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RALLYTHON raises over $102,000 to Support the UVM Children’s Hospital

Mon, 03/20/2023 - 3:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hundreds of UVM students, faculty, and staff danced the night away on March 4th to raise funds and awareness for the UVM Children’s Hospital. RALLYTHON, UVM’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon, raised over $102,034.09 by the end of the evening. The total raised continues to grow post-event, and on Tuesday, April 4th, RALLYTHON’s student leadership team will present a check to UVM Children’s Hospital’s Chief of Pediatrics Lewis First, MD. RALLYTHON is planned and executed by a committee of 33 students from across campus.

Major wire fraud case in Addison County

Sun, 03/19/2023 - 5:32pm -- tim

by Mike Donoghue, Correspondent, Vermont Business Magazine A Bristol businessman, who authorities said defrauded more than 100 customers out of $165,000 for custom wood products he never delivered over the past year, has been arrested on federal wire fraud charges. David A. Conrad, 42, pleaded not guilty to the 5-count indictment when he appeared in US District Court in Burlington late Friday afternoon. Federal Magistrate Kevin Doyle agreed to release Conrad despite heavy objection by the prosecution, which noted the defendant had no stable place to live and may have serious mental health issues.  Conrad has been living in his truck in Burlington in recent days and it appeared he would continue to live there if released.

Person struck by Amtrak train in Waterbury dies

Sun, 03/19/2023 - 5:26pm -- tim

Vermont State Police On 03/17/2023 at approximately 1955 hrs., the Vermont State Police along with the Waterbury Fire Department and Waterbury Ambulance Service were called to a report of a person who had been struck by a northbound Amtrak passenger train on the railroad tracks adjacent to the Waterbury - Stowe Amtrak Station. The victim was found to be deceased and was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine Nature and Cause of Death. No passengers or Amtrak employees on the train were injured during the incident.

Vermont DEC seeks lake ice observations from the public

Sun, 03/19/2023 - 4:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As Vermonters patiently wait for spring temperatures to arrive, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites the public to report when Vermont’s lakes and ponds lose their ice cover. Also known as the “ice-out date,” this date marks when lakes or ponds become ice-free from shore to shore. Tracking ice-out dates helps DEC scientists decide when to begin seasonal water quality sampling efforts. When ice covers lakes, the water below separates into layers based on temperature and density. When the surface ice fully melts in the spring, the heavy cold water sinks and the water column fully mixes. Water samples collected at this time of mixing show the baseline amount of phosphorus a lake will have available to fuel algae and aquatic plant growth during the spring and summer.

Scott cabinet officials visit Lamoille County on ‘ARPA Tour’ Monday

Sun, 03/19/2023 - 1:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Scott Administration officials will be visiting Lamoille County on Monday to continue their county tour to hear from community leaders about their unique infrastructure needs and to discuss the many funding opportunities available to them via federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. Officials will offer guidance on how communities can apply for assistance with tangible economic development, housing, water and sewer, climate change mitigation measures, and broadband projects. While Officials will be using the day for various one-on-one support meetings in Lamoille County, a list of events open to the media and public are sorted by Agency or Department below.

Colberg, et al: All kids deserve access to nourishing foods in school

Sun, 03/19/2023 - 5:41am -- tim

by Karen Colberg Vermont businesses large and small are pillars of our local communities: providing goods and services, offering local employment opportunities, contributing to the local economy, and advocating for the well-being of our people. Ensuring our current workforce and their families have what they need is more than just good business – it’s about creating a thriving future for our communities and state. By supporting kids’ physical, mental and emotional development today through proper nutrition, we are investing in tomorrow’s workers and leaders. It is our job to care for our state’s students, so students can focus on their job — showing up to class able to concentrate and ready to learn all they need to become the skilled and creative people who will power Vermont’s future. It’s simple: no student should learn what hunger feels like at school.

Lake Champlain Chamber announces call for business and community award nominations

Sun, 03/19/2023 - 4:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Lake Champlain Chamber (LCC) has announced a call for nominations for its annual business and community awards. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to nominate candidates for the following awards: Business of the Year; A. Wayne Roberts Business Award; Emerging Leader Award; Workforce Innovation Award; Community Impact Award.

Vermont Law and Graduate School professors recognized as two of 40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40

Sun, 03/19/2023 - 4:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Meg York JD’15, professor and Family Law Project lead attorney and Jill Martin Diaz, professor and Vermont Immigrant Assistance (VIA) lead attorney, both part of the South Royalton Legal Clinic (SRLC) at Vermont Law and Graduate School, have been named as two of the 40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 in 2023 by the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association. Each year, 40 LGBTQ+ legal professionals under the age of 40 are recognized by the LGBTQ+ Bar for demonstrating a profound commitment to LGBTQ+ equality in their field. York and Martin Diaz are among a distinguished group of lawyers receiving this award; both identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community, extending their advocacy within this community and respective legal fields.

Lawsuit settlement begins to open access to medical aid in dying

Sun, 03/19/2023 - 4:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Patient Choices Vermont (PCV) is pleased to announce the settlement of a lawsuit filed last August challenging the constitutionality of the Vermont residency requirement in our medical-aid-in-dying law (Act 39). The settlement means that plaintiff Lynda Shannon Bluestein, a terminally ill cancer patient from Connecticut, will now have access to medical-aid-in-dying services in Vermont. The settlement further stipulates that Vermont officials will support removal of the residency requirement from the law.

Leonine: Budget adjustment bill will test the powers that be

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 5:25pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs The budget adjustment bill was delivered to Governor Phil Scott on Tuesday. He has until Monday to act on the bill and there is much anticipation about whether he will sign or veto. He has raised concerns that the legislature included $50 million more than he had originally proposed. If he vetoes the bill, it will be the first test of the Democratic supermajority in the Legislature, and would set the tone for other disagreements between the two branches of government over spending and policy proposals currently being developed in the State House. The House Ways and Means Committee approved H.66, which would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave for workers at 90 percent of their salary to care for a newborn and some other personal matters. The program would cost $112 million to start, $117 million annually, and would be paid for with payroll tax split between the employer and the employee.

Their Futures Revealed: Medical Class of ‘23 Celebrates Match Day

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 3:18pm -- tim

by Jennifer Nachbur, The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine, UVM Energized and costumed in “under the sea” themed outfits, headbands, and trinkets, members of the medical Class of 2023 enjoyed an upbeat, emotional, and life-changing Match Day in the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine’s Hoehl Gallery on March 17. The 113 students participating were among a record-breaking nearly 43,000* future physicians taking part in the National Resident Matching Program’s (NRMP) 2023 Main Residency Match. Of the Class of 2023 medical students participating, 42 were matched into primary care residencies (internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics). Class members matched at 77 different institutions across 29 states, with eight students matching to residencies at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

VCBB encourages Vermonters to comment on upcoming digital equity programs

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 2:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking input on how to structure nearly $2.7 billion in grant programs to ensure everyone in America has the digital skills and devices they need to realize the full potential of high-speed Internet access. The goal of the Digital Equity Act’s $1.44 billion State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program and the $1.25 billion Competitive Digital Equity Program is to promote adoption and meaningful use of the Internet among underrepresented communities and populations, including low-income households, veterans, aging individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, rural residents, and others. The Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB) has been appointed to administer Vermont’s Digital Equity Act programs.