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Winter Stirs – Vail Resorts Closes Its Acquisition of Okemo Mountain Resort, Mount Sunapee Resort and Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Ludlow, VT: As part of Vail Resorts’ plans for a new regional approach to managing its resorts in the northeast, the company is promoting Kirkwood general manager and Vice President Doug Pierini to Chief Operating Officer of the new Northeast Region. He will also serve as Okemo general manager, effective Oct. 25. Pierini has worked for Vail Resorts for eight years. Pierini got his start…
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Manchester Pizza Shop Owner Sentenced to 10 Years for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin

VT STRONG NEWS - USDOJ Vermont reports - The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Marco Antonio Lam Peralta (also known as Tony Lam), 45, of South Londonderry, Vermont, was sentenced Tuesday to ten years of imprisonment following his conviction for conspiracy to distribute more than a kilogram of ; The sentencing followed Lam's guilty plea, as well as his unsuccessful…
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Sen Bernie “Feel the Bern” Sanders Ups Amazon Bezos Labor Floor Wages to $15 hour.

Will Ski Resorts Follow ? Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released the following statement Tuesday after Amazon said it would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for all of its United States workers: "It is no secret that I have been a harsh critic of the wage and employment practices of Amazon and its owner Jeff Bezos. It has been my view that the middle…
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HEALTH – Alcohol Causes Cancer and Cost Taxpayers $2.+ per drink

Alcohol is known to be a risk factor for cancers of the head and neck (mouth, throat, and voice box), liver, colon, rectum, and breast.  The cost of this dangerous behavior impacts many aspects of the drinker’s life and the lives of those around them. However, most of the costs resulted from losses in workplace productivity (72% of the total cost), health care expenses for treating problems caused by excessive drinking (11%…
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Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty and Receives Life Sentence for 2000 Carjacking, Kidnapping and Murder in Vermont

A federal inmate formerly residing in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty today to murder, carjacking and kidnapping, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Attorney Christina Nolan for the District of Vermont. Donald Fell, 38, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to a federal indictment arising from the Nov. 27, 2000 kidnapping, carjacking and murder of 53-year old Teresca King.…
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ICE arrests 40 in New England during 3-day operation targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives

BOSTON, MA: — Deportation officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 40 criminal aliens and immigration violators throughout the New England region during a 3-day enforcement action from Sept. 20-22. Some of the cities and towns that ERO deportation officers made arrests in during the operation, were: Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, Hartford, and Waterbury, Connecticut; in Boston, Brighton, Chelsea, Lowell,…
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GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT DISCUSSES CIVILITY AND POLARIZATION

11 SEPTEMBER 2018 - Vergennes, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today visited Vergennes Union High School to address the student body and speak the need to restore civility and end political polarization. Below is a full transcript of his address. Governor Scott: Good afternoon. Thanks for having me here today, and hopefully you won’t have any extra homework because you’re missing your afternoon class! It’s great…
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Historic Occurrences – 1938 Great New England and Long Island Express Hurricane killed 682+ people

  ATLANTIC STRONG - Sept. 21 1938 - The majority of the storm damage was from storm surge and wind. The winds reached up to 150 mph with waves surging to around 25–35 feet high. Readings from the Blue Hills Observatory showed sustained winds topping 120 miles per hour, with a gust of 186 miles per hour. The 1938 New England Hurricane (also referred to as the Great New England Hurricane and Long Island…
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THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS

11 SEPTEMBER 2018 - Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement: “Seventeen years ago, we awoke to a typical Tuesday. There was a quiet across the nation, in a less complicated world, and a less complicated time. “By the end of the day, all that would change. “The events of September 11, 2001 are still clear in my mind, as they are for…
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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – Vermont Sues Purdue Pharma For Its Opioids Marketing Practices

G Alleges Deceptive and Unfair Acts and Public Nuisance.  Vermont Attorney General Donovan announced that today his office filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act and public nuisance law concerning Purdue’s marketing and promotion of opioids. Purdue is the manufacturer of Oxycontin. “The State of Vermont has been hit hard by the opioid…
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SCHOOL SAFETY GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced 239 Vermont schools have been awarded school safety grants totaling $4 million, which will fund infrastructure upgrades designed to improve school safety. $4 Million in Facilities Grants; $1 Million for Planning and Training This funding is possible through a $5 million funding package proposed by Scott and passed by the Legislature this spring. An initial $4 million…
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STRONG RESPONSE TO THE SCOTT ADMINISTRATION’S VERMONT PHOSPHORUS INNOVATION CHALLENGE 30 JULY 2018

Montpelier, Vt. – Vermont’s 2018 Clean Water Week, which kicked off Sunday and runs through August 4, celebrates Vermont’s lakes, rivers and wetlands, as well as the tremendous efforts of businesses, farms, communities and organizations to protect and restore clean water. Clean water is essential to Vermont’s health, quality of life and strong economy. It supports diverse recreational opportunities, serves as a major drinking water…
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Gov Scott Signs Gun Legislation

Vermont Statutes. Title 13: Crimes And Criminal Procedure. Chapter 85: Weapons. As of subject to change. § 4001. Slung shot, blackjack, brass knuckles-Use or possession A person who uses a slung shot, blackjack, brass knuckles or similar weapon against another person, or attempts so to do, or who possesses a slung shot, blackjack, brass knuckles, or similar weapon, with intent so to use it, shall be imprisoned not more than five…
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Londonderry EMS Volunteers Receive Mental Health Support After 5 Deaths In Community

via VPR - Londonderry, VT: Vermont’s first responders can face life-and-death situations any time they show up at a scene. But this week the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad dealt with five fatalities, and now support is being provided to these volunteers that serve this community. The five fatalities in the community occurred in just a three-day span. Last Friday the rescue squad Share More: ;mc_eid=f9d830f457#stream/0
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THE STATE OF VERMONT TO AWARD $4 MILLION IN SCHOOL SAFETY GRANTS TO STRENGTHEN SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE

Montpelier, Vt. – More than 250 Vermont schools have applied for funding to make security upgrades to their facilities. The State will award $4 million in grants by this fall to help schools strengthen security, using guidance from a statewide safety assessment conducted earlier this year. Governor Phil Scott ordered the assessmentsafter an alleged school shooting plot was uncovered and averted in Fair Haven in February.…
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BRAT Volunteers Supporting Clean Water

White River Junction, VT: Since 2014, the Black River Action Team has conducted weekly sampling at several area swimming holes all summer long. BRAT volunteers are trained to collect their samples carefully, following protocols set forth by the State of Vermont and Endyne Labs (a nationally-accredited facility in Lebanon NH). Endyne tests the samples for fecal coliform, which are present in the gut of all…
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