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Compostable products company settles deceptive packaging claims

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 9:15am -- tim

Penley Corporation, based in West Paris, Maine, has agreed to settle claims by Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell that the company violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act by misrepresenting the availability of local composting options for its Full Circle line of ‘compostable’ cutlery. The settlement requires Penley to pay $10,000 to the State of Vermont in penalties and costs, and another $10,000 to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont) to support its Harvest Health Coupon Program.

STEP initiative will help small businesses export

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 9:06am -- tim

The US Small Business Administration is providing $30 million in grants to states, territories, and the District of Columbia, to help increase exporting by small businesses during the next 12 months. The grants were authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, under the State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP). Vermont has been allocated $363,768.

Leland & Gray Union High School teacher named 2012 Vermont Teacher of the Year

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 8:54am -- tim

Tong Chen, a middle and high school Chinese teacher at Leland & Gray Union High School in Townsend, was named by Commissioner Armando Vilaseca as the 2012 Vermont Teacher of the Year at a ceremony held today at the school. 
Also honored were:

Alternate Jeff Johnson, a physical education teacher at Mt Anthony Union Middle and High School in Bennington.
Finalists Mark Weikert, a physical education teacher at Flood Brook Union School in Londonderry; and Glenda Allen, a literacy and math teacher at Barre Town Elementary School in Barre Town. 

$1 million from NSF to connect UVM and Vermont State Colleges

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 8:33am -- tim

Increasingly, scientific research depends upon huge pools of data ‘ like gene sequences or weather models ‘ shared between scientists at numerous institutions. And this sharing depends upon fast fiber-optic networks and other so-called cyber-infrastructure ‘ far faster than a conventional internet hook-up.
In Vermont, that information pipeline has been not been as big as necessary or entirely missing in places.
But that’s changing.

Foliage report: Near-peak in the higher elevations and Northeast Kingdom

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 8:30am -- tim

Foliage is nearing peak color on the mountainsides of the Northeast Kingdom and at higher elevations down the spine of the Green Mountains. 
Vibrant foliage continues to develop around Vermont, and most areas of the state will be displaying ever more colorful foliage throughout the week.  ‘The mountains in Richford and Montgomery are at mid-stage to near peak, and the lower elevations are in the early to mid stages of color,’ reports Nancy Patch, a forester in Franklin County, near the Canadian border. 

Senate approves disaster aid

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 7:23am -- intern

Yesterday, Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders issued a statement following the Senate’s decision to not cut funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies that provide federal disaster assistance. The two Senators were very vocal about securing emergency funds for states in need, such as Vermont, while not allowing setbacks in other government programs to do so.

Accessible treehouse builder from Vermont wins 2011 Paralyzed Veterans' Barrier-Free America Award

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 5:41am -- tim

James Roth, cofounder of The Treehouse Guys of Warren, Vermont, (formerly Forever Young Treehouses), is the 2011 recipient of Paralyzed Veterans of America's Barrier-Free America Award.  Roth, through his company, has built 34 universally accessible treehouses in private camps and public parks across the country. John Connell, the architect behind the first prototype designs received honorable mention for his work.

Shumlin announces approval of federal farm disaster assistance for every county

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:26am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that the US Department of Agriculture has approved the administration’s request for natural disaster declaration assistance for farmers in all 14 counties in Vermont (Lamoille, Washington and Windham were named as contiguous disaster areas) to help with damage costs from storms and heavy rainfall that began in April. 

GW Plastics expansion of Silicones Division could add 50 jobs in Vermont

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:08am -- tim

Global precision molder and contract manufacturer GW Plastics announced today the expansion of its Silicones Division in Royalton, Vermont, to support increasing demand. With an initial investment of approximately $3 million dollars, GW will break ground in October 2011 and plans for full occupancy by the first quarter of 2012.

Governor Shumlin announces the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group, Inc

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:43am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin today announced his support for the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group (VLTDRG), a body that is central to long term recovery efforts relating to natural disasters in Vermont. The Group is responsible for providing financial and resource-based needs to individuals who need assistance beyond what Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or insurance companies can provide through in-kind donations, volunteer resources and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.