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Stowe auto repair shop sanctioned for failing to comply with court order

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that Willie Noyes, owner of Willie’s Village Auto in Stowe, agreed to sanctions for failing to comply with a July 2016 court order that required the removal of junk motor vehicles from his property. The order stemmed from violations of the Vermont salvage yard rules.

Moulton: Earning and learning, apprenticeships and access

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 3:47pm -- tim

by Patricia Moulton, President, Vermont Technical College Vermont has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the nation. We also have one of the lowest rates in the country for high school grads entering college. At a time when two-thirds of jobs will require some form of education after high school by 2020, Vermont needs to make sure that more than 60 percent of its high school students are getting more education. Perhaps even more important to improve, the rate of economically disadvantaged students going on to college is currently less than 40 percent.

AG negotiates to include Harborview in receivership of Pillsbury nursing home group

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office (AGO), on behalf of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), has entered into a stipulation that will allow temporary receivership of three residential care homes to include Harborview, the fourth facility owned by East Lake Capital Management (ELCM) and Andrew White. The agreement also continues the merits hearing originally scheduled for today, allowing White to consult with local counsel. Last week, the Washington Superior Court appointed a temporary receiver of Allenwood at Pillsbury Manor in South Burlington, Homestead at Pillsbury in St Albans, and Pillsbury Manor South in South Burlington, the three other facilities held by ELCM in Vermont.

National Life recognized for corporate philanthropy

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 9:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine National Life was recognized recently for its corporate philanthropy by a group dedicated to supporting nonprofits. The Northern New England chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented its “Outstanding Corporation” award to National Life at a luncheon during National Philanthropy Day. National Life was recognized for the work of its charitable foundation, which distributes $2 million in grants to nonprofits primarily throughout northern and central Vermont and the Dallas area each year.

Organizations supporting victim service programs get record $13.4 million

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 5:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) announced Tuesday that Vermont organizations will receive 15 grants totaling nearly $13.4 million from the US Department of Justice to support crime victims and to strengthen services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The $13.4 million in fiscal year 2018 funding represents a $6 million increase in funding for crime victims, including survivors of domestic and sexual violence, over fiscal year 2017 levels. 

VSAC and AG warn of scammers posing as student loan servicers

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 5:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan joined Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) to warn Vermonters about scams involving student loans. Scammers pose as student loan servicers, debt relief companies, document preparation companies or say that you may be eligible for a student loan forgiveness program.

Vermont State Police respond to multiple crashes during first widespread winter storm

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Troopers from Vermont State Police barracks throughout the state responded to numerous vehicle crashes, slide-offs and other weather-related incidents during the season’s first widespread snowstorm on Monday, November 13, 2018. The incidents included a fatal two-car crash in Sharon (please see separate news release below for case number 18B204904) in which one passenger was killed, and a three-vehicle collision involving a school bus in Newbury (please see separate news release below for case number 18A406242) in which five passengers from Newbury Elementary School were brought to the hospital as a precaution.

Statement from UVM Medical Center on mass casualty drill today

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington issued the following statement following a mass-casualty alert today that was not identified as only a drill: "The University of Vermont Medical Center conducted a mass casualty drill earlier today to test the hospital’s ability to handle a surge of patients with varying injuries. During the drill, automated telephone and text messages were sent out in error. This happened as the emergency response team was testing emergency alerts sent through a mass notification system.

VEC marks fifth year with no rate increase

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 1:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VEC will not seek a rate increase for January of 2019, marking the fifth consecutive year that VEC has kept electric rates flat. “I’m very proud of the work our entire team has done to keep rates flat since January 2014,” said VEC Chief Financial Officer Michael Bursell. “It’s taken a great deal of creativity, negotiation, and careful budgeting and everyone has pitched in,” he said. “That’s the beauty of the co-op model – if we do well, all our members do well.”

Rutland Regional receives highest rating, ‘A’ for patient safety

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rutland Regional Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. Rutland Regional Medical Center was one of 855 in the United States awarded an “A” for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. Rutland Regional is the only hospital in Vermont to receive an “A” rating this fall. Since 2013, Rutland Regional has the distinction of earning at least one “A” rating each year for patient safety.