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Community and Business News in Brief: August 17, 2022


CVMC Honored for Specialties

Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin was recognized as high performing for COPD, hip fracture, and pneumonia by U.S. News & World Report, which released its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings this month.

“We are honored to have been recognized by U.S. News for the high-quality orthopedic and pulmonary care we provide to our patients,” said Anna Noonan, president and chief operating officer of the Central Vermont Medical Center. “As a not-for-profit community health care provider for 66,000 people who live and work in central Vermont, we continuously strive for excellence in all of our patient services.”

Overall, the University of Vermont Medical Center, the anchor academic hospital for the UVM Health Network, earned recognition as Vermont’s top hospital with 10 high-performing specialties

—press release

MPD to Begin Testing Managing Bias Training

The Montpelier Police Department anticipates beginning pilot testing for the Managing Bias curricula in late September/early October, with additional training and evaluation sessions in early 2023. The pilot evaluates anti-bias education programs using a training program on managing the impact of implicit biases. 

In January MPD announced a partnership with CNA, an independent nonprofit research and analysis organization in Virginia, and the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office to develop and deliver Managing Bias training for law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. The MPD will serve as a pilot site for the training, and its officers will provide valuable feedback to the course development team.

Officers from regional police agencies will also be part of this project, including Barre City, Barre Town, Northfield, Berlin, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Capitol Police. 

—press release

Union Mutual Invests in Community Solar Project

Union Mutual Insurance Co. announced its participation in an innovative, community-owned solar project under development by the Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op of Middlebury, Vermont. The company’s chief financial officer, Jennifer Galfetti, cited the project as part of Union Mutual’s ongoing efforts to be a good corporate citizen and environmental steward.

The project involves a 150-kW solar array on the capped former municipal landfill on Beecher Hill Road in Hinesburg, Vermont, which will soon offer shares to Vermont residents with an electric meter in the Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) service territory. These investors will receive the project’s net-metered credits on their VEC bills, and after six years, are projected to take full ownership of the project when the equity structure is expected to “flip.”

—press release

Anne Farley Hired as New Homesharing Case Manager

HomeShare Vermont is pleased to announce that Anne Farley of Wolcott has joined the HomeShare Vermont staff as a case manager to help more neighbors in central Vermont experience the benefits of home-sharing. Anne will be working with people looking for a place to live and those with a home who are looking for a housemate to provide some rental income, some help around the house, or both.

Anne comes to HomeShare with a wealth of social service experience. Most recently she worked with the Family Center of Washington County and the Lamoille Family Center. Her work with HomeShare will focus in Lamoille, Orange, and Washington counties. 

“Anne’s enthusiasm and understanding of home-sharing will really help us grow the program in Central Vermont,” said Executive Director Kirby Dunn. Farley found housing as a homesharer herself many years ago and had a successful match with an older woman in Barre. “I was able to help her stay safely at home while she helped me by offering an affordable place to live, it was a win-win,” said Farley.

—press release

VCRD Announces Leadership Award

The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) announces the recipients of the Vermont Community Leadership Award and Vermont Lifetime Leadership Award. These awards were  presented at VCRD’s 2022 Vermont Community Leadership Summit on August 10 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.

The Vermont Community Leadership Award is presented each year to celebrate Vermonters who exemplify “dedication, integrity, and honorable service to community and to rural Vermont,” and who have had a “transformational” effect on their communities. 

This year, the Lifetime Leadership Award is being presented to Brenda Torpy, the former CEO of Champlain Housing Trust (CHT), and Sarah Carpenter, the former executive director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA). The 2022 Community Leadership Award will be given to Pam Parsons of Richford, the executive director of the Northern Tier Center for Health (the NOTCH).

—press release