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Champlain Cable receives Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce today announced Champlain Cable Corporation as the winner of the prestigious and highly anticipated Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award. Presented by Governor Shumlin at the opening ceremonies of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry EXPO, this annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique.

President nominates Burlington attorney Eric Miller to be Vermont’s next US attorney

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:59am -- tim

US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Thursday said that President Obama will nominate Burlington attorney Eric Miller to be Vermont’s next United States Attorney. Leahy recommended Miller in February to serve as Vermont’s 37th United States Attorney, managing the US Department of Justice’s US Attorney offices in Burlington and Rutland and overseeing the work of nearly 20 attorneys who represent the United States in criminal and civil investigations and litigation in Vermont

Vermont Bankers Association endorses ICBA Securities

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:13am -- tim

ICBA Securities Inc, the broker-dealer subsidiary of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), announced Thursday that it has received the endorsement of the Vermont Bankers Association Inc. (VBA). VBA is the 38th state banking association to endorse the services of ICBA Securities, which provides fixed-income investment products and services to community banks.

Wes Ward selected NEK Chamber Citizen of the Year

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:18pm -- tim

A St Johnsbury businessman praised for his honesty and professionalism was honored as the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce’s 44th Citizen of the Year at the organization’s annual meeting on May 21. Wesley Ward, owner of Wes Ward Auto Repair and Westward Equipment Service, was recognized for his extensive volunteer efforts with local and regional civic organizations. Ward, a past president of the Northeast Kingdom Chamber, learned of the award in a surprise video announcement prepared by fellow chamber member and friend, Steve Nichols, from Nichols Communications.

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew names McMahan new president and managing partner

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:15pm -- tim

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew announces that Jeff McMahan has been elected as its President and Managing Partner to succeed Brian Murphy. Regarding the transition, Brian said, “The firm is fortunate to have many outstanding leaders and the unanimous selection of Jeff as our new President is a superb choice.  His leadership skills are excellent, his keen business sense is a valuable asset, and his vision for the firm's future is very exciting.” 

Consumers beware: It is not the IRS calling

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:03pm -- tim

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning that thousands of Vermont consumers continue to report receipt of threatening recorded (robocall) phone calls from persons identifying themselves as IRS agents and threatening legal action if an alleged outstanding debt to the IRS is not immediately paid. The callers then direct the consumer to call a phone number and make immediate payment by credit card, wire transfer, or other direct means of payment. This is not the IRS calling – this is a scam.

Don Rendall: Gas pipeline opponents miss the big picture

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:49pm -- tim

by Don Rendall, Vermont Gas President and CEO Delivering a clean, affordable energy option to more Vermonters is the top priority for Vermont Gas. Our 50,000 customers in Franklin and Chittenden Counties save almost 50% compared to propane and 25% compared to heating oil.  That’s $2,000 a year, on average, in savings for the families we serve.  We’ve reduced our customers’ rates more than 15% since the beginning of 2012.  

Vermont joins first-of-its-kind international effort to combat climate change

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:42pm -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that Vermont has signed on to a first-of-its-kind agreement with international leaders from 11 other states and provinces, collectively representing more than $4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people, to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius – the warming threshold at which scientists say there will likely be catastrophic climate disruptions. 

Vermont Public Service Department to update Comprehensive Energy Plan

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:33pm -- tim

The Vermont Public Service Department today announced its process for updating the Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP), which is required to be completed by the end of 2015. The Department will solicit public input through a series of meetings this summer, as well as through written comments, and produce a draft CEP by September. That draft plan will then be available for additional public review and input throughout the fall, with a final CEP to be completed by the end of the year.

Choose native plants when landscaping to help promote wildlife

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:28am -- tim

Spring has finally arrived in Vermont, and gardeners and landscapers are eagerly breaking out their shovels in anticipation of the year’s spring plantings. Beyond the beauty new gardens provide, landscapers can make a big difference for wildlife with the plants they choose, according to Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist Jon Kart. 

Fourth annual Water Quality Conference to be held May 29

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:08am -- tim

The Vermont Environmental Consortium (VEC) and Vermont Tech announce the 4th Annual Water Quality Conference to be held on Friday, May 29 from 8 am to 5:30 pm at Vermont Tech, Judd Hall, in Randolph. Daniel Smith, President of Vermont Tech, is the keynote speaker for the conference. President Smith’s entrepreneurial vision for this celebrated Vermont institution has already brought a number of initiatives to Vermont Tech that are directly related to water quality concerns in the state.