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Harris: Abortion rights are workers’ rights!

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 12:09pm -- tim

by Katie Harris, Vermont AFL-CIO Chair of The Women & Gender Equity Committee Let us make no mistake… The Supreme Court’s attack on a person’s right to control their own body is an attack on workers rights. We, as working women, are not machines to be regulated by men regardless of their status within the halls of power. Just as we reject the notion of the worker devoid of agency, as a tool of capital, we also reject the subjugation of any body with a uterus by the elitist patriarchy. As women and as workers we must not now nor ever take even one step back from our hard earned rights without total resistance. As the Chairwoman of the Vermont AFL-CIO’s Woman & Gender Equity Committee, I vehemently denounce the US Supreme Court’s intent to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Scheuermann will not seek ninth term in House

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 11:51am -- tim

Representative Heidi E Scheuermann As my eighth legislative session serving the people of Stowe comes to a close, I am announcing my intention to not seek reelection to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2022. This decision was not an easy one and is bittersweet, but it is the right one. It has been my privilege and my most sincere honor to serve the people of my hometown for the last 16 years. Growing up in Stowe, I never imagined such a tremendous opportunity, and have been so grateful for the support of my friends and neighbors throughout these years. It is difficult to look back at everything through the course of my 16 years, but I can say I very proud of my work to expand economic opportunities for all, to support our private sector by encouraging job and wage growth, and to ensure our most vulnerable Vermonters have the critical supports they need.

Rutland Subaru shares the love with Rutland Regional Medical Center

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 6:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Nothing is more powerful than love, especially when it’s given away. On Wednesday, May 4, Rutland Subaru donated more than $ 6,600 from the 2021 Subaru Share the Love® event to support palliative care services at Rutland Regional Medical Center. As part of the Share the Love event, Subaru donated $250 for every new Subaru sold between November 15 and January 2.

KEEN Utility advances women in the trades through pledge to Vermont Works for Women

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 3:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine KEEN Utility, the work boot division of KEEN Inc. (KEEN), launched the She Builds Grant Program to champion the next generation of tradeswomen. The program pledges $1M in much needed product and financial support over the next five years to trailblazing nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada dedicated to the empowerment and education of women seeking a career in the skilled trades. KEEN Utility announced the 2022 She Builds grants, selected by KEEN Utility and their fans, will go to Black Women Build-Baltimore, Girl's Garage, Vermont Works for Women, Oregon Tradeswomen, and British Columbia Institute of Technology's Trades Discovery for Women.

Vermont Creamery launches Strawberry Spritz goat cheese

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 3:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Creamery, B Corp Certified makers of consciously crafted artisanal cheese and butter, today answered consumers' call for a sweet, indulgent snack made from clean, high-quality ingredients with the release of Strawberry Spritz, the first dessert-inspired goat cheese from the #1 nationwide brand of fresh goat cheese. This new flavor is available now at Murray's Cheese and retails for $6, and is coming soon to grocery shelves nationwide.

Vermont Legislature passes Universal School Meals bill

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 5:11pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Legislature on Monday gave final approval, via voice vote, to the Universal School Meals Act, S.100. The bill requires all Vermont students to have access to two meals per day during the 2022-23 school year. During the past two years, the federal government paid for meals for all students through pandemic waivers — this program expires in June, and without state action, 40,000 children could lose access to school meals this fall. If S.100 is enacted, the state will provide reimbursement to schools on top of regular (non-pandemic) federal funding provided for Universal School Meals. The Joint Fiscal Office estimates the one-year cost at about $29 million based on a range of factors. It could be lower or higher.

RRMC is nationally recognized with an ‘A’ rating from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 5:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rutland Regional Medical Center has once again received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, this time for the Spring 2022 grading period, and remains the only hospital in Vermont to receive this grade. The “A” grade is a national distinction recognizing Rutland Regional’s achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

GlobalFoundries reports first quarter 2022 financial results

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 4:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine GlobalFoundries Inc (GF) (Nasdaq: GFS) today announced preliminary financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. GF operates a manufacturing plant that fabricates integrated circuits in Essex Junction, Vermont. GF is headquartered in Malta, NY. Record revenue of $1.94 billion, up 37% year-over-year; Record gross margin of 24.2% and adjusted gross margin of 25.3%; Record operating margin of 11.6% and adjusted operating margin of 14.4%; Record net income of $178 million and adjusted net income of $232 million; Record adjusted EBITDA margin of 36.0%; Cash and cash equivalents of $3.26 billion.

Upper Valley Everyone Eats returns to Gifford in May

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 4:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gifford will distribute meals for Upper Valley Everyone Eats this month on Tuesday, May 24th between 5 – 5:30 pm at Gifford’s South Parking lot. This is the second of three meal distributions by Upper Valley Everyone Eats. The meals, provided by Randolph-based restaurant Tacocat Cantina, are available by reservation. 

VDH: Four more COVID deaths, get boosted

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 3:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 248 cases of COVID-19 for Monday (174 Sunday; 273 Saturday; 382 Friday). VDH also reported four additional deaths from the virus. The total death toll is now 648 lives lost. There are nine reported deaths in May so far. There were 18 deaths in April, which surpassed March's total (17). March saw the fewest COVID deaths since last July. Fatalities and hospitalizations increased the last part of April. Most recent deaths have been of the very elderly and/or people with underlying health conditions and "not up to date" on their vaccines, meaning eligible to have received a booster. All of today's deaths were of people who were at least 70.

Ted Kenney announces run for Chittenden prosecutor

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 2:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saying he will champion social equity and community justice while improving public safety, Williston attorney Ted Kenney announced his candidacy today for Chittenden State’s Attorney. Kenney will oppose incumbent Sarah George in the Democratic primary August 9.  Kenney has been an attorney since 1991 and a member of the Williston Selectboard for 12 years. He is currently vice-chair.

VSP: Crews find body of man missing since February

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 2:56pm -- tim

Vermont State Police During search efforts Tuesday morning, May 10, 2022, crews located a body believed to be that of Richard C. Gammell Sr., 84, of St. Johnsbury. Two wardens with the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife located the body along the banks of the Connecticut River. The wardens had set out in a canoe at about 8:45 a.m. and were more than three miles downstream from the location where Mr. Gammell had entered the river in February when they spotted the body shortly before 11 a.m.