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JobsInVT to give up to $1,000 to a company's favorite Vermont charity

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 7:55am -- tim

As a way to say "thank you" for using over the past 10 years, its Live Work Give celebration contest will give a donation in a giving company's name to a favorite Vermont nonprofit.
Multiple employees from the same company can enter. will randomly select one employer winner per quarter and one employer winner at the contest's end in February of 2014.
It's easy to give - just enter the Live Work Give contest. The first drawing is in April.
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Lower Vermont gasoline prices expected to increase in April

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 6:47am -- tim

Vermont gasoline prices fell over the last week and are lower now than they were at the same time a year ago, according to the national tracking firm Vermont's average gas price is $3.775. One week ago it was $3.821 and a year ago it was $3.80. This trend is typical of what is happening in the rest of the country, including the metro areas of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Miami, as prices peaked in February. The US average is $3.67, compared to $3.683 a week ago and $3.788 a year ago. Prices are expected to increase again in April.

Energy committee drops new spending on thermal efficiency

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 6:18am -- tim

by Nat Rudarakanchana March 13, 2013 The House Natural Resources and Energy committee dropped $6 million in new spending on thermal efficiency on Wednesday, after committee members changed their minds about taking $11 million from the Education and General Fund by diverting sales tax revenue.
H.216, a 54-page bill which aims to weatherize homes and combat climate change, is morphing on a daily and even hourly basis, with a committee vote needed by the end of the week.

Vermont savings account rates hold steady since 2011 despite falling US averages

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 5:01am -- tim

GoBankingRates is continuing its state-by-state historical rate comparison by focusing on interest rates offered by local banks and credit unions in Vermont. The interest rate aggregating website compared Vermont's average rates on savings accounts, 6-month CDs, 1-year CDs and 2-year CDs in 2013 against averages from two years ago. Vermont now has the fifth highest average savings account rate.

Norwich announces Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson as 2013 commencement speaker

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 4:54am -- tim

Norwich University officials have announced that Pulitzer Prize winning author and military historian Rick Atkinson is this year’ s commencement speaker. 
Atkinson was a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post for more than 20 years. He is the bestselling author of ‘ An Army at Dawn,’ ‘ The Long Gray Line,’ ‘ In the Company of Soldiers,’ and ‘ Crusade.’ His awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history. 

Population in Upper Valley area is largest 'micro' region in nation

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 4:25am -- tim

Numerous metropolitan statistical areas, micropolitan statistical areas and counties that were among the fastest-growing last year were located in, or at least near, the Great Plains and West Texas, according to US Census Bureau population estimates released today. The Lebanon, NH, area, and the contiguous part of Vermont, was the largest "micro" region in the nation with 217,000.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters lays off workers in California, Canada

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:12pm -- tim

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc, (NASDAQ: GMCR) announced after markets closed Wednesday a workforce reduction affecting a total of 74 full-time production and production support employees in its Castroville, California, and Toronto, Ontario facilities. In addition, seasonal layoffs impact a total of 36 positions in its Toronto and Montreal, Quebec facilities. Combined, these actions affect less than 2% of GMCR's total North American employees as of the end of its first quarter fiscal 2013, December 29, 2012.

NEFCU raises over $26,000 for Vermont Children's Hospital

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:50am -- tim

On Monday, March 11, Bill Smith, Senior Retail Delivery Executive, from New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) presented a check for $26,453.27 to Vermont Children's Hospital. Funds were raised during the annual Big Change Roundup, in which Change Bandits in Vermont collected loose change and donations from their friends, family and members of the community. All proceeds from the Big Change Roundup benefit patients and families served by Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Vermont Law School ranked number 1 in Environmental Law for fifth consecutive year

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:28am -- tim

The US News & World Report has released its rankings for the Best Graduate Schools for 2014, and has ranked Vermont Law School as the #1 environmental law school in the nation for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year.
Vermont Law School has been ranked #1 or #2 in the US News rankings for environmental law every year since 1991, and it has been ranked number one for 16 of those 23 years.

Can’t find parking in Montpelier? You’re not alone …

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:19am -- tim

by Anne Galloway March 13, 2013 Parking is a problem in Montpelier. Not only for the usual Statehouse crowd ‘ 180 lawmakers and the 400 lobbyists and advocates who swarm the nation’ s smallest state capital ‘ but also for state employees, visitors, renters, and business owners who are trying to attract customers to their retail shops, restaurants and hotels.