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NCH medical staff raises $2,300 for food shelf

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:00am -- ayla

North Country Hospital Medical Staff President, Dr. Jennifer Ladd, delivered several boxes of food and well over $2,300 last week to the NEKCA food shelf from a month long effort.
"The medical staff wanted to donate to the community and decided to give food and money to the local NEKCA food shelf," she said.
Accepting the donation is April Mead of NEKCA. She commented how grateful NEKCA is to receive this donation, as this time of year the shelves are very much depleted.
Photo courtesy of North Country Hospital
Source: North Country Hospital

Governor names Louis Porter to replace outgoing Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:51am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that he will appoint his Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs Louis Porter to replace Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry when Berry leaves his post in May. 
Louis Porter, right, with Governor Shumlin in 2012. vtdigger file photo.
Berry, who has been the head of Fish & Wildlife for the length of the Shumlin administration, is leaving to work for the Vermont Community Foundation as Vice President for Philanthropy near his East Middlebury home.

Leahy recommends Vermont Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Crawford for US District Court vacancy

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:53am -- tim

US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Monday recommended Vermont Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Crawford to President Obama, to be the next judge on Vermont’s US District Court. He was appointed to Vermont's highest court last September.
Justice Crawford was one of two finalists suggested by the nine-member, nonpartisan Vermont Judicial Nominating Commission, to fill the upcoming vacancy on the court when Judge William Sessions takes senior status. Leahy interviewed the finalists in Vermont earlier this month.            

Deep thoughts: Oceans champion Sylvia Earle to address Saint Michael’s graduates at commencement

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 7:16am -- tim

Related Company: Saint Michael's CollegeThis year’s commencement at Saint Michael’s will be an immersive experience. The college is proud to announce that Dr Sylvia A Earle, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and world-renowned oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer, will be the guest speaker at the 2014 Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 11 at the Ross Sports Center starting at 10 am. 

Vermont ranks fifth in country in graduation rates for public higher ed institutions

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 7:10am -- ayla

The state of Vermont ranks fifth nationwide in statewide graduation rates for its four-year public higher education institutions. The state also ranks fifth when students who begin school at a Vermont four-year public university or college but graduate elsewhere are taken into account.
The data was compiled by the National Student Clearinghouse and tracks six-year graduation rates in every state.
In Vermont 73.9 percent of students who began college in 2007 graduated in 2013, 61.5 percent from their original institution and 12.4 percent from a different school.

Historic changes to structure of Vermont school system approved by House panel

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:05am -- tim

by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org A Vermont House panel has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would create sweeping changes to the way Vermont schools are governed. H.883 would reduce the total number of municipal school districts from 282 to 45 by 2020.
If the legislation is successful (it has to pass the House and the Senate), it will be the first time the state’s home rule structure has changed since 1892 when the state went from 2,500 local school boards to a total of 300.  

Vermont officials pave way for transportation funding discussion

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:02am -- tim

With the Highway Trust Fund projected to become insolvent this year, the National Lieutenant Governors Association unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution, cosponsored by Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott (R-Vermont) and Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA), calling on Congress to “develop a shared, long term vision for surface transportation.”  

Vermont Federal Credit Union CEO named to Boston Fed advisory council

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 2:22am -- tim

Related Company: Vermont Federal Credit UnionThe Federal Reserve Bank of Boston announced today the appointment of four new members to the First District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC), including Vermont Federal Credit Union CEO Bernie P Isabelle.
The entire list of new members follows:
·  David Bruce – President/CEO, Lee Bank, Lee, MA
·  Bernie P. Isabelle – President/ CEO, Vermont Federal Credit Union, Burlington, VT
·  Mark J. Meiklejohn – President/CEO, Bank Rhode Island, Providence, RI

CCTA, Teamsters negotiations fail, strike extends into second week

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 2:09am -- tim

Related Company: Chittenden County Transportation Authorityby Anne Galloway vtdigger.org
The bus drivers’ union, Teamsters Local 597, and the Chittenden County Transit Authority failed to come to an agreement after seven hours of negotiations on Saturday.
The Burlington area bus strike will continue into a second week.
CCTA officials say union representatives walked out of talks with federal mediators. The company says the remaining issues include wages, part-time drivers, work hours and cameras on buses.

Budget writers finalize wish list

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 1:39am -- tim

by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Budget-writers have finalized a fiscal year 2015 spending plan for state government. The House Appropriations Committee, in a painstaking process of elimination, has scrubbed Gov. Peter Shumlin’s budget and come up with $8.8 million in reductions to the state spending proposal. Another $900,000 is available in other savings. That leaves a $4.4 million gap the House could address by raising a tax on cigarettes or eliminating a tax exemption on soda or supplements. All three proposals are on the table.

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