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Governor awards 15 energy projects in second round of grants

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 8:16am -- intern

Governor Jim Douglas announced today that an additional 15 energy efficiency projects have received $170,000 in funding from the the Vermont Community Change Program. The final winners were selected from a pool of 86 applicants.
I want to congratulate the winners of this round of funding and thank you, and all those who applied, for your commitment to reducing our state's carbon footprint, said the Governor. The combined reduction in CO2 emissions from these projects is the equivalent of electricity use of 45 to 50 homes.
The 15 winners include:

Everybody Wins! Vermont receives $2,000 donation from TD Banknorth

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 8:14am -- intern

TD Banknorth, acting through the TD Charitable Foundation, has donated $2,000 to Everybody wins! Vermont, an organization designed to pair elementary school-aged children with reading mentors. The funds will help Everybody Wins! Vermont recruit, train, and match volunteer mentors with individual children for one-on-one weekly reading assistance.

Bove's Lasagna Wins Gold

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 5:21am -- admin

Bove s famous frozen lasagna has been awarded the National Association of Specialty Food Trades prestigious Gold sofi ¢ Award in the Outstanding Pasta, Rice and Grain Category. The all-natural, hand crafted lasagna is a frozen version of the classic that has had customers literally lining up around the block to get a taste at Boves famous Café in Burlington, Vermont.

Welch supports House climate change bill

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 6:58am -- intern

On Friday, June 26, Representative Peter Welch voted to approve a landmark climate change bill which was then passed successfully by the House. The bill, designed to cap carbon emissions and invest in renewable energy, contained several major provisions authored by Welch, including a national energy efficiency program that will retrofit the nation s homes and buildings.

New 24-hour interpreting services begin at CVMC

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 6:57am -- intern

In an effort to enhance their interpreting services, Central Vermont Medical Center has acquired Deaf Talk, a wireless mobile video unit that allows for 24-hour American Sign Language video interpreting. The unit gives patients the ability to communicate directly with clinicians via a certified, medically-trained American Sign Language interpreter on the video screen. 

Secretary of State seeks Centennial Award nominations

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 6:57am -- intern

Secretary of State Deb Markowitz is looking for applicants to the 2009 Vermont Centennial Nonprofit Awards program. The program was created to honor nonprofits that have been in operation for at least 100 years, and any nonprofit with a century or more of service is eligible for application. Applicants will be chosen later this year and award recipients will be honored at the historic Vermont Statehouse. 

Health Care: The Time for Action is Now

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 5:52am -- admin

The following is an op-ed by Senator Bernie Sanders.
by Senator Bernie Sanders
As a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, one of two senate committees dealing with health care reform, I want to take this opportunity to briefly update Vermonters about what is happening in the Senate on this enormously important issue.

Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council Kicks Off Industry Award Nominations!

Fri, 06/26/2009 - 9:46am -- admin

The Vermont Hospitality Council (VHC), the tourism division of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, is currently seeking nominations for five high-profile industry awards: the Borden Avery Innkeeper of the Year, Chef of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year, B&B Innkeeper of the Year, and Allied Member of the Year. The deadline for nominations is July 30, 2009.