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77 artists and organizations to receive more than $245,000 in funding

Wed, 08/19/2009 - 4:36am -- tim

The Vermont Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of three competitive grant programs.  Seventy-seven awards totaling $245,165 have been awarded for Arts Learning, Community Arts and Creation projects.  This announcement comes on the heels of news earlier this month that 42 Vermont arts organizations were awarded funding totaling $606,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  While the stimulus money was designated for job retention in the non-profit arts sector, these grants will fund individual artists, schools and community arts projects.

Masterson appointed head of Vermont's Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Tue, 08/18/2009 - 10:32am -- tim

A former executive with the U.S. Department of Defense’s contracting office will be taking over the state program that assists Vermont businesses with obtaining government contracts. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development announced that William Masterson of South Burlington is the new Director of the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

Vermont Farm Health Task Force discusses aging on the farm

Tue, 08/18/2009 - 10:01am -- tim

The "aging of America" extends far beyond urban boundaries; 25 percent of all U.S. "elders" live in rural communities, a panel recently told the Vermont Farm Health Task Force at its quarterly meeting. Those who actively continue to farm exhibit the effects of an exceptionally vigorous life combined with a lack of relevant health care opportunities and access.

New maple spout will boost production dramatically

Tue, 08/18/2009 - 6:04am -- tim

An innovative new maple spout developed by the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center with funding secured by Senator Patrick Leahy will have a dramatic impact on maple syrup production and boost job creation and economic development in the state, the senator announced at a press conference today.  The new spout, which already has a million advance orders, will increase sap yields by 50 to 90 percent per tree, Senator Leahy said.

Shareholders accept delSECUR offer

Mon, 08/17/2009 - 9:17am -- tim

delSECUR CORPORATION, a Nevada corporation, (Pink Sheets: DLSC) announced today that its Board of Directors has accepted the majority Consent vote of over 60% of its shareholders in favour of the agreement to purchase the Intellectual Property Assets of delSECUR CORPORATION which was announced on August 4(th). The consideration for such purchase is in the form of a 49% interest in the shares of common stock of Q Tech Systems, Inc., an Ontario, Canada, corporation.

State announces $1.8 million grant to redevelop Barre properties

Mon, 08/17/2009 - 8:53am -- tim

A foreclosed apartment building will be refurbished and two blighted downtown buildings razed for redevelopment after the City of Barre was awarded a nearly $1.8 million grant by the Douglas Administration. In a ceremony at City Hall Park, Deputy Commerce and Community Development Secretary Jim Saudade announced the $1,769,400 Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant, funded by the federal government in response to the mortgage foreclosure crisis that gripped the country last year.

Palmisano named Top Chef of the Champlain Valley

Mon, 08/17/2009 - 8:51am -- tim

Sam Palmisano of Pulcinella’s in South Burlington took home the title of the Top Chef of the Champlain Valley for the second year in a row. Palmisano competed against Chef Robert Barral of Café Provence and JJ Vezina of the Windjammer Restaurant and Upper Deck Pub in an Iron Chef competition using all fresh Vermont produce, cheese and proteins donated by area farmers. The secret ingredient was announced to the chefs and the audience at the start of the competition and each chef had 50 minutes to create an appetizer and entrée highlighting this year’s secret ingredient, honey.

VBSR merges with local first Vermont

Mon, 08/17/2009 - 8:44am -- tim

Two of Vermont’s most innovative trade associations have decided to join forces. Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) and Local First Vermont are merging their memberships. VBSR is a statewide business membership organization made up of over 600 Vermont companies representing over 30,000 employees and $4.5 billion in annual sales. Local First Vermont has been one of the leading voices in the “Buy Local” movement in Vermont.

Burlington International Airport awarded $2.4 million in recovery funds

Mon, 08/17/2009 - 8:42am -- tim

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2,424,030 in recovery funding to the Burlington International Airport for taxiway rehabilitation and extension, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced. The funding will be used to rehabilitate and repave the intersection of two taxiways and to extend a third taxiway. The projects are part of the airport's multi-phase South End Development program, which will enhance cargo, aircraft maintenance and general aviation capabilities.

Vermont still lowest foreclosure rate as US filings set record

Mon, 08/17/2009 - 7:39am -- tim

Vermont continues to have by far the lowest foreclosure rate in the nation, more than four times lower than the next best state. RealtyTrac(R) (, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, has released its July 2009 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows foreclosure filings -- default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions -- were reported on 360,149 U.S. properties during the month, an increase of nearly 7 percent from the previous month and an increase of 32 percent from July 2008.