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Bernie Sanders launches presidential campaign in Burlington

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:34pm -- tim

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Tuesday launched his campaign in Burlington for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. In a speech this evening, Sanders will laid out the serious challenges facing the country and detail an “Agenda for America” calling for specific proposals to provide bold solutions.

In remarks prepared for delivery at the outdoor event on the shore of Lake Champlain, Sanders said (CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO WATCH ON CSPAN):

Vermont Youth exposed to tobacco products, marketing in their communities

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:11pm -- tim

According to a new statewide assessment, tobacco marketing remains prevalent and visible to Vermont youth. One in four stores selling tobacco products place the advertisements at eye-level for a child.

Youth and adult volunteers conducted the assessment of 767 of the approximately 1,000 tobacco retail stores in communities statewide during October through December 2014 as part of the CounterBalance campaign to help end tobacco’s influence on Vermont’s youth.

Bernie Sanders for President gets own teddy bear

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:57pm -- tim

Bernie Bear officially enters the Presidential arena after formally announcing his campaign in Burlington, Vermont Tuesday at 5 pm. Drawing a non-politically charged parallel between the Bear and Senator Sanders, Vermont Teddy Bear refers to the Bear as "ready to hit the campaign trail" and "a passionate, blunt speaker." The look-a-like Bear has unruly white hair, glasses and arrives wearing a suit, tie, white shirt and campaign pin.

UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences receives $250,000 gift for endowed fellowship

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:20am -- tim

Sally Hergenrader of Longboat Key, Fla., a member of the University of Vermont Class of 1955, has made a $250,000 pledge to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) in celebration of her 60th reunion year. The gift will be used to establish the Sally Jensen Hergenrader Endowed Fellowship in Advanced Practice Education in Primary Care Nursing.

Grant to Mt Ascutney Hospital will support opiate addiction program aimed at young families

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:01am -- tim

As opiate drug abuse has become an increasing problem in many Vermont communities, two Mt. Ascutney Hospital doctors have created a project aimed at caring for mothers and infants who are addicted, or at-risk. Pediatricians Kimberly Aakre, MD and Mary Bender, MD, were recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in support of their project.

McClaughry: The governor’s 'productive' legislative session

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 3:24am -- tim

by John McClaughry Governor Peter Shumlin proclaimed this year’s legislative session to be “one of the most productive sessions that I can remember.” To others that appears as a new frontier in spin, possibly coupled with a bit of amnesia. Let’s review the report card.

Going into the session in January, the state’s General Fund for 2016 faced a projected $113 million deficit. The legislature cut $53 million out of the governor’s budget request. This was hailed as a new era of public frugality.

Vermont out-of-state inmates moving to Michigan

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 1:45pm -- tim

The state of Vermont will be moving all of its out-of-state inmates to another private corrections firm in Michigan. The two-year, $30.4 million contract with The GEO Group Inc, will move all 319 inmates from private facilities in Kentucky and Arizona, which should save Vermont about $2,055 per inmate per year. The GEO Group (NYSE: GEO) announced Wednesday that the signing of a contract with the Vermont Department of Corrections for the out-of-state housing of up to 675 inmates at the company-owned North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin, Michigan.

Farm and food student leaders to arrive in Vermont for whirlwind study tour

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:57am -- tim

Leaders from across the nation who are studying how communities source, grow, process, purchase, and contemplate food will soon arrive in the Green Mountain State for the inaugural three-week Vermont Food Systems Summer Study Tour, May 31 – June 20. One of the only study tours of its kind in the world, students will earn transferable credits while accessing a “movable feast” of Vermont food systems education. 

BioTek recognized as finalist for Department of Defense’s top employer award

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 5:37am -- tim

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced BioTek Instruments Inc of Winooski, Vermont as a finalist for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the DoD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees. The top 30 employers were selected from a pool of 2,960 nominations submitted earlier this year by National Guard and Reserve service members.

Rutland man wins GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:34pm -- tim

A Rutland man who has devoted four decades to protecting birds and the environment was presented the GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award today. Roy Pilcher, who founded Rutland County Audubon and has served as president and in other lead roles for more than 40 years, was presented with the award during a ceremony at the West Rutland Marsh, an Audubon Important Bird Area, a designation Pilcher was instrumental in obtaining.

The annual award, named for famed osprey advocate Meeri Zetterstrom, comes with $2,500 to support Rutland County Audubon’s ongoing work.