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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.   

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.