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Bennington man charged with unlawful possession of a firearm

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 2:11pm -- tim

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Gavin Wilcox, 31, of Bennington, Vermont was arraigned today on an indictment that alleges Wilcox unlawfully possessed a firearm on March 31, 2022. At today’s hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle ordered Wilcox detained pending trial. When officers apprehended Wilcox, he dropped 11 baggies of suspected heroin from his hand. A search warrant was obtained for Wilcox’s backpack, during the execution of which detectives located a loaded Smith & Wesson Model 386 .357 magnum Pro Series revolver.

Burlington moves forward on reducing building sector emissions

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 1:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger and the City Council advanced a resolution during tonight’s Council meeting to chart a path toward further fossil fuel reductions in buildings throughout Burlington. The vote to pass the resolution was unanimous. The resolution, which was sponsored by East District City Councilor Jack Hanson, seeks policy recommendations in the coming months from Burlington Electric Department and the Department of Permitting and Inspections which are aimed at reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions in new construction, major renovation, municipal buildings, and large commercial buildings.

Governor Scott signs Inclusion Week proclamation

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 11:53am -- tim

47 Towns Representing 35% of Vermont’s Population Have Adopted the Declaration of Inclusion

Vermont Business Magazine On Friday, May 6th, Governor Phil Scott signed a proclamation declaring the second week of May “Inclusion Week” in Vermont. The proclamation reaffirms Vermont’s commitment to eliminating hatred and bigotry in all systems and institutions to improve outcomes for all Vermonters and build more multicultural and socially cohesive communities. Inclusion Week is a byproduct of the Declaration of Inclusion initiative, an ongoing statewide diversity, equity, and inclusion effort to reinforce welcoming and belonging for all people in all Vermont communities.

Game wardens issue animal cruelty citation for fatal shooting of German shepherd in Tunbridge

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 11:50am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Warden Service has closed its investigation into the fatal shooting of a German shepherd dog in Tunbridge. After discussion with the Orange County State’s Attorney’s office, Damon Dyer, 31, of Tunbridge was issued a citation for one count of cruelty to animals, Title 13 V.S.A. 352 (1).  Mr. Dyer is scheduled to appear in Orange County Court on June 29, 2022, to answer the charge. 

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman '80 to give Middlebury Commencement address May 29

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 10:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, the digital payment services company, will deliver the 2022 Middlebury College Commencement address on Sunday, May 29, 2022. One of the country’s leading CEOs, Schulman has advocated for companies to help shape society for the better by sharing their financial success with their employees. He is also widely recognized for his commitment to social change and his passion for equity, justice, and basic human rights. Jason Collins, a retired NBA player, will deliver the COVID-delayed Middlebury Commencement address to the Class of 2020 at an in-person ceremony on Tuesday, May 31. Collins was the first male active player in any of the four major American professional sports to announce that he was gay.

New Kids Zone welcomes families at Burlington International Airport

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 7:27am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine A new space was unveiled at Burlington International Airport on Tuesday to give kids a place to place and adults to relax as they travel. The National Life Let’s Grow Kids Zone is a partnership between National Life Group, Let’s Grow Kids, Burlington International Airport, and Beta Technologies. The Kids Zone includes playscapes that are developmentally appropriate for children while providing incredible views of the runway and the Green Mountains. It also has rocking chairs and charging stations for adults and a state-of-the-art skyscape ceiling thanks to Beta Technologies. 

Vermont employers honored for Worksite Wellness efforts

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 5:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 70 businesses and organizations that employ Vermont workers have been selected to receive a 2022 Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in Worksite Wellness. Developed more than 20 years ago by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and presented in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health, the annual awards provide an opportunity for the governor and health commissioner to thank businesses and organizations for their efforts to support Vermonters’ health and make Vermont a great place to live and work.

Vermont’s Mental Health Crisis: Opportunities and solutions for creating a better system of care

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 4:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday, May 11, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, the Vermont Public Health Association (VtPHA) will hold its Annual Meeting titled: “Vermont’s Mental Health Crisis: Opportunities and solutions for creating a better system of care.” Participants can attend in person at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier or virtually via Zoom. Dr. Mark Levine, MD, Commissioner of Health; Wendy Walsh, RN, Public Health Nurse; and the Vermont National Guard COVID-19 Mapping Team will be recognized as Public Health Champions.

Medical Matters Weekly welcomes lifestyle medicine expert

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 4:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Psychiatrist and Wellness Coach Beth Frates, MD, FACLM, DipABLM, will discuss the specialty of lifestyle medicine and how it can help patients approach health problems from a different angle on the next Medical Matters Weekly at 12 pm on Wednesday, May 11. The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). 

House lawmakers seek to prohibit cannabis concentrates from adult-use market

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 3:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Thursday, May 5, 2022, the Vermont House Committee on Government Operations voted to amend bill H.548, a Miscellaneous Cannabis Establishment Procedures Bill, with language prohibiting solid cannabis concentrates that test over 60% THC from the adult-use cannabis marketplace. According to the Vermont Growers Association, this House amendment will place Vermont’s entire adult-use marketplace in jeopardy, introduce significant and unprecedented risk, and, in turn, impact countless local businesses and consumers, the state’s projected revenue, and keep cannabis products unregulated. No other state with an active adult-use cannabis market has THC caps. 

VDH: COVID cases stubborn, hospitalizations increase

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 4:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 174 cases of COVID-19 for Sunday. (273 Saturday; 382 Friday). VDH also reported two additional deaths from the virus. The total death toll is now 644 lives lost. There are five reported deaths in May so far. April, with 18, surpassed March's total. March saw the fewest COVID deaths since last July. Hospitalizations were elevated since mid-April and today were 74 (up 10 from Friday).