Tuesday, November 5, 2013

WVTK Local & State News November 5, 2013

More fuel companies are dropping out of the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.  Eight companies representing eleven different dealerships are out because of a new pricing system in place.  That leaves about 14-hundred Vermont households which qualified last year for fuel assistance scrambling to find a new dealership.  An estimated 28-thousand 600 households in Vermont will be looking to the program for help in keeping their homes warm this winter.

The Air Force will announce any day now if the Vermont Air National Guard will receive the controversial F-35 fighter jets.  Last night more Burlington citizens took the opportunity to speak out either for or against the F-35 at the City Council meeting.  It wasn’t as big a crowd or as raucous as the one last week, but they still were able to have their say.  Opponents to the noisier jets had complained they were kept from speaking last week, something city leaders deny.

Vermont State Police and other law enforcement agencies are teaming up for drunken driving and safety checkpoints later this month.  A concentration of the check-points is planned for Caledonia and Essex Counties on Wednesday through Sunday over the Thanksgiving weekend.  There have been 40 fatalities on Vermont highways so far this year, with more than half involving people who did not buckle up, and a third caused by impaired drivers.  The aggressive effort to ensure safety and sobriety will also have officers checking child restraints and other motor vehicle laws.

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will join the rest of the nation for Small Business Saturday.  The fourth annual event will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, and will feature local businesses offering specials to holiday shoppers.  Small Business Saturday falls on Thanksgiving weekend, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when most holiday shopping begins.  For more information on the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce go online at www.ticonderogany.com or “Like” them on Facebook or follow them at TiconderogaADK on twitter.

Checks are being mailed out to some Vermont propane customers this month as part of a lawsuit settlement with the nation’s largest propane dealer.  AmeriGas was slow to respond to a new law requiring dealers remove their tanks and refund customers within 20 days if the client changes dealers.  169 consumers in Vermont will be getting refunds from 500 to 15-hundred dollars, while more than 800 propane customers will get between 50 and 125 bucks.  The checks will be coming from the state Attorney General’s Office in late November or early December.

The state Treasurer’s office is currently in the middle of their fall outreach efforts to alert Vermonters to search for unclaimed property.  There’s now more than $64 million in Vermont’s unclaimed property fund.  During the last fiscal year, the average claim paid $385 in cash to 13,435 individuals who discovered they had unclaimed financial property.  To find out if there is money owed to you, visit MissingMoney.Vermont.gov.