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Vermont Law School's Dean Thomas McHenry to step down

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 2:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Board of Trustees of Vermont Law School and its President and Dean Thomas McHenry jointly announced his decision not to seek renewal for another term and that he will step down at the end of the current academic year in June 2021. Since his appointment in July 2017, McHenry has directed and overseen a variety of measures that have made Vermont Law School financially stronger and enhanced its educational programs. At the Board’s instruction, McHenry has achieved budget surpluses while increasing employee benefits and maintaining the nationally recognized environmental program.

Scott closes bars, forbids non-family gatherings, Rec sports suspended

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 12:30pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today at his regular press briefing extended his State of Emergency another month and issued new restrictions, which include closing bars entirely as of Saturday night, limiting restaurant hours to 10 pm, forbidding social gatherings to single households (no multi-family gatherings) and suspending recreational sports. These types of social gatherings, which recently included Halloween parties, are now blamed for the highest case counts in Vermont over the course of the entire pandemic.

PSD expands Arrearage Assistance to more water and sewer utilities

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 11:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Service announced Thursday that effective November 12, the VT COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program (VCAAP) is now providing assistance with past-due bills from an expanded list of water and wastewater (sewer) utilities. In addition to helping out with past-due electric, landline telephone, private water company, and Vermont Gas bills, consumers can now also apply to VCAAP for assistance with their delinquent water and sewer/wastewater charges.

Sunworks terminates merger agreement with The Peck Company

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 10:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Peck Company Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: PECK), a leading commercial solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company was informed Thursday by Sunworks, Inc (NASDAQ: SUNW), a provider of solar power solutions for agriculture, commercial and industrial, public works and residential markets, that the Merger Agreement previously announced on August 10, 2020, was terminated by Sunworks due to its inability to obtain stockholder approval.

Peck reports third quarter 2020 results

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 10:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Peck Company Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: PECK), a leading commercial solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, on Thursday announced the company’s financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020. See accompanying story announcing that Peck's merger with Sunworks has been terminated, which was announced later Thursday, after this quarterly report was released. The Merger Agreement previously announced on August 10, 2020, was terminated by Sunworks due to its inability to obtain stockholder approval.

Vermonters saving less than in most other states

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 3:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New Yorkers are putting away 14.5% of their income towards savings goals or investment accounts, making them the most savings-conscious Americans according to a new survey commissioned by Slickdeals, a leading social platform for shopping. Vermonters meanwhile not only put away among the least by percentage (6.5%), they're also pretty low in total amount ($13,573).

Champlain Housing Trust buys motel for COVID isolation and quarantine

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 5:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Champlain Housing Trust announced today that it purchased the Ho Hum Motel on Williston Road in South Burlington to serve as an isolation and quarantine motel to help address and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Vermont. The purchase and some minor renovations was made possible by a grant from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board using federal CARES Act funding appropriated by the State Legislature.

VDH COVID-19 Update: 181 cases in two days

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 5:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Health Department reported 72 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and 109 cases today ─ the highest number reported since the start of the pandemic. Flu season in Vermont will soon start to hit its stride. And it’s especially important for everyone to get their flu shot this year, and soon – when flu viruses and the new coronavirus may be spreading at the same time. We encourage everyone older than 6 months old (with rare exceptions) — and especially people in a high-risk group or who have underlying health conditions — to get their flu vaccine.

People who attended certain Halloween parties and bowling leagues should get tested

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 3:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is urging anyone who participated in certain events in northern and central Vermont to get tested for COVID-19. Health officials said contact tracers have been unsuccessful at getting all the information they need about people who attended two Halloween parties on October 31, one in Marshfield and the other in Milton. People who attended those parties should be tested for COVID-19. In addition, members of the bowling leagues that played at Spare Time in Colchester on November 4 and 5 should be tested.

VDH reports 109 cases of COVID-19, another record high

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 1:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the second consecutive day, the Vermont Department of Health is reporting a record high number of COVID-19 cases. The spike has been led by cases in Washington County, which accounted for 46 of the 109 cases. On Wednesday, the VDH reported 72 cases which had broken the record of 70 one-day cases recorded in March during the early days of the pandemic. Today, there are also 16 new cases in Chittenden County and 11 in Orange County. Every county reported at least one case. There are no new deaths reported, which is holding at 59, but there are 19 hospitalized and there are five in the ICU statewide.

‘Energy Leaders’ honored at conference

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 1:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 150 participants from commercial and industrial operations around the state joined Efficiency Vermont for a week of learning, idea sharing, and networking at this year’s Best Practices Exchange (BPX). Now in its ninth year, BPX was held virtually this year due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme was “Resilience.” Seven Vermont companies were applauded for investments in efficiency and resilience.

New legal resource assists farmers and food producers with food safety compliance

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 1:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and University of Vermont Extension’s Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) announced the launch of a free legal resource for farmers and food producers. Available at, the new website features fact sheets that answer pressing legal questions about food safety compliance.