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Local profile videos showcase Bennington’s entrepreneurial spirit

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 5:36am -- tim

The Town of Bennington is launching its second round of promotional videos for the area. Titled “Profiles in Bennington,” these in-depth interviews showcase business and community leaders in Bennington. Most of the interviews are between 8-12 minutes long and discuss what it’s like to experience Bennington either as a community member or business owner. Each video has its own tone, but the overarching theme is that Bennington is a great place to build a business and raise a family.

Federal aid to Vermont for winter storm repairs tops $1 million

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 1:12pm -- tim

State and federal officials say that more than $1 million in federal assistance has been delivered to the state to help cover the costs of the December 9-12, 2014, winter storm that wreaked havoc on Vermont’s infrastructure, downing trees and power lines. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the $1 million in FEMA aid to the state thus far for infrastructure repair includes roughly $670,000 for emergency protective measures to safeguard lives and property while responding to the disaster, and another $384,000 in permanent repair work.

Yonder closes $2 million preferred financing to expand mobile platform for outdoor enthusiasts

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:04pm -- tim

Yonder, the leading outdoor recreation mobile app and platform for outdoor enthusiasts based in Woodstock, Vermont, has closed $2 million in seed funding, with the company's Board approving an additional $1 million to be raised. The company, Green Mountain Digital LLC, is now focused exclusively on expanding the Yonder platform to become the social infrastructure for the outdoor and adventure travel industries.

The Point, Mt Mansfield Media win Best in Show honors at VAB

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:55am -- tim

Montpelier rado station WNCS-FM and the Colchester-based Mt. Mansfield Media took home the coveted “Best in Show” honors May 28 at the Vermont Association of Broadcasters annual Commercial of the Year Awards luncheon in Montpelier. More than 200 radio and television commercials were entered for this year’s competetion by Vermont radio and television stations, and by Vermont advertising agencies. Entries were judged by a panel assembled by the Communications Department at Champlain College.  

Pelham on the budget gap: Part real, part malarky?

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:28am -- tim

by Tom Pelham It is important that Vermonters understand the realities and weaknesses of the so called “budget gap” approach to the state budget. Unfortunately, the “budget gap” has replaced the concept of “sustainable spending” that reliably guided Governor’s Snelling, Dean and Douglas. The “budget gap” clears a path for higher taxes while “sustainable spending” points toward living within our means.  The Joint Fiscal Office, the Administration and the media should abandon this unreliable and unrealistic portrayal of the state budget process.

GS Precision employees graduate from Vermont Tech’s manufacturing technician apprentice program

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 5:43am -- tim

On Tuesday, May 19, GS Precision, Inc and Vermont Tech celebrated the completion of the Manufacturing Technician Apprentice Program with a graduation ceremony for six participating employees. The ceremony included student project presentations and remarks from GSP’s CEO, Norm Schneeberger. Over 30 people from the plant, as well as family members, were in attendance to mark the occasion.  

2015 Rotary Expo event in St Albans raises record breaking $59,000

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 3:08am -- tim

The St Albans Rotary Club has announced that it has raised a record $59,000 with over 4,500 visitors to the Club’s Annual Home and Recreation EXPO, held this past Spring. “It was a tremendously successful weekend for our local vendors and our community” said Carrie Johnson, co-chair of the expo organizing committee. This is the St. Albans Area Rotary Club’s only large fundraiser. In addition to selling booth space at the expo, the club offers a silent auction, grab bags and a raffle all sponsored by local businesses.

Vermont Health Connect prepares for systems update

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:54pm -- tim

In March, a series of milestones were outlined for improved customer service for Vermonters using Vermont Health Connect. The first of these milestones occurs on June 1 when systems updates are scheduled to go live, allowing customer service staff to process consumer requests more quickly. The deployment of this upgrade will require the Vermont Health Connect health insurance application and user accounts to be unavailable starting this evening and running through the weekend.

Shumlin optimistic about Vermont Health Connect deadline

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:47pm -- tim

by Morgan True Governor Peter Shumlin remains “cautiously optimistic” the state and its contractors will complete the needed functionality for Vermont Health Connect, the state’s troubled health care exchange, by the May 31 (Sunday) deadline. Shumlin said he receives daily, sometimes multiple, updates on VHC and the progress of its primary contractor, Optum, in automating the process for changing personal or plan information online.

PAI: Jobless rate recalls better times; employment, not so much

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:35pm -- tim

Public Assets Institute Vermont’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent in April, its lowest level in nearly nine years. But while joblessness hit a low last seen in June 2006, the number of Vermonters working still lags. The spring and summer of 2006 marked Vermont’s all-time employment peak, when more than 344,000 people were working. Last month, the number of employed stood at 335,673.

Burlington to implement public outreach phase of integrated water quality improvement plan

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:53pm -- tim

The City of Burlington will implement the public outreach phase of a plan to improve water quality through a new, integrated planning approach for wastewater and stormwater management in Burlington. The City’s Water Resource Division will be seeking public input on its upcoming water quality efforts by attending Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) and meeting with nonprofit organizations and other public agencies to learn how Burlingtonians would like to see their stormwater and wastewater utility fees spent in the fight for improved water quality.