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Artisan skincare products to benefit affordable housing initiatives

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 5:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Lamoille Housing Partnership (LHP) is partnering with local company Soap Kettle Creations LLC on a product collaboration to benefit the local non-profit’s affordable housing initiatives.  Stacey Emerson, owner of Soap Kettle Creations LLC, began her company after years of creating skincare products for her family. Drawing from her background in holistic therapies, Soap Kettle Creations LLC’s products are made with high quality, plant based ingredients.

Four artist teams will present preliminary design concepts for an Art in State Buildings project

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 4:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The public is invited to attend a presentation by four artist/artist teams of preliminary concepts for a work of public art to be installed at the Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Lab in Randolph Center. The meeting will be held Wednesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. in Judd Hall at Vermont Technical College. During the meeting, the artists will present images, drawings, plans, or models as available.

Bill Moore: These truths to be self-evident

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 3:13am -- tim

by Bill Moore About a month ago, I asked you to join me in sending objections to the US Food and Drug Administration concerning the publication of a  “Draft Guidance”  related to labeling on certain food products.  The “Draft Guidance” was entitled, “The Declaration of Added Sugars on Honey, Maple Syrup, and Certain Cranberry Products: Guidance for Industry.” Thank you to all who did send comments to the FDA. You may have heard that more than 3,000 comments were received by the FDA on the “Draft Guidance.” 

VSP: Search continues for missing kayaker on Lake Champlain in Shelburne

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 3:24pm -- tim

Vermont State Police The search is continuing Tuesday afternoon on Lake Champlain for Eric Plett of Weehawken, New Jersey. Efforts by search and rescue crews have involved boats on the water aided by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Mr. Plett has not been located. He went missing Monday evening. Plett, age 41 of Weehawken, New Jersey, was last seen holding onto his overturned yellow kayak in the area of Dunder Rock, off Shelburne Point. Associates of Mr. Plett arrived to the area about 30 minutes later to find both Mr. Plett and his kayak missing. 

VSP: Tunbridge woman, 87, dies after possible accidental shooting

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 1:39pm -- tim

Vermont State Police Edith Whitney, 87, of Tunbridge, Vermont, died Monday night, July 2, 2018, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. An autopsy has been scheduled for today, Tuesday, July 3, at the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner’s Office. The Vermont State Police investigation into this incident is active an ongoing. Investigators have found that the victim was struck by a “projectile” believed to be a bullet on June 30.

Vermont: 2018’s 4th worst state to start a business

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 11:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A national data firm has determined that Vermont is the fourth worst place in the nation to start a business. Even worse than Vermont are Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Hawaii. Texas finished first. Vermont has a relatively high cost of living and low availability of human capital. Surprisingly, Vermont was thrid highest in business incentives as percentage of GDP. But at the end of the day, Vermont was 49th in the average growth in number of small businesses.

Baston: Safe, quality patient care at the Brattleboro Retreat is a shared goal

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:33am -- tim

by Meghan Baston, MSN, RN-BC In the past few decades our society has witnessed unprecedented change in almost every area of life. This includes our professional experiences. The work we do and the ways we carry it out bear little resemblance to what most people took for granted at the start of the new millennium. In the field of healthcare sweeping change has taken place at lightning speed and continues to be the “new normal.”

GMP leveraging stored energy to lower power costs during heat wave

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Forecasters are predicting record high temperatures and GMP is turning to stored energy to reduce demand on the grid. There is a network of Tesla Powerwall batteries in Vermonters’ homes, stored solar power from GMP’s Stafford Hill Solar Facility in Rutland, and GMP’s new battery storage project in Panton. All combined that’s enough to power about 5,000 homes during the peak.

Levine & Bailey: Let’s work together to prevent suicide in Vermont

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:11am -- tim

by Mark Levine, MD, Commissioner of Health and Melissa Bailey, MA, LCMHC, Commissioner of Mental Health Several high-profile deaths by suicide, along with a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have put this public health issue in the spotlight once again. In Vermont, where suicide is now the eighth leading cause of death, we are working to put systems in place that help people before a crisis. At the same time, we need to recognize the many contributing factors that lead one to self-harm or to attempt suicide.

Hot day for ultra-low sulfur heating oil

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 9:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine It is hard to think about heating fuel on one of the hottest days of the year, but this Sunday marked an important milestone. On July 1, Vermont and the rest of the Northeast switched to ultra-low sulfur heating oil. As part of the 2011 Energy Act signed into law by then Governor Shumlin, the “Clean and Green Oilheat Initiative” mandated Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil with an implementation date of July 1, 2018. The rest of New England, New York and New Jersey also adopted the same 15 parts-per-million (ppm) standard.

SVHC corridor gallery exhibits 100 years of donated art

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 9:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In honor of Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Centennial year, the SVHC Corridor Gallery has mounted a special exhibit of pieces donated to the hospital over the last 100 years. It is called A Century of Art Donations. The show features paintings and sculpture from various artists, many of whom have connections to the local area. They include Paul Katz, John Ochocki, Ellen Viereck, and others.