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Stratton Mountain Resort opens for business

Tue, 12/08/2009 - 11:40am -- tim

At 8:45 this morning, after weeks of finger crossing, weather watching and speculation, the lifts at Stratton Mountain Resort spun for the very first time this season. The first skiers took their seats and were seen winding their way down Upper Mountain trails minutes later.
“It’s awesome,” said Nick Einstein, a snowboarder from Harrisonburg, Va. “I’m really excited the mountain is open and pumped to be riding here.”

Saint Michael's invests $750,000 to upgrades arts center, will save $68,000 a year

Tue, 12/08/2009 - 11:32am -- tim

The McCarthy Arts Center, home of Saint Michael's College theater productions, student and professional concerts, the Saint Michael’s Playhouse, hundreds of lectures, meetings, concerts, rehearsals, courses, and more, has been turned into an energy efficient building worthy of scrutiny by the Vermont’s heating and cooling engineering professionals.

New Chittenden Bank building in Middlebury receives LEED certification

Tue, 12/08/2009 - 11:29am -- tim

At a recent Addison County Chamber of Commerce mixer, Bread Loaf Corporation presented Darcy Tarte, Financial Services Manager for Chittenden’s newest branch in Middlebury, with a plaque acknowledging the project’s recent LEED Certification.  The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® was developed and is supported by the United States Green Building Council and is an international standard for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals.

Green Mountain Coffee apparently wins war for Diedrich Coffee for $290 million

Tue, 12/08/2009 - 11:21am -- tim

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) (“GMCR”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Diedrich Coffee, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDRX) (“Diedrich”) for $35 per share in cash pursuant to a cash tender offer, in a transaction with a total value of approximately $290 million.

Vermont has largest increase in school breakfast program in nation

Mon, 12/07/2009 - 10:50am -- tim

On an average school day, almost 15,000 low-income Vermont school children eat a free school breakfast, according to the School Breakfast Scorecard 2009, an annual report issued by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). This is a 15.5% increase over the previous school year – the largest percent increase in the nation – and moves Vermont from 9th to 3rd in the nation for participation. This is likely the result of both increased need and a bill passed in 2008 by the Vermont State Legislature that allows all low-income students to access free school breakfast.

Governor's deputy chief of staff and PR chief Casey to leave for RGA

Mon, 12/07/2009 - 7:34am -- tim

Long-time Douglas staffer, Dennise Casey will leave the Governor’s office at the end of the year to take a senior position at the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Governor Douglas announced today.
“This is a bittersweet announcement,” said Governor Douglas.  “Dennise has been an important part of my team since 2002 and she will be missed.  However, I am thrilled that Dennise will continue her good work at the RGA as we gear up for an exciting 2010 election.  Her intelligence and energy will be a real asset to the organization.”

Mount Snow opens with skiing/riding for all ability levels

Mon, 12/07/2009 - 7:31am -- tim

Mount Snow kicked off the 09-10 winter season by opening with top to bottom trails on two of its mountain faces. At 9am this morning the Grand Summit Express, Canyon Express and Discovery Shuttle lifts offered terrain on the main face of the mountain for a group of guests eager to carve their first turns of the season. Meanwhile at Carinthia the Nitro Express spun into action as a horde of park riders raced to be the first to put board to steel in the Nitro terrain park. In total there was over 70 acres of skiing and riding on four trails with ten terrain park features.

Vermont receives $497,000 to control invasive species, fund 'park interpreter' program

Mon, 12/07/2009 - 7:08am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today announced that the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation was awarded nearly a half-million dollars of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the U.S. Forest Service to control invasive insects and plants and provide conservation education programs in state parks and recreation areas within the Green Mountain National Forest.

Moody's upgrades CVPS bond rating

Fri, 12/04/2009 - 8:10am -- tim

Moody’s Investor Service has assigned investment grade issuer and debt ratings for Central Vermont Public Service. CVPS calls this an important step as the company prepares for Vermont’s energy future.  The company has been focused on improving its credit matrices and ratings, which have been rated at below investment grade by Standard and Poor’s for several years, so these ratings signal an improved view of the company on Wall Street. The action affects approximately $177 million in securities.

Vermont firm offers alternative to x-ray

Fri, 12/04/2009 - 7:31am -- tim

Radiology Today, a leading trade publication for interventional radiologists, has published an article in its November 30, 2009, issue highlighting the inherent danger of using radiation-emitting devices for anatomical visualization and navigation. Ascension Technology of Burlington, Vermont, is cited as offering a magnetic imaging alternative.
The article "Alternative Guidance Systems Minimize X-Ray Exposure", by Pulitzer-prize winning writer, Steve Wagner, warns physicians that radiation can have long-term implications, such as blood-borne cancers and cataracts.

University of Vermont study: species down, disease up

Fri, 12/04/2009 - 7:23am -- tim

The extinction of plant and animal species can be likened to emptying a museum of its collection, or dumping a cabinet full of potential medicines into the trash, or replacing every local cuisine with hamburgers. But the decline of species and their habitats may not just make the world boring. New research now suggests it may also put you at greater risk for catching some nasty disease, according to a University of Vermont-led article appearing in the journal BioScience.