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Vermont’s 67 most promising jobs revealed by McClure Foundation

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:10pm -- tim

A new brochure from the J Warren & Lois McClure Foundation identifies the top high-pay, high-growth jobs projected for Vermont over the next 10 years — and the educational requirements needed to obtain them. For current and future jobseekers willing to invest in training and/or education after high school, it is clear: there are promising employment opportunities in Vermont.

Vermont-based social network Ello declares March 'NSFW Month'

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:14pm -- tim

Ello, the ad-free social network based in Burlington, Vermont, has named March "NSFW Month." Throughout the month, Ello will celebrate freedom of speech by highlighting the suppressive role that censorship plays in social media, government, and the arts. Those who believe in a censorship-free internet are invited to sign-up for Ello at They will receive an immediate invitation to join Ello, with a call to post content that symbolizes a stand against censorship on the Internet.

Shumlin dips into negative approval numbers, VTD/Castleton poll shows

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:05am -- tim

by Tom Brown For the first time in Governor Peter Shumlin’s tenure, more Vermonters disapprove of his job performance than approve of it. A new VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey shows that 47 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the job Shumlin, a Democrat, is doing as governor and 41 percent approve. The poll of 700 Vermonters was conducted February 9-24 (see methodology below).

Bernie Sanders offers bill to improve dental care

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:50am -- tim

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) have introduced legislation to dramatically improve access to dental care. The Comprehensive Dental Reform Act would expand dental coverage through Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs, filling the gap for the more than 1 in 4 Americans who lack dental insurance.

UVM on list of Online Masters in Public Health's 50 Most Beautiful Medical Schools

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:17am -- tim

Online Masters in Public Health has released the 50 Most Beautiful Medical Schools, including the University of Vermont in Burlington, the state's only medical school, which ranked 11th. The list features medical schools with amazing architecture, structural prowess, campus integration, and technological superiority, among many other factors that were considered. After evaluating hundreds of medical schools around the country, the online educator narrowed its list down to these 50. The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH, ranked 13. Duke University was ranked number 1.

UVM Health Network collaborates on ICU

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:33am -- tim

Two members of the University of Vermont Health Network, Central Vermont Medical Center and the University of Vermont Medical Center recently kicked off an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Collaborative at UVM Health Network – CVMC. Phil Brown, DO, UVM Health Network –CVMC chief medical officer and Gilman Allen, MD, medical director, adult critical care at the University of Vermont Medical Center made the announcement in early February. 

University of Vermont Research on Innovative Treatment for Number-One Heart Rhythm Disorder Earns Patent, Industry Agreement

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:00am -- katie

University of Vermont (UVM) cardiologist and heart rhythm specialist Peter Spector, M.D., is on a mission to improve the cure rate for a form of the most common heart rhythm disorder – atrial fibrillation (AF) – and has already earned a patent as he works towards this goal.

Windham County hospitals launch community health needs assessment survey

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:07pm -- tim

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat, and Grace Cottage Hospital are launching a new community health needs assessment (CHNA) to engage the communities they serve and learn more about the most pressing health care concerns and needs. Based on the data that the hospitals gather, each hospital will develop an implementation strategy to address prioritized health care needs. This CHNA is also an opportunity for hospitals to maintain compliance with federal regulations.

National Consumer Protection Weeks starts March 1

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:56pm -- katie

March 1-7 is National Consumer Protection Week. Use this week as a reminder to stay informed about current issues facing consumers and to share your knowledge with friends, family, and neighbors. Protect yourself from scams. Here is the list of the Top 10 Scams of 2014, as reported to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office Consumer Assistance Program: 


Blake Hill’s Marmalades take GOLD at The World’s Original Marmalade Awards

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:03pm -- katie

Blake Hill Preserves, specialist producer of chutneys, conserves, marmalades and preserves in Vermont is excited to announce its “Orange, Lime & Ginger” marmalade and “Seville Orange” marmalade have both won GOLD from over 2,000 entries at The World’s Original Marmalade Awards held at Dalemain Mansion, England. In 2014 Blake Hill became the 1st US producer to win Gold at the Awards, and to win another two Gold Medals in 2015 is a remarkable achievement for this young company.