Retreat Healthcare announced the expansion of two of its key treatment programs for children and adolescents; The TowerProgram and the Child-Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Services. Bothprograms are moving from their former locations near the main RetreatHealthcare campus to Linden Lodge, with expanded capacity, staffing andresources, in order to better serve the growing needs of this population.The Tower Program is an alternative education program for students whomay be at risk of dropping out or of being asked to leave school due tobehavioral problems. A fully accredited component of the MeadowsEducational Center, the Tower Program blends education, vocationaltraining, life skills training, adventure-based recreation, healtheducation, and self-esteem building activities. Each student receives anindividualized educational plan and a hands-on, small group approach.The Child- Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Services program providesshort-term, intensive psychiatric care for children and adolescents withsevere psychiatric symptoms, behavioral problems, substance abuse and/orsevere developmental delays. According to Vice President of Patient Care,Patricia Perfetto, MSN, RN, “The new space in Linden Lodge provides moreroom for groups and quiet spaces for children along with offices androoms to meet with families of our clients. Family work is an importantcomponent of the program–which is a time-limited alternative tohospitalization for many and a re-entry step from hospital to communityfor others.”The national healthcare industry has been undergoing major economicupheaval in the past several years, impacted by both escalating costs anddiminishing insurance and government resources. Accordingly, RetreatHealthcare has recently undertaken significant efforts to restructure itsoperating systems and reduce costs in administrative and clinical supportareas. Successfully stabilized by these efforts, Retreat Healthcare iscommitted to continuing to address the most critical emerging needs inbehavioral health care.Retreat Healthcare, founded in 1834, is nationally recognized for itspremiere treatment in behavioral healthcare. It is a not-for-profitregional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center,offering a wide range of diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitativeservices for individuals of all ages. Retreat Healthcare is a member ofthe Ivy League Hospitals network, and serves as a practicum site fornumerous college and university programs, including Smith College Schoolof Social Work, the Universities of Massachusetts and Connecticut, andAntioch New England. With over 400 employees, Retreat Healthcare is oneof Vermont’s largest employers, and, according to Windham CountySenator-elect Rod Gander, “constitutes one of the most important economicfoundations of Windham County.”
Sovernet Communications Acquires Majority Interest in Albany, NY-based IONBELLOWS FALLS, VT (August 14, 2008) — Sovernet Communications, a subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network (ATNI-NASDAQ), has announced it has acquired a majority interest in Albany, NY-based ION, a provider of high capacity communications network transport services, in partnership with twelve rural telephone companies in up-state New York.ION’s network, comprised of 2,200 miles of redundant SONET fiber-optic facilities, connects over 60 rural New York State communities such as Prattsburgh, Margaretville and Champlain to major communications hubs in Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and New York City.ION was founded on the vision and investment of the affiliates of the Independent Telephone Companies that have been supporting customers in rural upstate New York for over 1,000 years collectively and will continue to hold a significant minority interest in the business.Rich Kendall, Sovernet’s President and CEO stated that “This investment fits nicely into our core strategy of delivering high quality network services to the traditionally underserved rural areas. We are very excited to be expanding into this new market with ION’s staff and its loyal customers.””ION’s staff and founders are very pleased to become partners with Sovernet and Atlantic Tele-Network. We believe their expertise, operational support, and financial backing will enhance ION’s capabilities to offer reliable, advanced communications services to carriers and institutions that do business in rural New York state.” says Jim Becker, ION’s Chief Executive Officer.
