by Mike Smith The carnage in Las Vegas shocked us all when Stephen Paddock murdered 58 innocent concertgoers, including Vermont native Sandy Casey. Many others were injured. Inevitably, this shooting reignited a debate about stricter gun control laws.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont public power utilities, including Burlington Electric Department (BED), Stowe Electric Department (SED), and Washington Electric Cooperative (WEC), will be sending lineworker crews and bucket trucks to the US Virgin Islands to assist in restoring the power grid that was destroyed as part of the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria last month.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s congressional delegation announced Friday that firefighters throughout Vermont have received $1,635,648 through 15 federal grants. The awards are part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which helps fire departments purchase critically needed equipment to better protect the public and first responders. This year’s Assistance to Firefighters grants will help buy a range of equipment, including turnout gear, breathing apparatus, a brush truck and radios.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of John R. Treadwell as a Vermont Superior Court Judge and Frederick “Fred” M. Glover as the Windsor County Probate Judge. Treadwell will sit on Vermont’s Superior Court, the state’s trial court consisting of civil, criminal, environmental, family and probate divisions. He has served in the Vermont Attorney General’s Office for more than a decade, currently as the chief of the criminal division.
Vermont Business Magazine Williston Walmart shoppers got their first look at the newly remodeled store at 863 Harvest Lane Friday morning, as the much-anticipated project is now complete and a grand reopening ribbon-cutting took place. The relatively small store, by Walmart standards, has always been a busy and successful one since it opened in January 1997. By comparison, the Williston store is 114,000 square feet and the new St Albans store is 150,000 square feet. The "multi-million dollar renovation" to the Williston store improves signage and logistics. It also expands grocery, cosmetic and electronic offerings, while less popular, un-named products will be reduced.
Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department today is warning customers about an ongoing bill payment phone scam targeting primarily Burlington restaurants and encouraging them to sign up for scam alert notifications from the Attorney General’s Office. In a new wave of calls today, Burlington Electric customers have been receiving calls threatening disconnection if payment is not made immediately.
Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) will hold two college fairs for Vermont high school students and their families this month. This first college fair is Saturday at 10 am at Lyndon State College. Sanders will speak at 12:30 pm. The second college fair will be held on October 14 at Castleton University. Vermont colleges, universities, and certificate and apprenticeship programs will be on hand to describe post-secondary educational opportunities that are available in Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce has chosen Tom Huebner, President & CEO of the Rutland Regional Medical Center, the “Business Leader of the Year 2017.” The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting (sponsored by GE-Rutland) on Thursday, October 19 (5pm) at The Paramount Theatre in Rutland. During Huebner’s tenure, the Rutland Region Medical Center has grown into the County’s largest employer with over 1,600 employees.
Vermont Business Magazine The Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) is partnering with Champlain College to host a “Pathways to College and Career” Fair on Friday, November 3 from 3 to 6 pm at Champlain College. This free event in the Champlain Room of the Center for Communication and Creative Media (CCM) is designed to support high school students’ access to career resources and opportunities. The event will feature a resource fair and workshops on applications and financial aid with refreshments provided.
Vermont Business Magazine After 11 months of negotiations, the South Burlington School Board and the South Burlington Educators’ Association (“SBEA”) agreed to the terms of a two-year contract for the city’s teachers in the early morning hours of October 4. They released terms of the new deal Friday morning. The contract spans the period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019. Salaries and cost-sharing arrangements for healthcare benefits were the most significant proposals still under discussion as the parties entered the final 10-hour mediation session on Tuesday evening.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell again last week to hold at a historically low level. Claims have been falling steadily since early July. Claims also are lower than they were the same time last year, which has been the case for most weeks in 2017. For the week of September 30, 2017, there were 292 claims, 6 fewer than than they were last week and 36 fewer than they were a year ago.