Vermont Business Magazine Thirteen Vermont specialty food and beverage producers received twenty awards across ten categories in the annual 2022 Good Food Awards. Seven member of the Vermont Specialty Food Association received awards, including: Blake Hill Preserves, Champlain Orchards, Monti Verdi Salumi, Pin Up Pickles, Republic of Vermont, Runamok Maple, and Vermont Creamery, were announced during a virtual award ceremony on Friday, January 14.
Vermont Business Magazine The luminous glasswork of Hartland, VT, artist Dan Gottsegen promises to bring the John Zampieri State Office Building to life when his publicly commissioned artwork is installed at the downtown Burlington building. Gottsegen’s preliminary design was the winning concept proposal for the commission for the Vermont Departments of Health and Children and Families, which is located in the building.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Join the Vermont Wild Kitchen via Facebook Live with Ali Thomas and Charlee Drury of Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Kate Spring of Good Heart Farmstead L3C where they will demonstrate some easy and delicious recipes that can be cooked right from the home kitchen. On the menu? Smelt! Also, a free, public walk of a forest management project being implemented at the Hinesburg Town Forest (HTF). And registration is open for Green Mountain Conservation Camps.
Vermont Business Magazine Graduation ceremonies, it has been said, are as much a triumph for the family and friends of the student as for the student himself.
And so it was last October when David H., a participant in the Vermont Roots and Wings Alliance diversion program for criminal justice-involved individuals suffering from substance-use or mental-health disorders, celebrated the completion of his sentence and reintegration to the community surrounded by his family, treatment team and other supporters at the Chittenden County Addiction Treatment Court.
Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Education and the Department of Health announced today new “Test at Home” guidance about testing and quarantine protocols at Vermont’s K-12 schools. These changes, which go into effect as soon as schools have the tests necessary to implement them, are designed to allow students and staff to remain safely in the classroom as much as possible. This program replaces the in-school Test to Stay program for presumptive close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases with an “at-home” based rapid testing process. State officials said the speed at which the Omicron variant spreads means that the current strategy -- which relies on contact tracing, in-school PCR surveillance testing, and in-school antigen testing -- is too slow and logistically burdensome to be workable for many schools.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The state’s economists, Jeff Carr for the Scott Administration and Tom Kavet for the Legislature, presented a stunning but expected consensus revenue report to lawmakers and the governor on Thursday. Along with upgrading the annual tax revenue estimate by over $40 million, they forecasted growth in this and next fiscal years to be greater than they’ve been in more than 30 years. Of course, this is largely due to $10.1 billion in federal pandemic recovery and stimulus funds. They also suggest that except for the extremely tight labor market and supply chain problems (profoundly with automobiles), the economy would be cooking along at an even greater rate.
Vermont Business Magazine On January 14, Governor Scott signed S.172, An act relating to authorizing alternative procedures for 2022 annual municipal meetings in response to COVID-19. Scot said in part: "Today, I signed S. 172, An act relating to authorizing alternative procedures for 2022 annual municipal meetings in response to COVID-19 because I believe public concerns regarding large gatherings may discourage some who would otherwise participate in Town Meetings and alternative arrangements will help increase voter turnout. Unfortunately, the Legislature has missed another opportunity to expand voter access further by expanding automatic mailing of ballots beyond general elections (Act 60) to include school budget votes, local elections and primary elections. Last year after signing Act 60 into law, I asked the Legislature to take this up when they returned in January, and if passed could be a model for the country."
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 2,295 cases of COVID-19 for Thursday (1,963 on Wednesday). This is more than 1,000 cases higher than Tuesday. The record daily high was set last Friday, January 7, with 2,975 cases of COVID-19. While the fatality rate has slowed, there were still three deaths reported today for a statewide total of 493.
Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office announced today that Allen Zeiner, 59, of Fayston, Vermont, was arraigned on January 13, 2022, on six felony counts of Promoting a Recording of Sexual Conduct. The charges brought against Zeiner are the result of a criminal investigation – including the execution of residential and online data search warrants – conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC), including personnel from the Attorney General’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Vermont State Police, Burlington Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Vermont Business Magazine As part of a national initiative introduced by President Biden and Vice President Harris, Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) has been chosen as one of 51 grantees nationwide to be part of the US Small Business Administration’s Community Navigator Pilot Program. There were more than 700 submissions for the program. As one of 11 Tier 2 grantees, VtSBDC will receive $2.5 million to fund the program over a two-year period. Tier 2 grantees support an individual state, region, municipality, or city with total service population of greater than or equal to 500,000.
Vermont Business Magazine Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom (WCVT) plans to convert all remaining Bolton residents in its service area to fiber-optics in 2022. This was made possible in part by the Town of Bolton which has committed more than half of their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to help expand fiber-optic broadband to more residents through a public-private partnership with WCVT. Approximately $200,000 in town ARPA funds are being committed to this project as well as a request of matching grant funds from the State of Vermont to build fiber-optics to approximately 440 additional homes.
Vermont Business Magazine The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Matthew Morgan, 52, and Ruebin Beard, 52, both of Burlington, have been sentenced in United States District Court in Burlington following their guilty pleas to a charge of bank larceny. Today, US District Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Beard to 14 months of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.