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Impact of 'Vermont Legal Community Fighting Hunger Food Drive' announced

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 4:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following the close of a two-week collective effort, Attorney General TJ Donovan, the Vermont Bar Association (VBA), the Vermont Paralegal Organization (VPO), and the Vermont Foodbank announced the positive impact of the Vermont Legal Community Fighting Hunger Food Drive. For the past five years, legal professionals across the state have come together to run the food drive. After hosting last year’s food drive virtually in June, General Donovan, the VBA, VPO, and Foodbank returned to hosting the event during Hunger Action Month in September. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a steep increase in food insecurity for Vermonters and need has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels. 

SVHC previews October 6 Medical Matters Weekly

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 3:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson—a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show—will feature Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Registered Dietitian Rachel Rodney, RD, on its October 6 program. The show will air at 12 p.m. She will share services that are available for free for local patients who would like to improve their diets.

Study: Vermont has lowest elderly poverty rate

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 3:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saving for retirement is one of the primary underlying reasons for many personal finance decisions, from budgeting to investing. Like any money goal, however, saving for retirement — not to mention saving enough for retirement — is often easier said than done. Some states may offer a better environment for adults 65 and older to save and stay financially healthy. According to a recent MagnifyMoney study, Vermont ranked #1 for lowest share of older adults living below the poverty line with just 6.1% of older adults in poverty.

Learning Tree Childcare Center achieves 5 STARS from regulators

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 2:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Learning Tree Childcare Center at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has earned 5 stars from Vermont’s Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS).  STARS participants include registered home providers, licensed children’s centers, school-based pre-kindergarten programs, and school-age programs whose practices and programming exceed the requirements for becoming licensed by the State of Vermont.

VDH: COVID cases stay just under 200, two deaths, Pfizer boosters available

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 3:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported 192 cases of COVID-19 (up 68 from yesterday), and two more deaths for 323 statewide. There are 42 people hospitalized (down one) and 14 in the ICU (up three). Phil Scott announced Friday that starting October 1, many more Vermonters can now schedule and receive their Pfizer vaccine booster shots. "We've reflected on this," Scott said. "We're going to be quite lenient in terms of who should be included and if they'd like to have a booster we'd like to find a way for them to have it. So I expect that number is substantially higher at this point. So our interpretation of this will be, again, quite broad."

Leahy: Voting rights, how the nation can take a cue from Vermont

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 2:27pm -- tim

by Patrick Leahy As is often the way, Vermont boasts some of the most forward-leaning voter access laws in the country. Early voting, mail-in voting, and more are all initiatives that the state has undertaken to expand to all eligible voters their constitutional right to cast a ballot and lend their voice to their democracy.  Vermont should be a model for states across the country. Unfortunately, voter suppression is the wave of the moment. It is an affront to democracy.

VBSR names 2021 awardees: Cindy Turcot, HELM Construction, Ashley Reynolds

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 2:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is honoring three outstanding individuals and businesses who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in socially responsible business: Cindy Turcot of Gardener’s Supply Company with the 2021 Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement, HELM Construction Solutions with the VBSR Innovation and Inspiration Award, and Ashley Reynolds of Elmore Mountain Therapeutics with the VBSR Young Changemaker Award.

VEC launches residential battery storage incentive program

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 11:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Electric Co-operative announced the public launch of a home battery storage incentive program designed to save the co-op on power supply costs and support member resiliency. With several flexible load initiatives underway, including a water heater partnership with Burlington-based Packetized Energy, and incentives for off-peak electric vehicle charging, VEC continues to deploy innovative solutions in an effort to save the co-op money, add resilience, and manage the integration of cleaner power supplies that are coming onto the grid.

Woodchuck Hard Cider celebrates 30th anniversary

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 11:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Woodchuck Hard Cider, the brand that started the American cider revolution in 1991, celebrates its 30th anniversary this Fall.  To mark the momentous occasion, the brand has unveiled a variety of initiatives. Woodchuck is pleased to announce that it has brought back several ‘Fan Favorite’ ciders from the last 30 years, all now available for sale via and across the United States. Woodchuck’s limited-edition ‘Fan Favorite’ releases include Blueberry, Dark & Dry 802 and Barrel Select.

Multiple Working Lands Grants Available

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 5:07am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets Are you producer association, agriculture business or forestry business that's looking for financial assistance to take your operation to the next level? Well lucky for you the Working Lands Enterprise Board is currently accepting applications for numerous grant opportunities. These opportunities can help your organization with everything from infrastructure, marketing, meat processing, professional development projects and more.

VDH: Three more COVID-19 deaths for 321

Sun, 10/03/2021 - 6:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported 124 cases of COVID-19, and three deaths since Friday for 321 statewide. There are 43 people hospitalized (up five from Friday) and 11 in the ICU (up one from Friday). Phil Scott announced Friday that starting October 1, many more Vermonters can now schedule and receive their Pfizer vaccine booster shots.

Vermont manufacturer introduces low-embodied carbon building material to US

Sun, 10/03/2021 - 3:59pm -- tim

by Kelly Notterman “The built environment is responsible for nearly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Rob Conboy, founder and CEO of Glavel. “There is the energy we use to heat and cool buildings, which most people understand, but the materials used in construction also have a big impact.” Specifically, building industry professionals are now taking into consideration embodied carbon—a term that refers to the carbon dioxide emissions of materials throughout the entire manufacturing and construction process—to understand a building's true carbon footprint.