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UVM restores 63 lecturers to full time

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 4:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine United Academics (UA), the faculty union of the University of Vermont, announced today the restoration of full-time hours for more than 60 faculty members whose hours for the 2020-21 academic year were involuntarily reduced. According to the union, UVM administration informed roughly 70 lecturers in May of this year that their jobs and pay would be cut back by 25%. Following months of pressure from the union and community, 63 of 68 affected faculty jobs have been fully restored and the remaining 5 affected faculty have been partially restored.

East Montpelier farmland conserved, trail access secured

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 2:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This summer, Fairmont Farm conserved 201 acres of land between Route 14 and the Winooski River, the Vermont Land Trust announced today. Fairmont, which milks 1,450 cows and crops roughly 3,600 acres, has previously conserved 1,600 acres across five towns in Washington and Orleans Counties. Fairmont also agreed to provide trail access across the recently conserved land, helping to connect a critical section of the Cross Vermont Trail between East Montpelier and Marshfield. The trail will tie directly into a new project of the Cross Vermont Trail Association (CVTA).

VSP collaborates with DNA experts on Brianna Maitland case

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 1:39pm -- tim

Vermont State Police As part of the Vermont State Police’s ongoing investigation into the 2004 disappearance of Brianna Maitland, detectives are partnering with a Texas-based company on new analysis of scientific evidence that may help shed light on what happened to the missing 17-year-old. Brianna was last seen the evening of March 19, 2004, leaving The Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery, where she worked, in her 1985 Oldsmobile 88. The car was located the next day backed into an abandoned building about a mile from the restaurant. Although initially believed that Brianna might have run away, it was later determined she could have been a victim of foul play. Investigators have pursued multiple leads throughout the years, but none have led to Brianna.

VPR and Vermont PBS LG debate Tuesday, Congress Thursday

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 12:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont PBS and Vermont Public Radio have announced the 2020 VPR–Vermont PBS Debates, a series of pre-recorded debates among candidates will continue with candidates for Lieutenant Governor and US House of Representatives. The debates will be moderated by Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm during VPR’s program Vermont Edition and broadcast by Vermont PBS.

Vermont schools get 40,000 masks

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 11:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA) has arranged for delivery of nearly 40,000 face masks to Vermont schools during the first weeks of classes. “As a member of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), we were able to offer free face masks to our members through the Masks for Kids Program,” explained VSBA Executive Director, Sue Ceglowski. Nearly one third of the state’s schools took advantage of this generous offer.

Howard Center presents October events for World Mental Health Day on 10.10.20

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 11:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center will be connecting to the global world mental health movement and hosting its first annual community-wide recognition and celebration of World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on October 10 with a free and open to the public weekly speaker series throughout October. It’s an opportunity for community education and engagement to reduce stigma, raise awareness, and to connect to the global movement to ensure our communities have access to mental health supports when they are needed.

New $5.4 million NIH grant funds UVM Center for Biomedical Shared Resources

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 10:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new $5.47 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine will fund the creation of the UVM Center for Biomedical Shared Resources. Larner Senior Associate Dean for Research Gordon L Jensen, MD, PhD, is principal investigator on the grant. The grant will fund completion of the Center's home on the first floor of the new Firestone Medical Research Building, which will be located on the south end of the Larner College of Medicine complex, connected to the current Health Sciences Research Facility. Groundbreaking on the new building is anticipated in the spring of 2021.

Brittany Nevins named Vermont Captive Insurance Economic Development Director

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 10:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Economic Development (DED) is pleased to announce that Brittany Nevins has been hired as the new Captive Insurance Economic Development Director. Nevins will be responsible for the marketing and business development of Vermont’s captive insurance industry, working closely with the Department of Financial Regulation and the Vermont Captive Insurance Association to continue to strengthen the state’s reputation as the premier onshore captive insurance domicile.

GMP’s energy storage programs saved customers $3 million during energy peaks

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 10:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) announced today that its growing network of stored energy reduced about $3 million in costs for all GMP customers so far in 2020 by cutting power demand during energy peaks, especially during the hot, dry summer. This network includes home batteries, utility-scale Tesla Power Pack batteries at solar sites, and carbon-reducing devices like electric vehicle smart chargers. This builds on more than $2 million in savings over the last two years as GMP pioneered industry-leading battery programs in partnership with its customers.

Public health orgs call on state to use tobacco windfall to help kids and smokers

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 9:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has announced that Vermont will receive an extra $10.5 million this year as part of a settlement 22 years ago with the tobacco industry. This is a payout from an agreement reached in 2018 that Vermont had negotiated considering disputes for 2018 and 2022. Research shows additional funding spent on prevention has a multiplier effect and saves states millions on health care costs.

NCHC and NVRH form Northern Express Care

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 5:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC) and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) are pleased to announce the creation of a new partnership, Northern Express Care – St. Johnsbury. Northern Express Care will be a walk-in health center open to anyone who requires convenient primary care services. Located at the corner of Railroad Street and Eastern Avenue in downtown St. Johnsbury, Northern Express Care will offer evening and weekend hours, no appointment necessary, to provide community members with the care they need, when they need it. 

Reorganization plans filed for SMCS and Springfield Hospital

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 4:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Springfield Medical Care Systems and Springfield Hospital filed on September 18 a reorganization plan under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy code. The two organizations, Springfield Medical Care Systems and Springfield Hospital, propose restructuring as independent operating companies. This reorganization will focus the network of federally qualified health centers on core primary care capabilities, including medical, dental and behavioral health services. Springfield Hospital will continue operations, offering a full range of inpatient medical and psychiatric care, emergency and specialty care services, as well as its adult day care program. Although the two organizations will operate separately, they will continue to collaborate and coordinate healthcare for our patients as we have in the past.

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