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Berkshire Bank launches 'Season of Giving' to assist children and families

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 9:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Bank, with branches in southwestern Vermont, has launched its sixth “Season of Giving”, the company’s annual initiative to assist children and families in need during the holiday season. The campaign runs through the end of the holiday season and engages more than 300 company employees from across the country in a variety of community service projects, all of which benefit non-profit organizations in the footprint where the bank and its subsidiaries conduct business operations.

SNSC gets $5,000 grant from Couch Foundation

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 9:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Special Needs Support Center (SNSC) in Lebanon, NH, has received a $5,000 grant from Couch Family Foundation.  The grant will help SNSC further their mission of helping children and adults with special needs, and their families, meet their unique challenges through advocacy and program support. “All of our programs support families and individuals with special needs to become empowered through learning, sharing and collaborating with each other,” said Executive Director Laura Perez.  “We are grateful that the Couch Family Found

D-H opioid study presents new guidelines after surgeries

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 5:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new study by Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Chief of Surgery Dr Richard Barth offers surgeons specific guidelines for post-surgery prescriptions for pain-relieving opioids. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, recommends that patients who have major abdominal surgery should be able to control their pain at home by taking the same number of opioids they took the day before they were discharged.

Vermont Hospitals push for health insurance

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The number of people with health insurance has increased significantly in recent years, with more than 20 million Americans gaining health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Vermont has some of the lowest uninsured rates in the country, and now, during the Open Enrollment period for Vermont Health Connect, is the time to build on this progress. 

Champlain College Online enhances cybersecurity program

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 3:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College Online, designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, has announced a new chair of cybersecurity programs. Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, will help equip Champlain’s adult students with the business and technical skills to solve some of the nation’s most complex information security challenges.

Chimney Savers adds matching gift to Gifford’s Giving Tuesday food drive

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 3:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Randolph Chimney Saver’s gave an extra boost to Gifford’s Giving Tuesday Employee Food Drive this year, matching a dollar for every pound of food collected on the Randolph campus. Gifford staff presented 1,198 pounds of food and Chimney Savers Co-Owner Paul Bianco presented a matching check to the Randolph Food Shelf’s Jo Busha on Tuesday, November 28.

Iora Health's Dartmouth Health Connect now participating with UnitedHealthcare

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Iora Health and UnitedHealthcare have established a new network relationship, giving New Hampshire and Vermont residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans access to physicians at Iora Health's Dartmouth Health Connect primary care practice in Hanover, NH. "Iora was founded on the belief that relationships heal, and we have built our teams and approach to care around this foundation," said Duncan Reece, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Iora Health.

Lake Sunapee Bank reports food drive results

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bar Harbor Bankshares concluded their annual “Food for Good” community food drive on November 17, 2017. This year the event took place in Maine at 14 Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branches as well as in New Hampshire and Vermont at 35 branches of Lake Sunapee Bank, a division of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  More than 6,400 food items and over $5,900 were collected and delivered to local food pantries prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.  “On behalf of the Bank, I would like to thank everyone who gave a gift of healthy food to our neighbors in need by

McClaughry: The more things stay the same in Ed spending

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:25am -- tim

by John McClaughry On December 18 Governor Phil Scott will convene an Education Summit, to address “the crisis of affordability and how it impacts the opportunities we are able to provide our children.”  In his letter announcing the Summit to “education leaders” – apparently referring to the public school establishment – the governor wants long-term cost containment in the public school system.

Sanders talks to high school kids about their future

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 9:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) visited Peoples Academy in Morrisville Monday morning to have an open conversation with students about their aspirations and goals after graduating high school. “It’s important that we understand how students see their options as they prepare to graduate high school,” said Sanders, who serves on the Senate education committee.

Miro Weinberger statement on Carina Driscoll and Infinite Culcleasure entering mayor's race

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement today in response to the announcements of Carina Driscoll and Infinite Culcleasure: "I welcome Carina Driscoll and Infinite Culcleasure to the mayor's race. Burlingtonians deserve healthy democratic debate and real choice at the ballot box..."

Vermont Electric Cooperative rates unchanged for fourth consecutive year

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) will not seek a rate increase for January 2018, marking the fourth consecutive year that VEC has kept rates flat. Earlier in the year, VEC anticipated that a rate increase would be necessary, but VEC staff worked hard to identify savings in power supply and transmission as well as in other areas.