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Body recovered during search for missing ice fisherman on Lake Champlain

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 4:45pm -- tim

Vermont State Police As the search for a missing ice fisherman continued Wednesday on Lake Champlain in Orwell, Vermont State Police divers at about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 13, 2019, located a body in the water that matched the description of Lee Wiktorski. Crews recovered the remains from the lake, and the body is being transported to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Burlington to confirm the victim's identity and for an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Snowstorm, ideal forecast set stage for Presidents' Week at Vermont ski areas

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 4:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Another perfectly-timed snowstorm swept across Vermont Tuesday and Wednesday, dropping upward of a foot of fresh snow on Green Mountain State ski areas as a perfect refresher ahead of the upcoming Presidents' Week holiday. Ski areas across the state reported between six and 10 inches of accumulation Wednesday morning, with snow continuing to fall during the day.

PAI: Child care déjà vu

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 2:00pm -- tim

by Jack Hoffman, Public Assets Institute Here we go again. As his predecessor did six years ago, Governor Phil Scott has proposed more money to help low-income families pay for high quality child care. It’s a worthy investment, as it would have been in 2013. But repeating the mistake his predecessor made, Governor Scott wants to pay for his proposal by taking from Peter to pay Paul.

Vehicle located in search for missing ice fisherman on Lake Champlain

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 1:48pm -- tim

Vermont State Police As the search for Lee Wiktorski continued Tuesday afternoon, the crew of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection aircraft spotted an anomaly on the ice of Lake Champlain near Orwell. The Vermont State Police Dive Team responded to the location with crews in airboats. Sonar picked up a target in the water, and divers deployed into the lake. Late Tuesday afternoon, the divers located a silver pickup truck matching the description of Mr. Wiktorski's vehicle submerged in about 22 feet of water. The vehicle was empty, and Mr. Wiktorski was not located.

Northern Power sells energy storage business, looks to sell rest

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 1:25pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Northern Power Systems Corp based in Barre, a distributed wind company, announced in a press release Tuesday that on February 11, 2019, the company sold its energy storage business, including Northern’s energy storage project pipeline and related intellectual property, to WEG Electric Corp. At closing, NPS received proceeds of approximately $1.1 million and WEG hired eight energy storage focused employees from Northern.

Local AI firm to work with state to help grow workforce

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:34pm -- tim

Burlington-based Faraday to help optimize marketing and identify people likely to move to the state

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington-based Faraday has signed a strategic contract with the State of Vermont to use their platform to drive more interest and engagement in people looking to relocate to Vermont. This technology will be used in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Economic Development's ThinkVermont initiative and website, which engage a wide-ranging audience around opportunities to live and work in Vermont.

State awards $400,000 for nine EV charging stations

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced $400,000 in Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Grant Program awards to nine towns and organizations across Vermont to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The towns of Chester, Highgate, Norwich and Warren; the city of Montpelier; Marlboro College; Vermont Law School; City Place in Burlington; and Healthy Living Market in South Burlington were each awarded grant money to construct these stations. The grant money is derived from funds awarded to Vermont in the Volkswagen Mitigation settlement after the company violated the Clean Air Act.

More than one-quarter of Vermont adults confirm first-hand accounts of relationship scams

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 3:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As Valentine’s Day approaches and millions of Americans meet others on matchmaking websites, dating apps and social media, 27 percent of Vermont residents polled in a new AARP survey reported that they, a family member or a friend have encountered attempted financial scams while seeking friendship or love interest online. To help empower people to take steps to protect themselves and their family members, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched an educational campaign to raise awareness of online-based relationship fraud schemes.

Castleton University skiers lauded for heroism

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 2:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The morning of February 3 began as many others have this season for the Castleton University alpine ski team: a successful first run by the women had the Spartans sitting atop the team leaderboard with five racers among the top 10 individuals. The men's race got off to a quick start for the Spartans as well; Paul Rechberger and Logan Mackie each sat in the top five after strong opening runs. It wasn't until Babson College's Victor Wiacek took his first run that the day changed drastically for Wiacek and two Castleton women's skiers.

Congress set to approve Welch legislation extending North Country National Scenic Trail into Vermont

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 4:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) along with Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn) has reintroduced in the new Congress legislation to extend the North Country National Scenic Trail from Crowne Point, NY into Addison County, linking it to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail via Vermont’s Long Trail. Both the Senate and the House are expected to approve public lands legislation that incorporates Welch’s bill, clearing the way for President Trump to sign it into law.

Norwich gets $200k grant from TD Foundation to build affordable homes

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 4:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The funds from the TD Charitable Foundation will support the creation of Norwich University’s Design Build Collaborative. Building on the seven different affordable housing prototypes Norwich has developed since 2011, the Collaborative will not only continue to design and prototype regionally informed, resilient housing, but also organize and coordinate related research and programs between the schools that make up the College of Professional Schools: Architecture + Art; Business & Management; David Crawford School of Engineering; and Nursing to produce and site additional affordable homes in the next several years. The houses built through the Collaborative will be created for low-income Vermonters, providing a cost-effective means of homeownership.

Walter Cerf Community Fund provides $251,060 in grants

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 1:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Walter Cerf Community Fund (WCCF), a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, announces $251,060 in grants to 35 organizations to support work through summer 2019. The grants from the 2018 application round, some of which will be awarded over three years, support a range of organizations and projects focused on the arts, education, historic preservation, social services, and the needs of underserved populations—reflecting the pattern of giving established by Walter Cerf during his lifetime.