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Former Vermont congressman Richard Mallary, 82

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 7:45am -- tim

Richard Mallary, the independent-minded dairy farmer from Orange County and former congressman, has died, according to Governor Shumlin's office. He was 82. Mallary, a Republican, took over as Vermont's lone member in the US House of Representatives after Robert Stafford joined the US Senate. Mallory served in the 92nd Congress and was re-elected to the 93rd, serving until 1975. Mallary ran unsuccessfully for Vermont's other open Senate seat against Patrick Leahy in 1974. Jim Jeffords succeeded Mallary in Congress.

Shumlin announces $1.8 million in downtown tax credits

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 7:33am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin announced today the allocation $1.8 million in tax credits to downtowns across the state to support nearly $30 million in building improvements.  The credits, competitively awarded by the Downtown Development Board, went to 15 projects ranging in size from a small community group’s efforts to open the shuttered village store in Guilford to more substantial private investments like the conversion of Winooski’s Champlain Mill into a hub for rapidly growing technology firms like MyWebGrocer.  

Vermont ranked 2nd in nation in impact of poverty relief program 3SquaresVT

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 7:01am -- tim

Poverty increased in Vermont and across the nation in 2010: according to the US Census Bureau, over 76,000 Vermonters (including 1 in 6 children) are living below the poverty level ($22,314 for a family of four), with nearly 165,000 Vermonters (1 in 3 children) considered low-income (below 185% of poverty).  Almost 93,000 Vermonters currently receive 3SquaresVT benefits (known nationally as SNAP), which, when added to income, lifted 26% of 3SquaresVT households out of poverty, ranking Vermont second in the nation for its program impact.

From bears to bikes, Terry Bicycles’ CEO Elisabeth Robert rides to market

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 6:15am --

Philadelphia’s independent bike shops are about to experience a new kind of traveling salesperson. Terry Bicycles’ CEO, Liz Robert (formerly CEO of The Vermont Teddy Bear Company) is trading in her business suit for bike shorts and embarking on a pedaling excursion.  Robert is loading her backpack with samples and sales catalogs and riding from bike shop to shop in metro locations around the country, selling the Terry line of cycling gear and testing Google Bike Maps as well as the developing bike infrastructure of our cities and towns.

Vermont wins $3.1 million grant for healthier communities

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 11:51am -- tim

Vermont is in line to receive up to $3.1 million over the next five years as part of one of the country’s largest investments ever in promoting good health, the Vermont congressional delegation announced today. 
Vermont will be a leader in the new national initiative that also will limit spending by avoiding costly, chronic diseases in the first place, according to U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). 

Vermont ski resorts boast vast upgrades to the 2011-2012 season

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 11:17am -- tim

Among the variety of new construction and improvements at Vermont’s resorts, one theme unifies. These snow-centric businesses listen to their guests and year after year, strive to create the best possible experience for their extended family of skiers and riders.
Here is the latest update from the Vermont Ski Areas Association, Ski Vermont:

Vermont plant part of $9 million General Dynamics contract awarded by US Army

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 9:42am -- tim

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products was awarded an $8.6 million contract option by the U.S. Army for the load, assemble and pack of the M231 and M232A1 Modular Artillery Charge System (MACS). General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

UVM roboticist wins major national science award

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 9:18am -- tim

For his work to understand how to build better robots, Joshua Bongard, a researcher at the University of Vermont, has received the highest award given by the US government to young scientists.
UVM roboticist Josh Bongard will go to Washington D.C. to meet President Obama and receive the government's highest award for young scientists. (Photo: Sally McCay)