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Sterling College named one of America’s 'Greenest Colleges'

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sterling College has been recognized by two national media outlets for its sustainability efforts. Sierra magazine has awarded a Special Achievement Award in Food, and the College has also been named one of’s “Greenest Colleges and Universities.” Sierra magazine conferred the Special Achievement Award in Food to Sterling College as part of its annual “Cool Schools” for 2015. This list, released by the Sierra Club’s official publication, ranks universities that lead sustainability initiatives.

Statement of Don Rendall, President and CEO of Vermont Gas, Regarding Proposed Regulations to Cut Methane Emissions

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:00am -- katie

Don Rendall, President & CEO of Vermont Gas issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of draft federal regulations to cut methane emissions from the nation’s oil and natural gas industry:

“The EPA today set forth an ambitious and important goal aimed at cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40% to 45% over the next decade from 2012 levels.

Rowley Fuels, Inc. discharged kerosene to Lake Champlain agrees to pay $11,250 penalty

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine A Rowley Fuels employee delivered 222 gallons of Kerosene to an improperly installed tank on the shore of Lake Champlain in South Hero, VT. As a result the kerosene left the tank and migrated under the building’s foundation and into Lake Champlain.

Vermont River Cleanup Month Is Approaching; Volunteers Needed

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:00am -- katie

You can help improve the streams and rivers of Vermont! Volunteers are needed for events throughout the month of September which is Vermont’s official River Cleanup Month. To find out about an event near you, check out the Vermont River Cleanup web pages at or call Watersheds United Vermont at (802) 585-3569.

The Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont Announce Series of Paid Family and Medical Leave Forums

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:24pm -- katie

Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont will host a series of free community forums across the state this fall focusing on long-term paid family and medical leave.  These forums examine the possibility of developing and implementing a state-run Temporary Disability and Caregiver Insurance (TDCI) Program in our state as a funding mechanism for leave.

BED Postpones tonight’s scheduled power outage

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:33pm -- katie

Burlington Electric Department today announced that, based on a forecast of temperatures nearing 90 degrees, it has postponed tonight’s scheduled power outage that would have affected locations in the Old North End, specifically those customers located at:

NORTH CHAMPLAIN ST - #s 15 – 138

PEARL ST - #s 26 – 34

PERU ST - #s 9 - 69

PARK ST - #42

MONROE ST - #s 7 – 85

JOHNSON ST - #s 1 – 27

GEORGE ST - #s 13 – 76.


Lyndon State President Bertolino appointed by Governor to New England Board of Higher Education Board of Delegates

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:27pm -- katie

Lyndon State President Joe Bertolino was appointed to the Vermont Delegation of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE). Governor Peter Shumlin appointed Bertolino in June 2015.

NEBHE promotes greater educational opportunities and services for New England residents. Their core programs and services focus on cost savings and affordability and college access and success. They also provide policy leadership on key issues related to education and the economy.

Gov, and local experts to share advice to entrepreneurs Aug 21

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:26pm -- katie

The Small Business Administration is teaming up with the City of Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office, and the Micro Business Development Program to host the Burlington Business Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at Burlington City Hall.

The annual fair is free and open to the public.

Fair goers have will have the opportunity to learn about health insurance, labor issues, marketing, taxes and more.

Mayor Miro Weinberger responds to Burlington Fire Chief Seth Lasker’s retirement announcement

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:24pm -- katie

Mayor Miro Weinberger today responded to the retirement announcement of Burlington Fire Chief Seth Lasker, in which he informed the Mayor of his plans to retire on October 31, 2015. Lasker has served the City of Burlington for 26 years, working his way through all of the ranks of the Department excluding Fire Marshal; Lasker served as Battalion Chief (one year) and Deputy Chief (five years) before serving five years as Chief of the Burlington Fire Department.

Leahy and Sanders join in calling on financial regulators to hold oil companies accountable

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:34pm -- katie

Disclose Risks And Increase Transparency

In continued efforts to halt offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other senators this week called on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require increased transparency from companies engaged in offshore drilling in American waters.

Vermont receives settlement of $717,00 for illegal drug promotions

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:32pm -- katie

Vermont will receive over $717,000 of a settlement reached between 49 Attorneys General and Amgen Inc. Amgen will pay a total of $71 million to resolve allegations that it unlawfully promoted its Aranesp® and Enbrel® drugs, and must adhere to specific restrictions with respect to future drug promotions. 

“Promoting drugs without the required scientific evidence or FDA approval exposes consumers to enormous health risks, particularly those consumers whose health is already compromised. This settlement directly addresses that dangerous practice,” said Attorney General Bill Sorrell.

Mayor Miro Weinberger celebrates inaugural American Airlines Non-Stop Flight from Burlington, VT to Charlotte, NC

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:29pm -- katie

Mayor Miro Weinberger and Aviation Director Gene Richards, joined by other airport officials and stakeholders, today celebrated the first non-stop air service from Burlington International Airport (BTV) to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) serviced by American Airlines. The 80-seat Embraer E-175 aircraft featuring First Class and Main Cabin seating, complete with in-flight Wi-Fi service, took flight at 8:05 am, marking the inaugural flight from Burlington, Vermont to Charlotte, North Carolina.