by Bill Schubart As one who’s never served in political office, I often remind myself how easy it is to opine with impunity about what’s right and wrong with our state and national governance systems – a reminder that opinion writing demands respect, objectivity, and a healthy dose of humility. That said, I worry deeply about our deteriorating ability to govern strategically. We see problems in a siloed landscape rather than as a broad vista.
by Erin Forbes, DVM, Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, Mountain View Animal Hospital The VVMA would like to remind all pet owners that February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), National Pet Dental Health Month message reminds pet owners that dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
Vermont Business Magazine Robert Tarnas, MD, a physician at SVMC Pownal Campus, a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), has been elected as SVMC’s chair of the Family Medicine Department. Tarnas has worked at the practice since 2015 and has been a member of the SVMC medical staff since 1985.
Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s (BCBSVT) Windham County Community Advisory Board (WCCAB) is providing grants to area schools as part of its ongoing commitment to promote physical activity and wellness, improving the overall health of Vermonters. Grants of up to $750 are being offered. Applications are due by Friday, February 15, 2019.
Vermont Business Magazine In response to the dropping temperature and falling snow, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a Regional Emergency Declaration. This declaration, which remains in effect until February 2, ensures that Vermont’s heating fuel suppliers can work overtime to get fuel to their customer's tanks.
Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University officials announced at the January board of trustees meeting held in Naples, FL, that the $100 million goal of the university’s bicentennial campaign “Forging the Future” has been reached in advance of the December 2019 end date. During the meeting, the trustees also approved raising the goal of the campaign to $110 million.
Leonine Public Affairs It is only the second week of the 2019 legislative session but lawmakers, the administration and other statewide officials have already hit the ground running with a flurry of committee activity, press conferences and bill introductions. The first week or two of the legislative session is often light on political activity, particularly the first year of the biennium, with committees getting organized and receiving updates from the various agencies and departments they oversee.
by Katie Keszey, CCV “I don’t think there’s been a day that’s passed by that I haven’t thought about working at Hazelett.” Tyler Schmoll is young, bearded, and stoic. He’s wearing a forest green button-down t-shirt—the company uniform—with a patch on one chest that reads “HAZELETT” and a patch on the other that displays his first name. His worn baseball hat also sports the company logo. Sitting next to Tyler in a matching easy chair (and in matching company-issued duds) is his twin brother, Cody.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is assuring the nearly 13,000 Vermonters who are enrolled in WIC that the program is open and food benefits and health services continue to be available, despite the ongoing partial government shutdown. “No one expected the federal shutdown to go on this long,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “The ripple effects are starting to be felt by more and more people, and we want our WIC families to know that we and our services are still there for them.”
Vermont Business Magazine Ski Vermont will once again help deliver a taste of the Green Mountain State to ski areas this winter by offering skiers and riders samples of a variety of treats and libations at scheduled stops on the Ski Vermont Specialty Food Tour.
Well-established Vermont landmark products available include Cabot award-winning cheddar cheese and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Additional Vermont specialty food producers including Barr Hill Distillery, Silo Distillery, Mad River Distillers, Ambrosia Chocolates and Confections, West River Creamery, goodMix Superfoods, MOCO Hot Cocoa, Vermont Barrel-Aged Hot Sauce, Kimball Brook Farm, Wood’s Syrup, It’s Arthur’s Fault!, Vermont Maple Granola, Garuka Bars and SAP! Beverages will join the tour to showcase their assortment of products.
Vermont Business Magazine The Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted over 200 of its members and stakeholders at its annual meeting, The Mix and Mingle, held at Bennington College this past Friday. The meeting introduced a 2019 budget to the members which was voted upon and passed. The meeting also provided the opportunity to introduce two new Northshire Chamber Board of Director members Sylvia Pike of Battenkill Valley Health Center and Lisa Larson of the Northshire Civic Center at Riley Rink.
Vermont Business Magazine Earlier this week, Vermont State Officials announced the formation of Vermont’s First Affiliated Reinsurance Company (ARC) by MAPFRE RE, a large global reinsurance company based in Madrid, Spain. Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer (PPE&C) attorneys Ralphine O’Rourke and Jesse Crary are the advising counsel to MAPFRE RE. On July 1, 2018, Vermont officially passed legislation establishing this new type of captive which allows the formation of reinsurance affiliates onshore, and in so doing, avoids the Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT) that would otherwise apply to offshore reinsurance placements. By building on its experience with traditional captives and special purpose financial insurance companies, Vermont’s new option provides the flexibility found in captive regulation with the recognition that comes to companies complying with traditional insurance company accreditation standards.