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Vermont again wins Best in Show at national cheese competition

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:57am -- tim

The Vermont Cheese Council (VCC), an organization dedicated to the production and advancement of Vermont Cheese, announced that Vermont took home its second consecutive Best in Show first place designation, along with 36 ribbons from 16 cheesemakers at the 31st annual American Cheese Society competition in Sacramento, Calif. earlier this evening.

New mental health funding for Burlington Community Health Center

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:49pm -- tim

The Community Health Center of Burlington will be awarded a $250,000 grant to expand their mental health services, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today. The Burlington center is one of 221 Federally Qualified Health Centers in 47 states that will receive a total of $55 million in funding for mental and behavioral health service expansion. This funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration comes from $11 billion in health center funding that Sanders helped to secure in the Affordable Care Act.

Historic Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor seeks new owner through foreclosure auction

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:36pm -- tim

The historic Juniper Hill Farm - Maxwell Evarts House (now known as Juniper Hill Inn) located in Windsor, Vermont, is set to be auctioned by the Thomas Hirchak Company in August. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, the grand 28-bedroom colonial revival was built in 1902 by Maxwell Evarts, a prominent New York attorney and a captain of American industry. US Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, among other prominent figures, artists and celebrities, have been entertained at the mansion.

First US patent issued to Vermonter on July 31, 1790

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:25pm -- tim

The first patent in the young United States was issued on this date, July 31, in 1790 to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a new method of making potash — useful in producing soap, fertilizer and glass, according to US Census Bureau. The Constitution recognized, for the first time in history, the intrinsic right of an inventor to profit from his invention. Hopkins' application was initially reviewed by Thomas Jefferson and approved by President Washington.

New syrup company to occupy vacant Ethan Allen plant in Island Pond

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:17pm -- tim

According to the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, Sweet Tree Holdings, a Connecticut company, has purchased the former Ethan Allen furniture manufacturing facility. Renovations have begun on the 82,000 square foot building, vacant since 2000. Sweet Tree 1, a maple syrup processing operation, plans to hire 20-30 employees over time. The enterprise fits into the Brighton Town Plan and the facility is located within an industrial zone. The developers are seeking a local site plan and Act 250 permit amendment.    

 

Ledyard Financial Group reports Q2 financial results

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:56am -- tim

Ledyard Financial Group, Inc (ticker symbol LFGP), the holding company for Ledyard National Bank, today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2014. Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, was $987,650 or $0.97 per share compared to $794,418 or $0.79 per share for the same period in 2013, an increase of $193,232 or 24.32%. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $1,925,956, or $1.90 per share compared to $1,553,498 or $1.54 per share for the same period in 2013, an increase of $372,458 or 23.98%.

Protests to gas pipeline extension move to Williston

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:07am -- tim

The protests of the Vermont Gas pipeline that will extend into Addison County and eventually to Rutland and the Ticonderoga paper plant in New York were renewed Wednesday when opponents of the natural gas pipeline staged a walk-through and sit-in at the Williston staging area. Pipe laying has already begun in Williston as the line is extended from Colchester, but protesters chose to block the entrance to the staging and office location, which stopped trucks and workers from entering or leaving for a short time.

Sanders backs EPA curbs on power plant pollution

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:35am -- tim

At a news conference on Capitol Hill and in testimony at an Environmental Protection Agency public hearing, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Wednesday strongly endorsed an EPA proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants to curb global warming.

“If we do not address this crisis, our children and grandchildren will look back on this problem and we will be judged by history in a very negative way,” Sanders said.

Vermont Ag secretary will kick off Farmers’ Market Week

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:25am -- tim

Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross, will join Rutland County legislators at the Rutland Downtown Farmers’ Market to kick-off National Farmer’s Market Week this Saturday, August 2. The market, located at 98 Merchant’s Row in Rutland’s Depot Park, is one of eighty farmers’ markets across the state. Per capita, Vermont has more farmers’ markets than any other state in the nation. According to Ross, Vermont’s thriving farmers’ market community is a reflection of the values of Vermonters.

CV Oil takes action to improve oil spill prevention measures under settlements

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:00am -- ayla

Oil storage and distribution company CV Oil of Pittsfield, Vermont, paid a $3,000 penalty to settle EPA claims that it did not have a spill prevention plan. This Vermont business is one of seven oil storage and distribution companies in New England that have all created or updated spill prevention plans and come into compliance with federal oil pollution prevention laws, thereby ensuring that the local environment in the communities in which they operate are better protected from the potential of a damaging oil spill.

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