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Vermont Business Magazine The American Red Cross will open a third regional disaster shelter in Lyndonville at the Lyndonville Fire Department (316 Main St.) as dozens of area residents remain displaced by Wednesday’s storm. The shelter will open at 3 pm. This shelter is managed by the Red Cross – and pets are welcome. Pet owners should bring their own animal crate, supplies, medications and food whenever possible. The Red Cross shelter at the Barre City Auditorium (16 Auditorium Hill) remains open and supported an overnight population of nine people. This shelter is also pet-friendly. The Red Cross shelter in St. Johnsbury closed Friday at noon after serving one overnight resident.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor urges all workers whose employment has been impacted by the July 2024 flooding to apply for unemployment benefits. This includes individuals whose place of business is closed due to the flood or who are unable to report to work due to the flood. Individuals who have lost their jobs, are unable to reach their place of employment, or cannot work due to the flood conditions are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits as soon as possible. Vermonter’s can initiate the application process by calling the Unemployment Claimant Assistance Center at 1-877-214-3330. If you file a claim and are found ineligible, you may become eligible later on if federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are authorized. Regardless, the first step in the process is to file an initial claim through the regular unemployment insurance program.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office announced that Caleb Devarney, 31, of St. Albans, Vermont, was arraigned today on three felony counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material and two misdemeanor counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material. The charges brought against the defendant are the result of a criminal investigation conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC), including personnel from the Attorney General’s Office, St. Albans City Police Department, and Burlington Police Department.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Corrections today reported an unsuccessful escape attempt at Southern State Correctional Facility (SSCF) in Springfield. The individual was identified as Christoph Berger. Christoph Berger, 28, is detained on a charge of Fugitive from Justice. He was lodged at SSCF on July 6.  

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Department of Economic Development The ACCD Severe Storm Resource Center is live. Please visit accd.vermont.gov/flood for the latest information on staying safe, getting help, giving help, clearing debris, documenting damage, and how to protect your mental health during this difficult time. ACCD will be continuously updating this site as new details emerge. The state of Vermont will pursue a federal disaster declaration which, if granted, would unlock resources for repairing and rebuilding. For that application to be a success, the state needs your help. Please document your damage and report it to Vermont 211. The state of Vermont will use this data to make its case to the federal government for a disaster declaration. 

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Vermont Business Magazine As people throughout Vermont begin recovery from yet another devastating flood, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD joined Governor Phil Scott and other administration officials to encourage people to take advantage of the resources and information available to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy. People can find safe cleanup, food safety and other guidance at HealthVermont.gov/Flood. Translated versions of these resources are also available. Dr. Levine announced the Health Department is now offering free drinking water test kits for people with private wells or springs that were affected by floodwater. The kits are not for people who use municipal water (receive a water bill). People who order a kit should follow all instructions for completing and returning it to receive an accurate result.

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by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell for the second week after a steep increase in late June. For the week ending July 6, 2024, new claims were 295, or back their usual summer lows. The Service industry accounts for the most claims with 48%. For the week, claims were down 120 for the week but 44 more than this time last year. Meanwhile, the state unemployment rate remains near historic low levels as employment and the labor force have increased (2.1 percent in May 2024). 

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Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing As Vermont residents, we are all now acutely aware of the flooding that has hit some of our communities again, exactly one year after the devastating flooding we experienced last summer. In true Vermont fashion, we will rally together with our friends and neighbors as roads are repaired, homes and businesses are cleaned up, and our communities support those in need. Thankfully most parts of the state were spared any damage and so far, images of devastation in Vermont are not on the national news. We have prepared a list of resources for visitors who may be here now or travelling this weekend, but hopefully our major roads will be reopened in the next few days. 

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Vermont Business Magazine National Life Group has been named on the 2024 Ward’s 50, an annual list of the country’s 50 top life and health insurance performers based on financial health. “In selecting the Ward’s 50, we identify companies that pass financial stability requirements and measure their ability to grow while maintaining strong capital positions and underwriting results,” according to Ward’s in announcing the list. Ward’s measures performance “in the areas of safety, consistency, and performance” over the previous five years in determining which companies make the list. National Life’s 2023 Annual Report noted new sales records set despite market volatility, as well product innovation and expanded community support.

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Vermont Business Magazine  The Vermont Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) and Project WorkSAFE are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of workers responding to recent flooding incidents in Vermont. The aftermath of a flood presents numerous hazards, such as electrical dangers, fallen trees and debris, mold, and carbon monoxide exposure. Employers are reminded that they are responsible for ensuring worker safety while on the job site, and VOSHA is equipped with valuable resources to protect workers from work related hazards, especially those associated with flood response operations. “It is important that Vermonters stay safe during the recovery process of the recent flood events” said Dirk Anderson, Director of Workers Compensation and Safety with the Department of Labor. “By adhering to proper safety protocols, employers and workers can mitigate risks and ensure a safe transition back to normal operations.” 

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Vermont Business Magazine Fairfax, Vermont-based Liquid Measurement Systems, Inc (LMS) has announced a strategic long-term supplier partnership with De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited. This partnership marks a significant step forward for LMS as they transition from fuel quantity measurement to comprehensive fuel management solutions. The agreement entrusts LMS with supplying advanced fuel management solutions, including next-generation fuel quantity measurement systems, for De Havilland Canada's DHC-515 FIREFIGHTER™ Aircraft. LMS will also continue supporting the existing CL-215 and CL-415 fleets, ensuring their continued operational excellence. This partnership is built upon LMS's innovative fuel management solution, specifically designed to enhance the performance of De Havilland Canada's firefighting aircraft. 

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Vermont Business Magazine The National Life Group Do Good Fest has added Lawson’s Finest Liquids as a sponsor of its 10th anniversary benefit blowout event with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of an exclusive Do Good Brew going to Central Vermont Medical Center’s Branches of Hope Cancer Patient Fund. Lawson’s Finest’s Do Good Brew Hazy Orange IPA, a refreshing, 5% ABV hazy IPA brewed with blood orange and Citra hops, will be available for sale at Do Good Fest featuring multi-platinum artists Fitz and the Tantrums, global pop star and Emmy Award winning Rachel Platten, alternative rock mainstays, Dishwalla, emerging New England favorite, Couch, and Beats for Good high school musician winners by popular vote, The Radiance, on the company’s back lawn on Saturday, July 13. Gates open at 1:30 p.m.