Vermont Business Magazine Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Tuesday announced a $2.1 billion bipartisan agreement on an emergency security supplemental to address the fallout of the January 6 insurrection, the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, and expenses incurred on the Capitol complex as a result of the COVID pandemic.
Vermont Business Magazine At meetings in May and June, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board committed $1,694,200 in state funding and $842,000 in federal funds to protect agricultural and recreational land, forestland, and natural areas and to restore a historic community building with a general store and three apartments.
Vermont Business Magazine US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Tuesday introduced a bill to reauthorize the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. Established in 2006 to recognize and promote the importance of the historical, cultural, recreational and economic resources of the Champlain Valley, the CVNHP is slated to sunset on October 12, 2021. Their bill would authorize the partnership for the next 15 years.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont has the highest rate of vaccination against COVID-19 in the United States. But cases are increasing, with cases on the rise here and across the nation. Still, the Vermont vaccination rate is highest in the nation. Governor Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine do not believe that a return to mitigation measures is necessary in Vermont, even as the CDC is recommending some indoor mask wearing in some hot spots in the US. Governor Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine do not believe that a return to mitigation measures is necessary in Vermont, even as the CDC is recommending some indoor mask wearing in some hot spots in the US. These are mostly in the Midwest and South. However, Dr Levine is suggesting that Vermonters who travel to higher COVID regions should get tested when they get back to Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine The Delta Dental Institute recently released its 2020 Community Impact Report, highlighting the investments the Delta Dental companies and their foundations made in 2020 to advance oral health, address health inequities and disparities and respond to COVID-19. Delta Dental Plan of Vermont donated $286,821 to 27 Vermont communities, impacting the lives of 5,729 individuals in Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine To kick off World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) and National Breastfeeding Month (August), Mamava, the category creator of freestanding lactation spaces, announces a Lactation Pod Giveaway contest. One winner will receive a Mamava Lactation Pod (maximum value: $25,700), plus lactation room supplies from Medela (valuing $1,500). Organizations in need of a lactation space are invited to submit a simple nomination form. Finalists will be selected based on mission, need, and potential for breastfeeding impact. The final winner will be decided by the community via online voting.
Vermont Business Magazine A new grant program will offer eligible Vermonters the chance to obtain a college degree tuition free. Yes, really. The grant, called 802Opportunity, pays for up to two years of free tuition to the Community College of Vermont. Any Vermonter with a family Adjusted Gross Income of less than $50,000 per year can qualify.
Vermont Business Magazine A pioneer in entrepreneurial education for women, Mercy Connections’ Women’s Small Business Program was the first—and remains the only—community-based program in Vermont focused on launching women-owned and operated businesses. The Fall 2021 semester of “Start Up” will run from August 24th through mid-December with classes being held online via Zoom. The online format provides access to women from all over Vermont, and beyond.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) in partnership with Ascutney Trails Association (ATA) announced the completion and opening of a new multi-use trail on Mt Ascutney. The 8-mile Norcross Trail provides a link for mountain bikers and hikers between the Ascutney Outdoors Center and Mount Ascutney State Park.
Vermont Business Magazine Unlike the rest of the body, there is not enough real estate in the brain for stored energy. Instead, the brain relies on the hundreds of miles of blood vessels within it to supply fresh energy via the blood. Yet, how the brain expresses a need for more energy during increased activity and then directs its blood supply to specific hot spots was, until now, poorly understood. In a new paper, published today in Science Advances, University of Vermont and University of Maryland researchers have shown how the brain communicates to blood vessels when in need of energy.
Vermont Business Magazine Marathon Health, based in Winooski, the leader of onsite, network, and virtual health centers for employers of all sizes, has announced its expansion in Las Vegas, Nevada with the opening of its newest Network offering. This is the fourth Marathon Health clinic in Las Vegas and the first Network facility serving multiple employers. And like all Marathon Health Network health centers, this facility will focus on providing exceptional, personalized care for employees and their families while reducing the overall cost of healthcare for employers.
by John McClaughry Anyone with an interest in climate science, and especially anyone interested in what happens to that science on its tortuous path to the policy makers and the general public, seriously needs to get acquainted with Stephen E Koonin. His goal, he says, is to critically examine the actual data offered to support the foreboding narrative of human-caused catastrophic climate change. In addition, he incisively examines – and deplores - the transformation of actual science into a frightening narrative about Earth’s climate future.