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McClaughry: Reality check for the 'Do-Everything' state

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 4:59am -- tim

by John McClaughry The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are struggling valiantly to report a balanced General Fund budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The presently estimated shortfall is about $130 million, 8 percent of the proposed General Fund budget. This is a result of the chronic tendency of Legislatures to find ever more things to spend money on, and state revenues currently coming in well under the projections of funds available.

Fletcher Free Library in Burlington one of 19 public libraries to host Smithsonian 'Human Origins' exhibit

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 4:38am -- tim

 Mayor Miro Weinberger, Library Director Rubi Simon, and community partners have announced that the City of Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library (FFL) has been selected through a nationwide competitive process as one of 19 US public libraries to host “Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?,” a traveling exhibition developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The exhibition will be hosted at FFL from February 18, 2017 – March 17, 2017.

FairPoint expands executive staff for high-speed data development

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 5:50am -- tim

FairPoint Communications, Inc, Vermont's largest telecom provider, today announced it has added a senior leadership position designed to work with economic and community development leaders across northern New England. Karen A Mead, a 30-year telecom industry veteran, will assume the newly created role of Senior Vice President, External Relations and Community High-Speed Internet Development.

Vermont Public Service Department surveying 'clean energy' industry, due March 25

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 4:02am -- tim

The Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) is developing its 2nd annual edition of the Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report.  As part of the Report, the Department, through its Clean Energy Development Fund, wishes to again SURVEY the state's clean energy businesses. VMEC has been asked to assist in reaching out and spreading the word about this clean energy business sector opportunity. The Public Service Department has engaged BW Research Partnership, an independent research firm, to conduct this time sensitive survey.

Sterling College receives Gold Rating for sustainability achievements

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 3:56am -- tim

Sterling College has earned a STARS Gold Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. This is Sterling College’s first time participating in STARS. The College’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website:

ACEDC approves financing for 3 Addison County businesses to create 23 jobs

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:59am -- tim

The Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) has recently approved financing that will allow 3 businesses to expand and create at least 23 new jobs in Addison County. Middlebury-based Full Sun Company and Good Point Recycling as well as Bristol-based VT Farm Table have all received loans through ACEDC’s revolving loan funds.

2014 Vermont Public Places Awards winning entries announced

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 9:57am -- tim

The Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Vermont Planning Associations, the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vermont Section and the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Council jointly announce the winning submittals to the 2014 Vermont Public Places Awards.  This is an awards program organized to honor Vermont’s public places.  Together these groups initiated the Vermont Public Places Awards to recognize special public spaces, the corridors that connect them, or networks of public spaces whi

Hannaford donates 426 cases of food to Vermont Foodbank

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:22am -- tim

Hannaford Supermarkets today donated approximately $5,000 in food to the Vermont Foodbank as part of a hunger-relief campaign that produced more than $1 million in product and cash donations across five Northeast states, including $107,000 in Vermont.

Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger took place in December and included a you-buy-one, we-give-one component; Hannaford pledged to donate identical products when customers purchased specific shelf-stable items. The food donated Thursday included 109 cases of pasta, 88 cases of sauce, 146 cases of vegetables and 83 cases of cereal.

Vermont to face gap of at least $48.8 million in FY17 and FY18

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:58am -- tim

by Elizabeth Hewitt Even after Vermont lawmakers find a way to mend the 2016 budget, there’s more bad news ahead. Vermont will have to find at least $48.8 million to solve funding gaps in FY 2017 and FY 2018, according to projections from the Joint Fiscal Office. As it stands, Vermont lawmakers are facing down a budget gap of at least $112 million in the current fiscal year.

NRC, Entergy oppose the state's request for a hearing on the change to Vermont Yankee's emergency plan

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy filed responses today with the US Atomic Safety and Licensing Board opposing the State of Vermont's request for a hearing. The state opposes the NRC's decision to alter the existing Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant emergency warning system. Entergy is the owner of the Vernon plant and as owner has been responsible for the warning system.

Pesticide company to pay $70,000 penalty

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 1:45pm -- tim

Cary Buck and his AAA Accredited Pest Control company will pay a $70,000.00 penalty to the State of Vermont and has permanently surrendered his pesticide license, according to Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Buck’s license was suspended in 2013 following an enforcement investigation by the Agency of Agriculture and the Office of the Attorney General. Buck, of North Clarendon, Vermont, used pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, which is not approved as an indoor surface spray, in treating homes for bed bug infestations, and used approved pesticides at excessive rates.

Hinda Miller given Lifetime Achievement Award in Scotland

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 1:40pm -- tim

Vermont’s own Hinda Miller received a Lifetime Achievement Award last night in Glasgow, Scotland, at the Sports Business Innovation Awards 2015, for invention of the “Jogbra,” a sports bra for women she co-invented in 1977. The Sports Business Innovation Awards highlight innovation and achievement in sports related businesses in Scotland.