Vermont Business Magazine New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) is now accepting Nursing Scholarship applications for 2022. Three scholarships of $3,000 each are awarded each year to applicants who qualify. Applicants must be members of NEFCU who are applying to or are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate nursing program. Applications must be postmarked by February 28th, 2022. Scholarship winners will be notified by April 22, 2022.
Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont (UVM) College of Nursing and Health Sciences Lecturer Susan Whitman was selected as the 2021 recipient of the Prelock Online Teaching Award for her course “Intro into Integrative Health” (HLTH101). Whitman is a Physician Assistant and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She teaches and mentors health coaching students at Duke Integrative Medicine and The University of Vermont. She has been active in the healthcare field for over 25 years and helped found the UVM Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Program in 2019.
Vermont Business Magazine Along with hitting the gym more often and starting a diet, quitting smoking tops many New Year’s resolution lists. Quitting tobacco isn’t easy, but 50 million ex-smokers in the United States are proof that it’s achievable. Tobacco use remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease and is a serious public health threat. Nationally, nearly 40 million Americans smoke. In Vermont, the adult smoking rate is 15.1% and high school tobacco use rate is 28.2%.
Monday, January 10: Updates to the case dashboard will be delayed as VDH works on accurate reporting for recent days. Case counts from Saturday and Sunday will be adjusted along with the regular updates as soon as possible.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health on January 9 reported a steep fall in cases as testing also was down. Cases were 203 for Saturday after setting another new record with 2,642 cases of COVID-19 for Friday, easily breaking Wednesday's record of 2,188. The previous record of 1,727 cases of COVID-19 was set last Monday. On December 30, it reported a then-record 1,471 cases. The record for cases was broken three times last week and another four times this week. With case counts now elevated, the seven-day positivity rate has increased to 13.8 percent, which ties the record set January 8.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, in advance of the quarterly filing deadline, Becca Balint’s campaign for Congress shared its impressive Q4 2021 fundraising totals with the public. In less than three weeks—over the holiday season—Balint raised $200,695.18. Balint’s extraordinary number of individual contributors indicate widespread, grassroots support all across Vermont, putting her in a strong position to build a robust campaign apparatus in advance of the August primary.
Vermont Business Magazine Community leaders and legislators gathered in Montpelier today to discuss environmental justice in Vermont, and the actions being taken to remedy known inequities among impacted populations. Vermont is one of few states that lacks an environmental justice policy, and the passage of S148, has become a priority for environmental and social justice organizations across the state.
Vermont Business Magazine RV Retailer, LLC (RVR), based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, today announced it is entering the New England market with the acquisition of Country Camper. Country Camper has stores in East Montpelier, Vermont and New Hampshire and a new store under construction in Connecticut that is expected to open in the second quarter 2022. The acquisition is expected to be completed in February.
Vermont Business Magazine Grant funding is now available to support projects through the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. The South Lake Champlain Fund supports projects focused on education and research concerning the cultural and ecological history and heritage of Southern Lake Champlain. Projects must be located on the southern portion of Lake Champlain (the area of Lake Champlain south of Crown Point in both Vermont and New York) with a preference for projects directly on the lake or in close proximity.
Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) has recently added a new loan program to its lending portfolio. “KIVA” is a crowdfunding platform, with a zero percent interest rate and a maximum $10,000 amount. The platform is provided through partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), KIVA and BDCC. BDCC was recently awarded KIVA trustee designation, the first in the State of Vermont, through its partnership with rural LISC.
Vermont Business Magazine Three Vermont National Guard biathletes will compete in the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing as part of the US Biathlon Team with an additional member named as the men’s alternate. The Vermont National Guard sends experienced Olympians Spc. Sean Doherty and Spc. Leif Nordgren for the men’s team as well as Spc. Deedra Irwin who will make her first Olympic appearance. Spc. Vaclav Cervenka will serve as men’s alternate to make his Olympic debut if needed.
The Vermont Arts Council honors its 2021 Arts Award recipients in the premiere of short video tributes about their work, as well as a video message from Governor Phil Scott.
Each year, the Vermont Arts Council in partnership with the governor’s office honors five individuals who have made exceptional contributions to our state’s cultural landscape. Due to the pandemic, the Arts Council was unable to hold its annual in-person ceremony, so instead the Council is honoring its recipients in film.
Vermont Business Magazine National Life Group has established an endowment to support its annual charitable giving through the National Life Group Foundation by seeding an investment fund with $20 million. This is another substantial step toward serving and supporting its communities with this investment in securing the future of the National Life Group Foundation’s power for good.