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THE BIG BUZZ: Sarah Kaeck, Bee's Wrap

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 10:39am -- tim

by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine In a little building by the train tracks in Middlebury, the war against plastics is being profitably waged, one hunk of beeswax at a time. Plastics, as we now recognize, are devastating to the environment. “Studies have detected plastic fibers everywhere—in the stomachs of sperm whales, in tap water and in table salt,” said a recent story in the Irish Times, although it could have appeared anywhere. (Google “plastics” and get about 4,290,000,000 results in 0.71 seconds) “A researcher in Britain says plastic may help define the most recent layer of the earth’s crust because it takes so long to break down and there is so much of it.”

Help LCC hunt for Asian clams

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 7:25am -- tim

Lake Champlain Committee The Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) has been checking Lake Champlain beaches for Asian clam during the summer and have a fun volunteer opportunity coming up on Tuesday September 24. Join us if you can! We are teaming up with our friends at Arrowwood Environmental and Magic Hat Brewing Company to comb Burlington area beaches for the invasive mollusk. The program includes training, field time, and lunch! It’s a great way to learn more about Asian clams, how to identify them and what we can do to keep them out of Lake Champlain.

Bennington College’s Visual Arts Lecture Series highlights role of place and belonging

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 2:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bennington College’s Fall 2019 Visual Arts Lecture Series (VALS) centers on the theme “Indigeneity, Subjectivity, and Medium in Contemporary Art” with lectures from Cosmo Whyte ’05, Terran Last Gun, Genevieve Gaignard, ERRE, Candice Hopkins, and Sara Emsaki. All lectures are free, open to the public, and will take place from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in Tishman Lecture Hall on the College’s campus.

Vermont joins fight against rollback of fuel economy standards

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 7:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that his office joined 22 other states, the District of Columbia and the nation’s two largest cities to file a lawsuit challenging a major component of the federal government’s plan to roll back greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks.

Paul Bruhn, 1947-2019

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 2:34pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy It hit hard when Marcelle and I learned of the sudden loss of our dear, dear friend, Paul Bruhn. Our hearts ache for Colleen and for all who knew and loved him. He is one of the finest Vermonters I ever worked with, and one of the dearest and best friends we have both had, and we loved him.

Vermont's sustainability mission: It's not just for dairy farms

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 12:04pm -- tim

Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies Vermont gets pegged for a lot of things: great mountains, bucolic pastures, stunning foliage… and for a lacking economy that struggles to retain talent, forcing people to find jobs elsewhere. A report issued today by the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) tells a different story.

General Fund taxes missed goals in August

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 11:22am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine General Funds were below target for August, while Transportation and Education Funds were above targets, reversing a trend. Personal income tax receipts for many months have been pushing the state into a surplus. But the PI failed to meet expectations by more than $2 million for the month. All three of the major taxes were off for the month. The year-to-date GF target is still ahead of schedule.

Weekly unemployment claims fall again

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 10:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment numbers again fell to a low level last week. Summer typically  brings very low claim levels and these are lower than usual. Initial claims for the week of September 14, 2019, totaled 240, down 31 from last week and 116 fewer than they were at this time last year. Altogether 2,144 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 57 from a week ago, and 317 fewer than a year ago.

Unemployment rate holds at 2.1 percent, labor force falls

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 10:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine According to household data released today from the Vermont Department of Labor, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August was 2.1 percent. This reflects no change from the revised July rate. The release of the new data on Vermont households disrupts the previous trend of eight consecutive months of rising number of employed persons and rising labor force. Employment also fell and the jobless number increased. Still, the rate remains at its historic low.

$5,000 awarded from Langeloth Foundation to support Incarceration in America conference

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 5:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) will host its annual Incarceration in America conference from October 4 - 5. The conference will include panel discussions on getting women off Rikers Island and designing a new women’s jail, with panelists from the Women's Community Justice Association, and panelists from The Osborne Association will discuss older prisoners, long-term prisoners, clemency, parole, post-release housing, and the role of children.