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Governor Douglas appoints Adam Howard to Lamoille-4 House seat

Wed, 10/07/2009 - 10:01am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today announced the appointment of Cambridge resident Adam Howard as State Representative for Lamoille-4 House District.  Howard will represent Cambridge, Belvidere and Waterville in Lamoille County, replacing 27-year Legislative veteran Richard Westman who resigned his seat this summer to become Vermont s Tax Commissioner.
I m pleased to announce my appointment of Adam as State Representative, said Governor Douglas.  His business experience and volunteer work make him uniquely qualified to serve at this critical time.

Vermont Chamber of Commerce Names 2010 Top Ten Summer & Fall Events

Wed, 10/07/2009 - 9:55am -- tim

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the highly anticipated 2010 Top Ten Summer and Fall Events.  The 2010 award recipients display a wide variety of unique Vermont activities that will provide something fun for everyone in all corners of the Green Mountain State.  The winners in chronological order include:
Vermont Maple Festival: Celebrate the Official Flavor of Vermont
St. Albans, April 30 to May 2, see website for hours & admission (much is free).

Legislative leaders reiterate Yankee deadline, decommissioning fund

Wed, 10/07/2009 - 9:49am -- tim

Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, today reiterated that it will be incredibly difficult for the Vermont General Assembly to act in 2010 on the question of continued operation of Vermont Yankee unless a power purchase agreement between Vermont utilities and Entergy is filed with the Vermont Public Service Board before November 1, 2009.  In addition, the legislative leaders again noted that before the General Assembly acts there needs to be a requirement in place for Entergy to have enough assets to pay for restoration of the site upon the closing of Vermont Yanke

Vermont Medical Society to tackle costs, childhood obesity

Wed, 10/07/2009 - 9:06am -- tim

The Vermont Medical Society (VMS) last weekend adopted policy resolutions that will lead to the organization tackling a number of key health care issues in the upcoming year, including reducing the rising costs of health care and preventing childhood obesity.  The resolutions were approved by VMS members during the organization's 196th annual meeting held at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vt.

Vermont heating oil supply up from last year, prices lower

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:24am -- tim

The supply of oilheat in the Northeast is approximately 17 percent higher than last year and the strongest it has been in the last five years, according to EIA. Retail heating oil prices in the Northeast have dropped about 40 percent, according to EIA. In Vermont, prices have dropped approximately 42 percent, according to the Vermont Dept of Public Service.  
The Winter Fuels Outlook is available at

Gardener's Supply teams up with Sovernet for telecom service

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:30am -- tim

Gardener's Supply and Sovernet Communications are pleased to announce the signing of a multi-year, multi-location agreement for telecommunication services. 
"We are excited to team up with Sovernet, another local company, for all of our telecom needs.  Sovernet brought us a creative solution that not only meets our telephone and data needs today, but has the flexibility to meet them well into the future," said Jim Feinson, President, Gardener's Supply.

Governor Douglas appoints David R Fenster Addison County state's attorney

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:28am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today announced the appointment of David R. Fenster as Addison County State s Attorney.  David is replacing John T Quinn who retired last month. Fenster has been in private law practice in with the firm Barr, Sternberg, Moss, Lawrence, Silver, Saltonstall & Fenster, PC, in Bennington, Vermont since July of 2005.  Before joining the firm he was Deputy State s Attorney with the Bennington State s Attorney s office for more than eleven years.  Fenster was educated at the University of Vermont where he received a B.A.

Vermont Foliage Report: Vibrant color on display across state

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:26am -- tim

Foliage in the Green Mountains is near or at peak color this week, and the leaves will continue to brighten in the lower valleys over the next several days into Columbus Day Weekend. Fall color that is near or at peak can be found in many areas of Vermont, especially in the Green Mountains and in higher elevations throughout the state. Meanwhile, lower elevations and the foothills are showing mid-stage color with pockets that are close to peak.

Vermont gets $1.2 million in broadband mapping grant

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:25am -- tim

US Senator Patrick Leahy, US Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch and Governor Jim Douglas Tuesday welcomed the announcement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the US Department of Commerce, that Vermont has been awarded Vermont a $1.2 million broadband mapping grant.  Vermont s grant is one of the first four American Recovery and Reinvestment Act broadband grants to reach the states for broadband mapping, aggregation and infrastructure.

Welch calls for extension of first-time homebuyer tax credit

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:17am -- tim

At the Essex home of Lindsey and Matt Wignall, Rep. Peter Welch on Tuesday called for a year-long extension of a tax credit that allowed the Wignalls and hundreds of thousands of other middle class families to buy their first home. Welch outlined his support for the First-time Homebuyer Credit Extension Act (H.R. 1993), which would extend a popular and successful program that provides an $8,000 tax credit to families buying their first home.

Green Mountain Coffee's Blanford named 'Responsible CEO of the Year'

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:14am -- tim

Corporate Responsibility Officer Magazine named Lawrence J. Blanford, President and CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), 2009 Responsible CEO of the Year in the Mid-Cap category. The Mid-Cap category includes medium-sized, public companies (sales between $100 million and $2 billion). Mr. Blanford will accept the award tonight at the publication s annual summit in Chicago.