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Vermont rated healthiest state in the nation

Wed, 04/02/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Status of Vermonters Report Tracks Public Health Successes & Challenges
Vermont Celebrates Public Health Week April
7-13 with Real-Life Stories, Events
Montpelier, Vt. — April, 3, 2008. Gov. Jim Douglas and Health Commissioner Sharon
Moffatt, RN, MSN today released The Health
Status of Vermonters  — a report by the Vermont Department of
Health that tracks progress on key public health measures related to illness
and disease, clinical preventive services, health insurance, access to medical

Stride Creative Group announces new hire

Tue, 04/01/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Stride Creative Group, a graphic design and marketing firm in Burlington, announced the hiring of Terry Fallon as graphic designer.

Fallon has been a self-employed designer in Vermont, and was with the Chicago Tribune and KPMG in Chicago. He brings 25 years of print, web and media experience to the Stride team.

Stride Creative Group creates graphic design and marketing solutions for businesses and organizations throughout Vermont and beyond. Clients include CCTA, Darn Tough Vermont, Spruce Mortgage and WowToyz.

Douglas Urges Congress to 'Thoroughly' Investigate Fuel Prices & Take Action

Mon, 03/31/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Gov. Douglas Urges Congress to ‘Thoroughly’ Investigate
Fuel Prices & Take Action
Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas
today praised the U.S. Congress for holding hearings on skyrocketing oil
prices, but urged lawmakers to conduct a “real, thorough
Governor Douglas on several occasions has urged the U.S. Congress to begin
a bipartisan investigation of escalating fuel prices.  The Governor and a
bipartisan group of 21 of his colleagues had called for a similar investigation

FairPoint Communications completes merger with Verizon's wireline operations

Mon, 03/31/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 31, 2008) FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE:FRP) today closed its previously announced transaction in which FairPoint merged with Northern New England Spinco Inc. (Spinco), an entity which owned Verizon Communications landline and certain related operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. FairPoint is the surviving company in the merger.

Green Mountain Power exceeds reliability standards

Mon, 03/31/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

"Our customers consistently tell us that providing reliable power is the
most important thing we do, and in 2007 we had fewer customer hours without
power, despite significant storms hitting our service territory," said Mary
Powell, senior vice president and chief operating officer. "Major
investments in tree-trimming and other system upgrades have had a direct
effect on improving system reliability."
An analysis of the causes of all the outages in Green Mountain Power's
system during 2007 shows that outages caused by tree branches within the

Mad River Family Practice joins Central Vermont Medical Center

Mon, 03/31/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

As of March 1, 2008, ownership of Mad River Family Practice, located on Old County Road in Waitsfield, was transferred to Central Vermont Medical Center.
The day to day function of the office will be unchanged. Dr. Fran Cook and Family Nurse Practitioners Susanne Heinzerling and Debbie VanDyke will continue in full time practice, as will as the entire staff. Mad River Family Practice will be utilizing lab, X-ray and supportive services of CVMC more than in the past and CVMC will be assuming management of administrative and billing services.

VEDA lowers interest rates for second time in two months

Mon, 03/31/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

For the second time in two months, effective April 1, 2008, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA), will lower its interest rates for commercial financing. VEDAs variable rate for taxable borrowers will drop to 3.5%, and the Authoritys variable rate for tax-exempt borrowers will drop to 3%. In February, 2008, the same rates went from 6.5% to 5%, and from 5.5% to 4.5%, respectively.

Premier Veterinary Emergency Center to extend hours

Sat, 03/29/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists, popularly known to locals as BEVS, has added another 24 hour day, Friday, to its previous schedule. Local veterinarians and pet owners may now avail of services at Vermont's premier veterinary emergency center 24 hours from Thursday 5pm to Tuesday 8am, as well as 5pm to 8am on Tuesday and Wednesday.