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Shelburne Farms awarded a Save America’s Treasures grant 

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 4:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Shelburne Farms is excited to announce that it has been awarded a Save America’s Treasures grant of $500,000 in order to protect and preserve the historic Coach Barn by upgrading the electrical system and installing fire and life safety improvements. One of the great barns of America and one of Vermont’s iconic historic buildings, the Coach Barn is an inspiring and beautiful convening space for educators as well as for nonprofit and community organizations. It is home to the Shelburne Farms Institute for Sustainable Schools, a hub for professional learning programs and resources for PreK-12 educators, including the Farm to School Institute. All of Shelburne Farms’ professional learning offerings prepare educators to facilitate learning experiences for students using a lens of sustainability. 

Charges issued for hunting-related shooting incident in Huntington

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 4:10pm -- tim

Department of Fish and Wildlife The Vermont Warden Service issued charges today against Alex Gaudette, 25, of Bolton, for the hunting related shooting of James Cameron, 35, of Fairfax, in Huntington earlier this month. Gaudette faces felony charges of aggravated assault (13 V.S.A. § 1024) and negligent use of a gun (13 V.S.A. § 4009).  He also faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment (13 V.S.A. § 1025).  Gaudette will answer to the charges in Chittenden County Court on September 22, 2022. If convicted of aggravated assault, Gaudette could face up to 15 years of jail time and be fined up to $10,000, as well as losing his hunting license for five years.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Jobtoberfest, a celebration of opportunity

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 3:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine All are invited to explore the possibilities of a new career with the region’s largest employers at Jobtoberfest. The event is scheduled for 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at the gymnasium of the former Southern Vermont College, 982 Mansion Drive in Bennington. There are jobs available for people with all levels of education and skill, including students and those working full- or part-time elsewhere. Participating companies include Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), Allaire Health/Center for Living and Rehabilitation, Mack Molding, and United Counseling Service.

VITL receives outcomes-based certification from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 3:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VITL has announced that the Vermont Health Information Exchange has been certified as a module of the Vermont Medicaid Enterprise as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Outcomes-Based Certification Program. Vermont is one of the first states to receive this certification for its health information exchange. Certification allows Vermont to receive enhanced federal funding to support ongoing Vermont Health Information Exchange operations in service of Vermonters and our health care community. Preparing for and achieving this certification required a strong partnership of the teams from the state’s Agency of Human Services and VITL, supported by the State’s Health Information Exchange Steering Committee. 

Vermont gets the lead out of drinking water in schools and childcare facilities

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 12:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State officials are calling a program to reduce lead in school and childcare drinking water a success, following a new report that found 98% of Vermont schools and childcares have completed testing for lead in their drinking water and taken any needed steps to keep water safe. A law passed in 2019 requires all Vermont schools and childcare facilities to test their drinking and cooking water for lead. Lead is a highly toxic metal. There is no safe level of lead in the body, and exposure to it can slow children’s growth, impair their development and learning, and cause behavior problems. 

Matthew Strong: 5 facts about Proposal 5/Article 22

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 12:54pm -- tim

by Matthew Strong There has been a lot of conflicting arguments about the state constitutional abortion amendment, Proposal 5/Article 22, that will be on the ballot this fall for all Vermont voters to weigh in on, as well as accusations of lies and misinformation. Here are five unarguable facts that all voters should know before they say yes or no.

LiFT Learning pushes student-centered with new portfolio assessment tool

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 12:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine LiFT Learning, creators of the leading portfolio assessment platform for competency-based education (CBE), today announced a major update allowing educators to capture and grade student learning wherever it happens- inside and outside the classroom. The CBE company has also updated its user interface and has added a customizable, automatic gradebook that makes the feedback cycle easy to manage for busy educators. 

Ben & Jerry's celebrates the power of black voters with rebrand of Change is Brewing flavor

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 12:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, on National Voter Registration Day, Ben & Jerry's, alongside Black Voters Matter, is unveiling a sweet new look and mission to their popular flavor, "Change is Brewing" — a cool combination of cold brew ice cream, marshmallow swirls, and fudge brownies. This rebranded flavor is focused on advancing racial justice through protecting voting rights and encouraging voter turnout ahead of November's midterm elections by connecting voters with the Ben & Jerry's Voter Resource Center. The Voting Rights Act, landmark civil rights legislation passed in 1965, put important safeguards in place to protect the rights of Black voters. However, the Voting Rights Act was gutted in a 2013 Supreme Court decision that paved the way for a number of states to pass regressive voter suppression laws that make it harder, not easier, for people of color and young people to vote.

Partners to provide over $13,500 of socks and support to homeless

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 11:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the 12th year in a row, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool have teamed up to donate over $13,500 worth of socks and support to local nonprofits serving the areas homeless. This fundraising event is a joint effort to help provide warm Merino wool socks and much-needed support to people experiencing homelessness in preparation for the colder months. September 8-10, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel held their 12th annual Charity Sock Sale. Lenny’s pledged to make a monetary donation for each pair of Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool socks sold during the sale. In addition, Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool graciously provided boxes of socks to donate. 

Dwyer & Woolf: Vote for the NEFCU/VSECU merger

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 11:23am -- tim

by John J. Dwyer, Jr & Arthur G Woolf As the President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair of New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU), we believe that our members, staff, and the communities we serve should fully understand the value of the merger with Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU). It is also important to clarify why it is in the best interest of these constituents and each credit union, as well as for Vermont, to support the merger. Voting on the proposed merger begins today.

UVM undergraduate public health sciences program earns national accreditation

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 4:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont (UVM) College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) BS in Public Health Sciences program has earned national accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs. Recognized as the quality standard of education and training in public health, CEPH accreditation is awarded only to programs that meet rigorous criteria, ensuring that students experience a high-quality undergraduate education in public health. Accreditation signals to future employers and graduate programs that alumni of UVM’s program have the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the field. 

Brumsted: Protecting patient rights and public health

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 3:54am -- tim

by John R Brumsted, MD, President and CEO of UVM Health Network As a health care safety net provider for more than 1 million people in two states, the UVM Health Network exists to serve the needs of our patients. So when the essential right of patients to make decisions about their health care is jeopardized, we have an obligation to speak up. This is one of those times. The US Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – and the subsequent move by politicians in many states to curb or eliminate access to safe abortion services – undermines health care access for millions of people. This impact falls disproportionately on those who already faced long-standing health care inequities and systemic or socioeconomic barriers to health and wellness.