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    Charting the future of Efficiency Vermont

    10/21/2014 10:26 PM EDT
    Efficiency Vermont was created in the year 2000 to help Vermont homes and businesses reduce their use of electricity. At a larger level, we work in partnership with all of Vermont’s traditional utilities to help reduce strain on the electric system, and defer the need for expensive investments in new power plants and transmission lines. 
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    Vermont at a crossroads
    10/21/2014 10:26 PM EDT - In 2011 Vermont passed Act 48, setting us on the course to have the first universal, publicly financed health care system in the United States. This came about because hundreds of Vermont residents took action: contacting legislators, packing public hearings, testifying about the debilitating effects of the current healthcare system on their lives. Full Story

    Redesigning Vermont’s Economic Development Program supports growth
    10/21/2014 10:25 PM EDT - Vermonters have seen a reduction in average salaries and a rise in under compensated opportunities. Our small state has also experienced a continued decline in our overall economy which has driven down our tax revenues putting a severe strain on our social programs and other state projects. This coupled with a reduction in Federal aid has forced the governor to ask state agencies to Full Story

    Holidays and new traditions
    10/20/2014 10:11 PM EDT - Some of the most dramatic changes of aging can be centered on the holidays. Each family has its own customs. Whether that means placing an ancient and honored menorah in the front window, or being the first house on Main Street to light and decorate a tree in the big bay window, these are ways we define ourselves as individuals and families. Full Story

    Vermont’s cloudy fiscal future
    10/20/2014 10:10 PM EDT - How fares the State of Vermont from a fiscal standpoint? According to the Shumlin administration, state finances, though under pressure, are also under responsible control. A year ago the administration rebutted critics by pointing out that Vermont continues to have a Moody’s AAA bond rating, resulting from "conservative fiscal policies and the maintenance of healthy reserve Full Story

    Take a bite out of homelessness
    10/19/2014 10:43 PM EDT - On Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Carriage Barn at Park-McCullough House, there will be a dessert buffet, cash bar by JC’s Tavern, special musical entertainment, Refresh, Renew and Renovate Auction and silent gift auction. All sponsors receive tickets, a reserved table and special recognition at the event. Full Story

    Speaking of Religion: Love will guide us
    10/17/2014 10:24 PM EDT - Lucy Ijams We make mistakes -- this is a fact of life. We make especially embarrassing and painful mistakes when we interact with other people. You can’t know everything you need to know to prevent you from messing up. If we would have better neighborhoods and communities countries, we need to let go of our FEAR of making mistakes. Full Story

    Southwestern Vermont Medical Center prepares for Ebola
    10/18/2014 11:54 AM EDT - I am sure you have seen news reports about health care workers in Texas who caught Ebola while caring for a patient. Like you, I found those reports unsettling. Despite the media attention, it is very unlikely that we will see an Ebola case in Bennington. Still, every day, someone asks me if our health system is ready to handle an Ebola patient. Full Story

    THE OUTSIDE STORY: Woolly bears: Forecast flops?
    10/17/2014 10:24 PM EDT - Autumn is coming to a close and predictions are proffered (sometimes cheerfully, mostly not) for how cold and snowy this year’s winter will be. Sources for seasonal predictions vary. The Farmers’ Almanac and traditional old-wives-tales are often cited. We trust these bits of folklore because they often have a scientific basis and seem to work. Full Story

    THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER: Return Browning and Livingston to Montpelier
    10/17/2014 10:24 PM EDT - On Nov. 4, the voters of Manchester, Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate, Vermont will have a rare and valuable opportunity. They can send two eminently qualified individuals to the state house. Cynthia Browning of Arlington and Judy Livingston of Manchester bring a wealth of experience to the position of state representative. Full Story

    Bank robber who bummed cigarette gets 10 years

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A bank robber who stopped during his escape to bum a cigarette off a construction worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. Full Story
    Search for world's funniest person moves to Vegas

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An international search to find the world's funniest person is moving to Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy that pits France, Finland and other countries against one another. Full Story