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Vermont Housing and Conservation Board Names New Officers

Tue, 07/29/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Christine Hart and Thomas Weaver Elected as Chair and
Vice-Chair of Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board has elected Christine H. Hart of Brattleboro to serve as chair and Thomas G. Weaver of Essex Junction as vice chair. The board is an independent, state-supported agency established in 1987 to provide funding for affordable housing and conservation of agricultural and recreational land, natural areas and historic properties.

Vermont Secretary Allbee Challenges States To Eat Local During National Farmers Market Week

Sun, 07/27/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee is inviting each state to participate in an Eat Local National Challenge during National Farmers Market Week August 3 - 9. The challenge has already been greeted with great enthusiasm and many states are on board with their commissioner or secretary of agriculture to choose a day to eat only foods grown locally. Many states are also conducting their own Eat Local Challenges.

Our mission for a new energy future

Sun, 07/27/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Fuel prices are on everyone's mind.  Just last month, over 4,000 Vermonters joined me for a telephone Town Hall meeting on this issue.  The price of fuel dominates the discussion at every "Congress in Your Community" I hold in towns across Vermont.  And Vermonters are contacting my office in unprecedented numbers seeking assistance for the upcoming winter.
Vermonters are feeling the financial strain.
The impact of four dollar per gallon gasoline and, ominously, $5 per gallon home heating oil this winter is a crisis for Vermonters.

Free August Wine Tasting Series

Fri, 07/25/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

BURLINGTON - July 21st, 2008 - Dedalus Wine Shop will kick off its latest series of in-store wine tastings in August at 95 College Street in Burlington. The summer series will begin on August 2nd. Our new Saturday format will provide our community with a casual outlet for wine exploration, appreciation, and tasting. A schedule for the series can be found below.

Oil prices taxing for Vermonters

Thu, 07/24/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Oil prices taxing for Vermonters
by Kevin Kelley
Vermonters have been whacked with the equivalent of a new $850 million tax as a result of the doubling of oil prices in the past year, said Tom Kavet, the State Legislature's economist. That hit - heavier than the total $622 million impact from personal income tax payments - is bound to stagger the Vermont economy as consumers cut back on discretionary spending in order to pay for heating fuel and gasoline, Kavet reckoned.

Governor Douglas Announces $1 Million in Grants for Economic Development, Housing, Home Heating Projects

Wed, 07/23/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Douglas Announces $1 Million in Grants for Economic Development, Housing, Home Heating Projects
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (July 24, 2008)- Governor Jim Douglas has announced the award of more than $1 million in community development grants to five communities that will create new jobs by helping an employer lower their energy costs; rehabilitate and build new affordable housing; and help low-income Vermonters heat their homes this winter.

Governors call for feds to renew energy tax credits

Wed, 07/23/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

During their annual in Philadelphia last week, the nation's governors decided to send a letter to Congress calling for at least a 5-year extension of the renewable energy tax credit, including the clean renewable energy bonds.
The letter, signed by 51 of the nation's governors, including Govenror Douglas, encourages Congress to develop incentives for programs that help families and businesses use energy-efficient building techniques, materials and equipment. Governors also urge Congress to partner with states to pass this bipartisan legislation this year.