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Governor Shumlin: Naloxone saves lives

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 5:42am -- tim

by Governor Peter Shumlin A young woman suffering from an opiate overdose was recently brought to the Howard Center, an addiction recovery center in Chittenden County. The young woman had blue lips, was unresponsive, and was not breathing. Luckily, an opiate overdose reversal drug called naloxone was on hand. After receiving three doses of the drug, the young woman started breathing again and the overdose was reversed. She is now in treatment and recovery.

National Gardening Association in running for Seeds of Change grant

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 5:09am -- tim

The National Gardening Association (NGA), located in Williston, Vermont, has entered the Seeds of Change Grant Program for an opportunity to win one of two $20,000, five $10,000 grants, or ten $1,000 grants and is asking the community to get out and vote for their application. The national grant program aims to enhance the environmental, economic and social well-being of gardens, farms and communities.

Award winning filmmaker, author, mountaineer to deliver commencement address at Sterling College

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:26am -- tim

Award-winning filmmaker, author, and mountaineer Jennifer Jordan ’76 will deliver the commencement address at Sterling College’s 16th baccalaureate commencement ceremony, to be held at the College’s Houston House Gardens at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The College will confer degrees on 20 students.

BioTek to exhibit at American Association for Cancer Research 2015

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:27am -- tim

BioTek Instruments, based in Winooski, will demonstrate their latest microplate-based imaging, detection and liquid handling solutions for cancer research at the AACR Annual Meeting to be held April 18-22 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Featured at BioTek’s booth #1463 will be the award-winning, second generation Cytation™ 5 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Microplate Reader.

AnC Bio to break ground May 14

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 4:14am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston If you build it, they will come. That was message from Jay Peak’s Bill Stenger and his team of scientists and marketing specialists regarding the proposed AnC Bio plant in Newport. And for the first time, Stenger put a date on when it would be built. At a press conference Monday in Jay, Stenger said they would break ground on the $100 million project May 14 and be open for business in the fall of 2016.

“The ground is ready and we will commence construction on May 14. We’re very, very excited about this,” Stenger said.

Britton Lumber will rebuild fire ravaged sawmill, could take two years

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:03pm -- tim

Britton Lumber Company announced today it plans to rebuild its sawmill. Since the devastating fire on March 28 that totaled its sawmill, the company has met with Town of Fairlee and State of Vermont representatives and have been assured that they will work closely with the company to help rebuild and to potentially save up to 40 jobs at Britton, as well as to support the many loggers, truckers and local businesses with whom we do business.

McNeil power plant sets record 93-day stretch of continuous operation

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 1:36pm -- tim

Early Friday, the McNeil Generating Station completed its longest continual operating stretch – 93 days – in the plant’s 30-year history. Operators took the plant offline on Friday morning in preparation for its annual spring maintenance outage.

“Our hats are off to the dedicated team at McNeil Station,” said Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger. “McNeil is a key part of BED’s achievement of sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable generation.”

'Veni, Vidi, Signati' Vermont's new Latin motto

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:58pm -- tim

“Veni. Vidi. Signati,” Governor Peter Shumlin said Friday at the University of Vermont as he signed into law S2, a bill that gives Vermont an official Latin motto. The motto, “Stella quarta decima fulgeat,” meaning “May the fourteenth star shine bright,” is a reference to Vermont’s status as the fourteenth state to join the United States. The motto joins Vermont’s English motto, “Freedom and Unity.”  The idea for an official Latin motto came from St Johnsbury Academy freshman Angela Kubicke, who attended the signing, as did the bill’s sponsor Senator Joe Benning (R-Caledonia).

Shumlin’s payroll tax, Medicaid proposal on the rocks

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:19pm -- tim

by Morgan True The prospects for a payroll tax to finance Governor Peter Shumlin’s health care reform plan are fading as attention shifts to the Senate. It’s too late for the proposal to go anywhere in the House, which is trudging forward with its own, more modest health care package that could hit the floor late next week. That makes the Senate the only place for the governor to resurrect the payroll tax, but Senate Pro Tempore John Campbell, D-Windsor, said Thursday the upper chamber has little interest in the tax.

Community Capital of Vermont reports first quarter lending activity

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:38am -- tim

Community Capital of Vermont, New England’s highest volume SBA micro-lender, provided loans to tradespeople, restaurant entrepreneurs, food artisans, and service providers in the first quarter of 2015. Loan amounts ranged from $2,000 to $70,000 per business, and businesses were spread among Rutland, Washington, Lamoille, and Caledonia counties.

New survey to help Vermont farmers prepare for FSMA produce safety rule

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 5:40am -- tim

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) is working with farmers to help prepare for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA is the most sweeping reform of our nation’s food safety laws in more than 70 years, and was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. FSMA aims to ensure the US food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.