Vermont News: May 8, 2018

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Vermont News Highlights: Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Vermont Business Magazine; “Sanders recognizes older Americans month by praising Vermont’s Meals on Wheels Programs” 5/7, online; To celebrate Older Americans Month, Sanders recognized the outstanding work of Vermont’s Meals on Wheels programs. Sanders stated, “A visit from a Meals on Wheels volunteer provides invaluable social interaction for seniors who may be feeling isolated in their homes. Moreover, the volunteers routinely check to make sure that seniors are safe, secure, and warm. It is no exaggeration to say that these safety checks have saved Vermonters’ lives.”

Newport Daily Express; Column: “Post Offices as Banks? Genius, but Unlikely” 5/6, C5; Columnist David Lazarus writes in support of Sen. Gillibrand’s recent legislation to create a Postal Bank, but he does not think it will pass. Similar proposals have been made in the past by Sen. Warren and Sen. Sanders (Los Angeles Times).   

Articles of Interest:

Rutland Herald; “Trustees vote to keep CSJ open” 5/8, A1; After a three-hour meeting, the board of trustees voted 13-3 to continue operating the College of St. Joseph while it enacts a number of new programs intended to increase revenue.

Times Argus; “‘Remember’ flag honors Vermonters killed in action” 5/5, A2; Gov. Scott signed legislation Thursday morning that grants special designation to the “Honor and Remember” flag, which recognizes Vermonters who died as a result of their military service.

Rutland Herald; “Entergy resumes radioactive fuel transfer” 5/8, A3; Entergy Nuclear has resumed moving its radioactive nuclear fuel into permanent storage at the Vermont Yankee site, ending a two month delay while plant officials determined a design problem involving a loose bolt was not present (VPR). 

Burlington Free Press; “VT storm update: Colchester Causeway damaged” 5/8, 9A; Utility crews continued to work Monday to restore power to about 200 customers who remained without electricity following Friday’s heavy rain storm. Vermont Emergency Management Spokesman Mark Bosma said Monday his agency has yet to determine whether any of the public utilities affected by the storm would be eligible for federal assistance.

Burlington Free Press; “Lake Champlain swells to flood stage” 5/8, 9A; Wind-driven waves will threaten some low-lying shorelines on Lake Champlain for the next several days. Landowners in flood-prone areas “should take action to protect their property” cautioned an update posted by the National Weather Service office in South Burlington.