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first_imgGovernor DouglasVisiting Troops Serving in War on Terror His visit to Iraq today included stops in several parts of thecountry—including a visit with the 172 Armor Battalion of the VermontNational Guard in Ramadi—meetings in other areas with more troops from Vermontand briefings by Gen. George Casey, the top U.S.commander in Iraq,and U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. Governor Douglas has been in the Middle Eastsince Monday.  His first stop yesterday was at Camp Arifjan,Kuwait, where he had dinnerwith soldiers from Vermont. ### BAGHDAD, Iraq– Governor Jim Douglas is making a surprise visit to Vermont troops serving in the Global War on Terror thisweek beginning with visits to Kuwaitand Iraq.center_img “This is an important opportunity to meet with our troops and to communicateVermont’ssupport for them and the important work that they are doing to bring stabilityand security to this fledgling democracy.  It is also an excellent opportunityto hear from them, and see first-hand that they are properly equipped toachieve their mission.  I want them all to know that my administration will dowhatever it can to be sure they’re successful and return home to thehonor that they have earned,” Governor Douglas said.  The Governor’s trip began Sunday with classified briefings at thePentagon regarding the Global War on Terror, the efforts of al-Qaeda and areview of current intelligence from the region.  Governors Phil Bredesen (D – Tennessee), Kenny Guinn (R-Nevada)and Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) are also visiting the region.  Details of the restof the Governor’s trip will be released by the Governor’s office asconditions permit.  He is expected to return to Vermont Friday evening. Governoris currently in Iraqlast_img read more


first_imgSouth Burlington, Vt. – (Feb. 13, 2008) – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 recently announced an intensive construction foreman’s training session for its members.The five-week course, coordinated by the union’s Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, follows the “project control system” methodology, a mechanism that allows managers to efficiently execute the work being performed. Core subjects covered include installation, documentation, administration and supervision. Classes run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Feb. 23, March 1, March 8 and March 15 at Local 300’s South Burlington union hall on Gregory Drive. “Leadership skills are undoubtedly in high demand throughout the building trades. This lesson provides best practices for running a construction job from soup to nuts,” said Apprenticeship Director Jean Watkins. “Local 300 apprentices and licensed electricians receive the finest training in the business, which ensures that customers get top-shelf service from our members and contractors.”Jeff Sanford, owner of JS Electric in St. Albans, will teach the course. For details about future IBEW Local 300 classes, contact Watkins at (802) 864-5864 or jmw@ibewlocal300.org(link sends e-mail). ABOUT THE IBEW LOCAL 300Based in South Burlington, the IBEW Local 300 serves 1,200-plus laborers throughout Vermont. The organization is part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and represents approximately 750,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because of its size and highly skilled constituency.For more information, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Matt Lash at (802) 864-5864, MLash@ibewlocal300.org(link sends e-mail) or www.ibewlocal300.org(link is external).last_img read more


first_imgCSC (NYSE: CSC) today announced the successful implementation of the first phase of Fletcher Allen Health Care’s comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) system, PRISM (Patient Record and Information Systems Management), after a 15-month planning and implementation period. PRISM is now operational in the hospital’s inpatient areas as well as the Emergency Department, Walk-In Care Center, and inpatient pharmacy. Fletcher Allen is now positioned to meet the regulatory requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Under ARRA, hospitals will receive monetary incentives if they demonstrate “meaningful use” of EHRs by 2011.(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090422/CSCLOGO(link is external))Benefits of the new EHR system from Epic include ease of viewing all patient information in one place; accessibility of patient information from remote locations; ability for multiple parties to concurrently check patient information; and instant access to medical orders. To date, Fletcher Allen’s providers are entering 92 percent of all medical orders electronically (and 96 percent of all medication orders), reducing the turnaround time for receiving medications and tests, and enhancing the accuracy of clinical documentation.”We adopted an electronic health record to improve safety and quality of care for patients,” said Sandra Dalton, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Fletcher Allen. “With CSC’s healthcare expertise and track record in clinical systems implementation and improvement, we have succeeded in completing the first phase of our project on budget, on schedule and in just 15 months. We hope other hospitals are encouraged by our achievement.””The success of this project proves that EHRs can be implemented quickly and effectively,” said Deward Watts, president of CSC’s Healthcare Group. “The commitment of Fletcher Allen’s senior executive team, including the medical staff leadership, was crucial to its completion. When combined with CSC’s clinical and technical expertise, it enabled Fletcher Allen to rapidly move from a manual process to an electronic system where nearly all medical orders are being entered automatically.”As part of the project, CSC provided clinical transformation consulting services and IT design, building, testing and activation support. When completed, PRISM will be operational throughout Fletcher Allen including the hospital’s more than 30 facilities in Vermont as well as affiliated medical practices, which include approximately 750 physicians. CSC continues to offer technology support services to Fletcher Allen as the hospital prepares to conduct phases two and three of the project, which are slated to be complete by the end of 2010.CSC’s Healthcare Group, which serves healthcare providers, health plans, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and allied industries around the world, is a global leader in transforming the healthcare industry through the effective use of information to improve healthcare outcomes, decision-making and operating efficiency.About Fletcher AllenFletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen serves as a regional referral center – providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York – and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. With more than 30 patient care sites and 100 outreach clinics, programs and services throughout the region, Fletcher Allen is committed to being a national model for the delivery of high-quality academic health care for a rural region. For more information about Fletcher Allen, visit our Web site atwww.fletcherallen.org(link is external).About CSCCSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions and Services, the Managed Services Sector and the North American Public Sector. CSC’s advanced capabilities include systems design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 92,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.2 billion for the 12 months ended July 3, 2009. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.csc.com(link is external). Source: CSC. FALLS CHURCH, Va., Sept. 22, 2009 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more


