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Foreclosure Activity Decreases 10 Percent in January, Vermont Lowest

Thu, 02/12/2009 - 7:29am -- tim

RealtyTrac(R) (, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its January 2009 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report(TM), which shows foreclosure filings -- default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions -- were reported on 274,399 U.S. properties during the month, a 10 percent decrease from the previous month but still up 18 percent from January 2008. The report also shows one in every 466 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing in January.

State Announces More Than $182,000 in Historic Preservation Grants

Thu, 02/12/2009 - 7:20am -- tim

The state today announced more than $182,000 in 15 matching grants to projects for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings across Vermont, including two in the town of Windsor, the birthplace of Vermont.
Standing in front of the historic Stephen Jacob House, whose owner, Historic Windsor Inc., received a $7,690 grant to install a new roof to protect the building, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Jim Saudade congratulated the grant recipients.

Vermont Agriculture Secretary Urges USDA to Address Dairy Crisis

Thu, 02/12/2009 - 7:17am -- tim

Montpelier, Vt Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee, in collaboration with New York Agriculture Commissioner Pat Hooker and Pennsylvania Agriculture Commissioner Dennis Wolff (the principal members of the Northeast Dairy Leadership Team), yesterday sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that he immediately implement Section 1509 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. This Act calls for the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order Review Commission.

Unemployment claims continue upward trend

Wed, 02/11/2009 - 7:05am -- tim

Week Ending February 7, 2009. There were 1,377 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 38 from the week before.  Altogether 16,794 new and continuing claims were filed,  546 more than a week ago and 6,352 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 1,858 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, an increase of 42 from last week.

Vermont's Camp Johnson wins Army award

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 12:04pm -- tim

Army programs making strides in endangered species protection, historic preservation, waste reduction, environmental restoration, sustainability, and pollution prevention earned Pentagon recognition in January as the Department of the Army announced the winners of its highest honors for environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Stowe's Defies Recession

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 11:05am -- tim

In the endless barrage of bad economic news and near-daily layoff announcements, one marketing company specializing in the design and production of custom stickers, labels and magnets is choosing to focus on the positive. (, a division of Freely Creative, Inc. (, is making some bold choices that fly in the face of the recession -- and set it apart from other printing services.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Solidifies Academic Leadership Team for Vermont Campus

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 10:55am -- tim

The Colchester, Vermont, campus of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has announced the hiring of its chief administrative officer, two department chairs and five additional faculty members for its fall 2009 opening for its initial 70 students.  
ACPHS-Vermont will offer a four year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program; the Pharm.D. is the degree required to practice pharmacy in the U.S. The pharmacy program at ACPHS-Vermont will be the only such program in the state.

VMEC Launches Next Generation Manufacturing Study

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 10:50am -- tim

An important research study to assess the progress of state manufacturers in adopting strategies to win in the global economy was launched today by the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC). The study is the first step in a long-term effort to help state manufacturers weather today s recession, improve their manufacturing competitiveness, and grow and be more profitable over the next decade.

Seven Vermont citizens and organizations to be honored with Democracy Awards

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 10:39am -- tim

Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will be presenting the 2009 Democracy Awards to seven Vermont citizens and organizations at the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday, February 12, at 3:30 pm.
“These awards honor people who have promoted the tenets of democracy in Vermont.  Each of this year’s recipients is a shining example of leadership in the democratic process,” says Markowitz.