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New position open on VEC’s board of directors

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:24am -- tim

A new position has become available on Vermont Electric Cooperative’s (VEC) Board of Directors. The position represents the towns of Alburgh, Grand Isle, Isle La Motte, North Hero, and South Hero. Members who are interested in running for this position, which will open in May of 2015, should contact VEC at 802.730.1172 to request director candidate materials.

Frozen water pipes affecting communities and homes

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:14am -- tim

With a growing number of communities having experienced water main breaks over the past week and other communities reporting frozen underground water pipes affecting a number of individual customers, Vermont state agencies are ready to provide assistance to communities that may need resources, Governor Peter Shumlin and Public Safety officials have announced.

Vermont F&W news: Youth turkey hunting, expands Southern Vermont WMA, conservation camp applications

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 3:56am -- tim

In an effort to promote youth hunting in Vermont, youth hunters are encouraged to sign up for the Third Annual Governor's Youth Turkey Hunt this spring. The young hunters will be treated to a luncheon on Sunday, April 19, at the Waterbury Fish & Game Club, where they will take part in a discussion on the importance of the hunting tradition in Vermont. 

Hergenrother: Well-intentioned policy will hurt small businesses

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:49pm -- tim

by Adam Hergenrother Vermont has historically been considered an excellent place for entrepreneurs to start a business. As recently as the summer of 2013, Vermont was named the second most entrepreneurial state in the nation by CNN Money. While we may be a very entrepreneurial state, we fall far short of being a business-friendly one. 

AHS grant recipients face $10.9 million cut

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:07pm -- tim

by Elizabeth Hewitt Nearly two dozen advocates sounded off to House lawmakers about underfunding for programs and services in the Shumlin administration’s proposed budget on Tuesday. One by one, advocates from an array of backgrounds around Vermont, voiced concern to members of the House Appropriations Committee about levels of funding for housing, heating and health programs, many of which are run by community-based organizations and funded by grants from the state.

Shumlin, Donovan collaborate on Driver Restoration Day pilot program

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:41am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin and Chittenden County State’s Attorney TJ Donovan announced on Wednesday a pilot Driver Restoration Day to be held in Burlington on March 20 to help Vermonters in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Washington counties who have had their licenses suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets get their driving privileges reinstated. The effort is aimed at ensuring lower-income Vermonters are not forced to make choices between paying for overdue tickets or daily necessities and increasing public safety. 

Essex Junction, Jericho, and Underhill develop flood resilience elements for their Town Plans

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:32am -- tim

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) assisted Essex Junction, Jericho, and Underhill in developing flood resiliency language for their town plans. This work operates under the State’s 604 B water quality program and a resultant Department of Environmental Conservation grant in the amount of $3,636 to the Lamoille County Planning Commission. The CCRPC operated as the subcontractor for this project.

Sanders applauds Obama's veto of Keystone XL pipeline bill

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:41pm -- tim

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), a member of the Senate energy and environment committees, issued the following statement today after President Barack Obama vetoed a bill to allow construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

“I applaud the president for vetoing the Keystone pipeline bill. This veto tells the world that our nation takes seriously the planetary crisis of global warming and that we will not support legislation that would let a Canadian oil company ship some of the dirtiest oil on the planet across the United States.

Home sales, prices down in January

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:45pm -- tim

Vermont home sellers had a rough month in January, as total sales were down, and, even worse, median prices were also well off from a year ago, according to RE/MAX of New England. The one bit of good news is that pending sales are well ahead, suggesting that February could reveal much better results.

Barre free clinic to expand oral health services

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:08am -- tim

The People’s Health & Wellness Clinic of Barre is expanding the availability of free oral health check-ups for low-income residents of central Vermont, thanks to a major gift from the Central Vermont Medical Center, a member of The University of Vermont Health Network. Since last November, the free clinic has offered dental hygiene services to its patients one day a week. A $10,000 donation from the hospital will enable the clinic’s dental hygienist to work additional hours and see patients on a second weekday.

Ledyard Financial Group reports record earnings for 2014

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:36pm -- tim

Ledyard Financial Group, Inc, the holding company for Ledyard National Bank, with branches in Vermont and New Hampshire, today reported record earnings for 2014. Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, was $973,793 or $0.96 per share compared to $684,277 or $0.68 per share for the same period in 2013, an increase of $289,515 or 42 percent. Net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, was $3,969,286 or $3.90 per share compared to $3,008,608 or $2.98 per share for the same period in 2013, an increase of $960,678 or 32 percent.