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VDH COVID-19 Update: Vermont leads nation in vaccinations, but could be better

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 6:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As Vermont strives to meet its June 1 goals and reopen the state by the Fourth of July, the state is seeing a slower uptake of vaccine by residents in their 20s. Therefore, the state continues its efforts to make getting vaccinated as easy as possible -- with clinics, drive-throughs, walk-ins and other opportunities at colleges and communities throughout the state. The state will employ the three speedways in Vermont, at Bear Ridge, Thunder Road and Devil's Bowl for that purpose. Meanwhile, cases remained low at 34 today and there were no new deaths, which are holding at 248 statewide.

Pritzker commits $650K to Norwich Writers’ Symposium and poses $500K matching gift

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 5:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Pritzker Military Foundation, on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, has committed $650,000 to the Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium. For over 20 years the foundation, which provides support aimed at deepening public understanding of military history, as well as protecting the health and well-being of service members and veterans, has been a dedicated supporter of the symposium, among numerous other Norwich initiatives. Its latest gift will provide valuable operating funds for the symposium and help grow its endowment.

Banner, Reformer, Journal sold

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 4:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The owner of the Brattleboro Reformer, Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal and UpCountry Magazine is selling the properties to a new group formed by Paul Belogour of Guilford, Vermont. The Reformer and Banner are daily newspapers, the Journal is a weekly and UpCountry is a lifestyle magazine that covers the Berkshires and Bennington and Windham counties in Vermont. They were all part of New England Newspapers Inc, which includes the daily Pitsfield (MA) Eagle. NENI president and publisher Fredric D Rutberg made the announcement today. He said they are holding onto the Eagle as they expand the digital products. All employees will be retained. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ben & Jerry's tops non-dairy category, releases five new flavors

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 2:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ben & Jerry's, a dairy company well-known for its black and white cow, is now the number one producer of super-premium Non-Dairy desserts, made entirely without animal products. The progressive ice cream maker from Vermont has bolstered its certified vegan, Non-Dairy almond milk and sunflower-butter based offerings to 19 total flavors. In 2021, Ben & Jerry's unveiled a brand-new Non-Dairy flavor while adding four of the most iconic, fan favorites to the Non-Dairy line up.

Vermont State Police investigates homicide in Newbury

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 2:09pm -- tim

The Vermont State Police is investigating an apparent fatal shooting in the town of Newbury. The suspect was taken into custody peacefully early Tuesday morning, May 4, 2021, following a standoff and is expected to be charged with murder. The suspect is 70-year-old James Perry Jr of Newbury. The victim in this incident is identified as Karina Rheaume, 38, of Newbury, the daughter of the suspect in her death.

CT man sentenced to 120 months in prison over 30 kilos of heroin

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 2:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on May 3, 2021, United States District Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Jose Fontanez, 33, to 120 months in prison following his guilty plea to a charge of conspiring to distribute in Vermont one kilogram or more of heroin, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and 500 grams or more of cocaine between 2010 and November 26, 2018.

Consumer protection panel will address ways to protect against scams May 19

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Vermont will join the Vermont Attorney General's Office and AARP Vermont for a virtual forum designed to inform and empower consumers on the latest scam tactics and how best to avoid them. This virtual event will be held on Wednesday, May 19, at 3 PM EST. It is free and open to all.

Food pilot works with Capstone/BCBSVT to support families

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 11:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new food pilot was born in April as an offshoot of the highly successful Everyone Eats Vermont project. This idea came from Capstone Executive Director Sue Minter’s goal to expand mobility to Vermonters through greater transportation and food access. By decentralizing the food shelf delivery system and providing meals in concert with child support services, Capstone is responding to what people need to be successful parents, and easy access to healthy meals rose to the top of the list.

New online tool for job and education seekers

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 10:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Advance Vermont has launched, the state’s first free online hub to provide Vermonters with the information they need to make informed and empowered decisions about their career and education pathways. With 30,000 fewer Vermonters working than before the pandemic, MyFutureVT fills an urgent need to connect those seeking work with the information, education, and supports needed to get back in the workforce.

White River Junction VA to host veteran town hall on future of the Burlington clinic

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 10:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System has been actively seeking ways to introduce more specialty care options for Veterans who receive care through the Burlington Lakeside Clinic in Burlington. Facility leadership will host a virtual town hall on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 5:30PM-6:30PM for Veterans and stakeholders to hear feedback about increasing specialty care options.

McClaughry: A Biden Supreme Court-packing battle?

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 10:10am -- tim

by John McClaughry President Biden is under pressure to find a way to control a Supreme Court whose present majority may find constitutional limits to what the Democratic party’s left wing is urging him to do. He has created a 36-member Commission to cope with the explosive question of packing the Supreme Court with additional Justices in order to create a compliant 7-6 liberal majority to support his proposals.