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Merchants Bancshares announces dividend and Q1 2015 results, acquisition of Mass bank

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:54pm -- tim

Merchants Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ:  MBVT),  the  parent  company  of Merchants Bank, today announced net income of $3.34 million, or $0.53 per basic and diluted share for the first quarter of 2015. This compares to net income of $3.40 million, or $0.54 per basic and diluted share for the first quarter of 2014. The return on average assets was 0.78% for the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to 0.81% for the same period in 2014.

Vermont Public Radio wins three regional Edward R Murrow awards

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 2:36pm -- tim

Vermont Public Radio has won three regional Edward R Murrow Awards, including recognitions for Continuing Coverage, Writing and Website from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

“As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve,” said VPR News Director John Dillon. “We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPR’s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.”

The winning coverage includes:

Vermont treasurer issues report on climate change and state investments

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 1:21pm -- tim

Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce today released a report that documents a long-term process of constructive engagement efforts to address environmental, social and governance issues related to climate change. The report details actions taken and planned next steps in the administration of state funds and pension fund investments under the custody of the Treasurer’s office.

United Way of Chittenden County awards $1.84 million to local human service organizations

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:56am -- tim

United Way of Chittenden County notified 27 agencies that the United Way grants supporting their local community programs will be sustained for FY2015. This continued funding commitment begins the second year of a new three-year funding cycle that United Way launched last year. The announcement is a result of a successful 2014 Community Campaign that raised $3.85 million from which United Way is investing $1,845,615 to support local programs in 2015.

Governor Shumlin commends apprenticeship graduates from state registered program

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 8:05am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin on Saturday addressed the 91 graduates of the Vermont Department of Labor's Registered Apprenticeship Programs in electrical and plumbing trades. The programs are run in collaboration with Vermont Technical College under a grant from the Vermont Department of Labor. The ceremony was held at the VTC campus in Randolph Center.

Marine general to speak at Norwich ROTC commissioning ceremony

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 5:28am -- tim

Norwich University’s graduating future officers will hear remarks from a fellow alum at this spring’s joint services commissioning ceremony. Brigadier General Raymond R. Descheneaux ’87, United States Marine Corps Reserve, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation (Mobilization), returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion on Sunday, May 10 at 9 am.

Vermont maple sugarer is sweet on solar

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 5:07am -- tim

Fairfield maple sugarer Harvey Bushey is planting a new crop on his farm, a community solar array. A longtime resident of Franklin County, Bushey has meticulously tended to his sugarbush by boiling sap every spring for his business, Log Cabin Maples. On a recent afternoon, Bushey and his wife, Mary, were found enjoying the bucolic Vermont tradition alongside the state’s promising new future of solar energy.

‘Times’ columnist David Brooks is Dartmouth commencement speaker

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 4:35am -- tim

Political commentator and critically acclaimed author David Brooks will deliver the main address at Dartmouth’s 2015 Commencement exercises on Sunday morning, June 14, on the Green. Since September 2003, Brooks has written an op-ed column for The New York Times that has helped shape important conversations of the day, from the future of the Republican Party to the dangers of what he sees as the moral relativism of modern society.

Senate Appropriations close to passing 'tight' budget

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 9:44am -- tim

by Elizabeth Hewitt As the Senate Appropriations Committee hones in on a final version of the General Fund budget package for fiscal year 2016, things are tight. “Our options are very, very limited,” Senator Jane Kitchel, D-Caledonia, said Friday. The committee aims to pass the budget bill out on Monday, and plans to get the bill through the Senate by the end of next week. The House General Fund budget totaled $1.47 billion.

House passes bipartisan Welch legislation to curb prescription drug abuse

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 5:37am -- tim

The House of Representatives has passed bipartisan legislation authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to combat prescription drug abuse by improving the distribution process for prescription drugs.  The legislation, which was unanimously approved on a voice vote, was cosponsored by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).