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Vermonters need not fear state prosecution for simple possession of hemp oil products

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 5:54am -- tim

Recently, the Attorney General’s Office was contacted by parents concerned about the legality, under state law, of their receipt and/or possession of a specific cannabis oil product used to treat children with seizure disorders and other medical conditions. The cannabis oil product at issue is made from cannabis which is high in cannabidiol (CBD) but low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and referred to generically as “CBD oil.”

RFP: IT network and systems upgrade opportunity for nonprofits

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:59am -- tim

As part of its Essential Goods Program, ReSOURCE is offering fellow local nonprofit agencies the opportunity to upgrade their computer network and operating systems. This initiative was set up to distribute computer server systems, installation, and support to local nonprofit agencies, who may have limited computer infrastructure.

Applications being accepted for program to streamline the redevelopment of brownfields

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:19am -- tim

The Brownfield Economic Revitalization Alliance (BERA), a partnership of the Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Commerce & Community Development and Agency of Transportation, is now accepting applications from developers and municipalities to participate in an innovative program intended to bring unused or underutilized brownfields back into economic productivity.  Brownfields are defined as property where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or threatened release of a hazardous material.  Selected sites will receive priority funding from the state,

Chittenden County Sheriff reports phone scam

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:42pm -- tim

The Chittenden County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Vermont State Police, is investigating a phone scam in which callers falsely identify themselves as Deputy Sheriffs or employees of the Chittenden County Sheriff's Office. The callers typically ask for a specific person and it is believed that a false caller ID identifier card is being used, to mimic the actual Sheriff's Office business line number.

UVM to hold 'Gender and Precarity' conference on Thursday in celebration of Joan Smith

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:34pm -- tim

The University of Vermont will sponsor a conference in memory and celebration of former College of Arts and Sciences dean Joan Smith on Thursday, April 16 titled "Gender and Precarity: The Consequences of Economic and Climate Instability." The conference, consisting of two panel discussions, will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. in Memorial Lounge in the Waterman Building. UVM president Tom Sullivan will welcome conference participants and attendees at 1.

Bennington launches program aimed at reducing crime, while improving neighborhoods

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:49pm -- tim

Project Catalyst, established earlier this year, focuses on areas within the town of Bennington that have a history of crime, substance abuse and blight. Originally developed in response to the article that was published by the New York Times that highlighted the opiate problem in rural America, Project Catalyst, which was modeled after other regional outreach programs, combines community and municipal resources to positively impact neighborhoods and areas within the town.

Governor announces $1.9 million in clean energy investments in Windham County

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:44am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin today announced two new clean energy investments in Windham County totaling $1.9 million. The funds are made available through a 2013 agreement with Entergy Vermont Yankee and will help increase efficiency, save Windham County schools, municipalities, and homeowners on heating bills, and spur economic activity and job growth.

Flags lowered in observance of Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:40am -- tim

In keeping with the Presidential Proclamation issued by President Obama, Governor Peter Shumlin has ordered flags at all state buildings and facilities be lowered to half-staff on April 15, 2015, in observance of a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln. 

Where the flags will be lowered:

The Vermont State House, all Federal and State Facilities around the state and public buildings and grounds around the state.

Which flags will be lowered:

The U.S flag, Vermont State flag, POW flags, and any other flags *

Vermont Federal Credit Union to launch insurance agency

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:14am -- tim

Bernie Isabelle, President and CEO of Vermont Federal Credit Union, is pleased to announce the hiring of Insuritas, the nation’s premier provider of turnkey insurance agencies. Isabelle said: “We are excited to partner with Insuritas. We wanted to provide our members with all the insurance options they might need in a one stop shopping solution that focuses on price, convenience, and service. We are committed to insurance with the same passion and energy we have for deposit and loan products that our members, their families, and their businesses need.

Vermont publisher celebrates 40th anniversary

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:50am -- tim

This year marks 40 years of independent publishing for Vermont-based Inner Traditions Bear & Company. Founded by Ehud C Sperling in 1975, Inner Traditions has established itself as a landmark publisher of books on new age spirituality, alternative health and more. Internationally recognized, Inner Traditions moved to Rochester, Vermont, in 1986. Nestled in the Green Mountains, Rochester provides a community and setting well matched to the company’s values and aspirations. Inner Traditions is one of the largest employers in the area.

The Legislature’s 'Final Four'

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:10pm -- tim

by John McClaughry The Vermont legislature has entered the final four weeks of its 2015 session. The House has passed its appropriations, tax and health care “reform” bills, and the Senate is now well along in its consideration of those measures. It’s too soon to predict how differences between the two chambers will be resolved, but the outline of their likely product is emerging.

AllEarth Renewables earns SunPower 2014 'Commercial Regional Top Producer of the Year' award

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 2:40pm -- tim

AllEarth Renewables, a Vermont-based solar tracker manufacturer and SunPower commercial dealer, has received the SunPower “Commercial Regional Top Producer of the Year” award for its sales performance in 2014. In 2014, AllEarth partnered with SolarSense, a provider of clean, reliable and affordable power for commercial and industrial scale clients in the US, to commission 2.15 megawatts (MW) of net metering projects utilizing American-made AllEarth Solar Trackers and SunPower’s high efficiency solar panels.