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Hospital and nurses to resume contract talks Friday

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 3:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center and the union representing its nurses, Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, have agreed to resume negotiations beginning Friday, July 6, with the federal mediator, according to a press release issued Thursday by the hospital. The union notified the hospital on Monday that barring a settlement, the union will go on strike for 48 hours starting July 12 at 7am. Their contract expires July 9 and they have said they will otherwise work without a contract. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is also lending his support to the union effort.

Vermont ranks eighth in the nation for child well-being

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 1:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This year, Vermont ranks eighth for overall child well-being, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book released in June by the Annie E Casey Foundation. Vermont ranked third last year and was as high as second in 2014 and 2013. New Hampshire and Massachusetts went one-two in 2018, as they did in 2017. Mississippi, Louisiana and New Mexico ranked at the bottom.

Department of Public Safety mourns employee Courtney Gaboriault

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Safety is mourning employee Courtney Gaboriault, who was slain Wednesday in Barre. Courtney, who was 29, worked for the department for the past nearly five years with the Vermont Crime Information Center. She had worked as administrative services coordinator with the Vermont Marijuana Registry for the past 18 months.

Vermont PBS and VPR team for VPR News Minute

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have announced a new partnership bringing the TV station’s viewers a 60-second roundup of VPR’s top stories every week. The VPR News Minute debuted on June 7 with host Henry Epp, VPR’s All Things Considered host and reporter. The segment draws on VPR’s award-winning reporting and is filmed and produced by Vermont PBS. The weekly segment airs just before PBS NewsHour and is published on both stations’ social media platforms.

Habitat Stamp raised more than $100,000 in 2017

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:16am -- tim

Vermont Fish & Wildlife 2017 was a banner year for the Vermont Habitat Stamp. Thanks to our donors, more than $100,000 (a first for the stamp!) for habitat conservation in Vermont was raised. Habitat Stamp funds helped us offer one-on-one assistance to landowners on habitat conservation and management. And Habitat Stamp funds  also contributed to three land acquisition projects, including the largest state wildlife land purchase in Vermont in more than a decade, as well as a critical outdoor classroom space near our Kehoe Conservation Camp that will be forever conserved for Vermont’s y

Gifford joins Efficiency Vermont partnership

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 5:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gifford Health Care recently joined an energy management partnership of nine hospitals coordinated by Efficiency Vermont. The partnership, Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI), will provide Gifford with technical assistance, education, and support to develop a comprehensive approach to energy management in order to reduce waste, improve energy performance over time, and cut costs.

EPA launches national electronic hazardous waste tracking system

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 2:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System (e-Manifest). The system will improve access to higher quality and more timely hazardous waste shipment data and save industry and states valuable time and resources to the tune of $90 million annually.

Artisan skincare products to benefit affordable housing initiatives

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 5:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Lamoille Housing Partnership (LHP) is partnering with local company Soap Kettle Creations LLC on a product collaboration to benefit the local non-profit’s affordable housing initiatives.  Stacey Emerson, owner of Soap Kettle Creations LLC, began her company after years of creating skincare products for her family. Drawing from her background in holistic therapies, Soap Kettle Creations LLC’s products are made with high quality, plant based ingredients.

Four artist teams will present preliminary design concepts for an Art in State Buildings project

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 4:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The public is invited to attend a presentation by four artist/artist teams of preliminary concepts for a work of public art to be installed at the Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Lab in Randolph Center. The meeting will be held Wednesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. in Judd Hall at Vermont Technical College. During the meeting, the artists will present images, drawings, plans, or models as available.