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Changes to permanent hunting, fishing, trapping licenses coming in 2018

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 3:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding hunters, anglers and trappers of changes to permanent licenses that go into effect starting January 1, 2018. A permanent license is currently available free to Vermont residents 70 or older. Beginning January 1, a resident 66 or older may purchase a permanent license for a one-time fee of $60.

Hartland Elementary School wins the big prize - a solar tracker!

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:58am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Way to Go! organizers, state officials including Secretaries Holcombe and Moore, and VTrans Planning and Policy Director, Michele Boomhower, honored the top performing schools at a special ceremony in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont Statehouse on December 6th to celebrate and congratulate the winners of this year's Way to Go! School Challenge. 

Bennington distiller adds partners

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 4:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Spirits of Old Bennington was incorporated in 2014. In 2016, Founder and Distiller Ken Lorenz opened his Tasting Room in the old Vermont Tissue Mill at 1514 N Bennington Rd in North Bennington. Lorenz, an engineer and project manager, launched the business while still working his day job. Today, Lorenz works at the distillery full time and has distribution in Vermont and New York with his signature products Sedition Gin, Covered Bridge Rum and Kilted Wheat Whiskey on the shelves of 40 stores in Vermont and 11 stores in New York.

Mad River Glen opens Friday

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 4:41pm -- tim

Mad River Glen Greetings MRG Skiers: It's been snowing for nearly 36 hours so far and we have scored a solid 12"-16" of fluffy powder and it continues to snow wicked hard. The wind has kicked up for sure and the mountain ops team has been hard at work pinning it down as best they can. The start of the 2017-18 ski season is nearly upon us. Mad River Glen will open on Friday with skiing serviced by the Sunnyside Double. On Saturday and Sunday we'll be spinning the Single Chair, the Sunnyside Double and the Practice Slope. An exact trail count will have to wait until we get closer to opening day.  Rest assured that we will do our collective darnedest to get as much of the main mountain open as possible. Stay tuned for updates.

Riding the rails at Killington for fun and cash

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 4:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort hosted the East Coast’s largest and most lucrative rail jam, Rails 2 Riches, on Saturday, December 9, 2017. The event dished out more than $25,000 in prize money to skiers and snowboarders with seven New England athletes on the podium, taking the cash home. “Year and after year we are thrilled with the Rails 2 Riches event—it’s an incredible opportunity for local and international skiers and riders to check out what Killington Parks has to offer.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care prepares for Centennial in 2018

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On June 10, 1918, Putnam Memorial Hospital, now known as Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), opened to patients. A century later that 30-bed hospital has grown into one of New England’s leading rural healthcare systems. “A hundred years of caring for generation after generation in Bennington County and beyond is certainly a milestone worth celebrating,” said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, SVHC’s president and CEO “Equally worthy of celebration is what SVHC is today—one of the best and most innovative community health care systems in the region—and how we are growing our services to meet the needs of the future.”

Seven child care facilities work with state to assess possible contaminants from nearby dry cleaners

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Seven child care and preschool providers around the state that are located within 200 feet of current or former dry cleaning businesses are partnering with state agencies to assess indoor air quality to ensure they are not impacted by chemicals associated with dry cleaning. The assessment work is precautionary, and the state stands ready to provide mitigation support if needed.

NG Advantage partners with NH, VT, NY community organizations

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Colchester-based NG Advantage LLC, which is majority-owned by Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE), continued its longstanding tradition of supporting charitable organizations by delivering nonperishable food items and gifts to local community groups. This week NG Advantage delivered multiple donations of locally-sourced, nonperishable food items to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse in Binghamton, Ticonderoga Food Pantry, and the Community Action Program serving Belknap-Merrimack Counties in New Hampshire.

Vermont gets a 'D' from Champlain for high school literacy

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine States are making modest improvements in personal finance education standards, but they still have a long way to go, including Vermont which earned a "D," according to the third report card on state efforts to improve financial literacy in American high schools. John Pelletier, director of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, which produced the report card, says American high schools have improved incrementally, in part because previous report cards have energized debates and legislation in many states.

Six UVM students featured in anthology of best undergraduate investigative journalism

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Six University of Vermont students from the Community Development and Applied Economics  department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are featured in the new book Censored 2018: Press Freedoms in a “Post Truth” Society. An annual anthology published by California-based media watchdog organization Project Censored, Censored 2018 compiles the top 25 student-written investigative news stories from the past year. The six UVM students -- Clare Charlesworth, Audrey Tuck, Bridgette McShea, Olivia Jones, Emily von Weise and Kätchen McElwain -- developed and submitted their stories as part of their spring 2017 class Journalism 2.0 with Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) professor Rob Williams.

USA News Group: Vermont likely to legalize pot in 2018

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:28am -- tim

USA News Group The tide has turned with regard to public perception of marijuana use and the movement toward legalizing pot is moving in a wave. Seven jurisdictions are most likely to approve legal use of cannabis in 2018. Some of the leading cannabis companies already preparing for the onslaught of new demand include Supreme Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX-V: FIRE) (OTC: SPRWF), MedReleaf Corp. (OTC: MEDFF), GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: GWPH), and MYM Nutraceuticals Inc. (CSE: MYM) (OTC: MYMMF).