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Surprisingly few ‘busy bees’ make global crops grow

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:50am -- tim

by Basil DN Waugh UVM A major international study finds that surprisingly few bee species are responsible for pollinating the world’s crops. The paper, published in Nature Communications, suggests that only two percent of wild bee species pollinate 80 percent of bee-pollinated crops worldwide. The study is one of the largest on bee pollination to date.

DEMHS asks FEMA for damage assessment

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:37am -- tim

Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) Director Joe Flynn has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a preliminary damage assessment (PDA) in Vermont counties impacted by severe storms on June 9th. The state is asking for the assessment to determine if the state qualifies for federal public assistance to help cover the costs of cleanup and repairs from the storm.

Vermont’s moose hunt auction is open

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:07am -- tim

Vermont’s lottery for moose hunting permits closed June 17, but there’s one more opportunity to get a permit for this fall’s moose hunt. Vermont’s auction for five moose hunting permits is open until 4:30 p.m. August 13. Bids will be opened and winners notified on August 14. Auction winners will hunt in one of several wildlife management units (WMUs) open to moose hunting and choose to hunt during the October 1-7 archery season, or in the October 17-22 regular season. 

Gadd Brook Slopeside at Sugarbush Resort breaks ground

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:10pm -- tim

Sugarbush Resort’s Gadd Brook Slopeside development project, sixteen ski-in/ski-out condominiums at the base of Lincoln Peak, began construction last week. The resort received the necessary permits required for the project in May (Town of Warren) and mid-June (Act 250). A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, June 19th to celebrate the project’s inception.

Shumlin announces AmeriCorps funding to aid Vermont's clean water efforts

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:58pm -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, and SerVermont today announced $380,000 in AmeriCorps funding dedicated to a new AmeriCorps State program that will create service positions for recent college graduates focused on supporting clean water in Vermont. The funding will give a significant boost to the State’s clean water efforts just one week after the Governor signed into law comprehensive legislation to clean up Lake Champlain and other Vermont waterways.

Vermont rated one of most expensive places to retire

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:43pm -- tim

When it comes to holding onto your money after retirement, a national study suggests Vermont would be one of the worst places to live. Americans who want to hold onto their wealth should consider moving to New Hampshire and avoid settling down in New York, according to a new GOBankingRates study. With nearly a third of Americans reported to have no retirement savings, GOBankingRates identified the best and worst states to preserve wealth as a retiree, based on several regional factors that impact older Americans' finances most: taxes, living expenses and health care.

Q&A: Don Rendall, CEO, Vermont Gas

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 9:39am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine As the Public Service Board considers whether to re-open the case for Vermont Gas Systems' Addison County pipeline project, Vermont Business Magazine is re-publishing an interview it conducted with Vermont Gas CEO Don Rendall, which ran in the June issue of the magazine. The PSB technical hearings are scheduled to conclude today and a decision is expected later this summer.

Okemo getting fired up for next winter

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:40am -- tim

Okemo Mountain Resort is preparing for the winter season with more improvements. In addition to a second bubble chair at Jackson Gore, Okemo is installing a new chairlift and creating a new trail at South Face Village, and adding snowmaking to two trails at Jackson Gore. Skiers and snowboarders visiting Okemo Mountain Resort this winter will view the snowy landscape through the bright orange tint of a retractable, transparent dome when they ride in the comfort of another new, high-speed bubble chairlift named Quantum Four.

Woodchuck Hard Cider launches first US advertising campaign

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:41am -- tim

Vermont Hard Cider Company has launched its first advertising campaign for Woodchuck Cider. "Why Woodchuck," showcases Woodchuck's unique position as America's original hard cider, crafted at an authentic cidery, unlike many of the recent competitors who have entered the US marketplace. The campaign, developed in partnership with creative agency Smartfish Group, includes digital video with two spots launching simultaneously, "Promise" and "Time Travel". 

Magic Hat introduces new way to IPA with Electric Peel

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:38am -- tim

Magic Hat Brewing Company, based in South Burlington, Vermont, recently released Electric Peel – a new, year-round grapefruit IPA bursting with bold citrus hop flavors. This new IPA is designed to send shocks of citrus hop flavors through a medium malt body amplified by grapefruit peel. The result is a delightfully hoppy ale with a bittersweet finish, boasting a whopping ABV of 6.0 percent and 65 IBUs.