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Schubart: Depression or life's vicissitudes?

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:25am -- tim

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.

SVHC employees Go Red for Women

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:20am -- tim

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.

Cillo: Concerns about proposed ed funding plan

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 5:33pm -- tim

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.

Young: Protecting Vermont’s families with commonsense tax reform

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 4:05pm -- tim

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.

Chris Graff: Our leaders remain authentic, beyond all else

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 3:43am -- tim

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.

Ben & Jerry's launches Moo-phoria!

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 12:17pm -- tim

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.

Community Bank donates more than $11,000 to Special Olympics Vermont

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 3:37am -- tim

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.