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Putting a high shine on Arlington

Sun, 10/18/2020 - 9:11pm -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine Mention the town of Arlington and Norman Rockwell’s name invariably pops up. Arlington was Rockwell’s home for a number of years when he was creating illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post. While the artist’s former home attracted its fair share of tourists and Rockwell fans (it’s now a bed and breakfast), Arlington is also home to two of Bennington County’s largest employers, Mack Molding and The Orvis Company.

Sanders: Do not allow Trump to undermine election results

Sun, 10/18/2020 - 8:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Rules Committee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) today released a report summarizing for the American people what to expect on Election Day and reinforcing the Democrats’ call to encourage everyone to vote.

Rinks ordered to close for new reservations for two weeks after outbreak

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 5:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following the decision by the State of New Hampshire to close indoor skating facilities for two weeks, Governor Phil Scott today issued an executive order prohibiting Vermont’s skating rinks from accepting new reservation for use of their facilities beginning today, October 16, at 5 pm, through midnight on October 30, 2020.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Hockey outbreak, school transmission

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 5:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso discussed two cases associated with Union Elementary School in Montpelier. “The fact that this is the state’s first in-school transmission does not mean an escalation of the virus,” Kelso said. “It means that someone who was infectious transmitted it to someone — just this time, inside a school, rather than a workplace, a long-term care facility, or other setting.” This is separate from an outbreak related to teams associated with the hockey rink in Montpelier.

Multiple individuals charged in Addison County drug conspiracy

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 4:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment on October 15, 2020, charging five individuals with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in and around Addison County, Vermont between November 2019 and October 2020. Kevin Williams, 31, is the lead defendant.

Castleton announces in-person learning option for spring semester

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 3:33pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Castleton University's Spring 2021 semester will feature an adjusted schedule and more options for students to receive their courses. Castleton will offer some in-person classes, as well as remote or hybrid, after going online-only in the current semester, even while students were allowed to live on campus. The spring semester will begin February 1.

Ag Agency offers more financial plans to help farmers’ markets and farm to school programs

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 2:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) launched two new Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program (VCAAP) applications to address COVID-19 pandemic impacts on our agricultural communities. One makes up to $140,000 available to Vermont’s Farmers’ Market organizations, and the other creates an avenue for schools and licensed childcare providers to access $100,000 in assistance for their Farm to School programs.

Vermont gets $100,000 EPA education grant

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 1:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $300,000 in grants awarded to the New Haven Ecology Project, the University of Rhode Island, and the Vermont Energy Education Program as part of EPA’s Environmental Education Grant Program. These three New England grants were among 35 grants awarded nationally under the 2020 Environmental Education Grants Program.

Vermont zero unhealthy air quality days during 2020 ozone season

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 1:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England Regional office today confirmed that New Englanders experienced a decrease number of unhealthy air quality days this past summer, compared to 2019. Vermont had none, again. Based on preliminary data collected between March and September 2020, there were 18 days when ozone monitors in New England recorded ozone concentrations above levels considered healthy. By contrast, in 2019 there were 23 unhealthy ozone days in New England.

Health Department investigates 18 COVID-19 cases among Central Vermont recreational teams

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 cases among members of youth and adult recreational hockey and Broomball teams in central Vermont. The outbreak is associated with people who practiced or played at the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center in Montpelier earlier this month. Health officials said there has been no community spread of the virus beyond close contacts at this time.

Updated guidance for gatherings up to 150 people indoors

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Last week, the Agency of Commerce & Community Development provided new guidance on increasing gatherings indoors under very specific conditions. Indoor businesses/spaces that exceed 17,100 feet, have 10-foot ceilings or more, have no full walls interrupting the space, and have physical distancing plans in effect to prevent people from being within 6’ of each other, may have up to 150 people in the same space.