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Diversity is our strength, Landrieu tells St Mike’s graduates

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In his Commencement remarks to Saint Michael’s College 2018 graduates on Sunday, May 13, Mitch Landrieu, the recent mayor of New Orleans, essentially invited their promising generation to join in knocking racism off pedestals whenever politicians or change-fearing society try to elevate it. “Those monuments had to come down because in New Orleans, we know that our diversity is our strength."

Angwin: Rolling blackouts for New England?

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:26am -- tim

by Meredith Angwin Rolling blackouts are probably coming to New England sooner than expected. When there's not enough supply of electricity to meet demand, an electric grid operator cuts power to one section of the grid to keep the rest of the grid from failing.  After a while, the operator restores the power to the blacked-out area and moves the blackout on to another section. The New England grid operator (ISO-NE) recently completed a major study of various scenarios for the near-term future (2024-2025) of the grid, including the possibilities of rolling blackouts.

Vermont Women’s Fund announces $102,900 in competitive grants

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 7:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Women’s Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, awarded $102,900 through its competitive grant program to 12 organizations that work to improve the economic security of women and girls in Vermont. “As the first and largest women-focused philanthropic resource in Vermont, we are committed to catalyzing greater change,” says Meg Smith, director of the Vermont Women’s Fund.

Copley Hospital Laboratory receives CAP accreditation

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the Laboratory at Copley Hospital based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs. Pathologist Armando Ciampa, MD, Medical Director of the Laboratory, was advised of this national recognition and he and Copley’s Laboratory Team was congratulated for the excellence of services being provided. Copley Hospital is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

BMH and CCV host open houses for accelerated medical assistant program

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) and Community College of Vermont (CCV) are now accepting applications for their accelerated program to prepare qualified candidates for jobs as Certified Medical Assistants. Enrollment in the one semester program will be limited to twenty participants. Classes will be held on the CCV Brattleboro campus, and all clinical aspects of the course work will be completed at BMH. As part of the joint initiative, BMH is providing full scholarships for eight successful applicants to the program.

CHCRR joins tobacco-free movement

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region has joined the tobacco-free movement, fulfilling a promise to provide a healthy and safe environment for everyone including employees, volunteers, patients, visitors and contractors. Beginning July 4, all CHCRR facilities will be free of tobacco, and tobacco use of any kind will not be permitted anywhere on CHCRR properties including sidewalks, parking lots and in parked vehicles on the premises.

Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists to break ground on new animal hospital

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Since 1999, BEVS has had a unique and rich history caring for the companion animals of the Champlain Valley in a variety of ways. It has evolved from a part-time ER service for 12 veterinary hospitals, then grew to serve over 40 hospitals, followed by expanding hours to include nights and weekends, to today’s, 24/7 emergency facility, complete with board-certified veterinary specialists in surgery, internal medicine, and oncology among others. In fact, we are the only 24/7 veterinary emergency and specialty hospital in the state.

SVHC will attempt to break jump rope record

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 2:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In May 2017, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) issued a goal to collect 100,000 jumps from its Jump Rope Challenge initiative in time for its 100th anniversary in June 2018. They challenged attendees at several community events, participants from community groups, and students in area schools to jump rope for 1 minute and record their jumps. Each complete revolution of the jump rope added one point to SVHC’s running total. SVHC is proud to announce that our community has achieved 100,000 jumps.

Castleton University celebrates 231st commencement

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 9:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The third graduating class of Castleton University passed across the stage at its 231st Commencement ceremony on Saturday, bringing to close the 2017-18 academic year. Co-keynote speakers #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian and critically acclaimed journalist and novelist Stephen P Kiernan addressed the more than 3,500 guests in attendance and thousands more streaming the ceremony online. Castleton President Karen M Scolforo took the podium and welcomed everyone "home."

Sanders: Fighting for Vermont’s veterans

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 4:57pm -- tim

by Senator Bernie Sanders As a longtime member and former chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I am honored to be able to work on behalf of Vermont’s 45,000 veterans and their families, who have done so much in service to our country. That is why I am organizing a Veterans Town Hall and Resource Fair this Saturday, May 19, at Norwich University from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We’ll hear updates from Washington and learn about veterans’ resources and projects here in Vermont.

Casella closes on $550 million in credit

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 4:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Casella Waste Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company based in Rutland, announced today that it has entered into a $550 million credit facility with Bank of America, NA, as administrative agent and swing line lender, Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fener & Smith Incorporated, Citizens Bank, NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA and Comerica Bank as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, and certain other agents and lenders. The credit facility provides for a term loan A facility in the amount of $350 million and a revolving credit facility in the principal amount of up to $200 million, with a $60 million sublimit for letters of credit.  

CCV faculty union informational picket at VSC Tuesday

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The union representing Community College of Vermont will hold an informational picket Tuesday in Montpelier outside the office of Vermont State College Chancellor Jeb Spaulding. CCV is part of the Vermont State Colleges system. After five months of bargaining, CCV United Faculty union and the CCV administration have reached a statutory impasse. According to a press release issued by the union, CCV administration continues to deny faculty the right to know from semester to semester if they will have work.