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Gifford’s Last Mile Ride raises $104,000 for end-of-life care

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 385 Last Mile Ride participants joined together to raise $104,000 to support Gifford Medical Center’s end-of-life services on August 19 and 20, exceeding the event’s ambitious 2015 goal of $100,000. “The enthusiasm, spirit, and selfless efforts of all of you—volunteers, staff, participants, donors, and Combat Vet road guards who keep our event safe—have helped us to raise more than $300,000 over the years for end-of-life services,” Gifford’s Director of Development Ashley Lincoln told the crowd as she announced this year’s record-breaking

McClaughry: School governance mega-muddle

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:44am -- tim

by John McClaughry Vermont is now well into the throes of coping with a new education governance law (Act 46). The law’s stated goal is to move the State “toward sustainable models of education governance.” That is, the State wants to encourage local school districts to merge into a “preferred education governance structure” built around fewer but larger supervisory districts with unified tax bases.

Vermont Gas Systems proposes 3 percent rate decrease

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Based in South Burlington, nearly 50,000 Vermont Gas customers could see their natural gas bills decrease for the 12th time since January 2012.  The company announced today it has proposed an overall rate decrease of 3 percent to the Public Service Board for rates that would go into effect November 1, 2015. VGS said the decrease will provide needed savings to businesses and families this winter.

Shumlin, NE governors take action on opioid abuse, surface transportation and LIHEAP

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At the 39th annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premieres (NEG/ECP) in St Johns, NB, today, Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) took action on issues affecting the region, including the opioid epidemic, national surface transportation legislation, and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). 

Smith: Shap won't run as Shumlin

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:37am -- tim

by Mike Smith It’s popular to combine the names of famous couples. In Hollywood, there’s Kimye (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) and Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie). In national politics, we’ve heard of Billary (Bill and Hillary Clinton). The uni-name suggests a unified brand — a team.

Hermitage Club, Marathon Health named to Inc. Magazine fastest growing list

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain, a full-service, private ski club in southern Vermont’s Deerfield Valley, has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies in America as part of the Inc. 5000 list, with three-year revenue growth of 733 percent ($14.5 million in revenue). This is the second year The Hermitage Club has made the list. This year, the Club is 622 on the list, whereas in 2014 it was 794. The Club has remained the number one company in Vermont for two consecutive years.

Vermont conducts first HMA demining course

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:10am -- tim

by Staff Sgt. Nathan Rivard US service members from three different branches, Navy, Air Force and Army, came together in mid-August at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho for the first humanitarian demining training course held at this location. Mobile training team (MTT) instructors move to different locations to teach this course because there are only a few locations to teach the course. 

Green Mountain Association of Realtors awarded grant to help Waterbury

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 3:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Green Mountain Association of Realtors has received a $2,200 Placemaking micro-grant from the National Association of Realtors to help make the Waterbury community a better place to live and work by transforming unused public spaces into vibrant community places. The grant is intended to help Realtor associations partner with others to plan, organize, implement and maintain placemaking activities in their communities. Members are actively engaged in the community and know the areas that would benefit most from these improvement efforts. 

Tinder: UVM ranks as 15th in 'Most Right-Swiped Males'

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 4:11am -- tim

Tinder, the world's most popular social app for meeting new people, has just released its list of "Most Right-Swiped" US campuses with the University of Vermont ranking 15th in the male category.  According to Tinder's proprietary data, the list was compiled based on male and female students enrolled in a college or university who received the most right swipes, indicating collectively which schools had the most desirable student body.

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Brattleboro Retreat’s 6th annual Ride for Heroes raises record $29,000 to benefit uniformed service program

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 3:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Powered by the efforts of 47 peer-to-peer fundraisers known as “Ride Champion, the Brattleboro Retreat’s 6th Annual Ride for Heroes, held Saturday August 16th, exceeded all fundraising records by netting more than $29,000 for the hospital’s Uniformed Service Program. Uniformed Service Program representative Donny Richard welcomed the riders and spoke about the needs of uniformed professionals everywhere who’ve experienced trauma in their public service.

Norwich University celebrates $6.8 million Kreitzberg Library renovation

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University representatives will gather with building contractors and partners to mark the official opening of the campus’s newly renovated Kreitzberg Library on Tuesday, September 1. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting event will be held at 3:15 p.m. inside the library foyer to celebrate the occasion, followed by guided tours of the new facility. The $6.8 million renovation is the first completed project under the Forging the Future campaign.

Weekly unemployment claims fall back under 400

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims in Vermont fell below 400 again last week, consistent with typically low summer totals. There were 364 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont, a decrease of 55 from the previous week's total and 15 more than they were a year ago. Generally, claims have been running below last year's totals. Claims were down slightly in nearly all regions of the state and in most industry categories.