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Smugglers’ Notch Distillery adds gluten free organic vodka to its lineup

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine It all started in 2010 with their award-winning Vodka. Within 9 months of the release, this corn and winter wheat vodka won a Double Gold medal in the World Spirits Competition and was awarded 95 points by the Wine Enthusiast, which earned it the title of #1 domestic vodka. Now, with the upcoming release of their Gluten Free Organic Vodka, Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, co-owned by the father/son duo of Ron and Jeremy Elliott, is achieving tan ambition to support treatments for cancer in an ongoing way, bottle by bottle. 

UVM study: Warming seas could lead to 70 percent increase in hurricane-related financial loss

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine If oceans warm at a rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations-sponsored group that assesses climate change research and issues periodic reports, expected financial losses caused by hurricanes could increase more than 70 percent by 2100, according to a University of Vermont study just published in the journal Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure.

WRJ motel arson suspect already in jail

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On May 1, 2017, The Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit responded to the Shady Lawn Motel at 687 Maple Street in White River Junction.  In the early morning hours of May 1, at approximately 4:44 AM, two attempts at setting fires to the back of the Shady Lawn Motel were attempted.  Although damage was minimal to the motel, it was determined that two separate, but distinct areas of origin were located along the back side of the motel.

Scott, Condos announce reforms to address Vermont’s substance use disorder workforce crisis

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At a press conference Monday, Governor Phil Scott, Secretary of State Jim Condos and Director of Professional Regulation Colin Benjamin announced reforms to the administrative rules governing Apprentice Addiction Professionals (AAPs), Alcohol and Drug Counselors (ADCs) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADCs).

Donovan joins lawsuit to defend Vermonters' Health Care against Trump cut

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan joined 18 states and the District of Columbia in filing a lawsuit in the Northern District of California to defend Americans’ right to access affordable healthcare. On Friday, the Trump Administration made the decision to stop making healthcare subsidy payments required by the federal Affordable Care Act. The coalition of Attorneys General argue that the Trump Administration’s action violates the law and will lead to higher costs.

Court orders $1.8 million in clean-up costs for contaminated Rutland property

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 1:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Rutland Superior Court issued a judgment order against John Ruggiero, the owner of property at 84 Woodstock Avenue in Rutland. The order is for $1.8 million in clean-up costs and damages to be paid to the State of Vermont. The judgment resolves the State’s claims against Ruggiero following his failure to remediate hazardous chemicals found at the Rutland property. Ruggiero’s property at 84 Woodstock Avenue had contamination from hazardous chemicals during its historic use as a gas station and dry-cleaning business. 

Vermont Health Connect launches tool to help compare 2018 plans and save money

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 1:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On October 17, state officials announced an online tool that they say will help Vermonters weigh health insurance options and choose the health plan that best fits their medical needs and budget. The 2018 Plan Comparison Tool allows individuals and small business employees to compare at least 24 health plan options not just by monthly premiums and deductible amounts, but also by estimated total annual costs.

Admiral James G Stavridis to speak at 2018 Norwich Commencement

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has announced that US Navy Admiral (Ret) and Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University James G. Stavridis will deliver the university’s 2018 Commencement address to graduating seniors on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Stavridis is a retired United States Navy admiral and the current dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He serves as the chief international diplomacy and national security analyst for NBC News in New York. He is also chairman of the board of the U.S.

NH Judicial Branch selects FirstLight to provide Internet and data center services

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced today that the New Hampshire Judicial Branch has selected FirstLight to provide Internet and data center services for its system of 82 courts in 38 locations throughout the state. The New Hampshire Judicial Branch locations include supreme, superior, district, family and probate courts, from where IT services are provided to approximately 700 employees in total. FirstLight is a prominent Internet provider in Vermont.

Berkshire completes acquisition of Mass bank

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE:  BHLB) has completed the acquisition of Commerce Bancshares Corp and the merger of Commerce Bank & Trust Company into Berkshire Bank, effective at the close of business on October 13, 2017. With this acquisition, Berkshire adds 16 branches in the Worcester and Boston areas and becomes the largest regional bank headquartered in Massachusetts. The merger adds approximately $1.8 billion in assets, bringing the combined assets to $11.6 billion. Berkshire Bank has several branches in southern Vermont.

Partnership to lower costs of care provided to homeless wins national praise

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:31am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center has received the Future of Population Health Award from the Public Health Foundation (PHF) for its support of an innovative community partnership that lowered the cost of care and improved services for the homeless and housing-insecure population in Burlington, Vermont.  

City Council to decide on Burlington Telecom finalists tonight

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington City Council will meet tonight and is scheduled to select two finalists to buy Burlington Telecom. A final decision will be made by the Council October 30. Two out-of-state bidders and one local bidder are the finalists. Last week, Mayor Miro Weinberger urged the City Council to advance to the final round the bids from Schurz Communications and Ting/Tucows. This was expected as they were the high bidders.