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Hampton Direct donates to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 8:24am -- tim

Hampton Direct, Inc, an award winning Williston Vermont-based company that develops, brands and markets innovative products for the Direct Response industry, has teamed up with the United Way to provide much-needed assistance to fellow Vermonters who have been affected by Tropical Storm Irene. For each Hampton Direct employee that donated at least $10 to assist the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, Hampton Direct matched that with an additional $100 corporate donation. The end goal raised $4,438 for the cause.

Community College of Vermont wins $2.5 million grant

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 8:21am -- tim

The Community College of Vermont will receive a $2.5 million job-training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Vermont congressional delegation announced today. 
The grant comes through a career training program, said Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). 
‘The Community College of Vermont has a proven record of effective service to students, communities, and employers in Vermont,’ the delegation said in a joint letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis supporting the grant request. 

Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon decides to run for re-election

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 11:21am -- tim

Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon today announced that he will run for re-election. Salmon had been considering, or been considered for, several other statewide offices. The Republican from St Johnsbury had been linked to possible runs for governor, Congress and US Senate. It was generally thought that the GOP office-seekers would wait for former Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie to decide his future political plans before making their moves. Dubie lost the governship narrowly to Peter Shumlin last year. Dubie has yet to annouce his intentions.

Saint Michael’s College receives $2 million gift from estate of Robert Hoehl

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 9:10am -- tim

Together with her children, Cynthia Hoehl, wife of the late Robert Hoehl, has fulfilled a pledge for a major gift to student scholarship at Saint Michael’s College, made by the couple during Visions, the college’s last comprehensive campaign. The gift of $2 million will be announced tonight by Saint Michael’s President John J. Neuhauser, at the annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner at the Doubletree Hotel Burlington. 
‘Saint Michael’s is a part of our life. It means a great deal to all of us and did especially to Bob,’ said Cynthia Hoehl. 

Grand Isle County added to disaster declaration for private non-profit organizations

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 7:48am -- tim

The US Small Business Administration announced today that Grand Isle County is added to the disaster declaration for Private Non-Profit Organizations (PNPs) in Vermont that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature. The deadline to submit disaster loan applications is Oct. 31, 2011 for damages caused by Tropical Storm Irene that occurred on Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, 2011.

New solar orchard connects Monitor Barns’ past with present

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 7:43am -- tim

The Richmond-based Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) is now harvesting the sun for energy. Through a new solar orchard, the nationally-renowned VYCC will derive the power for its conservation, education, and agricultural programs from the sun, connecting their two iconic monitor barns in a contemporary way.  
The VYCC will formally commission the solar orchard at its annual meeting and celebration -- Denim & Diamonds ‘ tomorrow, Saturday, September 24th.

Weekly unemployment claims fall after storm-related spike

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 6:55am -- tim

There were 717 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. This is a decrease of 359 from the week before, as new claims returned closer to typical levels 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 6,375 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 425 from a week ago and 962 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,444 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 14 fewer than a week ago.

Business owners to share post-disaster survivor tips during free webinar Sept 28

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 5:18am -- tim

Any crisis in a disaster situation, from a server malfunction to a flooded basement, could force a business to close its doors, reducing productivity and profits and possibly resulting in a permanent shut-down.  Next week, in the fourth of four weekly webinars during National Preparedness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery Solutions three business owners who faced losses of property and income after a disaster will share their experiences and what they learned about preparing for the next disaster.

Veteran WCAX-TV reporter Andy Potter announces retirement

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 4:58am -- tim

Award-winning Reporter Andy Potter announced his retirement from WCAX-TV this month after 14 years in front of the camera.  The longtime journalist decided it was time to slow down after a series of health issues related to knee replacement surgery. 
‘It’s been an honor to be able to tell the stories of Vermonters over the years,’ stated Potter, who is also a veteran of the Vietnam War.  ‘I am looking forward to a slower beat in the days ahead,’ added Potter, a Middlebury College grad, whose affinity for Vermont has spanned decades. 

Vermont towns not in flood insurance program will get another chance

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 11:17am -- tim

Some Vermont municipalities that didn’t join or failed to comply with provisions of the National Flood Insurance Program ‘ potentially making their residents ineligible for some disaster assistance ‘ will be getting a second chance. Most of the towns are small, but the list includes Essex Junction and Manchester Village.
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency said that some 39 Vermont communities who are listed as ‘sanctioned’ will be given until March 1, 2012, to apply for entrance into the NFIP (SEE LIST BELOW).