Monday, November 11, 2013

WVTK Local & State News November 11, 2013

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and state and federal electric utility officials are going to be announcing what they’re calling a first-in-the-nation federal partnership for Next Generation Solar energy.  Shumlin will be joined by officials from the Vermont Electric Cooperative and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, as well as other policymakers, representatives from Vermont’s Congressional Delegation and others, to announce details of the partnership.  Shumlin has made alternative energy a hallmark of his administration.

A horse is recovering but it took a lot of people yesterday to rescue it from mud.  The horse in Williston managed to break through its fenced area and somehow became mired in four feet of mud, all the way up to its belly.  Several departments with more than 30 people were called out, and after several hours and the careful work of a mini excavator the horse was freed.  The animal is older, in its mid-twenties, and is being monitored by veterinarians but appears to be okay.

With holiday shopping around the corner, downtown Rutland is doing better than ever.  Occupancy in downtown businesses remains high, with the numbers continuing to climb as more than 90-percent of storefronts are filled.  That’s quite a change from about 25 years ago when occupancy was down to about 65-percent.  The executive director of the Rutland Downtown Partnership says while restaurant business has always remained steady, the big surge of retail stores is a big help.

The man accused of stealing 50 iPads from the Winooksi School District was sentenced on Friday.  A press release says 22-year-old Charles Ring of St. George pleaded guilty to felony charges of burglary and unlawful mischief.  He was sentenced to 2 years.  In July, Ring broke into the Winooski Educational Center and stole the iPads.  Ring was also ordered to pay restitution for any uninsured losses suffered by the school district.

Vermont is cashing in on a major consumer fraud lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson.  The Justice Department alleged the company used illegal marketing tactics and kickbacks to persuade physicians to prescribe anti-psychotics.  Vermont will get $1.4 million from the $1.2 billion settlement.

The Vergennes American Legion Auxiliary is collecting Shaw’s Supermarkets stamps for acquiring Rachael Ray Dinnerware.  For every 20 stamps collected a free Ray dish may be selected from Shaw’s. All dinnerware collected will be donated to the Northfield Veterans Home.  The Veterans Home is transitional housing for previously homeless veterans.  All veterans who successfully graduate from the program then move into apartments within their communities.  Stamps may be dropped off at Post 14 or mailed to American Legion Auxiliary, 100 Armory Lane, Vergennes, Vt. 05491