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Ralph Nading Hill Jr literary prize

first_imgCALL FOR ENTRIES FORRALPH NADING HILL, JR. LITERARY PRIZECOLCHESTER. Entries are now being accepted for the 17th annual Ralph NadingHill, Jr., Literary Prize. The contest was established to memorialize theliterary contributions of Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., one of Vermont’s bestknown writers and historians, who died at the age of 70 in December 1987.The contest is sponsored by Green Mountain Power Corporation and VermontLife magazine. Mr. Hill was a long time member of GMP’s Board ofDirectors and the Vermont Life Editorial Board. The Ralph Nading Hill literary prize is now considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes. Entry for the prize, as in past years, may be an essay, short story, play or poetry. The focus of the literary work must be “Vermont – Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” It must be unpublished. The maximum length is 3,000 words. The winner will be selected on the basis of literary merit and suitability for publication in Vermont Life. The deadline for this year’s contest is November 15, 2004. A $1,500 cash prize is awarded annually to the winner, and the winning work will be published in a future issue of Vermont Life. The most recent winner was “Four Poems for Elizabeth,” by Mary Pratt of New Haven. The Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., Literary Prize Board of Judges consists of Ruth Page, a writer and former member of GMP’s Board of Directors; Tom Slayton, editor of Vermont Life magazine; Brian Vachon, Vice President of Communications at National Life; Alison Freeland, a Vermont author; and Steve Terry, Senior Vice President Corporate and Legal Affairs at GMP. The contest is open to all residents of Vermont, including students enrolled in Vermont colleges and seasonal residents. Entrants may be professional writers as well as amateurs. Green Mountain Power employees and their immediate families are not eligible, nor is the immediate family of any member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors. Please send two copies of your entry to the Corporate Relations Department at Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446. Please provide entrant’s name, address and phone on a separate sheet of paper. Do not mention the entrant’s name on the entry itself. For more information please contact Green Mountain Power’s Corporate Relations department at (802) 655-8788.last_img read more

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Vermont Chamber of Commerce Elects New Board Members

first_imgLast month at its Annual Meeting members of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce elected seven businesspeople to the Board of Directors.The Vermont Chamber welcomes the following individuals to its Board of Directors:Tom Donahue; Rutland Region Chamber of CommerceKevin Dwyer; Hackett, Valine, and MacDonaldDaria Mason; Central Vermont Medical CenterBob Rogan; Burlington, VermontKathleen Schirling; Chittenden BankStephen Terry; Green Mountain PowerDavid Wolk; Castleton State CollegeDuane Marsh, Vermont Chamber President, stated, “We are very pleased that these individuals have agreed to bring their talents to the table. They will add to the Vermont Chamber’s diverse representation of the Vermont business community.”Each new member will serve for a one-year term, effective immediately.###last_img read more

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Unemployment rate up three-tenths

first_imgTotal Labor Force351,900352,600355,200-700-3,300   Employment335,800337,500340,900-1,700-5,100   Unemployment16,100        Changes From VERMONT JOB COUNTS REMAINSTABLE WHILE UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASES March              2008February2008March              2007February 2008March2007 Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) Theobserved seasonally adjusted monthly changes in the employment levels, unemploymentlevels and unemployment rate are not statistically different from February values.  For comparison purposes, the US seasonallyadjusted unemployment rate for February was 5.1 percent, up three-tenths of apoint from February 2008.  Unemploymentrates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.4 percentin Hartford to 9.1 percent in Newport.  Locallabor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Forcomparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 5.3 percent, up three-tenths of a point fromFebruary 2008.center_img Montpelier — The Vermont Department of Labor announcedApril 18, 2008, that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2008 was 4.6percent, up three-tenths of a point from last month and up six-tenths of apoint from a year ago.  Andrew.Condon@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail) v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}September 16, 2005 Amy Hoskins Andy Condon 2 0 2008-04-18T19:23:00Z 2008-04-18T15:49:00Z 2008-04-18T15:49:00Z 1 1445 8241 DET 68 19 9667 10.2625 Normal Clean Clean 0 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}table.MsoTableSimple1 {mso-style-name:”Table Simple 1″; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; border-top:solid green 1.5pt; border-left:none; border-bottom:solid green 1.5pt; border-right:none; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}table.MsoTableSimple1FirstRow {mso-style-name:”Table Simple 1″; mso-table-condition:first-row; mso-tstyle-border-bottom:.75pt solid green; mso-tstyle-diagonal-down:0in none windowtext; mso-tstyle-diagonal-up:0in none windowtext;}table.MsoTableSimple1LastRow {mso-style-name:”Table Simple 1″; mso-table-condition:last-row; mso-tstyle-border-top:.75pt solid green; mso-tstyle-diagonal-down:0in none windowtext; mso-tstyle-diagonal-up:0in none windowtext;}April 18, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Vermont’s unemployment rate increased bythree-tenths of a point in March reflecting a national and regional economicslowdown,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department ofLabor.  “On a more positive note, jobgrowth, as reported by our business survey remains stable.” last_img read more

