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Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) today released the following statement after the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry published a report on its investigation into the war in Israel and Palestine: "The United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry just published a report following their in-depth investigation of the war in Israel and Palestine. The Commission concluded that both Hamas and Israeli authorities have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity."

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Vermont Business Magazine Today, Treasurer Pieciak and other leaders from state agencies, financial institutions, non-profits, and environment and energy sectors met to coordinate their efforts to fund climate infrastructure and resilience projects. They discussed a variety of programs worth potentially hundreds of millions of dollars to Vermonters, including an uncapped Federal program that could benefit towns and non-profits. Pieciak highlighted his office’s new program providing low-cost capital in this space. Treasurer Pieciak also highlighted efforts by his Office to finance Vermont’s climate resiliency. Governor Scott recently signed into law S.310, which allows the Treasurer to lend up to 2.5% of the state’s average cash on hand to support climate infrastructure and resilience projects.  

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Vermont Business Magazine Fidium Fiber is expanding service of its all-fiber internet network to more than 1,100 homes and businesses in Brandon, Goshen, Leicester and Salisbury, Vt. areas. Construction is scheduled to begin as soon as June 15. Through fiber expansion in these and other local communities, residents and business owners will have access to Fidium’s multi-gig speed fiber internet service. Fidium expansion in these communities comes in part through its partnership with the Otter Creek Communications Union District.

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Vermont Business Magazine Average gasoline prices in Vermont are $3.47 per gallon, down 5 cents per gallon from last week, down 15 cents/g from last month and down 11 cents/g from last year. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $3.19/g in Colchester and Rutland, while the highest was $3.84/g in Jay. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 1 cent per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.45/g today.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that Brent Bapp was fined $24,859.80 for operating a salvage yard without a permit on his property in Barton. Salvage yards provide important waste management services to Vermonters by reusing and recycling a range of materials from automobiles and scrap metal to hazardous waste like vehicle fluids and lead-acid batteries. Hazardous materials can have severe impacts if released into the environment, including contaminating soils, groundwater and drinking water, and degrading public health. Because of this risk, salvage yards are responsible for operating in compliance with laws that protect public health and the environment and must obtain a Salvage Yard Permit from the Agency of Natural Resources. 

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by Robert F. Smith, The Commons It has taken two years since researchers first began accumulating evidence, but on June 7, scientists announced that shortnose sturgeon are living in the Connecticut River as far north as the hydroelectric dam in Bellows Falls. Sturgeon exist in the fossil record going back 250 million years and, for thousands of years, have been native species in the Connecticut River. But this is the first time that sturgeon, which can grow up to 4.5 feet in length and live for up to 30 years, have been verified to exist in this portion of the Connecticut River since 1907. Since 2018, sturgeon had been verified only as far north as the Vernon dam.

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Vermont Business Magazine Wednesday night, Senate Republicans blocked Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats’ attempt to pass by unanimous consent the Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency (SCERT) Act, legislation that the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced last July. The request, made by Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), along with members of the Judiciary Committee, including Senator Peter Welch (D-Vermont), comes amid ethical lapses by Justices and an unenforceable code of conduct.

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Vermont Business Magazine Microsoft awards Technology for Tomorrow (T4T) a second TechSpark grant to expand the Vermont nonprofit’s digital literacy programming. T4T, based in Williston, was selected in 2023 by Microsoft for its TechSpark Fellowship, a program that aims to foster inclusive economic opportunity, job creation, and innovation in the state. T4T received a second year of funding after a successful first year of programming that exceeded goals. In year two of the TechSpark Fellowship, T4T plans to increase its digital literacy offerings to help close the state’s digital divide.

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Richard Warden Sears April 22, 1943 - June 1, 2024. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, grandfather and Vermont State Senator Richard W. Sears, Jr. Richard died peacefully at Albany Medical Center on June 1, 2024, at the age of 81, surrounded by his loving family and close friends. Born on April 22, 1943, in Connecticut, Richard was soon after adopted by his loving parents, Richard and Charlotte Sears of Framingham, Massachusetts. Reflecting on his childhood, he expressed tremendous gratitude for his parents; always acknowledging the strong impact they had on his life. “I was lucky,” Richard once remarked in an interview, “extremely lucky that my parents adopted me. Who knows what would have happened to me if the Sears didn’t take me in?" This experience led him to his lifelong passion of working with at-risk youth.

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Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Mayor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak announces the City of Burlington will once again host a celebration of culture, history, and community for Juneteenth. This year’s Juneteenth festivities are presented by the City of Burlington’s Office of Racial, Equity Inclusion & Belonging (REIB) and Northfield Savings Bank, and will take place on Saturday, June 15th from 11 am to 11 pm.  

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Vermont State Police The investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s fatal police shooting in the town of Orange remains active and ongoing. During a struggle with a man over a sawed-off shotgun, the trooper discharged his department-issued firearm, striking the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. This is the first fatal shooting involving a member of the Vermont State Police since July 2022.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) has observed significant symptoms of white pine needle damage (WPND) affecting eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) trees across Vermont. WPND is caused by a complex of four fungal species, that infects newly emerged needles. Although the infected needles remain asymptomatic in the first year, the following spring, they turn yellow, then brown, and eventually fall off prematurely. While WPND rarely kills trees outright, it can reduce their growth and overall health. Residents are advised not to panic if they observe these symptoms in their backyard trees. Vermont’s white pines are resilient, and otherwise healthy trees are expected to recover from this damage. There is no need for removal of affected trees.