The Vermont Legislature voted this afternoon to override Governor Douglas’ veto of the state budget. The House vote came earlier and garnered the exact number to override on a 100-50 vote, with all Democrats and all Progressives, plus one independent, voting to override. The Senate vote came at 2:10 and was a foregone conclusion, with the final vote 23-5. Democrats hold 23 of the seats. One Republican joined the Democrats (Snelling R-Chittenden) and one Democrat (Carris D-Rutland) and one Republican (Illuzzi R-Essex-Orleans) did not vote.Governor Douglas had promised to veto the Vermont state budget unless lawmakers made drastic changes to the $4.5 billion piece of legislation. He made the veto official late yesterday afternoon when he returned the bill to the Clerk of the House without his signature. This is the first time in Vermont history that a governor has vetoed the budget. The governor has repeatedly said the budget spends too much, taxes too much and where it does make spending cuts, it makes the wrong cuts. Democratic leaders have been equally faithful to their belief that spending must both meet the added cost in state spending related to things like unemployment and welfare because of the recession, and also that state government, much like the federal government is doing, must assist in economic stimulus by infusing money into the system.Before the override vote, Senate Pro Tem Shumlin (D-Windham) said the areas of contention came down to three things: First was related to income sensitivity and the property tax. Depending on income levels, one’s property tax would be lowered if household income fell under a certain level. Douglas wanted to raise that level. Related to the property tax was the shift of the teachers’ pension fund from the General Fund to the Education Fund. The state sets aside $40 million for the fund every year. Shumlin said that number must increase to $59 million next year and could go higher. Moving the responsibility is a philosophical issue that the Legislature did not have time to debate, given the state of the budget and the state of the economy. But what the shift would do, he said, would be to push more of the burden of state revenues on to the property tax. Also at issue was the income tax, Shumlin said, as the governor’s plan would cut the current rate for the highest income tax bracket. And finally, he said, the Legislature has already cut $80 million from the budget just since January. Without the federal stimulus money, this year’s fiscal 2010 budget would be level funded with the FY 2006 budget.Douglas has maintained that the total amount is still a 5 percent increase over FY 2009, but that the FY 2011 will project a $67 million hole, based on mutually agreed upon projections. The administration has stated that the 2010 budget increases spending and taxes, neither of which is sustainable, as evidenced by the future deficits projected. Douglas and his supporters also note that education spending keeps going up just as total public education enrollment keeps going down. His budget recommendations have a 1% decrease in education spending.In a statement released announcing his veto late Monday afternoon, Douglas said: It is with great disappointment that I return H. 441 to the Legislature without my signature. I had hoped that our budget differences could be resolved and compromise reached without the need for a veto vote. Unfortunately, an agreement could not be achieved. These are unprecedented economic times and Vermonters need their elected officials to work together to get our state through this recession. I pledge to continue to work with legislators of all parties regardless of the outcome of tomorrow s special session.
Source: SBA The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer government guaranteed loans to finance inventory for eligible auto, recreational vehicle, boat and other dealerships under a new pilot program announced today by SBA Administrator Karen Mills. Dealer Floor Plan (DFP) financing will be available beginning July 1, according to Mills. She announced the new program during a visit to Kokomo, IN, with Dr. Ed Montgomery, President Barack Obama’s Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers.“Countless small businesses, including dealerships, across the country are facing significant challenges as a result of the uncertainty in the auto industry,” Mills said. “Floor plan financing can offer some dealerships the opportunity to get through these tough economic times by allowing them to keep their inventory and cash flow intact, as well as save the jobs these small businesses provide.”Mills and Montgomery discussed the new DFP pilot program, as well as other resources offered by SBA and the federal government to help small businesses in communities impacted by the troubles facing the auto industry.“Small businesses are the engine of our economic growth,” Dr. Montgomery said. “We are committed to finding ways the federal government can cut through red tape and get resources to these companies quickly during these tough economic times. From supporting nearly $4 billion in lending to small businesses across the country since February to the Dealer Floor Plan financing announced today, the SBA is making the resources provided in the Recovery Act accessible and working to provided needed credit. The President is committed to continuing to work with federal officials to identify resources like these that make a real difference in the lives of our auto communities and workers.”Floor plan financing is a line of credit that allows dealers to borrow against their inventory, and then repay that debt as they sell their inventory or borrow against the line of credit again to add new inventory.Under the DFP pilot program, the SBA will provide loan guarantees for lines of credit through its 7(a) program. DFP loans will be made through SBA lenders only for titled inventory, including autos, RVs, manufactured homes, boats and motorcycles. The pilot program will begin July 1 and will be available through Sept. 30, 2010, at which time the SBA will make the determination of whether or not to extend the program.DFP loans will be available for a minimum of $500,000 up to the $2 million allowable under the 7(a) program. With a maximum repayment term of five years, the loans will come with a 75 percent government guarantee. Borrowers will also benefit from the temporary elimination of fees on 7(a) loans made possible by the America’s Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.During a roundtable discussion later in the afternoon with local small business owners Mills provided information on other SBA loan programs and benefits provided by the Recovery Act. Specifically, small business owners can take advantage of higher government guarantees on some 7(a) loans, as well as reduced fees on both 7(a) and 504 loans. The agency is also providing more tools to help small businesses compete for federal government contracts, along with technical assistance and counseling for business owners and entrepreneurs to help them deal with the economic challenges they face.“We are committed to being the real partner small businesses need at this critical time,” Mills said. “Floor plan financing is just the latest tool in our toolbox to help small businesses in communities like Kokomo weather this recession and drive our nation’s economic recovery.”
