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Synergy and Cytation Readers validated for Agilent MitoXpress and pH-Xtra Assays

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 9:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine BioTek has announced that its Synergy H1 and Synergy Neo2 Hybrid Multi-Mode Readers and its Cytation 1 and Cytation 5 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Readers are validated for use with the MitoXpress and pH-Xtra Assays from Agilent Technologies. The assays may be used alone or combined to measure metabolism in live cells. Instructional Applications Bulletins are available for each multi-mode reader detailing the specific parameters for optimized TRF performance with MitoXpress Xtra Oxygen Consumption, MitoXpress Intracellular Oxygen and pH-Xtra Glycolysis products.

MEMIC honors North Country Hospital for workplace safety

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 9:00am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine North Country Hospital of Newport, Vermont was recently honored with an award for exceptional on-the-job safety performance during The MEMIC Group’s Annual Meeting of Policyholders. Only eight employers, out of more than 21,000 MEMIC policyholders across the country, received a 2019 award for workplace safety from the workers’ compensation insurance specialist.

New Assistive Technology Tryout Center at Castleton University

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 5:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Castleton University, in partnership with The University of Vermont's Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI) and the Vermont Assistive Technology Program, has opened an Assistive Technology Tryout Center on the Castleton University campus. Assistive Technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, or rehabilitative devices, software, or equipment that can help individuals with disabilities, as well as students with learning and attention challenges.

McClaughry: A new front in the endless battle against climate change

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 4:17am -- tim

by John McClaughry The Long Range Transportation Plan of 1995 reaffirmed as the highest priority the maintenance and improvement of Vermont’s highways and bridges. Hardly anyone disagreed. But beginning in earnest in 2006, climate change activists have succeeded in progressively shifting the emphasis of transportation policy toward reducing CO2 emissions and defeating climate change. Gasoline and diesel fueled-transportation contributes 43% of Vermont’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Community Bank supports Sunrise Family Resource Center Bowl-A-Thon

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 2:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Community Bank NA Bennington and Wilmington branches recently presented Sunrise Family Resource Center (SFRC) with a $1,000 donation to support the organization’s Bowl-A-Thon May 20 at Bennington Lanes. Community Bank NA’s donation provided open lanes for attendees to use during the event.

Vermont dairy farmers may now enroll new farm bill safety net program

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 9:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s congressional delegation — Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Representative Peter Welch (D) — on Monday urged Vermont dairy farmers to consider enrolling in the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, a safety net measure created in the 2018 Farm Bill to help producers manage volatile milk prices and feed costs. The enrollment period opened today, and runs through September 20.

Scott vetoes medical monitoring bill opposed by business groups

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 4:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced actions on the following bills, passed by the Legislature. While signing several bills into law, the governor vetoed the medical monitoring bill, which was widely opposed by business organizations. The Senate passed the bill 19-11 and the House passed it 100-42.

Burlington breaks ground on high-quality child care center in Old North End

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 4:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger and community leaders today broke ground on a new, high-quality child care center in the Old North End, which is the result of a collaboration between CVOEO & Champlain Valley Head Start, Burlington Housing Authority, and the City of Burlington’s Early Learning Initiative (ELI). The new center will create 23 total child care spots, made up of 15 spots for children ages three to five years old in the fall of 2019 and eight additional spots for infants and toddlers in the fall of 2020.

Scott signs lead testing and remediation bill into law

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 3:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today signed S.40, An act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and childcare facilities. This legislation governs statewide testing of school and childcare facilities’ drinking water for lead – a project already underway by State agencies. The new law officially puts into place a full-scale testing project that builds on a 2017 pilot program among schools to test their drinking water for lead at each tap used for drinking or cooking, and to take actions as needed to reduce lead levels.

Vermont creates restitution fund for victims of securities fraud

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 2:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Commissioner of Financial Regulation Michael Pieciak announced the creation of a restitution fund for Vermonters who fall victim to investment fraud. The Department of Financial Regulation worked closely with the Legislature to create the fund, which is included in Senate Bill 131 (Act No. 57 of 2019). It will allow fraud victims to recover a portion of their losses when full restitution is not available. The money for the victim restitution fund will come from monetary settlements of state securities law enforcement matters. No taxpayer money will be used.

NEK Collaborative receives VEC grant for Summit

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new annual summit designed to strengthen connections to support community and economic development in the Northeast Kingdom has gotten support from the Vermont Electric Co-op’s Community Fund. The NEK Annual Summit, organized by the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, will be held for the first time in the fall of 2019 with a focus on leadership and a specific goal of encouraging individuals from underrepresented groups to step into leadership roles in their communities. Some 200 people are expected to attend.