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Vermont's Woodstock Farmers' Market selected Retailer of the Year by national trade group

Tue, 07/14/2009 - 10:21am -- tim

The Woodstock (Vermont) Farmers Market has been selected Retailer of the Year by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, a major trade association of the food industry. The honorees include 4 other markets nationwide and range from a major specialty supermarket chain in St. Louis to a family owned six-store specialty food chain in Eastern Virginia. The Woodstock Farmers Market has been serving fresh meats, seafood, produce and specialty groceries, along with take-away breakfast lunch and dinner at its single store location for over 17 years.

PSD requests investigation on FairPoint's ability to continue to operate in Vermont

Tue, 07/14/2009 - 8:28am -- tim

Today the Vermont Department of Public Service filed a Show Cause Petition with the Public Service Board, requesting an investigation to determine if FairPoint Communications is capable of continuing its telecommunications in the state.  At stake is the company s Certificate of Public Good , or CPG which is their license to conduct business as a regulated utility in the state. The request for a Show Cause investigation is intended to determine if the company is capable of recovering from its current situation and continuing to conduct business in the state.

Welch says Vermont dairy industry "on the brink of collapse"

Tue, 07/14/2009 - 7:51am -- tim

Testifying before a House Agriculture subcommittee Tuesday morning, Rep. Peter Welch sounded the alarm that Vermont s dairy industry is on the brink of collapse. Welch called on the subcommittee to take immediate action to save Vermont s family farms while working on a long-term solution to the persistent problem of severe price volatility.

Union Bank's Stewart honored by Vermont Bankers Association for 50 years of service

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 10:10am -- tim

Union Bank s Duwella Stewart was honored by the Vermont Bankers Association for her 50 years of service in local banking with Union Bank.  During her tenure at the Bank, she has served as Personal Banker, Teller, Special Project Supervisor (Union Bank Calendars), Bookkeeper, Proof Operator and more.  She has also been involved in the Bank s local fund raising initiatives, including the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, the March of Dimes and many others.

Mack Molding launches MackMedical

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 9:00am -- tim

Mack Molding Co. is today announcing the formation of its medical products group, which the company is branding MackMedical. Located at Mack’s headquarters in Arlington, Vt., MackMedical is a focused group of staff --product development, program management, quality, regulatory, document control, purchasing, sales and production -- that is skilled in medical manufacturing. They manage all medical accounts, from upfront engineering through final manufacturing and distribution.

GE Volunteers donate $2,000 to the Starbase Vermont youth program

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 8:16am -- tim

For the second year in a row, GE Volunteers have donated $2,000 to the Starbase Vermont youth program to help teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to elementary school students in Vermont.  Starbase offers students in grades 4 through 6 an exciting activity-based curriculum conducted over 5 days (25 hours) with a goal to inspire students in STEM fields.  The Starbase program typically occurs over a 5-week period and it is free of charge.

Vermont seeks $125.6 million to fund rail upgrades

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 7:01am -- tim

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has announced the submission of two preliminary applications for federal stimulus money to fund $125.6 million in rail-bed upgrades. If approved, the upgrade projects would enable faster and expanded passenger train service across the state.
The first application seeks $50.9 million to improve the rail line running from Swanton to Massachusetts through Essex and White River Junction, with the objective of increasing passenger train speeds to 59 mph, or even 79 mph through certain sections.

Legislation would bolster successful SBA loan program

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 6:40am -- tim

Rep. Peter Welch unveiled legislation Monday morning aimed at freeing up credit to small businesses by expanding a successful Small Business Administration loan program. At Burlington s Chittenden Bank, Welch and members of Vermont s business and banking communities outlined details of Welch s bill, which is intended to bolster the popular SBA Express Loan Program. By increasing the SBA Express program s current cap of $350,000 to $2 million, the legislation would significantly increase access to credit for Vermont s small businesses.

VTrans gets $10 million in stimulus funding for local transportation projects

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 5:51am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today announced that The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will award more than $10 million in Federal Economic Stimulus funds to improve roadways, sidewalks, bridges and other transportation infrastructure owned by 30 Vermont municipalities and non profits. The money will be distributed in three ways: 10 communities will receive paving grants ranging from $300,000 to $750,000, eight communities or non profits will receive transportation enhancement grants ranging from $52,000 to $240,000, while the Vermont Agency of Transportation will expend up to $5

Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center receives national award

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 5:49am -- tim

Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center has been recognized as one of the 2009 recipients of the Step I National Quality Award presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). This year 664 nursing and assisted living facilities from across the nation applied for the quality award at this level. Awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 60th Annual Convention and Exposition, October 4-7, 2009 in Chicago.

CVPS proposes renewable energy upgrades, grants

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 5:32am -- tim

Continuing a tradition of renewable energy innovation that goes back decades, Central Vermont Public Service has proposed a variety of projects to further clean energy development in Vermont. The CVPS proposals, filed with the Vermont Public Service Board, include seven renewable projects and studies at a total cost of about $350,000.  In a letter to the PSB, CVPS noted that the Vermont Department of Public Service, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Renewable Energy Vermont, the Conservation Law Foundation and the Biomass Energy Resource Center support the company’s proposals.

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