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McClaughry: American politics gone insane

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:52am -- tim

by John McClaughry

Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution in Washington. He is himself a bona fide liberal, or at least, what passed for a thinking liberal a decade ago. He is a sharp commentator on American politics, and has given us a brilliant and timely essay in the July-August issue of The Atlantic entitled “How American Politics Went Insane”.

Woodring: The one word that can help end an epidemic

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:22am -- tim

by Kirk J Woodring, LICSW, Brattleboro Retreat “SUICIDE.” I intentionally write it in capital letters, and place it in quotes, because so many of us find the word extremely difficult to see and to say. And yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified suicide as an epidemic in the US, with rates having reached a 30-year peak since they began to climb in 1999.

2017 MAH Classic golf tournament a success for community health care

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On June 19, continuing a tradition that began 35 years ago, the Woodstock Country Club hosted the annual MAH Classic golf tournament. More than 80 golfers participated in a day filled with challenges and fun to raise funds for Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) in Windsor and the Ottauquechee Health Center (OHC) in Woodstock. “The MAH Classic brings people together for a great cause and a good time,” said Charles Clement, Director of Development for the Hospital. “Golfers enjoy playing at one of New England’s premier golf resorts while raising funds to support quality health care in our communities.

Governor Scott comments on the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 2:13pm -- katie

Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement:

“Sixteen years ago today, our nation experienced terrible and senseless terror attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania that were felt around the country and the world.  

“On this day each year, we remember and mourn those who were lost in the attacks and the many heroes who saved lives and helped with recovery in the days and months that followed. 

Weekly unemployment claims stay low

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 7:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims rose above 300 last week but remain at a very low level. Claims had been falling steadily since early July. Claims also are lower than they were the same time last year, which has been the case for most weeks in 2017. For the week of September 2, 2017, there were 310 claims, 28 more than than they were last week and 52 fewer than they were a year ago.

Bridport dairy turns to technology as the next investment in the farm’s future

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 3:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today more than ever, technology is interwoven into our daily lives, and, recently, is becoming a key player on Vermont dairy farms. In April of this year, Dan Barnes of Barnes Black and White Farm in Birdport, Vermont took a leap of faith and turned to robotic milking technology as the next way to milk some of his dairy cows. Robotic milking systems not only take care of the milking chores nearly 24 hours a day – they also regularly screen every individual cow’s health, monitor the quality of her milk, and ultimately position the dairy to be more sustainable into the future.

Sister Janice Ryan to receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 4:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Foundation is proud to honor Sister Janice Ryan with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service. The award will be presented at the Community Foundation's Annual Meeting on September 13, 2017 and is given to a person who has demonstrated a long-term and significant commitment toward creating healthy and vital Vermont communities. 

UVM President Tom Sullivan signs statement in support of DACA

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 2:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan is among more than 600 presidents of public and private colleges and universities across the country who have signed a statement in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The statement urges the nation’s leaders to uphold, continue and expand the program as a matter of “moral imperative” and “national necessity.”

Hundreds gather in Burlington to discuss climate economy

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 6:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Five hundred creative entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders gathered at the University of Vermont for a three-day innovation summit hosted by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) to focus on the opportunities presented by the Climate Economy this week. The Climate Economy Initiative is built on the premise that confronting climate change through innovative economic development can be a competitive strategy, one that will build national reputation, create jobs, and attract youth and entrepreneurism.

Mad River Distillers to release limited Burnt Rock Bourbon Sept 19

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 5:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mad River Distillers of Vermont is proud to announce the distillery’s new Burnt Rock Bourbon will be released in extremely limited quantities on Tuesday, September 19 at select Vermont and Massachusetts retailers and bars. “We were looking for a different bourbon experience, something spicier with a bit of smoke to it,” said Mimi Buttenheim, Mad River Distillers’ president. “The maple wood smoke allowed us to showcase our Vermont roots.”

New Mad River Taste Place showcases Vermont food and beverage makers

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 3:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Food business incubator Mad River Food Hub has opened the Mad River Taste Place in Waitsfield, a distinct venue showcasing Vermont food and drink businesses. Located in a contemporary building that once housed a bank, Mad River Taste Place offers a curated retail experience where residents and visitors can taste, learn and provision from the food and beverage makers of the Mad River Valley and other areas of Vermont.