Vermont and Other States Settles with Ashely Madison in $17.5 Million Dollars
ashley-madisonVermont will receive an immediate payment of $116,000 from a $17.5 million-dollar settlement with Ashley Madison. VT’s Attorney General William Sorrell led thirteen states and the District of Columbia, and worked with the FTC to enter a Consent Judgments on Wednesday with ruby Corp., owner of the Ashley Madison website.
The web site that caters to those wishing to have extra marital affairs was hacked in July 2015 and millions of its members’ photos, email addresses, and user names were posted on line.
At that time, it was discovered that Ashley Madison created thousands of fake profiles, and misrepresented the strength of its security.
The settlements include an immediate payment of $1,657,000 split between the states and the FTC. The remainder of the $17.5 million payment is suspended based on ruby Corp.’s proven inability to pay a further amount.

The Bridge Work Over Sucker Brook on 103-B Bridge Postponed
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announced on Wednesday the scheduled work has been changed to January 3, 2017.The bridge deck replacement project is expected to be completed by April 14, 2017. The start date was revised to allow additional fabrication to accommodate current site conditions. During the project, one-way alternating traffic with be maintained with a 14-foot lane width, and will be controlled by stop and yield signs. Work was originally slated to start today. (Dec 15).

New Haven VT Woman Killed After Hitting Tree
A New Haven VT woman was killed in a single car accident early Wednesday morning. Vermont State Police say 62-year old Marietta Pomainville was driving on Main Street in New Haven when her Chevy Cobalt spun clockwise in the road, went off the road and hit a tree.
Impairment did not appear to be a contributing factor to this crash. This crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the crash is requested to contact the Vermont State Police, New Haven Barracks (802) 388-4919.

NH Military Families Create Ornaments for National Tree
Members of NH military families worked with the Currier Museum of Art created ornaments for New Hampshire’s tree. The tree is part of the 2016 National Christmas Tree display at President’s Park outside the White House in Washington, D.C. New Hampshire’s ornaments are reminders of the state’s natural beauty in the spring and uses our state’s flower the lilac and the birch tree. Children and spouses of military members and two adults currently serving, made the ornaments.
New Hampshire’s tree is one of 56 trees – representing each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia that surround the National Christmas Tree.
In 1856, New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce, fourteenth president of the United States, became the first president to place a Christmas tree in the White House.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit the tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse. Since then, each succeeding President has carried on the tradition.