Month: December 2020

  • Tuition to rise 4 percent at Vermont State Colleges

    first_imgVermont State College Chancellor Tim Donovan offered the following remarks following a decision by the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees Thursday night to raise tuitions of the state colleges by 4 percent each of the next two years. The state colleges are comprised of Castleton State College, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and Vermont Technical College.Chancellor Donovan’s statement: “This evening, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved tuition rates for next two academic years. The rates reflect a four percent increase in each of the two successive years, and apply through the end of FY2014. This increase applies to instate, undergraduate students at all five of the colleges. The Board vote was 9-4 and followed an engaged discussion.Up until the winter of 2011, the Board considered tuition rates in early May. Last year, the Board of Trustees agreed to a proposal to set tuition earlier in the year for two reasons.First, due to a long history of modest state support for the operations of these public institutions, tuition represents more than 80% of the colleges’ revenue. Knowing tuition rates will enable the colleges to be more deliberate and strategic in developing budgets for review by the Board’s Finance and Facilities committee in May and approval in June.Second, by setting tuition rates early, colleges can provide more timely and accurate financial aid packages that will benefit prospective students and their families in making their college decisions. Last year demonstrated that this was a far more logical approach. By holding the vote a full year in advance, it was the opinion of the presidents and the board that these advantages will be augmented.A week ago, the Board’s Finance and Facilities committee held a thoughtful discussion of the proposal. The chancellor and the presidents of the five colleges took the position that the increase and the timing strikes a reasonable and responsible balance between effective planning, covering existing costs and beginning to address the long-term obligations of the system.This is always a challenging and important decision for the board. It is a decision that demands consideration of the key elements of the Vermont State College’s mission:‘For the benefit of Vermont, the Vermont State Colleges provide affordable, high quality, student-centered, and accessible education, fully integrating professional, liberal, and career study.’In the context of the VSC mission, levels of public subsidy that are among the lowest in the nation, and the state’s challenges, our tuition is, at the same moment, both too high and too low. This increase is modest relative to public institutions around the nation, where the average increases of tuition more than double this proposal. However, that won’t reassure the students most affected by the increase. Nor would they benefit from the impact on programming that a lower rate of increase would have had. In the end, as is annually the case, there were board members who would have preferred higher and board members who would have preferred lower. We are fortunate to be overseen by a board whose discussions are characterized by healthy discourse, consensus and compromise. Our trustees recognized the cuts and impact on quality that a lower rate of increase would have forced on the colleges, and they also recognized that the system must begin addressing its long-term post-retirement health-care obligations. The colleges long ago transitioned to a defined contribution retirement plan for its employees.This vote precedes the adoption of a state budget and appropriation for the VSC. The fact remains that we never knew that appropriation level with any certainty during prior deliberations. Our financial modeling included the operational funding level proposed by Governor Shumlin. That modeling indicates that, if adopted by the Legislature, the proposed appropriation holds the VSC’s FY2013 funding to slightly below our FY2007 funding and at roughly two-thirds of the appropriation recommended for the University of Vermont.It is our hope that the Legislature heeds the words of the President in his State of the Union address: ‘States also need to do their part, by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets.’ It has long been my belief as Chancellor that any increase in state appropriation that exceeded the rate of inflation could be shared between increasing capacity at the colleges and mitigating the impact of tuition on students and families. The students, the trustees, the presidents and I all look forward to that day.”February 2, 2012 Vermont State Collegeslast_img read more

  • Woman rescued from vehicle trapped in flood waters in Montgomery

    first_imgVermont Business Magazine At approximately 5:30 Tuesday evening, Vermont State Police received a report of an occupied truck stuck in rising flood waters on Longley Bridge Road in Montgomery. Members of the Vermont State Police, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Enosburg Rescue, and area fire departments responded to the scene. During their response units found direct routes to the stuck vehicle were impassible due to flood waters and/or heavy mud on back roads. This drastically increased response times as alternative routes were sought. At one point a responding ambulance and fire truck were stuck in heavy mud on Longley Bridge Road.Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Corporal McKenny was the first law enforcementto arrive on scene. He and nearby resident, Stanley Longley, sawthe full size truck stuck in the rising flood waters. Realizing the trappedfemale was sitting in the frigid water and fearing the vehicle may be swept awayCorporal McKenny and Mr. Longley took action.Mr. Longley obtained his large farm tractor from his residence and drove it tothe edge of the flood water.  Corporal McKenny boarded the tractor and MrLongley backed into the water towards the stuck vehicle.  Once at the vehicleCorporal McKenny was able to break a window and pull the female out of thetruck.  McKenny, with the assistance of Enosburg Rescue member Dean Scott, wasable to get the female to the tractor.  Mr. Longley then drove all involved tosafety.The female was not seriously injured and was transported to Northwest MedicalCenter for precautionary purposes.Vermont State Police would like to remind the public the importance of notdriving on submerged roadways. The National Weather Service reports each yearmore deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather relatedhazard. The Centers for Disease Control report that over half of allflood-related deaths occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.Source: Vermont State Police 4.15.2014last_img read more

