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Parenting Media Association awards top honors to Kids VT

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:04pm -- tim

For the fourth year in a row, Kids VT, Vermont’s free monthly parenting magazine, took home top prizes in the annual Parenting Media Association’s Design and Editorial Awards Competition, which recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design at member publications.

The PMA presented the awards last Saturday at its convention in Baltimore, MD. A panel of judges awarded Kids VT first-place “gold” in its circulation category for:

  • Best Overall Writing — for the fourth year in a row

Feds issue $1.5 million in affordable housing grants for Vermont’s local NeighborWorks organizations

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:00pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) Wednesday announced $1.5 million in grants to revitalize communities and support access to affordable housing across Vermont. The announcement marks the first round of 2015 federal grants awarded by NeighborWorks America.

Shumlin appoints three members to Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:33pm -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed two new members to the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees, Churchill Hindes of Colchester and Michael Pieciak of Winooski, and has reappointed Linda Milne of Montpelier.

The governor said, “At this particular time, financial expertise will be especially helpful on the VSC Board of Trustees and all three of my appointments will contribute significantly in that Regard.”

Moody's upgrades Burlington's credit rating, improves outlook

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:37am -- tim

Moody’s Investors Service yesterday upgraded Burlington’s credit rating for both the City’s General Obligation Bonds and Certificates of Participation, and Moody’s improved the City’s rating outlook to positive from stable. This is the City’s first rating upgrade since Moody’s began downgrading the City’s rating in July 2010, and the first positive outlook in at least 10 years (See Burlington ratings table below).

Will Vermont be next to legalize recreational pot?

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:20am -- tim

While there has been a strong push to legalize marijuana in Vermont, despite what appears to be a legislative logjam this year, a researcher expects the state to be one of the next to legalize its recreational use. Laws went into effect last week that legalized recreational marijuana in both Alaska and Washington, DC. A University of Kansas researcher into the history of cannabis’ acceptance now has predicted the next five US states where voters or Legislatures could be inclined to approve marijuana use for relaxation and enjoyment.

FairPoint reports Q4 and annual 2014 results, strike and weather increase losses

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:25am -- tim

FairPoint Communications, Inc (Nasdaq: FRP), Vermont's largest telecom company with landline and Internet service, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. As previously announced, on February 22, 2015, the two unions representing the majority of the Company's workforce in northern New England ratified collective bargaining agreements and the represented workforce returned to work on February 25, 2015.

Javarama coffee to be available in Keurig K-Cup packs beginning Spring 2015

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:18am -- tim

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages with its innovative brewing technology, and DS Services of America, Inc, a subsidiary of Cott Corporation (Cott) (NYSE:COT; TSX:BCB) and a leading bottled water, coffee and tea direct-to-consumer services provider, today announced a multi-year agreement to offer DS Services' Javarama coffee in K-Cup packs for use in Keurig hot brewing systems.

UVM receives two $500,000 grants from USDA

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:08pm -- tim

Faculty in the University of Vermont’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have received two $500,000 grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grants are part of a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture initiative designed to increase prosperity in rural America. A USDA Rural Communities and Regional Development grant went to a team led by rural sociologist Shoshanah Inwood, assistant professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics.

Vermont’s 67 most promising jobs revealed by McClure Foundation

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:10pm -- tim

A new brochure from the J Warren & Lois McClure Foundation identifies the top high-pay, high-growth jobs projected for Vermont over the next 10 years — and the educational requirements needed to obtain them. For current and future jobseekers willing to invest in training and/or education after high school, it is clear: there are promising employment opportunities in Vermont.

Vermont-based social network Ello declares March 'NSFW Month'

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:14pm -- tim

Ello, the ad-free social network based in Burlington, Vermont, has named March "NSFW Month." Throughout the month, Ello will celebrate freedom of speech by highlighting the suppressive role that censorship plays in social media, government, and the arts. Those who believe in a censorship-free internet are invited to sign-up for Ello at They will receive an immediate invitation to join Ello, with a call to post content that symbolizes a stand against censorship on the Internet.