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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.
Letter

Winooski River Rapid Impeded by Bridge Debris

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

Winooski River Rapid Impeded by Bridge Debris
MONTPELIER - Debris associated with the Route 2 bridge span that toppled into the Winooski River earlier this week has been lodged in a nearby river rapid and poses a danger to paddlers using the Winooski.
Canoeists, kayakers and others recreating in this section of the Winooski should exercise caution when paddling the river as the debris has the potential to be dangerous if a boater were to be swept into it.

Report: State Could Improve Policy, Offset Oil Costs

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Report: State Could Improve Policy, Offset Oil Costs
NRDC Report Says Transportation Planning Can Buffer Automotive Fuel Costs
Vermont could be doing more to protect its citizens from the high costs
of fuel oil for our cars and trucks, according to a new report released
by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmental
group.
States that adopt laws to promote clean and efficient vehicles, prevent
sprawl, and invest in public transit, are helping protect their citizens

Vermont Nonprofits Receive More Than $200,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont for Health Improvement Projects

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Berlin, VT - More than 100 Vermont non-profit organizations have received grants totaling $205,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) in the first half of 2008, the states largest health insurer announced today.

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