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Largest school district in Franklin County focuses on wellness, model for the state

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 9:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Wednesday night the school board voted in favor of the adoption of a new wellness policy for the Maple Run Unified School District in St Albans, impacting thousands of students. This policy was developed by a broad group of stakeholders who served on a district-wide wellness committee and it was reviewed by the administrators and staff in all of the schools (three pre-K-8th grade and one high school). Some of highlights of the committee’s improvements include: Offering nutrition education at every grade level and recognizing the importance that Farm to School offers for additional physical activity and nutrition education; Providing at least 30 minutes of varied physical activity to all students in addition to physical education classes; Limiting food and beverage marketing to the promotion of only those foods and beverages that meet the USDA Smart Snacks.

2019 Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont recognized at Summit

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 5:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine 23 Southern Vermont Emerging Leaders were recognized at the 3rd Annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit on May 23rd. Southern Vermont Young Professionals and the Shires Young Professionals co-hosted the third annual recognition event which celebrates young people from the Bennington and Windham regions. Individuals were nominated based on their work as community leaders and volunteers, and for their professional accomplishments and commitment to serving the region.

Sullivan: Irony abounds in the H-1B visa debate

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 5:19am -- tim

by Brian J Sullivan, Esq, MSK Attorneys, Burlington In his most recent proposal to overhaul our broken immigration law system, President Trump took pains to emphasize that “merit” rather than “nepotism” should be the guiding principle of those laws. Initially, it is hard to look beyond the fact that nepotism – which is more accurately described as the promotion of family unity – was used by the president and millions of others to bring close family members to the United States and allow them to remain and contribute to our society and economy.

Ledyard Financial Group honors retiring chair

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 3:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At Ledyard Financial Group, Inc’s (Ticker symbol LFGP) annual shareholder meeting on May 23, 2019, Dr Dennis E Logue retired from his position as Chair of the Board of Directors as he reached the mandatory retirement age. Dr Logue, a founding director and an original Founding Advisory Board member, was honored and recognized for decades of dedicated leadership at a private dinner attended by members of Ledyard’s Board of Directors, senior management, and family members.

Annual Vermont Days to offer free fishing and access to state parks and historic sites

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 3:30am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Days is an annual invitation to visitors and Vermonters to explore, for free, Vermont’s excellent fishing, state parks, historic culture, and celebrate the arrival of summer. On June 8-9, all Vermont State Park day-use areas and all state-owned Historic Sites will be open at no charge. Saturday is free fishing day, the one day of the summer when anyone can fish in Vermont without a license. It’s also a day for history: the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier and the Vermont History Center in Barre will offer free admission on Saturday, June 8.

Vermont to get $1.75 million from Dollar General for deceptive advertising

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 5:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that his office has reached a $1.75 million settlement with DG Retail, LLC, also known as Dollar General, for violations of Vermont’s Consumer Protection Act. Under the settlement, Dollar General resolved claims that it sold products that were advertised on the shelf at a lower price than the price at the register, even after being told at least 50 times by state inspectors from the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets to correct the pricing inaccuracies. The state of Vermont will get $1.65 million.

Sanders calls on McConnell to put $15 minimum wage bill to Senate vote

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 4:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) called for the Raise the Wage Act to be brought to the floor of the Senate for an immediate vote. The bill, co-sponsored by 32 members of the Senate, would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 and index it to median wage growth thereafter.

Vail Resorts reports big gains in fiscal 2019 3Q results

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 4:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bloomfield, CO-based Vail Resorts, Inc (NYSE: MTN) today reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 ended April 30, 2019, as well as the company's results of its early season pass sales for the 2019/2020 North American ski season. Vail owns the Stowe Mountain and Okemo (Ludlow) ski resorts in Vermont, among its global properties. The release of Vail's quarterly results comes on the same day that Ski Vermont reported significant gains in last winter's local ski season.

Leahy applauds Trump finally signing disaster relief bill

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 4:19pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy Since the House first passed a disaster package back in January, Senate Republicans needlessly delayed its progress at the direction of President Trump. It was in response to the President’s direction to not provide a dollar of additional aid to Puerto Rico that Republicans delayed the disaster relief for over four months. Democrats have said from the beginning, the President cannot pick and choose which American citizens to help in the aftermath of a disaster.

Snowy season pushes Vermont ski industry back over 4 million skier visits

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 2:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Skiing in Vermont was good early and good late, which resulted in the industry's best season in four years. Members, supporters and friends of the Vermont ski and snowboard industry gathered at Jay Peak Resort on June 5-6 for the Vermont Ski Areas Association’s 50th Annual Meeting. Alpine and Cross-Country members, associate members and marketing partners were among those who celebrated what will be remembered as a historic season for Vermont skiing and riding, in which abundant early-season snowfall helped the industry post an increase in business over the 2017-18 season.