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Magris to acquire Vermont, North American talc assets

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Toronto-based mining company Magris Resources Canada Inc has entered into a definitive stalking-horse agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Imerys Talc America Inc, Imerys Talc Vermont Inc and Imerys Talc Canada Inc (collectively, the "North American Talc Business") for US$223 million. The North American Talc Business is being sold under proceedings commenced by the sellers under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

Vermont Arts Council awards nearly $200,000 in grants to 17 organizations

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 10:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Art Council awarded nearly $200,000 in Cultural Facilities Grants to 17 Vermont arts and community organizations to help provide critical funds to improve safety, upgrade equipment, and ensure that the arts are accessible to all Vermonters. The Council received 33 applications, the highest number of applications since 2001 when the Arts Council assumed administration of the program and began awarding grants. Awards range from $1,000 - $30,000 and require matching funding.

Palmer House Resort in Manchester joins Ascend Hotel Collection

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 10:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Palmer House Resort in Manchester, Vermont, and The Valley Inn in Waterville Valley, NH, have recently joined Choice Hotels International, Inc.'s (NYSE: CHH) Ascend Hotel Collection, a global portfolio of resort, boutique and historic hotels. Each hotel, surrounded by mountain and forest views, exemplifies the unique stay experience that Ascend hotels offer and that leisure travelers desire.  

Schubart: Criminal justice reform in Vermont, real progress

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 3:45am -- tim
To build or not to build… (a new state prison) that is the question
by Bill Schubart Under the leadership of Jim Baker, Interim Commissioner of Corrections (DOC), along with a plurality of Vermonters committed to a more humane and restorative criminal justice system, we’re seeing significant progress toward reform of Vermont’s criminal justice system.

Accessible Web launches suite of digital accessibility tools

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 2:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In COVID times we’ve all experienced an abrupt shift to relying on web-based tools and services in our day-to-day lives. Now, more than ever, websites and web applications need to be available for everyone, regardless of ability. The importance of accessing critical services like healthcare, banking, and education via the web has increased significantly; the need for digital accessibility has never been more apparent. 

Delegation demands Postmaster General install critical mail processing machine to WRJ

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 5:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I), Senator Patrick Leahy (D), and Representative Peter Welch (D) on Tuesday sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy demanding the immediate delivery and installation of the new AFCS 200 cancellation machine at the White River Junction mail processing facility, a machine that is critical to the efficient handling of the mail.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Cases in five schools and 12 at a rink, flu shots urged

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 5:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said on Tuesday that the Health Department is currently investigating a small number of cases tied to five schools, but emphasized we still have not discovered any instances of transmission within the school. Dr Levine, along with Governor Scott and Secretary Smith, got his flu shot Tuesday and encouraged Vermonters to do the same. Smith also announced long-awaited new guidance for long-term care facilities and adult day programs.

State releases new guidance for nursing home visitation

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 4:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Human Services guidance for restarting visitation to long term care facilities was developed using CMS’s most recent guidance, and should be used by licensed long term care facilities to guide operations and easing of restrictions, based on county positivity rates; essentially re-starting modified visitation and activities unless a facility is in an active outbreak situation or just emerging from an outbreak. 


r.k. Miles, Inc awarded UVM Grossman School Family Business Award

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 4:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine r.k. Miles, Inc, a third-generation, family-owned business with locations in Vermont and Massachusetts, was awarded the 2020 UVM Grossman School of Business Multi-Generation Family Business Award on Friday, October 2nd during a virtual ceremony. The University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business recognizes and celebrates first and later generational family-owned businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to creating sustainable business through leadership and innovation.

VDH COVID-19 Update: 30 new cases since Friday

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 10:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported that there were nine new cases of COVID-19 Monday and 30 since Friday. There are no hospitalizations,and deaths are holding at 58. On Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we celebrated and honored Indigenous cultures. We acknowledge that we are living and working on the unceded ancestral land (N'Dakinna) of the Abenaki. The Abenaki and other Indigenous peoples in Vermont face systemic and structural racism and manage racialized trauma, which affect the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work.

VSP update on homicide/suicide investigation in Barre Town

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 9:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Police investigation into the apparent homicide/suicide in Barre Town is ongoing and will remain active overnight. Detectives continue to interview witnesses, examine records, and speak with neighbors, family and friends of the deceased, while the Crime Scene Search Team processes the location where the shooting occurred.