Fewer Vermont Heating Oil Dealers Offering Price Protection Plans…

Posted by Josh Garrett on September 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Following trends already observed in Massachusetts and Connecticut this year, fewer heating oil dealers in Vermont are offering price protection to customers in the form of price-lock, price-cap, and pre-buy programs. The Rutland Herald reported Sunday on the results of a statewide survey of heating oil dealers, which found that just 56 percent of dealers are currently offering a pre-buy program, compared to 64 percent last year. The main cause for the decline, according to a state official and industry representative Matt Cota, is that a down economy has made paying up-front for an entire season’s worth of heating oil too expensive for many consumers. As a result, interest in pre-buy contracts has fallen off, leading many dealers to stop offering them.

full article – http://www.heatingoil.com/blog/fewer-vermont-heating-oil-dealers-offering-price-protection-plans-as-consumer-interest-wanes929/

‘Natural’ syrup maker relents on caramel coloring

Wednesday September 29, 2010

 MONTPELIER (AP) — Under fire in maple syrup country, the maker of Log Cabin All Natural Syrup said Tuesday it’s getting rid of the product’s caramel coloring in response to complaints by producers of the real thing.

That may not be enough. Officials in Vermont — the nation’s largest producer of pure maple syrup — say the Pinnacle Foods product’s label and packaging are still misleading to consumers and violate the state’s maple syrup labeling regulations.

full article – http://www.benningtonbanner.com/ci_16210810

Renewable Energy Vermont Expo starts today

NEWS ADVISORY
September 29, 2010
Vermont’s Energy Future:
Positioned for Growth.

WHAT: 9th Annual Renewable Energy Vermont Conference & Expo 2010

WHO: This year’s conference gathers leading renewable energy experts, industry insiders, energy and environmental professionals, state and local officials, businesses and citizens interested in Vermont’s energy future, addressing the issue of how to continue to build and grow the state’s renewable energy economy.

WHEN: Thursday, September 30, 2010: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tradeshow exhibits, renewable energy workshops, and networking reception in the Exhibit Hall from 5 – 7 p.m. Dinner featuring Michael Klare begins at 6 p.m.

October 1, 2010: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibits, full-day conference, and Gubernatorial Debate.

For program updates or to register, visit www.REVermont.org or call 802/865-5202.

WHERE: Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, Vermont.

For more information contact:
Sue Allen, 802/229-0099
sue@revermont.org

link – http://vtdigger.org/2010/09/30/renewable-energy-vermont-expo-starts-today/

COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE

SPONSORED BY SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS

Saturday, October 16th 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Vermont Technical College
Randolph, VT

Join Bernie at this informative and free conference to learn more about how you can take control of your own health. The forum will feature a keynote talk by Dr. Josephine Briggs, the Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, workshops on a range of health care issues, and a plenary session looking at the advances made over the past 20 years and the challenges facing complementary and alternative health care.

link – http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/events/event/?id=1d3c1b30-0010-4962-8162-5257f9e9f10b

Vermont finds out about slavery in real life!

Released Ghana slave Mercy was one of the guest speakers at special night at Tuesdays Church. The night was held to raise awareness of the problem of slavery. Mercy and Faustina talked about the program that lead to Mercy’s release and the vocational program provided by international aid agency – International Needs.

Over 25 people listened to the inspirational stories of these courageous women. The money raised on the night will support the release and training of the women in small home-based industries, like bread making and dress making, and vulnerable children by funding schools. Faustina is the Principal of one of the schools. Attached is a photo of Mercy, Glenda Farmer (Tuesdays Church co-ordinator), Faustina and Ian Neil (International Needs).

Tuesdays Church meets regularly in the meeting room of Sportlink, 2 Hanover Rd, Vermont South from 7.30pm – 8.30pm on a Tuesday; anyone is welcome.

More information is available by calling Glenda on 0412 401715 or visiting the website http://www.tuesdayschurch.org.au

link – http://whitehorse-leader.whereilive.com.au/your-news/story/vermont-finds-out-about-slavery-in-real-life/

Plasan to Showcase Armor Technology at Modern Day Marine

BENNINGTON, Vermont, September 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Plasan, a key provider in survivability and combat-proven armor solutions for vehicles, airborne platforms and personal protection, will showcase its latest survivability solutions and armor technologies at the Modern Day Marine Expo September 28-30 in Quantico, Virginia.

Mr. Dan Ziv, CEO of Plasan, said: “Plasan is proud of our long relationship with the USMC, and we are pleased to showcase our latest innovations at Modern Day Marine. Plasan’s designers and engineers are combat veterans, using our hands-on experience to deliver survivability solutions.”

Since 2004, Plasan has been working with the Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corporation to deliver armor and survivability solutions to the U.S. Marine Corps. This includes delivery of crew cab and cargo armor for the USMC MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) Standard Cargo vehicles and the Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR

full article – http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/plasan-to-showcase-armor-technology-at-modern-day-marine-103849053.html
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