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Long-serving WCAX anchor Marselis Parsons dies at 70

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:39am -- tim

WCAX-TV announced today that Marselis "Div" Parsons died this morning. A WCAX report said: "It is with great sadness we report the passing of our friend and colleague Marselis Parsons. Marselis died Wednesday morning of cancer. He was 70. Marselis thanked his loyal following six years ago when he retired from WCAX News. 'We have been a guest. I have been a guest in their homes for 25 years. It has been an honor,' Marselis said in his last newscast. The former news director, reporter and anchor told stories here for 43 years.

Vermont unemployment rate drops two-tenths to 3.6 percent in April

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bolstered by a strong increase in the number of workers against a steep drop in the number of unemployed, the Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for April was 3.6 percent. This represents a decrease of two-tenths of a percentage point from the revised March rate (3.8 percent). The national average in April was 5.4 percent, which experienced a decrease of one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month’s estimate.

Solar impresario Duane Peterson to receive VBSR’s Terry Ehrich Award

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:34am -- tim

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced today that Duane Peterson, founder and co-president of SunCommon, as the 2015 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. Named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding member of VBSR, the award is given to a VBSR member who best exemplifies Ehrich’s commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy, and community.

Ski Vermont's Check in to Win Vertical Challenge champ logs 2 million, not done yet

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:18am -- tim

Ski Vermont is excited to announce the winner of this season’s Vertical Challenge, the second competition stemming from Ski Vermont’s Check In to Win program. Rob Weiss from Albany, New York logged almost two million vertical feet snowboarding at Killington Resort in an impressive 85 days on the hill this season.

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.

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