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WCAX's Kristin Carlson to join Green Mountain Power

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 8:53am -- tim

With the impending retirement of longtime Green Mountain Power communications executive Steve Terry at year’s end, Kristin Carlson will join GMP as director of media January 6. Carlson, an award-winning journalist and co-anchor of ‘The 30’ on WCAX and senior political reporter, will lead the company’s efforts to develop new’ communications strategies to improve the customer experience.’ 

75 percent of small business employees enrolled in Vermont Health Connect plan for 2014

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 5:48am -- tim

The vast majority ‘ about 75 percent ‘ of Vermont small business employees and their dependents affected by federally-mandated health care reforms come January will be enrolled in a Vermont Health Connect (VHC) plan for all of 2014, the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) announced today. And safeguards are in place to ensure others don’t see a lapse in coverage and have a path to VHC coverage while testing continues on premium processing functions for small businesses.

Home equity loans could become the new real estate problem

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 3:54am -- tim

Bad mortgages continue to fall in Vermont and across the nation, as every state is below levels from a year ago. But there is a rising concern that home equity loans could create a secondary problem in the coming years. Lender Processing Services' (NYSE: LPS) October Mortgage Monitor reported that 48 percent of outstanding second lien home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) in the Us were originated between 2004 and 2006. Given that the vast majority of HELOCs originated during this time and have draw periods of 10 years, they are set to begin amortizing over the next several years.

New maple syrup grading standard coming in January

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 1:26am -- tim

For one of Vermont's most significant agricultural assets and cultural traditions, pure maple syrup, there are important new changes on the horizon for 2014. In order to maintain consistency among maple products and reduce’ consumer confusion, a new’ international grading standard’ will be implemented in Vermont in’ January. Previously, Canada and the’ United States used separate grading systems, which’ were oftentimes difficult for consumers to’ understand.’ 

Former Britton campaign manager prevails in lawsuit

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 1:19am -- tim

by Alicia Freese A rising figure within the Vermont Republican Party has emerged victorious in a mud-slinging court battle against Len Britton, the 2010 Republican challenger to Sen. Patrick Leahy.
Jeffrey Bartley of Colchester, who served as Britton’s campaign manager, alleged that his boss failed to pay $31,825 owed to him for his duties.
Britton’s lawyer, Jack Welch, argued that Bartley did not have sufficient evidence to prove that there had been a contract and even if there had, Bartley didn’t carry out the duties that would warrant payment.

Ethan Allen Institute and Public Assets Institute to hold first education debate in Lyndonville December 13

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 12:25am -- tim

The Ethan Allen Institute (EAI) and the Public Assets Institute (PAI) will face off this winter in a series of three debates on the proper role of government in education. Lyndon State College will host the opening debate Friday, December 13, 2013, from 5:30-7 pm in the Burke Mountain Room on the fourth floor of the Samuel Read Hall Library.

Michael Costa to come up with single-payer payment plan

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 11:22pm -- tim

by Hilary Niles Finding a way to pay for a health care system that doesn’t yet exist is a daunting task.’ And as Vermont marches toward single-payer health care by 2017, that task largely falls to Michael Costa, the state’s deputy director of health care reform. Speaking to an audience of tax and insurance professionals Friday at the 41st annual’ Vermont Tax Seminar’ in Burlington, Costa mapped out his plan for getting there.

Small Dog Electronics helping the Vermont Foodbank in December

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 9:11am -- tim

Tis the season for giving and Small Dog Electronics is helping the Vermont Foodbank to feed as many as 86,000 Vermonters who need food assistance. The certified Apple Specialist will be donating 1% of every purchase to the Foodbank this month.
‘We are deeply grateful to Small Dog Electronics and their loyal customers for this partnership,’ said Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles. ‘Together we are ensuring that our neighbors who struggle to put food on their tables have the food they need.’

Verizon Wireless Enhances 4G LTE Coverage along Route 2 between Colchester and South Hero

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 10:56am -- tim

Verizon Wireless recently enhanced fourth generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE)’ network coverage’ along Route 2 in Vermont. 4G LTE empowers Verizon Wireless customers with’ compatible devices’ to surf the Web, post status updates and photos, and download files wirelessly at speeds up to’ 10 times faster’ than customers on 3G networks.
Verizon Wireless first debuted its 4G LTE network in Vermont in’ May 2012. Recently, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network further expanded along Route 2, between Chimney Corner in Colchester, and South Hero.

Berkshire Bank kicks off 'Season of Giving'

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 10:51am -- tim

Berkshire Bank is excited to announce its second annual ‘Season of Giving’ holiday campaign.’  Berkshire Bank employees will complete a variety of community service related projects throughout cities and towns that Berkshire Bank serves. Berkshire Bank employees are also inviting the public to join with them to support local children and families in need this holiday season.’