by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org Advocates of public banking, so far unsuccessful in their quest to get the Vermont Legislature to study the possibility of setting up a state-owned bank, have taken the task upon themselves. At a news conference Tuesday in the Cedar Creek Room of the Statehouse, Senator Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington, and others presented research commissioned by the group Vermonters for a New Economy.
by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org The state’s largest dental insurer told lawmakers Tuesday that it had been kept in the dark about recent changes to the rollout of Vermont Health Connect. Lawmakers, meanwhile, complained that the Shumlin administration had “sugarcoated” its updates on the state’s new health care exchange.
Sugarbush Resort began snowmaking this past Sunday in preparation for a planned opening day of Saturday, November 23rd.
Snowmaking crews commenced their work on Jester, the intermediate trail that runs from the top of the Lincoln Peak all the way to the base area. While temperatures remained low, crews continued making snow into the early part of the week, turning to include Coffee Run and Lower Downspout. The resort aims to open with top-to-bottom skiing via Jester, Downspout, Lower Downspout, Lower Jester and Coffee Run.
The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington was joined by Congressman Peter Welch and Comcast today as they hosted a special event to highlight the need to connect more families to the Internet and discuss efforts to bridge the digital divide in Vermont
TD Bank is the Northeast’s highest ranked bank in small business customer satisfaction according to the 2013 JD Power Small Business Banking Satisfaction Study. The study, in its eighth year, measures small business customer satisfaction with the overall banking experience by examining eight factors: product offerings, account manager, facility, account information, problem resolution, credit services, fees, and account activities.
RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc has announced the launch of Bank Better, a company-wide program to make banking simple, clear and personal for Citizens Bank and Charter One customers. Bank Better launches with a signature approach to overdrafts –- no overdraft fee for transactions of $5 or less – and several other significant updates to the bank’s offerings.
A new survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express shows that many small business owners will start their holiday promotions earlier and invest in promotion and sales on Small Business Saturday, November 30.
*70% say it will be helpful in attracting new customers
*18% will pay for advertising for Small Business Saturday on radio, TV or newspaper (9% in 2012)
DEW Construction Corp announced today that they have received two Awards of Merit from Engineering News-Record (ENR) for the University of Vermont Redstone Lofts Project. The awards were presented today at ENR's Best 2013 Projects Awards Gala in New York City.
The Redstone Lofts project received the awards in the category of Hospitality/Housing and Safety and competed against projects throughout New England. DEW was the construction manager for the project.
The award-winning yogurt producer Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy today announced the availability of YoYummy, the newest addition to its Green Mountain Creamery yogurt line. Developed with kids in mind, YoYummy is a natural, low fat yogurt packaged in an innovative, squeezable pouch! It is the first fresh yogurt in this convenient packaging, with live and active cultures, available in the U.S.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities has announced the first annual Jingle Bell Express train ride for children will depart the St. Albans Train Station on Saturday, November 30th at 1:00 pm. Making stops in Essex Junction at 1:45 and Burlington at 3:00, the Jingle Bell Express will feature Santa as a special guest and include storytelling and sing alongs led by his eager Elves.
Vermont Gas Systems has announced that the Public Service Board has approved VGS' plan to reduce rates 5.86 percent effective November 1, 2013. The rate decrease comes as a result of lower Canadian transmission costs. The reduction in the cost of natural gas will be passed on to residential and business customers, resulting in prices that are almost 44 percent less than fuel oil and 54 percent lower than propane, according to VGS. Vermont Gas is owned by Canada's Gaz Metro.
Mayor Miro Weinberger, Aviation Director Gene Richards, Allegiant Travel Company representative Micah Lillard, and other airport officials and stakeholders today, at a Burlington International Airport (BTV) news conference, announced that Allegiant Air will begin nonstop, low-cost jet service between Burlington and Orlando on February 19, 2014.
Could you use an unexpected $385 in cash? That’s the average claim amount paid by the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office last fiscal year to the 13,435 individuals who discovered they had unclaimed financial property. State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced today that there’s now more than $64 million in Vermont’s unclaimed property fund. She urged Vermonters to check and see if any of this money is theirs.