  • Vermont Tech to go solar

    first_imgVermont Technical College,Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Technical College will further its use of renewable energy and help reduce its operating costs while providing the institution new educational opportunities with the installation of a 500kW solar farm. This month, the 500kW project was awarded its Certificate of Public Good by the Vermont Public Service Board, green-lighting the project to begin construction immediately.  It is scheduled to be complete by February. The project on Vermont Tech’s campus will consist of one hundred 5kW AllEarth Series 20 dual-axis solar trackers, manufactured by AllEarth Renewables, Inc. of Williston.Consistent with its technical career-oriented mission, Vermont Technical College is increasing renewable energy programs and facilities. The college offers an innovative bachelor’s degree in Renewable Energy, and a Continuing Education division that delivers a slate of courses and workshops focused on the renewable energy industry. Joining the college’s 375 kw anaerobic digester, dubbed “Big Bertha” by students, the solar project will provide students with real-world experience and an additional educational tool right on their campus.  In addition to the locally manufactured product by AllEarth Renewables, students will gain first-hand exposure to the company’s Vermont supply chain for components.Vermont Tech is the only solar training provider in Vermont acknowledged by Interstate Renewable Energy Council, which provides nationally-recognized training and credential programs. Clean energy will be a big part of Vermont communities going forward, and Vermont Tech’s Randolph campus is poised to be a model for local renewable energy education and training.”I am enthusiastic about this project and the future of this college as a hub for teaching and learning the vital skills connected to clean energy in Vermont,” said Vermont Tech President Dan Smith. “Degree programs in agriculture, horticulture, environmental engineering, and energy position Vermont Tech graduates to play a vital role in Vermont’s environmental and energy future.”Vermont Technical College will receive the net metered energy credits, thereby saving on electric costs. The solar array will also benefit the Green Mountain Power distribution system by acting as a load reducer during peak periods in the summer months when market electricity costs are highest to the utility.The project is expected to produce nearly 1 million kWh of clean, Vermont renewable energy annually. The Renewable Energy Credits for the Vermont Tech project will be retained and retired in-state.”We are thrilled to be partnering with Vermont Tech to provide solar power at the Randolph campus. The college site is an ideal location to not only to create renewable energy, but also invest in the next generation Vermont workforce,” added David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables.AllEarth Renewables is also completing a solar initiative for Vermont state government that will save taxpayers more than $2.5 million in energy costs over twenty years with no state investment, while producing over 7 million kilowatt hours per year of clean, Vermont-made solar electricity.  About Vermont TechVermont Tech is a leading public college with a mission of applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at six nursing campuses located throughout the state. Vermont Tech takes an optimistic, rooted and personal approach to education to support students in gaining the confidence and practical skills necessary to not only see their potential, but to experience it. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region.  www.vtc.edu(link is external).About AllEarth Renewables / AllEarth Solar TrackersAllEarth Renewables, headquartered in Williston, Vt., manufactures the AllEarth Solar Tracker, a dual-axis solar tracker that uses innovative GPS and wireless technology to follow the sun throughout the day, producing up to 45 percent more energy than rooftop solar.  The company has manufactured and installed over 3,600 solar tracker systems to date. Among its product awards, the dual axis tracker was named a “Top-10 Green Product” by BuildingGreen magazine and “Top Product of the Year” by Solar Power World. The company’s ground-mounted, pre-engineered solar trackers are designed for residential and commercial-scale installations. For more visit, www.allearthrenewables.com(link is external)last_img read more

