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Vermont receives $756K in carbon credits, governor announces $188,000 in Climate Change Grants

Fri, 03/20/2009 - 11:47am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today announced Vermont has received $756,000 in the latest round of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions and that 17 energy efficiency projects across the state have received $188,000 in the first round of funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program.

Vermont Public Television receives national award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Fri, 03/20/2009 - 11:17am -- tim

Vermont Public Television (VPT) has received a My Source Community Impact Award for Education from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). VPT president John King accepted the award at a ceremony March 7th in Washington, DC. The ceremony was part of the CPB/PBS-hosted Council of Chief State School Officers Legislative Conference. Also attending was Vermont s commissioner of education, Armando Vilaseca.

Two views on closing the capital gains loophole in Vermont

Fri, 03/20/2009 - 7:24am -- tim

The Vermont Legislature is considering closing the capital gains loophole to help offset the state's General Fund budget deficit. Here are two opinions on that issue currently being considered by the Vermont Legislature. Legislators already have closed a loophole in the business carry forward tax loss area, where a company cannot move into Vermont anymore and recognize a state-level tax loss from previous years that was incurred elsewhere.

HHS makes $551,000 in stimulus funds to support Vermont hospitals

Fri, 03/20/2009 - 7:12am -- tim

Building on President Barack Obama s efforts to ensure access to health care for millions of uninsured Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced that Vermont can access an additional $551,000 authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help pay hospitals to treat their most vulnerable patients.

State Board of Education announces election of officers; James, Stokes retain top positions

Fri, 03/20/2009 - 6:57am -- tim

The State Board of Education elected officers at its March 17 meeting, the Department of Education announced today. Tom James of Essex was re-elected Board chair, and Ruth Stokes of Williston was re-elected vice-chair.
James was appointed to the Board by Governor Douglas in February 2005 after filling an unexpired term. A retired IBM executive, James has served as a member of the Essex Planning Commission, the Essex Town School Board, the Essex Town Selectboard and the Essex Rotary. His State Board term will end in 2011.

Vermont Energy Partnership comments on Vermont Yankee reliability report

Thu, 03/19/2009 - 9:58am -- tim

In conjunction with a report from the Public Oversight Panel conducting the comprehensive vertical audit and reliability assessment of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Facility, Brad Ferland, President of the Vermont Energy Partnership issued the following statement.
This is another thorough and exhaustive study that shows Vermont Yankee should be part of the state s energy future. The bottom line is the report states the plant is reliable and that this reliability can be maintained.

AT&T grants $50,000 for convergence e-journalism at Lyndon State College

Thu, 03/19/2009 - 8:59am -- tim

A $50,000 grant from AT&T is helping the Lyndon State College Television Studies (TVS) students develop a new media, convergence e-journalism extension of the Department of Television Studies award-winning News7 operation. The result is two web-based news projects - NewsLINC and the Vermont Broadband Report, both of which can be seen at

SBA names Bonfigli of businessperson of the year, advocates also announced

Thu, 03/19/2009 - 8:44am -- tim

Mark Bonfigli, CEO and Founder of, Burlington, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration s (SBA) 2009 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. Bonfigli was selected for outstanding leadership related to his company s staying power, employee growth, increase in sales, innovation and contributions to the community.

Feast Against Famine raises $28,000 for Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

Thu, 03/19/2009 - 8:37am -- tim

Over 250 people attended the "Feast Against Famine" at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington. The St. Patrick's Day themed event raised $28,000 for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Major sponsors of the event included Northfield Savings Bank, O'Brien Brothers, F&M Development, Chittenden Bank and MicroBrightField.

Champlain Cable receives qualification for US Navy shipboard cable

Thu, 03/19/2009 - 8:29am -- tim

Champlain Cable Corporation, continuing its supply and development efforts of Irradiation Crosslinked Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) voice and data twisted pair shipboard communication cables, has received its second qualification from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for lightweight shipboard cable specification MIL-DTL-24643.