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University of Vermont breaks enrollment records again

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 8:08am -- tim

This year marks the fifth consecutive year that the University of Vermont has seen record-breaking enrollment numbers. Approximately 13,100 students will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 31, a number that includes 10,200 undergraduates, 1,450 graduate students, 450 medical students and 1,000 non-degree students. Also breaking records in numbers this year are UVM's ALANA (Asian-American, Latino, African-American, Native American and multi-racial) students. Approximately 1,090 ALANA students are expected to enroll this fall, a 13.8 percent increase over last year.

Food Hub in Hardwick secures $350,000 for new Food Venture Center

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 7:43am -- tim

During a Friday morning visit to Vermont Soy, a business that graduated from the Vermont Food Venture Center, Sen. Patrick Leahy announced he had secured a $350,000 federal grant to help construct, equip and operate a new Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick’s industrial park.  Leahy said the new kitchen incubator was needed to expand the food-based and agricultural-based economy of rural Vermont.

Another $1.32 million in federal grants awarded to Vermont law enforcers

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 7:39am -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Friday that eight Vermont communities, as well as the Vermont Department of Public Safety (VDPS), will receive more than $1.32 million in federal grants to help combat crime.  The grants will provide police departments across the state with funding for equipment, training other and resources.

Chair, director resign from Central Vermont Public Service board

Thu, 08/27/2009 - 10:56am -- tim

Central Vermont Public Service Corp Chairwoman Mary Alice McKenzie and Director Bruce Lisman have resigned, effective last Monday, over a dispute involving the strategic direction of the company. CVPS, based in Rutland, is the state's largest electric utility. Company CEO Robert Young will serve as interim chairman of the board until a successor is determined. The text of the Securities & Exchange filing is below. A company spokesman said the company could not further comment.

Saint Michael's ranked in the US News best national liberal arts colleges

Thu, 08/27/2009 - 10:05am -- tim

Saint Michael's College is ranked 105th in the Best (national) Liberal Arts Colleges category of the 2010 edition of the U.S. News & World Report magazine s popular, but controversial, rankings of American colleges and universities. Having moved two years ago from North Regional Masters University category to National Liberal Arts College category, Saint Michael's entered a much more competitive, much larger category of colleges.

Vermont Governor Douglas will not seek re-election

Thu, 08/27/2009 - 6:46am -- tim

Four-term Vermont Governor James Douglas said today at a morning press conference that he will not seek re-election in 2010. He added that he does not intend to run for another political office. The unexpected news caught the state by surprise. The governor did not take questions, but said he would not be an "absentee landlord" for the duration of his term. The man known for his gentlemanly ways was famous for his political success as a Republican in what became a Democratic state and for his fabulous gift for remembering people's names.

Vermont Tech ranked among Top 10 Public Colleges in the North by US News

Wed, 08/26/2009 - 11:27am -- tim

Vermont Technical College this week was named among the top 10 best public baccalaureate colleges in the North by U.S.News & World Report. In its 2010 “Best Colleges” issue, Vermont Tech placed seventh among the best public baccalaureate colleges in the North and 22nd among all northern colleges, up two notches from its number 24 ranking in 2009, and eight notches from its number 30 ranking in 2008.  

Weekly unemployment claims fall 20 percent

Wed, 08/26/2009 - 11:22am -- tim

For the Week of 08/22/2009. There were 682 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 172 from the week before and 175 fewer than the same period last year. Altogether 11,552 new and continuing claims were filed, 628 fewer than a week ago and 4,327 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,259 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 53 more than a week ago.

Stantec named one of country's fastest-growing engineering firms

Wed, 08/26/2009 - 11:02am -- tim

Stantec is the second-fastest growing design firm in the country, according to The Zweig Letter s 2009 Hot Firm List, which identifies the 200 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental firms in the United States. The annual list recognizes Stantec, which has two offices in Vermont, as outperforming the economy and competitors.