JANUARY 18 - BURLINGTON - Ladies First, a Vermont Department of Health program that provides access to breast, cervical and heart health screening for low income women, is expanding its eligibility beginning this year.
JANUARY 17 - BURLINGTON – Radon cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled but more Vermonters than ever before can find out if it exists in their homes. The Vermont Department of Health distributed 1,700 free radon test kits to homeowners last year and has more than 3,000 free kits to give away this year.
JANUARY 9 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced the appointment of attorney Barry D. Peterson of Fletcher as Magistrate Judge of the Family Division of Vermont’s Superior Courts. Peterson has held the post in an acting capacity in Chittenden, Lamoille, and Franklin counties as needed in recent years.
DECEMBER 29 - MONTPELIER - The final segment of Vermont’s state highway system closed due to damage from Tropical Storm Irene reopened to traffic today. A celebration was held at Stockbridge Central School to commemorate the reopening of the “Last Mile,” actually just over seven miles of Vermont Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge. State and local officials joined with VTrans workers and representatives from the many groups that played a part in the reconstruction process to celebrate, remember and mark the beginning of the next phase of recovery for the hard-hit region.
DECEMBER 29 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Transportation, will replace Neale Lunderville as Irene Recovery Officer. Minter will step into the new post on Jan. 6, as Lunderville returns to his job at Green Mountain Power.
DECEMBER 27 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders announced today that the state would add $6.1 million to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, to help ensure Vermonters can afford to heat their homes and stay warm this winter.
DECEMBER 21 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Mental Health Commissioner Christine Oliver and Deputy Secretary Patrick Flood will swap positions, with Oliver assuming the role of Deputy Secretary and Flood becoming Commissioner of Mental Health.
DECEMBER 16 - BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health has banned the use, sale, possession or manufacture of many of the new designer drugs labeled “not for human consumption.” These drugs have been sold in head shops and over the Internet to get around regulations and laws in Vermont.
DECEMBER 15 - MONTPELIER – Today’s arrival of Porter Airlines Flight 987 at Burlington International Airport marks the first international commercial flight from Toronto to Vermont.
DECEMBER 15 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin, Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller and other administration officials today released the final Comprehensive Energy Plan, which recommends that Vermont strive to obtain 90 percent of our total energy from renewable sources by 2050, largely eliminating Vermont’s reliance on fossil fuels by mid-century.