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Vermont Achieves Record Safety Belt Use Earns $3.7 Million

Mon, 07/21/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont Achieves Record Safety Belt Use
Earns $3.7 Million in Additional Transportation & Public Safety Funding
Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Jim Douglas today announced that the state's Click It or Ticket campaign has resulted in a record safety belt use rate of 87.3% in Vermont and an additional $3.7 million for the state's transportation and public safety programs.
Governor Douglas said this is the highest safety belt use rate ever documented in Vermont.

IBEW Local 300 Votes In New Leadership Slate

Sun, 07/20/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

On July 1, Jeffrey Wimette started a three-year term as the union's business manager and financial secretary. Wimette, who holds a degree in architectural engineering from Vermont Technical College, previously served as assistant business manager. He has been a licensed Local 300 electrician since 1999 and has an extensive military history with the United States Army Reserves. Wimette currently resides in Bristol with
his wife and three children.

Merchants Bancshares Inc Declares Dividend, Election of Danaher as New Bank Director

Sun, 07/20/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Merchants Bancshares Inc Declares Dividend, Election of Danaher as New Bank Director
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT-Merchants Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, has announced that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 28 cents per share, payable August 21, 2008, to shareholders of record as of August 7, 2008. Merchants plans to release earnings on or about July 30, 2008.

Welch announces funding for SVHRC

Sun, 07/20/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Springfield, VT Rep. Peter Welch joined representatives from the Southern Vermont Health and Recreation Center (SVHRC) to announce $121,000 in federal funding he recently secured.
The funding will support the Recreation Center's highly successful community health programs.
I am pleased this federal support will help the Recreation Center continue to improve their community health and wellness programs. The center provides an invaluable service to the region and serves thousands of area residents young and old, said Welch.

Douglas and CONEG Rally Regional Support for Sanders' LIHEAP Bill

Thu, 07/17/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Douglas and CONEG Rally Regional Support for Senator Sanders' LIHEAP Bill
Urge Federal Government to Provide Billions in Additional LIHEAP Funding in FY2008
Waterbury, VT-The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, has urged the federal government to increase-by billons-federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding in FY08.

Vermont's General Fund finishes year with surplus; Education, Transportation down

Thu, 07/17/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont's General Fund finishes year with surplus; Education, Transportation down
Montpelier, VT - Secretary of Administration Michael K Smith announced on July 18, 2008, the fiscal year 2008 revenue results for the state of Vermont: the General Fund surpassed fiscal year 2008 revenue targets by $9.87 million; transportation and education fund revenues were below target for the fiscal year.
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Exterus Welcomes New Systems Engineer

Wed, 07/16/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Exterus Technology for Business of Shelburne announced that Nik Crapo was hired as a Systems Engineer. Mr. Crapo joins us from the San Diego, CA area. Having been in the US Navy for four years, he is an accomplished Microsoft LAN Administrator and has strong technical and analytical skills. While in the Navy, he worked both on shore and on deployment in the Persian Gulf. As an IT Network Administrator in the Navy, Mr. Crapo was responsible for maintaining 250+ nodes, both remotely and directly.

Congress Overrides Bush Veto on Medicare

Tue, 07/15/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Congress Overrides Bush Veto on Medicare
WASHINGTON, July 15 Congress overrode President Bushs veto of a bill (HR 6331,the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act) that would protect doctors from cuts in their Medicare payments. The Senate vote to override the veto was 70 to 26. US House overrode the president's earlier Tuesday, 383 to 41.
The legislation prevents a 12.3 cut in Medicare reimbursements planned by the federal government, including for Vermont physicians.

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