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Former Middlebury company workers to get federal Trade Adjustment assistance

Fri, 03/05/2010 - 4:49am -- tim

Laid off workers at the former Monahan Filaments (formerly Specialty Filaments) plant in Middlebury will be eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance through the US Department of Labor. This could lead up to an additional $12,000 in benefits. The DOL announced yesterday that approximately 5,500 workers from companies in 12 states California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont are eligible to apply for assistance related to jobs lost to foreign trade.

Vermont Town Meetings vote 14-1 against relicensing Vermont Yankee

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:21am -- tim

As predicted based on a survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) for the nonpartisan and nonprofit Civil Society Institute, the vast majority of Vermont Town Meetings deliberating this week the fate of the Vermont Yankee came out in support of closure of the controversial nuclear reactor by 2012.  The final tally of Town Meetings in Vermont opposing the relicensing of Vermont Yankee was 14-1.  The town of Rockingham was alone in passing a pro-Vermont Yankee resolution and, even then, only by a margin of three votes, according to reports.

Manufacturing Solutions Inc’s founder named Business Leader of the Year by Lamoille Chamber

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 10:35am -- tim

The Lamoille Valley Chamber of Commerce named Garret Hirchak of Manufacturing Solutions Inc Community Business Leader of the Year an honor recognizing business persons who are active in their communities, demonstrate dedication to employees and co workers and are leaders in their fields.

Allen Lumber partners with Keep Local Farms initiative

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 10:31am -- tim

This week, Allen Lumber, the Vermont building supply company, joined forces with local dairy farmers to launch the Keep Local Farms initiative throughout its six Vermont stores. Allen Lumber is the second retailer in the country to implement the Keep Local Farms program. Hannaford Supermarkets announced their partnership in January. The initiative will help raise funds for local northeast dairy farmers, ensure a local, fresh supply of milk, and provide customers a way to support local dairy farmers and the local food network they help to sustain.

Choice Care Card lays off 'fewer than 20' workers

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 9:19am -- tim

One of Vermont s fastest-growing companies remains on track for continued expansion despite a recent round of layoffs, its CEO says. Choice Care Card, based in Waterbury, was a recipient of a 2009 Vermont Business Magazine award in recognition of the 711 percent growth in sales that it achieved during the previous five years. The company holds the sixth position on the magazine s list of the top 10 growth firms in the state as of 2008. CEO James Hunter acknowledged in a March 4 interview, however, that the company recently laid off fewer than 20 employees.

Brendan Kinney named VPR’s vice president for development and marketing

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 9:07am -- tim

Brendan Kinney has been named Vice President for Development and Marketing for Vermont Public Radio.  Kinney will oversee all of VPR s fundraising efforts, including major and planned giving, membership, underwriting, foundation grants, and capital campaigns. He ll also be responsible for crafting a strategy to reach new listeners. Kinney joined VPR last month.
"We are delighted to welcome Brendan to VPR, said VPR President Robin 
Turnau. His 15 years of work in development and public relations, along 

Vermont Troopers’ Association reaches deal on new contract, saves state almost a $1 million

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 8:56am -- tim

Secretary of Administration Neale F. Lunderville and Vermont Troopers Association
(VTA) President Michael O Neil today announced that the Administration and VTA have reached
agreement on a new one year labor contract, subject to ratification by the VTA membership.
The agreement will produce over $970,000 in total savings in FY11, $162,540 attributable to General
Fund savings and $719,679 in Transportation Fund savings. In entering into the agreement, the State will

Senate confirms Vermont’s Julie Brill to Federal Trade Commission

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 8:47am -- tim

The US Senate Wednesday night confirmed former Vermont Assistant Attorney General Julie Brill for a vacancy on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Brill served for more than 20 years as Vermont s Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust, from 1988 to 2009.  Since February 2009 she had been the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice.

Vermont Yankee narrows search for tritium leak

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 5:12am -- tim

Vermont Yankee engineers and technicians continue their investigation into the source of tritium in the plant s groundwater. As reported by Vermont Yankee over the weekend, testing identified a leakage path that could allow water, which was previously found pooled in the Advanced Off Gas (AOG) pipe tunnel, to reach the soil. Although this pathway may eventually prove to be the source of tritium, Yankee said in a statement, engineers have not ruled out any possibilities and are considering all potential leakage pathways until planned testing is complete.