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VSP: Fatal motorcycle crash in Waterbury

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont State Police On the attached date and time, Troopers from the Middlesex State Police barracks were notified of a single vehicle motorcycle crash, on Interstate 89 Northbound, at Mile Marker 64.4, in the town of Waterbury, VT. Upon arrival it was discovered that the operator and only occupant of the motorcycle, Karen Crossett (42) for unknown reasons left the roadway, struck the guardrail and suffered fatal injuries during the crash. Crossett was declared deceased by rescue personnel on scene.

Ridin’ High proprietor sentenced to 5 years for distributing marijuana

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 4:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont has announced that John Van Hazinga, aka “Big John,” 42 years old, was sentenced today by US District Judge Christina Reiss to 5 years of probation following his felony conviction for distributing marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance. Van Hazinga agreed in his plea agreement to the forfeiture of $67,189 of drug proceeds seized from three of his properties, and also agreed to file amended tax returns for this undeclared income.

Governor expands trusted travel policy all the way to VA and OH

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 3:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As state data and expanded testing and tracing capacity continue to support reopening, Governor Phil Scott today announced he will expand the number of states covered under Vermont’s county-by-county quarantine-free travel policy, which allows direct travel from designated counties without a 14-day quarantine requirement. Effective July 1, this policy will be expanded to counties below this threshold in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

OpEd: Vermont should use the pandemic to reshape child care and women’s work for good

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 1:57pm -- tim

Change The Story Vermont After closing down to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Campus Children’s School at the University of Vermont announced it would shut its doors permanently. St Michael’s College Early Learning Center did the same. The closures of two high-quality academic child care centers in Chittenden County are canaries in the coal mine. The pandemic is pushing an industry that was already operating on razor thin margins over the edge.

Telemedicine on the rise in Vermont, survey results show

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Telemedicine is on the rise in Vermont communities. In a recent statewide survey conducted by OneCare Vermont, healthcare providers overwhelmingly responded that they are providing telemedicine services to patients during the public health emergency. OneCare Medical Director Dr. Susan Shane presented the findings of the survey at the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care Telehealth Virtual Office Hours. 92% of respondents said they had utilized audio/video services in the past 60 days, and over 80% responded that they had provided audio-only services to patients. 

CVMC launches advanced tech in COVID-19 screening process

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Central Vermont Medical Center announced today that patients, visitors, and staff entering its main hospital will now have their body temperature read by a thermal imaging camera. Since March 21, anybody entering a CVMC facility is required to pass a temperature screening due to COVID-19 concerns, but most methods of taking temperatures are time consuming, uncomfortable or invasive – creating lines as the hospital has returned to normal patient volumes.

Union Mutual CEO Michael Nobles dies unexpectedly

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 8:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Union Mutual of Vermont announced last night that Michael W. Nobles, President and CEO of Union Mutual, passed away unexpectedly Thursday. He was 50 years old.

“Our Company, industry, and state have suddenly lost an inspiring, energetic and articulate leader,” said Josh Fitzhugh, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Union Mutual. “We grieve his passing and extend the deepest condolences to his family.”

Bank of Bennington provides 360 PPP loans to meet needs of community

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 5:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Bank of Bennington is proud to have been able to serve its community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably, the bank worked quickly with local businesses to provide more than 360 Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loans to local businesses in a four-week period of time. The bank's lending team working seven days a week put more than $27 million dollars into the local economy to assist businesses with the ability to retain their employees during this unprecedented time.

VDH COVID-19 Update: 7 new cases, 3 hospitalized, stay safe precautions

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 5:54pm -- tim

Vermont Department of Health As more of us are outside, being active, seeing family and friends, gathering in groups at events like barbecues or on the lake, health officials are reminding Vermonters the risk of transmission does increase. Please enjoy these summer activities, but make sure you understand the level of risk for you.

Grants aim to develop new markets for Northern Forest wood

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 5:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Future Forest Economy Initiative awarded three grants that will drive a $1.7-million investment in the region’s forest economy, seeking to diversify markets for wood and wood products from the Northern Forest region. The Burlington Electric Department will receive $97,840 for design and pre-engineering to advance a wood-fired district heating system to serve the University of Vermont Medical Center.