by John Herrick vtdigger.org A state utility regulator was sanctioned by a panel that determined he violated professional conduct standards during his practice as a private lawyer. John Burke, a member on the quasi-judicial Public Service Board and a licensed lawyer in Castleton, was publicly reprimanded in September for failing to keep clients informed and delays in the execution of a land deal, according to a decision by a panel under the Professional Responsibility Board.
by Robert Keren Sanskrit is the ancient language of India. Similar to Latin, it lives on today mostly in religious or official ceremonies. It enjoys a rich history with contemporary literary importance. If you want to know more about the traditional language of Hinduism and Buddhism, you should, of course, really ask an expert, such as the new president of Middlebury College. Laurie L Patton reads, writes and translates Sanskrit, along with several other languages. That seems to make the Harvard educated and current Duke professor and perfect fit for Middlebury.
by John Herrick vtdigger.org Vermont and two dozen other states affected by floods, drought and wildfires have sent a letter to the White House recommending changes in how the federal government responds to extreme weather events linked to climate change. Twenty-six governors, mayors, county officials, and tribal leaders from across the United States delivered a report to the Obama administration last week.
Vermont Business Magazine Although Vermont’s slow economic recovery continues, state revenues have not performed as well as economists had projected and the state has experienced upward budget pressures. The Shumlin Administration today directed state agencies and departments to prepare plans to reduce General Fund spending by up to $17 million for the current fiscal year to ensure a balanced budget without raising broad-based taxes.
The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning that hundreds of Vermont consumers have reported receipt of recorded robocalls or live phone calls from persons identifying themselves as IRS agents. The caller threatens legal action if an alleged outstanding debt to the IRS is not paid immediately. The callers then direct the consumer to call a phone number and make immediate payment by credit card or other direct means of payment. This is a scam.
A snowy forecast for Wednesday and Thursday could create challenges for those travelling on the Thanksgiving holiday. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Bennington and Windham counties and Winter Storm Watches for other areas of the state. Significant snowfall is possible in much of the state.
The first major winter storm of the season is upon us and Green Mountain Power is ready to respond to outages caused by wet heavy snow beginning in southern Vermont and making its way north throughout Wednesday and into Thursday. In preparation of the storm, hundreds of GMP employees have been stationed around the state and crews will work around the clock and throughout the holiday tomorrow, as necessary, to restore outages as quickly as possible. In addition, GMP has lined up additional lineworkers and tree trimmers to be available should wet, heavy snow cause extensive damage.
The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has settled consumer protection claims against Stonebridge Benefit Services, Inc, a seller of discount membership programs, and against JC Penney Company, Inc, which provided Stonebridge with consumer credit card information. Under the settlement, Stonebridge will pay a total of over $400,000 to Vermont consumers and the State.
Through Sunday, November 23, Vermont Health Connect had processed 3,588 new applications and 4,415 renewals, according to the Department of Vermont Health Access. The state's health insurance exchange for individuals and small groups had been offline until November 15.
Rheumatology patients will notice that it will be easier to get an appointment at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Rheumatology. Carol Louise Young, MD has joined the practice. As a result, appointments will be available four days a week. The office – which is located at 140 Hospital Drive, Suite 307 in Bennington – is now open 7 am–3 pm Monday through Thursday, closed for the lunch hour.
“I look forward to bringing personalized patient evaluation, education and treatment options to my patients with painful, life-changing conditions,” Young said.