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Berlin psychiatric hospital to be fully online by next month, lawmakers told

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:14pm -- tim

by Katie Jickling Vermont’s new psychiatric hospital is on track to be at full capacity by mid-August. The House Mental Health Oversight Committee heard testimony Tuesday from the Department of Mental Health and officials from several Vermont hospitals about staffing and patient capacity at the new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin.

Patricia M Sears named AARP Vermont State President

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm -- tim

Patricia M Sears has been appointed State President of AARP Vermont, a volunteer position working closely with both staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in Vermont. Her responsibilities include serving as primary volunteer spokesperson, chairing the AARP Vermont Executive Council, building networks and community partnerships and recruiting volunteers. Sears takes over the position held by Jim Leddy since 2008.  Leddy has accepted the position of Regional Volunteer Director with AARP working with state offices throughout the Northeast. 

Merchants Bancshares announces Q2 2014 results

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:22pm -- tim

Merchants Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ: MBVT), based in South Burlington, the parent company of Merchants Bank, has announced net income of $3.41 million and $6.82 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.54 and $1.07 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, respectively. This compares to net income of $4.03 million and $7.63 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.64 and $1.21 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively.

VEDA approves $17.8 million in financing to support $35 million in Vermont projects

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:08am -- tim

The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $17.8 million in commercial, agricultural, small business and energy development financing to support projects totaling almost $35 million throughout the state. Financing included projects for the renovation of Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington; machinery for Cabot Hosiery Mill of Northfield; snowmaking upgrade for Smugglers Notch Resort in Jeffersonville; renovation cost of the Edson Hill Manor in Stowe; expand distribution for CDL USA in St Albans; and energy financing for SolarSense in Bristol.

VEC issues 'peak alert, encourages members to conserve

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:54am -- tim

Vermont Electric Cooperative, based in Johnson, is encouraging its members to conserve energy on Wednesday, July 23 between the hours of 2 pm and 6 pm when demand for electricity is expected to spike as a result of weather conditions that are producing high temperatures in northern Vermont and throughout New England.

Here are a few tips to help limit energy use during this time:

• Turn off all unnecessary lights

• Delay use of major appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers

• Raise your thermostat or air conditioner by 3 degrees

Funding Available for Organizations in the NEK through the Northeast Kingdom Fund

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:20am -- tim

Funding is now available for organizations and projects in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia Counties through the Northeast Kingdom Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. The fund awards mini-grants ($500 - $1,000) and sustaining grants ($1,001 - $5,000) in support of projects that benefit the people and communities of the Northeast Kingdom. Nonprofits, schools, and smaller grassroots organizations are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through September 5, 2014.

Maple Landmark, Vermont Rolling Pins finalists for Martha Stewart award

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:23am -- tim

Two Vermont based companies are finalists for Martha Stewart's Third Annual American Made. You can see the full list of finalists here. The Vermont finalists are Maple Landmark Woodcraft of Middlebury and Vermont Rolling Pins of South Burlington. Both were chosen in the second round of finalists by editors at Martha Stewart Living Magazine.

Governor, anti-hunger advocates highlight summer meals programs for kids

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:05am -- tim

As more than 50 local children enjoyed a free lunch at the Waterbury Recreation Department, Governor Peter Shumlin and anti-hunger advocates applauded summer food programs, urged families whose children need nutritious meals in the summertime to participate, and reminded business and Vermonters of the opportunity to volunteer at meal sites.

AnC Bio begins environmental review process in the NEK

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:55pm -- tim

by Hilary Niles The proposed AnC Bio biomedical research park in Newport was under an environmental spotlight Monday evening. Health and safety concerns and traffic burdens dominated discussion at a two-hour public hearing convened by the District 7 Environmental Commission. Five Newport residents were given party status to the Act 250 deliberations — meaning they are granted the right to appeal the commission’s decision of whether to issue an environmental permit for the four-story, 84,000-square-foot facility.