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VSAC celebrates anniversaries of its major college planning programs

Tue, 11/10/2009 - 8:38am -- tim

As events continue to unfold in Washington that could alter the scope of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the nonprofit organization took time recently to recognize the anniversaries of its major college planning programs.
· For 40 years, VSAC has provided Vermonters with individual counseling through TRiO, a group of programs that use a combination of federal and VSAC funds to help low-income, first-generation, college-bound students prepare for and succeed in education or training beyond high school.

Champlain Bridge to be demolished in near future, waterway closed

Tue, 11/10/2009 - 8:23am -- tim

Standing on the land-based part of the Vermont side of the closed Champlain Bridge, New York Acting Commissioner of Transportation Stanley Gee delivered the structure’s death warrant. At a hastily called press conference at Chimney Point yesterday (November 9, 2009), Gee said NYS-DOT and three consulting engineering firms had analyzed all the data from all the inspections of the 80-year-old bridge, and had concluded that it had indeed passed its predicted 70-year lifespan.

Entergy announces retirement of officers

Mon, 11/09/2009 - 12:23pm -- tim

Three Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) officers have announced their retirement after distinguished careers spanning 30 to more than 40 years each. Scheduled to retire later this month are Mike Kansler, president, chief executive officer and chief nuclear officer of Entergy Nuclear; John McGaha, senior vice president of Entergy Operations; and Bud Storey, vice president and deputy general counsel.

Rutland native leads WCAX's Southern Vermont News Bureau

Mon, 11/09/2009 - 12:15pm -- tim

WCAX-TV announced today that Molly McKenna Smith will lead its news coverage in Rutland, Bennington and Windham Counties. Smith will be based out of Channel 3’s Rutland Bureau.
“We are excited to welcome Molly as our newest journalist.  Molly's presence in Rutland will enable us to cover stories more readily from that important region,” noted Anson Tebbetts, WCAX News Director.
Smith is a graduate of Rutland High School and earned her broadcasting degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio.

New York, Vermont to replace Champlain Bridge

Mon, 11/09/2009 - 12:10pm -- tim

New York Governor David A Paterson and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas have received a report from their states’ respective transportation agencies which finds that it is not feasible to rehabilitate the Lake Champlain Bridge. Engineers have declared that the 80-year-old span is too unstable to be renovated, and recommend demolishing the bridge for the safety of motorists and boaters. The states will accept these recommendations based on the overwhelming safety issues enumerated in the report and will begin planning the construction of a new bridge in its place.

Governor announces Global War on Terror Memorial unveiling and Veteran's Day Ceremony

Mon, 11/09/2009 - 12:08pm -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas invites the public to join the Vermont Fallen Families to observe the Veterans’ Day holiday and the unveiling of the Vermont Global War on Terror Memorial at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.  Vermont’s Gold Star Families and friends along with state officials have worked hard to organize and create a lasting monument to honor our 36 Vermont servicemen who have given selflessly and made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation.  The Memorial will forever recognize their patriotism and courage and will include tributes to all service men and women

Barre wind turbine maker looking to buy local

Mon, 11/09/2009 - 12:01pm -- tim

A Barre Town company that makes wind turbines is hoping to find local businesses who can supply it with components and services as it expands its business. Northern Power Systems and the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development are teaming up to hold a “Supply Chain Open House” to match up potential suppliers with the company on November 13.

Burlington named #1 on Self Magazine's survey of America's healthiest places for women

Mon, 11/09/2009 - 11:58am -- tim

SELF, the national women’s well-being magazine, announces Burlington, Vermont as the nation’s healthiest city in its 10thannual Healthiest Places for Women survey. Analyzing 100 US metropolitan areas, this examination is the most comprehensive of its kind. Using a broad scope of research criteria, SELF evaluated more than 8,000 bits of data to determine each city’s level of healthy living.

New Agricultural Innovation Center will take 'Vermont Branding' to next level

Fri, 11/06/2009 - 11:53am -- tim

A grant secured by Senator Patrick Leahy will be used to launch a new Vermont Agricultural Innovation Demonstration Center, to help develop new Vermont products and chart new avenues for Vermont’s farmers and businesses to connect with untapped customers and markets.  Leahy aide Tom Berry made the announcement Friday in remarks in Rutland before the Vermont Farm Bureau.

Governor Douglas appoints David Tucker Commissioner of DII and CIO

Fri, 11/06/2009 - 10:38am -- tim

Governor Douglas today announced the appointment of David H Tucker as Commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation and Chief Information Officer for the State of Vermont.  Tucker has, for the last four years, served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department.  Tucker replaces Tom Murray who recently resigned to take the position of Executive Director of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority.

Central Vermont Public Service earnings up for year, down for Q3

Fri, 11/06/2009 - 10:19am -- tim

Central Vermont Public Service reported consolidated earnings of $18.6 million, or $1.57 per diluted share of common stock, for the first nine months of 2009, compared to $16.4 million, or $1.55 per diluted share of common stock, for the same period last year. CV reported third-quarter 2009 consolidated earnings of $6.2 million, or 52 cents per diluted share of common stock, compared to $6.5 million, or 61 cents per diluted share of common stock, for the same period last year.