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AT&T Mobility to Sell iPhone 3G in Vermont on January 15th

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 10:19am -- tim

AT&T Mobility today announced that it will launch iPhone(TM) 3G at company-owned retail stores in Vermont.
The launch of iPhone 3G is made possible by AT&T Mobility's December 2008 acquisition of Unicel assets in Vermont. The company has been installing its systems and training employees at its ten legacy Unicel stores across the state to begin offering the full slate of AT&T Mobility products and services -- including the highly anticipated iPhone 3G -- on January 15.

Inaugural Address of Governor James H. Douglas: A New Framework for Progress

Thu, 01/08/2009 - 11:33am -- tim

(January 8, 2009) Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, distinguished guests, my fellow Vermonters: One hundred seventy three years ago farmers, businessmen, and lawyers from across Vermont met here for the 1836 session of the General Assembly. Among them, a minister and headmaster of the Orleans County Grammar School took his seat as the member from Brownington.

Vermont First Tee Grants 37 Additional Vermont Elementary Schools

Thu, 01/08/2009 - 5:53am -- tim

(Rutland, Vermont, 8 January 2009) The First Tee National School Program and the Vermont Golf Association, Vermont Golf Association Scholarship Fund, Vermont Golf Course Superintendent's Association, Vermont Golf Industry Committee, Vermont Professional Golfers Association, Vermont Senior Golf Association, and the Vermont State Women's Golf Association, have today announced that 37 additional local elementary school physical education programs will participate in the 2009 The First Tee National School Program.

Free rent for a year in downtown Rutland offer

Thu, 01/08/2009 - 5:22am -- tim

In an effort to help build business in these uncertain economic times, the Downtown Rutland Partnership has launched a new initiative that will offer Free Rent for a Year in Downtown Rutland to one new or relocating business into downtown.
Applicants must represent a NEW business to Downtown Rutland. Relocation of pre-existing downtown businesses does not qualify for the Free Rent for a Year program.

Remarks of Speaker Shap Smith on the opening of the 2009-10 Legislative Biennium

Wed, 01/07/2009 - 8:29am -- tim

January 7, 2009 - Thank you, and what a wonderful day it is today.  I want to begin by thanking my wife, Melissa.  She is a strong, compassionate, intelligent and beautiful woman and I am lucky to be married to her.  I also want to thank my children, Eli and Mia.  I am very lucky to have such wonderful, intelligent and (mostly) well-behaved kids.  To my family - my father and step-mother, my mother and step-father, my brothers and step-sister - thank you for your continued support.

Unemployment benefits increase slows for the week

Wed, 01/07/2009 - 7:57am -- tim

Week Ending January 3, 2009: There were 1,730 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 878 from the week before.  Altogether 15,600 new and continuing claims were filed, 1,919 more than a week ago and 3,802 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 2,267 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, an increase of 30 from last week.
The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at:

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009

Wed, 01/07/2009 - 4:44am -- tim

Peter Freyne never missed a deadline in the 13 years he worked for Seven Days. He delivered his political column, "Inside Track," every Tuesday by 4 p.m. and was never subtle about it. Shortly after emailing his article, Freyne would show up at the office to answer questions, argue, check last-minute facts and, depending on his mood, terrorize our staff. His column was the last thing we squeezed into the paper before sending it to press. So it's ironic - not to mention premature and terribly sad - that Peter Freyne left this Earth early on a Wednesday.

Welch appointed to influential Energy and Commerce Committee

Tue, 01/06/2009 - 7:43am -- tim

Rep. Peter Welch was named to the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce Monday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced.
Energy and Commerce has broad jurisdiction, including oversight of five Cabinet-level departments and seven independent agencies, as well as legislative authority over energy policy, health care, telecommunications, trade, and the environment. The committee s areas of jurisdiction align not only with Welch s top priorities but with a broad swath of President-elect Obama s legislative agenda.

Booth registration for the 25th Annual Vermont Business and Industry EXPO is now open

Tue, 01/06/2009 - 5:24am -- tim

Booth registration for the 25th Annual Vermont Business and Industry EXPO is now open!  The trade show is scheduled for May 20 & 21, at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.
In today's economy, your company cannot afford to hide in the shadows.  Get in front of the business community and use EXPO as your key marketing vehicle for 2009. 

Phil Benedict retires from Agency of Agriculture after nearly 38 years of service to the state

Tue, 01/06/2009 - 5:19am -- tim

Montpelier, Vt Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee has announced that long-time agency employee and Director of the Agricultural Resource Management & Environmental Stewardship (ARMES) division has retired from the agency.
Since Phil came on board here at the agency, he has been a champion and tireless advocate for the farming community and agriculture in our state, said Allbee. He has been a close advisor and friend to me and he will be missed personally and professionally.

CVPS, IBEW agree to five-year contract

Tue, 01/06/2009 - 5:13am -- tim

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 and Central Vermont Public Service have agreed to a new five-year contract, the longest in company history, following interest-based negotiations.
The new contract, affecting 216 unionized employees, was approved this morning and takes effect at midnight tonight, when the existing contract expires.