  • Vermont law firm Sheehey Furlong & Behm PC expands with Moritz merger

    first_imgVermont Business Magazine Sheehey Furlong & Behm PC, a full service law firm based in Burlington, has announced an expansion of its Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate practice group through a merger with the firm Melendy Moritz in Woodstock and the addition of Leigh Phillips to the firm.“The addition of Mark Melendy, Daphne Moritz and Leigh Phillips brings great depth and experience to our estate planning practice and to the firm’s services for its business clients,” said the firm’s Managing Director David Austin. Mark’s practice focuses largely on estate planning, business succession planning, estate administration and tax planning. Mark has over thirty years of experience, beginning with work for large international law firms in New York City and Boston. Following his relocation to Vermont, Mark was a principal at Kristensen, Cummings, Phillips, Carroll, and Melendy, P.C.in Brattleboro, Vermont and subsequently Whittington, Melendy & Girdwood, P.C. in Hanover, NH and Woodstock, Vermont. Mark then formed his own firm in 2003. Mark received his law degree from Fordham School of Law and a LLM (Tax) degree from Boston University School of Law. He also holds an MBA from the University of New Hampshire.Leigh works with small businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals in the areas of corporate and commercial law and estate planning and administration. Leigh was admitted to practice in Vermont in 1977, and prior to joining Sheehey, practiced law as a solo practitioner in Burlington, Vermont. Leigh is a member of the Vermont and Chittenden County Bar Associations and currently co-chairs the VBA subcommittee working on the revision of the Vermont Nonprofit Corporation Act. In addition to her legal practice, Leigh has served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations, including current roles on the boards of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the Burlington Country Club, as well as on the program committee of the Planned Giving Council of NH & VT. She also serves as Chair of the VOSHA Review Board, a Vermont state agency. Leigh received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law in 1976.Daphne’s practice focuses on estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, estate administration, and small business start up and succession. Daphne was admitted to practice in Vermont in 1990 and in New Hampshire in 1991, and has a diverse background in private and public practice. She spent many years in the family court as a child support attorney, and served as an acting magistrate. In 2004, Daphne became executive director of the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council, an innovative nonprofit organization that provides early childhood educators professional development opportunities. Prior to joining Sheehey, Daphne was a partner at Melendy Moritz PLLC. Daphne received her law degree and Masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 1990.About Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. With offices in Burlington, VT and Woodstock, VT, Sheehey has been solving complex legal problems for Vermont, regional and national businesses and individuals for over 90 years. Sheehey provides a full range of legal services within a variety of practice areas, including corporate services/mergers and acquisitions, employment, litigation, real estate, banking and financial services, health care, energy, mediation, arbitration and estate planning. SHEEHEYVT.COM.Source: Sheehey Furlong & Behm PC. 10.4.2016. For more information, please contact [email protected](link is external).last_img read more

