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Vermont’s unemployment rate falls again to 2.3 percent in May

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 4:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Department of Labor reported that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for May was 2.3 percent, according to household data. This reflects a decrease of two-tenths of one percentage point from the prior month’s revised estimate. The civilian labor force participation rate rose to 61.5 percent in May, as all three major metrics showed improvement. The labor force increased, the number of employed grew and the number of unemployed fell. The comparable United States rate in May was 3.6 percent, which experienced no change from the revised April estimate. 

Big beer news, shot of whiskey: Harpoon acquires Long Trail

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 4:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mass. Bay Brewing Company (parent company of Harpoon Brewery) announced today that it has reached an agreement in principle to acquire Long Trail Brewing Company, producers of award-winning hand-crafted ales under the Long Trail, Otter Creek, and Shed brands. As part of the agreement, Mass. Bay Brewing Company will continue to operate the Long Trail facility in Bridgewater Corners, but will begin brewing Long Trail, Otter Creek and Shed beers in its own brewery in Windsor. WhistlePig Whiskey, based in Shoreham, will assume ownership of the Otter Creek and Shed brewery in Middlebury. After a transition period, WhistlePig will convert production capabilities to bottling and distilling and continue to use the extensive brewing capabilities in Middlebury.

UVMHN to participate in City of Burlington’s Juneteenth celebrations, Angela Davis to speak

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 4:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network is proud to participate in the City of Burlington’s Juneteenth celebrations, and encourages our patients, families, staff and community to join us. Juneteenth is a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The UVM Health Network will also have an outreach table at Battery Park for anyone who wants to learn more about health sciences education and careers in health care. The Black Experience 2022 (BX22) is a free holistic celebration of Vermont’s Black lived experience (cultural, communal, educational), and a welcomed new addition to Burlington’s Juneteenth celebration. The event, on Saturday June 18th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., will be headlined by a panel discussion with iconic Black activist, educator, and author, Angela Davis.

VSP: Missing Springfield man found alive

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 4:40pm -- tim

Vermont State Police At about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, search crews located Donald Gurney in a wooded area near Knapp Pond in Cavendish. He was dehydrated but otherwise appeared to be in fair condition. Crews placed Mr. Gurney on a litter and carried him from the woods, where he was checked by medical personnel and then transported by ambulance to Springfield Hospital. Mr. Gurney was located about 1.5 miles from Parker Hill Road in Cavendish, where crews had previously located his truck. Investigators believe Mr. Gurney was out for a drive when he became disoriented, ultimately parking his vehicle on Parker Hill Road and setting off on foot before being reported missing early Tuesday morning, June 14.

Vermont’s COVID-19 state-run testing sites to close June 25

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 1:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As officials announced last month, Vermont’s state-run COVID-19 testing sites will close by June 25. The closure of statewide testing sites signals that the tools available to prevent COVID-19 have grown and evolved. The state opened its first test sites in the spring of 2020 as part of the emergency response to slow the spread of a novel coronavirus. These sites, which grew statewide and included a network of partners, relied on PCR testing, where samples are taken from patients by health care personnel and sent to a lab. State sites began offering rapid, take-home tests at the end of 2021, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant led to a surge in cases.

CATV launches Better Places crowdfunding campaign to create 'JAM' arts space

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With a little help from neighbors and friends, Upper Valley residents will soon be able to enjoy “JAM” (Junction Arts & Media), a free, public film and media arts “playground'' for all ages to come together to create in downtown White River Junction.  Community Access Television (CATV) has been selected by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development’s Better Places Program to lead the transformation of an empty storefront in the former “Newberry Market” of the Gates-Briggs Building into JAM – an inclusive community center that will host interactive media activities for all ages; installation video art; and exhibits by local media artists. 

Norwich’s online programs celebrate 346 graduates at 2022 Residency Conference

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 7:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gathering from across the country and around the globe, over 300 students representing 13 online graduate programs will participate in a week of capstone and culminating academic work, conferences and commencement and Academic Recognition Ceremonies at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) annual weeklong Residency Conference June 20-24. For the first time since 2019, the annual Residency Conference will be held in person at the Norwich University campus in the Green Mountains of Northfield, Vermont.

NVDA Energy Planning

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 3:48am -- tim

Northeastern Vermont Development Association It's getting hot out there... Check out the Vermont Department of Health's new community Cooling Site Map. Extreme heat in regions that are not acclimated or prepared can be challenging, and the NEK has some of the highest concentrations of communities vulnerable to heat. Was the map useful? What's missing? Provide feedback by completing the Heat Safety Survey or contact Allie Webster, NVDA Energy Planner, for more info or to receive community support. 

Better Places Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for 'Pittsford Village Farm Pavilion'

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 2:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Pittsford residents will soon be able to enjoy a pavilion at the Pittsford Village Farm, a green space in our Designated Village Center thanks to a recently launched crowdfunding campaign. The campaign is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development’s Better Places program and is led by the Pittsford Village Farm.

Farm Night at Earthkeep Farmcommon coming June 23

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 3:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Earthkeep Farmcommon is rolling out its first-of-the-season farmer’s market event, “Farm Night at Earthkeep Farmcommon,” on Thursday, June 23, from 4-7 p.m. at 1211 Ethan Allen Highway. Formerly known as Nordic Nite Out, the event features goods produced sustainably on-site by the Earthkeep Farmers’ Collective. Members of the collective and fellow Vermont food vendors will come together to offer diverse, organic and locally made products every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. from June 23-Oct. 13. 

Air service grows at BTV with expanded routes and new airline Sun Country

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 2:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Burlington International Airport (BTV) welcomed seasonal service to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) on Sun Country Airlines. The MSP market is the seventh largest market currently not being served by a direct flight from BTV. Not only will Sun Country Airlines be servicing MSP on Thursdays and Sundays this summer season, but Delta Air Lines has begun serving MSP from BTV on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays as well. The addition of MSP as a direct destination assisting in achieving a 12-year high in the number of seats available departing from BTV over the next four summer months, which is the highest number of seats ever offered from BTV. Further air service includes the return of direct Miami (MIA) service via American Airlines in November, as well as daily service being offered to Denver (DEN) this summer.

Senate passes PACT Act to support veterans

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 1:58pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy The passage of The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, or PACT Act, is an example of what can happen when the Congress puts aside partisanship and comes together for the good of the country, and importantly, our veterans. Each of us, in every state and in every Congressional district across the country, has a friend, a neighbor, or a constituent, a veteran or an active duty servicemember, who has become sick or died from exposure to toxics while serving in the military. And for too many of those people, recognition of the connection between their illnesses and toxic exposures came too late.