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Leahy introduces bill to protect federal employees’ right to file FOIA requests

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 5:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), along with Rep. Carolyn B Maloney and Rep. Gerald E Connolly, introduced the Federal Employee Access to Information Act to ensure that federal employees are able to use the nation’s premier transparency law, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), without reprisal. FOIA helps expose government wrongdoing and abuses, and Leahy believes that federal employees must be free to use FOIA in the same way as other citizens.

Vermont Arts Council announces public art design grantees

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 5:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Infusing art with infrastructure, the three award-winning projects of the Vermont Art Council’s 2020 Animating Infrastructure grants promise to help create unique places where people want to live, work, visit and play: Town of Hyde Park: $5,000; Town of South Royalton: $5,000; Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile: $5,000.

158th Fighter Wing departs for Northern Lightning training exercise

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 4:59pm -- tim
Over 250 Airmen to Train at Volk Field Wisconsin

Vermont Business Magazine Airmen, aircraft and support equipment from the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, began departing on August 3rd to train at the Volk Field Air National Guard base, Wis. This two-week exercise, known as Northern Lightning, will be conducted in a joint training environment, which places emphasis on the integration of 4th generation aircraft, like the F-18 Hornet, and 5th generation aircraft, like the F-35 Lightning II.

Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont Class of 2020 recognized

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 4:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Thirty-one young professionals are being recognized as Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont by the Southern Vermont Young Professionals and the Shires Young Professionals. This recognition celebrates young people from the Bennington and Windham Regions, based on their work as community leaders and volunteers, and for their professional accomplishments and commitment to serving the region. The Emerging Leader recognition was created to increase visibility and support for young leaders in the region, and to increase statewide recognition of southern Vermont’s young leaders. Nominations come from friends, colleagues, and fellow volunteers.

New ownership group takes over Manchester Country Club

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 4:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Manchester Country Club has announced big changes in the ownership structure of the club along with a keen focus on providing superior golf, ensuring the vitality of the club long into the future. A consortium of club members formed a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and purchased the club’s debt from Berkshire Bank. Like many of its peers in golf, Manchester Country Club has been challenged in recent years to maintain supportive membership numbers. Now, with the financial health of the club assured, the group intends to go further, expanding and upgrading the physical facility and operations.

VPR/VTPBS poll finds support for mask mandate, BLM and Scott’s leadership, but concern for economy

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 2:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont residents support a mask mandate, the Black Lives Matter movement and the leadership of Governor Phil Scott and are concerned (93%) over the future of small businesses in the state. Those are four of the big takeaways from a joint statewide poll released today by Vermont PBS and Vermont Public Radio.

Home Health & Hospice President Judy Peterson retiring after 8 years

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 1:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Judy Peterson, president and chief operating office for the University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice, today announced her plans to retire in January 2021 after eight years of leadership in the role. Peterson, a registered nurse and native Vermonter, began her role as president and chief operating officer at UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice (then the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties) in July 2012. At that time, she committed to remaining in the position for five years, but stayed on to guide the organization through affiliation with The UVM Health Network, formalized in October 2018.

Tropical Storm Isaias changes course, state could be hit with strong winds

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 11:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The forecast for Tropical Storm Isaias continued shifting overnight, putting Vermont squarely in its path, and Green Mountain Power (GMP) is alerting customers to prepare. Forecasters say as the storm track moves to the west, the heavy rain threat is reduced for parts of southeastern Vermont, and the threat of strong winds has increased, bringing the stronger possibility of statewide impacts including outages due to downed trees and power lines, though the full impacts are difficult to predict with the continued changing track of the storm. 

National review reveals positivity rates and nursing home PPE

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A state-by-state review of COVID-19 testing positivity rates in the general population and data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages for nursing homes shows that Vermont has the lowest positivity rate in the nation but does not have as much available PPE in nursing homes as several states. The chief concern is in those state where there is high-positivity and low PPE.

Tieman: Supporting hospital budgets

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:17am -- tim

by Jeff Tieman, VAHHS President and CEO The global pandemic has been difficult for all of us – individuals, families, parents, students, employers, employees, the list goes on. Health care providers too have faced new challenges and stepped into new roles. Hospitals incurred significant unexpected expense as they planned for a possible surge in Vermont COVID-19 patients. We retrofitted space, created new staffing models, set up testing regimens, purchased expensive and hard-to-find protective equipment, and adopted new policies and guidelines to respond to rapidly changing conditions.

White River Junction VA hospital introduces chaplain service

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 9:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Chaplain Lorna Graham has joined the White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System as Chief of Chaplain Services.  Dr Graham is a proponent of chaplain leadership that promotes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to Spiritual Care. Lorna has served at Massachusetts General Hospital, Care Dimensions Hospice & Palliative Care Services, Recovery Centers of America, and VA Boston Medical Center. Her primary focus at VA Boston was the Women in Treatment Recovery Program. During that time, she initiated a spiritual care curriculum, facilitated groups and presented at seminars on spirituality & trauma, alcohol/substance use disorder and factors related to relapse.