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New $30 million Army Mountain Warfare School welcomes first class

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 4:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The new Army Mountain Warfare School complex in Jericho is welcoming their first class. Students first reported to the school on Saturday, January 14, 2023. 2023 represents the 40th anniversary of the school. The Vermont Army National Guard and instructors at the Army Mountain Warfare School are proud to welcome the first class in their new $30 million facility in Jericho. The facility took about two years to build.

Union Bankshares reports year-end 2022 earnings, declares quarterly dividend

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 5:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Union Bankshares, Inc (NASDAQ - UNB) has announced results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2022. Net income was $3.4 million and $12.6 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2022 resulting in earnings per share of $0.77 and $2.81 for the same periods, respectively. The Board of Directors also declared a cash dividend of $0.36 per share for the quarter, an increase of 2.9% from the cash dividend of $0.35 paid in recent prior quarters, payable February 2, 2023 to shareholders of record as of January 28, 2023.

VSP investigates house fire in Johnson

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 2:40pm -- tim

Vermont State Police On January 18, 2023, at approximately 10:52 PM the Johnson Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at an unoccupied single-family residence. An off-duty firefighter reported the fire to 911 after seeing flames inside the building. When fire crews arrived, they discovered the structure completed involved in fire. Firefighters conducted an external defense attack on the fire. Investigators are pursuing the possibility that the fire was the result of direct human involvement. The intent of that involvement is unknown and under investigation. There were no reported injuries associated with this fire event. The structure is a complete loss and valued at approximately $100,000.

EPA to review cleanup at Springfield Superfund site this year

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 1:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The EPA will conduct a comprehensive review of completed cleanup work at a Superfund site in Springfield, Vermont this year. The site will undergo a legally required Five-Year Review to ensure that previous remediation efforts at the site continue to protect public health and the environment. The 10-acre Old Springfield Landfill, previously referred to as the Will Dean Dump, was operated by the Town of Springfield between 1947 and 1968. Hazardous industrial waste from local industries was co-disposed with municipal trash into discrete trenches and mixed with municipal solid waste. Most hazardous material was reportedly disposed in bulk liquid and semi-liquid form. Following the closure of the landfill, it was sold and developed for use as a mobile home park, known as Springfield Mobile Home Estates.

Vermont house prices have had the third highest increase of any state, up 16.9%

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 12:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new study has revealed the states where house prices rose the most over the past year. It should come as no surprise to anyone in Vermont that they have risen at a rapid pace since the beginning of the pandemic. A new study based on 2022 home values shows that Vermont had the third highest increase in the nation. The research by Santa Monica realtors analyzed data from Zillow for the past year, across all 50 states to determine which state had seen the biggest rise in housing prices. The average house price in Vermont is now $386,285 after increasing 16.9% over the past 12 months. Of the five fastest growing states, Vermont had the second highest home value, just behind Florida, which was also the fastest growing.

Norwich Solar gets approval for a solar project in Jamaica, VT

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 11:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich Solar has received a Certificate of Public Good (CPG) through the Vermont Public Utility Commission for a 500 kW AC solar array in Jamaica, VT. The ground-mounted solar panels will generate enough renewable clean energy to power approximately 130 homes per year, and offset the carbon emission equivalent of almost 150 cars per year. The solar array site is a depleted gravel/sand extraction area. The Jamaica Selectboard, Planning Commission, and the Windham Regional Planning Commission all designated the location as a preferred site. The array will occupy roughly 3-4 acres of a larger parcel which also hosts several homes.

Turtle Fur announces B Corp certification

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 9:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Celebrating its 40th anniversary, outdoor headwear and accessories brand, Turtle Fur, is excited to announce that as of December 21st, 2022, they have officially become a Certified B Corporation™ (B Corp™), joining a community of leaders committed to doing business for good. To achieve B Corp certification, Turtle Fur underwent a lengthy review of their business practices and operations, measuring the effect those have on their people, their community, and the environment. The results are scored, and companies must meet a minimum score to achieve certification. Becoming B Corp certified means that a company is committed to using business as a force for positive change.

Stewardship work improves access to Otter Creek

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 7:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife (Department), Hermit Woods Trailbuilders and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) teamed up this past fall to implement a series of stewardship projects that will provide enhanced access to Otter Creek. The Department is leading an effort to create a paddling trail along most of the length of Otter Creek, a 112-mile river that runs through Rutland and Addison counties before flowing into Lake Champlain. The recent stewardship work represents the early stages of this project, which emphasizes improving access for paddlers and anglers.

Funding opportunities for Vermont specialty crops now open for applications

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 5:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces $200,000 in grant funds to strengthen Vermont’s specialty crop industries and producer associations. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture crops (including honey, hops, maple syrup and mushrooms), and nursery crops (including Christmas trees and floriculture). Interested applicants should apply by February 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM. 

iSun wins two more solar contracts valued at $6 million in Northern New England

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 4:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine iSun, Inc (NASDAQ: ISUN), a leading solar energy and clean mobility infrastructure company with 50-years of experience accelerating the adoption of innovative electrical technologies based in Williston, announced Tuesday that it was awarded two new contracts valued at nearly $6 million combined to implement renewable energy solutions for community solar projects in Northern New England.

ACLU lawsuit challenges rights violations by Bennington police officials

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 3:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The ACLU filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of John Chinnici, who was unlawfully arrested, interrogated, and searched by Bennington police after they repeatedly pressured multiple witnesses and suspects to name Mr. Chinnici as an accomplice in a January 2016 armed robbery, despite the fact that Mr. Chinnici did not match witness descriptions and no other evidence connected him to the crime. While still trying to get Mr. Chinnici named as an accomplice, Bennington police arrested Mr. Chinnici without probable cause, and went on to make multiple misrepresentations in their interviews with Mr. Chinnici and in their application for a warrant to search his phone. Mr. Chinnici was prosecuted based on evidence arising from these unlawful actions, though his resulting conviction was eventually thrown out. Mr. Chinnici now asserts that BPD officials and the Town of Bennington violated his federal and state constitutional rights. 

VEC seeking candidates for Board of Directors 

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 3:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) is seeking petitions from eligible candidates for three board of directors’ seats that are up for election in May. In order to run for the board, a candidate must be a VEC member and may not be employed by the cooperative. Candidates must have a principal residence within VEC service territory and in the district they are running to represent. Directors are elected to serve four-year terms. The board generally meets in the afternoon on the last Tuesday of each month, either at VEC's main office in Johnson or virtually via teleconference.