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UVM honored for leadership in alcohol abuse prevention

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Officials from EVERFI, a leading education technology innovator, has recognized the University of Vermont with the group’s prestigious Prevention Excellence Award. The award recognizes UVM’s commitment to adopting the highest standards in alcohol abuse prevention. Colleges and universities that have joined the Campus Prevention Network are eligible for consideration to receive the award through completing either the Sexual Assault Diagnostic Inventory (SADI) or the Alcohol Diagnostic Inventory (ADI) – comprehensive research-based assessments of a school’s prevention programs and practices grounded in a decade of peer-reviewed literature on best practices in prevention.

Vermont Tech ranks among top community colleges for financial aid

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community colleges fill an important gap in the realm of education. They cater to a broader audience, cost easily 1/3rd of what a student would pay at a four-year institution, and they offer a greater degree of flexibility. Many students that attend community college are working or have family obligations that only allow them to go part-time.

Vermont processor recalls ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Livestock Slaughter and Processing, LLC, a Ferrisburg, Vt., establishment, is recalling approximately 133 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. The ground beef was produced on July 24 and 25, 2017. 

Mt Ascutney Hospital names Leesa Taft associate medical director

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is pleased to announce that Leesa Taft, APN has been appointed to the position of Associate Medical Director, effective Sunday, September 24, 2017. In this newly created role, Taft will serve as a member of the Primary Care management team and clinical team leader for Internal Medicine at the Windsor practice. She will also oversee clinical practice for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, in addition to continuing her role as a primary care provider.

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 In a move to reduce the red tape and allow for more substance use professionals across the state, Governor Phil Scott, Secretary of State Jim Condos and Director of Professional Regulation Colin Benjamin on Monday 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.