Friday, May 24 2013 8:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:01:42 GMT
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to link SUNY campuses with the business world in an effort to create more jobs. This project is called Tax Free NY. New York State Office of General Services CommissionerMore >>
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to link SUNY campuses with the business world in an effort to create more jobs. This project is called Tax Free NY.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:18 AM EDT2013-05-24 11:18:04 GMT
The Boy Scouts of America announced their decision on allowing gay youth into their program Thursday. The 1,400 member national council voted to change its current policy to allow openly gay youth. TheMore >>
The Boy Scouts of America announced their decision on allowing gay youth into their program Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:08:29 GMT
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone. We told you the fountain was being removed last month. Church Street Marketplace leaders say it was too expensive to run and blocked foot traffic.More >>
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:01:37 GMT
If you're approached by a Vermont State Trooper, there's one thing you may not see, a tattoo. That's because for six years the department hasn't allowed visible ink.But VSP Captain David Notte saysMore >>
Vermont State Police say it's considering changing its tattoo policy, to get more recruits. Right now you can't have any visible tattoos, but that could soon change.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:54:33 GMT
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses. So much so it has the Department of Public Works looking closely at making some major repairs to the entire system. TheMore >>
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:24:21 GMT
Undocumented immigrants in Vermont won a huge battle in the state legislature this year that will eventually give them the chance to earn driver's licenses. That includes Jose Norman. "I've been hereMore >>
The new law won't take effect until January 2014.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:51 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:51:07 GMT
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt. According to the Shelburne Fire Department, something in the back of a Casella Waste truck caught fire. TheMore >>
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:04 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:04:40 GMT
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state. According to the legislation HB573, it would allow patients with cancer, glaucoma, positive status forMore >>
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:34:26 GMT
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.FOX44 and ABC22 reporter Michael Page says they haven't found anythingMore >>
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:22 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:22:39 GMT
The annual Spring Move Out Project in Burlington Thursday. The project allows you to get rid of unwanted, but still usable household goods. You can bring clothes, books, furniture, household items, andMore >>
The annual Spring Move Out Project is being held in Burlington Thursday.More >>
The Postal Service is cutting their Saturday mail delivery service to trim costs.
A press release says during the week of August 5, 2013 they will transition to the new delivery schedule for mail delivery. This means mail will be delivered Monday through Friday. The exception is package delivery which will still have Saturday service.
The changes are expected to save the post office $2 billion annually once the plan is fully implemented.
"Our customers see strong value in the national delivery platform we provide and maintaining a six-day delivery schedule for packages is an important part of that platform," said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO. "As consumers increasingly use and rely on delivery services — especially due to the rise of e-commerce — we can play an increasingly vital role as a delivery provider of choice, and as a driver of growth opportunities for America's businesses."
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
The official an noun cement has been made; no more Saturday mail as of August.
It's an idea that's been long in the works as the postal service tries to stop losing billions of dollars every year. This is the latest change to hopefully send it in the right direction.
78 year old Jackie Klein braves the Vermont cold for a trip to the post office, "Thank goodness the temperature was over 20 because that's my cut off."
She was disappointed when she heard the U.S. Postal Service is canceling most Saturday service.
"It's too bad it's been a wonderful tradition and it's been very convenient," said Klein.
Revenue for the postal service has plummeted in recent years with a loss of 16 billion dollars last year alone.
"We are striving to raise revenue, reduce cost and gain efficiencies throughout the entire organization," said Postmaster General, Patrick Donahoe.
This cutback will save 2 billion dollars a year, but that doesn't mean all Saturday day deliveries are done. The postal service says it will stop delivering mail Saturdays but you'll still see the cars out on the roads but they will only be delivering packages. In fact, package delivery has increased 14 percent since 2010.
And while grandmothers like Peggy Breen still send a lot of letters, "I just sent Valentine's to my grand kids in college."
Older folks know that old fashioned letters don't move fast enough for the younger generations.
"With those ipods and those…their fingers work very well," said Klein.
"They do facebook like all the others," said Breen.
The post office admits it can't keep pace and the Saturday cutback is a sign of the changing times.
"It's not the worst thing in the world and of course we'll have to understand," said Klein.
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