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Pat Heffernan featured in Business People Vermont, Again!

By Karen Wilkinson on Feb 5, 2019 11:48:00 AM


Everyone likes to receive good news mail and that was certainly the case the first week of February here at Marketing Partners. The team was excited to open this month’s edition of Business People Vermont and read the thoughtful article by PhylNewbeck onMarketing Partners’ president Pat Heffernan.

Business People Vermont was celebrating the Vermont women business owners and operators they had previously profiled many years earlier. In Pat’s case, that was 20 years ago, and she eloquently explains, “What we do hasn’t changed, why we do it hasn’t changed, who we do it for hasn’t changed, but the way we do it has changed.

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Karen Wilkinson Joins Marketing Partners Team

By Karen Wilkinson on Jan 7, 2019 11:50:00 AM


Marketing Partners, Inc. announces the addition of Karen Wilkinson to its team as a graphic design and marketing specialist. In this role, Karen will develop an overall campaign look and feel for clients, plus wire frames, website graphics (including infographics), print, digital and broadcast graphics. She brings over 20 years’ experience in the design, marketing and advertising industry, and is excited to find effective, creative solutions for each and every client brief.

Karen received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia. She has brought her Aussie accent all the way to beautiful Vermont, and enjoys many of the outdoor pursuits on offer with her husband and two teenagers.