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Meijer K-Cup packs joins Keurig

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:25am -- tim

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc, has announced that it is now the exclusive manufacturer of Meijer Brand K-Cup packs for the Keurig hot brewing system. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. "As a valued customer for many years, we're thrilled to expand our relationship with Meijer by welcoming them into the Keurig brand family," said John Whoriskey, President of U.S. Sales and Marketing at Keurig.

A sense of betrayal: EB-5 investors go public

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:58pm -- tim

by Anne Galloway A group of EB-5 investors say they are growing increasingly frustrated with Northeast Kingdom developer Bill Stenger and are speaking out publicly for the first time. The group of 20 investors in the Tram Haus development at Jay Peak Resort, led by Tony Sutton of Clermont, Florida, question whether Stenger had the right to change the terms of their original investment and whether the new financial deal imposed by Jay Peak is as good.

Who are the Tram Haus investors?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:53pm -- tim

by Anne Galloway The 35 investors in the Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak Resort are immigrants from Europe, Canada and Asia who sought permanent residency in the United States. Most of them, according to Tony Sutton, one of the investors, are middle- and upper-middle-class people who sold their homes and pulled together savings to make a $500,000 downpayment on a green card and what they believed would be a profitable investment. They don’t fit the stereotype of foreign investors with excess disposable cash.

VBSR Announces 'Legislator of the Year' award for GMO labeling, Pre-K expansion work

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:48pm -- tim

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced this week that it is honoring several legislators for their work in passing laws that support socially responsible businesses. Representative Sarah Buxton from Tunbridge and Senator David Zuckerman from Hinesburg are the recipients of VBSR’s Legislator of the Year Awards. The organization will also give a Lifetime Achievement Award to Sen. Sally Fox, who passed away earlier this year.

Direct Travel to acquire Vermont's Child Travel

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:44pm -- tim

Direct Travel, Inc, one of the nation's leading travel management companies, today announced that it has acquired Child Travel | Albany Travel (Child Travel) of Burlington, Vermont, and Albany, New York. This move marks the company's fourth acquisition this year, and comes just months following their announcement of the acquirement of Hurley Travel Experts of Portland, Maine.

Agency of Natural Resources denies petition to restrict use of Wolcott Pond

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:00am -- tim

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced its decision Wednesday to deny the Friends of Wolcott Pond’s petition to restrict use of Wolcott Pond. The Department found that enforcement of the existing 5 mph speed limit is preferred to prohibiting internal combustion motors from using Wolcott Pond.

State opens new health lab, complements adjoining UVM research facility

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:46am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday marking the completed construction of the Vermont Department of Health's new state-of-the-art publich health laboratory at the Colchester Business and Technology Park. The facility physically adjoins UVM's Colchester Research Facility and was designed in collaboration with UVM. The new lab will open for business in November. The 47,844-square-foot facility replaces the Health Department’s current 32,695 square-foot laboratory in Burlington.

Strategic agreement signed between Anticosti Hydrocarbons and Gaz Metro

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Anticosti Hydrocarbons LP, a limited partnership between Resources Quebec Inc, Petrolia Inc, Saint-Aubin E&P (Quebec) Inc, and Corridor Resources Inc, has signed a strategic agreement in principle with Gaz Metro Limited Partnership to develop associated natural gas from Anticosti Island.

The Snelling Center for Government to launch Early Childhood Leadership Institute

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:10am -- tim

The Snelling Center Launches a new program aimed at building greater knowledge, engagement, and leadership in early childhood issues across a broad spectrum of Vermonters. The Snelling Center for Government is a sub-recipient of a statewide Early Learning Challenge -- Race to the Top Grant (ELC-RTT) and early next year will launch the state’s first and only Early Childhood Leadership Institute.

Organic Trade Association reaching out to more organic farmers

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:54am -- tim

The Franklin family has been farming in southernVermont for nine generations. A family operation with one son helping full-time and two others pitching in on weekends, the certified organic dairy farm stays busy raising and milking some 52 dairy cows, along with producing fresh organic eggs and farm-raised organic beef, and some of the best-tasting organic maple syrup in Vermont.

Sanders reacts to Social Security adjustment of 1.7 percent

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:30am -- tim

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said he is “disappointed” by today’s announcement of only a 1.7 percent increase in the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security beneficiaries and disabled veterans. The cost-of-living adjustment is one of the smallest increases since the automatic annual adjustments were adopted in 1975. (There was no increase in benefits in 2010 or 2011.)

Vermont utilities could lose millions of dollars in energy credits

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:43am -- tim

by John Herrick The Legislature next session will decide whether electric utilities should be required to sell renewable energy to customers, rekindling a debate over the price Vermont consumers will pay to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The creation of a renewable portfolio standard would establish by law how much electricity generated from wind, solar and other renewable resources utilities must be sold to customers.