Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin released the results of testing for perfluorinated compounds in groundwater at two of 11 testing sites in the state. While both locations show the believed to be carcinogenic chemicals present in groundwater wells, there is also minimal concern that drinking water wells are being contaminated.
Conversation with Rotary District Governor Nabil Oudeh
Many cities and towns have a Rotary chapter, a service organization that supports local communities. During the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary’s largest fundraising event of the year this past weekend, District Governor Nabil Oudeh traveled from Ottawa, Canada to attend the festival. Oudeh says he oversees a region that includes Northern New York, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut.
Movie houses across the country were recently tasked with transitioning to digital projection. It was an expensive proposition and many small theaters faced closure. In the Adirondacks, the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign successfully helped many small community movie houses make the upgrades. The Adirondack Film Society is celebrating the new digital projection system at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake this weekend with screenings of the classic comedies A Night at the Opera and Sullivan’s Travels. John DiLeo, the author of five books on classic films, will be at the theater in Schroon Lake to discuss the films and present unique clips on the Golden Age of Movies. He says he has been steeped in movies since his childhood.
During the Farnborough International Air Show near London on Monday, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh has been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components. The international company will invest $1 billion in a new manufacturing plant and training facility in the northern New York city.
The Vermont Attorney General’s office has ordered a dairy farm in Brandon to take corrective actions and pay a fine for violations of the state’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.
A college in Craftsbury, Vermont, says police are investigating a series of incidents, including one in which a building that had been hanging a rainbow flag to recognize the victims of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando was egged.
In April 2014, the Vermont Legislature required the Vermont Public Service Board establish a revised net-metering program for consumers using renewable energy. Since November of that year the Board has been gathering input and drafting rules. The revisions, released at the beginning of this month, are raising concerns from environmental and energy advocates in Vermont.
Late Thursday the U.S. Senate approved federal GMO labeling legislation and moved the bill to the House for consideration. In Vermont, where the first-in-the-nation mandatory GMO labeling law went into effect last Friday, advocates say the federal bill caters to the whims of the corporate food industry rather than actually providing consumers information.
The Vermont attorney general's office says pharmaceutical manufacturer Wyeth, Inc., has paid Vermont more than $6 million to resolve allegations that it underpaid drug rebates to the Vermont Medicaid program.
Invasive species are spreading across the region. The summer is a prime season for the non-native insects to move to new habitats, threatening native ecosystems. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Lands and Forests Research Scientist Jerry Carlson is also Chief of Forest Health and Protection, making him responsible for identifying changes in the forest environment statewide. Originally trained as an entomologist, Carlson sat down to discuss the increasing risk of invasive insects throughout eastern New York.
In November, Essex County Supervisors approved extending the county occupancy tax to include private rentals effective January 1st. Now officials are finding that a number of property owners are resisting paying the tax or are unaware they are supposed to pay it.
The Vermont Attorney General’s office and state Human Rights Commission have issued a report offering guidance on gender-based pricing. The study by the agencies finds that women often pay more for products and services than men.