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Sanders seeks support for Vermont State Hospital

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has brought together Obama administration officials, Vermont state lawmakers and the state Department of Mental Health commissioner to discuss federal funding for the Vermont State Hospital. Restoring the hospital’s certification could yield $10 million or more a year in federal reimbursements for the facility that the state now spends more than $20 million annually to operate and maintain.The state hospital in Waterbury first lost its federal certification in 2003, regained it in 2004, but lost it again in 2005. The lack of certification makes the facility ineligible to claim Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements that could cover more than half of the hospital’s costs.In July, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, citing concerns about supervision of a single patient, again denied certification for Vermont’s only state-run mental hospital. The decision followed an unannounced visit by investigators to the 54-bed psychiatric hospital.While federal investigators have cited lapses, the hospital was certified in 2008 by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, an independent, not-for-profit organization which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.“The quality of patient care must be our top priority, but the state and Vermont taxpayers deserve a reasonable process for correcting problems and restoring the hospital’s certification,” Sanders said. “In these difficult financial times, it is unfair to Vermont taxpayers that the state is losing out on $10 million a year in federal reimbursements.”Sanders convened the meeting of representatives from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Commissioner Michael Hartman of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and state Sens. Susan Bartlett (D-Lamoille) and Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden).“We are on the same page and they gave us a path forward,” Sanders said afterward.Sen. Bernie Sanders meets in his U.S. Senate office in Washington, D.C., with (L to R) Cynthia Mann, director of Medicaid and State Operations for the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Commissioner Michael Hartman of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and Angela Brice-Smith, deputy director of surveys and certification for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Photo by Frank Fey for the U.S. SenateSource: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, October 20, 2009last_img read more

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Vermont tax revenues below targets as recovery lags

first_imgSecretary of Administration Neale F Lunderville announced today that Vermont’s July revenue figures for the General Fund and Transportation Fund fell below targets, while the Education Fund exceeded its target.General FundSecretary of Administration Neale F Lunderville released the July 2010 General Fund Revenues today. July is the first month of fiscal year (FY) 2011. General Fund revenues totaled $82.22 million for July 2010, and were -$3.61 million or -4.21% below the $85.83 million consensus revenue forecast for the month. July is the first month of the fiscal year; therefore the monthly and year to date results are the same.The monthly targets reflect the revised Fiscal Year 2011 Consensus Revenue Forecast approved by the Emergency Board at their July 15, 2010 meeting. Statutorily, the State is required to revise the Consensus Revenue Forecast two times per year, in January and July. The Emergency Board may schedule interim revisions if deemed necessary.Personal Income Tax (PI) receipts are the largest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-of-Personal Income Tax refunds. Personal Income Tax receipts for July were recorded at $43.27 million, or -$1.99 million or -4.40% below the monthly target of $45.26 million.Corporate Income Taxes for July, which are also reported net-of-refunds, were recorded at -$0.81 million against a target of $1.62 million, or -$2.42 million (-149.86%) below the monthly target of $1.62 million, due to higher than expected corporate refund activity.The consumption taxes were above target for July; Sales & Use Tax receipts of $19.88 million were above target by +$0.19 million (+0.94%), while Rooms & Meals Tax receipts of $10.07 million were above target by +$0.11 million (+1.05%).The remaining tax components include Insurance, Inheritance & Estate Tax, Real Property Transfer Tax, and ‘Other’ (which includes: Bank Franchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax, Beverage Tax, Fees, and Other Taxes). The results for July were as follows: Insurance Tax, $0.28 million (-18.04%); Estate Tax, $0.90 million (-33.05%); Property Transfer Tax, $0.74 million (-11.11%); and ‘Other’, $7.87 million (+16.43%).Transportation FundSecretary Lunderville also reported on the non-dedicated Transportation Fund Revenue for July. Total non-dedicated Transportation Fund receipts of $15.57 million for July fell short of target by -$0.13 million (-0.80%), against the July target of $15.70 million.Individual revenue receipts components for July were: Gasoline Tax, $5.15 million or -1.12% short of target; Diesel Tax, $0.70 million or -10.91% below target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $3.21 million or -3.19% below target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $5.52 million or +8.65% above target; and Other Fees, $1.00 million or -23.99% below the monthly target.Secretary Lunderville also reported on the July results for the Transportation Infrastructure Bond Fund (’TIB’). TIB Fund Gas receipts for July were $1.33 million or -5.00% short of target. TIB Fund Diesel receipts were $0.08 million or -10.97% short of target for July. TIB Fund receipts are noted below the following table:Education FundThe ‘non-Property Tax’ Education Fund revenues (which constitute 11.75% of the total Education Fund sources) were released today by Secretary Lunderville. The non-Property Tax Education Fund receipts for July totaled $12.55 million, or +$0.04 million (+0.32%) above the $12.51 million target for July.The individual Education Fund revenue component results for July were: Sales & Use Tax, $9.94 million, or +0.94% ahead of target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $1.60 million or -3.19%; Lottery Transfer, $1.00 million – exactly on target; and the Education Fund Interest receipts were essentially $0, as was the target.Conclusion‘July’s target is always difficult to parse out from the annual Consensus Revenue Forecast. Over the last two decades, the July results have deviated from the July targets more often than not. One month’s results are insufficient to project a revenue trend ‘ up or down,’ said Secretary Lunderville. ‘However, we remain vigilant in the face of a weak recovery which seems to have lost momentum.’last_img read more

