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Vermont Trophy and Engraving acquires Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts
Vermont Trophy and Engraving announced the acquisition of the Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts of Essex Junction on July 11. Vermont Trophy and Engraving has focused on developing the business-to-business market since Steve and Margi Swett bought the company in 1996. With the purchase of the Engraving Bench they will now add to their company a well-established customer base.
“This is a natural expansion for us,” Margi Swett, owner of Vermont Trophy and Engraving said. “As Steve Shover, owner of the Engraving Bench and Fine Gifts is looking to retire. We feel we can easily assimilate his customers into ours pretty seamlessly. Vermont Trophy and Engraving is dedicated to serving the Engraving Bench customers with the same integrity and dedication we have with our own customers all these years,” Swett said.
The storefront in Essex Junction will close; the inventory and equipment will be relocated to Vermont Trophy and Engraving’s location at 566 Hercules Drive in Colchester.
Police march in dress uniforms
An Honor Guard of the Colchester Police Department marched in ceremonial dress uniforms complete with proper equipment for the first time in the Fourth of July parade. These officers are wearing the first uniforms purchased with funds raised from community businesses, organizations, families and individuals. This is yet another example of the way Colchester demonstrates its pride in and appreciation for the town we call “home.” Leading the committee are Sen. Dick Mazza, David Coates, Moe Germain and Maureen Dakin. If you would like to help reach the goal, make a tax deductible contribution payable to the Town of Colchester and mail to Colchester Town Office, PO Box 55, Colchester, VT 05446. Write CPD dress uniforms in the memo line.MAUREEN DAKIN .
Vermont Jazz Ensemble at the Grand Isle Lake House
Island Arts continues its 2014 season with a performance by the Vermont Jazz Ensemble at the Grand Isle Lake House on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. Grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking on the tree-shaded lawn with beautiful views of Lake Champlain. All profits from the concert are used for the Island Arts youth scholarship fund.
The Jazz Ensemble is a 17-member instrumental group that performs music, most of which is in the Jazz or “Big Band” style, although their repertoire includes Latin, Rock, Fusion, and currently popular. Their performance will include ensemble work, sectional and individual solos, and improvisation. As is Island Arts, VJE is very involved in working with youth and is closely associated with the All State Music Festival, having donated more than $4,500 to their scholarship fund.
Tickets for the concert are $25 at the door or $20 in advance and can be purchased at Hackett’s Orchard, The Green Frog, and Snow Farm Winery at Crescent Bay in South Hero, the Alburgh Library, the Isle La Motte Country Store, and in North Hero at the Back Chamber, and Island Arts office, lower lever, in the Community Hall. Children under 14 are admitted free. For more information call (802) 372- 8889 or visit www.islandarts.org. Alternate rain location is Folsom School, on South Street, in South Hero.