Jeffords’ Statement Announcing Decision Not to Seek Reelectionin 2006Statement of Senator Jim JeffordsApril 20, 2005For almost 40 years, the voters of Vermont have honored me with their support and their trust. I have tried my best to be worthy of that honor, whether serving in Montpelier or Washington, D.C.I have had an enormously satisfying career, one that I would not have traded for any other. In no other job do you have both the freedom and obligation to solve problems and help people on a daily basis.But it is time to begin a new chapter, both for me personally and for the people of Vermont. After much thought and consultation with my family and staff, I have decided to close this chapter of my service to Vermont, and not seek re-election in 2006.Between now and the end of my term, I will be working overtime to accomplish as much as I can for Vermont, in education, the environment,agriculture, health care and so many other areas.I still relish the challenges in Washington, but there are even better reasons to step down and return to Vermont. My wife Liz has put up with a lot over the years, and it is long past time I spent more time with her. Liz, as you know, is battling cancer, and will soon have to undergo another round of chemotherapy. If you know her you know that cancer has probably met its match.I look forward to seeing a lot more of my children and their families. And in a few weeks, I look forward to greeting our first grandchild into the family.There have been questions about my health, and that is a factor as well. I am feeling the aches and pains that come when you reach 70. My memory fails me on occasion, but Liz would probably argue this has been going on for the last 50 years.I am excited about coming home and working with the University of Vermont and other institutions to focus on what I think is the biggest challenge we face as a nation, the education of our children. If we were a nation at risk in 1983, two decades later that risk is even graver.We will never be able to maintain our standard of living against competitors around the world if we do not maintain the advantage of a highly skilled workforce. Unfortunately we are now importing thousands of skilled workers per year. This has to turn around.The people of Vermont will have a new U.S. Senator for the first time in almost a generation. I am making my announcement today because it seems only fair that Vermonters have ample time to consider that decision, and that the many able Vermont candidates, for this and other offices that may be open, have time to make their own plans.I have been blessed by a wonderful family, great friends, and a fine staff over my entire career. And I am forever grateful for the trust ofthe people of our state.Thanks, Vermont.
RUTLAND, VT–(Marketwire – January 22, 2009) – Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) has lowered its earnings estimate for 2008 from a range of $1.50 to $1.60 per share to a range of $1.28 to $1.38 per share. The revised range reflects the unanticipated, record-breaking service restoration efforts related to the ice storm that hit the New England region in mid December. The company is consulting with its regulators regarding its ability to defer a portion of the extraordinary costs under its Alternative Regulation plan. If those costs are deferred for future recovery, 2008 earnings could rise to a range of $1.45 to $1.55 per share. The company cannot predict the outcome of this matter at this time.”The December ice storm did unprecedented damage to significant portions of our electrical system in rugged, rural sections of Southern Vermont,” said CV President and CEO Bob Young. “The restoration effort will go down in history as the most expensive we’ve seen, even exceeding the so-called Nor’icane of 2007. Our rates include a five-year average of storm restoration costs, but given the magnitude of the ice storm, that average will not fully cover our current costs, hence the revised earnings estimate.”Young said bills for the ice storm restoration continue to come in, but the company estimated costs at $5.3 million. By comparison, costs related to the 2007 Nor’icane totaled $4.3 million.CV plans to communicate its estimate for 2009 earnings in the first quarter of 2009.About CVCV is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving more than 159,000 customers statewide. CV’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services.Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this report that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Actual results will depend, among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economic conditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets and our ability to maintain our current credit ratings. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.