first_imgThe February 2011 RE/MAX Housing Report indicates that New Hampshire was the only New England state to show an increase in month-over-month increase in sales, while Vermont was the only state to show year-over-year increase in sales for the month. RE/MAX stated that tighter credit standards and unfavorable weather conditions resulted in a decrease in home sales for the region in February. Overall sales declined -13.8 percent month-over-month in New England, led by Massachusetts, while prices declined overall by -2.6 percent.New Hampshire was the only state to see an uptick in sales month-over-month, and Rhode Island was the only state to experience an increase in median price during the same period.In Vermont, however, there were 243 homes sold in February 2011, a 12.5 percent increase from the 216 homes sold the same time last year. RE/MAX of New England predicts that with expected inventory increases, Vermont should experience a positive spring market. Source: RE/MAX of New England. 3.16.2011last_img read more


first_imgFree Press Media,by Kevin Kelley. The Burlington Free Press has no plans to scale back its publication schedule despite offering readers a Thursday-Sunday subscription package, publisher James Fogler says.‘Other papers may do that, but it’s not going to happen in Burlington, Vermont,’ Fogler declared.‘Part of our strategy to grow readership is to focus on key days of the week,’ he said in December 2 telephone interview. The paper attracts fewer readers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday than it does on the other days of the week, he noted. ‘Our goal is to increase readership on the days that are already key.’Fogler also expressed confidence that the paper will retain many of those readers who subscribe on a seven-days-a-week basis. ‘They’re loyal. They’ll stay with us,’ he said.A full week subscription to the paper costs $15 a month. The Thursday-Sunday delivery package is priced at $10 a month.The Free Press stopped producing its Business Monday section in August and moved that content to the Thursday paper. The switch also involved the addition on Thursdays of features and reader-written essays on the theme of innovation. The rescheduling reflects the paper’s effort to heighten the appeal of its better-selling editions, Fogler said.The decision to create a Thursday ‘innovate’ section also comes in response to ‘the business community telling us to do a better job of local coverage,’ Fogler added.The paper will continue to publish its print edition seven days a week even as it seeks to expand gains made in visits to its web edition, the publisher said. He did not divulge specific numbers for either print circulation or visits to the Free Press website.An independent blog that monitors the Gannett Corp reported in September that average weekday circulation of the Free Press had fallen 31 percent during a five-year period. Weekday sales averaged 47,155 in 2005 compared to 32,504 in 2010, according to blogger Jim Hopkins’ analysis of Gannett data.The Free Press’ drop was more than the 27 percent average circulation loss for Gannett’s 81 local dailies.Fogler did say that ‘print circulation is down for us, as it is right across the board.’ The Free Press’ decline, however, is ‘not as much as others are experiencing,’ he added.The recent decision to end anonymity for those commenting on stories on the paper’s website has had a positive effect, Fogler said. Fewer readers leave comments than when their identities could be disguised, but the change has encouraged more civil discourse and should actually have been implemented much earlier, Fogler said. Comments may now be left at its Facebook page. www.facebook.com/bfpnews(link is external)last_img read more


first_imgOn December 15, 2011 the VMBB issued $43.7 million in 2011 Series 5 Bonds to assist 26 municipalities to refinance outstanding debt issued through the US Department of Agriculture-Rural Development. The USDA-RD debt was originally issued to fund principally municipal drinking water and sewer projects. The refinancing bonds will save participating municipalities over $4,109,786 in future debt service payments.Through the December 15, 2011 issue of $25.9 million in 2011 Series 6 Refinancing Bonds, the Bond Bank was able to refinance its 2003 Series 2 bonds resulting in $1,750,000 in future debt service payment savings for 27 Vermont municipalities and school districts. Loans from the 2003 Series 2 bonds were originally used mainly for ‘bricks and mortar’ construction and renovation projects.About VMBBThe Vermont Municipal Bond Bank has been assisting Vermont’s municipalities with access to tax-exempt bond financing for over 40 years. Since 1970, the VMBB has issued over $1.24 billion through 64 new money and refunding bonds to finance various projects for over 400 of Vermont’s municipalities.For more information regarding the VMBB, please visit our website at www.vmbb.org(link is external) or contact Robert Giroux, Executive Director, at 802-654-7377 or bobg@vtbondagency.org(link sends e-mail).last_img read more