Governor Peter Shumlin announced Monday that he will appoint Judge Harold “Duke” Eaton, Jr, to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court. Eaton fills the seat left open by Justice Geoffrey Crawford’s appointment to the federal district court. He is the first Vermont Law School graduate to sit on the Vermont Supreme Court. Judge Eaton has served as a trial court judge since 2004, when he was appointed by former Governor Jim Douglas.
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) on Monday issued the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) thermal discharge permit for Vermont Yankee in Vernon, ensuring that water quality and fisheries in the Connecticut River are protected as the company enters its final phase of operation. ANR, acting on Vermont Yankee’s September 30, 2005 application, permitted Vermont Yankee’s thermal discharge through December 31, 2015.
Attorney General William Sorrell will hold three public meetings this month to introduce the draft rules to implement Act 120, the law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering (GMO). The meetings will be held the week of October 20, 2014 in Burlington, Montpelier, and Brattleboro.
New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ: NHTB), the holding company for Lake Sunapee Bank, fsb, with 16 offices in Vermont, has reported consolidated net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 of $7.2 million, or $0.85 diluted earnings per common share, compared to $6.4 million, or $0.87 diluted earnings per common share, for same period in 2013, an increase of $770 thousand, or 12%.
The AutoSaver Group will help drive awareness for the American Cancer Society to benefit the organization’s Making Strides Campaign for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by matching donations made in the month of October up to $25,000. At the end of the month, AutoSaver Group partners – Ronney Lyster and Abel Toll – will match the donations with a goal for total donations to equal or exceed $50,000.
A long-awaited gathering place for University of Vermont graduates is another step closer to reality after a groundbreaking ceremony for the Alumni House on Saturday morning. The university’s first Alumni House, located at 61 Summit Street, will open in the fall of 2015 after undergoing extensive renovations, including an added pavilion to be used for university and community events.
by Morgan True vtdigger.org A letter sent this week from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital sheds more light on the process that is expected to allow the facility to keep its federal certification. The letter from CMS Associate Regional Administrator William Roberson confirms that the latest survey of the Retreat, conducted Oct. 1 by state investigators acting on CMS’ behalf, identified “deficiencies” that “posed immediate jeopardy” to patient health and safety.
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org Developers of a proposed high-voltage transmission line bringing Canadian hydropower through Vermont presented their vision at a three-hour symposium in Burlington on Thursday morning. Transmission Developers Inc is seeking approval to build a 154-mile line from the Canadian border at Alburgh, southward under Lake Champlain, and then across central Vermont to a converter station in Ludlow using existing rights-of-way. The power would then be released to the New England grid.
On Monday, the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office notified the public about an error on the Vermont General Election Ballot, where the names of five Republican candidates for Justice of the Peace inadvertently were omitted from the November ballot. The City had suspended early voting until corrected ballots were printed. The corrected ballots now have been printed and will be mailed today, along with a copy of the attached letter, to the 422 early and absentee voters, who already had requested and been provided with ballots.
by Tom Brown vtdigger.org The Vermont Public Service Board on Friday decided to allow Phase One of Vermont Gas’ pipeline expansion to proceed without further review. The regulatory body said in its decision that a 40 percent increase in the estimated cost of the natural gas project through Addison County was not enough to require a re-examination of the company’s certificate of public good.
Vermont Business Magazine New unemployment claims in Vermont were up slightly last week and remain at a relatively low level. Levels this year have been running consistently lower than those of last year. For the week of October 4, 2014, there were 399 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is an increase of 39 from the previous week's total, and 226 fewer than they were a year ago.
Phil Scott is asking Vermonters to spare those tires no longer in use by donating them to the tenth annual Wheels for Warmth tire recycle and resale event. In nine years, Wheels for Warmth has raised more than $213,000 for emergency fuel assistance, sold more than 11,000 safe, donated tires, and recycled almost 18,000 unsafe, unusable tires.
Established by Phil Scott in 2005, Wheels for Warmth’s three goals are to: