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Vermont emergency rental program accepting applications

Tue, 08/09/2022 - 12:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program (VERAP) is accepting applications from all Vermonters with a residential rental obligation. The Program, funded by the American Rescue Plan (ARPA), covers up to 100% of eligible applicants' rent and utilities for up to 18 months. Assistance is administered through the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) to help alleviate COVID-19-related income pressure on tenants and landlords and restore stability to the rental community.

Scott calls CHIPS Act 'good for the state'

Tue, 08/09/2022 - 11:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement on the federal Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act being signed into law by President Biden: “The CHIPS and Science Act is good for our country and good for the state of Vermont. We have a growing technology hub in the state and as we look to grow our economy, we need to retain the companies we have, and recruit new ones to expand here."

NEFCU to hold Shred Fest Sept 10

Tue, 08/09/2022 - 10:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) will hold its fall Shred Fest of 2022 on Saturday, September 10th, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Credit Union’s 141 Harvest Lane branch in Williston. All NEFCU Shred Fests™ are free and open to the public, with ample free parking. Maximum 5 boxes containing personal documents only. No business materials will be accepted. No three ring binders or general recycling, only documents containing personal or sensitive information. Items that can be recycled with documents include paperclips, staples, plastic spiral holders, rubber bands, file folders, and hanging file holders. Participants can watch on a video monitor as their documents are shredded by SecurShred, a local documents-shredding company.

Dougherty: Understanding the hidden life of trees—and hospitals

Tue, 08/09/2022 - 7:23am -- tim

by Christopher J. Dougherty, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Arguably, our large brains make human beings the most intelligent species on earth. Yet only now are we coming around to a full scientific and perhaps even spiritual appreciation of the deep and interconnected relationship we have with the natural world. As we learn from Peter Wohlleben’s 2015 book The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World, trees are actually smart! And not only do they play an invaluable role in maintaining the health of our planet, they have sophisticated survival strategies and coping mechanisms that are easily overlooked or taken for granted by the untrained eye. I would argue that just as trees are essential to the life and future of the planet, community hospitals like Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) have an analogous role in the regions they serve.

UVMHN experts list steps to protect against possible COVID surge

Tue, 08/09/2022 - 6:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As COVID-19 cases see a summer uptick across the country, the University of Vermont Health Network is urging everyone to continue following mitigation efforts to help keep our family, friends and neighbors safe and healthy. Parents should also consider vaccinating children now, before school resumes, to ensure protection. In Vermont and northern New York, COVID case rates remain relatively low despite the increased transmissibility of the BA.5 variant, but experts say people can still take specific actions to protect against a surge in COVID cases.

Bolgioni: Building the future health workforce in Vermont

Tue, 08/09/2022 - 4:05am -- tim

by Peg Bolgioni, Marketing & Communications Manager, Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center Twenty high school students from southern Vermont are spending three full days immersed in job shadows, team activities, clinical skill-building, and mentoring at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vermont. They participated in Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center’s MedQuest Program to gain a deeper, richer understanding about health careers available to them in Vermont.

Medical Matters Weekly welcomes psychologist researching relationships and mental health

Tue, 08/09/2022 - 3:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sheehan Fisher, PhD, is an associate professor and clinical psychologist at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can view on and The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on

BED issues Defeat the Peak alert for today

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 2:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Electric Department (BED) issued a peak alert for today/Monday, August 8 as part of its Defeat the Peak program launched during summer 2017, encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage from 5-7 pm today. Burlingtonians can lend a hand by taking the following steps on what is projected to be an unusually hot summer day: Raise thermostat temperatures or turn off air conditioners between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00pm before returning air conditioners to cooler settings; Wait until after 7 pm or later to use washing machines, clothing dryers, dishwashers, and other appliances; Turn off non-essential lights until 7 pm and later; Avoid charging electric vehicles until after 7:00pm (or until 10 pm if you are on BED’s special off-peak charging rate); and Delay other discretionary electric consumption until after 7 pm.

Secretary of State Jim Condos encourages voters to have a voting plan

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 1:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Secretary of State Jim Condos encouraged Vermont voters to have a voting plan for the Tuesday, August 9th Statewide Primary Election. Studies have shown that making a specific plan, including determining how and when a voter will get to the polls, makes it much more likely that a person will follow through. All Vermont polls must open by 10am, and must close at 7pm. Voters should check or directly with their Town or City Clerk to verify their polling place location and opening time.

VEC asking members to conserve electricity today and tomorrow

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 1:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is encouraging members to conserve electricity today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) from 5-10 pm each evening as high temperatures continue to blanket New England. “When VEC can reduce the cost to buy and transmit electricity when there is peak demand across the regional grid, it helps control electricity rates for all co-op members over the long term,” said Jake Brown, VEC Energy Services Planner. 

Gasoline prices continue to fall toward $4 a gallon

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 9:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont gasoline prices fell another 6 cents last week to an average of $4.41 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy. Prices have fallen 36 cents in the last month but are a $1.34/g higher than one year ago. Prices are falling nationally faster than in Vermont. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 15.8 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.01/g today.