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Unpermitted, polluting Tunbridge salvage yard fined $25,000

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 6:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources announced Thursday that Blakeman’s Towing and Recovery, an automotive towing and recovery business located in Tunbridge, was fined $25,000 for operating in violation of state salvage yard and land use laws, and hazardous waste management regulations. Salvage yards provide important waste management services to Vermonters by reusing and recycling a range of materials from automobiles and scrap metal to hazardous waste like battery acid and vehicle fluids.

NEFCU donates $2,500 to Williston Community Food Shelf

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) recently donated $2500 to the Williston Community Food Shelf (WCFS) for the Summer Bag Program. The donation will cover all the expenses to provide two additional bags of “kid friendly” food per month to families with children during summer vacation. The extra bags of food are meant to help bridge the gap created when free breakfast and lunch programs available at the schools become unavailable during the summer.

Leahy reacts to latest Senate health care bill

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:01pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy Senate Trumpcare 2.0 is just as bad as earlier versions and in some ways is worse. This remains a stumbling, shameful and craven exercise to pass a tax bill in the guise of a health care bill.  The ‘mean’ House bill the President described keeps getting meaner.  Lost to many in the White House and on Capitol Hill is the fact that these are decisions that literally mean health or illness and life or death to countless people.

Kinney Drugs Foundation donates $250,000 to UVMMC inpatient building

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Kinney Drugs Foundation is donating $250,000 to provide supportive spaces for families in the Robert E and Holly D Miller Building at the University of Vermont Medical Center, which will contain 128 new single-patient rooms. Completion of the building is expected in the Fall of 2019. Patients in the Miller Building will experience enhanced quality of care due to the privacy, space for families, and healing environment single-bed rooms provide. Studies show that facilities designed with the needs of patients and families in mind result in better outcomes and a better experience overall. Currently, only thirty percent of patient rooms at the UVM Medical Center have one bed.

Sanders statement on revised health care bill

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement Thursday after Senate Republicans released the revised version of their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "The revised Republican 'health care' plan is an absolute disaster that will inflict severe economic pain on millions of Americans. That is why it is opposed by virtually every major health care organization in this country – by doctors, nurses and hospital administrators.

Senate Appropriations rejects $1.6 billion amendment for veterans

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday offered a $1.6 billion amendment that would have supported the health care of thousands of veterans across the country and bolstered the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The amendment, which was offered by Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), was rejected in Committee by a vote of 15 to 16.

GMP second in East in JD Power ranking

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An increase in power outage information along with higher price satisfaction are the top drivers of the sixth consecutive year of improved customer satisfaction with residential electric utility companies, according to the JD Power 2017 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, released today. Green Mountain power scored second highest in the East region for utilities its size.

New state program to recognize outstanding farmers

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine You can tell a lot about a farm by looking closely at the soil. That's why the new, statewide program to recognize Vermont's most environmentally friendly farmers will be based on soil-sampling and monitoring. Today, Governor Phil Scott announced the pilot launch of the new Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP), which will use soil-based analysis to identify farmers who are going above and beyond to protect our natural resources.

EPA recognizes Vermont Army Guard for saving resources

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 6:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the efforts of federal facilities that took steps to improve efficiency, save resources and reduce costs as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). Included in the honor is the Vermont Army National Guard. “Federal agencies across the country are doing their part to minimize their environmental impact, in doing so saving American taxpayers millions of dollars,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said.

Wheel Pad installs first module in Vermont

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Wheel Pad, a leader in developing eco-friendly bedroom suites that can be temporarily attached to an existing home to meet the needs of individuals with limited mobility, is pleased to announce the installation of its first module in Vermont, and invites the public to a free tour. Explore the installed Norwich Model prototype on-site at an existing home, learn about the design features, see how it attaches to the home, and experience this suite for yourself.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Challenge Race spirited, wavy, and fun

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Over 70 rowers and paddlers dug deep in the waters of Lake Champlain on Sunday in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's 21st Annual Challenge Race. The race, an annual event for 21 years, has a distinctly communal spirit – with a delicious and bountiful potluck picnic afterwards – while also fueling participants’ desire to fiercely compete.