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Vermont Education Board to get report on changing school system December 15

Thu, 12/10/2009 - 6:47am -- tim

On Tuesday, December 15, the State Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier. At 1:15 p.m. the Board will hear a presentation from the Transformation Policy Commission, charged in early 2009 with proposing key policy actions that could support transformation. The report is entitled Opportunity to Learn, as it focuses on how every student can attain 21st century skills when provided with focused and personalized opportunities for learning.

Bill moves forward to allow heavier trucks on Vermont interstates

Thu, 12/10/2009 - 6:39am -- tim

Last night, a Senate-House conference committee approved language enabling both Maine and Vermont to conduct one-year pilot projects allowing heavier, six-axle trucks full access to the interstate highways within their borders. In September, the Senate passed Sen. Collins’ (R-Maine) provision in the Fiscal Year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, but it was not part of the bill passed by the House. The Conference Committee included both the Collins amendment and a similar one by Sen.

Former Coke CEO named to Green Mountain Coffee board

Thu, 12/10/2009 - 6:21am -- tim

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) has announced that Douglas N. Daft has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors and Compensation Committee. The addition of Mr. Daft expands the Board of Directors to nine members. Mr. Daft is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Coca-Cola Company, Inc. He joined the Coca-Cola Company in 1969 in the Sydney, Australia office. He subsequently held various positions throughout the Asia Region, residing in Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Winter storm, high winds knock out power to 14,000 CVPS customers

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 1:06pm -- tim

The large winter storm system that has wreaked havoc from the Upper Midwest to New England knocked out power to about 14,000 CVPS customers today. As of 4 pm Wednesday, 9,200 customers were without power. Bennington, Rutland and Addison counties were hardest hit, as high winds brought down trees and power lines along the western slopes of the Green Mountains.

Copeland Furniture named winner of national environmental award

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 1:04pm -- tim

The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) announces Copeland Furniture of Bradford, Vermont, is the recipient of the 2009 Sage Award for environmental excellence. The award program was launched to recognize environmental accomplishments within the home furnishings industry.
“A sage is someone who is widely respected for wisdom, experience and judgment,” explains AHFA CEO Andy Counts. “This award was created by AHFA and Cargill’s BiOH® polyols business unit to seek out and recognize true environmental innovators from whom others in our industry can learn.”

Weekly unemployment claims decrease, still high

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 10:20am -- tim

There were 1,566 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 236 from the week before. Altogether 13,459 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 1,614 from a week ago and 1,499 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,447 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 156 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,772 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 246 from the week before.

State of Vermont spent $228,874 on bottled water in 2008

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 9:58am -- tim

Vermont state government spent $228,874 on bottled water in 2008, according to a new report Getting States Off the Bottle released today by Corporate Accountability International. The new report also documents state spending in three other Northeastern states, where the expenditures ranged between $205,833 (Connecticut) and $527,107 (Massachusetts) a year for bottled water, or the equivalent of the funding needed to purchase 270 to 693 water fountains equipped with glass fillers.

Vermont ranks 8th in protecting kids from tobacco, but still below CDC level

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 7:36am -- tim

Vermont ranks 8th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations.
Vermont currently spends $5.9 million a year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is 57.1 percent of the $10.4 million recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last year, Vermont ranked 7th, spending $6.1 million on tobacco prevention.
Other key findings for Vermont include:

Community Health Center of Burlington gets $11 million for new building

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 7:20am -- tim

The Community Health Center of Burlington was awarded $10.9 million in federal stimulus funds for construction of a new building that will double the center’s size and allow it to serve more patients throughout Chittenden County, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced.

Nominees sought for Vermont Centennial Business awards

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 7:06am -- tim

What do the Northfield Savings Bank, Johnson Woolen Mills, and the National Life Group all have in common?  All three were recipients of the Vermont Centennial Business Award.  This program is a joint project of the Secretary of State’s office, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and the Vermont Business Magazine and honors businesses that have operated in Vermont for at least 100 years.

Verizon Wireless upgrades 3G network in Underhill and Jericho, Vermont

Wed, 12/09/2009 - 6:58am -- tim

Verizon Wireless is investing in Chittenden County, Vermont to stay ahead of rising demand for wireless voice, 3G multimedia and Internet access. Regionally the company has invested more than $2.5 billion into its New England network over the past nine years, including more than $105 million during the first six months of 2009.
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