Category Archives: Public Service

Sherman appointed deputy commissioner for state insurance regulator

MONTPELIER – Crosby Sherman has been appointed deputy commissioner of the state Insurance Division, Susan Donegan, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, announced Monday.

Sherman most recently served as chief of Captive Insurance for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.

Sherman grew up in St. Johnsbury and graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy and the University of Vermont. He began his career at the Vermont Department of Financial regulation in the 1980s, where he worked as an insurance examiner of property and casualty, life and captive insurance companies.

He also oversaw domestic and captive examinations and played a key regulatory role during the initial stages of Vermont’s captive insurance market.

Donegan said Sherman “has extensive experience in all aspects of the insurance regulatory process particularly solvency regulation which is DFR’s highest priority for consumer protection.”

He begins his job July 8.

- Bruce Edwards

State will not sell off park in Dummerston

DUMMERSTON — The Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation has no immediate plans to change the use of the 13-acre Dutton Pines State Park in Dummerston.
That’s good news for those who worried the state would sell the property off Route 5 that has been declared “surplus property,” but it’s bad news for those who want to see more recreational opportunities there.
The state bought the land in 1937 and the park opened in 1940. Over the years use declined and a summer ranger’s position was eliminated in the 1970s.
The Brattleboro Reformer ( ) reports state parks regional Manage Ethan Phelps says Dutton Pines is “a bit of a liability for us.”
He says it was used more by travelers before Interstate 91 opened a half century ago.

Volunteers help get firewood to needy families

MORRISVILLE — More than 110 volunteers helped cut, stack and deliver firewood to needy families in Vermont’s Lamoille County as a service project to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Students from local schools and adults of all ages chipped in on Tuesday.
Dan Noyes, program coordinator for the RSVP Volunteer Center in Morrisville, said the work was “a way for folks to pay tribute, to do something good.”
The Burlington Free Press reports that volunteers delivered more than 70 cords of wood and stacked at least another 40 cords to be given away next year.
The fuel wood is expected to help about 40 families heat their homes in winter.