Craig E. Isvak, CPA, PLC, a provider of accounting and tax services to businesses and individuals in the Mad River Valley and the Waterbury/ Stowe area, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Associates in Accounting, P.C. located at 6 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction, VT. Under the previous owner, Michael LeBoeuf, Associates in Accounting has been doing business in Essex Junction since 1989. The staff consists of both full-time and seasonal personnel with many years of experience, who will remain through the acquisition.The new firm of Associates in Accounting, PLC, will be led by Craig Isvak and will offer tax and accounting services to both businesses and individuals. Mike LeBoeuf will remain involved at the 6 Pinecrest Drive location and will focus on financial planning as a registered representative of HD Vest.Craig Isvak brings more than fifteen years of experience with him and is committed to maintaining and increasing the ability of Associates in Accounting, PLC to serve its clients.Craig is a member of the local select-board for the Town of Duxbury and is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of CPA’s. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont, with a concentration in the professional accounting curriculum. Craig’s accounting background includes extensive experience in taxation and business accounting issues. He was formerly a controller for a large manufacturer/retailer in Vermont, as well as CEO and controller for a significant title and escrow services firm in Chittenden County.
Cattle owners on the Corentyne, in Berbice, have raised concerns over efforts by persons, who are reportedly closely connected with the current Government to give out sections of a communal cattle pasture.The 52/66 Cattle Pasture, which consists of 17,000 acres was leased to a co-op in 1997 for the purpose of cattle rearing and targeted the small cattle farmers, is now being offered to investors.Guyana Times understands that applicants are being told that they can have a portion of the pasture for $800,000 and that the Lands and Surveys Department isA section of the 52/66 Cattle Pasturecurrently entertaining applications for leases of portions of the 52/66 cattle Pasture.Recently the issue was discussed at the regional level.The Prime Minister’s Regional Representative, Gobin Harbhajan, explained that rice farmers are taking up the cattle pastures, hence there is less space for the animals to graze.Harbhajan also confirmed that persons have been applying for portions of the 52/66 Communal Cattle pasture and on those applications sent to the Commissioner, the applicant has indicated that they have no intention of rearing cattle.“If we allow that to happen then the poor cattle farmers with four or five heads of cows will not be able to have their cows there because people will fence that area.”Harbhajan said already some persons have fenced sections of the pasture. In addition, others have dug canals marking off their claim. He said also being affected are those who fish in the swamps which exist in the pasture. Many of those fisherfolk are confronted with ‘Do Not Trespass’ signs thus they cannot fish.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman David Armogan says he had high-level discussions on the issue and is assuring that cattle farmers need not worry. According to Armogan, the Lands Commission has not made a decision on the issue as yet and will not be doing so until the completion of a land use policy.“He (Lands and Survey Commissioner) told me that all of the land use policy has to be revisited. We have to know where cattle should be, we have to know where rice should be, we have to know where dairy should be; you have to know where you should plant plantain and cassava; that is a part of the land use policy and that has to be put in place,” the Regional chairman said.The Chairman added that senior officials from the Lands and Survey Department acknowledged that they have been entertaining applications for leases but until the land use policy comes into place, the 52/66 Cattle Pasture will remain as it is and available to cattle farmers. (Andrew Carmichael)