  • State settles with Saint-Gobain, to fund Bennington water projects

    first_imgThe former Chemfab plant, subsequently owned by Saint-Gobain, is depicted in yellow to the left, with PFOA hot spots in red and yellow. The Bennington College campus is to the upper right. State map.Vermont Business Magazine Today, Governor Phil Scott, Attorney General TJ Donovan, and Bennington County legislative members announced a settlement with Saint-Gobain. As part of the settlement, Saint-Gobain will fund water line extension for approximately 200 homes in a portion of Bennington and North Bennington. Construction of municipal water line extensions in both communities will begin this fall, aiming to make significant progress before winter. The estimated costs of the water line project are approximately $20 million. In addition, Saint-Gobain has committed to completing an expedited investigation in the remainder of the impacted area, which will inform a resolution for that area. The State and Saint-Gobain have agreed on the drinking water remedies for the area roughly west of the train tracks that run along Rt. 7A in Bennington. The State and Saint-Gobain continue to discuss the possible sources of PFOA east of the railroad tracks. This settlement ensures that construction can begin in 2017 in the area where the State and Saint-Gobain have reached agreement. In the eastern area, both parties have agreed that additional information provided by the expedited investigation will improve understanding of the PFOA source or sources. Following that investigation, the State will seek a similar funding commitment from Saint-Gobain and/or any other party or parties responsible for the presence of PFOA in the eastern portion of the impacted area. If the State is unable to secure such a commitment, it will use authority provided by Vermont law to pursue long-term drinking water solutions for all impacted residents.“This agreement represents important progress to ensure the people of Bennington and North Bennington have clean, safe drinking water,” said Gov. Scott. “The entire State team stands together to continue working until long-term drinking water solutions are in place for the entire impacted area, but today is a critical step.  I commend Saint-Gobain for continuing to work to resolve the remaining issues.”“Clean drinking water is a human right,” said Attorney General Donovan. “Today’s announcement that Saint-Gobain has agreed to pay for a water line in parts of Bennington and North Bennington is a good first step. We are committed to working with the Governor, our Agency partners, and Bennington County’s legislative and community leaders to fight to get our neighbors in Bennington and North Bennington the clean water they deserve.”“I want to thank the entire State team,” said Senator Dick Sears on behalf of the legislative delegation.  “All have worked tirelessly to come to this point. We would also like to thank our constituents for their patience and support during these difficult times. Construction will begin and significant progress will be made in 2017. While significant work still needs to be done to bring long-term drinking water solutions to all residents, this is a significant milestone. We will all continue to press to make sure we achieve this result for everyone impacted.”“Providing potable drinking water to citizens of Bennington and North Bennington has always been our shared goal,” said Tom Kinisky, President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “The point-of-entry treatment (POET) systems that we have already voluntarily installed, and our funding of the planned water line extensions, show our commitment to achieving this outcome.”Members of the Administration and the Attorney General’s Office will be on-hand in Bennington and North Bennington to discuss the terms of the settlement. The Agency of Natural Resources and Attorney General’s Office will host a community meeting on Wednesday evening at Bennington College, will be available to the community on Thursday during the day, and will host an open house on Thursday evening. The settlement agreement will be open for a 30-day public comment period. The details for those meetings are as follows:Public Meeting:WHO: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and Vermont Attorney General’s OfficeWHAT: A community meeting to discuss the settlement agreement and water line construction.WHEN: Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m.WHERE:Tishman Lecture HallBennington College Campus1 College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201Staff Availability:WHO: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and Vermont Attorney General’s OfficeWHAT: Staff availability to discuss the settlement agreement and water line construction. WHEN: Thursday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.WHERE:Vermont Department of Health Offices324 Main St. #2Bennington, VT 05201Open House:WHO: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and Vermont Attorney General’s OfficeWHAT: An open house for community members to ask questions about the settlement agreement and water line construction.WHEN: Thursday, July 27 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.WHERE:Town of Bennington Fire Station130 River StreetBennington, VT 05201The consent order will be filed on Wednesday in state court in Bennington and will be made available to the public after it is filed. Additional information about the State’s response to PFOA can be found here(link is external).Source: Governor Scott. 7.25.2017last_img read more

