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Three sentenced for conspiring to distribute heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 5:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that United States District Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced Lassine Sangho, 25, of Philadelphia, PA, as well as Karen Norful, 57, of Winooski, VT, and Matthew Reynolds, 30, of Saint Albans, VT, to federal prison for engaging in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base. On August 5, 2019, Sangho was sentenced to 120 months in jail and 5 years of supervised release.

Union Bank continues expansion with new branch in Williston

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 5:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Union Bank announced Monday the opening of its newest full service branch located at 31 Market Street, Finney Crossing, Williston. The newly constructed branch location features a 9,300 square foot building that houses both the new bank branch and mortgage loan center which has relocated from Kimball Avenue in South Burlington to the second floor of this new facility. There is an additional 1,500 square foot space currently available for rent.

VCLF lends nearly $2.8 million in Q2 2019

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 2:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Jeffersonville food entrepreneur Lea Ann Macrery has never lacked for drive. Now, thanks to financing from the Vermont Community Loan Fund, her new business, My Favorite Things Food Truck, is ready to hit the road. Lea Ann grew up in Pretoria, South Africa’s bustling administrative capital. With a South African mother and American father, she was granted dual citizenship at birth. When a year of college didn’t feel like the right fit, she set out at age 18 for New York City’s culinary lights.

Kurrle to lead Commerce Agency and Schirling moves to Public Safety

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointments of Michael Schirling as commissioner of Public Safety, and Lindsay Kurrle as secretary of the Agency of Commerce & Community Development. Both have served in Scott’s cabinet throughout his time in office. Schirling, currently serving as secretary of ACCD, will fill the vacancy left by Thomas D Anderson, who resigned in July. Kurrle will move from the Department of Labor to take the leadership role at ACCD.

Barre man indicted on firearms charges

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Demetericius Campbell, age 42, of Barre, Vermont, has been indicted on three federal firearms charges. Specifically, he is charged with two counts of making false statements to a gun store in connection with attempted firearms purchases, and one count of possessing a firearm while subject to a restraining order.

At his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Burlington last Friday, August 9, 2019, Campbell pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Selig and Maclure receive awards at VCRD’s Community Leadership Summit

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine 500 Vermonters from over 140 different towns gathered at Vermont Technical College today to hear from 60 different presenters and to continue a statewide conversation about how we can nurture great leaders in our local communities. Vermont Council on Rural Development’s 2nd Annual Vermont Community Leadership Summit features skills workshops, case studies of success, and facilitated conversations about recruiting and supporting great leaders. As part of the day’s events, VCRD presented its Lifetime Achievement Award and Community Leadership Award.

Pure Water for the World celebrates 20 years

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 10:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Directors of Pure Water for the World, Inc joined PWW founders, staff members, volunteers, donors, supporters, and partners at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington, to celebrate the organization’s 20th year of bringing life-changing safe water and sanitation solutions to children and families living in underserved communities across Central America and Haiti. Senator Patrick Leahy and his wife, Marcelle, long-time friends of PWW, also joined in the celebration.

Vermont wins top captive insurance domicile for a record sixth time

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 9:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For a record sixth time, the State of Vermont has been named Domicile of the Year by Captive Review, a leading London-based trade publication. The award ceremony was held on the eve of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) Annual Conference, North America’s largest captive insurance event. The award is given to the top captive insurance domicile in the world that has “outperformed their competitors and demonstrated the highest levels of excellence in the captive insurance industry.”

Vermont Open Farm Week under way for fifth year

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 9:28am -- tim
Farms welcome the public to dig into Vermont’s agricultural economy August 9th-15th
Vermont Business Magazine For the fifth consecutive year, farmers across Vermont are once again opening their barn doors and garden gates to welcome the public for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscapes. Vermont Open Farm Week 2019 will run from Friday, Aug. 9 through Thursday, Aug. 15, and feature over 72 events at over 40 farms across the state.

Billado: President Trump has it wrong on everything...

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 9:12am -- tim

by Deb Billado, Chair of VTGOP Yes, you have read that right. And yes, I am still the Chairwoman of the Vermont GOP Committee and no, those are not my words or belief. They belong to the mob of hate-crazed, fear-driven people who have become deranged because he upset their dreams (our nightmare) of electing crooked Hillary Clinton. Who could have imagined the anger, violence and insanity, acted out by many left-wing hatemongers calling even for his assassination because their candidate lost? Space will not allow me to list all the hateful things said and done to this President and his family. We can only speculate on each individual’s reasons for this intense reaction, but you can be sure there are many who are concerned that this principled man can’t be bought.

VBM wins three national journalism awards

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 4:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine was honored with three national journalism awards earlier this summer. The Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) presented a total of 116 Editorial Excellence awards to newspaper and magazine business periodicals in June during its three-day annual Summer Conference in Atlanta. These are the highest journalism awards available to regional business publications.