-30- Vermont Life magazine, the state publication that explores Vermont’s dynamic culture, has won three awards from an international association of regional publications. The magazine won a Silver medal in the Historic Feature category; a Bronze medal in the Most Improved Magazine category; and an Award of Merit in the General Feature category at the International Regional Magazine Association’s annual conference earlier this week in New Mexico.“These awards really reflect on the dedication and hard work of the staff,” said Vermont Life Managing Editor Mary Hegarty Nowlan. “They have done a tremendous job in moving the publication forward, and the fact that we have been honored in the Most Improved category two years in a row shows that the changes we are making have been recognized by our peers.”The Historic Feature award was for Enosburg Falls resident Leif Tillotson’s essay, “Earl’s Barn,” which chronicled the life lessons he learned growing up in the barn and how its recent destruction in a lightning-sparked fire affected him.The essay won the 2008 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Prize awarded annually by Vermont Life and Green Mountain Power.Leslie Wright’s “Killington at a Crossroads” General Feature award winner detailed the changes at the venerable ski area as it turns 50 and moves in a new direction.“These two stories really exemplify how Vermont Life is staying true to its historical roots while expanding its vision to include contemporary topics like outdoor recreation, food, and not just living in but making a living in Vermont,” Nowlan said.Founded in 1946, Vermont Life is published quarterly and is considered one of the nation’s premier regional magazines. It has won over 95 national and international magazine awards since 1990.Vermont Life’s mission is to create an engaging online presence and publish a premier-quality magazine filled with the best writing, illustration, art and photography Vermont has to offer. For more information please visit www.VermontLife.com(link is external) or http://regionalmagazines.org(link is external)Source: Vermont Commerce Agency.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Interest on lawyer trust accounts (IOLTAs), real estate escrow accounts and prepaid funeral accounts are now eligible to receive enhanced federal insurance coverage from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).In a regulatory alert (16-RA-02) issued this week, the NCUA provided guidance on enhanced share insurance coverage.A bill allowing share insurance coverage for IOLTAs, an escrow account in a federally insured credit union on behalf of a lawyer’s clients, and other similar escrow accounts was signed into law in December 2014. The NCUA was required to pass a rule amending its regulations to match with the law.The NCUA board finalized the rule at its December 2015 board meeting, and it became effective Jan. 27.The NCUA decided that the similar escrow accounts language applies to real estate escrow accounts and prepaid funeral accounts as well. continue reading »