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Norwich University establishes Peace and War Center

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 10:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has established its Peace and War Center to catalyze research, academics, internships, conferences and study or travel abroad to advance understanding of the many facets of the topic. The goals of the center are to advance interdisciplinary knowledge for students, scholars, and practitioners on the relationship between peace and warfare at local, national, and global levels. Its primary mission is to advance scholarship and deliberation on war, broadly defined, and its mitigation.

Smith: There’s something going on in Vermont

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 5:15am -- tim

by Mike Smith Something is brewing in Vermont. Whether it truly signifies a change or a shift in our politics and how we approach public policy remains to be seen, but there is certainly mounting evidence that something is afoot in this state. In the last election, a once-popular incumbent Democrat governor was nearly defeated by a political novice and underfunded Republican opponent in deep blue Vermont. The Vermont Republican Party gained seats in the State House for the first time in nearly two decades. And now Donald Trump arrives in the state — home of Sen.

Shumlin: Vermont should divest from coal and ExxonMobil stocks

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 6:09am -- tim

by Governor Peter Shumlin On Christmas Day, I burned brush on my farm in Putney – in a t-shirt. My experience was not unlike that of many Vermonters as we all lived through Vermont’s most tropical Christmas in memory, capping off the world’s warmest year on record. Climate change is here, and it is affecting the Vermont that we love, from our ski areas to our lakes. Now is the time to take every sensible action to combat it if we’re to have a shot at preserving a livable planet for our kids and grandkids.

Selig: Senator Leahy brings program HOME

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 5:47am -- tim

by Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board Last summer, US Senator Patrick Leahy helped break ground in Brattleboro for Red Clover Commons - 55 new apartments to replace housing for seniors and persons with disabilities that was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and remains in harm’s way. In the fall, Governor Peter Shumlin was in Waterbury to hand keys to Tim and Aimee Smith along with their two young sons. Mr.

Helping Hands Gift Wrap raises $12,500 for ANEW Place

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 2:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ANEW Place has announced that the 22nd Annual Helping Hands Gift Wrap Fundraiser, sponsored by North Country Federal Credit Union at the University Mall, was a rousing success. The Helping Hands Gift Wrap Booth was open every day from December 4th through December 24th during mall hours with wonderful volunteers ready to wrap Christmas presents for the community.

Middlebury College presents 'MLK Today: A Call to Justice in Speech, Song and Dance' January 18

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 1:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This Martin Luther King Day, when members of the college and local communities gather in Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel to celebrate King’s legacy, they will also celebrate the return of guest director Keith McCutchen and his powerhouse MLK Today Choir. The event on January 18 will mark McCutchen’s second appearance at Middlebury as conductor of the group, a community choir of students and townspeople.

Schubart: An open letter to Vermont legislators

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 6:18am -- tim

by Bill Schubart As the new legislative session ramps up, I’d like to offer some thoughts. Don’t micromanage complex issues. We already have too many laws and administrative statutes, many poorly drafted, ambiguous, or conflicting. Some actually confound good behavior. Our problems can’t be enacted away. They’re substantial and demand clarity of vision, courage, and leadership. A good captain looks over the bow of his ship, not the stern, and our two-year terms for governor and legislators confine us to short-term fixes for long-term issues.

The Orchard and Floating World Pictures sign distribution deal for acclaimed documentary 'The State Of Marriage'

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 5:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Orchard has acquired all worldwide media rights to the documentary, The State of Marriage, from Floating World Pictures. The film will be available on iTunes and On Demand beginning May 31, 2016. The film chronicles the epic, two-decade struggle in Vermont that built the foundation for the entire marriage equality movement.

Union Bank grant supports 10 student interns from Johnson State College

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 4:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ten Johnson State College students completed internships and field experiences with area businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations during the fall 2015 semester with financial support from the Union Bank of Morrisville. The students received grants of $200 to $500 each from the JSC Student Internship Fund, which was launched one year ago with a $3,000 grant from Union Bank.

AM Best affirms A (Excellent) rating for the insurance companies of National Life Group

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 2:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine AM Best Company has affirmed its A (Excellent) financial strength ratings for National Life Insurance Company and Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, the two insurance companies of National Life Group, based in Montpelier. This is the third highest of AM Best’s 16 ratings. “Our mission is to deliver on our promises,” said Mehran Assadi, president and CEO of National Life Group. “I am very pleased that AM Best has reaffirmed our excellent rating, which reflects our financial strength.”