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Vermont children face increased risk of hunger during summer months

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 11:45am -- tim

Vermont Foodbank Though many students eagerly await summer, millions of children in America may be dreading summertime because it means long, hot days without enough food. Nationally, more than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program during the school year. But when school is out during the summer, less than 4 million receive meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

The making of Brown Bottle Cheddar: A Vermont collaboration

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 5:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Last December, staff from Healthy Living Market & Cafe and Otter Creek Brewing Company traveled to Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company to collaborate on an alehouse cheddar. The final product, Brown Bottle Cheddar, was created with milk sourced from Vermont Farmstead’s dairy cows, and Backseat Berner IPA from Otter Creek. 

Vermont clean water week August 20-26

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 4:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On August 21st Governor Phil Scott will issue a proclamation declaring Clean Water Week for the State of Vermont. We invite you to join us in celebrating Vermont’s waters, and the efforts of businesses, organizations, and communities to protect and restore clean water statewide. Vermonters and visitors alike drink, swim, fish, boat, and admire the scenic beauty of Vermont’s waters. Join us and be “All In” for clean water!

Circus Arts president and executive director resign, finances failing

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 8:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Trustees of the troubled New England Circus Arts, in an attempt to save the institution, has reached out to coaches and the recently fired founders and announced that both the president of the board and the executive director of NECCA have resigned. The letter is dated Friday and indicates that they are attempting to appease these people and the community at large, which was shocked by the news of the firing of the founders, twin sisters Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, on Wednesday. Michael Helmstadter, executive director, was not named in the letter nor was president Elizabeth Harris-Warner. Mel Martin, a long-time supporter, is coming back to the board as president.

Hunger Mountain Cooperative community fund grant applications available

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 8:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier is now accepting grant applications in support of local businesses and organizations whose work enriches our central Vermont community and furthers the Co-op’s mission of building a dynamic community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems, and thriving cooperative commerce. 

Former Isle La Motte Fire Company treasurer accused of embezzlement

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 7:57am -- tim

Vermont State Police July 14, 2017 The Vermont State Police - St Albans Barracks was notified of an embezzlement circumstance involving the Isle La Motte Volunteer Fire Company funds/account and a former treasurer for the Fire Company. The former treasurer was identified as Scott Newman, 56, who had been involved with the Isle La Motte Fire Company for more than fifteen years. As of the transfer of his treasurer responsibilities in January 2016, he has no longer been involved with the Fire Company.

Norwich University launches inaugural Governor’s Institute in Architecture, Design & Building

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 3:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University welcomes 36 Vermont high school students on Sunday, July 16, for its inaugural Governor’s Institute on Architecture, Design & Building, a brand new Governor’s Institute of Vermont (GIV) program. The institute offers a residential week of hands-on learning in working with concrete, masonry and wood across the disciplines of architecture, engineering, and construction management with an emphasis on regional materials and best practices of sustainable design and craft.

Regulator orders investigation of Vermont Gas into pipeline depth

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:23pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Public Utility Commission today opened an investigation into whether Vermont Gas Systems violated its 2013 permit by burying its pipeline at a depth of less than 4 feet in 18 locations in New Haven. The company's Certificate of Public Good (CPG), issued on December 23, 2013, authorized the construction of the pipeline from Chittenden County to Addison County and required that the pipeline be buried at least 4 feet deep within electric transmission corridors for safety reasons.

Weekly unemployment claims increase again

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims continued their summer-long, steady increase in claims. Claims typically remain low during the summer at around 500. Claims spiked two weeks ago and then again three weeks ago and have been on the rise since the beginning of June and are higher than they were the same time last year; previously claims were generally lower for most weeks in 2017. For the week of July 8, 2017, there were 613 claims, up 56 from the previous week's total and 73 more than than they were a year ago. As expected, by industry, Services reported the most claims (46 percent of the total). But manufacturing saw an increase, tripling its claims to about 180, or 29 percent of the total, or more than the change from the previous week.

Condos inducted as president-elect of NASS

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, July 10 Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was chosen by a bi-partisan group of his peers as President-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) at the Summer Conference in Indianapolis. NASS serves as a medium for Secretaries across the country to share ideas and best practices in the development of public policy as it relates to elections and voting, business services and policy relating to state archival work and records management.

Leahy notches budget panel win for VA funding

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved legislation to fund the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA), staving off “devastating” cuts proposed by the Trump Administration to a facility in Vermont and securing additional resources for Vermont veterans.  It was the first markup session on one of the 12 annual Appropriations bills that fund the government to be co-led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in his new role as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.