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People, People, People: Jeff Peck and iSun

Sun, 11/14/2021 - 3:35pm -- tim

by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine It is very rare that a small family-owned Vermont contracting company, founded in 1972, becomes in 50 years a multi-million dollar renewable energy company that's been traded on the NASDAQ since 2019. (To put it into perspective, very few Vermont companies are publicly traded at all.) The rare company is iSun Inc. iSun is a solar engineering, procurement and construction company (EPC) based in Williston that is doing projects in about 13 states, including all of New England and as far away as Colorado.

Bolton Valley at the heart of DesLauriers family

Sun, 11/14/2021 - 3:01pm -- tim

by Kelly Notterman Even in October, Lindsey DesLauriers’ skis were propped in the corner of her office, her helmet hanging off the tips as though she might head out for a few runs any minute. I get the feeling her mountain bike is somewhere nearby too, maybe just out of the Zoom frame. The fact that she loves mountain sports is not a trivial detail to her story; in fact, it’s at the heart of her family’s return to Bolton Valley and their vision for the resort’s future.

VDH: COVID cases fall under 300 after historic highs, no deaths

Sun, 11/14/2021 - 2:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting Sunday 298 COVID-19 cases. There were 463 COVID-19 cases on Saturday 505 cases Friday, which was the second highest case count on record after they spiked to 591 Thursday. After a surge in cases last week, cases had been relatively quiet, with 201 Wednesday, 189 Tuesday and 235 Monday. Last week's elevated case counts went through Sunday (376 cases). Cases last Friday were 377 and there were 487 cases last Thursday, which was the previous all-time record.

News in Brief October 2021

Sun, 11/14/2021 - 3:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent for September 2021. This reflects a decrease of one-tenth of one percentage point from August. The rate is based on household data collected by the US Census. The US rate was 4.8 percent, down four-tenths.

Vermont Democratic Party Chair Anne Lezak, 2022-23 party officers

Sat, 11/13/2021 - 10:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saturday morning, the Vermont Democratic Party concluded its biennial state committee reorganization efforts and elected Party officers for the 2022-23 term. 2022-23 Party  Officers: Chair: Anne Lezak (Burlington); Vice Chair: David Glidden (Saint Albans); Secretary: Thifeen Deen (Burlington); Treasurer: Deb Berryere (Vernon); Assistant Treasurer: Noah Detzer (Saint Albans).

Hunters asked to help collect deer teeth, rifle season begins today

Sat, 11/13/2021 - 5:41am -- tim

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Hunters who get a deer during the November 13-28 regular deer season are asked to provide an incisor tooth from their deer. Tooth envelopes are available at all deer reporting stations. Also, The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking hunters to participate in its annual deer hunter effort and sighting survey.

COVID-19 cases detected in Newport, 3 prison staff, 5 inmates

Fri, 11/12/2021 - 11:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Corrections Friday evening reported eight new cases of COVID-19 were detected in outbreak testing at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport conducted on November 10. Five of the cases are in the incarcerated population and three are among staff. There are now a total of five incarcerated cases and nine staff cases at NSCF.

Vermont Electric Co-op files for 2022 rate hike of 1.96 percent

Fri, 11/12/2021 - 4:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) today filed a request with the Vermont Public Utility Commission for a rate increase of 1.96 percent to take effect at the beginning of 2022.  When implemented, a residential customer with a bill of $100/month would see their bill increase $1.96 per month, or $23.52 per year. The increase would be VEC’s first in two years and over the last ten years VEC has had an average rate increase of less than one percent a year, well under the rate of inflation.

VDH: Second worst COVID-19 day, cases over 500 again

Fri, 11/12/2021 - 3:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting today 505 COVID-19 cases, the second highest case count on record after they spiked to 591 Thursday. The 14 worst days have all come since mid-September. There were two additional fatalities for 393 statewide. There are 22 COVID-related deaths in Vermont so far in November. There were 44 in October, which was the third-worst month on record (December 2020, 71; September 2021, 50).