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VSECU receives national award

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:34am -- tim

VSECU, a credit union for everybody in Vermont, was recently recognized and received the prestigious 2014 Community Credit Union of the Year Award from the Credit Union National Association. VSECU, based in Montpelier, was one of four credit unions, among the 2,200 community credit unions serving members in the nation, honored during an awards presentation held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Governor Shumlin, emergency officials ask FEMA for damage assessment

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:12am -- tim

At the request of Governor Peter Shumlin, officials with the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a preliminary damage assessment (PDA) in Vermont counties impacted by last week’s severe winter storm. The state is asking for the assessment in an effort to qualify for federal public assistance to help cover the cost of cleanup and recovery from the storm.

Seventh year for “Blue Socks for Kids” collaboration distributes children’s socks

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:55am -- tim

Thousands of Vermont youngsters in need will be able to enjoy warm, high-quality socks again this winter, the seventh year that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Cabot Hosiery Mills/Darn Tough Vermont, and the state’s community action agencies and homeless shelters have joined forces to improve the health and comfort of Vermont children.

UVM Medical Center again in top ranks nationally

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:13am -- tim

The University of Vermont Medical Center is again being counted as a top performer among leading academic medical centers in the 2014 University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality and Accountability Study, nationally recognized as the most important analysis of its kind. UHC is an alliance of nearly all of the academic medical centers in the United States.

Excellent results in infection prevention, low rates of complications and readmissions, and overall efficiency of care contributed to the high ranking.

Emails show Shumlin administration down to the wire on single-payer financing

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 5:05am -- tim

by Morgan True Governor Peter Shumlin and his team say they will release their single-payer financing plan by December 30, but as of last week, the Department of Health Reform was still running numbers. The Shumlin administration continues to explore different economic scenarios, examining the results, and if they’re unsatisfactory, the state will tweak the inputs and start again. State officials are using the Gruber Microsimulation Model.

People's United Community Foundation awards $5,000 to Life Bridge

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:41am -- tim

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $5,000 to Life Bridge, Inc. Life Bridge, Inc, was started in 2004 as a teen mentoring organization. Together with full-time staff and numerous volunteers, their goal is to facilitate one-to-one mentoring relationships between students and healthy adults resulting in positive life changes.

GMP completes storm restoration

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:34pm -- tim

GMP has restored power to nearly all its customers following one of the most difficult and lingering storms in its history. By Tuesday morning, GMP had restored power to more than 130,000 customers from last week’s storm, which continues to cause small outages across the state. GMP, Vermont Electric Cooperative and Washington Electric Cooperative were down to just over 400 combined outages. GMP crews numbered over 1,000 strong at the peak and worked round the clock and through the weekend restoring power, clearing trees and making repairs to infrastructure.

National Life Group switches on newly built 500 kw solar power arrays

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:07pm -- tim

Electricity began flowing this afternoon from National Life Group’s newly built solar energy project. The 500 kilowatt project is made up of more than 2,000 panels arrayed on about 4 acres just south of the company’s Montpelier headquarters. The electricity will feed into the regional power grid. Combined with a 73 kilowatt solar project built in 2008, National Life Group will generate more than 15 percent of its own electricity demand.

Vermont PBS names Holly Groschner new president & CEO

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:36pm -- tim

Vermont PBS Board Chair Rob Hofmann announced Monday the appointment of Holly Groschner as president and CEO for Vermont’s statewide PBS affiliate. The Corinth, Vermont, resident expects to take the reins of the public media organization in mid-February. In her new position, Groschner will draw upon a wealth of experience in the communications industry, having most recently served as General Counsel for the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. There, she worked with staff and state legislators to improve public access to broadband and cell phone services across the state.