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It takes less than a minute for a log to be cut, split, dropped onto a conveyor belt and deposited into Jedediah Scott’s dump truck, ready for delivery.
Technology has caught up with the firewood business.
For dealers Scott’s size, the chainsaw and splitter are gone. They’ve been replaced by a machine that sections the log with a big, whirring circular saw and pushes the pieces through crisscrossed steel blades that split them into stove sized chunks.
Police and Sheriffs Departments across Vermont are participating in Drug Take Back Day. Town Halls are in the news for their uses and lack of usability. Brandon launches a flood planning effort for businesses and public infrastructure.
The new state psychiatric hospital is struggling to recruit nurses.
Paul Dupre, the commissioner of mental health, discussed the issue Tuesday during a monthly report from his department before the joint Mental Health Oversight Committee.
In July, the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital opened in Berlin. The 25-bed facility brings the total number of available beds across the state to 52, just shy of the 54 beds at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, which closed after sustaining significant damage from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
Vermont high tech companies say the state’s way of life is a powerful calling card for the kind of clean industry it hopes to attract, but they would like state officials to do more to market itself to attract new business.
The “Envisioning the Future of Vermont’s Digital Economy” summit sponsored by the Vermont Council on Rural Development in Montpelier covered a range of subjects, including why tech businesses come to Vermont and what could be done to attract more.