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Green Mountain Creamery supports community berry farmers

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 3:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro-based Green Mountain Creamery announces the launch of ‘Berry’ Creamy Yogurt, a month-long campaign promoting New England community farmers and advocating for real, simple and healthy ingredients. From July 16 to August 13, residents of each New England state are invited to share photographs of Green Mountain Creamery’s yogurt topped with berries, by posting images to the Green Mountain Creamery Facebook page or by tagging Green Mountain Creamery on Facebook or Instagram.

2018 Champlain Mini Maker Faire features new, one-day format

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 3:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Have you made something? Invented something? Modified something to be better? If so, you are a Maker and eligible to sign up as an individual or group to “show and tell” at the 7th annual Champlain Mini Maker Faire. It’s Vermont’s Flagship Maker Faire and you don’t want to miss it! The new one-day format is Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Rights & Democracy announces candidate endorsements

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 3:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rights & Democracy is announcing the endorsement of 17 candidates—from U.S. Senator to the Vermont House of Representatives—for the 2018 elections. These 17 candidates were endorsed by a vote of the Rights & Democracy (RAD) Board of Directors to show support for candidates who have championed key legislative issues such as raising the minimum wage, workers’ rights, universal health care, and racial equity, among other top concerns facing Vermont communities and families.

Burlington schools to hold public tours over bond request

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In April 2018, the Burlington Board of School Commissioners accepted the Burlington High School (BHS) ReEnvisioning Committee’s recommendation to partially demolish, expand and renovate the current BHS facilities. Now, the Burlington School District (BSD) is inviting members of the community to tour these facilities and to experience first-hand why the ReEnvisioning Committee and the BSD are asking City Council for their support to place a bond for this work on the November 2018 ballot.

Vermont PUC appoints four to System Planning Committee

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 1:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont Public Utility Commission (“PUC”) made appointments to four of the five public seats on the Vermont System Planning Committee. The VSPC was established in 2007 to improve coordination among Vermont’s utilities in the transmission planning process, and to consider both transmission and nontransmission alternatives to meet the state’s needs. In addition to the appointments made today, membership includes all 17 electric utilities, the state’s electric energy efficiency utilities, and VELCO.

National Life announces information regarding private exchange offer

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 1:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine National Life Insurance Company ("National Life") on Monday announced that holders of 10.50% Surplus Notes due 2039 (the "Existing Surplus Notes") may tender Existing Surplus Notes in principal amounts equal to minimum denominations of $2,000 and integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof in National Life's previously announced offer to exchange (the "Exchange Offer") any and all of the Existing Surplus Notes held by Eligible Holders for National Life's 5.250% Fixed-to-Floating Rate Surplus Notes due 2068 (the "New 2068 Surplus Notes").

Valley Vista realigns programming to alleviate wait lists

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Valley Vista, the 99-bed inpatient alcohol and chemical dependency treatment program with locations in Bradford and Vergennes, is realigning its program to better meet the demand created by the ongoing opioid epidemic. In an effort to better serve the increasing needs of patients aged 16-22 years, Valley Vista is launching a Young Adult Program.

Champlain College Online names Herrick-Phelps assistant provost

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College Online, a leader in career-focused adult higher education, today announced the appointment of Dr. Johnna Herrick-Phelps to its academic leadership team. As assistant provost, Herrick-Phelps will lead the College’s over 60 online academic programs, including associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees; undergraduate and graduate certificates; and non-degree programs and courses.

Vermont reducing opioid prescriptions

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 7:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont has one of the highest opioid use disorder rates in the nation, but also has seen one of the steepest declines in opioid-based prescriptions. A new study from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association found that the number of prescriptions for opioid-based medications among its commercially insured members in Massachusetts plummeted 51 percent between 2013 and 2017 -- the biggest drop in the nation. The results come in the wake of a groundbreaking prescription safety program launched by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in 2012, before the opioid epidemic was widely recognized as a crisis.

McClaughry: A course change for public sector unions

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 4:19am -- tim

by John McClaughry In his Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom (1785), Thomas Jefferson famously declared that “to compel a man to furnish contribution of money for the propagation of opinion which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” In that spirit, the US Supreme Court last month struck down “agency fees” taken by public sector unions from non-members’ paychecks. “The First Amendment,” Justice Alito wrote in the Janus v.

LACiNg Up For Cancer walk raises more than $180,000

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 3:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Fundraising efforts for this year’s LACiNg Up For Cancer walk, an event that benefits Lamoille Area Cancer Network (LACN), is at $187,029 with more expected to trickle in over the next several weeks. Kathy Demars, Event Chair, expressed her appreciation to the many teams, businesses and individuals who supported this year’s walk stating, “We live in a very generous community, a community that understands the importance of helping others."