Friday, January 10, 2014

WVTK Local & State News January 10, 2014

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is looking to change their name.  According to the VP of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Suzanne DuLong, the company is trying to change their name to Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.  The company says they are trying to bring together their two strongest brands, Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee.  The company is hoping stockholders will approve a corporate name change to Keurig Green Mountain Incorporated.  The name change request will be voted on March 6.

Middlebury officials are closing watching the Middlebury River for potential flooding this weekend.  Officials say the presence of ice jams on the Middlebury River, in both East Middlebury and easterly up the mountain, pose the risk of flooding due to warmer and rain forecast for the weekend.  East Middlebury residents with properties in flood prone areas should take necessary precautions. Both Route 125 and Route 7 are in the area of the river are also at risk to see flooding.

A campaign finance bill passed in the House is now in the hands of the Senate.  The bill, which was rolled over from the last session, limits how much money individuals can donate to political campaigns in Vermont.  It raises donation limits for statewide candidates to four-thousand dollars while lowering the limits for local elections to 15-hundred for Senate candidates and a thousand bucks for House candidates.  The state has been operating without any campaign finance law since 2006 when courts struck down one which had been on the books for nine years.

Vermont Transportation officials say the state still has plenty of salt, but the stormy winter so far is putting a strain on the winter roads budget.  That’s because road crews are out working so much, and so far the state has spent about 12-million dollars so far on winter maintenance activities.  That’s about half of the winter budget, and the hope is the second half is much calmer.  If not, V-Trans will likely have to make up any overruns by reducing spring and summer maintenance.

Killington Ski Resort’s new Peak Lodge is officially open.  Sitting at just over 41-hundred feet, it’s the highest ski lodge in the state, offering spectacular views to match the fine dining.  The project has a six-million dollar price tag, with construction slowed by the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene two-and-a-half years ago.  The ski resort’s officials call the state-of-the-art facility the culmination of three years in the making.

Price Chopper is recalling Central Market Classics Chocolate ice cream.  A press release says the ice cream was sold beginning December 15, 2013. The UPC number of the affected product is 4173507233.  The product may contain strawberries and is safe for consumption for those not allergic to strawberries.  Products can be returned to your local Price Chopper for a full refund.