Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) and Terry Bicycles (Terry) are back with the fourth running of Wellness Revolution, a program designed to promote healthier lifestyles for Vermont women through cycling. Registration for the eight-week program begins on March 20 and ends on April 7.
Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday, April 5, Northwestern Medical Center and local veterans are unveiling a new valet program, assisting patients and visitors around the hospital campus. NMC’s Veterans Sponsored Valet Service will be staffed by local veterans and will offer transportation in a six-passenger enclosed electric vehicle, as well as parking of personal vehicles. Visitors who park in NMC lots can get a ride to the main entrance, or to other on-campus buildings such as the Cobblestone Health Commons.
Vermont Business Magazine The 25th Annual Vermont Sports Medicine Center’s (VSMC) 5K Run/Walk will be held this year on Saturday, May 6 in Rutland. All proceeds from the event will benefit Kids on the Move and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. The annual event has become a staple among the “first 5Ks of the season,” where all ages and abilities are welcome to walk or run for two local causes.
Vermont Business Magazine As announced by The Federal Reserve Board on March 16, 2017, People's United Financial, Inc (NASDAQ: PBCT) has received approval by the Board of Governors of The Federal Reserve for the merger of Suffolk Bancorp, of Riverhead, NY (NYSE: SCNB) with and into People's United Financial. The transaction, announced June 27, 2016 and approved by the shareholders of Suffolk Bancorp on October 13, 2016, also received approval by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") on February 6, 2017.
Senator Patrick Leahy Today marks the first time that the Senate Judiciary Committee has met publicly to take action on the Supreme Court vacancy that resulted from Justice Scalia’s death 13 months ago. Just hours after we learned of Justice Scalia’s sudden passing, the Majority Leader declared that the Senate would not provide any process to any nominee selected by President Obama, despite the President having nearly a year left in his term. This was an extraordinary blockade, and one backed by then-candidate Donald Trump. Committee Republicans met behind closed doors and declared that they would surrender the independence of this Committee to do the Majority Leader’s bidding, and they ignored the Constitution in the process. This unprecedented obstruction is one of the greatest stains on the two-hundred-year history of this Committee.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s congressional delegation announced Monday that a joint town meeting will be held by U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) on Saturday at Hazen Union School in Hardwick. In a joint statement, they said: “There is no shortage of issues of major consequence being discussed in Washington these days.
Vermont Business Magazine A prominent former Republican legislator is among two named to Vermont’s State Board of Education. Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointments of John Carroll of Norwich and John O’Keefe of Manchester Center to the Board. The Board is responsible for the establishment, advancement and evaluation of public education policy, including regulations governing attendance, student performance standards, adult basic education programs, independent school approvals, and disbursement of funds and equal access to education.
Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington School District notified the Burlington Education Association (BEA) Friday, March 17, that a state of impasse exists in contract talks for the 2017-2018 school year. That said, the Board has notified the union that it is willing to continue meeting in the weeks leading up to mediation and fact-finding. The union, meanwhile, said in a statement that Burlington’s teachers are striving to settle a contract that ensures the district attracts and retains quality teachers who can provide the city’s students with the quality education they deserve. The union said it hopes that a respectful and fair contract can be hammered out without the Board again pushing the parties to the level of crisis experienced last October, which nearly led to a teacher strike. A sizable gap exists on a wage increase.
Leonine Public Affairs A mid-week press conference by House leadership to "remind" Governor Scott that "Vermonters expect him to present responsible budget proposals" put a spotlight on the tension between lawmakers and the Governor on the development of the FY18 state budget. House leaders in a statement pointed out Vermonters approved 90 percent of school budgets at Town Meeting. They argued the Governor's proposal for school boards to level fund K-12 budgets in order to invest in higher education and early education had been rejected by Town Meeting voters. Governor Scott responded through a spokeswoman that his budget proposal is balanced and put the burden back on lawmakers to come up with a budget of their own if they didn't want to adopt his plan.
Vermont Business Magazine United Children’s Services has been awarded an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant to expand high quality early learning opportunities for Bennington’s most vulnerable infants and toddlers. The grant is for $1.2 million from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families and will support 48 infants and toddlers in Bennington County.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s famous Maple Season will continue to be a top tourism draw throughout the month of April, culminating with the immensely popular Vermont Maple Festival in downtown St. Albans during the weekend of April 28 to 30. Coming on the heels of Maple Open House Weekend (March 25-26), which provides visitors a firsthand opportunity to experience Maple Season at the state’s legendary sugarhouses, the Vermont Maple Festival is a three-day celebration that showcases maple producers, vendors, exhibits, and attractions and events for kids. Growing in popularity, the Vermont Maple Festival drew a record estimated crowd of 40,000 people in 2016.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) and Hotel Vermont are thrilled to announce that March’s “Food & Beverage” event will feature Allison Hooper, co-founder of Vermont Creamery, and Jen Kimmich, co-founder of The Alchemist. The event will be held Monday, March 20th, 5:30-7pm in beautiful Juniper Hall at Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry Street in downtown Burlington. All are welcome, but tickets are limited so interested parties are encouraged to act fast.