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Middlebury College captures the eclipse

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 4:50pm -- tim

Middlebury College The telescope specialist at Middlebury College's Mittelman Observatory, Jonathan Kemp, has been photographing the eclipse through a 4-inch refracting telescope equipped with a Hydrogen-alpha (H-alpha) filter. Jonathan has been photographing the solar eclipse since it started and stitched together five images showing different phases of the eclipse. I will email that sequence to you at approximately 4 p.m., and we sincerely hope you can use the content.

Credit: Mittelman Observatory/Middlebury College. 8.21.2017

VINS receives $100k gift for environmental education

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 4:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Murray Howell Foundation presented a $100,000 gift to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, in May 2017, in honor of Murray Howell. Mr. Howell, co-founder of Vermont Castings, Inc, worked to enhance and protect the natural environment and to encourage individual initiative and leadership in environmental awareness. He believed deeply that environmental education for children is the best way to nurture an awareness that would grow into a lifelong love for and commitment to the natural world.

Sterling College to partner with Kentucky's Berry Center

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At an event marking the start of a yearlong celebration of the 60th year since the founding of Sterling, the college announced a partnership with The Berry Center through which it plans to begin offering undergraduate and continuing education programs in Kentucky in rural, placed-based ecology and farming starting in the fall of 2018.

SBA: Disaster assistance available to Vermont private nonprofits

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private NonProfit organizations in Vermont that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by the severe storms and flooding on June 29 through July 1, 2017.

AG: Gruber settles with state over single-payer contract

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 2:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has concluded its investigation into the invoices and billing practices of Dr Jonathan Gruber, an economic consultant, who contracted with the State of Vermont in July 2014 to provide policy expertise, research and economic modeling relating to the implementation of Vermont’s single-payer healthcare system, Green Mountain Care. The Office’s investigation was opened following a referral by State Auditor Doug Hoffer.

Magic Mountain opens disc golf course

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:11pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine SKI MAGIC LLC announced today that it will open the new Magic Mountain National Disc Golf Course to the public on August 19th with 9-holes of an eventual 18-hole championship course in scenic Londonderry Vermont. The course layout stretches across multiple ski trails and wooded glades on the lower part of Magic Mountain.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care to get natural gas from NG

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NG Advantage LLC, which is majority-owned by Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) and is the US’s leading provider of trucked natural gas, has signed a 5-year contract with Southwestern Vermont Health Care to deliver compressed natural gas (CNG) to their location in Bennington. Southwestern Vermont Health Care is a comprehensive health care system serving Bennington and Windham Counties, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts.

Smith: Politicians must stand up to hate

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:45am -- tim

by Mike Smith In the early 1960s we still had racist state laws defending the widespread practice of segregation. Slowly — too slowly for many black Americans — those laws began to change. However, racism and bigotry don’t end by changing laws. In many respects, integrating lunch counters, schools and bathrooms is the easy part. The real challenge nowadays is confronting those individuals who have been taught to hate.

Green Mountain Power recertified as B Corp

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Just over three years have passed since Green Mountain Power was recognized as the first utility in the world to become a Certified B Corp - and the Colchester-based energy company has received recertification. B Corps are companies that believe business can be a force for good and are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.