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org State agencies are unplugging telephone landlines in favor of more versatile cellphone plans. But in 2012, taxpayers paid for more than 5 million minutes of cellphone voice minutes that never got used, according to the latest performance report published by Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer.
Federal regulators arrived at the Brattleboro Retreat, the largest private psychiatric hospital in Vermont, on Monday. Representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be in Brattleboro for three days. They will review Retreat practices to determine whether staff are complying with an approved plan of correction.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont), who have pressed for the release of federal home heating aid funds as winter weather has descended on Vermont, welcomed the federal release Monday of $16.6 million in heating assistance to the state.
People's United Bank has announced that it is the top US Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 lender in New England, the top 7a lender in Vermont, and the top 504 lender in Maine. The SBA defines 7a as small business loans and 504 as real estate and equipment loans.
On Sunday, November 3, Okemo Mountain Resort deployed its snowmakers and engaged Mother Nature in the activation of Operation Snowburst. Twenty-four hours later, plumes of snow continue to billow from a variety of snowmaking guns via Okemo’s newly improved snowmaking system. Initial efforts are being waged along six trails, from the summit to the base of the mountain.
This Thursday, November 7, Bruegger’s Bagels in Burlington will host it annual Free Coffee Day to kick off the sale of Bottomless Mugs and raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Guests who stop by their local bakery can enjoy a free cup of coffee and donate spare change to help change a child’s life by contributing to Vermont Childen’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
AllEarth Renewables has announced the recent hiring of Carolyn Cooke as Director of Sales and Marketing. A seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of senior-level experience in consumer products, Cooke, of Colchester, brings to AllEarth Renewables experience in sales, marketing, and brand building.
Central Vermont Medical Center was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. CVMC was recognized by The Joint Commission in 2011 and again in 2012 for exemplary performance in using evidence based clinical processes that are shown to
Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day), the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE), and the School Nutrition Association of Vermont (SNA-VT) have developed a cookbook to help transform our nation’s school lunch experience. The partners are excited to announce the national release of New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks.
Six states – Alaska, California, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont – earned an "A" on the March of Dimes 2013 Premature Birth Report Card as their preterm birth rates met the March of Dimes 9.6 percent goal. The US preterm birth rate improved to the lowest rate in 15 years, but the change wasn't enough to earn it a better grade. The nation again earned a "C" on the Report Card.
No lift lines and nothing but open terrain is a ski buff’s fantasy, and this winter the Woodstock Inn & Resort is making that a reality for corporate groups with the launch of Mountain Mondays. Available January thru March 16, 2014, groups can now “own” the 100-acre Suicide Six Ski Mountain for their next company outing of up to 200 people.
Mountain lifestyle brand Rossignol will headline the 2013-14 skiing and snowboarding season as the Official Ski Partner of Ski Vermont. The brands will combine efforts to reach millions of winter enthusiasts and to introduce skiing to a new audience.
Avantas, a leading provider of strategic labor management technology, services and strategies for the healthcare industry, has announced that Fletcher Allen Health Care (Fletcher Allen), a leading healthcare system serving approximately 1 million patients in Vermont and northern New York, has selected its enhanced labor optimization services and scheduling tools to improve labor performance.
AmeriGas Propane, LP, America’s largest propane retailer, has agreed to pay $254,986 to Vermont consumers, $190,000 to LIHEAP -- the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program -- and $100,000 in civil penalties to the State of Vermont, to settle claims that the company violated Vermont consumer protection laws. The Attorney General found that for many Vermonters, AmeriGas delayed in removing propane storage tanks or issuing refund checks after consumers terminated propane service, and charged a fee for reading propane meters without proper disclosure.
US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin joined representatives of IBM, Sandia National Laboratories and the US Department of Energy to launch the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center on the IBM campus in Williston. The center will research ways to cut the cost of solar power and integrate solar energy into Vermont’s statewide smart grid.
Every year the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors discusses possible nominees for Person of the Year. They look for individuals who not only have achieved a level of success within their profession, but who continuously give back to the community, are actively involved, and who seek ways to better Brattleboro and the area.