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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

Vermont Green Line and Citizens Energy announce partnership

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:23am -- katie

The Vermont Green Line today announced a new partnership with Citizens Energy Corporation to assist low-income Vermont residents with their energy needs.

By becoming an owner in the Vermont Green Line alongside National Grid, Citizens Energy will finance its share of the line and use its profits, in concert with the project partners, to help working families and others in need in Vermont.

Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) wins two Northeastern Economic Developers Association Awards

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 9:43am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) has been notified of its selection for two Northeastern Economic Developers Association Awards. The Windham Region Workforce Center of Excellence has been named Program of the Year and the GS Precision Expansion has been named Project of Year.  BDCC will receive these distinguished awards at the upcoming NEDA Conference in September.

USDA to help struggling dairy farmers with cheese purchase

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 6:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Congressional Delegation – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) – are welcoming the “small steps” that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced to help dairy farmers coping with declining milk prices.  USDA will purchase 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to help dairy farmers by reducing a cheese surplus, while also supplementing food shelves that serve needy families across the country. 

Windham agrees to vote on 28-turbine wind farm, state's largest

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 6:28am -- tim

by Mike Faher/The Commons, Brattleboro The stage is set for a vote that could have big implications for the town of Windham’s landscape and for the wind industry in Vermont. Windham Selectboard has authorized a November 8 Australian Ballot vote to determine whether residents support construction of the 28-turbine Stiles Brook Wind Project, which would be the state’s largest wind power site.

Leahy: Irene’s Lessons Echo In Baton Rouge

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:49pm -- tim

by Patrick Leahy One of the first calls I had in the immediate aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene was from a Republican senator from a far-distant state.  He told me of his concern about what he and his constituents were hearing about the storm’s devastation in Vermont, and he pledged to me his support for the congressional action that would be needed to help Vermont recover and rebuild.  I’ve made similar calls when disasters have struck other parts of our nation.

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