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Lawson’s Finest Liquids unleashes Hopzilla

Sat, 01/22/2022 - 3:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hopzilla, a legendary double IPA from Lawson’s Finest Liquids, is making its debut for the first time outside the state of Vermont beginning this week. The brew, made with monstrous quantities of high-alpha US-grown hops, is available through the end of February at retailers across Lawson’s Finest’s full nine-state distribution area. Notorious for its fiercely delicious bite and brawny character, the craft beer is known to delight fans’ taste buds, with a punch of hop flavor and enough malt backbone to offset its mighty beginnings. First brewed in 2009, this monster of an India Pale Ale has patiently awaited an opportunity to make itself known across the Northeast.

Applications open for Miss Vermont

Sat, 01/22/2022 - 2:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Applications are being accepted to compete to become the next Miss Vermont and Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen. The competition will be held on Sunday, April 24th, 2022 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, VT. The program is an official preliminary in the Miss America Organization.

Miss Vermont and Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen 2022 will receive scholarship packages, represent the state at the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competitions and spend the year making appearances throughout Vermont.

New Haven Depot moves on down the road

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 6:03pm -- tim

by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine The depot that has stood beside the railroad tracks in New Haven Junction since the mid-1800s has a new home – almost. At the cost of about $1 million, a contractor has moved the handsome Italianate structure to the parking lot of New Haven's municipal building. Over three days, the contractor, East Montpelier's Messier House Moving & Construction, hauled the brick structure across the mile and a half of fields intervening between the junction and New Haven village, culminating in its arrival at the municipal building, on North Street, Thursday afternoon.

Governor appoints Matthew Walker to Vermont House of Representatives

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 4:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced his appointment of Matthew E. Walker, of Swanton, to the Vermont House of Representatives, representing House District Franklin-4. Walker replaces former Representative Brian Savage (R-Swanton) who resigned last month. Walker and his wife PattiJo own and operate Vermont Clothing Company & JC Image, a screenprinting, embroidery and graphic design business of nine employees. Prior to that, he was director of international transportation for AN Deringer, Inc.

Dairy Packaging Innovation funding opportunity released

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 4:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Packaging Innovation Grant program, which will provide grants to projects that decrease environmental impacts of dairy product and supply chain packaging and increase marketability of dairy products. Grant funds are available to projects along the spectrum of research, development, and implementation and for projects at a variety of scales.  

Student loan servicer Navient to provide $1.68 million in debt relief to Vermont borrowers

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 2:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers, will provide $1,680,523 in debt relief to Vermont borrowers and reform its loan-servicing practices. The consent judgment, filed last week, is part of a $1.85 billion, multistate settlement joined by a coalition of 39 attorneys general resolving allegations of Navient’s unfair and deceptive student loan servicing practices and abuses in originating predatory student loans. If approved by the court, 65 qualified Vermont borrowers will receive private loan debt cancellation from Navient. 

Burlington gets federal environmental approval for the Champlain Parkway

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 1:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Mayor Miro Weinberger and the City of Burlington Department of Public Works announced that a Record of Decision (ROD) for Champlain Parkway Project has been issued by the Federal Highway Administration on January 20, 2022. The issuance of the ROD signals the completion of the National Environmental Policy Act process for environmental clearance. The Record of Decision allows work to move forward on the project to improve traffic circulation in the overburdened Southwest section of the city. Construction is estimated to cost $37 million and could begin this year.

Two viral-moment Bernie Sanders bobbleheads unveiled

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 12:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled two limited-edition bobbleheads of United States Senator Bernie Sanders, commemorating a pair of Senator Sanders’ memorable moments. The new bobbleheads are being released to celebrate the first anniversary of the viral Bernie Sanders Inauguration Day Mittens moment. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum released a bobblehead commemorating the moment within hours of Bernie going viral at the inauguration on January 20, 2021.

Biden appoints John Roberts as head of the Farm Service Agency in Vermont

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 4:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine President Biden Thursday announced that he is appointing John Roberts as Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Vermont. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) had recommended Roberts for the position. Leahy: “I’ve known John for many years.  He has the qualifications and experience to lead the Farm Service Agency at a critical time for our state when there is much to be done.  As with other areas of the economy, the pandemic has created a great deal of uncertainty and disruption in Vermont’s food system and farm economy. Our farmers and rural communities need the vital services that FSA provides, and John is the right person to lead that effort.”

Broadband Board commits $116 million to construction grant program

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 5:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This week the Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB) announced the launch of a $116 million Broadband Construction Grant Program. Beginning this spring, the program will allow Communications Union Districts (CUDs) and other eligible providers to accelerate construction efforts to reach all Vermonters without adequate broadband service.  

Governor Scott encourages Vermonters to order at-home COVID tests

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 5:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today strongly encouraged Vermonters to order at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests at This Biden Administration’s initiative – which launched this week – is similar to a program piloted by the State. Through this new federal program, each household is eligible to receive four tests, which are expected to ship within 7-12 days of ordering. Supplies are limited.