Governor Peter Shumlin today announced that his Chief of Staff Liz Miller will leave state government at the end of the legislative session. The governor has tapped Darren Springer, currently the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Service (DPS), to serve as his next Chief of Staff.
A study by University of Vermont Cancer Center researcher and clinician Susan Lakoski, MD, and colleagues has found that higher levels of mid-life fitness provide a mortality benefit in older age even in the setting of a cancer diagnosis. Their findings appear in the March 26, 2015 edition of JAMA Oncology.
As the spring thaw gives way to potential flooding of Vermont rivers and streams, heating fuel providers throughout the state are participating in a tank safety education campaign. Propane and fuel oil tanks can shift during floods, breaking fuel lines and even dislodging tanks. The outreach effort reminds Vermonters that there are a number of things homeowners should do before, during and after a flooding event to protect their family and home.
Sugarbush Resort plans to replace the Valley House Lift this spring with a new Doppelmayr Fixed-Grip Quad. The new Valley House Quad will increase the uphill capacity of the current lift from 748 to 1800 people per hour and cut the ride time to approximately 8 minutes. The lift should help eliminate any lift lines in the base area and provide a reliable back-up lift to the Super Bravo Express Quad.
Vermont is the first state to require single-use manufacturers to develop a program for collecting and recycling spent primary batteries (including AA, C, D, and other household alkaline batteries), removing them from local landfills. This innovative recycling law goes into effect January 1, 2016. Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization, has been selected by 11 initial companies [Anchor] to develop, implement and promote a mandated single-use battery recycling program in Vermont.
Employees at Carris Reels-Plastics Division in Rutland are already pining for that first bite of fresh tomato from their soon-to-be planted garden this summer. The company received a Green Thumbs Community Garden grant from the Vermont Department of Health.
“We thought a garden would be a great addition to our Health and Wellness program,” said Patricia Blake, site manager for Carris Plastics. “Our hope is to also be able to offer an activity to get our employees outside and doing some exercising, as well as enjoying that first ripe tomato. Nothing beats that taste.”
Money is available for Vermont communities for the purpose of mitigating the effects of future disasters on public infrastructure and some private property. Communities, tribal organizations, and private non-profit organizations may still apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds following the most recent federal disaster declaration and previous disasters.
Connie Sanderson, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children's Executive Director, has announced her plans to retire after nearly three decades of service to the 120-year-old non-profit children’s services agency. Sanderson intends to step down from her current position later this year. She will assist in the transition to a new Executive Director and remain on staff until a new leader is in place, after which time she will continue to serve Kurn Hattin as a key fundraiser on a part-time basis.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell announced today that his office has filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of the State of Vermont against Dean R Corren seeking enforcement of Vermont’s campaign finance laws and the provisions governing the public financing of election campaigns.
Sterling College launched the most ambitious fundraising effort in its history on Wednesday. “Nourish the Roots: The Campaign for Sterling” has a goal of $9 million, and the college also announced that it has already raised $4.5 million in gifts and commitments toward that goal for the Craftsbury Common school. The heart of the campaign is strengthening the college’s abiding commitment to environmental stewardship.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters are not equally healthy. Chittenden County residents are the healthiest in the state, while those Essex and Orleans are the least, according to a new study released today by the Vermont Department of Health.