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Meet Vermonter Hillary Gerardi, fastest woman to ski the legendary Haute Route

Sun, 09/25/2022 - 3:22am -- tim
Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 PM Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe will kick off its popular seasonal Red Bench Speaker Series on Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 with an interview and Q&A session with Vermonter Hillary Girardi, an acclaimed high mountain athlete who now lives in Chamonix, France. 

Hill Farm by Sagra is now open in the Equinox Mountain Valley

Sun, 09/25/2022 - 3:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Located on 70 bucolic acres in Southern Vermont with over a mile of frontage on the storied Battenkill River, Hill Farm is a 200-year-old dairy farm with a historic inn and guest cottages that have been welcoming guests for over 120 years. Hill Farm has now teamed up with Sagra to expand and enhance the Hill Farm guest experience with the opening of a new restaurant and agricultural activities that connect guests to the land and community. 

MENTOR Vermont launches One Million for Mentoring campaign

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 1:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mentoring advocates and youth mentoring program coordinators met last week to support the launch of MENTOR Vermont’s One Million for Mentoring campaign, urging Vermont lawmakers to provide increased funding for mentoring programs across the state. Representative Taylor Small, P/D-Winooski, who has just returned from Manchester, England, where she received the “Young Politician of the Year” Award from One Young World, highlighted the important role mentors play in helping youth feel like they matter. 

Neurodegenerative diseases, clean energy from nuclear fusion, and cannabis impairment on tap for St Mike's seminar series 

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 3:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Faculty members and students at Saint Michael’s College will present their groundbreaking research throughout the fall semester on topics that address some of the biggest challenges facing our world today. The series, called “Saint Michael’s College presents: Solutions for Social Impact,” will include three seminar-style presentations by faculty who teach and research in scientific fields. Students who worked on the research projects will also be involved in several of the talks. Anyone interested in the topics can attend the seminars – no advanced scientific understanding is required.   

Jackie Pratt named GM of Stowe Electric

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 6:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Town of Stowe Electric Commission today announced their selection of Jackie Pratt as the department’s next General Manager. Pratt will succeed Ellen Burt, who has been General Manager of Stowe Electric for the past 18 years. Pratt comes to Stowe Electric from another municipally owned and operated electric distribution utility in New England, Shrewsbury (MA) Electric and Cable Operations, where she currently serves as Director of Advocacy & Customer Experience. Pratt received an MBA in Sustainable Business from Green Mountain College (Poultney, VT), and a BS in Communications from Clark University (Worcester, MA).

VDH: COVID cases and hospital stays up, 4 deaths in September

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 4:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported September 21 that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations both increased but are still considered "Low." Total cases for the week increased by 31% to 581. Hospitalizations increased by 2 to 39 and have been edging up over the last three weeks. There were 19 COVID-related fatalities in August and 4 so far in September, for a pandemic total of 719.

Vermont State University cuts 2023-2024 tuition 15%

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 1:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges System at this week’s board meeting unanimously approved a base tuition for Vermonters enrolling at Vermont State University of $9,999 per year in undergraduate programs, commencing with the launch of the new university on July 1, 2023. This reflects a 15% decrease from the current average in-state tuition1 at the unifying institutions – Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College. After holding tuition rates flat for two years to address the key strategic priority of student affordability, the Board said in a statement that it "is pleased" to announce an in-state tuition rate that drastically lowers a barrier to access for many Vermonters and increases the attractiveness of pursuing higher education in Vermont for out-of-state students. The base tuition rate for out-of-state students was also lowered and will start at $19,998. Approximately 70% of students attending the future Vermont State University are Vermonters.

Ag Agency awarded $500,000 to increase local food access 

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 11:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) will launch a significant program to purchase local food and support the most vulnerable.  Earlier this summer the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced it signed a cooperative agreement with Vermont under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). Through LFPA, VAAFM has connected with local partners to purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers.

Cota and Austin get new roles at VFDA

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 11:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Executive Board of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association (VFDA) unanimously endorsed a strategic plan designed to strengthen the nearly 60-year-old organization. Stephanie Austin will become VFDA’s Executive Director, effective October 1.  Austin started her career at VFDA in 2006 and has run the training programs and compliance center for over a decade. Matt Cota, who has led the organization since 2007, will become VFDA’s Managing Director under his new government affairs firm, Meadow Hill Consulting.

Foundation for Rural Service Congressional Broadband Tour visits Vermont, WCVT

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 4:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom recently had the opportunity to help host the Foundation For Rural Service (FRS) Congressional Broadband Tour. Each year, FRS hosts a trip for Congressional staff members to get out in the field to see first-hand how broadband is delivered in rural communities and how these services impact the local economy. This is the first time this trip has come to Vermont and it was a great opportunity for WCVT to be part of the conversation and highlight both the importance and the challenges associated with building broadband in Vermont.

Autopsy completed following fatal Belvidere shooting

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 3:06am -- tim

Vermont State Police An autopsy was completed Thursday on Mark P. Benjamin, 42, at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the neck, and the manner of death is a homicide. The suspect, 61-year-old Michael Chadwick of Brownington, was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Hyde Park on a charge of second-degree murder, pleaded not guilty, and was ordered jailed without bail.