  • VDH COVID-19 Update: 81 cases in outbreak, 1119 statewide

    first_imgTotal people recovered 1,119(10 new) People tested 57 Hospitalized under investigation Currently hospitalized 55 2 People completed monitoring 48,634 People being monitored 907 DFR GraphicsDaily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)June 12, 2020New information is in redFind this update at healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external) by clicking the “See the Latest Update” button.Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s updated COVID-19 web and data pageshealthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external).Outbreak UpdateAt a press conference Friday, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said the Health Department continues to have strong collaboration with city officials and community partners in Winooski and Burlington to test residents and trace contacts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.As of Thursday evening, a total of 81 cases are associated with the outbreak, with the majority of cases in Winooski. Most of the rest are in nearby Burlington, with a small number elsewhere in Chittenden County.There have been no deaths associated with the outbreak, but there is now one person hospitalized.Only 18% of people associated with the outbreak are reporting symptoms. This indicates that the number of people who were asymptomatic is a contributing factor to the spread of the virus in the community. Vermonters are reminded that even though the overall rate of positives statewide is low, the virus is still circulating throughout the state.People contacted as part of the Health Department’s investigation have been “incredibly cooperative” in following guidance to help prevent further spread, Dr. Levine said. He also noted that 40 percent of the positive cases are of children and only 1 in 5 of all the associated cases are showing symptoms. Only one person has been hospitalized.Vermonters should continue to follow universal precautions – wear a face covering, keep a 6-foot distance from others, wash their hands often and stay home if they are sick.More than 3,000 specimens have been collected at the pop-up test sites that have been running in Winooski and Burlington. They will continue on a daily basis next week.Test sites are currently scheduled through June 26. Find locations and make an appointment for sites in Burlington, Winooski and around the state at humanresources.vermont.gov/popups(link is external) or by calling 2-1-1.Restart VermontGovernor Phil Scott announced the second phase of the Administration’s $400 million dollar Economic Recovery and Relief Package. Phase 2 uses $90 million to focus on Vermont’s long-term economic recovery in four categories: financial assistance to struggling businesses, housing and community recovery, broadband expansion, and regulatory modernization. See full details of the plan(link is external) which now goes to the legislature for consideration and action.Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak also presented new modeling data(link is external), which, despite rising cases due to an outbreak, shows Vermont is doing well overall.He also noted areas surrounding Vermont are starting to improve as well, and additional counties have been added to the map of places where quarantine is no longer required(link is external).Commissioner Pieciak said new travel guidance going into effect Monday, June 15, will give certain types of travelers additional quarantine options.People driving in a personal vehicle from home to Vermont without making any stops can complete their 14-day quarantine in their home state or get tested in their home state on Day 7 of quarantine. See details about getting tested on Day 7 of quarantine(link is external). Travelers who need to quarantine in Vermont will also be able to do so in a lodging facility in Vermont. See details about cross state travel on the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s website(link is external).Protest Safely and Get TestedTo date, there have been no lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with having attended any of the recent public protests.We support Vermonters engaging in peaceful protests and other civic activities. We remind everyone that it continues to be important to follow universal precautions when you are out – wear a face covering or mask when near others, maintain 6-foot distance, and f you’re sick, find actions to make yourself heard from home.We encourage anyone who is participating in a public action to get tested for COVID-19.Find a pop-up test site near you by visiting humanresources.vermont.gov/popups(link is external)Testing InformationCOVID-19 Pop-Up Test Sites Pop-up sites throughout the state are open for COVID-19 People who do not have symptoms of can make an appointment to be tested for the virus at pop-up sites located throughout the state to test for the virus.Sites are currently scheduled through June 26, and all clinics operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Find locations and make an appointment at humanresources.vermont.gov/popups(link is external).If you do not have access to the internet, you can call 2-1-1 or 802-828-2828 for assistance.Vermonters With Even Mild Symptoms Should Call Their Doctor to Be TestedPeople with even mild symptoms(link is external) are encouraged to call their health care provider to get tested. This includes parents of children who have possible symptoms. Your health care provider will ensure you receive proper care and treatment.If you don’t have a health care provider: Dial 2-1-1 to connect with a community or hospital-connected clinic(link is external).New on healthvermont.gov(link is external)The Weekly Summary of Vermont COVID-19 Data(link is external) has been updated. Get more data at healthvermont.gov/currentactivity(link is external). Have questions? Click on “About Data Dashboard” to learn more.Case InformationCurrent COVID-19 Activity in VermontAs of 12 p.m. on June 12, 2020Total cases* 14 Deaths+ 925 *Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.+Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending. Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.Find more information on new data dashboard at healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external) by clicking on the map of Vermont. To allow time for analysts to verify an increasing volume of data, the dashboard will be updated no later than 12:00 p.m. Active Cases, Drive Time from Vermont’s BorderGuidance for VermontersIf you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.If you are having even mild symptoms of COVID-19(link is external), call your health care provider.Most information is available online: Visit our Frequently Asked Questions(link is external).Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet and wear a mask when near others(link is external).Traveler InformationGet the latest info about travel to Vermont(link is external), including for quarantining and testing.Anyone coming to Vermont is strongly encouraged to sign up for daily symptom check reminders(link is external). The symptom check reminders, called Sara Alert, is not a contact tracing system. It is not GPS-based, so it does not monitor a person’s movements or track their location.Registration Open for Food DistributionRegistration is open for meal distribution sites in the month of June. Those who register are given a window of time to pick up Farmers to Families meals at designated sites around the state. To find a location and register visit: https://humanresources.vermont.gov/food-help(link is external)Keep a List of Your Close ContactsHealth officials suggest that Vermonters keep a journal of contacts – a list of other people with whom you have been in close contact with each day. If you get sick, this will make it easier to get in touch with those people and so they can take precautions to prevent further spread of COVID-19, including being tested if recommended.Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental HealthConcerns about our health and finances during the pandemic, and the unsettled state of national affairs, has left many of us feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless.If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:Call your local mental health crisis line(link is external) Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(link is external) at 1-800-273-8255Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line(link is external).For more information visit healthvermont.gov/suicide(link is external).last_img read more

