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Senator Leahy schedules three debates for fall campaign

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:55pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - Senator Patrick Leahy Friday announced that he will participate in three debates in this fall’s campaign for the United States Senate.  The three debates will be hosted by Vermont PBS, Vermont Public Radio and Channel 17 and follows precedent established in previous elections.   Leahy welcomed and encouraged other media outlets to collaborate on these debates. 

Leahy spokesman Jay Tilton said: “Senator Leahy is looking forward to having a positive, issue oriented debate with his opponents this fall, just as he has in previous cycles.”

Business groups team up to help small businesses with Rebirth Fund

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:53pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - With Hurricane Irene still fresh in all of our minds and observing the fifth anniversary of that devastating storm this weekend I would like to share a story from the Baton Rogue Business Report. Like Vermont, Louisiana is struggling after horrible flooding hit their state and in [articular, Baton Rogue. The people and businesses of Louisiana need our help. Five years ago, Vermonters and people from throughout the country came and helped our state, its people, their communities and businesses and without that help, who knows where we would be today.

DRM Attorneys and staff mourn the loss of Director Eric A. Poehlmann

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:50pm -- katie

Attorneys and staff of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC are mourning the loss of Attorney and Director Eric A. Poehlmann, 46, who died this week while hiking in Colorado. 

“We are all deeply saddened to learn of Eric’s untimely death,” said Paul H. Ode Jr., managing partner and chief executive officer at DRM. “Eric was a skilled legal craftsman and one of the firm’s top litigators. He was highly regarded by our clients. He was loved and respected by everyone at the firm. He will be sorely missed.”

Five years after Irene: Vermont cities efforts to protect state from flooding

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:42pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - Senior officials and congressional staff gathered today to commend the City of Barre for a comprehensive project that will limit future flood damages to its downtown businesses and residences, and to commit the support of state and federal agencies to similar projects statewide. The event at City Hall Park came five years after Tropical Storm Irene devastated many communities across Vermont.

Vermont Teddy Bear to donate over 200 Little Hero Bears for Shelburne Volunteer Fire Dept 75th anniversary event

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is donating over 200 Little Hero Bears at this weekend’s Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department 75th Anniversary celebration. “Our Little Hero Bear program has been in place for over 10 years and is our way of helping first responders across the nation,” says Vermont Teddy Bear Company CEO Bill Shouldice. “It is a unique program and one that we are proud to share with the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department for their 75th anniversary.”

Governor Shumlin announces all Vermont pharmacies can now sell naloxone without a prescription

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:09pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - In the face of a recent spate of heroin overdoses and growing fears that, in addition to fentanyl-laced heroin, a more dangerous version of the drug called carfentanil is poised to move into the state, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD announced today that the Department of Health has issued a standing order for the opioid overdose rescue drug naloxone (brand name Narcan®) for all of Vermont. This allows any pharmacy to dispense the life-saving drug to anyone – without a prescription.

Class of 2020 Largest in Norwich History

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:17pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University welcomes the largest incoming class in its history this fall with approximately 900 new students. The Class of 2020 brings a strong academic background with average SAT scores of 1040 and an average grade point average of 3.07. Seventy-nine members of the class have received extremely competitive three or four-year ROTC scholarships, and seventeen students will join the Honors Program.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont presents $5,000 to Howard Center

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:14pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Ingrid Temer, Senior Account Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, recently presented Howard Center with a $5,000 contribution. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has a long history of providing support for Howard Center. Their support includes a silver- level sponsorship for Howard Center’s annual Curling Challenge which raised more than $50,000 this past March.

Leahy: Senators ask FDA to account for any alternatives to the EpiPen amid product cost increases

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:38am -- katie

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) today asked the Food and Drug Administration to answer questions about its approval process and other steps for alternatives to the EpiPen, a self-injectable remedy for severe allergic reactions that has been the subject of steep price increases from Mylan, its manufacturer.  The price increases have caused concern among parents buying EpiPens for their children with severe peanut and other allergies. 

FirstLight Fiber enhances homecare services for visiting nurse and hospice for VT and NH

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:36am -- katie

FirstLight Fiber, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in New York and Northern New England, announced today that Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH), a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering outstanding home health and hospice services, has chosen FirstLight for the upgrade of its Internetservices in West Lebanon, New Hampshire as we