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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.

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 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.

New St Mike’s scientific imaging lab opens January 16

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 5:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An opening reception for a new Scientific Imaging Facility in Saint Edmunds 301 at Saint Michael’s College will be Monday afternoon, January 16 at 1:30 pm. This suite features advanced state-of-the-art technology and is of special direct interest to the College’s biology, neuroscience, chemistry, environmental sciences, and physics students and faculty as Saint Michael’s continues a dramatic expansion in the last decade of mentored undergraduate research.

Made in Vermont Marketplace coming April 1 & 2

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The 4th Annual Made in Vermont Marketplace will take place April 1st and 2nd at the Champlain Valley Exposition. The trade show  is open to the public. The Made in Vermont Marketplace is an extraordinary opportunity for Vermont companies to showcase their Made in Vermont products to an audience of thousands of prospective customers all in one weekend.

Vermont turkey hunters had big year

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 2:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont wild turkey hunters had successful spring and fall hunting seasons in 2016, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. An initial review of hunting results revealed 6,798 turkeys were taken by hunters during Vermont's three turkey hunting seasons - the spring youth hunt, the regular May spring season, and the fall turkey hunt.