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Artful Ice Shanties return to Brattleboro, Feb 18–26

Sat, 02/04/2023 - 6:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The past two winters have seen thousands of visitors attend Brattleboro’s Artful Ice Shanties exhibit, presented by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) and Retreat Farm. They saw ice shanties shaped like a giant iridescent fish, a black die with moon-shaped dots, a seascape with a three-dimensional octopus, a cockeyed castle, and more. The wild and whimsical Artful Ice Shanties are coming back for the third time, February 18–26, generously sponsored by Foard Panel, Brattleboro Subaru, and The Marina, and with grant support from the Vermont Arts Council.

Saint Michael's This Week: Studio grand opening, Burnham relates racial violence

Sat, 02/04/2023 - 4:28am -- tim

Saint Michael's College Studio grand opening draws alumni media notables as panelists; Sutherland speaker Burnham relates racial violence of history to troubling present-time cases; Student researchers listed as co-authors on published paper in respected science journal; Model U.N. Club represents well at McGill conference in Montreal; Jibfest 2023: A big crowd of happy students having big fun watching snazzy snow tricks; Dykstra travels, translates, publishes, writes poems; Director says MOVE fully operational again.

Tony's Chocolonely and Ben & Jerry's launch new limited-edition chocolate bars and ice cream flavor

Sat, 02/04/2023 - 3:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tony's Chocolonely, the chocolate-making impact company on a mission to end modern slavery and child labor in the chocolate industry, and Ben & Jerry's are celebrating their Chocolate Love A-Fair with two new chocolate bar flavors and one new ice cream pint. The launch celebrates values-led company, Ben & Jerry's, committing to the Tony's Open Chain initiative – announced last summer. Tony's two new chocolate bars are inspired by two of Ben & Jerry's irresistible classic flavors, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Strawberry Cheesecake. The new Ben & Jerry's pint is inspired by Tony's Chocolonely's fan favorite bar: milk chocolate caramel sea salt.

House passes budget adjustment GF increase of $91 million

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 4:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today the House gave final approval to H.145, the FY23 Budget Adjustment Act. This is an annual bill, passed midway through the fiscal year, that rebalances accounts and ensures that the state always maintains a balanced budget. Today’s final vote followed yesterday’s 107-33 party-line roll-call vote. The $8.3 billion Fiscal Year 2023 budget passed last spring would be adjusted up by $324 million under this plan; Governor Scott in his adjustment proposal presented in January sought to increase FY23 by $283 million.

VDH: COVID cases, hospitalizations rise slightly, deaths fewest since last summer

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 1:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported February 1, 2023, that COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations have risen over the last week. However, COVID-19 activity remains in the "Low" range, according to the VDH. Hospitalizations increased to 48 last week. Total cases increased to 501. Total COVID-19 deaths in Vermont are 894, as of January 31. Of those, 707 have been of Vermonters 70 or older. There have been 3 deaths of Vermonters under 30. With no deaths in the last week and 17 so far this month, January is on pace to have the fewest COVID-related fatalities since the summer of 2022.

Cannabis Control Board pulls product for pesticide contamination

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 12:29pm -- tim

The Vermont Cannabis Control Board (CCB) is issuing a consumer protection warning for flower produced by Holland Cannabis (license number CLTV0057-01), due to pesticide contamination. The CCB received a report of an adverse health impact allegedly related to the smoking of an unregistered strain of Holland Cannabis flower. The CCB obtained a sample of this product from the complainant and other samples of Holland Cannabis flower from a retail establishment and has verified that samples of multiple strains of Holland Cannabis flower tested above action limits for the active ingredient myclobutanil, a chemical used as a fungicide.

Seven communities to benefit from historic preservation grants

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 12:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation announce the approval of $56,905 for seven historic preservation projects through the Certified Local Government (CLG) program to support community-based preservation initiatives. A second round of grant funding available to the seventeen designated CLGs will be awarded in May 2023. Among the seven communities receiving funding are Hartford for the National Register of Historic Places nomination of Taft’s Flat; Norwich for the Jones Circle National Register Historic District nomination; and the Town of Stowe in partnership with the Stowe Electrical Department for the Moscow Mill Revitalization Plan.

Berkshire Hills announces quarterly shareholder dividend, adds Polito to board

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 10:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE: BHLB), with branches in Southern Vermont, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per common share to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 16, 2023, payable on March 2, 2023.

Scott Cabinet officials visit Windham County to continue ‘ARPA Tour’

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 9:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Scott Administration officials will be visiting Windham County on Monday to continue their county tour to hear from community leaders about their unique infrastructure needs and to discuss the many funding opportunities available to them via federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. Officials will offer guidance on how communities can apply for assistance with tangible economic development, housing, water and sewer, climate change mitigation measures, and broadband projects.  

Sanders announces winners of 13th annual State of the Union Essay Contest for Vermont students

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 6:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Thursday announced the winners of his thirteenth annual State of the Union Essay Contest, which gives Vermont high school students of all backgrounds an opportunity to address a major issue facing the country and propose solutions. This year, 382 students from 31 Vermont high schools submitted essays. A panel of seven Vermont educators served as volunteer judges, ranking the essays and selecting twelve finalists and three winners. Since Sanders started the contest, more than 5,700 students throughout Vermont – representing almost every high school in the state – have written essays about critically important issues, including climate change, access to mental health care, political polarization, gun safety, disability rights, racial justice, and more.

Champlain College creates visual experience for Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 5:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Emergent Media Center (EMC) at Champlain College, in collaboration with the Vermont Youth Orchestra (VYO) and Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO), is debuting two experimental film pieces during the winter concert, “¡La Fiesta!” conducted and programmed by Dr. Mark Alpízar at the Flynn Theater on Sunday, February 5. The combination of the students’ original film work and the orchestral music expands storytelling in the arts. The local partnership began in the spring of 2022, aspiring to create an engaging experience for young musicians and artists.