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Two Vermont inns make Travel + Leisure’s ‘Top 100 Hotels in the World’

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Twin Farms of Barnard and Rabbit Hill Inn of Waterford were named to Travel + Leisure’s prestigious ‘Top 100 Hotels in the World.’ The rankings were based on results from Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Awards" survey that it puts out annually to its readers. Twin Farms, an all-inclusive five-star experience for adults only, is ranked Number 15 in the world by the luxury travel magazine. Rabbit Hill Inn, a romantic and luxurious 19-room bed and breakfast that caters to adults, came in at Number 30 in the rankings. The Vermont lodging properties were ranked Number 1 and Number 2, respectively, for the Northeast United States. Only 27 properties from the United States made the Travel + Leisure rankings. Twin Farms is rated as the Number 5 property in the United States, and Rabbit Hill Inn rates as Number 6 in the country.

Vermont Public Radio successfully concludes $10 million capital campaign

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After three years and donations from more than 2,000 supporters, Vermont Public Radio surpassed the $10 million goal for its VPR Next Capital Campaign on June 29. The successful completion of the campaign positions VPR to embrace the opportunities of a dynamic and changing media landscape, while solidifying its strong foundation built on 40 years of public service.

Washington & Lamoille counties added to FEMA's preliminary flood damage assessment

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Washington and Lamoille counties have been added to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) request after Vermont Officials identified additional damages last week.  In conjunction with state personnel, the PDA is being conducted by FEMA beginning today.

14th Star Brewing to receive Timothy Bovat Civic Involvement Award

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the 2017 Tim Bovat Civic Involvement Award to 14th Star Brewing Founders Steve Gagner and Matt Kehaya, and CEO Andrea Gagner. The presentation will be made during the Tim’s House Annual Golf Classic on Friday, August 18th at the Champlain Country Club, following lunch at approximately 2 pm. The Golf Classic is held annually to benefit Tim’s House, a transitional housing shelter built in Bovat’s memory.

Vermont children face increased risk of hunger during summer months

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 11:45am -- tim

Vermont Foodbank Though many students eagerly await summer, millions of children in America may be dreading summertime because it means long, hot days without enough food. Nationally, more than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program during the school year. But when school is out during the summer, less than 4 million receive meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

The making of Brown Bottle Cheddar: A Vermont collaboration

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 5:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Last December, staff from Healthy Living Market & Cafe and Otter Creek Brewing Company traveled to Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company to collaborate on an alehouse cheddar. The final product, Brown Bottle Cheddar, was created with milk sourced from Vermont Farmstead’s dairy cows, and Backseat Berner IPA from Otter Creek. 

Vermont clean water week August 20-26

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 4:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On August 21st Governor Phil Scott will issue a proclamation declaring Clean Water Week for the State of Vermont. We invite you to join us in celebrating Vermont’s waters, and the efforts of businesses, organizations, and communities to protect and restore clean water statewide. Vermonters and visitors alike drink, swim, fish, boat, and admire the scenic beauty of Vermont’s waters. Join us and be “All In” for clean water!

Circus Arts president and executive director resign, finances failing

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 8:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Trustees of the troubled New England Circus Arts, in an attempt to save the institution, has reached out to coaches and the recently fired founders and announced that both the president of the board and the executive director of NECCA have resigned. The letter is dated Friday and indicates that they are attempting to appease these people and the community at large, which was shocked by the news of the firing of the founders, twin sisters Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, on Wednesday. Michael Helmstadter, executive director, was not named in the letter nor was president Elizabeth Harris-Warner. Mel Martin, a long-time supporter, is coming back to the board as president.

Hunger Mountain Cooperative community fund grant applications available

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 8:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier is now accepting grant applications in support of local businesses and organizations whose work enriches our central Vermont community and furthers the Co-op’s mission of building a dynamic community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems, and thriving cooperative commerce. 

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.