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State Warns of Telemarketing Scheme Targeted to Vermont State Employees’ Health Plan Members

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:41pm -- katie

The Vermont Department of Human Resources (DHR) today is initiating warnings to members of the State Employees’ Health Plan about a telemarketing practice promoting compound prescription drugs that can cost thousands of dollars.  The telemarketing calls, apparently similar to those received by consumers in neighboring states, market a compounded pain gel or cream.  The caller asks whether the consumer is in pain, requests the consumer’s personal information, and then contacts the consumer’s doctor directly to request the medication be prescribed.   The prescrip

Mayor Miro Weinberger appoints Burlington's first Chief Innovation Officer

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:22pm -- katie

Mayor Miro Weinberger announced on May 14, 2015 the appointment of Beth Anderson as the City’s first-ever Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) to lead the newly-created Innovation & Technology Department.  As CIO, Anderson will be responsible for managing the City’s information technology (IT) operations, as well as coordinating data-driven innovation and using performance metrics to facilitate the City’s continuous improvement efforts.  The Mayor has asked the City Council to approve the appointment at its May 18, 2015 meeting. 

Ski Vermont offers active and relaxing summer vacations

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:06am -- katie

Ski Vermont resorts don’t hibernate over the summer. Expect even more active summer options in 2015 as new ziplines, lodges and mountain bike options open for the first time. Whether seeking adventurous thrills, a family get-away, or a gorgeous game of golf, Vermont ski and snowboard resorts have something for everyone in spring, summer, and fall.

SunCommon celebrates innovative solar partnership with Northeast Kingdom

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 5:08am -- tim

Celebrating St Johnsbury’s commitment to innovation, SunCommon announced its arrival in the Northeast Kingdom on Tuesday by bringing clean, affordable and accessible solar energy options to local residents. Business leaders, local officials, SunCommon staff, and friends gathered at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, which enjoys a 24 percent share of a SunCommon Community Solar Array. SunCommon's Jericho Community Solar Array is a 150 KW array serving the Fairbanks Museum and over two dozen Vermont households.

PSB puts eminent domain cases on hold as it decides Vermont Gas pipeline case

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:33am -- tim

The Vermont Public Service Board, which is the state's utility regulator, opened and then suspended two requests from Vermont Gas Systems to allow it to take private land in order to complete its Addison County gas pipeline extension. The orders are dated April 29 and are copied below. The PSB states that it will not rule on the eminent domain requests until it has ruled on the larger question of whether to reopen the VGS case. VGS serves Franklin and Chittenden Counties and has already started construction on the Addison pipeline.

Environmental firms merge into ENPRO

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:51am -- tim

Two companies with Vermont offices have merged. ENPRO, with an office in Burlington and TMC, with an office in South Burlington, have merged to form the premier environmental services firm in the Northeast. TMC Environmental dba TMC Services, Inc of Franklin, MA (TMC) and ENPRO Services, Inc. of Salisbury, MA and its related entities, ENPRO Services of Vermont, Inc., ENPRO Services of Maine, Inc. and Terralink Software Services, Inc. (ENPRO) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which a newly formed parent company, ENPRO Holdings Group, Inc.

Burn permit ban lifted for all of Vermont except Windham and Bennington counties

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:37am -- tim

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation rescinded the statewide order directing the Town Forest Fire Wardens to cease issuing open burning permits for all Vermont counties except Bennington and Windham. This order was issued at 3:00 pm on May 5, 2015. Widespread soaking rain over the last 2 days and progress in leaf-out and greening of the State’s vegetation has reduced the fire danger concerns to levels low enough to warrant the removal of this order for much of the state.

Hazardous container shuts down recycling facility

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:04am -- tim

According to the Chittenden Solid Waste District, here's what happened when someone tossed a small container of household hazardous waste into their recycling bin. One container of household hazardous waste shut down CSWD's recycling facility for a day in late April and sent several people to the hospital. UPDATE: The substance was bear repellant, according to Vermont Emergency Management.

Leahy nears victory on ending NSA's vast domestic surveillance

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:47pm -- tim

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) issued the following comment Wednesday after the House overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan, bicameral USA FREEDOM Act to end the NSA’s dragnet surveillance of Americans’ phone records. Leahy is the lead Democratic coauthor of the legislation in the Senate, which he recently introduced with Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah). The White House