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Lake Champlain Byway releases Draft Interpretation Coordination Plan for review

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:31pm -- tim

The Lake Champlain Byway is pleased to issue its Draft Lake Champlain Byway Interpretation Coordination Plan for public comment. In particular, the byway is looking for feedback from residents, tourism-related businesses and intrinsic resource site managers from the 22 Vermont towns that comprise the byway. The draft plan and instructions for comments can be viewed at www.lakechamplainbyway.com. This is the first interpretation coordination plan for the Lake Champlain Byway.

Shumlin, substance abuse community highlight progress in battle against opiate addiction since January

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:31pm -- tim

Joined by state officials, substance abuse experts, medical staff and others, Governor Peter Shumlin today outlined Vermont’s progress in the battle against opiate addiction since January. The group highlighted expanded addiction treatment across the state, a new regional and national focus on the crisis promoted by Vermont’s leadership, an increased number of counties launching pre-trial risk assessment programs to move more Vermonters into treatment rather than prison, and more.

Coventry dairy farmer agrees to pay $33,000 for agricultural water quality violations

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:55pm -- tim

Richard M Nelson, a dairy farmer in Coventry, Vermont, has admitted to violations of Vermont’s water pollution law and agricultural practice regulations and has agreed to pay $33,000.00 in civil penalties for the violations. “Vermont’s laws and regulations relating to agricultural water quality help keep our state waterways clean,” said Attorney General William H Sorrell. “Farmers should know that when those requirements are not met, the State will pursue enforcement claims in State court.”

Blue Cross Vermont CEO Don George: Cost-shift nearly tripled since 2005 to $406 million

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:01pm -- tim

by Don George, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) is an independent, not-for-profit Vermont company, governed and managed locally, and our sole focus is Vermont. One of our guiding principles is to put our members first, and at times it is important to advocate on their behalf. It is from that perspective that I offer this opinion.

$20,000 available for public policy projects to benefit Vermonters with developmental disabilities

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:36am -- tim

There is $20,000 in funding available through an award competition launched by the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council. VTDDC welcomes applications for projects that will engage individuals and organizations in advocacy activities that bring people together to educate and inform policy makers about the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their family members. Project grant awards may be made for up to $10,000 with potential for second year funding. The deadline is October 20, 2014. 

People’s United Bank takes over as title sponsor of Vermont City Marathon

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:52am -- tim

RunVermont introduced People’s United Bank Monday as the new title sponsor for the Vermont City Marathon. Beginning immediately, the marathon will be known as the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon. KeyBank had been the title sponsor of the Burlington marathon for several years. The first race under the People's banner will be held Sunday, May 24, 2015. The Burlington marathon, which winds along Lake Champlain, was first run in 1989.

Two suicide attempts highlight troubles at the Brattleboro Retreat, raise doubts about state oversight

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:34am -- tim

by Morgan True vtdigger.org Two teenagers have attempted suicide in the past five months at the Brattleboro Retreat. One of the patients who attempted suicide later died, and her parents say it was a “direct result” of her injuries at the hospital. The two cases and a recent sexual assault on the same adolescent ward could jeopardize federal funding for the psychiatric hospital.

Vermont AARP selects BMH as Host of the Year

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:34am -- tim

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has been selected by the Vermont AARP Driver Safety Program as the 2014 Host of the Year. According to David Peters, the Vermont State program coordinator, BMH "has hosted our classes for 20 years and the staff has always provided a level of support and cooperation that is exceptional. I hope that, working together, we have been able to have an impact upon highway safety in Vermont."

The award will be presented at AARP's Annual State Meeting on October 29, 2014, at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. 

Advocate says exchange copays hurt low income Vermonters with chronic conditions

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:27am -- tim

by Morgan True vtdigger.org Many people with chronic health conditions who are covered through Vermont’s exchange are finding it difficult to pay out-of-pocket costs for care, a consumer advocate says. Trinka Kerr, who leads Legal Aid’s Office of Health Care Advocate, told lawmakers this week that the problem is the way health plans offered through Vermont Health Connect are designed.

Welch unveils bipartisan bill to provide regulatory relief to community banks

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:51pm -- tim

At the Community National Bank in Montpelier Monday, Representative Peter Welch unveiled bipartisan legislation to provide targeted regulatory relief to small community banks across the country. Joining Welch at the news conference were community bank leaders from around the state, including Mark Young (First Bank of Orwell), Reagan Howard (Community National Bank), Ken Perrine (National Bank of Middlebury), Steve Kendall (Union Bank) and Chris D’Elia (Vermont Bankers Association). Also participating was Tom Candon with the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation.

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