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Brock: Swatting flies while the house burns down

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 9:14am -- tim

by Senator Randy Brock Imagine waking up one morning and seeing crumbs all over the floor, dirty dishes in the sink and the house full of flies because someone left the back door open. Which problem should you deal with first?  None of the above -- because the smoke and flames should have alerted you that the house is on fire. But, instead of calling the fire department, you sweep up the crumbs, do a load of dishes and grab the fly swatter.

Julie Moore: Respect. Protect. Enjoy.

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 5:29am -- tim

by Secretary Julie Moore, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources June is Pride Month and 2021 marks the 51st celebration – a time when people come together in support of the LGBTQ community. June also marks the official opening of most Vermont State Parks and end of mud season restrictions on hiking trails throughout the state. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) stewards more than 350,000 acres of public lands on behalf of Vermont and our visitors as a source of inspiration and enjoyment for all. 

CSWD receives materials management infrastructure grant

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 4:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Chittenden Solid Waste District has been awarded a grant worth $131,200 by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), an arm of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, to be used toward capital infrastructure improvements to the Environmental Depot--CSWD's hazardous waste collection facility-- and enhanced food scrap collection at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award call for nominations

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 4:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award program was founded in 2007 by ATHENA International to honor emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Recipients must also demonstrate their commitment to service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in their community while serving as a role model for young women personally and professionally.

104th Fighter Wing will conduct training flights in Southern Vermont

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 3:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The 104th Fighter Wing is scheduled to fly in and around Vermont during the month of June. The Barnes National Guard Base in Westfield, MA, said in a statement: "We do not want to alarm the residents around the local area who may be startled by the additional flying. The training is a critical part of our mission and allows us to accomplish core training tasks. We would appreciate your help in sharing this news, to help alleviate the local residents from being alarmed."

Cabot introduces new farm trail

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 3:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Just in time for summer, Cabot has launched the Cabot Farm Trail, a unique way for people to visit and meet some of the co-operative’s farm families across New England and upstate New York. People can use the newly launched web page to find farms with creemee shops, farm stands, corn mazes and other businesses that welcome visitors. The website can be filtered by geography, season, interest, and activity, families can create their own perfect summer getaway.

VDH COVID-19 Update: New interactive town map, inching toward 80 percent goal

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 5:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The VDH is reporting today only nine cases of COVID-19 and again no deaths. Vermont needs 8,708 more people to get vaccinated to reach Governor Scott's goal of 80 percent. At that point he would remove all pandemic mandates. The state would reopen on June 10 if about 1,000 Vermonters are vaccinated daily, on June 7 if about 1,500 are vaccinated daily, and on June 6 if about 2,000 are vaccinated. The state has also published an interactive map so you can see how your town is doing.

William Kelly pleads guilty to fraud charges related to the Jay Peak EB-5 AnC Vermont project

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The United States Attorney’s Office announced that today William Kelly, 72, of Weston, Florida, pleaded guilty before Chief Judge Geoffrey W Crawford in United States District Court in Rutland to two felony charges in connection with his involvement in the Jay Peak Biomedical Research Park EB-5 investment project, also called the AnC Vermont project.

Healthy Living Market, Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Union Mutual are finalists for Deane C Davis Award

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 3:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is home to different types of businesses, ones that are good to their employees, customers, the environment and the Vermont community. Every year, Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce honor a Vermont business that demonstrates an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. The Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award, named for the former Vermont governor and established in 1990, boasts three finalists again this year. They are: Healthy Living Market of So Burlington, Lawson’s Finest Liquids of Waitsfield and Union Mutual of Montpelier.

2nd Circuit: VT can’t exclude students at religious high schools from tuition program

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 3:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus ruling Wednesday (A.H. v. French), the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit struck down a state prohibition on tuition funding for religious students and religious schools who brought a lawsuit against state officials. The court’s opinion comes after it previously issued a mandate that stopped local school districts from excluding the students, who attend religious schools, from the state program. The writ would compel the Vermont Agency of Education to allow state tuition for religious schools while the case winds its way through the courts.

Hoffman: Unemployment benefits common sense

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 1:27pm -- tim

by Jack Hoffman at Public Assets Institute Nearly half of the governors—23 and counting—have decided to end federal supplemental unemployment benefits for workers in their states. Evidently, they never heard the old adage: Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. In these bizarre times, I guess we have to be grateful that Governor Scott was raised with more common sense. Vermonters received $1.3 billion in state and federal unemployment payments in 2020, according to the latest data from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. It was a huge amount — more than the previous 11 years combined.