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Thanksgiving message from Governor Phil Scott

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 6:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement: “As we pause to give thanks this year, a once-in-a-century pandemic weighs heavily on each of us. It has added stress to our lives and strained our patience. But from the very beginning, Vermonters have stepped up to face this battle with service and sacrifice, digging deep to maintain discipline as the crisis grinds on. Make no mistake: Your willingness to meet this challenge head on has helped make our response the best in the nation. You are why we are positioned to emerge faster, stronger and with fewer lives lost than any other state. 

Clean water series to highlight efforts to protect and restore

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 6:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites Vermonters to attend the upcoming Clean Water series focused on water quality. The series highlights efforts to improve water quality while also protecting public health, outdoor recreation, and critical wildlife habitat. Each talk will feature scientists and state officials from the DEC, the Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets, and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Each talk is free and open to the public.

Jericho residents, Catch 22 make contribution to Howard Center

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 3:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Jericho residents Gail and Tim McKenna recently made a contribution of $5,555 to Howard Center from their CATCH 22 Flag Football fundraiser. 2020 marks the sixth year the McKenna’s have made a donation in an amount that signifies important dates in their lives. The donation will support Howard Center’s critical work in the community that helps individuals and families with mental health, substance use, and developmental services.

License transfer request for Indian Point approved by NRC

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 3:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission today approved the application to transfer the licenses for Indian Point Energy Center's nuclear power plants Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3, from Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) subsidiaries to a Holtec International subsidiary for prompt decommissioning. The transfer of Indian Point to Holtec, currently targeted for May 2021, would occur following the satisfaction of all closing conditions, including the permanent shutdown and reactor defueling of Unit 3, which is the last operating power plant at Indian Point. Unit 3 will shut down by April 30, 2021.

Art installation unveiled at Fish Culture Station in Roxbury

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 11:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Arts Council, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, announce the installation of a sculpture by Vermont sculptor Sean Hunter Williams at Vermont’s oldest fish hatchery, the Roxbury Fish Culture Station.​

Condos postpones General Election audit due to COVID-19

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 4:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the 2020 post-Election audit will be temporarily postponed until such time that it can be held safely due to COVID-19 and the associated health risks posed by gathering staff and members of the public from multiple communities and households in one room for multiple hours to conduct the audit.

Vermont’s retailers urge you to support local stores this holiday season

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 4:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Since the beginning of the pandemic, retailers in every community across the state have played a vital role in keeping Vermonters safe while providing them with immediate and affordable access to essential goods. This year, more than ever, our local retailers need support. For many retailers on Main Street, this holiday season is critical to their survival.

New weekly webinar for businesses

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 12:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Health and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development are launching a weekly webinar series focused on health and commerce pandemic updates for the business community. Decision makers from ACCD, the Department of Health, and the Department of Public Safety will provide updates and be available to answer your questions. The first webinar will be held today November 25th from 3 pm to 4 pm. Find full details and how to submit questions at the ACCD Business Recovery Resource Center.

Community Bank proactively closes all branch lobbies and will operate solely through drive-thrus

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At Community Bank NA, the safety and comfort of our customers, employees and communities will always remain our top priority. Community Bank has been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local, state and national authorities about the evolving situation of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The bank has made the proactive decision to close all branch lobbies and operate solely through available drive-thrus, starting November 25. All branch lobbies will be available by appointment only, including locations with and without drive-thrus.

KW Vermont raises $10K for Vermont emergency food shelves

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 4:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine KW Vermont has announced it will donate more than $10,000 to local Vermont food shelves to feed those in need this holiday season. With the collective donations of KW Vermont’s 170+ agents & admin staff, the company was able to raise enough money to help approximately 1,000 Vermont families in just 72 hours.

VDH COVID-19 Update: 64 deaths, take Thanksgiving guidance seriously

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 5:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported 49 new cases of COVID-19 and confirmed that another person has died from it for a statewide total of 64. “I know what we are telling Vermonters to do right now — to give up spending time with friends and family members — is difficult,” Dr. Levine said. “And I also know how ‘done’ we all are with this pandemic. But the fact is, Thanksgiving could make things a lot worse for us here in Vermont. The virus doesn’t operate any differently just because we want to keep up traditions. As soon as we travel, get together with others, and let down our guard, we risk opening the floodgates even wider — at a time when we really need to keep them closed.”

Vermont to receive $354,000 from Home Depot over 2014 data breach

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 5:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today announced that Georgia-based retailer The Home Depot, Inc. will pay the State of Vermont $354,000 as part of a $17.5M settlement with a coalition of attorneys general of 45 other states and the District of Columbia. The settlement announced today resolves a multistate investigation of a 2014 data breach that exposed the payment card information of approximately 40 million Home Depot consumers nationwide. In addition to the $17.5M payment to the states, Home Depot has agreed to implement and maintain a series of data security practices designed to strengthen its information security program and safeguard the personal information of consumers.