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Vermont to lead effort to write new science standards

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 11:31am -- tim

The state of Vermont will be among a group of states selected to lead an important effort to improve science education for all students. 
Vermont is one of 20 states that will lead the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which will clearly define the content and practices students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. The NGSS process is being managed by Achieve an education reform non-profit organization. 

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters receives Humanitarian of the Year Award

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 11:22am -- tim

Medicines for Humanity (MFH), the non-profit international organization that is dedicated to reducing child mortality in impoverished communities worldwide, has honored Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) with its 2011 Humanitarian of the Year award. The presentation was made last night at a fundraising event held at the World Trade Center Seaport Hotel in Boston.

Vermont is open for business

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 10:55am -- tim

The town of Grafton and the Vermont Country Store in Chester are open for business in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Vermont, which sustained infrastructure damage in the millions from Tropical Storm Irene, has made a remarkable and unprecedented three-week ‘comeback’ in time to host an estimated 3 million leaf peepers for fall foliage season, which begins next week. This is an incredible story of overcoming adversity, of communities, private businesses and individuals coming together to put this area back together.

Leahy wins initial approval to permanently reduce heavy truck traffic in Vermont downtowns

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 6:58am -- tim

US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has won initial approval of legislation that would permanently move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state’s Interstate highways.  Leahy’s provision will help Vermont businesses and communities struggling due to the large number of state and local roads heavily damaged during the recent flooding disaster.  

100 years later, Hotel Vermont to rise again in Burlington

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 6:16am -- tim

The ground will be broken Wednesday for a LEED-certified hotel as local developers Jay Canning and Chuck DesLauriers announce the commencement of construction on the new 125-bedroom Hotel Vermont and Hen of the Wood Restaurant in Burlington. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller will attend the groundbreaking event starting at 5:00 p.m. on September 21, 2011. It's expected to open in 2013.

The Shores assisted living community opens in Shelburne

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 6:13am -- tim

The Lodge at Shelburne Bay, located in Shelburne, Vermont, has announced its second expansion in 10 years, the opening of the Shores Assisted Living community. The Shores Assisted Living is a 20 million dollar, 90 bed state-of-the-art project. The 100,000 square foot, fire proof and environmentally friendly building consists of 76 brand new, all-inclusive rental apartments for seniors. The project will create more than 80 new jobs. Amenities include: On-site physical therapy, therapeutic pool, theater, fitness center and much more.

Kurt Wright running for mayor of Burlington

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 5:58am -- tim

Tuesday morning Republican Kurt Wright announced that he would be a candidate for mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Wright made the announcement on the Channel 3 Morning News and on the Charlie & Ernie & Lisa Show on WVMT 620-AM.
Wright said, ‘After much discussion, thought and encouragement I’ve decided to run for mayor of Burlington.  I can tell you that job number one for me will be to restore fiscal responsibility to the city and restore our credit rating.

Temporary bridge opens in Brighton along Route 105

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 5:10am -- intern

The Vermont Agency of Transportation today opened a two-lane temporary bridge along Route 105 in Brighton. The temporary bridge restores traffic along Route 105 in Brighton, which has been severed since Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont. While open, the bridge is unpaved. Crews plan to pave Wednesday, weather permitting. When paving is underway, Route 105 in Brighton will experience delays. Motorists should leave additional time to reach their destination.
Source: Vermont Agency of Transportation

21st century innovative programming grants

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 5:04am -- intern

The Vermont Department of Education announced grants awarded to six Vermont high schools to engage in 21st century innovative programming today.
The six schools will be the first Vermont cohort inducted into the New England League of Innovative Schools, sponsored by the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC). The six schools presented their projects, linking them to the practices to which they have committed and by demonstrating 21st century innovative programming.

People’s United & VPT in Disaster Relief Effort

Mon, 09/19/2011 - 10:58am -- admin

People’s United Bank and VPT Team Up to Help Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.
When Vermont Public Television holds its fall fundraising campaign later this month, people who contribute to VPT will, at the same time, be helping the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund that has been set up in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.
A contribution in any amount will support the programs and services that VPT provides throughout the region and will spark a matching donation from People’s United Bank to the local fund.