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Teachers' union blasts DOE decision on COVID policy

Sat, 01/08/2022 - 7:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to last night’s announcement that the state would abandon two key elements of mitigating the spread of COVID in our schools, the board of the state’s largest union today issued the following statement: The secretary of education decided to commemorate one of the most chaotic weeks ever in Vermont schools by yet another Friday night announcement of yet another abrupt COVID policy shift. Yesterday’s announcement that schools must stop contact tracing and surveillance testing – with a promise of more guidance next week – is a demoralizing blow to the thousands of Vermonters who work in our schools, who attend our schools, and are parents of students in our schools. 

Intake quarantine testing detects positive cases at three prisons

Sat, 01/08/2022 - 7:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Corrections detected three new incarcerated cases of COVID-19 during intake quarantine at three different facilities: Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF) in South Burlington, Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility (MVRCF) in Rutland, and Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in St. Albans.

Legislators Zoom back into action

Sat, 01/08/2022 - 5:23pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs The Vermont General Assembly convened for the 2022 legislative session on Tuesday, January 4. Legislators are starting the session working from their homes and offices, as has been the case since the COVID-19 pandemic swept Vermont in March 2020. Lawmakers had hoped to return in-person for the 2022 session, but the surging Omicron variant caused legislators to approve a two-week remote start to the year. 

Funding available for programs supporting Vermont women and girls

Sat, 01/08/2022 - 12:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Funding is now available from the Vermont Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation for organizations and programs supporting economic security and well-being, and career opportunities, for Vermont women and girls. The 2022 competitive grant program will award grants of up to $10,000 for accepted proposals.

Holiday fundraiser to provide more than 20,000 meals while supporting interest in local clean energy

Sat, 01/08/2022 - 12:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Every year during the holiday season, SunCommon hosts an annual Holiday Giving campaign to shine light on important issues in our local communities. While the company’s core mission is addressing climate change through the installation of commercial and residential solar, this annual campaign uses the business as a force for good beyond their everyday work.

Rural Solutions, a ‘One-Stop Shop,’announces official opening

Sat, 01/08/2022 - 3:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Thomas Dukeshire, formally owner & CEO of Rural Techs, announces the launch of his new company, Rural Solutions, in Burlington. Described as a “one-stop shop” for small businesses, Rural Solutions offers small businesses the support needed for success: IT & technology (including both hardware and software components); business financial planning, analysis, and bookkeeping; business strategy and consulting; and full-scale marketing.

Clear Spot announces new partnership

Sat, 01/08/2022 - 3:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Richmond-based Clear Spot, a communications company serving mission-driven organizations, is pleased to announce it is expanding as a partnership between co-owners Katie and Kevin Titterton. Founded in 2016 to support Vermont nonprofits with thoughtful, nimble, and affordable communications content and strategy, Clear Spot works with organizations supporting the arts, children, education, the environment, food systems, energy resilience, poverty relief, and more.

VDH: COVID cases register second highest daily total

Fri, 01/07/2022 - 5:07pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported 1,917 cases of COVID-19 for Thursday, just short of Wednesday's record of 2,188. The previous record of 1,727 cases of COVID-19 was set on Monday. On December 30, it reported a then-record 1,471 cases. The record for cases was broken three times last week and another three times this week. 

‘Pay-For-Performance’ phosphorus reduction program now taking applications

Fri, 01/07/2022 - 3:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) recently opened applications for the new Vermont Pay for Phosphorus (VPFP) program, one of the first of its kind in the United States.   VAAFM received a $7 million grant award from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in September of 2020, enabling the Agency to launch a statewide Vermont Pay for Phosphorus (VPFP) Program to further expand and support agriculture’s role in delivering clean water results for Vermont.  The program will provide $4.9 million in direct payments to farms over 4 years for successful phosphorus management. Vermont farmers wishing to apply for the program have until January 31, 2022 to do so. 

Sanders urges Biden to protect consumers against high heating costs this winter

Fri, 01/07/2022 - 3:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), along with colleagues in both the Senate and House of Representatives, Wednesday sent a a bicameral letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard Glick urging the agency to use its authority to protect consumers from unfairly high energy costs.

VSP investigate bank robbery today in Williamstown

Fri, 01/07/2022 - 2:57pm -- tim

The Vermont State Police is investigating a robbery that occurred early Friday afternoon, Jan. 7, 2022, at the Bar Harbor Bank on Methodist Lane in Williamstown. At about 12:20 p.m., an unknown male entered the bank and demanded cash from the teller. The suspect did not display a weapon or threaten the teller.  He fled the bank with an undisclosed sum of money and was seen operating a silver or gold four-door sedan. No one was injured in the incident.

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