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Killington Resort to host new premier mountain running series

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 3:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On August 19 and 20, athletes from near and far will converge on Killington Resort, the largest four-season destination resort in eastern North America, for the inaugural 2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series. Created for trail running novices and professionals alike, this North American trail running series provides unmatched racing experiences in beautiful mountain environments of three of the most iconic resort destinations in the United States, including Killington Resort. Race course locations offer diverse climates, different distances and varying elevations, and terrain built to push athletes to find the edges of their potential.

VBSR conference enjoys record attendance

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 4:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A record-breaking crowd attended Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s (VBSR) 27th Annual Spring Conference on Wednesday, May 17th. Nearly 340 Vermont business and nonprofit leaders joined state officials and out-of-state guests for the event at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center in Burlington. The gathering was designed to help support business practices that value not only profit, but people and planet as well.

PETA calls for investigation into slaughterhouse

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 4:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Armed with damning U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports, PETA sent a letter Thursday morning calling on Windsor County State's Attorney David Cahill to investigate Vermont Packinghouse and, as appropriate, file criminal charges against the slaughterhouse workers who failed to restrain, stun, and kill pigs and cattle properly on the first attempt—causing them to cry out and walk around after being shot in the head.

Students show how compost connects them to science, soil and food

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 3:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ANR Secretary Julie Moore, toured Berlin Elementary’s school composting system last Tuesday to learn about how their composting efforts contribute to healthy soils, reduce landfill waste, and will support the growth of their school garden. Students at Berlin Elementary have been composting for 8 years—diverting a total 60 tons of food scraps.

ANEW Place names Kevin Pounds executive director

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 2:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ANEW Place is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Pounds as Executive Director.  Pounds replaces Valerie Brosseau at the helm of ANEW Place, a community-based nonprofit with a mission to “provide a holistic continuum of services for the homeless, centered in love and dignity, that foster growth, cultivate community engagement, and provide tools for lifelong change so that each person may start ANEW.”

Governor: Status of negotiations on education savings and property tax relief

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott released the briefing documents from his press conference Friday afternoon. If Scott vetoes the budget, the Legislature will return June 21 to vote on an override. The document below includes a discussion of the negotiations with legislative leadership and a timeline of the governor's proposal to create a single, statewide health insurance plan for teachers, which he says will save taxpayers $26 million. Lawmakers ultimately voted late Thursday night on a more modest, one-year cut of 1.5 cents on the property tax rate and only for one year to give themselves time to review the issue.

Donovan joins action to protect health insurance affordability

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General Thomas J. Donovan, Jr. took legal action to protect health care access for millions of Americans, including thousands of Vermonters. Attorney General Donovan moved to intervene in a lawsuit filed by House Republicans that undercuts the affordability of health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Small business retirement plan passes

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In its final hours Thursday, the Legislature voted to approve S135, Vermont’s economic development omnibus bill. Section C of the bill sets up a secure public retirement option, the “Green Mountain Secure Retirement” plan, for small businesses. Pending due diligence by the Treasurer’s office, the goal is to implement the retirement plan by January 15, 2019.

AT&T workers across Northern New England walk off the job

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine AT&T workers who are members of Communications Workers of America (CWA) walked off the job today in Vermont, Northern New England and across the nation. About 35,000 workers are protesting AT&T’s failure to present serious proposals that invest in good jobs with a future, the union said in a press release issued Friday afternoon. During the three-day strike this weekend, a majority of AT&T wireless, wireline, and DIRECTV workers fighting for fair contracts are expected to be on strike, the union said.

$5,000 reward offered in gas station, firearms burglary

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continue to investigate the May 4, 2017, pre-dawn burglary of the Shell station and firearms dealership located at 705 Rockingham Road in Rockingham.  Numerous firearms and a large quantity of ammunition were stolen in the burglary. VSP and ATF are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction for this crime.

Community Bancorp reports earnings up 14 percent

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Stephen P Marsh, Board Chair of Community Bancorp and Community National Bank, based in Derby, welcomed nearly 180 shareholders at the Elks’ Club on May 18, 2017, for the annual shareholders’ meeting. Marsh led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and asked for a moment of silence for friends, neighbors and shareholders who were no longer with us. He continued with introductions of Directors, Advisory Board members, Executive Officers and retired Directors.