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VSAC: 3,800 students risk losing millions in state grants

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Student Assistance Corp, joined by school guidance counselors, business leaders, parents and students, are calling on lawmakers to preserve the use of the Vermont State Grant at institutions of higher education outside Vermont. Legislation introduced in Montpelier would change a 50-year-old, time-honored policy that allows portability of the grants. If it is adopted, thousands of middle- and lower-income students and families will be denied access to educational opportunities they may no longer be able to afford.

Amtrak backs off from Vermont service suspension threat, apologizes

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 5:36pm -- tim

by CB Hall Vermont Business Magazine Reacting to an abundance of angst among interested parties in Vermont, Amtrak is backing away from a threat to suspend all service to the state. “Right now we have no plans to cease any service on any route,” Amtrak's Bill Hollister told VBM on February 28. Vermont's congressional delegation has indicated its displeasure with the threat, voiced by Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson at a US House subcommittee hearing February 15.

Vermont ski areas welcome March, the snowiest month

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 4:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine March came in like a friendly lion at Vermont ski resorts with some ski areas receiving over a foot of snow on Friday March 2nd. The snowy forecast looks like it could be a trend this month with another 6-12 inches of snow expected to reach Vermont’s Green Mountains later this week and more snow in the long-range forecast. Historically, March tends to be not only the snowiest month in Vermont, but also the busiest, with many events to entertain guests on ski area and resort calendars. Longer days and great deals add to the fun and festivities.

GMP and Vermont Magazine announce winner of Vermont writers' prize

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 4:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Frederic Martin is the winner of the 2018 Vermont Writers’ Prize. His short story “Maybe Lake Carmi,” is an inspiring story about how Vermonters react when someone needs help. The Vermont Writers’ Prize is awarded annually by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine. “Maybe Lake Carmi” creates a scene that many Vermonters have experienced – a car sliding off the road and no cell service to call for help.

GMP crews return in time to prepare for Wednesday storm

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power crews are returning to Vermont Tuesday evening after helping to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses in the Hudson Valley, NY, after devastating winds and heavy wet snow caused massive damage. The team returning this evening will join other GMP crews who stayed in Vermont, so they can be rested and prepared for the upcoming snow storm expected Wednesday afternoon through Thursday.

Consolidated Communications expands fiber network

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Consolidated Communications, Inc (NASDAQ: CNSL) has announced plans to increase broadband speeds to more than 500,000 residents and small businesses across its Vermont and Northern New England service area by the end of 2018. Consolidated Communications recently launched its brand following the Illinois-based company’s acquisition of FairPoint Communications last year.

ECFiber reaches into Woodstock

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:09am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine ECFiber has announced the launch of a new project which will bring ECFiber’s fast Internet service to many residents of Woodstock this year. The project is intended to connect the northern part of the ECFiber network (Barnard, Pomfret, Bethel, and beyond) to the southern part of the network (South Woodstock, West Windsor, and Reading).

Comcast increases Internet speeds for most customers

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 9:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Comcast today announced it is increasing the speeds of some of its most popular Xfinity Internet service tiers – including Blast and Performance Pro – for new and existing customers in the Northeast Division, which includes 14 northeastern states from Vermont through Virginia and the District of Columbia. The increases, the company said in a press release, are at no additional cost and underscore the company's leadership in delivering some of the fastest broadband Internet speeds, including Gigabit-speed services for both residential and business customers.

Josephson: Scapegoating mental illness is the wrong approach to ending mass shootings

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 6:59am -- tim

by Louis Josephson, PhD Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Fla., our nation is once again deadlocked in a debate over how to put an end to the seemingly endless string of gun-related tragedies playing out in our schools and places of work.

President Trump has suggested that we can solve the problem by arming teachers. He has also suggested that we should open more mental hospitals as a way of getting perpetrators of these crimes “out of our communities.”

Vermont Wood gets new name, announces awards at annual meeting

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 2:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont woodworkers and wood products manufacturers voted in January to change their trade association name to the Vermont Wood Works Council to better represent the interests of Vermont’s diverse woodworking community. The name change, approved by the membership at the organization’s annual meeting, was the result of many months of work by the board and a marketing committee to develop a name that meets the needs of small, mid-sized and large wood product makers in Vermont.