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Richards Group acquires Holden Insurance

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Holden Insurance announced today that the firm has been acquired by The Richards Group of Brattleboro. The deal was effective January 1, 2017. The entire Holden staff will remain at their current locations in Rutland and Middlebury and will continue to operate under the name Holden Insurance. Holden Insurance said in a statement that the partnership with The Richards Group will benefit clients by ensuring that decisions and service remain local for years to come.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center radiologic therapists complete VisionRT training

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 11:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) radiologic therapists have completed advanced training in VisionRT, one of the technologies available on the linear accelerator (linac). SVMC became one of the first hospitals in the region to be equipped with this linac technology when they acquired the machine in 2016.

Condos: Our elections systems as 'Critical Infrastructure'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 11:12am -- tim

by Secretary of State Jim Condos Protecting election integrity and security is one of my most important duties of the Secretary of State. It’s a sacred responsibility and is something I take seriously. This includes cybersecurity. My office has been taking steps to prepare for growing cyber threats for some time. We hired independent experts to perform cybersecurity assessments of all of our systems. Based on those results, we further fortified our defenses and put appropriate proactive protections in place.

Burlington Electric, VTC to assess potential for energy startup accelerator

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department and the Vermont Technology Council today announced the formation of an exploratory team to assess the potential for a Vermont energy startup accelerator – PowerUp Vermont – to help businesses focused on innovating in the power industry and driving the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Vermont among lowest for pediatric type 2 diabetes

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tightly related to obesity, pediatric type 2 diabetes diagnoses have climbed rapidly in the US. But Vermont and New Hampshire continue to be among the states with the lowest rates in the nation. Private health insurance claim lines with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis more than doubled in the pediatric population (ages 0 to 22 years) from 2011 to 2015, increasing 109 percent, according to data from FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. Boys were diagnosed with type 2 more than girls, while girls have a higher incidence of obesity.

Lung Association encourages Vermont residents to test homes for radon

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:30am -- tim

Veront Business Magazine One in nearly 15 homes contain high levels of radon, a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. An estimated 21,000 people die in the US each year from lung cancer due to exposure to radon in homes and other buildings. Dangerous levels are found in homes in every state, including Vermont.

Mayor Weinberger appoints Danko as new director of Fletcher Free Library

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 10:05pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Mary Danko as the new director of the Fletcher Free Library in the City of Burlington. Mary brings over 14 years of library experience, including three years as director of the Weathersfield Proctor Library and four years as director of the Hartland Public Library in Vermont. Mary currently runs the Abbott Library in Sunapee, New Hampshire, where she has served as Library Director for over four years.

Berkshire Bank sets 100% corporate volunteer program milestone

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 6:50pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank, is excited to announce that during 2016 it has achieved a 100% employee participation in its corporate volunteer program, the XTEAM. Launched in 2008, Berkshire Bank's award winning employee volunteer program was created as a way for employees in all of the Bank's geographic markets to give back to the communities they serve.

Richards Group acquires Holden Insurance

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 2:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Holden Insurance announced today that the firm has been acquired by The Richards Group of Brattleboro. The deal was effective January 1, 2017. The entire Holden staff will remain at their current locations in Rutland and Middlebury and will continue to operate under the name Holden Insurance. Holden Insurance said in a statement that the partnership with The Richards Group will benefit clients by ensuring that decisions and service remain local for years to come.

VHCB AmeriCorps members to provide community service in Rutland on Martin Luther King Day

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, January 16, 32 Vermont Housing & Conservation AmeriCorps members will join three Rutland area non-profits to complete community service projects. AmeriCorps members across the nation observe a national day of service— “a day on, not a day off” — in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr Day.

Vermont among states most likely to live paycheck to paycheck

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a recent GOBankingRates.com national survey, 69 percent of respondents said they have less than $1,000 in savings. Even worse, 34 percent said they have no savings at all. Such abysmal savings rates suggest many Americans, if not most, live paycheck to paycheck. Hawaii is the state where Americans are most likely to live paycheck to paycheck and Vermont was number eight, whereas residents of Mississippi are least likely, according to the latest GOBankingRates study.

Smith: Meryl Streep’s miscue

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 10:47am -- tim

by Mike Smith Meryl Streep is a talented actor. She has been nominated 19 times for an Academy Award, winning three Oscars.  She also has been nominated 30 times for a Golden Globe Award, winning eight times. Many, including myself, are fans of Ms Streep.  And much of the criticism that she leveled at President-elect Donald Trump at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony last weekend had merit.

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