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Auditor: DVHA failed to monitor or collect unpaid Dr Dynasaur payments

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 3:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer today released the findings of a performance audit that details Medicaid monitoring and billing deficiencies at the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA). In 2015, the State Auditor’s Office (SAO) discovered that there was no process to disenroll Dr. Dynasaur members from Medicaid for non-payment of premiums.

Saint-Gobain agrees to fund waterline extensions on Bennington’s east side

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 2:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The State announced today that it has reached a final agreement with Saint-Gobain for the properties on Bennington’s east side affected by perfluooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination. As part of the agreement, 245 homes on the east side of Bennington are eligible to receive municipal water service. In total, the state has now secured the extension of waterlines to 470 homes or businesses in Bennington and North Bennington.

Investigators determine death of Burlington man was homicide

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:47am -- tim

Vermont State Police As part of the ongoing criminal investigation into the March 14 death of Douglas Kilburn in Burlington, the Vermont State Police has received formal notification that the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has issued its determination of the cause and manner of Mr Kilburn’s death. The office listed the cause of death as “undetermined terminal mechanism due to multiple underlying conditions,” with the contributing conditions being “hypertension; cardiac and cerebral vascular disease; obesity; diabetes type 2; and skull fractures due to blunt impact.”

Blue Cross Vermont supports AHA Go Red for Women

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont encourages everyone to join the fight to reduce the effects of heart disease and stroke on women. This year Blue Cross affirms its strong commitment to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon through a range of contributions, from financial support to event planning and staffing, and leading an event breakout session.

Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival named one of five most spectacular in US

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 4:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival,  the longest running hot air balloon festival in New England, has been named one of Five Spectacular Balloon Festivals in the US, according to Visit the, the official travel site of the USA, recently announced. The Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival joins an impressive list of festivals that have been running for decades all over the nation, from Alabama to California, including the famed Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque in New Mexico.

FirstLight launches encrypted wavelength solution to provide in-flight data security

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 3:33am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine FirstLight, a major provider of data, Internet and cloud services to enterprise and carrier customers in Vermont, announced today that is adding an encrypted wavelength solution to its suite of services. The solution is designed to support businesses that require a resilient, cost effective solution that simplifies end-user security management with an integrated web-based application network tool, without impacting performance.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will give Dartmouth commencement address

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 4:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a 19-time Grammy award winner who has recorded more than 100 albums and performed on concert stages throughout the world, will deliver the main address and receive an honorary degree at Dartmouth’s 2019 commencement on June 9. Ma’s multifaceted career is a testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s role in society, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.

Colchester Exit 16 DDI project scheduled for 2020

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 3:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is improving the roadway along the US Routes 2/7 corridor, in the vicinity of I-89 Exit 16, to enhance mobility and safety in Colchester (Water Tower Hill/Costco exit). The project area extends from in the Colchester-Winooski town line north for approximately 1 mile to just beyond the intersection of Sunderland Woods Road at US Route 2/7. The core of the project is to reconfigure the existing tight diamond interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-89 Exit 16. In part, drivers are diverted to the left side of the road. The project is estimated to cost approximately $10 million and is scheduled to be advertised for contractor bid in fall of 2019 with contract award in winter of 2020. Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2020 and be completed over the course of two full construction seasons, ending in Spring 2022.

Leahy blasts Egyptian president's visit to White House

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 2:32pm -- tim

US Senator Patrick Leahy Today, Egypt’s President al-Sisi will be welcomed to the White House and treated like a legitimate head of state by President Trump. So it is fitting that we are here to call attention to things that are happening in Egypt that you will not hear about from either president. Egypt is a country with an extraordinary history and culture. It has been a US ally for many years. It has been a moderating influence in an unstable part of the world, a region where extremism is prevalent.

Outdoor Business Alliance and state partner to grow outdoor recreation sector

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 1:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont has long been home to some of the best-known outdoor recreation companies, including international brands such as Orvis, Burton, and Darn Tough. Now, a new initiative is underway to network, grow and raise awareness of Vermont’s diverse businesses, large and small, that help make the state a leader in outdoor recreation. That’s the mission of the Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance (VOBA), a new non-profit group of private-sector businesses.

Representative Robert Forguites has died

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 12:17pm -- tim

Vermont Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson (April 9, 2019): It is with great sadness that I share the news that Representative Robert Forguites (D-Springfield) passed away. On behalf of all Vermonters, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family, especially his beloved son, Adam. The Vermont General Assembly already feels the loss of our steady and dedicated friend and colleague.

EPA honors Efficiency Vermont as a 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New England regional office and the US Department of Energy are honoring Efficiency Vermont as an ENERGY STAR partner for their outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. The awardees are enterprises which have earned ENERGY STAR Awards for demonstrating national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions. Efficiency Vermont is among the 183 ENERGY STAR Award Winners nationwide that will be honored in Washington, DC, on April 11.