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Hollar to seek re-election as mayor of Montpelier

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 5:21am -- tim

Montpelier Mayor John Hollar has announced he will seek a second term. Montpelier has a city manager and the position of mayor is to lead the city council. Hollar is also a partner with the law firm Downs Rachlin Martin. His statement announcing his re-election bid is below. He previously ran uncontested.
Announcement of Plan to Seek Re-election
Someone asked me recently if I appreciated being mayor of Montpelier because, he said, this is an extraordinary town. He wanted to make sure that I knew what a privilege it is to serve as mayor of this great community.

Shumlin to give budget address, appear ‘On Point’; E-Board meets; lawmakers and experts gather for education summits

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 4:30am -- tim

by Anne Galloway Governor Peter Shumlin will dominate headlines this week with his budget address at 2 pm Wednesday. The governor is expected to roll out a spending agenda that will address the $70 million budget gap, pay for new opiate treatment programs and partially resolve the ongoing erosion of the teachers’ retirement fund.

Milken Family Foundation surprises Barre teacher with $25,000 educator award

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 9:20am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin presented Vermont’s ‘Oscar of Teaching’ to Katie Sedore from Spaulding High School today
All of Spaulding High School in Barre, Vermont, was abuzz as it prepared for a special assembly featuring more than a dozen special guests including Governor Peter Shumlin, Vermont’s Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe, former Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca and Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon. Yet only a handful of people ‘ and not even the school principal ‘ knew that one of the outstanding teachers at Spaulding was about to receive a major national award.

Flags to be lowered to half staff in honor of State Senator Sally Fox

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 9:12am -- tim

Per order of Governor Peter Shumlin flags to be lowered at half staff in honor of State Senator Sally Fox, who died early Friday.’ 
Where the flags will be lowered: The Vermont State House, all Federal and State Facilities around the state and public buildings and grounds around the state.’ 
Which flags will be lowered: The U.S flag, Vermont State flag, POW flags, and any other flags.’ 
Date the flags are to be lowered: (at sunrise):
Sunday, January 12, 2014’ 
Date flags are to return to full staff: (at sunset):
Tuesday, January 14, 2014’ 

Green Mountain College partners with Vermont Law School to offer degree programs

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 6:07am -- tim

Green Mountain College (GMC) students can now complete a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor degree in six years as opposed to the usual seven, or an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years instead of the usual five, thanks to three new dual-degree programs offered by GMC and Vermont Law School.’ 

Senator Sally Fox, advocate for the poor, dies

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 5:53am -- tim

by Anne Galloway State Senator Sally Fox, (D-South Burlington), died in the early morning hours Friday surrounded by her family. She was 62. She had struggled with lung cancer for two years. An audible gasp went up from lawmakers when House Speaker Shap Smith made the announcement in the House Chamber Friday morning. Senators wandered around in the downstairs lobby, crying and hugging one another, unable to talk about their colleague and friend.’ 

Letter: Norwich community has raised over $27K for Upper Valley Haven food shelf

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 2:50am -- tim

Dear Editor, I am delighted to see the Vermont Country Store has decided to follow the community service example set by Dan & Whit's General Store in Norwich, VT.’’ The participation of every able business and individual is vital if we are to truly fight hunger in Vermont. For this, I of course applaud the Vermont Country Store. The most important consideration here is feeding hungry people and in the end that is the truest bottom line.

Blu-Bin announces its 'Tip Jar' program

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 12:46am -- tim

Blu-Bin, Inc has opened ‘Tip Jar,’ a program which gives customers the option to have Blu-Bin donate 5 percent the revenue from their purchase to Vermont nonprofit organizations. The program is open to any Vermont-based 501 (c)(3) organizations benefiting the arts, technology education, and innovation. Two organizations customers already signed up for the program are Burlington City Arts and Generator, Burlington's new makerspace.

Major parties overwhelmingly back campaign finance bill in House vote

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:38am -- tim

by Anne Galloway The Vermont House overwhelmingly passed a campaign finance bill Thursday that will make it possible for parties to give unlimited contributions to individual candidates. The legislation, which passed 124-15 in a roll call vote, goes to the Senate on Friday for final passage.
The bill, S.82, is the result of a compromise struck by House and Senate conferees Tuesday.