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Green Mountain Coffee commits over $340,000 to strengthen Vermont food systems

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 10:43am -- tim

As part of its commitment to local communities and  Brewing a Better World Together, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc, (NASDAQ: GMCR), has committed over $340,000 to 12 Vermont non-profit organizations working on creating sustainable local food systems.  
The largest of the 12 grants, $100,000, went to the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to support its Farm to Plate Network, a group of 220 organizations across the state working on a 10-year strategic plan to strengthen Vermont’ s local and regional food systems.

Governor, wildlife conservationists announce release of Vermont bird atlas

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 7:47am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) today announced the publication of the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, the most complete assessment of birds ever assembled for the state and an encyclopedia of avian knowledge for everyone from scientists to school students to backyard birdwatchers. 
The 10-year atlas project recruited more than 300 Vermont volunteers to catalog 202 bird species nesting in the state, identifying species at risk and others faring well. 

USDA invites Vermont applications for renewable energy system and efficiency projects

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 7:41am -- tim

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Funding is available from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today’ s announcement is one part of the Department’ s efforts to strengthen the rural economy. 

Vermont Department of Tourism reports record growth in employment, visitor spending

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 7:32am -- tim

Visitors made an estimated 13.95 million person trips to Vermont during 2011 for leisure, business or personal travel. Direct spending by visitors for goods and services totaled $1.7 billion, according to a report released today by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM).
The biannual VDTM comprehensive research study titled: ‘ A Benchmark Study of the Economic Impact of Visitor Expenditures on the Vermont Economy ‘ 2011,’ was prepared by Chmura Economics and Analytics.

Rutland gets 'clean' report on finances

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 5:42am -- tim

Rutland City Treasurer Wendy Wilton presented the Fiscal year 2012 audited financial statements to the Rutland City Board of Aldermen on April 1 with continued good news of the City’ s financial status. For the second year the City of Rutland has maintained the unqualified (clean) opinion of its financial statements received last year. The unqualified opinion received for fiscal year 2011 was the first unqualified opinion the City received in 32 years. For fiscal year 2012 the City also received an unqualified opinion for its A-133 Single Audit of Federal Awards for grant funding.

Keurig named 'Coffee Maker Brand of the Year'

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 5:21am -- intern

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, today announces its Keurig single cup system has been recognized as the "Brand of the Year" in the coffee maker category in the 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend Equity Study. For the second consecutive year, the Keurig system has received the highest ranking in the coffee maker category based on consumers' perceptions of familiarity, quality and purchase consideration, a selection of several qualifying elements evaluated.

House to vote Thursday on $173.2 million capital bill

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 5:17am -- tim

by Andrew Stein April 2, 2013 The Vermont House is gearing up to vote on the largest capital bill ever, in terms of total dollars.
The state bonding and construction bill for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 is slated to hit the House floor on Thursday. It’ s the second biennium in a row that the bill includes two years of spending, whereas previous capital bills were based on annual cycles.

Co-op launches to buy Burlington Telecom

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 4:58am -- tim

The group that will enter its bid to acquire Burlington Telecom as a member-owned cooperative is inviting the public to the first official meeting since its recent incorporation filing.  The meeting will take place at 11 am on Saturday, April 6 at the Champlain Elementary School on Pine Street in Burlington.
The general public is invited to the meeting, where updates, status reports and current plans will be presented.  Memberships will also be processed, by-laws adopted, and nominations for the organizing board directors will be accepted.

Ben & Jerry’s Celebrates Global Free Cone Day Tuesday, April 9

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 4:49am -- tim

Is there a better way to say thank you than free ice cream? Not if you’ re Ben & Jerry’ s! On Tuesday, April 9, Ben & Jerry’ s scoop shops around the world will host the 34th annual Free Cone Day. Since its first anniversary in 1979, Ben & Jerry’ s has thrown open the scoop shop doors and invited fans of all ages in for a free cup or cone. The annual celebration is a way for the company to celebrate and say thank you for another year of support.

VTIFF Presents Monthly Global Roots Film Series Starting In April

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 4:06am -- intern

The Vermont International Film Festival is pleased to present Global Roots, a new monthly series of films from the countries of New Americans living in Vermont. The series starts Sunday, April 14th, and is the second Sunday of every month at 5pm through September 2013 at North End Studios, at 294 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. Screenings are free and open to the public, donations will be accepted to support the 2013 Vermont International Film Festival taking place October 11-20 in Downtown Burlington.