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VDH COVID-19 Update: Cases down, walk-in vaccination clinics up

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 5:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The VDH knows that many people, especially younger Vermonters, may simply be waiting for a convenient moment to get their COVID-19 vaccination. To help make it as easy as possible, they are arranging for more walk-in opportunities at several locations. The VDH is also reporting today continued positive COVID-19 data, with 53 cases and no deaths, which remain at 248.

Sanders supports Biden backing COVID-19 vaccine waiver

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 4:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Wednesday issued the following statement after the Biden Administration announced it supports efforts to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines: “I applaud President Biden and his administration for taking this bold step in response to the world’s most urgent crisis. Our vaccination efforts here at home will only be successful if vaccination efforts in the developing world happen simultaneously. Supporting this waiver, and putting people over profits, will help us to do that by speeding up the production and availability of vaccines."

ARPA funding from the NEA includes $747,400 for Vermont

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 3:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The National Endowment for the Arts is recommending an award of $747,400 to the Vermont Arts Council in the NEA’s first distribution of funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The emergency funding is designed to support the arts sector as it recovers from the devastating impact of Covid-19. It is part of the $135 million allocated for the Arts Endowment in the legislation, which represents a significant commitment to the arts and a recognition of the value of the arts and culture sector to the nation’s economy and recovery.

James Callan named CEO of Superior Technical Ceramics

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 2:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Directors of Superior Technical Ceramics, a middle-market leader in advanced ceramics in St Albans and portfolio company of Artemis, the Boston-based Industrial Tech firm, announced today that James R. Callan has been appointed President and CEO, effective April 19th, 2021. Callan brings more than 30 years of proven advanced manufacturing leadership to STC.

Marlboro: What's next?

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 2:29pm -- tim

With federal charges against Andrew and questions of ownership, Degrees of Freedom and Marlboro Music Festival still plan to open

by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine Last week, residents of Marlboro, in the hills of Windham County, got big news – twice. On April 27, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York filed a criminal complaint against Seth Andrew, the motivating force behind Democracy Builders Fund, which purchased the campus of the defunct Marlboro College last July. On April 30, Degrees of Freedom, an innovative but non-accredited educational institution and a DBF project, announced it was delaying launch of its operations on the 533-acre campus.

McBride named principal of Burlington High School

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 2:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On May 4th, the Burlington Board of School Commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Lauren McBride to the role of Principal of Burlington High School (BHS) beginning July 1, 2021. McBride was chosen for the position after a national search yielded a pool of 19 qualified candidates from nine states and two countries. 

Home Health & Hospice to begin phased reopening of Adult Day Program

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:58pm -- tim
South Burlington Location To Welcome Participants Next Month
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice Adult Day Program, which provides critical care and therapeutic services to the community, will reopen its South Burlington site on June 8, based on guidance from the state of Vermont. Statewide, Adult Day Programs have been closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staffing and resource challenges are driving a slower-than-hoped reopening for these facilities across Vermont. Home Health & Hospice will focus its staff and resources in one location – Farrell Street in South Burlington.

Scott signs bill to ensure sure a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity can’t be used to defend or justify a criminal act

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced action on H195 and H128, as passed by the General Assembly. H195 is An act relating to use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement in cases involving sexual exploitation of children. H128 is An Act Relating to Limiting Criminal Defenses Based on Victim Identity. Scott said, "What this bill does is make sure a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity can’t be used to defend or justify a criminal act, or to lower a sentence."

Vermont Research News: Green Up Day, mask wearing, bears and more...

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 14,000 Vermonters collected 241 tons of trash and 9,000 tires May 1 -- in the 51st Green Up Day. Students submitted 290 poster designs and the winning poster design went to a third grader. Student reporters with the Community News Service posted stories from across the state. Also, A recent study looked at human-bear conflicts in Vermont finding that more than half are caused by humans with bird feeders (27%) and garbage outside of the house (26%) leading the way. There is little indication that hunting bears to reduce the population is a solution. In fact, destabilizing bear family units can lead to more unstable behavior, which can result in more human-bear conflicts.

Upcoming Restaurant Revitalization Fund webinars begin May 6

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is a federal grant program that will provide restaurants with funding equal to pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million. Program eligibility includes restaurants, food stands/trucks/carts, caterers, bars, saloons, and other similar places of business. During the program's run, the SBA will hold a series of webinars. Topics will include an overview of the program, eligibility and the application process.

Vermont Pillow launches of new mobile-friendly website

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Pillow Co, the fast-growing Vermont-based startup aiming to help bring a great night’s sleep to all, launched their all-new mobile responsive website today. Beyond its adaptive design for visitors using smartphones and tablets, the new site has an extremely fast load time and a new streamlined checkout process offering a wider variety of payment options.