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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters completes sale of Filterfresh business to ARAMARK

Tue, 10/04/2011 - 7:07am -- tim

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffeemakers, today announced it has completed the sale of all outstanding shares of Van Houtte USA Holdings, Inc., also known as the Van Houtte U.S. Coffee Service business or "Filterfresh" business to ARAMARK Refreshment Services, LLC (ARAMARK) for an aggregate cash purchase price of approximately $145 million, subject to adjustment.

Aubuchon donates $25,000 to support flood relief efforts for mobile home owners

Tue, 10/04/2011 - 5:03am -- tim

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott accepted a $25,000 donation from Aubuchon Hardware Monday to support mobile home owners affected by Tropical Storm Irene.  
Deputy Housing Commissioner Jennifer Hollar and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott accept the donation
from Aubuchon President and CEO Marcus Moran, Jr. 

Over $107,000 provided to flood-impacted small businesses

Mon, 10/03/2011 - 11:53am -- tim

As recovery efforts continue to move forward, the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund has reviewed nearly 200 grant applications from many small businesses showing more than $18 million in damages from Tropical Storm Irene.  To date, the advisory committee has made first round grant awards to businesses from Wilmington to Waterbury; 54 applicants have received more than $107,000 out of the nearly $250,000 that has been generously pledged by individuals and organizations .

Route 100 through Pittsfield now open to public travel

Mon, 10/03/2011 - 3:46am -- tim

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened to public travel the 11-mile stretch of Route 100 that runs through Pittsfield. This segment of Route 100, which runs from the junction of Route 107 in Stockbridge to the intersection of Route 4 in Killington, received heavy damage from Tropical Storm Irene, and has been closed since the storm struck on August 28. 

Governor Shumlin thanks Vermont National Guard for job well done

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 11:50am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin and Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles on Thursday at a barbeque in Rockingham thanked Vermont National Guard members for more than a month of exemplary service helping the state recover from flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Five Vermont guard units deployed personnel to numerous Vermont locations where they helped state and municipal highway crews rebuild both local and state roadways. 

Delegation announces $660,000 grant to help train new Vermont farmers

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 11:40am -- tim

Vermont's congressional delegation - Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch - today announced a $659,784 grant to the Vermont New Farmer Network (VNFN). The grant will allow VNFN to provide training and assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers to help them run successful and sustainable farms.

Weekly unemployment claims fall again after Irene-related spike

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 10:03am -- tim

There were 608 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. This is a decrease of 109 from the week before, as new claims again fell following a two-week spike in claims resulting from tropical storm Irene. The week prior to the storm saw a seasonal low of fewer than 500 claims. Altogether 5,981 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 394 from a week ago and 1,285 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,443 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 1 fewer than a week ago.

Senator Bob Gannett receives 2011 Anna Marsh Award from Brattleboro Retreat

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 9:45am -- tim

In a luncheon ceremony held on Friday, September 30, 2011, at the Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, NH, the Brattleboro Retreat bestowed the 2011 Anna Marsh Award to Senator Robert T. Gannett. 
The Anna Marsh Award was established by the Brattleboro Retreat in 2009 to recognize individuals for their advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness. Gannett served on the Brattleboro Retreat Board of Trustees from 1967 to 1981. 
President Simpson and Senator Gannett