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UVM Medical Center Inpatient Rehab Program wins patient satisfactin award

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:39am -- tim

The University of Vermont Medical Center has been named a 2014 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey Associates, Inc., for receiving high satisfaction ratings from patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation treatment. Press Ganey is the nation’s leading health care performance improvement company, partnering with more than 11,000 facilities worldwide to reduce suffering and improve the patient experience.

UVM, Harvard part of new global health report on pollinators

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:12am -- tim

A new study shows that more than half the people in some developing countries could become newly at risk for malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals — like bees — continue to decline. Despite popular reports that pollinators are crucial for human nutritional health, no scientific studies have actually tested this claim — until now. The new research by scientists at the University of Vermont and Harvard University has, for the first time, connected what people actually eat in four developing countries to the pollination requirements of the crops that provide their food and nutrients.

Pharmacist convicted of unlawful possession of narcotic drugs

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 3:35am -- tim

Brandon Cigana, age 33, of Whitehall, New York, was convicted on January 15, 2015, in the Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, on two misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of narcotic drugs. The convictions stem from Cigana’s employment as a pharmacist at the Walgreens Pharmacy in Rutland, Vermont. Cigana admitted to unlawfully possessing the narcotic drug Hydrocodone.

AARP to offer free tax preparation assistance in Vermont

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 3:05am -- tim

This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. 

Berkshire Bank parent reports 20 percent increase in Q4 core EPS, dividend increased

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 4:59pm -- tim

Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE: BHLB), the parent company of Berkshire Bank reported a 20 percent increase in fourth quarter core earnings per share to $0.48 in 2014 compared to $0.40 in 2013. Earnings growth was driven by a 17 percent increase in core revenue as the company expanded operations in its footprint. Fourth quarter GAAP EPS increased by 10 percent to $0.46 as earnings in both years were impacted by non-core charges related primarily to growth and restructuring. Berkshire Bank has branches in southwestern Vermont.

FairPoint, unions making progress on settling strike

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 4:33pm -- tim

Allison Beck, Acting Director of the US Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement today on behalf of FairPoint Communications Inc, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The bitter strike affecting workers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine began on October 17.

Lavazza sells portion of its Keurig Green Mountain shares for $50 million

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 4:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On January 23, 2015, Italian coffee company and Keurig Green Mountain investor Lavazza sold an aggregate of 378,371 shares of Common Stock ($50,299,273), as a result of which Lavazza currently owns approximately 7.8 percent of the outstanding Common Stock, as described below, worth about $1.7 billion. In a SEC filing statement, Lavazza said it intends to continue to review market conditions for shares of Keurig Common Stock and may from time to time sell additional shares of Keurig Common Stock.

Norwich University reports $62 million raised toward $100 million funding goal

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 3:40pm -- tim

Norwich University has reached $62 million in pledges toward a $100 million goal set out last September, officials announced today at a ceremonial groundbreaking of major enhancements to the university’s Kreitzberg Library. To date, meeting the $25 million Tawani Challenge — in which the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation matches certain gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $25 million — has been a fundamental achievement in the university’s fundraising success. Under the Tawani Challenge the university raised $27.6 million.

Vermont PSD announces Jan 28 meeting of Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 3:32pm -- tim

The Public Service Department today announced that the next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Wednesday January 28, 2015, from 6 pm to 9 pm, in the Autumn Room at the Quality Inn and Conference Center, 1380 Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vermont.

State Ag and environmental leaders describe clean water plan

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:30pm -- tim

State Leaders convened in St Albans City Hall today to outline the new plan for addressing agricultural runoff in the Lake Champlain basin. New resources, deeper partnerships across state government, and new accountability tools (including enforcement by the attorney general's office) have been established to improve water quality across Vermont. The state is under pressure from the US EPA to move aggressively ahead with cleaning up the lake. If not, the federal govenment could come in and act on its own and bill Vermont for cleanup costs.

Millennial buyers expected to fuel 2015 New England housing market

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:17pm -- tim

According to RE/MAX of New England, loosening lending practices, low inventory and steady interest rates are anticipated to heat-up the New England housing market in the first half of the year. Increased consumer confidence, a rebounding local economy and continued low-interest rates have converged to create a steady, consistent housing market throughout much of New England in 2014. Inventory shortages in desirable areas drove prices up, but throughout much of the region, overall home sales decreased over 2013 numbers.