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VNRC opposes archaeological rule change

Tue, 08/11/2009 - 5:53am -- intern

The Vermont National Resources Council has taken formal opposition against a proposal by the Douglas Administration to change guidelines regarding historical sites. The VNRC said that the changes would weaken protections for archaeological and historic sites across the state.
According to the VNRC, the proposal would effectively prevent even basic preliminary field reviews to determine if proposed developments would damage archaeological sites. They say that the proposal would also eliminate protections for Vermont's archaeological and historic resources.

Brattleboro Retreat launches specialty psychiatric/addictions program for uniformed service workers

Tue, 08/11/2009 - 5:44am -- tim

In response to high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and other drug abuse, domestic violence and mental health challenges among uniformed professionals (police, fire, military, EMTs, etc.) the Brattleboro Retreat is proud to announce the opening on Tuesday, August 11 of a new 16-bed, partial hospitalization program designed specifically to meet the unique mental health and addiction treatment needs of this population.

Vermont's Danforth to make Shirley Pewter

Tue, 08/11/2009 - 5:42am -- tim

Shirley Pewter of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Danforth Pewter of Middlebury, Vermont, have announced that as of August 10, Danforth has become the exclusive manufacturer and marketer of Shirley Pewter. Danforth will operate the Shirley Pewter Shop on Merchant’s Square in Colonial Williamsburg and the Shirley website at, and has become the exclusive importer and marketer of the Four Points Pewter wholesale brand.

SBA appoints Jeanne Hulit as regional administrator for New England

Tue, 08/11/2009 - 5:26am -- tim

U.S. Small Business Administration announced the appointment of Jeanne Hulit, as the regional administrator in Region I, to oversee the SBA’s programs and services in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The Region I office, headquartered in Boston, oversees the SBA’s district offices in Boston; Augusta; Concord; Montpelier; Providence; and Hartford.

Vermont Education chair Tom James stepping down

Mon, 08/10/2009 - 10:06am -- tim

Tom James, Chairman of the Vermont State Board of Education, announced today he will be stepping down from the Board. His final monthly meeting will be held September 15, 2009. James was appointed to the Board by Governor Douglas in February 2005 after filling two years of a vacant term. A retired IBM executive, James has served as a member of the Essex Planning Commission, the Essex Town School Board, the Essex Town Selectboard and the Essex Rotary. His State Board term was scheduled to end in 2011.

Stripes Group completes $13 million investment in Vermont's MyWebGrocer

Mon, 08/10/2009 - 9:21am -- tim

On Wednesday, August 5, 2009, Stripes Group of New York completed a $13 million equity investment in MyWebGrocer Inc., a rapidly growing and profitable Colchester, Vermont-based software-as-a-service company providing leading regional and national grocery store chains and consumer packaged goods companies with online commerce and digital media services. As part of their unique platform, MyWebGrocer operates the nation s largest grocery ad network with over 4 million monthly shoppers.

Vermont PSB approves CVPS' $350,000 renewable spending plans

Mon, 08/10/2009 - 7:55am -- tim

The Vermont Public Service Board has approved spending on a series of renewable energy projects and studies proposed by Central Vermont Public Service. The CVPS proposals, filed with the PSB in July, include seven renewable projects and studies at a total cost of about $350,000.  The board approved them in a decision received late Friday. The three studies are intended to help CVPS expand its popular Cow Power program, learn about the potential for algae as an energy source, and possibly expand production at an existing Rutland County hydroelectric facility.

Green Mountain Power files for wind measurement towers in Lowell, Vermont

Mon, 08/10/2009 - 7:50am -- tim

Green Mountain Power is taking an important step in its exploration of wind power in Lowell, Vermont, by filing with the Vermont Public Service Board for a permit to measure the wind resource on a portion of the Lowell Mountain range. Known as Kingdom Community Wind, the project would be owned by Green Mountain Power and would provide electricity to customers of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Electric Cooperative.

Help approved for laid off Ethan Allen workers

Mon, 08/10/2009 - 2:48am -- tim

The U.S. Labor Department has approved trade adjustment assistance for Ethan Allen employees in Beecher Falls, Vt., Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced. The Vermont congressional delegation supported an application submitted by the Vermont Department of Labor on behalf of the employees for assistance after Ethan Allen announced up to 260 employees would lose their jobs at the company s Beecher Falls location.  Members of New Hampshire s Congressional delegation, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R-Vt.) and New Hampshire Gov.