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Sixteen employers recognized for keeping workers safe on the job

Wed, 05/13/2009 - 9:18am -- admin

 Sixteen Vermont firms were given recognition today by Governor Jim Douglas for keeping employees safe in their workplaces. Three firms captured the top awards, while nine were presented with certificates of recognition. Four other firms were among the finalists for the prestigious Governor s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety.

Vermont and France celebrate cultural exchange with New England Culinary Institute chefs

Wed, 05/13/2009 - 9:18am -- admin

Last Friday representatives from France and Vermont announced a joint cultural exchange that build on the many facets of the strong French-American connection. The primary purpose of the event was to introduce the Vermont chefs who will be traveling to France this summer as part of the first 4-14 Festival, a cultural exchange meant to bring together the food and the music of the two countries. The name of the event derives from the independence days of the two countries: the fourth of July for the United States, and Bastille Day (July 14) for France.

Lyndon State College makes major upgrade to Meteorology Department

Wed, 05/13/2009 - 9:16am -- admin

Next fall, the Lyndon State College Meteorology Department will welcome students with a new name, in new space, with completely networked computer labs and a new curriculum. The department will be known as the Atmospheric Sciences Department and will offer new courses that include a multi-faceted emphasis on weather, weather-related sciences and weather applications.

Weekly unemployment claims continue to decrease

Wed, 05/13/2009 - 9:15am -- admin

 Week Ending May 9, 2009. There were 1,069 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 35 from the week before. Altogether 16,521 new and continuing claims were filed, 1,484 less than a week ago and 7,848 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,374 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 109 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,350 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program which is an increase of 8 from the week before.

Verizon to sell more of its rural landline business

Wed, 05/13/2009 - 9:05am -- tim

Following on the sale of its Northern New England landline business last year, Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) announced today that it has agreed to sell most of the rest of its rural telephone services to Frontier Communications (NYSE:FTR) in a $3.5 billion stock deal. The deal incolves customers from Oregon to North Carolina. Verizon wants to focus its landline business in California and the metro Northeast. Last year, Verizon and FairPoint Communications finalized a $2.3 billion deal that divested Verizon of its Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine landline (wireline) business.

Milton tax plan approved by state

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 11:50am -- tim

The state has given the Town of Milton a green light for its Tax Increment Financing District, a move that will allow the town to keep some of the property taxes generated by new development to fund infrastructure instead of sending them all to the state.
Recently the Vermont Economic Progress Council gave final approval to the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Plan after many hours of deliberation that included a meeting in Milton, public comment, and a tour of the town and the proposed TIF District. 

Marselis Parsons retiring from WCAX, Anson Tebbetts to take over

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 11:29am -- tim

Long-time WCAX-TV news director and anchor Marselis Div Parson is retiring, it was announced today, and former WCAX reporter Anson Tebbetts will rejoin the South Burlington television station and take over Parsons off-air duties. Tebbetts currently is deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Tebbetts will take over as news director, but will not be the regular news anchor.

Vermont Ski Museum welcomes Beck, Broomhall, Chaffee and Sheehan into Hall of Fame

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 9:27am -- tim

The Vermont Ski Museum is pleased to announce the 2009 Inductees into the Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame: Bill Beck, Erlon "Bucky" Broomhall, Suzy Chaffee, and Bobo Sheehan. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor athletes, special contributors, and pioneers of Vermont skiing who promoted and/or contributed to the sport of skiing in Vermont; to document the histories of Inductees in the Museum's collection; and to recognize their accomplishments through the Induction ceremony and the Hall of Fame exhibit.

Highlights of the 'Future of Vermont' report

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 9:24am -- admin

The Council on the Future of Vermont yesterday released its final report: Imagining Vermont: Values and Vision for the Future. The report was part of a two-year project undertaken by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. The report was presented at the "Summit on the Future of Vermont" held at the University of Vermont. The project was intended to find out what Vermonters wanted for their future. More than 3,900 people offered their input.

Lawrence Barnes School receives $5,000 from TD Banknorth to celebrate National Library Week

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 9:11am -- admin

TD Banknorth recently surprised the Lawrence Barnes Elementary School in Burlington with a $5,000 donation through the TD Charitable Foundation, the bank's charitable giving arm. The funds were donated in celebration of National Library Week, April 12-18, and will help the school's library purchase new books and technology resources, and support existing library programs.

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