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Stritzler: NVU provides critical workforce for Vermont’s employers

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 11:14am -- tim

by Bill Stritzler The falling of leaves and shortening of days always mark a busy time for my industry – the ski resort industry. We are once again busily preparing for the ski season ahead. A critical part of that preparation is the hiring of seasonal workers. We are rapidly approaching the time of year when our workforce swells from two to three hundred shoulder season employees to 1,300 winter employees. Over many years, members of this workforce have been students and graduates of the Vermont State College System (VSCS) and Northern Vermont University (NVU) in particular. In fact, with NVU we have the opportunity to find the well-trained employees needed to operate our Resort.

UVM faculty union declares impasse

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 10:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine United Academics, the faculty union of the University of Vermont, on Friday evening declared an impasse in contract negotiations with the UVM administration. The administration is seeking to cut faculty compensation as non-union salaries already have been reduced across the board. The university is facing a $9.4 million budget hole. The union maintains the administration is using the pandemic to roll-back compensation, including retirement benefits.

Putting a high shine on Arlington

Sun, 10/18/2020 - 9:11pm -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine Mention the town of Arlington and Norman Rockwell’s name invariably pops up. Arlington was Rockwell’s home for a number of years when he was creating illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post. While the artist’s former home attracted its fair share of tourists and Rockwell fans (it’s now a bed and breakfast), Arlington is also home to two of Bennington County’s largest employers, Mack Molding and The Orvis Company.

Sanders: Do not allow Trump to undermine election results

Sun, 10/18/2020 - 8:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Rules Committee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) today released a report summarizing for the American people what to expect on Election Day and reinforcing the Democrats’ call to encourage everyone to vote.

Rinks ordered to close for new reservations for two weeks after outbreak

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 5:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following the decision by the State of New Hampshire to close indoor skating facilities for two weeks, Governor Phil Scott today issued an executive order prohibiting Vermont’s skating rinks from accepting new reservation for use of their facilities beginning today, October 16, at 5 pm, through midnight on October 30, 2020.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Hockey outbreak, school transmission

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 5:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso discussed two cases associated with Union Elementary School in Montpelier. “The fact that this is the state’s first in-school transmission does not mean an escalation of the virus,” Kelso said. “It means that someone who was infectious transmitted it to someone — just this time, inside a school, rather than a workplace, a long-term care facility, or other setting.” This is separate from an outbreak related to teams associated with the hockey rink in Montpelier.

Multiple individuals charged in Addison County drug conspiracy

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 4:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment on October 15, 2020, charging five individuals with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in and around Addison County, Vermont between November 2019 and October 2020. Kevin Williams, 31, is the lead defendant.

Castleton announces in-person learning option for spring semester

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 3:33pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Castleton University's Spring 2021 semester will feature an adjusted schedule and more options for students to receive their courses. Castleton will offer some in-person classes, as well as remote or hybrid, after going online-only in the current semester, even while students were allowed to live on campus. The spring semester will begin February 1.

Ag Agency offers more financial plans to help farmers’ markets and farm to school programs

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 2:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) launched two new Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program (VCAAP) applications to address COVID-19 pandemic impacts on our agricultural communities. One makes up to $140,000 available to Vermont’s Farmers’ Market organizations, and the other creates an avenue for schools and licensed childcare providers to access $100,000 in assistance for their Farm to School programs.

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