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Kelly Brush ride raises $199,000 for ski safety and adaptive sports

Thu, 09/17/2009 - 4:05am -- Anonymous

The fourth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride was the Kelly Brush Foundation s most successful to date both in the number of participants and the amount of donations. A total of 495 riders took part in the event held in Middlebury, Vt. on Saturday, Sept. 12, raising $199,000 for ski racing safety and adaptive sports. The number of riders was up 35 percent, while fundraising was up 47 percent over last year.

Vermont's Green Mountain Coffee pours on the solar power

Thu, 09/17/2009 - 3:11am -- Anonymous

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) has flipped the switch on its new solar array, sending solar energy collected from the roof of its Waterbury, Vermont, distribution center to power its facility. Construction of the 100 kW photovoltaic array was completed in the summer. The 572 solar panels in the coffee company s array contribute to Green Mountain Power s goal of helping Vermonters install 10,000 panels in 1,000 days. The installation of GMCR s solar project puts Green Mountain Power at 25% toward this goal.

Weekly unemployment claims decline for first time in three weeks

Wed, 09/16/2009 - 8:17am -- Anonymous

For the Week of 09/12/2009. There were 747 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 77 from the week before. Altogether 9,804 new and continuing claims were filed, 833 fewer than a week ago and 4,011 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,517 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 120 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 818 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 6 from the week before.

Douglas at White House over medical home plan modeled on Vermont 'Blueprint'

Wed, 09/16/2009 - 7:25am -- Anonymous

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas and Blueprint for Health Director Craig Jones, M.D., joined Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the White House today for the announcement of a new federal initiative modeled after Vermont s innovative Blueprint for Health.  The announcement could have positive financial implications for Vermont, as it will enable Medicare to join Medicaid and commercial insurance carriers in state multi-insurer efforts to support primary care medical homes and community health teams. 

Vermont hospitals see budget increases cut by regulator

Wed, 09/16/2009 - 6:00am -- Anonymous

Vermont's chief regulator has decreased Vermont hospital budgets from the requested 6.4 percent system average rate increase to 5.9 percent. This will reduce operating revenues by $5.9 million. Individual hospital rate requests ranged from 4.0 percent to 8.8 percent. The requests totaled an increase of $100.7 million in operating revenues. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital asked for the biggest increase of 8.8 percent and also had the biggest adjustment, resulting in a revised rate increase of 7.1 percent. Several hospitals increases were not adjusted.

Vermont Board of Education announces new officers

Wed, 09/16/2009 - 5:32am -- Anonymous

The State Board of Education elected new officers at its September 15, 2009 meeting, the Department of Education announced today. Fayneese Miller of South Burlington was elected Board chair, Ruth Stokes of Williston will continue serving as co-vice-chair, along with Kathy Larsen of Wilmington as second vice-chair.
The election was necessitated by the retirement of Chair Tom James. The governor recently appointed Stephan Morse of Newfane to complete the term vacated by James. Morse s first Board meeting will be on October 20.

Tilltson Fund grants $71,590 to Lyndon State College

Wed, 09/16/2009 - 5:31am -- Anonymous

Lyndon State College is the recipient of a $71, 590 grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Northern Region. The money will be used for paid student internships in Essex County in Vermont and Coos County in New Hampshire. These two areas fall in one of the nation’s most economically depressed regions, and this support will help businesses develop sustainable business models.

Bellows Falls Union High School teacher named 2010 Teacher of the Year

Wed, 09/16/2009 - 5:15am -- Anonymous

Craig Divis, a high school social studies teacher at Bellows Falls Union High School in Bellows Falls, was named by the State Board of Education as the 2010 Vermont Teacher of the Year at a ceremony held today at the school.
Also honored were:

Alternate Stacey Endres, a middle school social studies and English teacher at Milton Middle School in Milton.
Finalist Terry Frey, a K-12 music teacher at Windsor Junior Senior High School and State Street School in Windsor.

Senator Leahy receives Congressional Leadership Award from National Restaurant Association

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 9:34am -- Anonymous

The Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council is pleased that the National Restaurant Association (NRA) presented its first annual Congressional Leadership Award to U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in recognition of his efforts to fight hunger. 
“Senator Leahy’s contribution is meaningful to the restaurant industry because it helps our dining employers be good citizens while freeing up resources to invest in their businesses and their employees, said Vicky Tebbetts, Vice President of the Vermont Hospitality Council. “A vibrant dining industry is critical to Vermont’s tourism economy.”

Leahy sets Judiciary Committee hearing in St. Albans, Vermont, to gauge competition in dairy industry

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 8:57am -- Anonymous

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) is bringing a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to Vermont this weekend to examine the state of competition in the Northeast in the context of the dairy crisis that continues to squeeze dairy farms in Vermont and across the nation. Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has set the hearing for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the St. Albans City Hall, 100 Main Street, in St.

New England governors set goals for renewable energy

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 8:39am -- Anonymous

Meeting in Saint John, New Brunswick, today, the New England Governors' Conference, Inc. (NEGC) adopted bold regional visions for supporting development of renewable energy resources in and around New England and for preserving its natural environment. The meeting took place during the 33rd Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP).

Keep Local Farms' program launched in Richmond, Vermont

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 6:20am -- Anonymous

Yesterday, New England state agriculture leaders joined forces with dairy promotion organizations to launch the Keep Local Farms program. Inspired by the Fair Trade concept, Keep Local Farms will help to get more money directly to dairy farmers while creating stronger connections between farmers and their customers.  The program is an effort to ensure dairy farmers in the Northeast are paid a sustainable price for their milk and to provide consumers with a way to support local dairy farmers, their community and the local economy.