  • Health Department investigates an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Rutland County

    first_imgHospitalized Under Investigation7 Total People Recovered1,425 People Tested135,721 People Completed Monitoring7,579 Last Updated: 8/31/2020, 11:00:10 AM Currently Hospitalized1 Travelers Monitored675 Deaths58 Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is investigating a community outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Rutland County. The outbreak is associated with people who attended a private party at the Summit Lodge in Killington on August 19, 2020. To date, the Health Department has identified 14 cases among people who attended the event and their close contacts – meaning the virus has spread to one or more people who did not attend the private party. Health officials said Summit Lodge followed state protocols and guidance and has been a cooperative partner in the outbreak investigation.The Health Department contact tracing team has been working to reach the more than 40 party attendees. Contact tracing is a critical part of the state’s ability to contain outbreaks, and officials urge anyone who is contacted to please respond to calls from the department.The investigation began last week as part of the department’s standard outreach to provide guidance for isolation or quarantine following receipt of positive COVID-19 laboratory test results.People who attended the August 19 event but who have not been in touch with the Health Department are asked to call 802-863-7240 to make sure they have the information they need to protect themselves and others.People who attended the party, as well as their close contacts, should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19(link is external). Anyone with even mild symptoms should contact their health care provider to be tested.A pop-up test clinic will be held in Rutland City on September 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Rutland Office of Local Health in the Asa Bloomer Building. Registration is required. People can register for pop-up clinics at healthvermont.gov/covid19-testing(link is external). Additional testing opportunities in the area are being arranged.Because it is possible to spread the virus without developing symptoms, people who attended the event should also take steps to limit any possible exposure to others.Total Cases1,6248 New35 New Since Friday Contacts Monitored66 “We appreciate the cooperation of everyone who has responded to our contact tracing team,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “I particularly thank the management of the Summit Lodge – for their adherence to the state’s guidelines for protecting their guests and employees, and for their assistance and support of our efforts to contain and minimize this outbreak.”Addressing the people who live and work in the greater Killington area, Dr. Levine said that while an outbreak can cause anxiety within the community, people should know the department is working aggressively to contain further spread of the virus. He urged people to continue to follow the same public health measures as all Vermonters to keep themselves and each other safe — wear face coverings, keep a 6-foot distance from others, wash hands frequently and stay home when sick.For more information about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing and prevention, visit healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external).Source: BURLINGTON, VT – Vermont Department of Health 8.31.2020last_img read more

  • IRS issues tax guidance on PPP loan forgiveness expenses and income

    first_imgVermont Business Magazine On November 18, 2020 the US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued tax guidance further clarifying that expenses paid with forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans do not qualify for a business expense tax deduction. The guidance also reconfirmed that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans that have been forgiven or are expected to be forgiven shall be excluded from gross income tax. This summary was provided by the Americans for the Arts Action Fund.IRS Ruling:Revenue Ruling 2020-27(link is external) states that PPP recipients may not deduct certain expenses if, at the end of the taxable year, the taxpayer reasonably expects the PPP loan to be forgiven.  It also denies a deduction for expenses paid with PPP loan proceeds if the taxpayer intends to apply for loan forgiveness in the next taxable year, but did not do so by the end of the 2020 taxable year.The administration also released Revenue Procedure 2020-51(link is external), which provided a safe harbor  for PPP participants whose loan forgiveness was at least partially denied or elected to forego forgiveness to claim a deduction. Those who did not ask for loan forgiveness can claim a deduction for the taxable year in which they decided to forgo the forgiveness request. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Statement:In a corresponding statement(link is external), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reiterated that “since businesses are not taxed on the proceeds of a forgiven PPP loan, the expenses are not deductible. This results in neither a tax benefit nor tax harm since the taxpayer has not paid anything out of pocket.” The statement also encouraged businesses to file for forgiveness “as soon as possible.”Congressional Reaction:The two rulings released yesterday double down on guidance the Treasury Department released in April 2020.It runs contrary to what Republican and Democratic lawmakers have said is the spirit of the language passed under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L.116-136).In response to the initial guidance, Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-WA) and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) cosigned a letter(link is external) to Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig urging the agency to allow these businesses to deduct ordinary and necessary business expenses paid with the proceeds of a PPP loan.The Biden administration might choose to reverse course and allow a business expense deduction for expenses paid with the proceeds of a PPP loan. Alternatively, Congress may choose to pursue a legislative fix in the next COVID-19 stimulus package.Source: Americans for the Arts Action Fund November 20, 2020last_img read more

