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Vermont Yankee confirms 'A' line leak stopped

Wed, 03/24/2010 - 5:52am -- tim

The work to isolate the remaining internal leak from the A AOG recombiner steam trap drainline into the AOG tunnel is complete, according to a statement released Tuesday afternoon from Vermont Yankee. Monday night, the A drainline was successfully isolated. On Tuesday, inspection of the AOG tunnel using a remotely operated camera indicates that the internal leak from the A drainline to the tunnel has stopped. When the inspections are complete, the A drainline will be rerouted and be put into standby status. 

Northeast home sales up 13 percent this year

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 11:53am -- intern

According to the National Association of Realtors, Northeast home sales were up 13 percent in February over the same time last year, the biggest gain in any of the four U.S. regions. Nationwide, homes sales were up eight percent, without seasonal adjustment.
The median sales price for an existing home went up nearly eight percent, to $254,700. The Northeast was the only region to show a price increase over last year. The national median sales price went down about two percent to $165,100.

Mount Snow, Ltd. agrees to pay $95,000 for hazardous waste management violations

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 11:45am -- intern

Mount Snow Ltd., the owner and operator of Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont, has agreed to pay ninety-five thousand dollars ($95,000) in civil penalties to the State of Vermont to settle claims brought by the Vermont Attorney General's Office that it violated a number of Vermont s Hazardous Waste Management Rules at its facilities. Improper handling and mismanagement of hazardous materials are serious matters, said Attorney General William H. Sorrell.

Identity theft service provider to issue refunds, pay to investigate deceptive advertising

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 11:42am -- intern

On March 9, Attorney General William H. Sorrell together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 34 states announced a settlement with LifeLock, Inc., a Tempe, Arizona-based identity theft service provider, that resolves an investigation into the company s misleading advertisements. Eligible Vermont consumers will receive refunds and the state will receive $15,000 to cover the costs of investigation.

VT granite company closes, nine out of work

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 11:37am -- intern

Nine people are out of work as a result of the closure of Hutchins & Perreault, a small Barre granite company which has been in operation in Barre for 40 years.
Rick Hutchins cited a number of circumstances in his decision to close the business, including a decline in the market for cemetary memorials due to the increased popularity of cremation as well as competition from more inexpensive stone that is being imported.

Verizon Wireless boosts 3G network in Chittenden County

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 10:50am -- tim

To continue to stay ahead of rising demand for 3G wireless applications and Internet access in Chittenden County, Verizon Wireless has enhanced its local network. Since 2000, the company has invested $2.6 billion into its New England network, including $192 million in 2009, and recently earned recognition from JD Power and Associates for "Highest Call Quality Performance among Wireless Cell Phone Users in the Northeast" *.
Consumer Advantages
-- Recent upgrades to existing 3G cell sites provide increased 3G data capacity in: -- Burlington
-- Charlotte
-- Milton

Vermont Yankee installing new well to extract groundwater

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 7:43am -- tim

Vermont Yankee engineers and technicians are continuing to plan for soil and groundwater remediation. The new well to be used for extracting groundwater is being installed today beside the Advanced Off Gas Building.  Also today, equipment is arriving to support the pumping operation that will be the first stage of groundwater remediation. 

Ben & Jerry's thirty-second annual free cone day today, March 23rd!

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 7:38am -- tim

Participating Scoop Shops across the country will open their doors from noon 8 pm on Tuesday, March 23rd to serve up the latest of the company s newest super-premium quality and values-led flavors. It s an annual tradition started by Ben & Jerry as a way to give back to the communities that support their local scoop shops.
The 2010 scoop shop line-up includes some great new flavors including more made with Fair Trade Certified ¢ ingredients.

Charlotte ferry resumes service, no longer free

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 7:29am -- tim

The Lake Champlain Transportation Company (LCT) today resumed ferry service at the Essex-Charlotte crossing.  The ferry will operate Monday through Friday until April 5, at which point service will be expanded to seven days per week.  The ferry begins service from Vermont at 7 a.m. and from New York at 7:30 am each day.  As has been the standard practice, the LCT charges for use of their privately-owned ferry.

SBA announces Vermont's 2010 Small Business Winners

Mon, 03/22/2010 - 10:02am -- tim

Katy Lesser, Owner of Healthy Living Market, South Burlington, has been named the US Small Business Administration s (SBA) 2010 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. Nominated by David Blow, Jr, Vice President, Granite State Development Corp., Burlington, Lesser was selected for outstanding leadership related to her company s staying power, employee growth, increase in sales, innovative ingenuity and contributions to the community.