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Winners were announced at the 2013 Better Homes Awards event

Fri, 11/08/2013 - 4:08am -- tim

Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont (HBRANV), was pleased to announce our Better Homes Award (BHA) winners at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Leahy Center for Lake Champlain last night.’ With over 200 people attending, it was a wonderful night filled with laughter, celebration and encouragement that the building industry is back!

Additional Vermont Health Connect enrollment and extension information now available

Fri, 11/08/2013 - 3:20am -- tim

Vermont Health Connect, Blue Cross and MVP today outlined details of the additional enrollment options announced last week by Governor Shumlin to give peace of mind to Vermonters as they make health care decisions in the coming months. Fact sheets now available at VermontHealthConnect.gov provide greater clarity on how to take advantage of the various enrollment channels.’ 

GMP alerts customers to phone scam

Fri, 11/08/2013 - 3:11am -- tim

Green Mountain Power alerts customers that more attempts to scam GMP customers over the phone have been reported recently. The caller claims to be representing Green Mountain Power and requests the customer to pay their account balance by releasing credit card information to the caller or paying their bill by means of a money card or other alternate payment mechanism. The caller also represents that the customers’ electric service will be disconnected if they do not comply.’ ‘ 

Hunters spend $292 million in Vermont

Fri, 11/08/2013 - 2:58am -- tim

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reports that hunters contribute significantly to the state’s economy and spend more than $292 million in Vermont annually, according to a recent survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Census Bureau.
‘More than $39 million is spent on travel, such as dining, lodging, transportation, and similar expenses,’ says Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry. ‘Another $190 million is spent on equipment, and more than $62 million is spent on other items.’

Green Mountain Club welcomes Vermont’s hunting season

Fri, 11/08/2013 - 2:23am -- tim

The Green Mountain Club today wished Vermont hunters a good season and encouraged hikers to be safe and respectful of hunters.’ ‘ 
Hunting is allowed on all Green Mountain Club owned and managed lands, including along the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail corridors in Vermont. The annual youth deer hunting weekend takes place this Saturday and Sunday.’  Regular rifle deer season takes place from November 16 through December 1.’ 

Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals to pay Vermont $1,387,680 to resolve fraud allegations

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 7:57am -- tim

Attorney General William H Sorrell announced today that Vermont has joined with other states and the federal government in a global $1.2 billion settlement with New Jersey pharmaceutical manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Janssen), to resolve civil and criminal allegations of unlawful marketing practices to promote the sales of their atypical antipsychotic drugs, Risperdal and Invega.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to headline Vermont GOP gala

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 6:46am -- tim

by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org The Vermont Republican Party has nabbed a high profile guest of honor for its winter gala ‘ the newly re-elected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The Vermont GOP emailed an invitation to the fundraiser for a second time Thursday morning, with the conspicuous addition of Christie.
As the popular head of a decidedly blue state, Christie is an obvious idol for Green Mountain Republicans. But there are other reasons why he was a natural fit for the winter affair, according to Heidi Scheuermann, a Republican state representative from Stowe.

Vermont GOP Chairman Lindley won’t seek re-election

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 6:37am -- tim

Three days before the Vermont Republican Party is scheduled to choose its chair for the next two years, Jack Lindley, the current holder of that position, let it be known that he won’t seek re-election. Instead, Lindley will throw his weight behind one of his two challengers ‘ John MacGovern.
MacGovern, a Windsor resident, ran against Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, in 2012, receiving 25 percent of the vote. He has also run for a state senate seat twice, both times unsuccessfully.
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Burlington struggles with underfunded pension

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 4:33am -- tim

by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org No matter how much money the City of Burlington has put into its pension fund every year, it hasn’t been enough since 2003.
Just a few years earlier, in 2000, city taxpayers contributed about $43,000 toward the retirement of city employees, and the system was funded 120 percent. In 2012, public contributions exceeded $7.5 million ‘ almost 175 times the cost in little more than a decade.
And still the pension is underfunded by $58 million, and the amount is growing, even though the city has met its contribution goals almost every year.

Lyndon State and Q Burke sign memorandum of understanding for workforce training

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 4:32am -- tim

Lyndon State College President Joe Bertolino and Q Burke Mountain Resort President and CEO Ary Quiros signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the LSC campus November 6. This MOU establishes the intent to enter into a ‘collaborative relationship’ regarding the courses, programs of instruction, and experiential learning opportunities to be ‘delivered or sponsored’ by LSC that ‘appropriately address the learning objectives and work force development needs’ of Q Burke. The formal relationship begins upon signing and is a renewable one year commitment.’ 

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