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Ledyard National Bank contributes $1,500 to Upper Valley Housing Coalition

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 11:33am -- tim

Ledyard National Bank is pleased to announce that they have made a Leadership Partner Pledge in the amount of $1,500 to the Upper Valley Housing Coalition. Ledyard National Bank proudly supports the Upper Valley Housing Coalition’s mission to promote balanced communities that provide an adequate supply of housing for the region’s workforce.

DEW Construction applauded for Workplace Safety and Health efforts

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 11:32am -- tim

The Vermont Department of Labor’s Project WorkSAFE Program is pleased to announce that DEW Construction of Williston has met and successfully completed the requirements of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for the Jay Peak Ski Area Hotel Expansion Project.
DEW Construction and Project WorkSAFE, Vermont’s Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program, began working on the certification process more than four months ago.

Veto Message of Governor James Douglas Regarding S115, An Act Relating to Civil Marriage

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 11:22am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today returned without signature Senate bill S.115, An Act Relating to Civil Marriage.  The text of Governor Douglas’ veto message follows.
April 6, 2009
The Honorable David A. Gibson
Secretary of the Senate
State House
115 State Street, Drawer 33
Montpelier, VT   05633
Dear Mr Secretary:

Vermont federal judicial nominating process open to applicants

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 11:07am -- tim

The nine-member Judicial Nominating Commission named to recommend a slate of candidates to replace retiring U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha will accept applications for the upcoming vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont through May 4. Applicants should visit the Vermont Bar Association’s web site at to obtain a questionnaire and further instructions.  

GMP to build solar array in Berlin, largest in northern New England

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 12:38pm -- tim

Related Company: Green Mountain Power CorpReal Goods SolarGreen Mountain Power customers will be especially happy to see the sun shine in Berlin, Vermont, where the Company will build the largest solar array in Northern New England. At 200 kilowatts, the new array will be the largest project in Vermont when it is built this summer.

State makes new proposal to cut pay versus workers

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 8:51am -- tim

Vermont Administration Secretary Neale Lunderville on Friday sent state worker union leaders a counter offer to his original proposal to cut wages of the more than 8,000 state employees. Lunderville said on March 10, 2009, that in order to avoid 320 layoffs, the state and union would have to find $17 million in sustainable wage reductions. The union had essentially rejected that proposal and offered their own, which included furloughs and cuts in raises instead of cuts in current wages.

Municipal Law Basics publication to help local officials

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 7:07am -- tim

Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz today announced the publication of Municipal Law Basics, an easy-to-read handbook designed to help citizens better understand the basic laws that apply to Vermont’s municipalities. Markowitz said, “If you have ever wondered who oversees local government, or whether you are allowed to tape meetings of your selectboard, or whether citizens may petition the school board to change a policy, then Municipal Law Basics is a publication for you.”

“Would Be” millionaires recognized at State House during Financial Literacy for Youth Month

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 7:03am -- tim

Statewide student winners of a financial literacy poster contest will be recognized by State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding and Governor Jim Douglas on April 9, 2009, 11:30 a.m., State House, Montpelier, Cedar Creek Room. The theme of the national contest, sponsored by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, was “I’m going to be a millionaire because I …” The student winners and their parents will be at the State House event. Student winners will be announced in three grade divisions—elementary, middle school, and high school.

Vermonters to benefit from legislation on US Savings Bond records

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 6:55am -- tim

A Congressional Senate bill introduced late last week would enable the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office to try and return millions of dollars in matured unredeemed savings bonds to Vermonters. Senate Bill 827, the “Unclaimed Savings Bond Act of 2009,” would create a federal partnership with state unclaimed property programs across the country. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

Vermont Health Insurance Assistance Program awarded $227,000 grant

Fri, 04/03/2009 - 10:57am -- tim

Nearly $227,000 of new funding is being distributed to the Vermont State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to help Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont get more information about their health care choices.
The funds are part of the $35.8 million being distributed to the 54 SHIPs that provide Medicare beneficiaries with local, personalized assistance on a wide variety of Medicare and health insurance topics.

Governor Douglas will Host Summit on Pathways to Economic Stability

Fri, 04/03/2009 - 7:38am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas will host a Summit on Pathways to Economic Stability at the State House on Monday, April 6. Governor Douglas will be joined by legislators, business leaders, community advocates, and others to develop recommended priorities and create pathways to economic stability for all Vermonters.
As the challenges facing our state become more and more urgent, it is vital that we harness existing public initiatives, private partnerships, and our communities to address the root causes of poverty and identify both short- and long-term solutions.

CSWD proposes to increase solid waste fees

Fri, 04/03/2009 - 7:07am -- tim

Related Company: Chittenden Solid Waste DistrictAt its March 25, 2009 meeting, CSWD Board of Commissioners proposed an amendment to its Solid Waste Management Ordinance to increase the solid waste management fee from $17.61 to $22.06 effective July 1, 2009. The fee is charged on each ton of trash generated in Chittenden County that is landfilled. The proposal would also reduce the tipping fee for recyclables at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) from $20 per ton to $10 per ton.