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Census: Vermont household income down, poverty up slightly in 2013

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:29pm -- tim

Income levels and poverty rates were not statistically different for most states from 2012 to 2013, according to statistics released today from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the nation's most comprehensive data source on American households. Vermont remained above the US median for household income, but slipped 2 percent in one year. Poverty was up 1.2 percent in Vermont in 2013. 

Seven Days launches multimedia ‘Bernie Beat’

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:31pm -- tim

On his first day as mayor of the Queen City, Bernie Sanders shared a prediction with the alternative weekly Vanguard Press: “People will look back to Burlington, Vermont, 1981, and say: ‘It all started here.’” Sanders, who won the mayor’s seat by 10 votes, was likely envisioning some kind of populist revolution. Instead, what has turned out to be really popular is Bernie himself.

USDA awards $120,000 to four Vermont small businesses to help reduce energy costs

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:39pm -- tim

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday that four Vermont businesses and agricultural producers would receive $121,855 in grants to help them become more energy efficient or produce renewable energy. The grants will help sugar makers boil syrup more efficiently, help turn cow manure into electricity, and help a small firewood business switch to a renewable fuel source.

Vermont AG obtains $73,500 Medicaid recoupment from Michigan drug testing company

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:45pm -- tim

A Michigan-based company will pay the State of Vermont in excess of $73,500 to settle claims that it obtained payments from the Vermont Medicaid Program to which it was not entitled, according to Vermont Attorney General William H Sorrell. The provider, Physicians Toxicology, LLC offers laboratory services to clinicians. The civil settlement resolves an investigation conducted by the Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit of the Office of the Attorney General into Medicaid claims for urinalysis drug testing made by Physicians Toxicology.

Milton couple convicted for submitting false Medicaid timesheets

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:43pm -- tim

Clayton LaFond, age 61, and Kim LaFond, age 54, of Milton, Vermont, were convicted on September 16, 2014, in Vermont District Court for Windsor County, on two misdemeanor counts of False Pretenses. The convictions stemmed from the LaFonds’ submission of false timesheets in order to obtain payment for services that were not provided to a child while they were employed as home-based health care workers under the Children’s Personal Care program, a Vermont Medicaid program.

USDA awards $658,175 in research grants for UVM

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:47am -- tim

The University of Vermont Extension program has received two grants totaling over $650,000 for agricultural research. Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) made the announcement Wednesday. The grant announcement is the most recent step in implementing the 2014 Farm Bill. Leahy, the senior most member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, was a conferee on the bill. The grants will be used to study soil quality on Vermont farms, focusing on sustainable practices while preventing soil erosion and improving crop productivity.

Vermont PSD sets inaugural meeting of Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel for Sept 25

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:39am -- tim

The Public Service Department announced Wednesday that the inaugural meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP), created by the legislature in Act 179 to succeed the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel, will be held on September 25, 2014, from 6 pm to 9 pm, in the multi-purpose room at Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Road in Brattleboro.

State gets $891,697 under farm bill for economic development in Northern Vermont

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:59am -- tim

Vermont’s congressional delegation -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) – and Governor Peter Shumlin (D) Thursday announced that the state will receive $891,679 in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) funds for economic development projects in Northern Vermont. This is a $400,000 increase over funds awarded in Vermont last year.

Proposed solar arrays spark concern in New Haven

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:40am -- tim

by John Herrick vtdigger.org A Vermont solar company is looking at a New Haven farm as the location for one of the state’s largest solar projects. The White River Junction based solar developer and installer, groSolar, told the New Haven Selectboard on Tuesday it hopes to build two 5-megawatt solar arrays in the town. One, at the Sawyer Farm north of Vermont 17, would be about 40 acres in size.

Vermont’s largest waste industry solar project goes online

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:17am -- tim

Soltage-Greenwood, a joint venture between premier North American solar power provider Soltage, LLC, and Greenwood Energy, the North and Latin American clean energy division of the Libra Group, announced Wednesday the official commissioning of a 2.7-megawatt (MW) solar power system located on Casella Waste Systems’ Coventry, Vermont, landfill site. The array is the largest solar project built on a landfill site in Vermont, and is expected to generate 3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually from more than 9,000 solar panels. It was connected to the grid August 15.

Timbervest LLC acquires 1,270 acres in Vermont

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:51am -- tim

Timbervest LLC, an Atlanta-based company that manages timber-related assets and investments, has announced it acquired 13,220 acres of timberland for its Timbervest Partners III, LP (TVP III) investment fund. The $400 million commingled fund consists of 250,000 acres of timberland located throughout the country, and is comprised of institutional and high-net-worth investors. The Vermont acquisition of 1,270 acres brings its holdings here to 14,220 acres.

Vermont gun shop closing doors

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 5:45am -- tim

Bobs Gun Shop announced Wednesday the closing of its iconic location on Ballard Road in Georgia, Vermont. Bob Letourneau founded the business in 1977 to support Sportsman and Firearms Enthusiasts throughout Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and southeastern Canada. Letourneau, in deciding to close, said that, “It’s just not fun anymore.” He also citied the change in market from traditional long guns and handguns to the modern desire for paramilitary firearms, as well as the unavailability of reasonably priced ammunition and reloading supplies.

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