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State recommends $35,000 fine for Vermont Gas cost overrun

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:52pm -- tim

by John Herrick vtdigger.org The Department of Public Service is recommending that state regulators order Vermont Gas to pay a $35,000 fine for the delayed announcement of a 40 percent cost increase to the company’s pipeline extension. The Public Service Board approved Vermont Gas’ 41-mile natural gas pipeline extension through Addison County in December.

Woodchuck to unveil new plant August 6

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 2:32pm -- tim

On Wednesday, August 6 at 11 am, Woodchuck Hard Cider will hold a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at the site of its new state-of-the-art cidery. The $34 million dollar cidery has been under construction for the last 15 months. It represents Woodchuck’s commitment to Vermont and keeping the state at the forefront of the rapidly growing national hard cider movement. Woodchuck Hard Cider introduced the US to craft cider from a two car garage in Proctorsville, Vermont, and 23 years later, craft cider has caught on and Woodchuck continues its leadership role in the craft cider industry.

Senate passes veterans health care bill

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 2:23pm -- tim

The Senate on Thursday tonight approved and sent to President Barack Obama a bill to improve access to health care for veterans and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Crafted by the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairmen – Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Jeff Miller (R-Florida) – the $16.3 billion bill passed the Senate by a vote of 91-3. The House of Representatives voted 420-5 on Wednesday to approve the same measure.

There is a Veterans Administration hospital in White River Junction.

Governor requests preliminary flood damage assessment for Windham and Windsor counties

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 1:34pm -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Joe Flynn have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to join state and local teams to conduct a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment in areas of Vermont impacted by flooding on July 28. The assessment is to determine if Windsor and Windham counties qualify for federal Public Assistance disaster funds to help towns repair public infrastructure damaged in the floods.

Forbes names UVM a ‘Rising Star’ among top colleges

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 1:03pm -- tim

In a new list from Forbes magazine of “Ten Top Colleges to Watch,” UVM ranks second among four schools in the top 200 that have consistently risen up the list since the rankings began in 2009. The university has moved up 230 positions, from 370th to 140th this year. A number of stand-out factors explain UVM’s rapid rise, according to Forbes, including a high graduation rate and a lower than expected rate of student borrowing -- the university, in fact, is in the top 6 percent of all 650 ranked schools in both of these categories.

Vermont PBS fined $15,000 by CPD over open meetings violation, but will not lose funding

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont PBS will not lose any funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as a result of its board failing to fulfill its open meeting obligations. However, the CPD, in a formal response released Thursday afternoon, did levy a fine of $15,000. As Vermont PBS said it expected, CPB did not impose any penalty affecting the station’s eligibility for federal grant programs or jeopardizing the approximately $1 million in grant funding the station receives from CPB each year.

Vermont again wins Best in Show at national cheese competition

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:57am -- tim

The Vermont Cheese Council (VCC), an organization dedicated to the production and advancement of Vermont Cheese, announced that Vermont took home its second consecutive Best in Show first place designation, along with 36 ribbons from 16 cheesemakers at the 31st annual American Cheese Society competition in Sacramento, Calif. earlier this evening.

New mental health funding for Burlington Community Health Center

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:49pm -- tim

The Community Health Center of Burlington will be awarded a $250,000 grant to expand their mental health services, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today. The Burlington center is one of 221 Federally Qualified Health Centers in 47 states that will receive a total of $55 million in funding for mental and behavioral health service expansion. This funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration comes from $11 billion in health center funding that Sanders helped to secure in the Affordable Care Act.

Historic Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor seeks new owner through foreclosure auction

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:36pm -- tim

The historic Juniper Hill Farm - Maxwell Evarts House (now known as Juniper Hill Inn) located in Windsor, Vermont, is set to be auctioned by the Thomas Hirchak Company in August. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, the grand 28-bedroom colonial revival was built in 1902 by Maxwell Evarts, a prominent New York attorney and a captain of American industry. US Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, among other prominent figures, artists and celebrities, have been entertained at the mansion.

First US patent issued to Vermonter on July 31, 1790

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:25pm -- tim

The first patent in the young United States was issued on this date, July 31, in 1790 to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a new method of making potash — useful in producing soap, fertilizer and glass, according to US Census Bureau. The Constitution recognized, for the first time in history, the intrinsic right of an inventor to profit from his invention. Hopkins' application was initially reviewed by Thomas Jefferson and approved by President Washington.

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