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'Bardo: A Night In The Life' brings home win for Vermont PBS

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 4:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bardo: A Night In The Life took home a New England Emmy award this weekend for audio work by Dave Rice, Audio Engineer; Josh Sicard, Sound Technician; and Joe Egan, Audio Mixer. Bardo is a collaboration between Vermont PBS and Higher Ground to transport viewers from live performances to the life of the performer.

Vermont Teddy Bear to celebrate 38 years with birthday blowout

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 3:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Teddy Bear Company has announced big plans to celebrate 38 years in Bear business: A birthday bash of epic "paw-portions." On Saturday, June 29th from 11am – 2pm, the sprawling Vermont Teddy Bear campus in Shelburne will be host to this FREE event, open to Bear lovers of all ages, shapes and sizes. The birthday celebration will feature diverse activities and food options the whole family can enjoy, while the factory's daily tours and retail shop will be operating and open to all visitors.

Governor concludes action on bills, no more vetoes

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 8:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced actions on the final group of bills passed by the Legislature. Bills delivered with a message or statement are noted and linked below. They included S18, the consumer justice bill. Scott said he did not object to the essence of the bill but believes it may well be pre-empted by federal law and thus not provide the assurances consumers in Vermont might assume with its passage. But he let it become law without his signature in any case.

Scott signs economic development bills

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This week Governor Phil Scott signed three bills, which will support the state’s economic and workforce development efforts. They expand worker recruitment initiatives, grow the emerging distilled spirits industry and streamline infrastructure projects at state airports. Governor Scott signed S162, which supports economic development at airports, and H13, which supports the spirits and craft beverage sector, during a public ceremony at Caledonia Spirits’ new production facility and tasting room in Montpelier on Wednesday. A third bill, H533, aimed at expanding Vermont’s workforce and other economic development initiatives, was signed Thursday.

Sanders calls on Trump to obey Constitution

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 2:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement as he voted in support of joint resolutions to block the transfer of $8 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia and other states in response to President Trump’s announcement of a “national emergency” over Iran, which was intended to bypass statutory Congressional oversight over arms sales.

Peck Electric becomes wholly-owned subsidiary of Jensyn, goes public, changes name

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 1:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Jensyn Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: JSYN), a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) and Peck Electric Company, a leading commercial solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, announced today that they completed their previously announced combination. The business combination was approved by Jensyn’s stockholders on June 19, 2019, with more than 87% of the voted shares voting in favor of the business combination. Holders of 492,037 shares of Jensyn common stock exercised their redemption rights in connection with the business combination.

Governor appoints Kristi Morris to the Windsor-3-2 House seat

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Kristi Morris, of Springfield, to complete the term of Representative Robert Forguites, following his passing earlier this year. “I’m pleased to appoint Kristi to the House of Representatives and appreciate his enthusiasm for serving the people of Springfield,” said Governor Scott. “His engineering, management and business experience will bring an important perspective and expertise to his work and will be valuable to the Legislature.”

Twenty-Four Vermont producers to participate in Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Twenty-four Vermont food producers will participate in the Summer Fancy Food Show hosted by the Specialty Food Association in New York City from June 23rd through June 25th. The event is North America's largest marketplace devoted to specialty food and beverage producers. Exhibiting offers specialty food producers the chance to connect and promote their products to national and international buyers across every major buying channel.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife: Summer news and events

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Electric net fencing, secure housing and a few other measures can help protect back yard chickens from wildlife predation; Vermont’s turtles on are on the move again this spring, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking for the public’s help in keeping them safe; there are still openings for youth at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Departments Green Mountain Conservation Camps.

REI launches two new efforts to bolster environmental and outdoor journalism

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine REI Co-op is launching a new venture to lift up environmental and outdoor journalism through the debut of its own print magazine this fall, and a new partnership to channel matching funds directly to local, nonprofit newsrooms covering crucial issues facing the outdoors. Among others across the nation, REI is supporting the general news online site based in Montpelier. REI is also opening its first Vermont store this fall in Williston.