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Leahy announces $3.2 million in contracts to two Vermont firms

Mon, 11/16/2009 - 9:55am -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee announced today major federal funding for MicroStrain and Triosyn, both of Williston, for a total of $3.2 million. MicroStrain produces sensors used to provide crucial data on the safety of US Navy aircraft. MicroStrain has doubled its employment since 2007, from 25 to now 50 employees. The new $2.4 million Department of Defense contract for the company to will allow it to continue to develop independently powered wireless sensors to help the Navy monitor wear and tear on its helicopters.

Fort Ticonderoga Ferry will continue operation

Mon, 11/16/2009 - 5:48am -- tim

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce has learned that the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry will continue operation. There will be no interruption of service as had been reported by several media outlets. The owners of the ferry and the states of New York and Vermont reached an agreement over the weekend so that the ferry will continue to provide service to passengers commuting between Ticonderoga, NY and Shoreham, VT, through December weather permitting, and will continue to be free to passengers.   

New England states coordinate rail plans

Mon, 11/16/2009 - 5:32am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary David Dill on Thursday, November 12 joined transportation administrators from the six New England states in to advance the goal of regional cooperation and coordination to achieve the mutual goal of enhancing “mobility options” for the people of the Northeast. All six New England states have submitted Stimulus grant applications under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for high-speed or intercity commuter rail funding.

Governor announces $500,000 available for recreation trails

Fri, 11/13/2009 - 9:54am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today announced $500,000 in funding will be available for the 2010 Recreation Trails Program.  Vermont’s Recreational Trails Program is a matching grant program of the federal Highway Administration for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of trails, and trail-related facilities, for non-motorized, motorized, multiple-use or compatible recreational trail use.

Vermont residents vote online to elect 2010 landmark refurbishment

Fri, 11/13/2009 - 9:13am -- tim

In preparation for the program’s 10th anniversary next year, Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark program is asking Vermont residents to visit to help select which “All-American Landmark” in their state will be refurbished in 2010. The candidates are the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington; the St Johnsbury Athenaeum; and the American Precision Museum in Windsor.

ShopRite and MyWebGrocer launch the first weekly specials iPhone app

Fri, 11/13/2009 - 7:32am -- tim

MyWebGrocer and ShopRite supermarkets have teamed up to launch a pioneering new Apple iPhone and iTouch Application called ShopRite Weekly Specials. The new App, which is free and available now through Apple’s iTunes App Store, is the first App that is dedicated to weekly grocery specials on an iPhone. ShopRite’s user-friendly App is intuitive and makes shopping more accessible – whenever, wherever.

Weekly jobless claims continue upward trend

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 8:04am -- tim

There were 1,299 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 161 from the week before, as filings followed a trend begun in September. Altogether 10,234 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 123 from a week ago and 2,367 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,698 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 96 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,257 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 37 from the week before.

Economists cautiously tell E-Board Vermont’s finances are OK

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 7:44am -- tim

The two state economists told the Vermont Emergency Board today that state tax revenues were coming in pretty much as expected. While that is relatively good news, Jeff Carr, representing the governor’s office, and Tom Kavet, representing the Legislature, indicated that the budget’s previsouly lowered expectations were more responsible for the results than any expansion in the economy.