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Scott appoints Judy Henkin deputy commissioner of Corrections

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 1:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Judy Henkin as the next Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Corrections. Henkin, who will assume the role on February 19, takes over the position left vacant after then-Deputy Commissioner Mike Touchette was appointed commissioner of the Department of Corrections.

Sterling College receives $1.34M challenge grant from the Alfond Foundation

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sterling College has received a challenge grant from the Peter Alfond Foundation to make possible $1.34 million to establish the Peter Alfond Wellness Center. As a natural extension of growing and preparing the healthiest food in any collegiate kitchen in America, Sterling will strengthen its programming in areas related to individual health and wellness for both its students and the greater community.

SVMC laboratory re-accredited

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Members of the Laboratory team at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), gathered in celebration of their recent reaccreditation. The lab has two accrediting agencies, the New York State Department of Health and College of American Pathologists (CAP). Both agencies reaccredited the lab in late 2018 and early 2019.

Vermont Adaptive unveils phase two of its Home Sweet Home campaign with a new $1.7 million facility at Sugarbush Resort

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the nationally recognized year-round organization offering daily adaptive sports programs to people with any disability, recently announced that the organization is officially underway with the final phases of its Home Sweet Home Permanent Homes Campaign and plans to break ground on a new state-of-the-art $1.7 million adaptive sports facility at Mt Ellen at Sugarbush Resort in Spring 2019.

SVCOA launches Care to Share food drive in Bennington and Rutland counties

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:01pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) has launched its first “Care to Share Food Drive,” a new month-long initiative aimed at helping to support local food shelves in Bennington and Rutland counties. “We launched the Care to Share effort to restock food shelves that can be depleted mid-winter after the holidays, and to help ensure food supplies for those affected by the recent government shutdown,” said Anna White, nutrition assistant and 3SquaresVT coordinator with SVCOA. “We are looking for as many groups, teams, businesses and organizations as possible to participate in the food drive, a simple, easy way to help those in need in our community.”

CHCRR Teddy Bear Clinic, chili cook off return to WinterFest

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 11:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine If it’s been a tough year for your teddy bear, back by popular demand, the Teddy Bear Clinic returns to Rutland WinterFest where Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region (CHCRR) staff and volunteers will lovingly mend your favorite bear’s worn coat, punctured paw
or torn ear. Also, CHCRR be competing in the Chili Cook Off, to warm you inside and out with a free tasting of chili on a winter's day.

Ledyard reports record earnings for 2018

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 9:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ledyard Financial Group, Inc (ticker symbol LFGP), the holding company for Ledyard National Bank, has reported record earnings for 2018 of $5,152,324, a 34 percent improvement over 2017. 2018 was the first time in the Company’s history that net income was over $5 million. Ledyard is based in Hanover, NH, with a branch in Norwich, Vermont. 

ECFiber names Rottmayer to lead Internet firm

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 9:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ValleyNet announced Monday that it has chosen David Rottmayer to succeed Carole Monroe, who announced her intention to retire in late 2018. “It has been my pleasure to bring ECFiber from the startup stage with several hundred customers to where we are today with over 3,000.” Monroe will continue to assist ValleyNet in a consulting role. Rottmayer has over 30 years of telecom experience (including fiber-to-the-home startups) and will start work in February.

Mayors push for changes related to Act 250, clean water, environmental & energy policy, public safety, stronger downtown

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Mayors Coalition (VMC) on Thursday introduced the new members of the Vermont Mayor’s Coalition and announced its 2019 legislative session goals and its commitment to collaborate on and advocate for these areas of common interest for their cities. At a news conference in the State House Cedar Creek Room, the Coalition released its legislative policy summary for the 2019 legislative session.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care named one of Vermont’s Best Places to Work for the fifth year in a Row

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has been named one of the 2019’s Best Places to Work for the fifth year in a row. SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015. It remains the only hospital in the state of Vermont to be recognized by the awards program.

DFR launches new website

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 8:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) has accelerated a long-planned migration to a new website. The department’s legacy website was proactively taken offline as a precautionary measure on January 29, 2019 as a result of an identified security vulnerability and has remained offline as the Agency of Digital Services (ADS) completes a full risk assessment. 

Vermont State Police acquires new airboats to help with rescues and patrols

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 2:26pm -- katie

The Vermont State Police has a new tool to help with water and ice rescues, search and recovery operations, and more: a pair of 20-foot airboats.

State police acquired the life-saving vessels entirely through federal grant funding. They are the first of their kind to be owned by the Vermont State Police. The boats are stored at the Williston Barracks but are available year-round for use statewide, from shallow areas of the Connecticut River to ice-covered portions of Lake Champlain, and everywhere in between.

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