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Measles vaccination rates for preschoolers below 90 percent in 17 states, Vermont at 91.2 percent

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 5:46am -- tim

An analysis released by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) finds that fewer than 90 percent of children ages 19-to-35 months old have received the recommended vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) in 17 states. Vermont ranked 28th at 91.2 percent. New Hampshire has the highest MMR vaccination rate for preschoolers at 96.3 percent, and Colorado, Ohio and West Virginia have the lowest at 86 percent.

Kevin Quigley to be the ninth president of Marlboro College

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 5:38am -- tim

Marlboro College is pleased to announce the appointment of a new president, Kevin FF Quigley, following the decision of the board of trustees February 7. Chosen from an impressive group of candidates by a search committee composed of 16 trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, and students, Quigley will assume the presidency beginning on July 1, 2015.

Health Department offers small businesses grants to support breastfeeding

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 4:18am -- tim

Fogg’s Hardware in Norwich has a clientele that is 80 percent male, but when they were asked by the Health Department two years ago to create a breastfeeding friendly place for women employees, they quickly agreed. The Health Department is hoping other small businesses in Vermont will do the same, as they put out a Request for Proposals on Feb. 2 that will provide $1,000 grants to 15 worksites with 100 or fewer employees.

Blanchard: How to make the most of your charitable giving

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 3:24am -- tim

by Seth N Blanchard One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to giving back is not having a strategy for their charitable contributions. By default, many people put off charitable giving to the end of the year to beat the December 31 deadline for donating to qualified charities. To make the most of your giving, start to plan your charitable gifting strategy for the entire year now.

Here are five steps to consider to get a jump on your gifting strategies for this year:

Two Vermont companies responsible for design, manufacturing and installation of first large-scale wind turbine in New York City

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 4:20pm -- tim

Aegis Renewable Energy, a Vermont based renewable energy company, designed and installed the first commercial wind turbine in New York City at “Sunset Park” SIMS Municipal Recycling plant in Brooklyn. Aegis erected the 100kW wind turbine in December 2014 and partnered with Vermont-based wind turbine manufacturer, Northern Power Systems located in Barre.

Vermont lender leads New England with small business loans

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 12:48pm -- tim

Vermont leads New England through lending targeted to aid startups, add jobs, and prioritize minority access to capital. Bakers, shopkeepers, plumbers, and welders are just a few of Vermont’s newest entrepreneurs. Statewide, these locally-owned businesses are charting new ground in the retail and service sectors with the help of Community Capital of Vermont, located in Barre. Out of 24 microloan intermediaries throughout New England, Community Capital of Vermont provided the most Small Business Administration (SBA) microloans in 2014.

University of Vermont receives record number of applications

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 10:38am -- tim

The University of Vermont has received 25,146 applications for fall 2015, an all-time high. The university received applications from all 50 states and from 85 countries. The university set application records both in its traditional markets of New England, New York and New Jersey and in states like Florida and North Carolina, beyond its historic recruiting area. It also held steady in western states like California, Texas and Washington that have seen record gains in recent years.

Home prices in Vermont showed little growth in 2014

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 10:14am -- tim

Home prices in Vermont have been fairly stagnant over the last year. For most Vermonters, this is not a surprising result. According to a national reporting firm, Vermont home prices rose 2.1 percent in 2014 when not including distressed sales. The national average is 4.9 percent. When distressed sales are included, Vermont was next to last in the US with a negative 0.9 percent (US average plus 5.0 percent). Vermont saw fewer bad mortgages than most other states during the Great Recession, but has been slower coming out of the downturn.

Phil Scott hosts 'Economic Pitch' today in Rutland

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 9:19am -- tim

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce and the Rutland Economic Development Corporation are hosting the “Rutland Economy Pitch” on Monday February 9, 2015. Rutland area legislators and members of the public have been invited to attend the Economy Pitch at the Heritage Credit Union in order to hear representatives from the region’s business community make short, five-minute pitches about the economy from their perspective.

VCLF lends $1,127,200 in 4th quarter 2014, helping create vermont jobs, affordable homes and quality child care

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 6:51am -- tim

The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) loaned $1,127,200 in the 4th quarter of 2014 to Vermont's small businesses, community facilities, affordable housing developments and child care programs, helping bolster Vermont’s economy and leading to the creation and preservation of jobs, high-quality early care & education, affordable homes and essential services for hundreds of Vermonters.