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Restaurant Revitalization Fund application portal opens May 3

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 3:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced the US Small Business Administration will begin registrations at 9 am EDT April 30 and open applications at noon EDT May 3 for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

Labor Dept to reinstitute work search requirement for UI benefits beginning May 9

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 2:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the work search requirement for unemployment claimants will be reinstated beginning Sunday, May 9, 2021 for all claimants in regular UI and specific claimants in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Claimants will be required to conduct three qualified job contacts for each week they claim unemployment insurance.

Worker solidarity rally on Mayday in Montpelier and Barre

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 2:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A coalition of labor, racial justice, and environmental organizations are holding a series of worker solidarity actions to celebrate International Workers Day on May 1. Promoters of events say it will include speakers at the State House who will lift up efforts to protect state employee pensions, protect workers’ rights through legislation such as the PRO Act and Card Check, pass universal healthcare, advance racial equity and more. A subsequent rally at the Hannaford Supermarket will pressure the grocery chain to protect farmworker rights by joining the Milk with Dignity program.

Brock: Senate Finance is baking a cake - what could go wrong?

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 12:36pm -- tim

by Senator Randy Brock Imagine if you were baking a birthday cake and you had the benefit of having the Vermont Senate Finance Committee helping you. That’s what it’s like as we debate how to extend broadband throughout Vermont.  The birthday we want to celebrate is coming soon and we have to make decisions about what kind of cake we want, who will bake it and how it will be delivered.  None of us on the committee have ever baked a cake before and several have never even used an oven.  What could go wrong?

Leahy pushes to restore congressional earmarks

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 10:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) announced Monday his intent to restore one of Congress’ constitutional powers, the power to approve congressionally-directed spending items (earmarks), and to do so with enhanced transparency and accountability. The Senate Appropriations Committee will, on a bipartisan basis, accept requests for congressionally directed spending items for appropriations bills for the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2021. 

Two arrested on variety of possession of cocaine, fentanyl, narcotic charges

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 10:04am -- tim

Vermont State Police On Monday, at approximately 1915 hours, Troopers with the Vermont State Police Westminster Barracks conducted a traffic stop for speeding on I-91, near mile marker 6 in Guilford, VT.  During the stop, Troopers determined that the operator, later identified as Nathaniel Jones, 35 of Springfield, MA had provided a fake ID and lied to Law Enforcement. While speaking with the occupants, suspected drugs were observed in plain view. The passenger in the vehicle, Gina Barrette, 27 of St Johnsbury, VT, was found to have several outstanding Vermont arrest warrants for Sale of Cocaine, Unlawful Mischief >$250, Heroin Possession <200mg, Buy/Receive/Possess Stolen Property.

Vermonters set new record during Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 9:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters participated in the nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day this past Saturday, turning in more than 3.5 tons of unused, unwanted and expired medication at over 55 collection sites throughout the state. The 7,165 pounds of collected medication sets a record for Drug Take Back Day in Vermont, exceeding the previous record of 6,734 pounds collected in October 2019. 

Dartmouth Provost Joseph Helble to become Lehigh University president

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 8:20am -- tim

by Susan Boutwell, Dartmouth Joseph Helble, a recognized leader in the field of engineering who has served Dartmouth as provost since 2018, was today named the 15th president of Lehigh University. He begins work at the Bethlehem, PA, university—his alma mater—on August 16. He will continue to serve as Dartmouth's provost through the academic year. 

Green: Children in mental health crisis are Vermont's new public health emergency

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 6:51am -- tim

by Devon Green, VAHHS Vice President of Government Relations In a dire situation that is growing in severity around the country, our hospital emergency departments are overwhelmed right now—not with COVID patients—but with children and adults in mental health crisis waiting days and weeks at a time to receive proper and complete treatment. The mental health of Vermonters is the next public health emergency.

Special SVMC event about substance abuse recovery

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 6:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and the Bennington Opioid Response Team, with support from a state Community Action Grant and Catamount Access Television, present Promoting Change: Creating a New Landscape for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder. The event is scheduled at 4 – 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 4 and will air live on CAT-TV channel 1075 and It is free and no registration is needed.

National Life donates $35,000 to Branches of Hope cancer patient fund

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 5:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine National Life recently donated $35,000 to the Branches of Hope cancer patient fund at Central Vermont Medical Center in lieu of holding a Do Good Fest this year. National Life staged the free annual music festival on its back lawn every year from 2014 to 2019, raising money for Branches of Hope through parking fees. The event was suspended last year and again this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Netsmart and Vermont Collaborative launch care coordination platform

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 3:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Care Partners (VCP) and four member agencies announce the successful launch of the Unified Electronic Medical Records project using the Netsmart myAvatar solution. myAvatar is the industry-leading electronic health record for behavioral health and addiction services and is a component of the Netsmart CareFabric platform, an integrated framework of solutions and services used by providers for integrated healthcare. The CareFabric platform leverages the health record data of this unique collaborative, to enhance provider care delivery in the catchment areas served by these agencies across the state of Vermont.