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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). 

Green Mountain National Forest reopens, some trails still closed

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 10:58am -- tim

The Green Mountain National Forest, including the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, has re-opened to all Vermonters and visitors as of September 16th.
However, the damage to roads, bridges and trails in the Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Districts is extensive. Areas popular with tourists, Texas Falls and the Robert Frost trail, remain closed.
Please check the list of closures before directing visitors into the forest or venturing there yourself. 

Brian Harwood elected chairman of Vermont Symphony Orchestra governing board

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 9:27am -- tim

Brian Harwood of Waterbury was elected chairman of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Governing Board of Directors during the VSO Association’s Annual Meeting Wednesday night (September 21, 2010) at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.  Other officers include Victoria Young of Proctor, vice chairman, Sylvia Robison of Burlington, secretary, and Malcolm Severance of Colchester, treasurer.  

HUD awards Vermont $336,000 to help low-income families receive job training, employment

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 9:03am -- tim

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded Vermont $336,683 to help public housing agencies to retain or hire service coordinators to work directly with families who participate in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher program.  The coordinators will assist these voucher recipients to find employment resources and job training opportunities to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency. 

State officials announce plan for rapid, affordable disposal of flooded mobile homes

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 8:43am -- tim

A group of top state officials announced today that they have a plan to remove and dispose of mobile homes that were ruined by flooding in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. 
Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott and Lawrence Miller, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development, have been talking with private-sector partners for the last several days to nail down the framework for the plan, which they say offers a quick, responsible and affordable solution to a problem facing nearly 150 mobile home owners in more than a dozen parks around the state. 

Shumlin, New England governors urge Congress not to reduce low-income heating assistance

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 6:56am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin, along with the other five governors of New England states, has sent a letter to Congress urging members not to reduce funding for the Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Governor Shumlin made the following statement regarding the letter: