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Governor initiates 'Park Prescription' program for what ails you

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:40am -- tim

Following doctor’s orders is about to get more fun thanks to a new initiative announced Wednesday by Governor Peter Shumlin. Under the new “Park Prescription” program, physicians around the state will prescribe to their patients time outdoors in Vermont State Parks as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic health issues. 

Vermont homes sales, prices up in April

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:31pm -- tim

After a slow start to the year, Vermont's housing market has strengthened and in April out-performed every other state in New England. Vermont was the only state with an increase in both sales and median price. For New England overall, year-over-year sales decreased by -2.5% according to the RE/MAX INTEGRA, New England April Monthly Housing Report. Pending sales were up 11.4% over April 2014 and up 19.5% over March 2015.

VHCB awards $3.08 million to conserve farmland, recreational access and forestland

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:58pm -- tim

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) announced grants today totaling $3,083,910 to protect 2,127 acres of agricultural land on 14 farms and a sugarbush and to conserve 641 acres of wooded and open land on three properties with recreational trails in the towns of Williston, Lyndon and West Windsor. The grants were made to the Vermont Land Trust, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, Kingdom Trails and The Trust for Public Lands. The funding commitments were made at the Board’s May meeting.

Vermont State Police holiday traffic safety enforcement results

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:17pm -- tim

The Vermont State Police participated in the national "Click It or Ticket it" campaign; as well as Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) over the Memorial holiday weekend from Friday May 22 until Monday May 25, 2015. Sadly, there were three (3) fatalities on Vermont roadways this past holiday weekend. There have been fourteen (14) total fatalities in Vermont this year to date. 42% of this year's fatalities have either been unbelted or improperly restrained.

Long-serving WCAX anchor Marselis Parsons dies at 70

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:39am -- tim

WCAX-TV announced today that Marselis "Div" Parsons died this morning. A WCAX report said: "It is with great sadness we report the passing of our friend and colleague Marselis Parsons. Marselis died Wednesday morning of cancer. He was 70. Marselis thanked his loyal following six years ago when he retired from WCAX News. 'We have been a guest. I have been a guest in their homes for 25 years. It has been an honor,' Marselis said in his last newscast. The former news director, reporter and anchor told stories here for 43 years.

Vermont unemployment rate drops two-tenths to 3.6 percent in April

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bolstered by a strong increase in the number of workers against a steep drop in the number of unemployed, the Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for April was 3.6 percent. This represents a decrease of two-tenths of a percentage point from the revised March rate (3.8 percent). The national average in April was 5.4 percent, which experienced a decrease of one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month’s estimate.

Solar impresario Duane Peterson to receive VBSR’s Terry Ehrich Award

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:34am -- tim

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced today that Duane Peterson, founder and co-president of SunCommon, as the 2015 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. Named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding member of VBSR, the award is given to a VBSR member who best exemplifies Ehrich’s commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy, and community.

Ski Vermont's Check in to Win Vertical Challenge champ logs 2 million, not done yet

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:18am -- tim

Ski Vermont is excited to announce the winner of this season’s Vertical Challenge, the second competition stemming from Ski Vermont’s Check In to Win program. Rob Weiss from Albany, New York logged almost two million vertical feet snowboarding at Killington Resort in an impressive 85 days on the hill this season.

Bernie Sanders launches presidential campaign in Burlington

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:34pm -- tim

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Tuesday launched his campaign in Burlington for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. In a speech this evening, Sanders will laid out the serious challenges facing the country and detail an “Agenda for America” calling for specific proposals to provide bold solutions.

In remarks prepared for delivery at the outdoor event on the shore of Lake Champlain, Sanders said (CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO WATCH ON CSPAN):

Vermont Youth exposed to tobacco products, marketing in their communities

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:11pm -- tim

According to a new statewide assessment, tobacco marketing remains prevalent and visible to Vermont youth. One in four stores selling tobacco products place the advertisements at eye-level for a child.

Youth and adult volunteers conducted the assessment of 767 of the approximately 1,000 tobacco retail stores in communities statewide during October through December 2014 as part of the CounterBalance campaign to help end tobacco’s influence on Vermont’s youth.

Bernie Sanders for President gets own teddy bear

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:57pm -- tim

Bernie Bear officially enters the Presidential arena after formally announcing his campaign in Burlington, Vermont Tuesday at 5 pm. Drawing a non-politically charged parallel between the Bear and Senator Sanders, Vermont Teddy Bear refers to the Bear as "ready to hit the campaign trail" and "a passionate, blunt speaker." The look-a-like Bear has unruly white hair, glasses and arrives wearing a suit, tie, white shirt and campaign pin.

UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences receives $250,000 gift for endowed fellowship

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:20am -- tim

Sally Hergenrader of Longboat Key, Fla., a member of the University of Vermont Class of 1955, has made a $250,000 pledge to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) in celebration of her 60th reunion year. The gift will be used to establish the Sally Jensen Hergenrader Endowed Fellowship in Advanced Practice Education in Primary Care Nursing.