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US News ranks Blue Cross tops in Vermont

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

NATIONAL NEWS MAGAZINE RANKS BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT AS VERMONT'S TOP HEALTH PLAN
Berlin, Vt. - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has been ranked as the top health plan in Vermont - as well as one of the best in the country -- by a respected national news magazine. The rankings, released in the November 17-24 issue of US News and World Report, is based on quality review information from the National Committee Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Construction input prices fell 2.8 percent in October

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

November 18, 2008

Construction Input Prices Fall in October

Summary
Construction input prices fell 2.8 percent in October – the largest one-month decrease since July 1986 – according to the November 18 producer price index (PPI) report by the U.S. Labor Department. Despite the dramatic decline, construction input prices remain 10 percent higher than October of last year (see graph below).

Energy Saving Pioneer Resumes Operations in Brattleboro

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Energy Saving Pioneer Resumes Operations
Brattleboro, Vermont - November 10, 2008 - Window Quilt, the company that developed movable window insulation 30 years ago, is now shipping high performance insulated shades from their new Brattleboro factory. The company, whose products dramatically reduce energy losses through windows, was founded in Brattleboro. A local entrepreneur recently acquired the business, which had been moved to Seattle, Washington several years ago by its last corporate ownership, and returned it to Brattleboro under the direction of experienced management.

Home Energy Improvement Loan Rate Drops One Percentage Point

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Home Energy Improvement Loan Rate Drops One Percentage Point
MONTPELIERIt just got a little more affordable for Vermont homeowners to prepare their homes for winter weather. The interest rate for the Warm and Weatherized Loan Program has dropped one percentage point since the program was first announced in September. The five-year fixed interest rate on program loans is now 2.75 percent.

In Brattleboro, Vermont First Student drivers voted 25-4 to join Teamsters

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First Student workers in Vermont overwhelmingly voted to join the Teamsters Union in an election this week.
In Brattleboro, Vermont First Student drivers voted 25-4 to join Teamsters Local 597. The 30-person unit sought to improve their medical benefits and wanted a stronger voice in the workplace.
"We have a voice now," said Noni Fournier, a Brattleboro bus driver. "We hope for respect, to be treated fairly."

National Life plugs into the sun

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

National Life plugs into the sun
Financial Services Company Turns On Largest Solar Project in Vermont
Montpelier, Vermont (November 19, 2008) _ Electricity from the largest solar electric installation in Vermont - an array of 418 solar panels - is now helping to power National Life Group's Montpelier headquarters.
As the sun peeked out from the clouds, National Life CEO Thomas H. MacLeay and Gov. Jim Douglas joined together today in a rooftop ceremony to commission the new system and to praise the public-private financial partnership that made the project possible.

Sugarbush Resort Plans to Open for the 2008-09 Winter Season this Weekend

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Sugarbush Resort Plans to Open for the 2008-09 Winter Season this Weekend
Warren, VT (November 18, 2008)- It's time to get the gear out; winter is here. Sugarbush Resort will open for the 2008-09 winter season this Saturday, November 22nd when the Super Bravo and Heaven's Gate chairs begin spinning at 9 A.M.

Tayt Brooks Named Deputy Commissioner of Housing & Community Affairs

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Tayt Brooks Named Deputy Commissioner of Housing & Community Affairs
MONTPELIER, Vt. A longtime advocate for the home construction industry has been named the new Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
Tayt Brooks takes over the second slot at the department following the departure of interim commissioner Molly Dugan, who left earlier this fall to take a position with Cathedral Square Corporation.

UVM Dean Domenico Grasso Featured in EPA Report of Science Advisory Committee Accomplishments

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

UVM Dean Domenico
Grasso Featured in EPA Report of Science Advisory
Committee
Accomplishments
A soon-to-be
published report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Science
Advice for EPA - Current and Future Challenges, recognizes the service and
accomplishments of EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) members, including former
SAB Chair and University of Vermont Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences,
Domenico Grasso.
Dr. Grasso, an environmental

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