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Vermont heads up the field in craft beer

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 4:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine When you picture the biggest craft beer loving state, you might immediately conjure up images of a sunny San Diego brewery or a vegan taco truck surrounding an Austin microbrewery—but would you guess that Vermont is the craft beer capital of the United States? Vermont is home to 11.5 breweries per capita – that’s a lot of beer for the Green Mountain State. Vermont also ranked second overall in economic impact.

Welch calls for end to shutdown, shares Vermonters’ stories

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) took to the House floor today to call for an end to the 25-day partial government shutdown and share the stories of affected Vermonters ranging from furloughed federal employees struggling to pay their bills to those unable to access to critical government services.

Sasquatch brewing up support for local non-profits at Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel brewed up $5,557 for the Vermont Foodbank and JCEO Plattsburgh Foodshelf through some clever fundraising events this holiday season. For the second year in a row, Lenny’s teamed up with Darn Tough Vermont to create a limited-edition sock. The Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel Darn Tough 802 Sasquatch Sock was released exclusively at Lenny’s in October and sold out by mid-December. 

Ag Agency to award $200K specialty crop block grants

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is taking applications for the 2019 Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. This funding opportunity will provide awards for projects that strengthen Vermont specialty crop industries. Awarded projects will enhance the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops defined as: fruits and tree nuts; vegetables; culinary herbs, spices, medicinal plants; nursery, floriculture, horticulture, Christmas trees; honey, hops, maple syrup; and mushrooms.

New regional forensic crime labs opening in Burlington and Montpelier

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southern Vermont Digital Forensics Laboratory, Inc in Brattleboro is expanding north, beginning early this year, in collaboration with its newly formed subsidiary SVDFL Digital Forensics Laboratories. The strategic expansion for opening two new regional forensic labs in Burlington and Montpelier is to serve the more central to northern half of the state -- specifically for public defenders and private defense counsel -- on criminal cases.

Study: Gay fathers and their children still structurally stigmatized

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A University of Vermont researcher has contributed to a study published in the February 2019 “Pediatrics” journal that suggests the majority of gay fathers and their children continue to experience stigma with potentially harmful physical and psychological effects, despite legal, media and social advances. Study participants specifically cited structural stigma, such as state laws and beliefs of religious communities, as affecting their experiences in multiple social contexts.

On Guard: Legislators will focus on VTNG

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 7:36am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Legislature this session will weigh-in on a scathing series of articles last fall that described the Vermont National Guard as a frat house full of womanizing and over-flowing with beer. The Guard bristles at that portrayal and has called the reporting in some respects false and reckless.

McClaughry: Report coming on expanding Act 250

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:57am -- tim

by John McClaughry Two years ago the legislature created a six-member commission to assess the fifty years of experience with Vermont’s Land Use Control Act and “assess, to the extent feasible, the positive and negative outcomes of Act 250’s implementation from 1970 to 2017.” The commission was charged with developing legislation for consideration in 2019.

Bromley’s 'Mom’s Day Off' cancer fundraiser set for February 8

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Friday, February 8, Bromley Mountain ski resort will hold their 17th Annual “Mom’s Day Off” fundraiser. Moms ski or ride for just $25 when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their kid or kids. Once again, this year’s event will benefit women’s breast cancer care at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). The Cancer Center will receive the entire $25 lift ticket cost as a donation.

New MRI unit improves patient experience

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Radiology Department at Gifford Health Care has a new and improved mobile unit to provide magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for patients in central Vermont. The MRI unit, leased from the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, brings advanced technology to Gifford and provides a more comfortable patient experience than that offered by the hospital’s previous unit. Improvements include more room—the patient opening in the MRI scanner is bigger with a diameter of 70 centimeters, up from the previous model’s 60 centimeters—to lessen potential feelings of claustrophobia. 

Response to removal of Pat Brennan as House Transportation Chair

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:34pm -- tim

by Representative Pat Brennan My removal as House Transportation Chair was a great disappointment. Having served fourteen years on this committee, all elements of our State’s transportation issues had become a real passion and a part of my life.  

We had what many said was one of the most efficient and smoothly run committees.  In the end, it would seem my politics did not align closely enough with those of Speaker Johnson, at whose pleasure I served.