Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Teddy Bear, PajamaGram and the United States Olympic Committee announced today that Spirit, the official Team USA Bear, is giving Team USA athletes a big competitive edge for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018: warmth and comfort from head to toe. In his second year as the official Team USA Bear, Spirit wears a red, white and blue winter outfit, including a puffer jacket and matching hat, mittens and scarf. A portion of every sale of the Team USA Bear helps support our athletes, and that’s not the only thing Spirit will help: He’s giving Team USA Hoodie-Footies from PajamaGram to each American athlete—roughly 245 total—so they can stay warm and rested when not skiing, sliding, snowboarding and skating to the medal stand.
Vermont Business Magazine The holiday season is upon us in Vermont and Mother Nature has gifted our slopes with up to two feet of snow this week. This abundant early season snowfall allows for expanding open terrain at resorts and has enticed above average amounts of mid-week visitors. With resorts dropping ropes and making snow, and most of the remaining Vermont ski and snowboard areas planning to open this weekend, Vermont’s open terrain will double over the next week and could be close to 100 percent open over the holiday.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, Peace Corps announced that Vermont is the top state and ranks 2nd overall among regions with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, with 6.7 volunteers per 100,000 residents. There are 42 volunteers from the Green Mountain State currently serving worldwide and 1,579 Vermonters have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961. The Burlington-South Burlington area ranks Number 6 among metropolitan areas with the highest number of volunteers per capita, with 9.5 volunteers per 100,000 residents.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont ranks 9th nationwide in funding programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a report released by leading public health organizations. Vermont is spending $3.6 million this year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is still just 42.4 percent of the $8.4 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vermont ranked 10th in 2016 and 10th in 2015. It's ranked as low as 8th (2009) and as high as 11th (2013).
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding hunters, anglers and trappers of changes to permanent licenses that go into effect starting January 1, 2018. A permanent license is currently available free to Vermont residents 70 or older. Beginning January 1, a resident 66 or older may purchase a permanent license for a one-time fee of $60.
Vermont Business Magazine Way to Go! organizers, state officials including Secretaries Holcombe and Moore, and VTrans Planning and Policy Director, Michele Boomhower, honored the top performing schools at a special ceremony in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont Statehouse on December 6th to celebrate and congratulate the winners of this year's Way to Go! School Challenge.
Vermont Business Magazine Spirits of Old Bennington was incorporated in 2014. In 2016, Founder and Distiller Ken Lorenz opened his Tasting Room in the old Vermont Tissue Mill at 1514 N Bennington Rd in North Bennington. Lorenz, an engineer and project manager, launched the business while still working his day job. Today, Lorenz works at the distillery full time and has distribution in Vermont and New York with his signature products Sedition Gin, Covered Bridge Rum and Kilted Wheat Whiskey on the shelves of 40 stores in Vermont and 11 stores in New York.
Mad River Glen Greetings MRG Skiers: It's been snowing for nearly 36 hours so far and we have scored a solid 12"-16" of fluffy powder and it continues to snow wicked hard. The wind has kicked up for sure and the mountain ops team has been hard at work pinning it down as best they can. The start of the 2017-18 ski season is nearly upon us. Mad River Glen will open on Friday with skiing serviced by the Sunnyside Double. On Saturday and Sunday we'll be spinning the Single Chair, the Sunnyside Double and the Practice Slope. An exact trail count will have to wait until we get closer to opening day. Rest assured that we will do our collective darnedest to get as much of the main mountain open as possible. Stay tuned for updates.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort hosted the East Coast’s largest and most lucrative rail jam, Rails 2 Riches, on Saturday, December 9, 2017. The event dished out more than $25,000 in prize money to skiers and snowboarders with seven New England athletes on the podium, taking the cash home. “Year and after year we are thrilled with the Rails 2 Riches event—it’s an incredible opportunity for local and international skiers and riders to check out what Killington Parks has to offer.
Vermont Business Magazine On June 10, 1918, Putnam Memorial Hospital, now known as Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), opened to patients. A century later that 30-bed hospital has grown into one of New England’s leading rural healthcare systems. “A hundred years of caring for generation after generation in Bennington County and beyond is certainly a milestone worth celebrating,” said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, SVHC’s president and CEO “Equally worthy of celebration is what SVHC is today—one of the best and most innovative community health care systems in the region—and how we are growing our services to meet the needs of the future.”
Vermont Business Magazine Seven child care and preschool providers around the state that are located within 200 feet of current or former dry cleaning businesses are partnering with state agencies to assess indoor air quality to ensure they are not impacted by chemicals associated with dry cleaning. The assessment work is precautionary, and the state stands ready to provide mitigation support if needed.