The Summit on the Future of Vermont Final Report is now available. The 2009 Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) Summit on the Future of Vermont marked a watershed point. It turned the findings from the two-year Council on the Future of Vermont project into a challenge to Vermonters, and especially the leaders who gathered together for the day, to consider specific ways to work together to advance a positive vision for the future of the state. Over 500 Vermonters participated in the Summit process on May 11, 2009, coming from all parts of the state, from all sectors of government, business, non-profits and communities. It is exciting just to read the names (in Section VIII at the back of this report) of the diverse and dedicated team of Vermonters who devoted their energy and thinking to make the Summit a success.Two suggestions of note from the summary below include reducing carbon emissions by 75 percent, and having 75 percent of the food bought in Vermont be grown or raised in Vermont. The full report is attached.The Summit on the Future of Vermont centered on afternoon sessions where participants evaluated the ideas and directions of the Council s report (Imagining Vermont: Values and Vision for the Future is also available online and can be found at www.futureofvermont.org(link is external)) and considered fourteen categorical areas for action: Agriculture, Civic Life, Clean Energy, Demographics, Digital Age, Diversity, Economic Plan, Forestry and Industry, Healthy Vermont, Higher Education, K‐12 Education, Land use and Development, Preserving the Balance, and Public Transportation in Vermont. Notes from these working sessions form the core of this report and are included in Section IV, with their priorities listed in Section II.VCRD staff is now taking the Conclusions from the Council back to Vermonters in a series of public presentations around the state. Every county is hosting a presentation where the results and priorities will be discussed, and residents can add their ideas for action and implementation. This series of public discussions began on June 10, in Randolph, and will conclude in Brattleboro on July 15.Priority Recommendations From the Summit Working Group SessionsThe following is a report of the priorities areas developed by Task Force groups and gathered at theSummit on the Future of Vermont on May 11, 2009. Each Task Force was asked to report back to theassembly two priority items that could move address the conclusions of the Council on the Future ofVermont project and move a vision for Vermont s future into action. Task Force groups were managedby neutral facilitators and had keynote speakers who began the discussion by exploring the challenges and opportunities in each area. The discussions were designed to cover the following questions: What are the key opportunities ahead in this sector?What are the key challenges in this sector today?How do Vermonters and Vermont organizations work together to overcome obstacles andadvance opportunities in this sector?What are the two priority recommendations for action that this group has for the plenarypresentation and the final report?The Task Force groups included: Civic Life, Healthy Vermont, Clean Energy, Digital Age, Preparing forDiversity, Forestry and Industry, Economic Plan, Higher Education, K‐12 Education, CoordinatedStatewide Land Use Strategy, Working Downtowns and Landscapes, Demographics and AgingPopulation, Public Transportation, and Agriculture in Vermont. Their priorities are listed below.Civic Life: Enhancing the Vitality of Civic Life in Vermont CommunitiesTown meeting is a part of Vermont history and civic life, but due to its once annual structure, it isbecoming increasingly limited as a method of including the diversity of community opinion. At the core, the principle of connection with and communication between community members and public decision‐making is still vital. New models for communication should be designed and developed, ones in which information technology can play a greater role.The Civic Life Task Force group put forth these priorities:1. Explore Regionalism for Infrastructure and Services (such as fire departments, emergency medical and rescue services, and school boards) yet retain and nurture individual community identities. Many local and municipal service providers agree that serious discussion about merging ʹservicesʹ is critical given increased need and diminishing resources. It is crucial, however, that dialogue is structured to ensure that each community involved has a strong voice and does not lose the community connection.2. To encourage community connections, models for celebrations, forums and enhanced community partnerships should be identified and supported. Vermont communities suffer from plenty of divisions, but in future, the breakdown of the Vermont community will come from separations between people who live there. These successful models should then be shared with communities and regions.Healthy Vermont: Promoting Access and AffordabilityThe Healthy Vermont Task Force group identified these priorities:1. Retaining and recruiting high quality health care professionals (HCPs) is a high priority to promote access and affordability to quality healthcare. To do this, better incentives such as loan forgiveness, spousal employment opportunities and housing assistance should all be considered.2. The Blueprint for Health model should be expanded to reach all Vermonters at all ages. To do this, payers who fund the program need to agree to accelerate its dissemination faster than the current timeline. Also, Medicare should be included as a payer to the Blueprint for Health model action that has to be taken at the federal level.Clean Energy: Advancing Vermont s Clean Energy FutureThe Clean Energy Task Force brought the following priorities to the plenary session: 1. Vermont needs to implement the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 75% as described by the Governor s Climate Change Commission and empower the working group established to lead in this implementation. 