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Entergy: No intent to mislead found, but some communication incomplete or inaccurate

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 9:20am -- tim

Entergy Corporation today announced it has provided to Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell the results of its independent internal investigation into alleged contradictory or misleading information provided to the state government by company officials about underground piping at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Heavy snow knocks out power to more than 20,000 CVPS customers

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 7:20am -- tim

The back-to-back winter storm system that is working its way across New England knocked out power to more than 20,000 CVPS customers last night and this morning, and the storm is expected to continue throughout the day. However, this is only the first wave of the storm, as another system with potentially damaging high winds is expected Thursday and into Friday. As of noon today, CVPS had 10,500 customers still without power. Crews are working as quickly as they safely can today to make repairs, but CVPS continues to take additional outages as the heavy snow keeps coming down.

Sovernet acquires Power Shift's broadband services division

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 11:11am -- tim

In a joint statement, Sovernet Communications of Bellows Falls, Vermont and Power Shift of Stowe, Vermont, announced today that Sovernet is acquiring the broadband services division of Power Shift. The move promises to deliver seamless Internet access to Power Shift customers. Current Power Shift DSL customers will not see service interruptions and Power Shift customer service will continue to provide support throughout the transition.

CVPS appeals for Shareheat donors

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 11:07am -- tim

Central Vermont Public Service today appealed for donations to CVPS Shareheat, saying matching funds remain available for the low-income emergency fuel assistance program, but donations are lagging.
“The economy has taken a toll on donations, no doubt about it,” CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said.  “Thanks to our Shareheat business partners and shareholders, we still have $68,000 available to match contributions from the public, but those donations are coming in at a trickle.”

State Senate leader offers scathing rebuke of Vermont Yankee

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 10:58am -- tim

Senate Majority Leader John Campbell issued the following statement today regarding the Vermont Yankee debate and the timing of the Senate vote on the question of continued operation of the plant. The Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow on the question of whether to relicense the nuclear power plant for another 20 years beyond its license expiration in 2010. Yesterday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirmed that a tritium leak from an underground piping system was found in 2005.

Vermont Public Television receives 2010 EDGE Award

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 10:48am -- tim

The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) will recognize Vermont Public Television with a 2010 EDGE Award to for demonstrating the great potential of digital television. The EDGE Awards are presented annually to public television stations that use digital technology, groundbreaking partnerships, and educational technologies to deliver innovative services to their communities.

Employer health care costs and employee waistlines to be trimmed by Vermont firms

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 10:46am -- tim

Vtrim, an online behavioral weight management program developed at the University of Vermont, and Vermont based HRSentry have partnered to offer the Vtrim Online program to employers nationwide.
“The goal of Vtrim is sustainable, long-term weight loss.” noted Beth Casey Gold, M.S., R.D., Vtrim’s Director of Corporate Programming.  “Vtrim teaches participants how to manage what they eat; versus food restriction...weight loss follows naturally.”

Vermont Law School and partners receive mental health award

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 10:43am -- tim

Vermont Public Television, in collaboration with Vermont Law School, the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the Vermont office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will receive a 2010 EDGE Award from the Association of Public Television Stations for the “Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness” project.
The EDGE Awards are presented annually to public television stations that use digital technology, groundbreaking partnerships and educational technologies to deliver innovative services to their communities.

Vermont Yankee excavation continues, drinking water well taken out of service, decommissioning fund bolstered by $40 million

Mon, 02/22/2010 - 3:44pm -- tim

A statement from Vermont Yankee Monday night reported that excavation near underground piping thought to be the source of a tritium leak was making progress; it also said that a drinking water well in the general area of the test wells that have showed elevated levels of the radioactive isotope will be taken out of service as a precaution, even though it is well beneath the test wells and has not shown in testing to contain tritium; and that a "parent guarantee" of $40 million from Entergy to the Vermont Yankee decommissioning fund has been approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Dwight Asset gives $21,000 to Champlain's EMC project to address violence against women

Sun, 02/21/2010 - 3:12pm -- tim

Champlain College s Emergent Media Center is the recipient of three gifts, totaling $21,000, given in honor of former Dwight Asset Management CEO Laura Dagan s 22 years of service to the company and her recent retirement.
The financial gifts from Dwight Asset Management, its parent company, Old Mutual Asset Management and its client, Graybar Electric Company, were presented to Ann DeMarle, director of Champlain College s Emergent Media Center (EMC).