Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott did not hold his usual media briefing today in observance of Memorial Day. He has been providing updates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for several weeks. With the health-related news trending in an increasingly positive direction, he has allowed more and more businesses to resume in-person operations. This weekend restaurants and bars were allowed outside seating and churches were allowed to congregate, but both with restrictions. Hair salons and more elective healthcare, including dentistry, can resume, but also with restrictions. As for the health news, the Vermont Department of Health reported today that there have been six new cases of COVID-19 since Sunday. There were no deaths, which remain at 54. There are only two people statewide hospitalized with COVID-19.
Vermont Business Magazine Liquid Measurement Systems, Inc (LMS) has been awarded a contract by Stratolaunch LLC, of Seattle, WA to design, develop and deliver a primary fuel quantity gauging system for the Stratolaunch experimental hypersonic testbed aircraft. The new system will continuously measure and report fuel quantity in each of the aircraft’s six tanks, with improved accuracy throughout the flight envelope. LMS expects to complete work on the contract by mid-year, in time for the aircraft’s next scheduled flight this fall.
Vermont Business Magazine The Skinny Pancake is launching a new initiative called the ShiftMeals GrowTeam in response to Vermont’s increasing food insecurity related to the COVID-19 pandemic. An extension of their ShiftMeals community meals program, ShiftMeals GrowTeam invites unemployed restaurant workers and others to cultivate a series of “Victory Farms” this growing season in collaboration with several farm-partners.
by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine “Terrible.” With that one word, Adam Grinold summed up in mid-April the immediate fallout on businesses in Windham County from the Covid-19 pandemic. What’s more troubling is the near-term and long-term outlook which could take an even greater toll on businesses across a wide swath of the economy, said Grinold, the executive director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. and current president of the state’s regional development corporations. In Windham County, he said employers and business owners are a close-knit group who remain hopeful and resilient.
by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine It’s a tough time to be in any business these days including those who sell real estate for a living. Like many businesses real estate agents, appraisers and home inspectors were among many “non-essential” businesses shuttered by the Covid-19 pandemic. But real estate agencies and many businesses have been given the go-ahead by Governor Phil Scott to go back to work, with restrictions.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement: “From the earliest days of the Revolution to the Civil War; to two conflicts that would envelop the world; to Korea, Vietnam and the Global War on Terror, Vermonters have answered our nation’s call to service. They’ve put their lives on the line to protect our way of life and to preserve freedom, for ourselves and others..."
by Lori Fisher, LCC Executive Director May is a showy month—bursting with news to tell—and so are we! Read on to hear about our freshwater mussels project, some recent advocacy, and why you should avoid “P”ing on your lawn. If you missed a “Zoom a Scientist” session you’ll find our catalogue of the series where you can access past recordings.
Planning a water adventure? We provide tips for playing close to home, share nature notes on spring peepers and wetland greens, and introduce how a “sit spot” can help you access the abundant life in your backyard.
Vermont Business Magazine The Paramount Theatre, temporarily closed because of COVID-19, announced today a collaboration with Rutland Regional Medical Center, Vermont’s largest community hospital, that honors the brave men and women on the frontline of the pandemic. The newly created Standing Ovation Fund – Applauding Frontline Workers will make available to essential employees free tickets to upcoming shows as soon as the historic theatre re-opens its doors to audiences.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) First and foremost, I believe that no one in this country should go hungry — ever. This is especially true during the current emergency, when so many people are struggling. Hunger is a growing crisis across the country and Vermont is no exception.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported today that there have been four new cases of COVID-19 since Friday. There were no deaths, which remain at 54. There has been only one death related to the coronavirus in over two weeks. Governor Phil Scott however is still requiring coming to the state or Vermonters returning home to quarantine in Vermont for 14 days because there are still thousands of new cases being reported in the Northeast. He noted Friday that he might relax that requirement and allow for out-of-state quarantining if the positive health trends here and in nearby regions continue.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) anticipates swimming holes throughout the state will see many visitors with the warm weather upon us. VRC’s core mission is protecting public access to places along rivers that are well-loved by community members and visitors alike. However, VRC’s Executive Director Steve Libby emphasizes the importance of swimming hole visitors to follow state guidelines regarding recreating on public land during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Agency of Commerce & Community Development On Friday Governor Scott announced that hair salons and barber shops may reopen May 29, 2020 with limited operations. Religious facilities and places of worship may also reopen at 25% capacity. Mandatory health and safety requirements apply, as well as more specific guidance available in the Recovery Resource Center. New guidance was also release Friuday for healthcare providers from the Department of Health. This allows for some but not the full-range of dentistry and expands the allowance for in-patient and out-patient procedures at hospitals and health centers.