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Brattleboro Memorial Hospital designated a Blue Distinction Center for maternity care

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality maternity care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont announced that Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

NBT Bank recognized as 2015 Financial Institution of the Year by LPL Financial

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NBT Bank President of Wealth Management Timothy Brenner announced that NBT Bank, based in Norwich, NY, was named 2015 Financial Institution of the Year  at the 12th Annual LPL Financial Institution Services Program Leadership Conference held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. NBT has branches in western Vermont. NBT Bank was nominated by LPL growth consultants and selected from more than 750 financial institutions based on quantitative and qualitative factors, including year over year growth, thought leadership and innovation.

Minimize fire and carbon monoxide risks – have working alarms in your home

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Division of Fire Safety Director Michael Desrochers is again kindly reminding Vermonters to have properly installed and maintained smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes. So far in 2016 five Vermonters have been killed in fires and two more have died as a result of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

PFOA soil sample results show no significant risk, owner to pay for engineering studies

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that Saint-Gobain has agreed to cover costs for two engineering studies in Bennington and North Bennington. The engineering studies will determine the feasibility and costs of expanding municipal water supply infrastructure to service residences impacted by PFOA in the two towns.

Van Jones to deliver Middlebury College commencement address

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Van Jones, a CNN political contributor, attorney, author, and environmental and human rights activist, will deliver the 2016 Middlebury College commencement address on Sunday, May 29. Jones is the president and co-founder of Dream Corps, whose current initiatives, including #cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All, work to bring economic opportunity to disenfranchised communities.

Vermont EPSCoR wins $20 million award from NSF to promote resiliency in Lake Champlain Basin

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine What makes some parts of the Lake Champlain Basin and its watersheds resilient in the face of  extreme weather events, increasingly common in a warming Vermont, while other parts fail to recover and rebound? A $20 million award from the National Science Foundation to Vermont EPSCoR will help answer that question, providing much needed information to decision-makers as they govern the basin and develop policies that reach far into the future.

DPS announces grants of over $900,000 for advanced wood heating

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 1:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Commissioner Christopher Recchia announced that the Department of Public Service (DPS) has awarded $913,054 from the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) to increase the demand and supply for local wood heat. The CEDF awarded 11 grants to schools and affordable housing projects across the State to install advanced wood heating systems and five grants to increase the supply infrastructure of wood pellets.

Alumna commits $2 million to UVM medical scholarships for primary care

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Dr. Ruth Seeler earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 1958 and her M.D. from UVM's College of Medicine in 1962 and is currently emerita professor of pediatric hematology-oncology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. In 2000, Dr. Seeler endowed a scholarship at UVM to help students meet the cost of their medical education. The scholarship is awarded annually to a third- or fourth-year student specializing in primary care. To date, 18 students have been awarded some $145,000 from the fund.

Shumlin blasts critics of health care, energy policies

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 5:34am -- tim

by Mike Faher/The Commons Back on home turf for one final “lunch with the governor” event, Governor Peter Shumlin got an honorary Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce membership and a chance to defend his six-year record as the state’s chief executive. Speaking April 11 at American Legion Post 5 in Brattleboro, the Putney native touted accomplishments in economic development, energy, education, health care, and agriculture. He said he has served in “a remarkable time” and hasn’t “shied away from the tough fights.”

St. Albans-based Superior Technical Ceramics joins US delegation to 2016 Hannover Messe trade fair

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 3:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Superior Technical Ceramics (STC) announced today its official participation in the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, the world's foremost trade fair for industrial technology. Hannover Messe is taking place on April 25-29, in Hannover, Germany.  For the first time in the Fair's history, the United States will be the Partner Country, a status that provides the more than 390 businesses and organizations in the U.S.

UVM launches innovative scholarship program with

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 4:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont has joined a new national scholarship  program aimed at motivating students to do well in high school and prepare better for college.  Through an online program platform called, students can now earn “micro-scholarships” from UVM starting in 9th grade for a wide range of individual achievements. Students applying to UVM, for example, receive scholarships for taking advanced courses, raising their high school GPA and engaging in community service or leadership.   

Thomas Hirchak Company celebrates National Auctioneers Week (April 11-17)

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 3:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Thomas Hirchak Company, of Morrisville and Williston, wants every consumer in the area to know a simple buying and selling message: Auctions Work. That's why the company has taken part in the #AuctionsWork campaign during National Auctioneers Week, April 11-17. The campaign relies on the power of hashtags and the efforts of NAA members like Hirchak, who have tagged social media posts with #AuctionsWork and #NAAPro.