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.
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 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 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.
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).
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.
Vermont Business Magazine Through a series of “Listening Tours” Gifford is welcoming community members to a guided and inclusive, informal conversation regarding community health needs. The first of this series takes place Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30-8 pm. at Pierce Hall on 38 S. Main Street in Rochester.
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).
Vermont Business Magazine Today is the national day of action “A Day Without Child Care,” intended to show policymakers and legislators that employers rely on working families’ access to early childhood education programs - but for many Vermont families, an early childhood educator shortage means that every day is a day without child care. A survey of Vermont early childhood education center owners and program directors shows 86% are experiencing a dire staffing shortage. On average, there are 3.1 open positions per center-based program. These shortages mean 80% of surveyed programs are enrolling fewer children than desired – and programs are serving 10.1 fewer children per day than they would like to serve.
Vermont Business Magazine The Working Lands program continues to increase its historic funding for those who make their living off the land. This May, the Program awarded $3.1 million in grants that will help grow agriculture and small businesses in Vermont with new Supply Chain and Market Level Impact specific grants to leverage supply chain partnerships at a significant scale of up to $250K per award. This round of funding, coupled with the $2.1 million in grants awarded this January reaches all segments of Vermont working lands sectors, addressing meat slaughter and processing bottlenecks, supply chain resiliency, marketing plans and overall business development.
Vermont State Police The item in question in this incident is believed to be a World War II-era Japanese hand grenade. The device was assessed by members of the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad, safely secured, and will be turned over to the Vermont National Guard for disposal at a later date.
Vermont State Police The investigation into this afternoon’s shooting in Springfield is continuing. The victim is identified as Todd Amell, 50, a resident of Valley Street in Springfield. He was shot in one of his legs, taken by ambulance to the hospital, treated and released. Investigators believe the shooting was not random and involved individuals who are known to one another. The people who were detained during the initial stages of the investigation have been released.