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2014 Vermont Public Places Awards winning entries announced

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 9:57am -- tim

The Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Vermont Planning Associations, the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vermont Section and the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Council jointly announce the winning submittals to the 2014 Vermont Public Places Awards.  This is an awards program organized to honor Vermont’s public places.  Together these groups initiated the Vermont Public Places Awards to recognize special public spaces, the corridors that connect them, or networks of public spaces whi

Hannaford donates 426 cases of food to Vermont Foodbank

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:22am -- tim

Hannaford Supermarkets today donated approximately $5,000 in food to the Vermont Foodbank as part of a hunger-relief campaign that produced more than $1 million in product and cash donations across five Northeast states, including $107,000 in Vermont.

Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger took place in December and included a you-buy-one, we-give-one component; Hannaford pledged to donate identical products when customers purchased specific shelf-stable items. The food donated Thursday included 109 cases of pasta, 88 cases of sauce, 146 cases of vegetables and 83 cases of cereal.

Vermont to face gap of at least $48.8 million in FY17 and FY18

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:58am -- tim

by Elizabeth Hewitt Even after Vermont lawmakers find a way to mend the 2016 budget, there’s more bad news ahead. Vermont will have to find at least $48.8 million to solve funding gaps in FY 2017 and FY 2018, according to projections from the Joint Fiscal Office. As it stands, Vermont lawmakers are facing down a budget gap of at least $112 million in the current fiscal year.

NRC, Entergy oppose the state's request for a hearing on the change to Vermont Yankee's emergency plan

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy filed responses today with the US Atomic Safety and Licensing Board opposing the State of Vermont's request for a hearing. The state opposes the NRC's decision to alter the existing Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant emergency warning system. Entergy is the owner of the Vernon plant and as owner has been responsible for the warning system.

Pesticide company to pay $70,000 penalty

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 1:45pm -- tim

Cary Buck and his AAA Accredited Pest Control company will pay a $70,000.00 penalty to the State of Vermont and has permanently surrendered his pesticide license, according to Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Buck’s license was suspended in 2013 following an enforcement investigation by the Agency of Agriculture and the Office of the Attorney General. Buck, of North Clarendon, Vermont, used pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, which is not approved as an indoor surface spray, in treating homes for bed bug infestations, and used approved pesticides at excessive rates.

Hinda Miller given Lifetime Achievement Award in Scotland

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 1:40pm -- tim

Vermont’s own Hinda Miller received a Lifetime Achievement Award last night in Glasgow, Scotland, at the Sports Business Innovation Awards 2015, for invention of the “Jogbra,” a sports bra for women she co-invented in 1977. The Sports Business Innovation Awards highlight innovation and achievement in sports related businesses in Scotland.

Leading edge Vermont solar farm wins 2015 Project of Distinction Award

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 5:53am -- tim

Green Mountain Power and groSolar have announced that the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) have awarded the Stafford Hill Solar Farm in Rutland the 2015 Project of Distinction Award. The award was presented this week in Boston at PV America, an annual trade show and conference designed to serve and advance the solar PV market by bringing together industry professionals. The award celebrates a major milestone for the Northeastern solar market and recognizes the highest achievement for a PV solar energy project of any scale.

Borick: Data breaches now the norm instead of the exception

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:41am -- tim

by Matt Borick You may have heard of a recent “international incident” involving Sony Pictures and North Korea over the movie The Interview, a comedy about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader. Computer hackers in North Korea did not appreciate this storyline, and voiced their disapproval by launching a massive cyber attack on Sony. Nearly 50,000 current and former Sony employees had their personal information released. Multiple lawsuits have already been filed.

Vermont Gas Systems expands efficiency services to Addison County

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:38am -- tim

Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. will now offer its energy efficiency services to even more Vermonters, including some in potential new service areas – whether or not they choose to sign up for natural gas service. Qualified homes in Addison County will be eligible for a free energy audit, detailing recommended energy efficiency measures. The audit report will detail the estimated cost of each recommended energy efficiency measure and how much money residents are expected to save. Vermont Gas’ energy efficiency programs save current customers $13 million each year.

Environmental Court rules idling trucks in violation in East Hardwick

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:25am -- tim

Residents of an East Hardwick, Vermont, neighborhood that endured and then fought the pollution and noise of heavy-duty truck idling daily in a Compact Residential zoning district for nearly nine years won a Notice of Violation (NOV) judgment order from the State of Vermont Superior Court Environmental Division on March 4, 2015 that effectively prohibits a trucking company from continuing operation of commercial truck tractors in that district.

GMP partners with Origin Consulting to implement operational device management

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:06am -- tim

Origin Consulting LLC, has announced the go-live of Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management at Green Mountain Power (GMP). Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management, selected in February 2014, provides inventory, asset and configuration management of smart grid devices. It provides operational knowledge of each device’s location, characteristics, firmware updates, configuration management, scheduled activities and audit compliance.