Vermont unemployment rate declines to 2.8 percent in October

The Vermont Department of Labor announced last week that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for October was 2.8 percent, a drop of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised September rate. That compares with the national rate in October of 3.7 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan area… Read More »

State tool can help compare health plans

The state of Vermont has launched an updated online tool to help Vermonters weigh insurance options and choose the health plan that best fits their needs and budget. The 2019 Plan Comparison Tool is accessible online at VermontHealthConnect.gov and allows users to screen at least 26 health plan options. The comparison function should be helpful… Read More »

Fair Haven school leader tells safety forum: ‘This threat has changed our culture’

By ALAN J. KEAYS VTDIGGER.ORG Brooke Olsen-Farrell says several months after a former student was arrested on charges of planning to shoot up a high school in Fair Haven, the after-effects continue to be felt. “This threat has changed our culture,” Olsen-Farrell, superintendent of the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union that includes the high school in Fair… Read More »

State official shares drug prevention message

State official shares drug prevention message

By ROSALYN GRAHAM Broad community involvement will be key to reducing the serious opioid-addiction epidemic in our state and around the country. That was the message last Wednesday from Jolinda LaClair, director of Drug Prevention Policy with the Vermont Agency of Human Services, who addressed the Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg Rotary. LaClair has oversight and management of Vermont’s… Read More »

Governor appoints two Hinesburg residents to state boards

Gov. Phil Scott appointed 33 people to various state boards and commissions in September, including two local residents. Kristin Haas of Hinesburg was named to the Animal Cruelty Investigations Advisory Board. Chittenden Superior Court Judge Robert Mello, also of Hinesburg, was appointed to the Governor’s Community Violence Prevention Task Force. Boards and commissions give Vermonters… Read More »

Incentives offered to “Button Up” Vermont homes for winter

A coalition of Vermont organizations joined Congressman Peter Welch recently to kick off the 2018 Button Up Vermont campaign, designed to inspire Vermonters to make their homes more comfortable and more affordable ahead of the winter heating season. Vermont has a statewide goal of achieving 25 percent energy savings in at least 80,000 homes by… Read More »

Catholic Diocese waives nondisclosure agreements

Catholic Diocese waives nondisclosure agreements

By KEVIN O’CONNOR VTDIGGER.ORG Vermont’s Catholic bishop is releasing abuse victims from nondisclosure agreements signed with the state’s largest religious denomination. “Since 2002, the Diocese of Burlington has not required any NDA with survivors as part of a legal settlement,” the Most Rev. Christopher J. Coyne said Friday. “It is my hope that this past… Read More »

UVM Medical Center nurses ratify contract

By AIDEN QUIGLEY VTDIGGER.ORG Nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center have ratified a contract with hospital management with 70 percent of voting nurses in support. Just shy of 1,100 of the union’s 1,800 nurses voted in the election on Sept. 27. The hospital and the nurses came to a tentative agreement Sept. 19… Read More »