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Former Burlington Police Chief Schirling to lead BTV Ignite, conference scheduled

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger and other Burlington institutional leaders today announced a series of steps to strengthen the two-year-old BTV Ignite initiative which is dedicated to aligning Burlington’s powerful gigabit infrastructure as a tool, test bed, and accelerator for economic, educational, and community benefit. These next steps include:

·         Formation of a new 501(c)(3) and board of directors for BTV Ignite with funding committed by Burlington organizations;

USDA extends dairy Margin Protection Program deadline

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 4:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the deadline to enroll for the dairy Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016 has been extended until November 20, 2015.  The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

Bennington secures $1.1 million grant for bike path construction

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Local community members and businesses have spent the past three years working to construct a 2.12 mile shared-use recreational path that would run along the Walloomsac River, connecting Bennington’s urban core to the village of North Bennington. Now with some help from a federal grant, it looks like the completion of a major portion of this project is in sight.

Woodstock affordable housing development opens

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin joined the Woodstock Community Trust, Twin Pines Housing Trust, Housing Vermont and funders and supporters of Safford Commons to celebrate the opening of the rental housing development at the site of the former Grange Hall and church on Route 4 across from the Woodstock High School. Safford Commons provides a total of 28 attractive, affordable and energy-efficient rental apartments.

Vermont: 6th lowest rates of adult obesity in the nation

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s adult obesity rate barely budged between 2013 and 2014 (24.7 percent to 24.8 percent), but the state ranked 6th best in the nation overall, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hawaii had the nation’s lowest rates at 22.1 percent. Colorado (2nd), the District of Columbia (3rd), Massachusetts (4th), and California (5th) also had lower rates than Vermont.

EEE detected in batch of mosquitoes in Swanton

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in a batch of mosquitoes collected from the town of Swanton on Sept. 14, and confirmed by the Health Department Laboratory. This is the first detection of EEE virus in Vermont this year. The risk for mosquito-borne illness will continue until the first hard frost of the year. EEE can be spread to humans and some animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. No human or animal cases have been reported so far in 2015.

Farrell Distributing takes over g.housen Vermont portfolio

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Farrell Distributing Company of South Burlington, Vermont and g.housen, Inc of Keene, NH, have reached an agreement that will transfer ownership of g.housen’s portfolio of beverage brands in Vermont to Farrell Distributing. Both companies said the transaction would strengthen their businesses and improve service to suppliers, retailers and beverage consumers.  The g.

BCBSVT launches option for non-subsidized individuals to direct enroll in Vermont Health Connect

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) has begun notifying non-subsidized individuals with BCBSVT plans purchased through Vermont Health Connect that they will be able to enroll directly with the health plan when open enrollment begins on November 1, 2015. Individuals and families currently enrolled through Vermont Health Connect that do not receive state or federal subsidies like tax credits or premium assistance are invited to give BCBSVT a ‘heads up’ if they plan to enroll directly through the health plan for 2016 coverage.

UVM Study: Exercise reduces suicide attempts by bullied teens

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As high schools across the country continue to reduce physical education, recess, and athletic programs, a new study shows that regular exercise significantly reduces both suicidal thoughts and attempts among students who are bullied. Using data from the CDC's National Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 13,583 high school students, researchers at the University of Vermont found that being physically active four or more days per week resulted in a 23 percent reduction in suicidal ideation and attempts in bullied students. Nationwide nearly 20 percent of students reported being bullied on school property.

Vermont to get $3.2 million grant to protect children from lead poisoning

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board announced that Vermont will receive a $3.2 million grant from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to continue the State’s Lead Hazard Reduction Program. The funds will be used to control lead paint hazards in the homes of low-income families and to raise awareness about this common and dangerous toxin still found in the majority of Vermont homes. 

American Heart Association names Vermont resident as Go Red For Women spokesperson

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women announced today this year’s “Real Women,” national spokespeople for the cause. These nine women from across the country will share their personal stories and encourage women to take a proactive role in their health by knowing their family history and scheduling a Well-Woman Visit. “I was walking my dog when I began to feel pressure in my chest and was short of breath but I figured it was allergies,” said Montpelier resident Shalini Suryanarayana, National Go Red For Women Spokesperson.

Jennifer Williams joins Lake Champlain Chamber to broaden tourism communications

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC), the state’s largest business organization, has secured Jennifer Williams to work with the Chamber’s marketing and public affairs team. Williams will develop and manage tourism-specific media relations, website content, newsletters and social media as part of the Chamber’s on-going efforts to strengthen tourism, a vital economic contributor to the region.