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Scott says his health plan is better deal for teachers

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 8:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With the legislative session nearly two weeks into extra time, Governor Phil Scott is still pressing his plan to create a single, statewide teacher health insurance plan. He maintains it will save property taxpayers $26 million a year. His administration is now also saying that the resulting benefits will actually be better for school employees than what they currently have. The teachers' union has vehemently opposed the plan because, they say, it undermines the collective bargaining process and reduces local control of school budget. 

The 8-0-2 is front and center at INSIGHT, Inntopia Annual Conference

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Stowe will be buzzing with some two hundred ski industry leaders attending INSIGHT, Inntopia’s sold out annual conference held at Topnotch Resort this May 22-25. The annual conference focuses on bringing together key leaders and personnel from management, marketing, sales, IT, reservations, and more for three days of presentations and discussions focusing on best practices and cutting-edge trends in travel marketing, commerce and business intelligence.

Schubart to launch new novel 'Lila and Theron' June 6 at Phoenix

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bill Schubart and Phoenix Books Burlington will celebrate the launch of Schubart's new novel, Lila and Theron, on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 pm. Ticket holders who purchase Lila and Theron at the launch celebration will get a complimentary CD of Bill Schubart reading five of his favorite picks from Lamoille Stories! The genesis story of Lila and Theron, "Lila's Bucket" is on the CD.  (Some exceptions apply.)

Norwich University celebrates 2017 Commencement

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University celebrated graduation of approximately 380 students from 32 undergraduate programs and one master’s program at a ceremony held Saturday, May 13, in Shapiro Field House. There were approximately 238 students in the Corps of Cadets and 142 civilian students that graduated. The top five graduating majors are: Criminal Justice; Management; Nursing; Mechanical Engineering; and Computer Security & Information Assurance.

Special Olympics Vermont CEO Lisa DeNatale announces retirement

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 5:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Special Olympics Vermont President & CEO, Lisa DeNatale has announced she will retire, effective December 1, 2017. For the past six years, DeNatale has led the state-wide non-profit organization that provides inclusive sports training and competition opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Vermont is an accredited program of Special Olympics, Inc, which globally reaches 5.3 million athletes in over 170 countries.

Sean Londergan named State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Legal Aid staff attorney Sean Londergan has been selected as Vermont’s new State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (SLTCO).  Starting May 1, Londergan began leading the Vermont Long-Term Care Ombudsman Project (VOP), a team comprised of six regional ombudsmen and local volunteers.  The VOP helps residents of Vermont’s long-term care facilities across the state, as well as people receiving home-based long-term care services through the Choices for Care program.

DEC seeks public input on water quality improvement plans for Lake Memphremagog watershed

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input on three draft plans being released today to strategically improve water quality in the Lake Memphremagog watershed. A series of public meetings will be held this month to discuss the plans and hear suggestions from citizens. The waters of Lake Memphremagog are shared with the province of Quebec, but most of the ponds and rivers that feed it are located in Vermont.

Millennial moms more interested in baby formula than they expected

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Perrigo Nutritionals, a leading US infant formula maker with a plant in Georgia, Vermont, has released findings from a nationwide survey of 2,000 moms with children one to three years of age. The survey, which gained insights into moms' thoughts on baby during the first year, found millennial moms differ greatly from other generations in countless ways.

CCV to hold 50th Commencement on June 3 in Northfield

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 9:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Community College of Vermont (CCV) will hold its 50th commencement ceremony at Norwich University’s Shapiro Field House in Northfield, Vermont on June 3, 2017. The ceremony will begin at 2 pm. This year, nearly 500 students from across the state will be awarded associate degrees. Students representing all 14 Vermont counties will be graduating along with students from 11 other states and 9 countries. Also among the graduates are 44 veterans and active duty military. The youngest graduate is 17 and the oldest is 62.

UVM clinical trial will test vaccine aimed to protect military troops

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 6:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Acute respiratory disease (ARD) due to infection with adenovirus is a major cause of morbidity at military training centers.  In addition to ARD, adenovirus infection can cause sore throat, pneumonia, conjunctivitis, and urinary infections. Military recruits are particularly susceptible to illness due to their close living quarters, physical stress, and lack of sleep.  When the infection is severe, it disrupts training schedules, can lead to hospitalization, and increases medical costs.