The only way to properly honor Silent Cal Coolidge is with a party. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation will host Plymouth Old Home Day at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site on Saturday August 1, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Governor Jim Douglas will be the honored guest at the event s highlight: The official groundbreaking of the President Calvin Coolidge Museum & Education Center at 4:00 p.m. This new center will expand and modernize the current visitor center at the Coolidge Site into a 12,000 square foot, year-round facility with auditorium, classrooms, and additional space for permanent and changing interactive exhibits, said John Dumville, Historic Sites Operations Chief. This is an exciting public-private collaboration between the State of Vermont and the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. First popular during the early years of the 20th century, Plymouth Old Home Day in 2009 unites town organizations and special guest speakers in a fun-filled festival of historic music, traditional craft and farm demonstrations, wagon rides, and culinary treats. In addition, Governor Douglas will officially welcome a new Vermont cheesemaker to the Plymouth Cheese Factory, located at the site.Fairfield Farms Artisan Cheese, owned by cheesemaker Jesse Werner, has signed a lease with the State of Vermont and has been creating three types of hand-crafted, limited supply cheeses from raw milk at the facility during July.Other activities include:Helene Lang performs as Agatha Christie 11:00 a.m.One-room schoolhouse open house 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.Howard Coffin presents Vermont and the Civil War 2:00 p.m.Groundbreaking ceremony/cheesemaker welcome ceremony 4:00 p.m.Wagon rides and sheep shearing with Fred DePaulChicken barbecue and bake sale to benefit the Plymouth Volunteer Fire DepartmentVermont artisans Fiber Arts in Vermont (demonstrating creative fiber arts weaving, spinning, knitting, etc.), Irene Ames (basket making), Black River Academy Museum (chair caning)Old-time fiddler Adam BoyceHome-style cooking at the Wilder House RestaurantAnd more!Helene Lang and Howard Coffin are sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council through its Speakers Bureau Program. Plymouth Old Home Day is the perfect opportunity to explore Plymouth Notch, considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country. Twelve buildings are open to the public including the Coolidge Homestead, Coolidge Birthplace, general store, village church, cheese factory and 1924 Summer White House office. An outstanding collection of early agricultural equipment is displayed in the Wilder Barns, and the Aldrich House has a new exhibit this year: A Lake Champlain Childhood: The Early Years of Grace Coolidge, which has been selected as an official Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Event.For further information about Plymouth Old Home Day, call (802) 672-3773, or visit the website: www.HistoricVermont.org/Coolidge(link is external)Source: Vermont Commerce Agency.
Source: Vermont Delegation. WASHINGTON, DC (Monday, July 27) – Vermont’s congressional delegation announced today that $8,799,600 in recovery funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in Vermont. The latest installment from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this funding will go to State Energy Program (SEP) projects that prioritize energy savings, create or retain jobs, increase the use of renewable energy and reduce harmful carbon emissions. The money is part of $54 million awarded to four states Monday by the Department of Energy and constitutes 40 percent of the $22 million Vermont’s SEP will receive as a result of the ARRA. In order to ensure that stimulus funds are being deployed effectively and efficiently, states will not receive the remaining 50 percent of ARRA funding until they meet reporting, oversight and accountability milestones required by the recovery act.Specifically, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced that Vermont will use the funding to:Increase the development and deployment of cost-effective and environmentally sustainable electric power resources by offering grants and loans to residents, businesses, non-profits, governments and farms to help them install such renewable energy systems as solar, wind and geothermal.Establish a revolving loan and/or small grant program for non-profit and government institutions – including K-12 school districts, colleges and universities – to implement energy efficiency measures of renewable energy projectsInstall thermal solar renewable energy systems for heating and hot water to low-income residences. Sen. Leahy said, “A strong economy and a healthy environment go hand in hand. This important funding will help Vermont’s struggling families, farms, businesses, and non-profits by decreasing energy costs and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, all while creating Vermont jobs.”“There is little doubt in my mind that in the years to come the energy mix in this state will be very different than it is today – with a far greater reliance on sustainable energy,” said Sen. Sanders, a member of the Senate energy and environment committees. “This federal support will be a major step forward in moving our state toward a greener economy.”“Vermont’s record of innovation and leadership in investing in renewable energy and efficiency will allow it to put these recovery funds to work immediately and effectively,” said Rep. Welch, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “This federal investment in such a critical sector will create jobs in Vermont, reduce costs for businesses and homeowners and help Vermont reduce its contribution to climate change.”