2. Vermont should support VT Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) and Town Energy Committees and other partners in building a statewide carbon challenge to Vermont towns: a Municipal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Contest to lower the energy consumption in their municipality. The partners would work with the Clean Energy Development Fund to build a major award to the winning municipality. Digital Communities: Enhancing Community in the Digital AgeTo level the playing field in Vermont in terms of information technology, the Digital Age Task Force group emphasized the need for 100% accessibility, affordability, and use of digital technology and tools for all segments and populations in Vermont ‐‐ regardless of ability to pay. The specific priorities are:1. The Vermont Telecomm Authority should be supported to fulfill its mission.2. This can be accomplished in part by expanding allowable use of Universal Service Funds by: encouraging federal delegation to pursue elimination in FCC restrictions on use of fundsto allow broadband and cell technology and eliminate restrictions for libraries encouraging state expansion in use of USF and/or creation of new fund using USF as a model for use in subsidizing broadband and cell technology 3. Vermont should also support public/private partnerships to train users to increase productivity, information literacy and civic engagement.Diversity: Preparing for Diversity in Vermont Towns and CitiesThe challenges to a state that has historically been white and homogenous are many, but changing the dialogue, making necessary policy shifts, and affirming the characteristics and advantages of a non‐white, racially and ethnically diverse population are crucial. The Diversity Task Force group issued the following priorities:1. Making a personal change is the beginning of understanding why diversity matters. Intentional behavior change at the personal level has to happen in Vermont today and into the future (examples are: take someone to lunch who doesn t look like you, start a conversation with someone new, attend a celebration or meeting of a group that is not yours).2. Create diverse coalitions in the workplace and do it intentionally and aggressively, so that it will eventually become a habit of Vermont business and non‐profit and policy leaders. Living in Vermont, and achieving the ideal for affirming diversity here, will mean that individuals, businesses, non‐profits and government will have inclusivity in make‐up, design and intent and that diversity will be seen as critical in other sectors, such as economic development, transportation, health care, and education. Diversity will support the missions of these areas, rather than being seen as something additional that they have to take on.Forestry and Industry: Promoting Forest Stewardship and the Forest Products IndustryThe Forestry and Industry Task Force group identified the need for decisive leadership and clearcommunication around the crisis in the Vermont forest sector. They recommend:1. Creating an entity or effort that communicates priorities and coordinates disparate and loosely organized parts of the Vermont forest community. The common threats and emergencies in the Forestry Sector are: 1) Climate Change, 2) Invasive Species and 3) the lack of affordability of owning and operating working lands which is driving the turnover, parcelization and fragmentation of lands so valued in Vermont. This entity would form strategies, take actions and speak with one clear voice about common needs and priorities.2. Unifying coordination efforts with the Agricultural sector. The problems, the interests and the landowners in these areas are common, and traditional products no longer generate enough income to pay for all the public benefits from working lands. Together, these groups should explore a mix of integrated farm and forest markets and products, which truly reflect the value of clean water, air, scenery, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, open space and other values. Together these groups should pursue tax reform to enable farmers and foresters to afford and steward the lands of Vermont.Finally, the mission of these groups or entities need to be clearly communicated to the public so that people in Vermont are aware of their individual efforts and impacts on the working lands. These actions would close the gap between the value that Vermonters place in the working landscape and the realities of the threats that it faces today.Economic Plan: Building a Strategic Economic Plan for Vermont s FutureThe Economic Plan Task Force group identified these priorities:1. The