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Yoplait Eliminates rBGH Milk from Products

Thu, 02/12/2009 - 11:28am -- tim

Yoplait has announced to its hospital customers that it will stop using milk from cattle injected with the growth hormone rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) to make its yogurt products, beginning in early August 2009. Yoplait is among the first major manufacturer to totally eliminate rBGH from their product line, a move widely seen as a response to demands by the health care sector and consumer groups to provide rBGH-free products.

Intervale temporarily suspends sale of compost

Thu, 02/12/2009 - 9:59am -- tim

The Chittenden Solid Waste District is temporarily suspending sales of compost products from its subsidiary, Intervale Compost Products (ICP), located on Intervale Road in Burlington. Low levels of a substance known as benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) have been found in the compost. While this substance is pervasive throughout the Burlington area, there are no State or Federal standards for its presence in compost. Sales have been suspended as a precautionary measure while the State and CSWD determine whether or not there is cause for concern.

William Maclay Architects win green design award for NRG building

Thu, 02/12/2009 - 9:52am -- tim

William Maclay Architects & Planners won first place in the large buildings category of the Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design 2009 competition for their work on the recently completed green building for wind manufacturer NRG Systems. The Waitsfield architectural firm was recognized by the judges for their “innovative and integrated design approach towards energy efficiency and high performance building.”

Foreclosure Activity Decreases 10 Percent in January, Vermont Lowest

Thu, 02/12/2009 - 7:29am -- tim

RealtyTrac(R) (, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its January 2009 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report(TM), which shows foreclosure filings -- default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions -- were reported on 274,399 U.S. properties during the month, a 10 percent decrease from the previous month but still up 18 percent from January 2008. The report also shows one in every 466 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing in January.

State Announces More Than $182,000 in Historic Preservation Grants

Thu, 02/12/2009 - 7:20am -- tim

The state today announced more than $182,000 in 15 matching grants to projects for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings across Vermont, including two in the town of Windsor, the birthplace of Vermont.
Standing in front of the historic Stephen Jacob House, whose owner, Historic Windsor Inc., received a $7,690 grant to install a new roof to protect the building, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Jim Saudade congratulated the grant recipients.

Vermont Agriculture Secretary Urges USDA to Address Dairy Crisis

Thu, 02/12/2009 - 7:17am -- tim

Montpelier, Vt Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee, in collaboration with New York Agriculture Commissioner Pat Hooker and Pennsylvania Agriculture Commissioner Dennis Wolff (the principal members of the Northeast Dairy Leadership Team), yesterday sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that he immediately implement Section 1509 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. This Act calls for the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order Review Commission.

Unemployment claims continue upward trend

Wed, 02/11/2009 - 7:05am -- tim

Week Ending February 7, 2009. There were 1,377 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 38 from the week before.  Altogether 16,794 new and continuing claims were filed,  546 more than a week ago and 6,352 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 1,858 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, an increase of 42 from last week.

Vermont's Camp Johnson wins Army award

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 12:04pm -- tim

Army programs making strides in endangered species protection, historic preservation, waste reduction, environmental restoration, sustainability, and pollution prevention earned Pentagon recognition in January as the Department of the Army announced the winners of its highest honors for environmental stewardship and sustainability.