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Vermont Department of Labor Releases Unemployment Report

Tue, 01/22/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont Department of Labor is reporting the seasonally adjusted employment rate for December 2007 at 4 percent, up one tenth of a point from last month and two tenths of a point from last year. There was no difference from November 2007 values. For the December 2007 month the US as a whole had an unemployment rate of 5 percent, up three tenths of a point from November.

Representative Cola Hudson dies at 81

Mon, 01/21/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Representative Cola Hudson, R-Lyndon, died January 20 of congestive heart failure. A farmer and janitor, he first served in the Vermont House in 1973. He served in the State House up to the week before his death. He was 81.
Below are comments from the governor and Speaker of the House.
Official Statement of Governor Douglas on the Death of Representative Cola Hudson
I was saddened to hear of the passing of my friend, Representative Cola Hudson of Lyndon. His family, friends and community are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lowe's Finally Opens in Vermont

Sun, 01/20/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

At 6 am on Thursday, January 17 2008, Lowe's opened its doors in South Burlington. The store, whose construction and opening was delayed for over five years due to disagreements over storm-water and run-off laws, operated a branchs in every other US state except Vermont until now. The 106,000 square foot store, which employs 160, took only 85 days to build, compared to the normal 120 days.

Long-time Captive Insurance Regulator to Retire

Thu, 01/17/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Long-time Captive Insurance Regulator to Retire
Leonard Crouse Helped Pave Way for Growth of Industry in Vermont
MONTPELIER, Vt. Leonard Crouse, Vermont Deputy Commissioner of Captive Insurance and a fixture in the states captive insurance industry for 18 years, has announced his plans to retire effective June 1st of this year.
For more than 30 years Crouse has been a nationally recognized leader in insurance regulation and has been credited as a key figure in advancing the captive insurance industry both nationally and in Vermont.

VBSR Announces Program to Connect Vermont Students with Vermont Companies

Tue, 01/15/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announces a program to link students approaching graduation from Vermont colleges and universities to exciting job opportunities with member companies. With a grant from the Department of Labor, VBSR will create paid internships at companies that are creating new job opportunities.

Vermont's Two Largest Utilities Meet Rigorous Emissions Reductions Goals

Mon, 01/14/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

                                                                                                January 15, 2008
COLCHESTER/RUTLAND, VT... Central Vermont Public Service and Green Mountain Power today announced they have both
successfully reduced greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with their
commitments as members of the Chicago Climate Exchange® (CCX), a voluntary,
legally binding multi-sector market for reducing and trading greenhouse gas

Patty Rickard joins CVMC as VP of Human Resources

Sun, 01/13/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

"As a member of the law firm she has worked with CVMC over several years, gaining the respect of many on the senior management team," stated Judy Tarr, CVMC president and CEO. "Patty's background and expertise are in human resources." 
Prior to working as Counsel for Primmer, Piper, Eggleston & Cramer, Patty worked as general counsel for Marlin Management Services, Inc., a company providing operational and financial services to nursing homes and other businesses.  Prior to that, she worked as a paralegal. 

VSECU Responds to Increased Demand for Charitable Food

Sun, 01/13/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Vermont Foodbank reported that during the last weeks of 2007, demand for charitable food out paced product donation- and food shelves and pantries across the state were struggling to meet the need of their communities. VSECU heard the reports and being a strong supporter of the Vermont Foodbank's charitable mission, responded with an additional generous gift.