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Marissa Parisi to step down from Hunger Free Vermont to lead RiseVT

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Marissa Parisi is stepping down as executive director of Hunger Free Vermont after nearly nine years at the helm. Her last day will be December 15. Parisi will become the executive director of RiseVT, a joint initiative of Rise Vermont, LLC formed in 2017 and OneCare Vermont ACO, in January. Part of her mission will be to grow RiseVT – a project of Northwestern Medical Center and the Vermont Department of Health – into a  statewide model. 

Allstate agency owners partner with Toys for Tots to serve as donation drop-off sites

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As the holiday season quickly approaches, hundreds of local Allstate agency owners throughout the Northeast are teaming up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to spread holiday cheer. From now until Friday, December 15, select Allstate agency owners' offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont will serve as donation drop-off sites. Community members are welcome to stop by participating agencies to donate new, unwrapped toys for local children in need.

Northeast governors lauded for action on transportation and climate

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Leading environmental, health, scientific and business organizations today applauded the announcement by seven states, including Vermont, and Washington, DC, of plans to develop a regional policy to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector. The move was endorsed today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Acadia Center, Sierra Club, and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and five other groups.

Smith: Where being less outrageous is more in our future

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:51am -- tim

by  Parents, teachers, mentors and others who touch the lives of our teens and young adults try to instill certain qualities meant to help them succeed as they transition into adulthood. These attributes include such things as honesty, respect, humility, persistence and hard work. These are the keys to success, we often tell our children.

A non-linear approach to life: St Albans Mayor Liz Gamache

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 4:52am -- tim

by Joyce Marcel Vermont Business Magazine It takes a village to revitalize a village. It also takes positive leadership and the willingness to take risks. St Albans’ mayor, Elizabeth “Liz” Gamache, has won high praise for the way she uses her political skills to lead the revitalization of her city. Gamache, 53, is one of the very few female mayors in Vermont’s long history — and shame on you, Vermont! Since 2012, she has been elected mayor of St Albans three times; one indication of the respect she’s earned is that she’s always run unopposed. Her current two-year term is up next year and she plans to run again.

Weinberger statement on the failure of Ting and KBTL to reach agreement on collaboration

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 7:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger and the co-op Keep Burlington Telecom Local have released the following statements regarding the failure of Ting from Toronto and KBTL to reach an agreement on a potential collaboration last Friday. The Burlington City Council was deadlocked on deciding between the two bidders November 6 and asked the two finalists to find a way to collaborate. The Council is expected to re-vote on November 27 as an end-of-the-year deadline approaches. Two other firms who were initially finalists before they were pared to two, ZRF Partners from New Jersey and Schurz Communications from Indiana, could potentially also be back in the running. The Council will reconsider the issue Monday night.

UVM to Host Legislative Summit on Water Quality Monday: From PFOA’s to blue green algae

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 4:36pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont will host its fifth annual Legislative Summit on Monday, November 13 in the Davis Center. The topic is water quality. UVM faculty in a range of disciplines will present the results of their cutting-edge research to inform legislators on subjects they will likely confront during the coming session.

Vermont-based firms advise on nation-leading energy programs

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 1:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A Vermont-based consulting team led by Optimal Energy, Inc of Hinesburg, with partners Cx Associates and Energy Futures Group, has played a key role in helping Massachusetts to be the top ranked state in the nation by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). ACEEE's recently released 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which rates states based on energy efficiency policy and programs, has placed Massachusetts first for the seventh year in a row.

Sanders statement on Veterans Day

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 6:41am -- tim

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) "To all the veterans of this country, we owe you a huge debt of gratitude. You put your lives on hold and on the line to protect our country. To their family members, you have served and sacrificed right alongside them, something I don’t think you get enough recognition for. And to those who lost a service member or veteran, either in conflict or as a result of their service, we may never fully understand your experience, but will do our best to make sure your loved one is never forgotten.

Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington receives 2017 Best of Home Care award

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 3:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington announced today that it has received the 2017 Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The Provider of Choice Award is granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for home care. Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington is now ranked among a select few home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide outstanding care.

Marie Houghton named AARP Vermont State President

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 4:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Marie Houghton of Colchester has been appointed State President of AARP Vermont, a volunteer position working closely with both staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in Vermont. Her responsibilities include serving as primary volunteer spokesperson, chairing the AARP Vermont Executive Council, building networks and community partnerships and recruiting volunteers.

Charlotte Ann Marcy: A legacy of service

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 1:21pm -- tim

by Randolph T Holhut/The Commons On a sunny Friday afternoon in Randolph Center, the mortal remains of Sergeant Charlotte Ann Marcy of Guilford were laid to rest at Vermont Veterans Cemetery. “It didn’t bring closure, but it brought peace,” her mother, Therese Marcy, said of the October 27 graveside service. “She is in a well-deserved resting place with her fellow soldiers.” Marcy, a member of the Vermont Army National Guard who served two combat tours in Iraq, died by suicide on September 30, 2016. She was 32.