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Soldiers injured during avalanche at Easy Gully in Smugglers' Notch

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 3:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine According to a press release from the Vermont National Guard issued at 2:30 this afternoon, six US Army soldiers were reported injured during an avalanche while performing advanced mountaineering training in Easy Gully, Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, at approximately 1 pm Wednesday. Two Cambridge rescue units were dispatched to the scene. This information was updated at 4:30 to indicate that five of the six soldiers injured during the avalanche were transported to UVM Medical Center for treatment. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

Community Bank NA branches collect more than 6,500 food items for local pantries

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 3:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank NA branches across New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts recently joined together to host a canned food drive throughout February. The more than 100 participating branches collected 6,668 items and $500 in donations for local food pantries, shelves and banks, surpassing the original goal of 2,018 items.

Okemo and Mount Sunapee join the Epic Pass

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 2:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vail Resorts, Inc (NYSE: MTN) announced today that Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont and Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire, as well as Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado, will join the industry-leading Epic Pass in a long-term alliance beginning in the 2018-19 winter season, bringing the total to 64 mountain resorts in 11 states and provinces and eight countries for skiers and snowboarders. Vail owns Stowe Mountain Resort. Vail and rival Aspen/Alterra and its Mountain Collective and Ikon passes (Sugarbush Vermont and Taos and Jackson Hole in the West, among others) have been signing up resorts around the world for their respective shared ski passes.

Vermont employers to be honored for wellness programs

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 1:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On March 21, Business owners, CEOs, company presidents and human resources directors from 81 Vermont worksites will receive awards for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance. Governor Phil Scott, state health commissioner Mark Levine, and Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, will present the awards during a ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Burlington.

Governor decreases workers' comp insurance rates to save $10 million

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that workers’ compensation insurance rates will continue to improve for a second year in a row. It will cost less for most Vermont employers when the new rates approved by the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) become effective on April 1. The log hauling industry will be the biggest benefactors and overall it will save Vermont employers $10 million a year.

House takes up suite of women’s health initiatives and sexual harassment prevention legislation

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:57am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The House gave preliminary approval today to the Sexual Harassment Prevention Bill (H.707) on a vote of 131-2. Two additional bills will be up for consideration later this week, including H.639, which bans cost-sharing for breast imaging services and H.404, which establishes Medicaid reimbursement for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).  

Stolen rhino horn valued at $200K recovered

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 3:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Over the past eleven months UVM Police has collaborated with several law enforcement partners to investigate the theft of a valuable rhinoceros horn that had significant historic importance to the University. The horn was reported stolen on 4/27/2017 from UVM’s Torrey Hall/UVM’s Department of Wildlife Biology and was estimated to be valued in excess of $200,000.

Vermont Farm to School & Childcare Program reveals 2018 grant awards

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 3:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has canceled the 2018 Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Grant Award Ceremony due to weather, which was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon (March 14, 2018), in the State House cafeteria. Legislators and others will still enjoy the school lunch planned by Vermont FEED and the agency, as served by the staff at the State House Café.

Corey Parent to run for open Franklin County Senate seat

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State Representative Corey Parent (R-St Albans) announced today that he’s a candidate to represent Franklin County and Alburgh in the Vermont Senate. “I want to thank the people of St Albans for allowing me the honor to serve on their behalf for past four years. I also want to thank Senator Carolyn Branagan for her service to the people of Franklin County.” Parent said. Branagan, a Republican, has announced she will step down. Franklin County has long been a Republican stronghold.