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Graff: 'The Vermont Way,' Jim Douglas’ memoir

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 9:38am -- tim

by Chris Graff Jim Douglas’ new autobiography offers up its share of news nuggets: We learn that in 2009 President Obama offered Douglas an ambassadorship, that Douglas stands by his veto of gay marriage, he remains a fan of George W Bush, and that he is really irked by the press. But those looking to best understand Vermont’s 80th governor will find a wealth of stories that taken together paint a very clear picture.

Take, for example, this almost throwaway comment tucked into the chapter on Douglas’ years as state treasurer:

Shumlin, New England governors urge HHS to reject Zohydro ER; support Canadian action

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 5:42am -- tim

Five New England Governors, including Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, this week called on the federal Health and Human Services Department “to prevent easily abused and highly addictive painkillers, such as Zohydro ER, from entering the market.” In addition the group also wrote Canadian health officials to support their efforts to require abuse-deterrent measures for pain medications that too often lead to addiction.

Spiny water flea confirmed in Lake Champlain

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:20am -- tim

The spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) is the first aquatic invasive zooplankton to be confirmed in Lake Champlain, bringing the known number of nonnative and aquatic invasive species in Lake Champlain to 50. These specimens were collected this August in the Main Lake segment of Lake Champlain as part of the Lake Champlain Long-term Biological Monitoring Program supported by the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Sample analysis by the Lake Champlain Research Institute at SUNY Plattsburgh confirms multiple specimens from two different monitoring stations.

GW Plastics graduates first internship class

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:02am -- tim

GW Plastics, based in Bethel, has announced the graduation of its first summer internship class. This year’s class included Tommy Zani, University of Maine ’16; Glen Rogers, Vermont Technical College ’16; Brendan Hackett, University of Vermont ’15; Griffin Thomas, University of Mississippi ’16; and Camden Houghton, University of Vermont ’15. All of this year’s graduates are pursuing degrees in mechanical or electromechanical engineering.

Shumlin names campaign manager, sets kick-off date Sept 9

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:46am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin today announced that he will officially launch his reelection campaign on Tuesday, September 9 and has hired Scott Coriell as his campaign manager. Coriell has served as a Special Assistant in the Governor's Office since September 2013, and is leaving state service immediately to help launch Gov. Shumlin's campaign. A Killington native, Coriell served previously as Communications Director for Congressman Peter Welch and worked on the 2012 Obama for America campaign in New Hampshire. 

NCAA approves athletic consortium for Bennington and Southern Vermont College

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:33am -- tim

The National Collegiate Athletics Association has given the go-ahead to Southern Vermont College for an athletics consortium with Bennington College starting this fall. Through the consortium, Bennington College students would be permitted to participate in SVC’s New England Collegiate Conference/Division III athletics. SVC’s first men's soccer game is Saturday, August 30, and a Bennington student-athlete will be participating. 

Primary Roundup: Who won in contested House, Senate primaries

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:02pm -- tim

by Tom Brown Becca Balint’s first political foray is likely to result in her landing one of only 30 state Senate seats. Balint, of Brattleboro, bested former Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee by about 500 votes Tuesday to secure one of two spots on the Windham County Democratic ballot in November. With no Republicans in the race, Balint and incumbent Senator Jeanette White, the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s primary, are favored to claim victory in the November 4 general election.

Alleged murderer found dead at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:56pm -- tim

According to a statement released by the Vermont STate Police, yesterday, at approximately 9:35 pm, the Vermont State Police received a call regarding a death of an inmate at the Southern State Correctional Facility (SSCF) in Springfield, VT. A detective from the Vermont State Police Criminal Division in D Troop responded to the correctional facility to investigate. The inmate, identified as Sylvester Labartino age 71 of Hubbardton, VT, was awaiting trial for the murders of Christopher and Shane Plummer on February 12, 2014, in the town of Hubbardton.