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Vermont Federal Credit Union named a Top 5 Lender by VHFA

Wed, 02/08/2023 - 11:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Federal Credit Union has been named a Top 5 Lender for Volume by the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) in 2022. Vermont Federal was the only Credit Union in Vermont to receive the award and was recognized in combination with four other mortgage lending partners in Vermont. Vermont Federal Credit Union has received this award for the past five consecutive years.

Vermont gets $2 million in grants to address unsheltered and rural homelessness

Wed, 02/08/2023 - 10:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On February 2nd, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced grants to address homelessness among people in unsheltered settings and in rural communities. Nationally, nearly $315 million in grants were announced to 46 communities. Vermont received $2,062,533 in funding.  

Schools across Vermont receive apparent hoax threat calls

Wed, 02/08/2023 - 10:41am -- tim

Vermont State Police Multiple law enforcement agencies across Vermont are receiving calls reporting shootings at local schools. At this time, none of these threats is believed to be credible, and the incidents appear to be hoaxes. The calls have been reported to originate from VOIP phone numbers or potentially spoofed 802 numbers and appear to be associated with ongoing nationwide hoax phone threats of school shootings, bomb threats, and other violent events that have proved to be unfounded.

BHS basketball players read statement before CVU game regarding racism

Wed, 02/08/2023 - 10:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington High School Girls Basketball Team read a statement before tip-off of the varsity basketball game vs Champlain Valley High School Tuesday night at UVM's Patrick Gym. The statement stems from a TikTok video in December which included a CVU player. Subsequent to the video several schools canceled games against CVU, including a previous one by BHS. 

Scott announces $12.6 million in Healthy Homes Initiative awards

Wed, 02/08/2023 - 9:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) today announced $12.6 million in Healthy Homes Initiative awards to help 36 manufactured housing communities (also known as mobile home parks) repair, replace, and upgrade water infrastructure. Most of the awards will address significant problems with outdated and failing wastewater and drinking water systems. Awardees will use the funding to cover the costs of: A needs assessment with a State-contracted engineering firm, Technical and permitting assistance, and/or Construction needed to improve water infrastructure. Eligible manufactured housing communities included those that are registered through the state’s Mobile Home Park registry, and awardees included communities in every county from which an application was received.

ACLU urges Rutland selectboard to revise policies on trespass notices  

Wed, 02/08/2023 - 9:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a letter to the Rutland Town Selectboard today, the ACLU is drawing attention to numerous examples of trespass notices barring local residents from public property—several of which have been issued at the behest of Selectboard members—part of a statewide trend of local officials restricting residents’ access to public spaces. The letter asserts that Rutland’s current policy for trespass notices is inadequate to protect residents’ due process rights; prior to being contacted by the ACLU, the town had no policy at all.  Based on information obtained through public records requests and discussions with local residents, the ACLU learned that from 2020 to 2022, Rutland Town police have issued at least 10 trespass notices restricting access to public property—without providing a reason for their issuance in the notice or a process to challenge them.

MENTOR Vermont celebrate Vermont Mentoring Month

Wed, 02/08/2023 - 3:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine MENTOR Vermont, in partnership with youth mentoring programs, youth mentees, volunteer mentors, legislators, and business supporters, celebrated Vermont Mentoring Month at MENTOR Vermont’s annual Youth Mentoring Celebration at the Vermont Statehouse on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Comcast and MENTOR Vermont partnered for the eighth straight year to recognize the 2023 Vermont Ambassadors of Mentoring. These youth mentees and adult mentors have committed to working with MENTOR Vermont to raise awareness of the benefits of youth mentoring, the necessity for greater State investment in youth mentoring, and the need for more volunteer mentors to ensure young people in Vermont have supportive mentoring relationships they need to thrive.

Choose Your Own Adventure has licensed rights to Penguin Random House for a Stranger Things CYOA

Wed, 02/08/2023 - 3:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Chooseco, The Waitsfield-based publisher of Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) gamebooks, the fourth bestselling children’s book series of all time, has licensed rights to Penguin Random House for a Stranger Things CYOA. Portland-based poet and CYOA writer, Rana Tahir, authored "Stranger Things: Heroes and Monsters" based on the fourth season of the Netflix series. It will be released by Random House Children’s Books (RHCB), a division of Penguin Random House, on April 18, 2023. "Stranger Things: Heroes and Monsters" will be the longest CYOA book in their Classic series to date clocking in at 280 pages and more than 25 endings. Like all CYOA books, it is written in the second person. The protagonist is YOU, the reader, who is presented with a series of choices that navigate your way through the book.

Lorraine Sterritt to step down as Saint Michael's College president in June

Tue, 02/07/2023 - 5:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael’s College President Lorraine Sterritt and Chair of the Board of Trustees Patricia Casey shared the news of President Sterritt’s upcoming retirement, effective June 30, with the campus community today. Sterritt, a national leader in higher education with experience at some of America’s finest institutions, was named the 17th president of Saint Michael's College in January 2018 and began serving as president beginning in July of that year. Saint Micahel's is a residential, liberal arts, Catholic college located in Colchester.

Weinberger announces the Elmwood Emergency Shelter is ready for guests 

Tue, 02/07/2023 - 3:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Yesterday, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced that the City’s Elmwood Emergency Shelter Community is ready for occupancy and up to 35 guests will be welcomed into the shelter by the end of the month. CEDO Director, Brian Pine, CEDO Assistant Director for Community Works, Samantha Dunn, and Champlain Housing Trusts (CHT) CEO, Michael Monte were also present for the announcement. Brian, Samantha and Michael joined the Mayor in thanking many key partners for delivering an innovative new approach to building emergency low-barrier shelter, and for supporting the incoming shelter guests with robust services as part of the City’s public health approach to ending homelessness.  

Remarks on civility and respect from Governor Scott at his weekly press conference

Tue, 02/07/2023 - 12:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At his weekly press conference today, Governor Phil Scott addressed concerning incidents seen at youth sporting events over the past several months, and the need for everyone to work to be better role models. The governor in particular addressed the fight that ensued on the court mostly among adult spectators at a middle school basketball game last week (January 31) in Alburgh. But this has not been the only incident involving fans at school sporting events.

Vermont’s Food Waste Laws are Popular, But Vexing Issues Remain

Tue, 02/07/2023 - 12:52pm -- tim

by Basil Waugh, University of Vermont Vermonters largely support laws on food scraps and single-use plastics, but some are confused about composting rules, and frustrated with the state’s inability to compost biodegradable containers and tableware. These takeaways are from the first research yet to tackle the state’s pioneering food waste laws—Act 148 (food scraps) and Act 69 (single-use plastics)—since coming into effect on July 1, 2020. Findings includes: Most Vermonters (66%) say the environmental benefits of the plastic bag ban outweigh the economics costs; Businesses identify Vermont’s inability to compost or recycle biodegradable takeout meal containers and tableware as a source of frustration.

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