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Fitzgerald: Removing ‘deadbeat’ dams is a win for Vermont

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:03am -- tim

by Brian T Fitzgerald We’re mid-stride through the summer and many Vermonters are drawn to our waterways. Our rivers provide visitors and residents alike with a bounty of recreational opportunities: swimming, fishing and boating. But, some Vermont rivers harbor unnecessary safety risks in the form of deadbeat dams that no longer serve any useful purpose. Built to power the mills of our industrial past, many of these small dams are no longer properly maintained and some have been abandoned. Worse still, we don’t even know where they all are!

Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative refine goals ahead of public meetings

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 4:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC), a public-private committee tasked by Governor Phil Scott with economic development centered around outdoor recreation, last week gathered 60 stakeholders for a two-day policy conference at the historic Grafton Inn, Aug. 2-3, 2017.

Rutland Regional named a 'Best Regional Hospital' by U.S. News

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine U.S. News & World Report has named Rutland Regional Medical Center a “Best Regional Hospital” for 2017-2018.  Out of 4500 hospitals evaluated nationwide, only 545 achieved “Best Regional Hospital” status, and Rutland Regional was the only “Best Regional” in the state of Vermont. Additionally, Rutland Regional was the only hospital in the state to achieve “high performing” status in four procedures and conditions which include: Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Hip Replacement, and Knee Replacement.

Arts Council awards $438,408 to support organizations and artists

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Arts Council announced 71 grants totaling $438,408. Awards were given in the categories of Cultural Facilities, Arts Impact, Arts Partnership, and Creation. Through these programs, a college will receive assistance in providing a physically accessible ramp, a choreographer will have support to create a new work, and a rural arts organization will offer ticket subsidies to make their programs available to all. The projects funded through these grants are as varied as the state's creative sector.

Public safety officials respond to fatal crashes

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Meeting in Waterbury today, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Thomas D. Anderson, and the Director of the Vermont State Police, Colonel Matthew T. Birmingham expressed their sincere condolences to the families who have lost loved ones on Vermont’s highways this year. Of the 9 fatalities that occurred over the last 4 days, 7 occupants were not wearing seatbelts, with 1 ATV death.  Law enforcement can point to many studies that indicate when a seatbelt is used, occupants of a vehicle are more likely to survive a traffic crash.

Josephson: Brattleboro Retreat’s new strategic plan focuses on our community

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:09pm -- tim

by Louis Josephson, PhD For nearly 200 years the Brattleboro Retreat has been a valuable healthcare resource and an important economic driver here in southern Vermont.  That’s why one of my primary goals as hospital CEO is to ensure that the decisions we make today will allow the Retreat to continue serving the mental health and addiction treatment needs of people for generations to come.

Mukherjees buy Sojourn Bicycling Vacations

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 1:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Susan Rand, owner and founder of Sojourn Bicycling and Active Vacations, announced the acquisition of this leading North American active travel company by fellow Vermonters, Raja and Bibi Mukherjee. Founded in 2004, Sojourn Bicycling and Active Vacations is an award-winning company specializing in exceptional active vacations in extraordinary destinations throughout the United States and Canada.

Health Department offers worksite wellness grants

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 1:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Employers looking to create or improve a workplace wellness program can apply for a financial boost from the Vermont Department of Health. The Health Department is offering grants of $3,000 to six worksites around the state to build sustainable wellness programs that focus on increasing physical activity and healthy eating opportunities for employees. The grants are supported through the department’s Local Health Offices.

Gifford’s Senior Independent Living to open August 15

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine How do you help a homeowner who has lived in the same community for more than 50 years feel comfortable in a 49-unit apartment building? Can building design help convey that downsizing doesn’t mean sacrificing privacy and autonomy but enjoying new opportunities in a vibrant neighborhood? These are the questions Project Architect Heidi Davis and Principal David Roy of Weimann Lamphere Architects (WLA) asked themselves when designing Gifford’s new Independent Living facility at Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community in Randolph Center (opening August 15, 2017).