S.510 Clears Key Vote, Debate to Resume Today

source link – http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/11/s510-clears-key-vote-debate-to-resume-today/

BY HELENA BOTTEMILLER | NOV 30, 2010

Votes on the food safety bill and amendments are set to begin at 9:15 a.m. EST. The debate can be viewed online here.  If you’re on twitter, follow the debate at @foodsafetynews.

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Shumlin: Natural gas expansion possible in Vt.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin says he thinks piped natural gas could become an energy option in more Vermont communities.  Currently, only the northwestern Vermont counties of Franklin and Chittenden are served by Vermont Gas Systems, which brings in natural gas from Canada. Shumlin said Monday that he would like to explore expanding the availability of natural gas, perhaps extending the service as far south as Middlebury. He says that natural gas has several advantages over other forms of energy, including low prices — at least right now — and a lower carbon footprint than other fossil fuels

link- http://www.necn.com/11/29/10/Shumlin-Natural-gas-expansion-possible-i/landing_newengland.html?&blockID=3&apID=29587be46f1b40b4b59fa1980267401c

Penalties Assessed for Scanner Violations Retail stores penalized over $16,000 for price-scanning errors

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets recently assessed penalties to two retail establishments for violating the Vermont scanner pricing law. The agency assessed the Price Chopper store in Derby a penalty of $3,750 and the Price Chopper store in Saint Johnsbury a penalty of $13,000.

full article – http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/november/penalties-assessed-scanner-violations-retail-stores-penalized-over-16000-price-scannin

TRUTH TO POWER: The Evolution of Transition in The U.S.

VT Commons Blog

THE BACK STORY

By Michael Brownlee

The emergence of the Transition movement in the last four years or so is one of the most hopeful signs in the early 21st century, and Transition may yet turn out to be one of the fastest-growing, most inspiring, and most significant social change movements we have ever seen.

For those of us who had already been working towards relocalization for some years, the community-wide Transition process that Rob Hopkins and his fellow pioneers began developing in Totnes in 2006 was the very first sign of a clear and replicable pathway to community resilience and self-reliance in the face of the converging global crises of fossil fuel depletion, global warming, and economic collapse.

full article – http://www.vtcommons.org/blog/2010/11/28/truth-power-evolution-transition-us-michael-brownlee

NRC names new resident inspector at VY

By, Josh Stilts
Monday November 29, 2010

BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will have a fresh set of eyes to inspect the plant. Sarah Rich was selected as the new Nuclear Regulatory Commission resident inspector for the nuclear plant in Vernon filling a vacancy left by previous inspector Heather Jones, who is taking a new position within the NRC. Rich joined the NRC in August 2008 after earning a bachelor’s degree in nuclear science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Sarah Rich’s education, training and commitment to safety will help the NRC in its mission of protecting people and the environment by helping ensure that Vermont Yankee meets the high standards set by the agency,” NRC Region I Administrator Bill Dean said.

full article – http://www.reformer.com/localnews/ci_16730825

Vermont female inmates crochet hats for homeless

By Associated Press
Saturday, November 27, 2010

SWANTON, Vt. — At Northwest State Correctional Facility, Yolanda Slothower is more than Inmate No. 57640. She’s part of “the Crochet Club,” a group of women who turn donated yarn into hats, scarves and mittens to be given to Vermont shelters and child-care facilities over the holidays. The program, started three years ago by a worker at the state Agency of Human Services, solicits donations of yarn, cardboard boxes of which are then forwarded to the women’s prison in Swanton. There, about a dozen women participating in the voluntary program use crochet hooks to fashion colorful head- and hand-warmers for distribution to homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters and other agencies.

full article – http://news.bostonherald.com/news/national/northeast/view/20101127vermont_female_inmates_crochet_hats_for_homeless/srvc=home&position=recent

Vermonters Answers Bernie Sanders!

Bernie Sanders –

“We have an enormous problem to solve ahead of us and I hope, as Vermonters, we can engage in a serious conversation on this issue. After you’ve watched the video and read the information below, I hope you’ll submit an essay of 500 words or less that explains your ideas for fair responsible ways to approach our economic challenges.”

I love this… there are some real great entries, take some time and check it out!

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