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Free energy kits help Vermonters celebrate Energy Efficiency Day

Sun, 10/17/2021 - 6:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Energy efficiency is the gift that keeps on giving, and Efficiency Vermont encourages Vermonters to treat themselves to some savings on National Energy Efficiency Day this Wednesday, Oct. 6. Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of dozens of energy efficiency advocates around the nation, working together to raise awareness of the vital role energy efficiency plays in helping consumers save money, protect the environment, and improve the comfort of their homes, workplaces, and public spaces. 

Over 95% of Burlington city employees fully vaccinated following new policy

Sun, 10/17/2021 - 4:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On August 20th Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a new vaccination policy requiring all City employees to either be vaccinated or submit to regular COVID-19 testing, effective October 11th. This week, the City reports that more than 95% of employees have submitted proof of vaccination, with 56 employees beginning weekly testing. New hires are required to show proof of vaccination with no option to meet the policy requirements through testing.  

VDH: COVID cases spike again to record 342, two more deaths for 345

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 9:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting another spike today with 342 cases of COVID-19 (up 106 cases) after increasing by 85 on Friday. The three worst days for cases have all come since mid-September, as the Delta variant has taken over since early July. The VDH also today reported two additional deaths for 345 statewide.

$14.5 million terminal project underway at Burlington International Airport

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 4:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger, federal partners including Senator Patrick Leahy and Chris Nelson of TSA, and Airport leadership on Thursday met to celebrate the construction of the planned Terminal Integration Project at Burlington International Airport (BTV). The more than 30,000-square-foot expansion is on target to open to travelers next fall and will house five TSA screening lanes, an expanded queuing and, space for concessions.  

North Hero-Grand Isle drawbridge construction update

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 11:43am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Transportation US Route 2 at the temporary drawbridge is open to two lanes of traffic. The contractor is working from 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Saturday. The temporary bridge has a speed limit of 25 mph. There are tight curves approaching the temporary bridge, and trucks are advised to reduce speed to 15 mph. Bicycles should use caution while crossing the bridge. The drawbridge seasonal, daily operation will end today at 8:00 PM. You may request a bridge opening by contacting the bridge tender on Channel 13 or at 802-372-4360. The bridge will not open unless a request is made. 

Norwich to host second annual high school architecture and design competition

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 5:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is accepting submissions from high school students for an architecture and design competition that offers scholarships to the university as prizes. Submissions will be accepted until November 7. This is the second year Norwich is offering the competition, and this year’s challenge is to design a “Pocket Place,” as the need for outdoors spaces for gathering has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadline approaching for schools to apply for grants from Consolidated Communications

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 3:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The deadline (November 1) is fast approaching for K-12 schools to apply for an educational grant from Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) a top 10 fiber provider, through its grant program, Consolidated Connects. Technology-focused grants up to $5,000 are available for schools in Vermont and its entire service area.

VCRD 'graduates' second class of Climate Catalysts, application for next round closes Oct 29

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 3:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Council on Rural Development is celebrating the graduation of 14 local leaders from the second class of the Climate Catalysts Leadership Program. Primarily through virtual convening, the program brings together local leaders from all walks of life and all corners of Vermont to build peer connections, strengthen leadership skills, and receive support in developing a local project or initiative that helps strengthen their local economy in a way that prepares for climate change.

Scott appoints Chris Herrick as Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner

Fri, 10/15/2021 - 3:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Chris Herrick as the commissioner of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Herrick will lead the department responsible for the management and conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitats. For the last five years, Chris has served as deputy commissioner at the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and prior to that he served two and a half years as director of Vermont Emergency Management within DPS.

ARPA grants to support Vermont’s early child care network

Fri, 10/15/2021 - 3:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced today a new grant program that aims to support and stabilize the state’s child care industry — a sector hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Child Care Stabilization Grants, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, will help regulated child care providers: Cover unexpected business costs associated with the pandemic, and stabilize their operations so they can continue providing care.

Craig Cowles sentenced for evading over $250,000 in taxes

Fri, 10/15/2021 - 2:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Acting United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Craig Cowles, 53, of Richmond, Vermont, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Burlington to five years of probation following his guilty plea to federal income tax evasion. Chief District Judge Geoffrey Crawford ordered that Cowles pay restitution totaling about $262,000 to the IRS for unpaid taxes. Since pleading guilty, Cowles has already paid the IRS more than $80,000 toward this restitution obligation.

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