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Vermont accepting vendor, exhibitor proposals for 2016 Big E

It's not too early for Vermont businesses and organizations to think about vending or exhibiting at the 2016 Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts this coming fall.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is now accepting proposals from potential vendors and exhibitors for the Vermont Building at "The Big E".

The fair runs September 16 -October 2.

Last year, about 1 million patrons passed through the Vermont Building and spent nearly $1.7 million on Vermont products.

For more information, contact Reg Godin, senior market development specialist at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets at 802-522-3648 or reg.godin@state.vt.us.

Gas prices still down in northern New England

It's been another week of low gas prices across northern New England.

Among the three states, the price-tracking website GasBuddy.com says gasoline prices are lowest in New Hampshire, where the average price fell 2 cents per gallon last week to $1.95. In Vermont, the average price stayed the same at $2.13 per gallon, and in Maine, it's $2.05, falling nearly 2 cents per gallon.

The national average is $1.97. The national average has dropped 3.8 cents per gallon in the last month and is 15.6 cents per gallon lower than the price a year ago.

Maine biologists collar 70 moose in new study area

Maine biologists say they have captured and radio-collared 70 moose in a new study area in the far northern part of the state.

Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says the work is part of the state's five-year moose study that will gather data about survival and birth rates and the impact of winter ticks.

State moose biologist Lee Kantar says adding the second study area will allow the state a better understanding of the animals' survival and reproduction rates.

Officials with the fisheries and wildlife department say biologists will now capture and collar 36 moose calves in an existing study area located between Greenville and Jackman. There are more than 40 collared moose in that area already.

Winds knock out power for thousands in northern New England

Powerful gusts topping 50 mph accompanied by driving rain have knocked out power for thousands of utility customers in northern New England.

Central Maine Power reported more than 20,000 outages, and Emera Maine more than 10,000 outages at the peak Sunday evening. Outages also were reported in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Tom Hawley from the National Weather Service says a gust hit 51 mph in Greenville, 48 mph in Augusta and 47 mph in Portland.

The howling wind was accompanied by driving rain with some communities topping 2 inches of rain for the day.

The winds were expected to die off over the course of the evening.

– The Associated Press


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