Senator Bernie Sanders met with Rob Levine, executive director of the Northern Vermont Chapter of the Red Cross, to discuss the Red Cross's new statewide model that will allow them to deliver better services to Vermonters.
Sen. Sanders was joined at a press conference in the Senator’s Burlington office by Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce president Tom Torti and Vermont Public Interest Research Group executive director Paul Burns to discuss the bid by Verizon Wireless to acquire Unicel.
The Chamber of Commerce official said improved cell service is important to the state’s tourism industry. He said cell service also is critical to the success of economic development initiatives. The VPIRG spokesman said complete coverage is a basic consumer issue. Also joining Sanders at the press conference was state Rep. Al Perry of Richford, who talked about the practical consequences of living in a part of Vermont along the Canadian border where cell service is not always avaialbe.
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Over 100 firefighters from all over Vermont showed up saturday morning to hold an open discussion with U.S. Fire Administrator Greg Cade. Some of the top issues brought up were the over complicated grant applicaiton process, training standardization, and equipment needs.
Also on the panel was Jim Litevich – Vermont Division of Fire Safety / Chief of the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford, Ben O’Brien – Secretary / Treasurer, Professional Firefighters of Vermont, Gene Perkins – President of the Vermont Fire Chief’s Association – Ryegate Fire Chief, Doug Brent – Vermont Career Fire Chief’s Association – South Burlington Fire Chief, Michael Greenia – President of the Vermont State Firefighters Association, Tom McClay – Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force, and Peter Maloska – Director / Professor of the VTC Fire Science Degree Program.
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Bernie spoke about the importance of building a grassroots movement at VPIRG's 35th Year Anniversary gathering at Shelburne Farms this past weekend. Here Bernie is pictured with VPIRG Executive Director, Paul Burns.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with seven Vermont members of the National Young Leaders Conference, which brings high school students from around the country to Washington, D.C. as part of the group's commitment to gaining a better understanding of the political process.