Governor, current and subsequent, should state the need for and lead the effort to create a new vision, goals and economic action plan with measures and outcomes that achieves policies and resources that support non‐government, value added job creation. The Governor shall continually provide the staff and resources to distill and synthesize all the work done by CFED, the Next Generation Commission, and the Council on the Future of Vermont as a foundation for this plan.2. A comprehensive analysis of future growth sectors in Vermont should be conducted so thattargeted state support can be focused on entrepreneurial efforts in those sectors. All sectorsshall be supported from the plan, but a tiered response is also needed to stimulate growth.Higher Education: Advancing Leadership and CommerceHigher education has a critical role to play in supporting most of the priorities identified in the Council on the Future of Vermont study, and already supports the state s economy and brand. A long term collaborative vision and plan for Vermont higher education will help this sector make an even greater future contribution. The Higher Education Task Force group identified two recommendations.1. Develop a broadly based consortium of public and private higher education, business, labor and government leaders who will establish a vision and action steps to promote a bold and compelling higher education community incorporating a diversity of high quality affordable educational opportunities, well connected to Vermontʹs economic, professional, environmental and societal needs, and placing Vermont in a highly competitive national position to attract students, entrepreneurs and businesses. Success will depend upon a commitment by all participants to work to implement the vision.2. Higher education institutions should work together to lower costs for students. Institutions of higher education in the state should form a collaborative coalition to substantially moderate increases in educational costs and overhead, such as: sharing best practices and ideas for efficient use of technology and energy, eliminating unnecessary redundancy and duplication, establishing purchasing consortia to reduce costs of goods, services, materials and employee benefits and exploring ways to optimize use of facilities.K – 12 Education: Renewing Public K‐12 Education for the 21st CenturyThe K‐12 Education Task Force group identified two overarching goals and first steps to achievethose goals.1. First, Vermont legislature, administration and board of education should adopt a unifying statement of official policy that defines educational excellence for the 21st century student in Vermont. The statement should include target objectives that all schools are directed towards and a clear work plan under the leadership of the Commissioner of Education. This statement should come from a broad, organized public engagement process that identifies what Vermonters most want from schools.2. Vermont citizens and Vermont communities should be more invested in public education and understand how it contributes to social and economic well‐being. Working models where schools are celebrated as centers for arts, culture, and events are evident in Vermont and should be expanded. Data collection and measurement of success for schools needs greater consistency and transparency as well.Land Use and Development: Building a Coordinated Statewide Land Use and Development StrategyToday there exists a state of urgency regarding the current system of land use regulation in Vermont in that it is weak, ineffective, uncoordinated and unsustainable and is leading to incremental growth that represents a disconnect between Vermonters expressed values and actions. The Coordinated Land Use Strategy Task Force group recommends: 1. Create a time‐limited, multi‐stakeholder task force to examine land use planning and regulation in Vermont with the goal of overhauling the current system and developing a set of concrete recommendations for legislative action. This process should be disconnected from any legislative session and could take between one and two years to complete.2. Develop a comprehensive public information and awareness campaign to educate Vermonters about the need for change in the state s land use regulatory system and the potential consequences of maintaining the status quo.Preserving the Balance: Working Downtowns, Working LandscapesThe Working Downtowns and Landscapes Task Force group recommends: 1. State government shall invest in both the countryside and community centers by increasing funding in programs that realize this mutual relationship: programs such as the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Current Use Program (Use Value Appraisal program).2. A bold public awareness campaign that visually communicates the consequences of our choices for the future of Vermont should be designed and implemented. VCRD can assist in leadership of this campaign.3. The state shall remove vague language from the planning and development language and transform it into a clear and directive set of standards and goals. Consistency in regulatorypractices and compliance enforcement are crucial and town planners need more clear direction about development standards and practices.Demographics: Realizing the Opportunities of an Aging Population and Workforce The Demographic Task Force group