Vermont Business Magazine The Globee Awards, organizers of world’s premier business awards programs and business ranking lists, has named Fidium, Consolidated Communications’ consumer fiber internet service, winner of the Gold Globee in the 17th Annual 2022 Information Technology World Awards in the New Telecom Service category. This prestigious global award recognized Fidium for bringing new gig-speed internet access to hundreds of thousands of homes, and building a customer-centered experience, with competitive pricing and no data caps, contracts, or hidden fees. Fidium, part of Consolidated Communications, is coming to 87,000 Vermont homes by the end of the year.
Vermont Business Magazine Last week, in a historic victory for Vermont businesses and workers alike, Governor Scott signed the legislature’s economic and workforce development omnibus, S. 11 – legislation that includes over $15 million in funding for the new COVID-19 Related Paid Leave Grant Program. The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act offered critical financial lifelines to families in need by requiring businesses to provide emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for those impacted by COVID-19. In return, businesses received FFCRA payroll tax credits to cover the costs of providing this critical benefit.
Vermont Business Magazine With the official start of summer approaching and warmer temperatures on the way, the Vermont Department of Labor and the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) encourage employers and workers across Vermont to brush up on best practices for heat safety in the workplace. VOSHA will be holding a webinar on Monday, June 20 to provide more information on how employers can protect their workers from heat related illnesses.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health has partnered with the Charlotte-based Clemmons Family Farm, an African American-led nonprofit organization whose mission and expertise includes integrating the arts and storytelling into public health, K-12 education and community-building, for an innovative approach to gather information about the perceptions and motivations among Black Vermonters about getting – or not getting – COVID-19 vaccinations. The unprecedented scope of the COVID-19 pandemic has touched nearly every Vermonter and led to the state mobilizing the most comprehensive public health response in nearly a century.
Vermont Business Magazine Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of adults in this country. During the month of May, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel teamed up with the American Heart Association (AHA) in their mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives by raising $1,250 through a “Life is Why” consumer campaign. The Life is Why campaign encouraged the community and Lenny’s patrons to stand with both Lenny’s and the American Heart Association by donating to support heart research and local programing at the time of checkout at any of our four locations.
Vermont Business Magazine Gifford will distribute meals for Upper Valley Everyone Eats this month on Tuesday, June 28 between 5 – 5:30 pm at Gifford’s South Parking lot. The meals, provided by Randolph-based restaurant Tacocat Cantina, are available by reservation. Upper Valley Everyone Eats is the local hub of Vermont’s coronavirus relief program, Vermont Everyone Eats (VEE). VEE provides nutritious meals to Vermonters in need of food assistance, as well as a stabilizing source of income for Vermont restaurants, farmers, and food producers. This program is open to all Vermonters looking to stretch their food budget as a result of the pandemic or otherwise.
Vermont Business Magazine In some parts of the state, Vermonters are noticing the return of a disturbing sight in our forests and backyards: masses of spongy moth caterpillars. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) and Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) have received numerous inquiries from concerned citizens regarding large numbers of spongy moth caterpillars, Lymantria dispar dispar, (also known as LDD, formerly gypsy moth). While the spongy moth can emerge anywhere in the state, unusually high populations observed last year and again this spring are localized in western areas of Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine Matthew Vernon, MD—a radiation oncologist, medical director of the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, and an avid road and adventure racer—will be the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15. The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.
Vermont Business Magazine Gifford’s largest fundraising event of the year returns for a 17th summer. The Last Mile Event benefiting end-of-life care patients and their families will be held over two weekends. Saturday, August 13 features a bicycle ride. Friday, August 19 is a 5K and 1- or 2-mile walk and the 80-mile motorcycle ride takes place on Saturday, August 20. 2021’s Last Mile Event saw new participation and fundraising records. A total of 519 people participated and $165,000 went to Gifford’s palliative care program.
Vermont Business Magazine The National Center for PTSD is encouraging veterans, service members and civilians who are trauma survivors to take a simple self-screen for posttraumatic stress disorder for PTSD Screening Day on June 27. The self-screen tool is a short, five-question screen that can be answered alone, with a friend, family member or health care provider. The White River Junction VA Healthcare System has a number of psychotherapists and mental health prescribers located across Vermont and New Hampshire who are expertly trained in the treatment of PTSD from all types of trauma.
Vermont Business Magazine Northern Vermont University Professor Dr. Gina Mireault was recently awarded a prestigious research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was named a Vermont State Colleges Systems (VSCS) Faculty Fellow for the 2022-2023 academic year. Dr. Mireault’s research has focused on various aspects of emotional development in childhood for more than 20 years, and her current research focuses on the perception and creation of humor in infants from three to twelve months old. She has presented at major peer-reviewed conferences and her work has been cited in national and international publications.
Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont this week received the Blue Apple Award for the highest percentage of timely prenatal care for their Federal Employee Program members, compared to Blues plans across the country. This is the third time Vermont has received this award from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, which represents 36 plans across the United States.