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Route 2 Moretown/Middlesex Bridge Now Open
MONTPELIER (August 28, 2008) The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened a one-lane temporary bridge along Route 2 that spans the Winooski River and connects the towns of Middlesex and Moretown.
The temporary bridge was installed following the May 30 closure of an 80-year-old truss bridge that was deemed unsafe after an inspection. Transportation crews removed the old bridge, and in its place erected a one-lane temporary bridge that will remain in place until a new, permanent bridge can be constructed.
Because the temporary bridge is only one lane, a traffic light was installed to safely allow traffic flow in both directions. The bridge officially opened to traffic at 12:30 p.m.
The temporary bridge, originally scheduled to open on Labor Day, was opened to traffic four days early.

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Governor Announces 'Next Generation' Internship Grants
Internship program connects hundreds of students with job opportunities
Castleton, Vt. - At Hubbardton Forge today, Governor Jim Douglas announced 14 Next Generation grants that will allow nearly 500 high school and post-secondary students to participate in career development internship programs.
This year's grants, totaling $530,000, are part of the Next Generation college scholarship and workforce training initiative proposed by Governor Douglas and passed by the Legislature in 2007. Last year, the program provided more than $800,000 in internship grants and connected 670 students with career opportunities.

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Sovernet adds Winooski VT to its OC 192 SONET Network
Bellows Falls, VT August 26, 2008 - Sovernet, a leading provider of telecommunications services in Northern New England, announces the extension of Winooski, VT to their Redundant OC 192 SONET Network.
"As part of our continuing next-generation network strategy, we want to evolve our network to one that maximizes service opportunities, reduces overall costs and quickly adapts to changing customer requirements," says Brandon Peyton, Sovernet's Director of Operations. "The flexibility of the SONET Network enables us to deliver a mix of services from a variety of locations to quickly support our customers without changing the network."
Three years ago, Huawei and Sovernet teamed up to implement an all-new SONET Network. This addition further enhanced the reliability of Sovernet's local, long distance, and Internet services, plus added new service capabilities such as Gigabit Ethernet.

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Vermont Aerospace & Aviation Association Open House at GE Aviation Rutland

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Vermont Tech Ranked Among Top 25 Schools in the North
RANDOLPH CENTER, Vt-Vermont Technical College this week was named among the top 25 Baccalaureate Colleges in the North by U.S.News & World Report.
In its 2009 "Best Colleges" issue, Vermont Tech this year came in at number 24, up six slots from its number 30 ranking one year ago.
"As you might imagine, we're very pleased with this kind recognition," said college president Ty Handy. "A lot of people put in a lot of long hours to make Vermont Tech the unique and special institution that it is, and it's very gratifying, not only to be recognized for our efforts, but also to be among the few public institutions to make it into the rankings."

According to its web site, the U.S. News rankings system rests on two pillars: quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and its own nonpartisan view of what matters in education.

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Champlain College advances in 'Best Colleges' ranking
BURLINGTON, Vt. (Aug. 26, 2008) - Champlain College has advanced to 12th place, up seven places from 19th, in the latest ranking in the 2009 Americas Best Colleges, published by U.S. News & World Report.
According to America's Best Colleges, Champlain ranks 12th in the listing of 'Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the North' which includes all the New England states, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. There are 320 colleges in four regional categories of institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts and professional fields.

Champlain College tied with two other schools, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Seton Hall University in Pennsylvania. Cooper Union in New York was ranked number one in the North.

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In Search of Excellence: The Vermont Way
Tom Peters is guest speaker at the 170th VHS Annual Meeting, September 13, 2008
MONTPELIER: The Vermont Historical Society welcomes Tom Peters as the keynote speaker at the 170th Annual Meeting at the Pavilion Building in Montpelier, September 13, 11:30 am. Admission is free, open to public. The Pavilion building is located next to the State House.
A celebrated "quality guru" of business management, Peters has lived in Vermont for the last 25 years, and has a passion for history. Tom's presentations are marked not only by his stunning breadth of interests and skill at tailoring his message to suit the needs of widely diverse audiences, but in particular by the contagious passion and energy he brings to his topic.

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Vermont Small Business Development Center names Linda Rossi State Star
VtSBDC State Director, Lenae Quillen-Blume, announced that Linda Rossi has been selected as the 2008 State Star of Vermont Small Business Development Center.
Linda Rossi, is the Assistant State Director for VtSBDC and responsible for state-wide marketing and public relations as well as strategic projects.
"I am pleased to make this announcement and to recognize Linda for extraordinary contributions throughout Vermont". Linda was chosen for her passion for the organization, her professional presence, and her unsurpassed respect and support for all of her VtSBDC associates. She has a strong commitment to VtSBDC and its strategic plan, execution and as well as branding of the organization as we move into the future.

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Vermont Tourism Extends Annual 'Vermont Fuels Your Vacation' Promotion Through Foliage Season
MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing is extending its popular fuel giveaway promotion through the fall foliage season to encourage visitors and Vermonters to explore the state.
"Vermont Fuels Your Vacation," an annual summer promotion featuring a $100 gas card giveaway every week, will be offered through the foliage season with the final winner selected on Monday, Oct. 27. Vermont residents and non-residents can register to win at www.VermontVacation.com/fuel and gas cards can be used at participating gas stations in Vermont.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is Offering Free Vaccine DVD's

Berlin, VT Are you concerned about the safety of vaccines?

Have you decided not to get your child a particular vaccine because you worry about the safety of immunizations? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) would like to send you a free DVD about vaccines. The DVD contains two videos produced by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:

"Vaccines and Your Baby answers questions like, What are vaccines?, How do vaccines work?, What are the chances that my child will get one of the diseases that vaccines prevent?, and Are vaccines safe for my baby?

"Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear reinforces the safety of vaccines and discusses why they have been so instrumental in saving the lives of millions of children.

To order a free copy, visit the BCBSVT website at www.bcbsvt.com/freevideo or call 802.371.3468.

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Similar to many Vermont businesses, BioTek Instruments, Inc. faces significant business constraints including aggressive international competition, increasing material and labor costs as well as a shortage of adequate labor. However these issues have not kept BioTek from growing and becoming successful. While attempting to address these issues, BioTek has also looked internally to continuously improve its operations so that it can pursue world class performance for its world class products.

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Saint Michael's moves up in US News Best Liberal Arts Colleges category
(August 22, 2008) Saint Michael's College is ranked 104th in the Best Liberal Arts Colleges category of the US News popular, but controversial, rankings of American colleges and universities.
Having moved last year from Northern Regional Masters University to National Liberal Arts College category,
Saint Michael's entered a new, more competitive category of colleges.