determined that:1. The state needs to address the issues of housing density and development in conjunction with an aging demographic. A comprehensive understanding of the options for high density, high efficiency housing options in Vermont town and community centers and downtown areas is needed. For people of all ages, but especially for those who are aging and need access to services, access to alternative transportation and nearby events and programs, downtown housing options are a priority.2. To assist elders in re‐entering or re‐training for the work force in Vermont, flexible hours, and specialized training (especially information technology) are a priority. A vocational rehabilitation training model would be useful in Vermont (work place facilitators) to ensure that older workers get the specific training and personalized assistance that they need.Public Transportation: Building a Rural Public Transportation System Transportation is vital as Vermont plans for its future. This sector not only is a critical piece of Vermont s energy use and carbon emissions, but is also connected with areas such as healthyliving, affordability, school bus transportation and environmental concerns. Leadership is neededin many areas to move transportation awareness forward, and the Public Transportation Task Force group recommends:1. The dialogue around public transportation needs to be changed. Vermonters and leading decision makers need to know that in this state, conditions require the Transportation of the Public. Defining Transporting the Public and communicating it to the public is crucial.2. Transporting the Public definition must include providing mobility and access to all Vermonters through choices that include bike lanes, paths, sidewalks, park and ride lots, complete streets as well as public transit systems and private sector taxi and bus services.Agriculture: Supporting the Progress of Agriculture in VermontThe Agriculture Task Force group prioritized the creation of an operational food system for the state that is environmentally, economically, and socially viable. These are the action items: 1. First, a broad spectrum of stakeholders from the agricultural community in Vermont must define sustainable agriculture and apply strict metrics to the economic, environmental, and social aspects of agriculture.2. With this working definition, investment, policy, education, and dedication of public dollars for agriculture can be targeted and focused on those operations that embody the ideal for Vermont.3. To achieve a goal of 75% Vermont food purchase to be produced in Vermont, a procurement policy of state connected monies will be established and supported. 4. Finally, an education campaign for the Vermont public should be developed. For this to occur, education, production, processing, infrastructure, marketing and energy efficiency must all be considered and supported in looking ahead. AttachmentSize Final Report8.16 MB
Farm Stay US today named the top states for farm travel and tourism, finding that Pennsylvania, California and Vermont lead the nation in “haycation” destinations with the largest number of farm vacation listings in its FarmStayUS.com database.The FarmStayUS.com searchable website has grown within a year to become the largest online source for farm vacations in the US, having expanded rapidly to 721 listings in all 50 states. That number has more than doubled since FarmStayUS.com launched in June 2010, and will continue to grow as farm tourism and interest in sustainable and local agriculture expands.Farm Stay US found that Pennsylvania, California and Vermont lead the nation in farm tourism: Pennsylvania has 73 farm and ranch stay listings; California 52 and Vermont 45.Rounding out the top ten states are Wyoming at 42, Virginia 38, North Carolina 34, Montana 33, Colorado31, Oregon 26 and New York 25. All farm and ranch stays are at http://www.farmstayus.com/map(link is external). Other state numbers are below.”Farm vacations benefit both guests and hosts, providing needed income to small family farms and memorable, fun experiences for guests. Increasingly people are longing to eat and support the growing of truly fresh food and to teach their kids that eggs come from chickens not cartons,” said (Ms.) Scottie Jones, an Alsea, Ore. farmer and Farm Stay U.S. founder.”Our vision is to help restore America’s family farm heritage,” Jones said. “Call it a farm stay or haycation, agritourism is increasingly important to small farmers competing with industrial agriculture and increasingly important to city dwellers seeking an escape and connection to a grounded way of life.”State numbers are:Alabama 6, Alaska 5, Arizona 13, Arkansas 7, California 52, Colorado 31, Connecticut 6, Delaware 1,Florida 12, Georgia 13, Hawaii 5, Idaho 12, Illinois 7, Indiana 4, Iowa 8, Kansas 7, Kentucky 12, Louisiana4, Maine 15, Maryland 6, Massachusetts 17, Michigan 7, Minnesota 6, Mississippi 2, Missouri 10, Montana 33, Nebraska 19, Nevada 7, New Hampshire 6, New Jersey 3, New Mexico 5, New York 24,North Carolina 34, North Dakota 1, Ohio 10, Oklahoma 15, Oregon 26, Pennsylvania 73, Rhode Island 5,South Carolina 4, South Dakota 13, Tennessee 3, Texas 15, Utah 2, Vermont 45, Virginia 38, Washington9, West Virginia 4, Wisconsin 17, Wyoming 42.SOURCE Farm Stay US. ALSEA, Ore., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —