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SNSC receives $10,000 grant from Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism

Tue, 01/04/2022 - 12:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Special Needs Support Center (SNSC), based in White river Junction, has received a $10,000 grant from Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism. The grant will help SNSC continue to create a community where people with special needs, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, can live their best lives.

​Gifford Health: Keeping up with those New Year’s Resolutions

Tue, 01/04/2022 - 12:09pm -- tim

​Gifford Health Care By now, we’re made our 2022 New Year’s Resolutions and there’s a pretty good chance improving fitness or losing weight is on that list. According to a YouGov poll, 98% of people made improving fitness or losing weight a resolution heading into 2021. But those resolutions don’t always stick throughout the year. Gifford Physical Therapist, Troy Stratton says there’s a couple of reasons that come into play when talking about the longevity of resolutions.

VMEC board elects members Janette Bombardier, Gina Akley

Tue, 01/04/2022 - 9:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced the results of its December 9, 2021 annual election of VMEC Advisory Board members. Newly elected to the VMEC Advisory Board for two-year terms were Janette Bombardier, PE, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Chroma Technology/ 89 North (Bellows Falls) and Gina Akley, President, Trow & Holden (Barre). 

SVHC Medical Matters Weekly returns for second season

Tue, 01/04/2022 - 4:15am -- tim
COVID-19 survivor will be the first guest
Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson is pleased to welcome Larry Cole, a former police detective and COVID-19 survivor, as their first guest of the program’s second season at noon on January 5. Cole contracted COVID before vaccines were available. He spent 18 days as an inpatient at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in the early days of 2021. He will share his experience, including his continuing struggle with COVID symptoms.

McClaughry: Tomorrow’s energy plan

Tue, 01/04/2022 - 3:38am -- tim

by John McClaughry The Department of Public Service has just released its 2022 Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). Aside from the “stakeholders”, it’s probably fair to say that very few Vermonters - and very few of their legislators – will be able to penetrate the CEP’s acronym-ridden complexities. Like the Vermont Climate Council’s Climate Action Plan, the CEP is determined to drive down 80 percent of today’s level of carbon dioxide emissions by persuading, subsidizing, or forcing Vermonters to use much less – or no - fossil fuel for electricity, vehicles and heating, until by 2050 90percent of all energy use qualifies as renewable.

Sanders, et al, push to solve the nursing crisis in Vermont

Mon, 01/03/2022 - 4:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Governor Phil Scott, and Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint came together Monday to discuss Vermont’s nursing workforce crisis. Estimates suggest that Vermont needs to add approximately 9,000 nurses to the state’s workforce in the next seven years. However, Vermont’s nursing schools are currently only able to graduate between 500 and 600 nurses each year – less than half of the number needed to keep up with retirements and those leaving the workforce.

Intake quarantine testing detects positive case at St Albans prison

Mon, 01/03/2022 - 4:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Corrections detected an incarcerated case of COVID-19 during intake quarantine at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in St Albans. Vermont DOC conducted the test on January 1, with results returned January 3. This is the first positive incarcerated case detected at the Franklin County facility since December 14; that case was also found through intake quarantine testing. There are currently three positive incarcerated cases throughout the state’s facilities.

Statement from Governor Scott on expanded booster approval for children

Mon, 01/03/2022 - 4:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement on the FDA’s announcement that children 12-15 years old are eligible for a Pfizer booster shot: “Today’s news that the FDA has approved booster shots for 12–15-year-olds is another important step forward. With cases expected to increase across the country over the coming weeks, the best way to keep Vermonters who are most vulnerable to severe illness out of the hospital is through vaccination and booster shots. Expanding eligibility for boosters will have an important impact and reduce disruptions."

VDH: COVID deaths up to 480

Mon, 01/03/2022 - 3:59pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported 245 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The VDH did not report cases over the New Year's holiday. On Thursday, December 30, it reported a record 1,471 cases. Cases on Friday were 577, on Saturday 473 and Sunday 245. The record for cases was broken three times last week. Over the New Year's break, the VDH also reported there were nine total COVID-related fatalities for a statewide total of now 480.

Vermont tops list of United Van Lines moving destinations in 2021

Mon, 01/03/2022 - 12:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine United Van Lines released the company’s 45th Annual National Movers Study today, which indicates Americans were on the move to lower-density areas and to be closer to their families throughout last year. The annual study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ state-to-state migration patterns, determined Vermont as the state with the highest percentage of inbound migration (74%) with United Van Lines. Topping the list of outbound locations was New Jersey (71%), which has held the spot for the past four years. Additionally, Burlington earned a spot in the top 25 inbound metropolitan statistical areas with 66% inbound.