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GMP grants worth upwards of $160,000 available for solar development at non-profits

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:29am -- tim

Green Mountain Power is looking to help eight non-profit groups capture the sun to lower their energy costs and generate more clean, renewable energy for Vermont. Green Mountain Power today announced that it is once again sponsoring a program to help eight non-profits construct solar arrays. The Vermont Public Service Board approved a GMP proposal to award eight matching grants of up to $20,000 each to non-profit groups all across Vermont, and GMP is encouraging organizations to apply.

FirstLight Fiber completes acquisition of G4 Communications' assets

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:20am -- tim

FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating fiber optic networks in Upstate New York and Northern New England with connectivity to Canada, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of New Hampshire-based G4 Communications, including G4's customer base and data center located at 77 Sundial in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Vermont Care Partners formed to strengthen Vermont's mental health system

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 8:36am -- tim

Two leading statewide associations representing Vermont’s Designated and Specialized Service Agencies have formed a partnership to better serve Vermonters affected by developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and substance use disorders. The Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services and the Vermont Care Network (formerly Behavioral Health Network of Vermont) have come together under the partnership of Vermont Care Partners to provide statewide leadership for an integrated, high quality system of comprehensive services and supports.

Federal law raises questions about who can bid on IT projects supported by health Exchange

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:50am -- tim

by Morgan True vtdigger.org A provision of the Affordable Care Act precluding health insurers or companies in the “same controlled group of corporations” as a health insurer from holding exchange contracts raises questions about Optum working on Vermont Health Connect. Concerns regarding Optum were raised at the federal level by Senators Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking members of the Finance and Judiciary committees respectively.

Consumer alert: Water service line insurance

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:45am -- tim

The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office are aware of a mailing that has been distributed to homeowners in Vermont offering an insurance-type product that covers water service line protection for their property.  The product is in the form of a service contract that pays for certain claims in the event outside water and sewer lines that service a home are damaged. All companies that sell or issue service contracts to Vermonters, or cover property located in Vermont, are required to register with DFR.

Governor Shumlin appoints Duke Eaton to Vermont Supreme Court

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:57pm -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin announced Monday that he will appoint Judge Harold “Duke” Eaton, Jr, to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court. Eaton fills the seat left open by Justice Geoffrey Crawford’s appointment to the federal district court. He is the first Vermont Law School graduate to sit on the Vermont Supreme Court. Judge Eaton has served as a trial court judge since 2004, when he was appointed by former Governor Jim Douglas.

Vermont issues Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee thermal discharge permit

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:46pm -- tim

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) on Monday issued the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) thermal discharge permit for Vermont Yankee in Vernon, ensuring that water quality and fisheries in the Connecticut River are protected as the company enters its final phase of operation. ANR, acting on Vermont Yankee’s September 30, 2005 application, permitted Vermont Yankee’s thermal discharge through December 31, 2015.

Vermont AG to hold public meetings to introduce GMO food labeling rules

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:58am -- tim

Attorney General William Sorrell will hold three public meetings this month to introduce the draft rules to implement Act 120, the law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering (GMO). The meetings will be held the week of October 20, 2014 in Burlington, Montpelier, and Brattleboro. 

Lake Sunapee Bank parent releases earnings for Q3 2014

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:48am -- tim

New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ: NHTB), the holding company for Lake Sunapee Bank, fsb, with 16 offices in Vermont, has reported consolidated net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 of $7.2 million, or $0.85 diluted earnings per common share, compared to $6.4 million, or $0.87 diluted earnings per common share, for same period in 2013, an increase of $770 thousand, or 12%.

AutoSaver Group matching donations up to $25,000 for ‘Drive for the Cure’ campaign

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 11:43am -- tim

The AutoSaver Group will help drive awareness for the American Cancer Society to benefit the organization’s Making Strides Campaign for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by matching donations made in the month of October up to $25,000. At the end of the month, AutoSaver Group partners – Ronney Lyster and Abel Toll – will match the donations with a goal for total donations to equal or exceed $50,000.

UVM breaks ground for $11.2 million Alumni House project

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 4:39am -- tim

A long-awaited gathering place for University of Vermont graduates is another step closer to reality after a groundbreaking ceremony for the Alumni House on Saturday morning. The university’s first Alumni House, located at 61 Summit Street, will open in the fall of 2015 after undergoing extensive renovations, including an added pavilion to be used for university and community events.

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