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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.

Change to one vehicle registration sticker and DMV fee increases go into effect July 1st

Fri, 06/26/2009 - 8:57am -- admin

Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Bonnie Rutledge announced today that effective July 1st, 2009 the DMV will issue just one registration sticker to all vehicles. Currently, the DMV issues two stickers, one for each license plate. The new one-sticker system calls for the single sticker to be applied to the rear plate of the vehicle to be legal. A vehicle, however, is still required to have two license plates: one attached to the front and one attached to the back.

State Historic Sites Host Fourth of July Events

Fri, 06/26/2009 - 8:56am -- admin

The Fourth of July weekend in Vermont offers many ways to celebrate, but to truly appreciate the meaning of the holiday the state s historic sites are the place to start.
Special events at the Bennington Battle Monument, Mount Independence in Orwell, and the Calvin Coolidge Historic Sites will range from a reading of the Declaration of Independence and Colonial-era music to a ceremony honoring Calvin Coolidge, the only U.S. President born on the Fourth of July.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont to Sponsor Champlain Quadricentennial

Fri, 06/26/2009 - 8:53am -- admin

Customers and members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) may take advantage of special discounts and offers for selected events at the Burlington International Waterfront Festival from July 2 to July 14, the company announced today.
The Burlington International Waterfront Festival will include an array of events and activities to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the expedition led by French explorer Samuel de Champlain to the waters now known as Lake Champlain. BCBSVT will host several events as part of the company's sponsorship of the festival.

Shumlin and Speaker Smith Comment on Ethan Allen Job Losses

Thu, 06/25/2009 - 11:39am -- admin

Senate President Pro Tem Shumlin and Speaker Smith commented today on the loss of over 200 jobs at the Ethan Allen manufacturing plant in Beecher Falls, Vermont.
The loss of so many jobs is a devastating blow to the economy of the Northeast Kingdom, said Senator Shumlin. I have reached out to the plant manager and let him know that our thoughts are with the workers and their families as they deal with the loss of their jobs during such difficult economic times.

Shumlin and Speaker Smith Move Forward on Addressing Unemployment Insurance

Thu, 06/25/2009 - 9:16am -- admin

Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin and Speaker Shap Smith moved forward today on addressing the challenge of unemployment insurance by appointing the Unemployment Trust Fund Reform Study Committee.
Vermont s unemployment insurance system is in desperate need of reform, said Speaker Smith. The Fund has been in decline for many years and without reform will go bankrupt. I am pleased that we have put together a strong committee who will continue the work we did on this issue, over the summer and fall months.

Governor Douglas Attends Kick-Off for the Vermont Biosciences Alliance

Wed, 06/24/2009 - 10:12am -- admin

Governor Jim Douglas attended the kick-off event for the Vermont Biosciences Alliance. The Vermont Biosciences Alliances is a partnership of businesses that make-up Vermont s growing bioscience industry as well as academic partners from the higher education community.
It is great to see business leaders from the bioscience community coming together to support one another, Governor Douglas said. These cutting-edge employers will play a leading role in our economic recovery and provide great job opportunities for Vermonters.