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VSP investigates death in Bethel

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 3:01pm -- tim

The Vermont State Police is investigating the death of an unknown individual whose body was found Thursday, July 15, 2021, outside a private residence in the town of Bethel. Police were notified at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday that a body had been located in a tent at a property on Findley Bridge Road.

Sanders to hold HELP subcommittee hearing on disparities in life expectancy

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 6:23am -- tim

The hearing follows a new CDC report finding 2020 was the deadliest year for overdose deaths on record

Vermont Business Magazine Subcommittee Chairman Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) Thursday announced that the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security will hold a hearing Wednesday, July 21 at 10 a.m. ET titled, “Addressing Disparities in Life Expectancy.”

WDEV celebrates its 90th birthday by taking it to the street

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 5:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saturday, July 17th WDEV will celebrate 90 years of broadcasting from whence it all began- live from Stowe Street in Waterbury. Stowe Street will be closed to traffic from Bidwell Lane to Main Street to allow WDEV to broadcast live from 8am until 2pm. Saturday programs including The Trading Post, Music to Go to the Dump By, For the Birds and In the Garden will all take place live on Stowe Street. Listeners are encouraged to stop by to enjoy cake and ice cream, share memories and meet the WDEV personalities.

Union Mutual presents 2021 Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge & State Agency Race

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 3:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and organizers of the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race have announced Union Mutual Insurance as the presenting sponsor of the 2021 race. The event, to be held in-person in Montpelier on September 16 and virtually September 1 through October 31, will be known as the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race, Presented by Union Mutual.

Amtrak returns Monday, amid abundant hopes

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 5:52pm -- tim

by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine Amtrak trains will begin serving Vermont again on Monday, July 19, nearly 16 months after the COVID virus led to a collapse in ridership on public transportation, with Amtrak's patronage plummeting by about 95%. The national passenger rail provider canceled scores of regularly scheduled trains, including both the Vermonter and the Ethan Allen Express, the state-supported services that ply the tracks in the Green Mountain State. VTrans's plans also got a scare on Wednesday, when a thunderstorm washed out a culvert under the NECR tracks in Dummerston, but crews will complete their repairs in time to ensure the train's return to the rails on Monday.

VTANG Fire Department responds to Winooski structure fire

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 5:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Air National Guard fire department responded to a small apartment building fire in Winooski early Wednesday morning. The Vermont Air National Guard fire department is the only crash, fire, and emergency response to all incidents on Burlington International Airport, and routinely provides mutual aid to surrounding towns, including 214 responses for fire, medical and other emergencies in 2020.

People's United reports 2Q2021 net income of $170.8 million, to be acquired by M&T

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 5:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine People's United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT) today reported results for the second quarter of 2021. M&T from Buffalo and Bridgeport, CT-based People's each have received the necessary shareholder approvals for the consummation of the acquisition of People's United by M&T. Based on stock prices when the deal was announced in February 2021, the all-stock acquisition is valued at approximately $7.6 billion.

Vermont getting over $1 million a week for assistance to rental households

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 2:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Housing Authority has been allocated $110 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funding from the Consolidated Appropriations Act to administer the Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The Program was created to stabilize Vermont’s rental market by providing direct assistance to residential tenants and landlords to stimulate the economy of the state still struggling from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Knotty business: VPPSA volunteers create room to grow at the Barton Community Giving Garden

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 2:10pm -- tim
Barton Community Giving Garden kicks off first harvest of the year

Vermont Business Magazine Volunteers from Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (VPPSA) gave back to the Barton Village community on Wednesday by pulling weeds from the Barton Community Giving Garden. The VPPSA volunteer team removed stacks of invasive knotweed, an aggressive, stalky plant that is encroaching on the garden’s growing space.

ACLU-VT & Harvard Law Clinic’s settlement on prisoners’ Hep C case preliminarily approved

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 1:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A federal district court in Burlington gave preliminary approval on a class action settlement reflecting Vermont’s agreement to improve and expand access to the Hepatitis C cure for people in Department of Corrections (DOC) custody. The settlement will resolve the class action lawsuit filed in 2019 on behalf of hundreds of incarcerated Vermonters by the ACLU of Vermont, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School , and Costello, Valente & Gentry, P.C., which challenged the DOC’s policy and practice of denying lifesaving medical care to hundreds of incarcerated Vermonters.