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New data show antipsychotic drug use is down in nursing homes nationwide

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 1:03am -- tim

Nursing homes are using antipsychotics less and instead pursuing more patient-centered treatment for dementia and other behavioral health care, according to new data released on Nursing Home Compare in July by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Vermont is one of those states that has met a new goal of lowering usage.

Vermont farmers share feedback on proposed Food Safety Modernization Act

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 12:11am -- tim

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food co-hosted a Listening Session on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013, in Hanover, NH, in the Alumni Hall Auditorium in the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, to offer farmers and food processors an opportunity to get clarification on proposed rules under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and make statements during the 3 hour session.

FairPoint applies for $3.3 million in CAF Phase I funding for rural broadband

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 12:03am -- tim

FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) has applied for $3.3 million from the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund to bring high-speed Internet to more than 5,490 locations. The CAF funding, along with FairPoint's own additional investment, will bring high-speed internet access to more than 15,000 locations.

Attorney general warns of debit card text message scam

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 2:24am -- tim

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning consumers not to respond to calls or texts about a debit card problem. The Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program has received a number of reports of fraudulent telephone calls and texts indicating that the consumer’s debit card number has been locked and that the consumer should call 802-635-5449 or similar number for assistance.

Weekly unemployment claims fall back under 500

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 1:55am -- tim

New unemployment claims in Vermont continue to hover around 500 in the typical summer pattern of fairly low claims and little change. Claims tend to increase in September. For the week of August 17 , 2013, there were 430 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is a decrease of 95 from the previous week's total, and 23 fewer than they were a year ago.

Southern Vermont College partners with US Marine Corps’ Leadership Scholar Program

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 1:14am -- tim

Southern Vermont College (SVC) is proud to announce that it has begun partnering with the United States Marine Corps’ Leadership Scholar Program (LSP) to promote academic excellence for US Marines at the collegiate level. 
The LSP helps to identify those Marines who qualify for application to the College’s Veterans’ Scholar Program and then connects them both to the program and to Southern Vermont’s Office of Admissions in order to begin the application process. 

Health Care Shares raffle of framed drawing by Dr Mark Heitzman

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 12:09am -- tim

The Health Care Share program is a partnership between Central Vermont Medical Center and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps as a hunger relief strategy. CVMC identifies patient and employee families unable to afford or access fresh, nutritious food. The partnership provides 12 pounds of fresh produce and poultry each week for 12 weeks to these food insecure families, accompanied by recipes for how to use the food.  

State regulators say universal broadband is within reach

Sun, 08/25/2013 - 6:39am -- tim

by Hilary Niles August 24, 2013 Broadband projects for all but 200 places in Vermont have been set in motion, bringing the state much closer to the governor’s goal of bringing universal broadband to ‘every last mile’ by the end of this year. 
The Vermont Telecommunications Authority is 14 roads closer to making sure every address in Vermont has an option for broadband Internet connection, thanks to a new set of grant rounds.

Professional Remodeler’s “40 under 40” Class of 2013

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 8:07am -- admin

Prime Renovation Group is proud to announce that Vice President, Sam Gervais, has been named to the Top 40 under 40 list by Professional Remodeler magazine. The magazine judges nominees from across the country on characteristics such as leadership, dedication, personal integrity and community outreach. The 2013 class had over 100 applicants for this prestigious honor and Sam now joins the previous 80 recipients of the award.  

PC Construction to build 110,000 square-foot Middlebury College Field House

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 6:50am -- admin

PC Construction has started work on Middlebury College’s new Field House. The 110,000-square-foot building, which replaces a temporary air-supported structure known as ‘the Bubble’ and is more than twice its size, will host varsity athletic, intramural, recreational and special events when completed in October 2014.