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USDA supports Vermont’s Babaroosa Immersive Art with nearly $5 million

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 12:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Department is investing $770 million to help create new and better market opportunities for rural businesses and people in 36 states and Puerto Rico. The investments include $640 million for 122 projects to help people living in socially vulnerable communities. The Vermont Economic Development Authority used a USDA Business & Industry Loan Guarantee to fund Babaroosa Immersive, LLC, with $4.75 million to establish a permanent art facility in Vermont targeting local, regional, and external markets. 

NVRH Auxiliary presents $9,500 in Scholastic Achievement Awards

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 12:38pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) Auxiliary announced the five recipients of the Scholastic Achievement Awards, which totaled $9,500 and is presented annually to both high school and adult students who are pursuing a career in healthcare, on Friday, May 13. Scholastic Achievement Award Committee Chair Beulah McGinnis presented a $2,500 award to Delaney Payeur of Waterford (Radiology Technician), Lance Abella of St. Johnsbury (Health Sciences), and Olivia Matteis of East Burke (BSN, Nursing). Kadienne Whitcomb of West Burke and Liza Morse of Danville each received a $1,000 award as well. Whitcomb will be attending NVU-Lyndon to study Exercise Science. Morse will be attending UVM and to study Biology.

NVRH honors two nurses with DAISY Awards

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 12:34pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) nurses Melanie Gagnon, RN, BSN and Sharon Baker, BSN, RNC-OB were each honored for their compassionate care and peer support with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® during National Nurses Week, which ran from May 6 through May 12, 2022. Traditionally, DAISY Award ceremonies include patients, colleagues and family members and are held on the units. However, Gagnon’s ceremony – which was on Monday, May 9 – and Baker’s ceremony – which was on Tuesday, May 10 – were posted on the hospital’s social media channels.

Albertsons voluntarily recalls select store-prepared items containing peanut butter due to possible Salmonella contamination

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 12:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Albertsons Companies (NYSE: ACI), in cooperation with its supplier The J. M. Smucker Co., has voluntarily recalled 11 store-prepared items due to possible Salmonella contamination, including in Vermont. The store-prepared items were available for purchase at the following banners: Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky, Haggen, Carrs-Safeway, Eagle, Tom Thumb, United, Amigos, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Andronico's Community Markets, Vons, Pak 'N Save, Shaw's, Star Market, Randalls, Vons, Jewel-Osco, ACME, King's and Balducci's.

Alex Hilliard of Poultney appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 11:47am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Senate Committee on Committees has appointed Alex Hilliard of Poultney to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Hilliard is a personal trainer, entrepreneur, and parent of three.  As owner and operator of VT AthletaFit, a year-old personal training studio business located on the second floor of the Reclaimed-Poultney Community Skills Center, Hilliard offers in-person or virtual personal training sessions, coaching advice for well-rounded fitness, and training to prepare for sports or for an active lifestyle.

Union Mutual receives 4th straight gold-level Worksite Wellness Accolade

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 6:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Union Mutual was recently honored by the Vermont Department of Health and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports with a 2022 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award – GOLD Level. This is the Company’s fourth consecutive top-tier wellness honor. According to the Vermont Department of Health, the annual Worksite Wellness Awards create a standard of excellence for worksite wellness initiatives and recognize Vermont employers’ efforts to enhance productivity, bolster a healthy environment and improve employee wellbeing.

NEFCU donates $31,500 to Vermont Children's Hospital

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 3:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On April 29th, Bill Smith, Senior V.P. Chief Marketing and Retail Officer of New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU), and Sarah Ricker, Senior Community Relations Specialist, presented a check for $31,500 to Vermont Children’s Hospital. On hand to receive the check were Dr. Lewis First of the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and “Wild Bill” Sargent of WOKO. The funds were collected during the annual NEFCU Big Change Roundup.

SVMC Emergency Department receives donation of blankets for children

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 3:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Just as the rain began to fall on Thursday, April 14, Danielle Ploof, a middle school science teacher at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, MA, stopped by Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) to spread some sunshine in the form of 50 handmade blankets for children using the Emergency Department. The blankets were made through a cooperation among Brady’s Smile, a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; Deborah Ploof of Blue Spruce Grange in Essex Junction, VT; and middle school students at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, MA.

Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Dartmouth Institute Leader

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 3:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Amber E. Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, will be the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. The show will cover Barnato’s wide range of expertise, including public health/preventive medicine, hospice/palliative medicine, the institute’s work, health equity, and Barnato’s research regarding life support decisions families and physicians make for patients in the ICU.

Vermont River Conservancy responds to death at Bolton Potholes

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 3:23am -- tim

Vermont River Conservancy “Vermont River Conservancy is extremely saddened by the tragic death of Cody Surprise, and our hearts go out to the young man’s family and friends. We are grateful to all who responded on the scene including Richmond Rescue, Colchester Technical Rescue Team, Bolton Fire Department, and Stowe Mountain Rescue, as well as area neighbors,” says Steve Libby, Executive Director of Vermont River Conservancy.

Governor signs student equity bill into law, four others

Mon, 05/23/2022 - 5:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott signed into law the following bills, passed by the General Assembly: S.122, An act relating to the required votes of presidential electors; S.127, An act relating to clarifying community supervision furlough appeals and the powers of the Corrections Monitoring Commission; S.220, An act relating to State-paid deputy sheriffs; S.254, An act relating to maintaining records of judgments and settlements paid by law enforcement agencies and a legal analysis of qualified immunity; S.287, An act relating to improving student equity by adjusting the school funding formula and providing education quality and funding oversight. "I am signing S.287...however, I believe our work in this area has just begun."

Mother and son charged with Medicaid fraud

Mon, 05/23/2022 - 4:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office announced that the Caledonia Criminal Division found probable cause for felony Medicaid Fraud charges committed by Debra Stewart, 62, of Newark, Vermont, and her son, Andrew Lavelle, 31. Stewart was arraigned today on two counts of Medicaid Fraud, while the court issued an arrest warrant for Lavelle. The charges brought against both Stewart and Lavelle are the result of an investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit.