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Special Olympics Vermont names Norwich University 2016 Organization of the Year

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 5:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has been named Organization of the Year by Special Olympics Vermont. The university was recognized at an annual awards luncheon held on Sunday, December 11, at the Killington Resort. “Norwich University has been an important partner of Special Olympics Vermont for many years, hosting two annual sports events and providing volunteer support at numerous other events including the well-known Penguin Plunge,” said Lisa DeNatale, President and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont. “The support that faculty, staff and students at Norwich University provide advances our mission by enhancing the lives of Special Olympics athletes all across the state.”

Vermont’s DMV Express processes 2 million Online registrations

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 2:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont DMV has announced that DMV Express, Vermont’s online vehicle registration service, recently surpassed a total of 2 million online registration renewals since its launch in 2005. With nearly 700,000 vehicle registration renewals processed annually through the Vermont DMV over all channels, over 30 percent are now processed through the convenient online service.

Weekly unemployment claims up more than 100

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 1:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims increased last week, with Construction taking the biggest hit. The holidays typically produce wild swings in unemployment claims, because of an increase in hiring in the Service sector, from retail to delivery-related businesses, and then an abrupt round of layoffs. The post-Christmas downsizing typically will produce many claims in the Service category.

For the week of December 17, 2016, there were 781 claims, up 115 from the previous week's total and 112 than than they were a year ago.

A Holiday Gift: Jeeter's Memorial Service

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 5:11am -- tim

by Bill Schubart

Jeeter’s friend Zephyr invited him to his mother’s memorial service in the Methodist church basement. He knew Jeeter had run out of venison, winter was setting in, and Jeeter’s meager garden plot was now frozen solid. What little Jeeter hadn’t picked and eaten, shared with ravaging critters, or stored in the garbage can beside his trailer that he used for a winter freezer was now frozen in the earth.

Scott rounds out senior staff, names Jaye Johnson legal counsel

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 1:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor-elect Phil Scott today announced new appointments and reappointments, including his senior legal counsel, two agency deputy secretaries and three department commissioners. Jaye Pershing Johnson will serve on Scott’s senior staff as Governor’s Legal Counsel. Newly appointed deputy secretaries include Martha Maksym to the Agency of Human Services and Peter Walke to the Agency of Natural Resources.

Merchants Bank and employees give almost $60,000 to United Way

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For decades Merchants Bank and Merchants Bank employees have been pledging to the United Way throughout Vermont. This year, Merchants Bank continued its tradition of running a successful campaign, with individual employee pledges of over $24,000 and a corporate pledge of $35,000.  Merchants Bank employee pledges combined with the Merchants Bank donation, contributed to over $59,000 in pledges to United Way throughout Vermont and Massachusetts.  

Amy E Tarrant Foundation awards $20,000 grant to NorthWest Family Foods

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In 2016, what might appear to be a small food shelf in the northwest corner of Vermont served 5,715 people, during 8,844 visits. This includes single mothers, elderly, veterans, underemployed and unemployed, disabled, refugees and Native Americans. Food shelf staff and volunteers distributed 308,806 pounds of food, not only at its location in St. Albans, but delivering food to those homebound at elder care facilities, and satellite sites throughout the two counties.

USDA 2016 investment tops $365 million in VT and NH

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 5:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it invested over $365 million in Vermont and New Hampshire communities in Federal Fiscal Year 2016 in housing, community and economic infrastructure through USDA Rural Development. The federal investment touched 465 communities, nearly every Vermont and New Hampshire town, and focused on increasing residents’ wellbeing by reducing poverty and investing in opportunity sectors including local food systems and renewable energy.

Attorney General reminds Vermonters about propane law

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 4:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office has issued a summary of propane rights and responsibilities. “Vermont has a robust set of propane rules, both to protect consumers and to promote fair competition among propane dealers. With another heating season upon us, we want to remind consumers of their rights and what to expect from a propane dealer,” said Attorney General Bill Sorrell.

Kinsley: State Board of Education declares victory at own 25 yard line

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:10am -- tim

by Ben Kinsley I, along with many Vermonters, read recently that the State Board of Education and its chair Stephan Morse were declaring victory for the controversial Education law known as Act 46. It “has been a huge success and does not require significant revision,” Morse said. Having followed Act 46 very closely through the Legislature and hundreds of hours of testimony, I was astounded. Act 46 is hardly a “huge success” by any objective measure.