The Chittenden Solid Waste District has been studying more efficient and cost-effective ways to collect residential trash in Chittenden County. The District has been looking at a system known as consolidated collection. Many residents and haulers expressed concern over residents losing their ability to choose their hauler and the proposed system's potential negative impact on small haulers, leading CSWD's Board of Commissioners to call a time out at its monthly meeting on September 24, directing staff to consider additional options.
Vermont will receive $594,645 in federal grants to promote local food systems and organic agriculture. The grants were released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to five organizations across the Green Mountain State as part of the 2014 Farm Bill’s commitment to promoting access to local and organic agriculture. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) made the announcement Wednesday.
by Noelle MacKay, Department of Housing and Community Development commissioner and resident of Shelburne Vermont residents and businesses showcased their resourceful, self-reliant, community spirit in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. While many communities and individuals continue to grapple with the consequences of Irene, the conversations have shifted to how we address our long-term vulnerability to future storms and flooding.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has announced $49,000 of available funding for Vermont schools interested in Farm to School programing. Any Vermont school, consortium of schools, or school district interested in a Farm to School grant can find more information and download applications at www.agriculture.vermont.gov. All Vermont Farm to School Program applications must be received by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture no later than 4:30 pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.
PC Construction is giving away a total of $15,000 to nonprofits in the town of Waterbury. The South Burlington, Vermont-based general contractor announced Wednesday the 10 finalists for the second round of its 2014 charitable giving program: “Building Communities: PC Construction Gives Back” in which the public is asked to decide which organizations will receive $10,000, $3,000 and $2,000 in donations. The 100 percent employee-owned company started the crowdsourced giving program in 2013.
The foliage progression has intensified with near-peak to full color change throughout northeastern Vermont and along the spine of the Green Mountains from north to south. Vibrant colors are also emerging in the higher elevations of southern and central Vermont as well as blossoming in central Vermont valleys. Veteran foresters report an exceptional "hyper-vibrancy," calling the colors "practically neon," and note excellent viewing throughout much of the state at this time.
The US Small Business Administration reminds Private Non-Profit Organizations (PNPs) in Vermont that Oct. 29 is the deadline to submit Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications. These loans are available from the SBA as a result of severe winter storms on December 20-26, 2013. Loans are available to PNPs in Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Orleans counties in Vermont.
The first woman to serve as President of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters and two legendary news reporters will be inducted into the VAB Hall of Fame later this year. Candis Leopold has worked in radio sales in Vermont since 1981, starting at WNCS in Montpelier. She later worked for Vermont Broadcast Associates stations WKXH and WSTJ in the Northeast Kingdom before being named Sales Manager for Hall Communications stations WIZN and WBTZ in 2010.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a filmmaker and advocate for women and girls, challenged nearly 400 Vermont business, government and non-profit leaders to use their voices to create cultural change surrounding women in the workplace. Newsom spoke provocatively about “What’s Holding Back Women in the Workplace.” She spoke for 45 minutes and took questions from the audience before meeting with Vermont media.
HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) and its Hearth & Home Technologies business announced the acquisition of the Vermont Castings Group, a leading manufacturer of free standing hearth stoves and fireplaces. The Vermont Castings Group, headquartered in Paris, Kentucky and with plants in Randolph and Bethel, Vermont, has annual revenue of approximately $100 million. According to Vermont Business Magazine, Vermont Castings has about 170 employees in Vermont.
Green Mountain Power is lowering rates effective Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Electric rates for residential and commercial customers decrease by 2.46 percent. The rate decrease is the second decrease by GMP in three years and is part of the company’s mission to deliver reliable, clean and cost-effective power to customers. The rate decrease was approved by the Vermont Public Service Board and comes at a time when other energy companies in the region are seeking double-digit rate increases to meet customer demand.
The 24 million dollar renovation of Brattleboro’s Brooks House will be celebrated on October 3 at 5pm in the Brooks House Atrium in downtown Brattleboro. Speakers will include Governor Peter Shumlin along with Brooks House Development Bob Stevens and Larry Cassidy. Additional speakers include Joyce Judy, president of CCV and Dan Smith, president of VTC. A ribbon cutting will follow the speakers and CCV and VTC will be giving tours.