At a press conference today, Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss announced that the City will be conducting a “Complete Streets” demonstration project as part of the repaving of Colchester Avenue. Mayor Kiss was joined by City Councilor Sharon Bushor of Ward 1, staff from the Department of Public Works, and Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur of AARP-VT, as well as representatives of several other organizations involved in the project.The City’s plans to repave Colchester Avenue as part of its scheduled street repair program will include a demonstration project to test a “Complete Streets” scenario between Prospect Street and East Avenue. Colchester Avenue will be re-striped with reduced through lanes and a center two-way left turn lane. After completion of this stage of the project, data will be collected and traffic behaviors observed during a 4-week demonstration period to determine whether the change will be made permanent. The repaving will begin on September 8 and be completed within one week, and will be followed by the 4-week demonstration project.This will be the first ever designed “Complete Streets” project implemented in Burlington, and is being funded in part by the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO). Planning and coordination for the project has included the Ward 1 NPA, Local Motion, the City of Winooski, consultants Resource Systems Group, Inc., CCMPO, and the Campus-Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA), among others. Councilor Bushor and Ward 1 NPA members were part of a Colchester Ave ad-hoc task force (created by the City Council in 2004 and facilitated by CATMA), which reviewed and made recommendations about improving multi-modal travel on Colchester Ave.The Complete Streets concept is one that designs streets to enable safe access for all users. In the case of Colchester Avenue, the City is hoping to reduce weaving traffic which has contributed to sideswipe crashes. In addition, the project will create more room for the installation of a bicycle lane along Colchester Avenue. Colchester Avenue is among the City’s busiest streets, seeing an average of 20,000 vehicles per day. The Complete Streets concept is recommended for Colchester Avenue in the City’s comprehensive Transportation Plan completed in 2009.“This is an important opportunity to test a Complete Streets design on a segment of roadway – in close proximity to UVM and FAHC and one of the primary routes to the downtown, waterfront and points north – which sees a high volume of multi-modal uses,” said Mayor Bob Kiss. “This project results from careful planning, the work of several departments and agencies, and the broad involvement of community members. We hope this is a successful demonstration project which will ultimately enhance safety and accessibility for cars, bicycles, and pedestrians.”Burlington is in Year 2 of an enhanced 3-year paving program that is among the most significant street work efforts in the City’s history. This year the City will pave 10 miles of road and more than 50 streets under the supervision of the Department of Public Works (see http://www.dpw.ci.burlington.vt.us/(link is external) for more info). This work results from a $5.5 million bond and an increase in the dedicated street tax proposed by the City and approved by Burlington voters in November of 2008. Colchester Ave is slated for repaving as part of the street work program. Source: City of Burlington. 9.2.2010. For more information about the project go to: http://www.dpw.ci.burlington.vt.us/transportation/Colchester%20Ave%20Dem…(link is external).
Phish will play a special show at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vermont, next Wednesday, September 14th. The concert, the band’s first since 2004, will benefit Vermont flood recovery efforts. In the wake of Hurricane Irene, the band’s home state of Vermont experienced its worst flooding in a century, which devastated communities throughout the state.”It’s been heartbreaking to see all the loss and destruction that came from the storm,” said Phish keyboardist Page McConnell. “Vermont is very much a part of who we are as a band. We’re really looking forward to playing this show and we hope the money raised will make a difference in the recovery and rebuilding effort.”General admission tickets will be $75. In addition, a special “Friend of WaterWheel” package will be available for $250. It will include preferred parking, a reserved box seat, a limited edition poster and access to a Vermont craft beer tent. A very limited number of tickets are available directly through Phish Tickets’ online ticketing system at http://phish.portals.musictoday.com(link is external). The ticket request period is currently underway and will end on Wednesday, September 7, at noon ET.Tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, September 10, at 10:00 AM ET. In order to ensure that a large allotment of tickets is available to local residents, the public onsale will be in-person only and will be cash only. The box office location will be announced this Friday athttp://phish.com(link is external), by email update and on local radio stations. There will be a limit of two tickets per person whether individuals are purchasing in person or during the online ticket request period.Proceeds from the concert and merchandise sales will be directed to The WaterWheel Foundation and The Vermont Community Foundation to aid in the recovery of the Green Mountain State.The WaterWheel Foundation was created by Phish in 1997 to oversee the band’s various charitable activities. Fans can donate to The WaterWheel Foundation by clicking here. You should specify that you would like your contribution to go to Vermont flood recovery efforts.The Vermont Community Foundation was founded in 1986 and is Vermont’s largest homegrown philanthropic foundation, managing a collection of over 600 charitable funds that invest more than $18 million annually in Vermont through grants, loans and other investments. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Foundation worked with donors and other partners to facilitate donations for relief and recovery efforts, including the establishment of a fund to benefit Vermont farmers affected by the storm. Visit vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information.The show will be Phish’s first in Vermont since 2004. Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the concert will begin at 7 pm.