If you had to choose 50 objects to represent Vermont, what would they be? Maple syrup? Camel's Hump? Or maybe wool socks and apple cider donuts?
We're joined by Gregory Sanford, former state archivist, and Jacqueline Carder, curator of the Vermont Historical Society, who spoke with us this June about their suggestions for Vermont's 50 objects. We'll also hear listener suggestions from the June show.
Vermont’s employers created 2,200 jobs in November, bringing the state to a 12-month high in employment, according to a new report by the state Department of Labor.
“Employers are reporting that they’re hiring and that there’s increased employment opportunities,” said Matthew Barewicz, the state’s chief of economic and labor market information. “And the unemployment rate is declining, indicating that there is becoming a tighter labor market, meaning that there’s more opportunities for those looking.”
One of Burlington’s largest businesses, Dealer.com, sold to a New York company for almost $1 billion in a deal announced Thursday.
Dealer.com, founded in 1998, is a leading online marketing company for automotive dealerships across the nation and employs about 700 people in Burlington. The company was purchased today by Dealer Track, a Now York-based dealership consulting company with an overlapping business model.
Dealer Track bought Dealer.com for $620 million cash in addition to 8.7 million shares of Dealer Track stock, worth about $300 million.
Gov. Peter Shumlin says he plans to launch a top to bottom review of the way that Vermont finances public education.
Shumlin says changes need to be made in response to a steady reduction in student enrollment and the continuing escalation of education costs.
Over the past few decades, there have been a number of different school funding formulas in Vermont. Shumlin and a group of legislative leaders are asking if the time has come to adopt some major changes to the state’s current system known as Act 68.
More than two years after Tropical Storm Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is closing up shop in Vermont, leaving a state both frustrated by the agency’s bureaucracy and rebuilt by $250 million in federal aid.
The agency will continue to process buy-outs and reimbursements through its Boston office.
The rules of the federal bureaucracy didn’t always mesh with the needs of small towns and people hard-hit by the flood.
Sas Carey is a registered nurse and holistic healer in Middlebury. For the last 19 years she’s been spending part of the year in Mongolia, working with nomadic herders on health care issues. In addition to teaching some basic health education (tooth-flossing, the importance of getting vitamin C to prevent scurvy), she has also worked to help local hospitals gain access to technology they need.
A lot of people in Vermont heat their homes with wood- whether with old fashioned logs or with wood pellets. There are also two large scale biomass energy plants, and an application for a new one in North Springfield has caused a lot of controversy. Several years ago, Middlebury college installed a large biomass heat plant, which they claim has reduced the college's emissions by 40 percent. Goddard College has also showed interest, and downtown Montpelier is in the middle of construction on a district heating project.