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Former Isle La Motte Fire Company treasurer accused of embezzlement

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 7:57am -- tim

Vermont State Police July 14, 2017 The Vermont State Police - St Albans Barracks was notified of an embezzlement circumstance involving the Isle La Motte Volunteer Fire Company funds/account and a former treasurer for the Fire Company. The former treasurer was identified as Scott Newman, 56, who had been involved with the Isle La Motte Fire Company for more than fifteen years. As of the transfer of his treasurer responsibilities in January 2016, he has no longer been involved with the Fire Company.

Norwich University launches inaugural Governor’s Institute in Architecture, Design & Building

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 3:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University welcomes 36 Vermont high school students on Sunday, July 16, for its inaugural Governor’s Institute on Architecture, Design & Building, a brand new Governor’s Institute of Vermont (GIV) program. The institute offers a residential week of hands-on learning in working with concrete, masonry and wood across the disciplines of architecture, engineering, and construction management with an emphasis on regional materials and best practices of sustainable design and craft.

Regulator orders investigation of Vermont Gas into pipeline depth

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:23pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Public Utility Commission today opened an investigation into whether Vermont Gas Systems violated its 2013 permit by burying its pipeline at a depth of less than 4 feet in 18 locations in New Haven. The company's Certificate of Public Good (CPG), issued on December 23, 2013, authorized the construction of the pipeline from Chittenden County to Addison County and required that the pipeline be buried at least 4 feet deep within electric transmission corridors for safety reasons.

Weekly unemployment claims increase again

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims continued their summer-long, steady increase in claims. Claims typically remain low during the summer at around 500. Claims spiked two weeks ago and then again three weeks ago and have been on the rise since the beginning of June and are higher than they were the same time last year; previously claims were generally lower for most weeks in 2017. For the week of July 8, 2017, there were 613 claims, up 56 from the previous week's total and 73 more than than they were a year ago. As expected, by industry, Services reported the most claims (46 percent of the total). But manufacturing saw an increase, tripling its claims to about 180, or 29 percent of the total, or more than the change from the previous week.

Condos inducted as president-elect of NASS

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, July 10 Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was chosen by a bi-partisan group of his peers as President-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) at the Summer Conference in Indianapolis. NASS serves as a medium for Secretaries across the country to share ideas and best practices in the development of public policy as it relates to elections and voting, business services and policy relating to state archival work and records management.

Leahy notches budget panel win for VA funding

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved legislation to fund the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA), staving off “devastating” cuts proposed by the Trump Administration to a facility in Vermont and securing additional resources for Vermont veterans.  It was the first markup session on one of the 12 annual Appropriations bills that fund the government to be co-led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in his new role as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Unpermitted, polluting Tunbridge salvage yard fined $25,000

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 6:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources announced Thursday that Blakeman’s Towing and Recovery, an automotive towing and recovery business located in Tunbridge, was fined $25,000 for operating in violation of state salvage yard and land use laws, and hazardous waste management regulations. Salvage yards provide important waste management services to Vermonters by reusing and recycling a range of materials from automobiles and scrap metal to hazardous waste like battery acid and vehicle fluids.

NEFCU donates $2,500 to Williston Community Food Shelf

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) recently donated $2500 to the Williston Community Food Shelf (WCFS) for the Summer Bag Program. The donation will cover all the expenses to provide two additional bags of “kid friendly” food per month to families with children during summer vacation. The extra bags of food are meant to help bridge the gap created when free breakfast and lunch programs available at the schools become unavailable during the summer.

Vermont Federal Credit Union awards $8,000 in scholarships

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 2:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Federal Credit Union is excited to provide four, $2,000 scholarships in 2017. Scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors, Trevor Houchens and Matthew Stanley, as well as Kyle Ehler-Vockand Kathryn Gates who are currently enrolled in higher education.

Trevor Houchens graduated in June from South Burlington High School. This fall, Trevor will begin studying Computer Science at Brown University.

Leahy reacts to latest Senate health care bill

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:01pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy Senate Trumpcare 2.0 is just as bad as earlier versions and in some ways is worse. This remains a stumbling, shameful and craven exercise to pass a tax bill in the guise of a health care bill.  The ‘mean’ House bill the President described keeps getting meaner.  Lost to many in the White House and on Capitol Hill is the fact that these are decisions that literally mean health or illness and life or death to countless people.