by Bill Schubart Recently, the leader of a major eastern university observed that 25 percent of his incoming class this year is on some form of prescribed psychotropic medication for ADHD, depression, or anxiety. Seventy percent of all Americans are taking some form of prescription medication, and 10 percent of them are on anti-depressants. Among women between 40 and 50, the number is 25 percent. In fact, antidepressant use in the US has quadrupled in just the last 30 years.
Vermont Business Magazine Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of non-medical, in-home care for seniors, is partnering with the UVM Memory Program to once again offer the Mind Fit Series to UVM Memory Program patients and their caregivers.
Vermont State Police On late Saturday afternoon, a father and son were killed in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 89 in Middlesex. Peter Belanger was traveling south on I-89, operating a tractor/trailer unit. The trailer was a tank, with several thousand gallons of fuel.
Vermont Business Magazine Employees at Southwestern Vermont Health Care gathered on Friday, February 2, 2018 for a photo to celebrate National Wear Red Day. The American Heart Association’s observance and its Go Red for Women campaign raise awareness of heart health issues, especially in women.
by Paul Cillo I’m writing about the Ways and Means Committee’s work this session on education funding. I understand the challenges the committee faces in making changes to the system, and it appears that there is a lot about the plan that has not yet been worked out. Nevertheless, I want to share some thoughts about the plan so far based on Public Assets Institute’s analysis of the information the committee has posted on the Legislature’s website.
Vermont Business Magazine David Silverman, President and CEO of Union Bank, and Vermont State Representative Dylan Giambatista will join the Vermont State College System Board of Trustees.
by Vermont Secretary of Administration Susanne Young Governor Phil Scott recently released the details of a Vermont personal income tax reform plan, the Working Family Taxpayer Protection Act, which protects Vermonters from unintended impacts of recent federal changes. The Administration is taking action because, if we do nothing, Vermonters – mostly working families with children – will pay more in state tax on their 2018 income.
Leonine Public Affairs The crossover deadline is only two weeks away. Around this time bills start to move more frequently and that was the case in the seventh week of the 2018 session. That movement resulted in several significant debates in the House and Senate this week.
by Chris Graff Vermont Business Magazine I first visited the State House in 1967 with my Woodstock Elementary School eighth-grade class. Phil Hoff, a Democrat whose 1962 election as governor shocked the state – he was the first Democrat to win that office since the Civil War – took the time to greet us and shake hands. Dick Mallary, a Republican who was then the speaker of the House, gave a short talk. But what I remember most vividly about the first trip north to see the workings of government is the men’s bathroom in the basement.
Vermont Business Magazine For ice cream lovers who only indulge on special occasions or limit themselves to a weekly treat, Ben & Jerry's has created Moo-phoria, a new line of light ice cream with satisfyingly euphoric flavors. Suddenly, Wednesday is the new weekend! Moo-phoria pints are full of all the wonderful chunks and swirls that fans adore, along with rich and creamy vanilla, chocolate, caramel and peanut butter flavors. What's missing? Sixty to seventy percent fat and at least 35% of the calories found in traditional ice cream. Each ½ cup serving of Moo-phoria has 140-160 calories. And like all Ben & Jerry's flavors, Moo-phoria doesn't have artificial sugar substitutes or sugar alcohols.
Vermont Business Magazine News in Brief for January 2018: Keurig owner snaps up Dr Pepper in $18.7 billion deal; Scott signs bill to legalize marijuana; Hallquist to run for governor as Democrat; St Michael’s College names Sterritt 17th president, first woman; Vermont unemployment rate falls to 2.8 percent; and more.
Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank N.A. recently presented Special Olympics Vermont with an $11,154 donation, which included $6,154 raised by New England-area employees and a $5,000 sponsorship for the Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge. Nearly 30 Community Bank N.A. employees participated in the event on the bank’s CBNA Super Hero Team. Prior to the event, the team raised money for the causes through personal donations, candy bar fundraisers and bake sales. More than 30 branches participated in the fundraisers.