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Vermont’s $10.8 million in additional heating aid blocked by Senate Republicans

first_imgSenators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today said Vermont would be in line for $10.8 million of a $5 billion appropriation for home heating assistance included in a spending bill that Senate Republicans are trying to block.One of the last must-do measures on the agenda before Congress adjourns for the year, the appropriations bill would prevent a 40 percent cut in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Vermont’s $10.8 million share would help keep senior citizens on fixed incomes, families with children and the disabled warm this winter.The critical funding for Vermont is in danger, however, because some Republicans have mounted a filibuster in the Senate and even threatened to require the entire 1,924-page bill to be read aloud on the Senate floor.Sanders said, ‘At a time when heating oil prices are skyrocketing, we have got to pass the omnibus appropriations bill so that no one in Vermont goes cold this winter. Without these additional funds, seniors and low-income Americans in Vermont and throughout the country will find themselves facing very painful choices on how to stretch already stretched budgets.’Leahy said, ‘In Vermont, where our winter temperatures average below freezing and the lows dip into the single digits, our low-income families, Vermonters with disabilities and senior citizens should not be forced to decide between paying their home energy bills or affording basic necessities such as food, rent, or prescription drugs. Heat in winter is a necessity, not an option. At a time when we are trying to help Americans recover from the Great Recession, some in Congress from warmer states like South Carolina and Arizona would rather use the Senate’s limited time to give enormous tax breaks to multi-millionaires rather than help America’s most needy and vulnerable households.’Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said, ‘Now is not the time to play political games with the safety and well-being of low-income Americans. For Vermonters who rely upon heating assistance to make it through a cold winter, this sort of stalling tactic is deplorable. LIHEAP should be fully funded ‘ and it should be fully funded now.’Federal funding for the heating assistance program was nearly doubled in the last two years under a provision sponsored by Sanders. Leahy cosponsored that 2008 legislation and Welch sponsored companion legislation that year in the House.So far this year, Vermont has only received a total of $14.8 million for LIHEAP, compared to the $25.6 million in regular funding it received last year and will receive if the majority in the Senate can overcome a Republican filibuster.This heating season, Vermont estimates that more than 27,000 households will receive benefits, up from 20,350 last year. Because the demand has increased but the amount available so far has decreased and the number of eligible households has expanded, the average benefit is being reduced from about $1,100 last year to about $660 this heating season.Leahy, Sanders and Welch signed letters to the House and Senate Appropriations committees last month urging them to maintain the funding for LIHEAP at the 2010 level of $5.1 billion.After Congress doubled funding for home heating assistance in 2009, a record 8.3 million households nationwide received aid. This winter, as a result of the lingering recession, many more families are expected to need help keeping the heat turned on.Source: Vermont congressional delegation. WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010last_img read more