Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General T.J. Donovan today announced that his office has reached settlements with three different online sellers of electronic cigarettes for violations of Vermont’s Delivery Sales Ban and Consumer Protection Act. Under the settlements, the companies resolved claims that they sold electronic cigarettes, e-liquids, or other tobacco paraphernalia to individual consumers. As of July 1, 2019, it is illegal to sell electronic cigarettes and related vaping products over the internet to individual Vermont consumers. In total, the companies will pay $165,000 in civil penalties to the State of Vermont. The three settlements come on the heels of announcements in December 2020 and May 2021 that the Attorney General’s Office reached settlements with 10 other online sellers of electronic cigarettes, totaling $307,500 in civil penalties.
Vermont Business Magazine The federal government has authorized the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) to provide temporary food benefits to households who:
Vermont Business Magazine Wildgood, a plant-based ice cream and the first non-dairy frozen dessert made with extra virgin olive oil, can now be delivered directly to consumers' doors. Starting today, the brand is offering nationwide shipping (with the exception of AK and HI) for orders placed on Wildgood.com. This expansion comes on the heels of a successful grocery store roll-out in select stores across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region earlier this spring.
Made for ice cream lovers, Wildgood is creamy and decadent yet surprisingly lower in calories and saturated fat. The brand launches with eight flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Coffee, Mango, Pistachio, Chocolate Hazelnut, Sea Salt Caramel and Mint Chocolate Chip. Each flavor is made from pronounceable vegan ingredients and contains less than 2g of saturated fat per serving.
The pandemic shifted Vermonters’ relationship with the outdoors. Everywhere these days, people are socializing through walking, running, paddling, and biking, finding new ways to enjoy movement in nature. From July 12 through August 2, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont encouraged Vermonters to join the fun by posting photos of themselves taking full advantage of summer by exercising outdoors.
Vermont Business Magazine Greensea Systems, creator of OPENSEA®, the universal open architecture software platform for the marine industry recently expanded their Vermont operations by leasing 4,200 ft2 of additional commercial space at The Creamery located at 20 Jolina Court, Richmond, VT. The new commercial space will provide additional office space as well as a much needed engineering laboratory space for research and development.
“I am committed to growing the company in Vermont and right here in Richmond. The new Creamery building presents a great opportunity to expand within walking distance of our current headquarters”, says Ben Kinnaman, Greensea CEO. “Greensea is growing and we are rapidly expanding within the maritime robotics industry. This new facility gives us additional space for vehicle testing, software integration, and control system development.”
The State of Vermont and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services mark a quarter century of cooperative efforts to stop the spread of the rabies, with the 25th annual Rabies Bait Drop, scheduled to start August 5, 2021. The week-long bait drop is part of a nationally coordinated effort to halt the fatal disease.
Rabies vaccine — in the form of a sweet-smelling oral bait that is attractive to raccoons and skunks — will be dropped in rural areas of Vermont from low-flying aircraft and placed by hand in residential centers. Approximately 450,000 quarter-sized blister packs containing rabies vaccine will be distributed in nearly 100 Vermont communities across nine counties. A switch allows pilots to control where the baits fall – in order to avoid roadways, homes and other places where people are most likely to be.
Vermont Buisness Magazine As part of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, the Brattleboro, Springfield and White River Junction communities will come together to honor breastfeeding, chestfeeding and lactation. The annual global celebration will highlight the international theme of “Protect Breastfeeding, a Shared Responsibility”— emphasizing the idea that all of us play a role in protecting and nurturing young families.
The Vermont Department of Health supports and encourages breastfeeding because of its important health benefits for both the person who is lactating and the baby. Data has shown that for adults, breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers and postpartum depression. In addition to the important nutrition and growth benefits, babies who breastfeed have improved cognitive development and a reduced risk for chronic diseases. Breastfeeding also offers important bonding opportunities for both.
Vermonters should be cautious, but not worry about the more contagious Delta Variant. That’s the message from Gifford Health Care Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Josh White. Delta is causing a rise in cases throughout the world, but according to Dr. White, these COVID-19 variants were expected.
“Viruses mutate, so they can spread better,” Dr. White said. “Delta seems to reproduce much faster, which means when a person coughs or sneezes, there’s a lot more virus in it so it’s much easier to transmit.”
Vermont Businiess Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson—a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show—will feature Alya Reeve, MD, MPH, the medical director of Untied Counseling Service in Bennington, on its August 4 program. Dr. Reeve is responsible for overseeing clinical psychiatric services and providing guidance to clinical staff.
Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that John Mara of Essex Junction, Vermont was arraigned on July 29, 2021 on six felony counts of possession of child sexual abuse materials. According to documents filed with the court, the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (VT-ICAC) received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which indicated that someone had uploaded images containing child sexual abuse material to a Microsoft account.
Applications are now being accepted for current vacancies on the Labor Relations Board. There are currently two vacant positions, one “neutral” position and one “labor” position. All applications must be submitted no later than August 12, 2021, at 4:30pm.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that he has appointed 70 Vermonters to State boards and commissions since June 1.