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Merchants Bancshares declares dividend of 28 cents per share

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:21pm -- tim

Merchants Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, announced that its Board of Directors declared today, July 17, 2014, a dividend of 28 cents per share, payable August 14, 2014, to shareholders of record as of July 31, 2014. This quarter represents our 71st consecutive quarterly dividend payment and our 35th consecutive quarter at the current payout level.

Vermont moose hunting permit winners announced

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The winners of Vermont's 2014 moose hunting permits were determined Thursday at a lottery drawing in Montpelier. Governor Peter Shumlin, standing alongside Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter, started the computer-generated selection process that randomly picked 335 winners among more than 11,600 lottery applications. Governor Shumlin announced that the first five permits went to local veterans. There were 309 winners from Vermont. Altogether, 12 states were reprsented, from as far away as Florida and Oregon. See list below.

State releases map of food businesses and food recycling sites

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:48am -- tim

The Agency of Natural Resources has launched its Web-based “Universal Recycling Materials Management Map” (Materials Management Map). Following the passage of the Universal Recycling law in 2012, ensuring consistent recycling, food scrap, and waste services statewide by 2020, the map connects residents, businesses, and institutions with collection services and food rescue agencies, haulers, and composters with sources of quality food and food scraps.

Fletcher Allen named Top 25 'green' hospital

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:38am -- tim

Fletcher Allen Health Care has received a “Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award” from Practice Greenhealth, (PGH) a leading national association devoted to environmentally responsible health care. This is the 5th year in a row Fletcher Allen has been selected by PGH for its top award, which recognizes health care facilities that set the highest standards for environmental practices.

Forest Legacy Program funds two Vermont Working Forest projects

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:00am -- ayla

Senator Patrick Leahy has announced funding for two Vermont Forest Legacy projects that will conserve critical forestlands in the Groton Forest Legacy Initiative and Windham Region Working Forest.

The two projects when completed will total more than 11,600 acres of conserved forestland in Vermont that will permanently protect wildlife habitat linkages and wildlife corridors. These projects also preserve public access, including hiking, hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing and designated trails for snowmobiles.

Stratton invests $7 million for two-year total of $21 million

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 8:01am -- tim

It truly is Christmas in July at Stratton Mountain Resort as shiny new gondola cabins, the latest HKD snowguns, new snowcats, two new glades, buses and bullwheels, grips, racks and rental gear have arrived in what will be a $7 million capital investment for the upcoming season at Stratton Mountain.These projects follow on the heels of last year’s $10.5 million investment that touched virtually every aspect of the resort experience.

Vermont Gas Survey: Over 90 percent rate conversion to natural gas 'excellent' or 'very good'

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 7:39am -- tim

The overwhelming majority of Vermont Gas customers who converted in 2013 to heating with natural gas rated the experience with Vermont's natural gas utility "excellent" or "very good," according to a survey conducted by Vermont Gas.

The top three factors that influenced their decisions to choose natural gas included, in order of priority: lower price, higher efficiency equipment, and the fact that it's better for the environment. The next most-cited factor was the convenience of natural gas.

Vermont National Guard updates storm damage of six F-16s

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 7:28am -- tim

On Tuesday, July 8, at approximately 9:30 pm a storm over the Burlington Air National Guard Station, caused hangar doors at the 158th Fighter Wing to collapse inward and damaged six Vermont Air National Guard F-16s.
"Of the six aircraft, four should be returned to service within the next two to three weeks. All of the repairs will be performed by airmen of the 158th FW Maintenance Group," said Colonel Hank Harder, Director of Staff-Air.

Legislation to improve North Country Scenic Trail route would connect Vermont to North Dakota

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 6:47am -- tim

Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced legislation to improve the North Country Scenic Trail. The bill would extend the trail into Vermont, connecting it to the Appalachian Trail, allowing hikers to journey the entire 4,600 miles from North Dakota to Vermont. The trail currently extends from New York to North Dakota. The trial was never built along certain sections in Minnesota because the current route includes wetland areas that are difficult to build through and raises conservation concerns.

NG Advantage to truck CNG to Cheshire Medical Center in NH

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 5:55am -- tim

NG Advantage LLC, based in Milton, Vermont, in partnership with Clean Energy Fuels Corp, (NASDAQ: CLNE) opened its newest natural gas fueling station in Pembroke, NH, which  will serve manufacturing facilities and other large, energy-intensive customers who do not have access to the region’s natural gas pipeline. NG Advantage stated customers will be able to replace their facility fuel oil with cleaner, less-expensive North American natural gas.