  • Full-distance IRONMAN returns to Korea after 10 year hiatus

    first_imgIRONMAN announced in late December that the picturesque town of Gurye, Korea, has been selected to host the newest IRONMAN triathlon in Asia. The IRONMAN Gurye, Korea triathlon will take place on 10 September 2017. General registration will open on 18 January 2017.Playing host to the IRONMAN 70.3 Gurye Korea event for the past three years, IRONMAN notes that Gurye has ‘proven to be a superb destination to visit’. Located in Southwest Korea, Gurye is readily accessible from many major cities including Seoul, Busan and Gwangju.IRONMAN added that the growth of IRONMAN in Asia is set to continue with the addition of IRONMAN Gurye, Korea as the location has become a go-to destination for local and international IRONMAN athletes over the years. It will be the first full-distance IRONMAN triathlon in Korea since 2007.“The enthusiasm for IRONMAN races in Korea is tremendous,” said Geoff Meyer, Managing Director, IRONMAN Asia. “We have been planning for months to bring a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon to Korea and now we’ve found the right partners and the perfect venue with Gurye-Gun County. We are really excited about this new race and look forward to welcoming athletes from all around the world in September 2017.”Athletes will begin with a 3.8 km swim in the fresh water of Jirisan Lake, surrounded by the natural beauty of Jirisan National Park. Athletes will then experience a mostly flat and fast 180 km bike course throughout the scenic Gurye region, passing picturesque mountains, swaying rice fields and the winding Seomjingang River. The 42.195 km run course will take athletes onto trails around the lake and onto the wide-open country road, flanked by cheering local villagers before heading into Jayeon-dream Park resort for the finish line.“We are delighted to be given an opportunity to host the IRONMAN event in Korea,” said Seo Gi-Dong, Mayor of Gurye County. “I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the athletes and IRONMAN for their support and encouragement over the past three years.“This event will offer athletes a safe and healthy environment that will allow them to reach their full potential.”General registration for IRONMAN Gurye, Korea, will open on 18 January 2017, at www.ironman.com/korea. The 2017 IRONMAN Gurye, Korea triathlon will offer 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship taking place on 13 October in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.www.ironman.com/korea Relatedlast_img read more

  • International gathering at 34th annual St Anthony’s Triathlon

    first_img Related World Champions, Olympians, and a well-rounded roster of professional athletes from across the world comprise the field for the 34th Annual St Anthony’s Triathlon, which returns to St Petersburg, Florida on Sunday 30 April. Over 3,000 athletes from 41 US states, the District of Columbia, and 8 countries participated in the 2016 events, and this year’s total participant count is looking to be even greater.From novice youth to age group amateurs to some of the best triathletes in the world, thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities will be in downtown St Petersburg from 28-30 April to attend the two-day Sports and Fitness Expo and compete in one of three events: the Meek & Mighty Triathlon, Sprint Triathlon and the Olympic distance St Anthony’s Triathlon.The Olympic distance Triathlon and the Sprint Triathlon will be held on Sunday 30 April, while the Meek & Mighty Triathlon will be on Saturday 29 April. Approximately 40 professional stars of the sport, including 2015 and 2016 St Anthony’s Triathlon winner Cameron Dye, will toe the starting line. Alicia Kaye, the 2015 women’s winner and 2016 runner-up finisher of St Anthony’s, is also eyeing the top podium spot this year.Professionals will compete for a US$56,000 prize purse. Because the event is a USAT Regional Championship event, registered USAT athletes will be able to qualify at the St Anthony’s Triathlon for the 2017 Olympic-Distance National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska, to be held on 12 August 2017. In order to qualify for the National Championships, competitors must finish in the top 33% or top five (whichever is greater) competitors per their respective age groups.The St Anthony’s Triathlon has been named one of the top 10 Great Destination Triathlons in the United States by Compete Tri for 2017 and as one of the ‘5 Bucket-List Olympic Distance Triathlons in North America’ by Triathlon Magazine Canada. Positioned as a destination event, the race attracts a wide range of professional and amateur athletes including Olympic gold medallists, IRONMAN World Champions, and in some years, celebrities.The event supports St. Anthony’s Hospital – a 393-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County.www.SATriathlon.comlast_img read more