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Iron Chef competition August 10 to benefit Champlain Valley Agency on Aging

Mon, 07/27/2009 - 2:23am -- tim

The third annual Top Chef of the Champlain Valley, an Iron Chef Experience will be held at UVM's Davis Center Aug 10, 2009 at 6pm to benefit the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging's Meals on Wheels and Case Management programs. Watch as Sam Palmisano of Pulcinella's defends his title against Robert Barral of Cafe Provence and JJ Vezina of the Windjammer Restaurant and Upper Deck Pub. Enjoy appetizers from some of the areas top chefs. Farrell Distributing and Woodchuck Draft Cider will be holding a wine, beer and draft cider tasting.

Governor dedicates new park station in Jamaica State Park

Mon, 07/27/2009 - 2:11am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas ton Friday joined the dedication of Jamaica State Park s new park station, which blends the heyday of local railroads with the modern conveniences of today.
The depot-style construction with its arrival window and other amenities is a nod to the railroad history of the area of our state and a creative way to preserve our cherished culture, the Governor said. When the park staff built the station, they turned their eye to local heritage while improving the park s services.

Senate OKs Leahy-Bond measure to upgrade National Guard's command structure

Fri, 07/24/2009 - 10:00am -- tim

The U.S. Senate Thursday night added an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill to create the position of Vice Chief at the National Guard Bureau.  The amendment was sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), the co-chairs of the 96-member Senate National Guard Caucus. 

$3.3 million in stimulus funds targeted for Vermont forest projects

Fri, 07/24/2009 - 9:56am -- tim

Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced today nearly $3.3 million in federal economic recovery funding for Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest.  This federal support will help create good-paying jobs while preserving Vermont’s natural resources.

Vermont, NH officials seek federal aid for Ethan Allen workers

Fri, 07/24/2009 - 6:41am -- tim

The governors and the Congressional delegations of both Vermont and New Hampshire today joined together to urge the U.S. Department of Labor to move quickly to provide assistance to workers recently laid off at the Ethan Allen furniture plant in Beecher Falls, Vt.
Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas and New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch; Vermont Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders; Vermont Rep. Peter Welch; New Hampshire Sens. Judd Gregg and Jeanne Shaheen; and New Hampshire Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter issued the following statement:

Vermont Coffee Company raises $1,000 for temporary shelters

Fri, 07/24/2009 - 5:54am -- tim

As part of a shift in its donation policy, Vermont Coffee Company conducted two local fundraisers for area homeless shelters over the past week.  We are directing our resources towards helping our neighbors, said Paul Ralston, owner of the company.  Over back-to-back weekends, a total of $667 was raised for the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) and the John Graham Emergency Shelter.  Ralston topped up that amount to an even $1,000.

SBA offers $10 million surety bond guarantee

Thu, 07/23/2009 - 10:36am -- tim

Building on Recovery Act provisions implemented earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today it can now provide surety bond guarantees on federal contracts valued at up to $10 million, if the contracting officer certifies that the guarantee is in the best interests of the government. An Interim Final Rule is available for public inspection at The Federal Register.

State awards $161,000 to preserve iconic landmarks on Vermont farms

Thu, 07/23/2009 - 10:32am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas on Thursday announced $161,000 in Historic Preservation Barn Grants for 19 farms to help preserve their barns for future generations. In a ceremony at the Elm Brook Farm in East Ryegate, which received $10,000 to repair its cow and horse barns, the governor noted that the program aided two of Vermont s most important industries, agriculture and tourism. The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of agricultural buildings with matching funding of up to $10,000 for a variety of capital repairs.

Vermont revenues end fiscal year with an illusory $14.5 million surplus

Thu, 07/23/2009 - 9:58am -- tim

Vermont Secretary of Administration Neale F Lunderville announced today that Vermont s final fiscal year revenue figures were above projections for the General and Transportation funds, but below target for the Education Fund. The fiscal year ended June 30. General Fund revenues exceeded the target for the month as compared to the consensus revenue target, last revised in April 2009. The General Fund revenues of $100.23 million (+$3.66 million, +3.79%) for the month of June 2009 were above target against the recently revised forecast of $96.57 million.