Bennington County, VT

SVHC hails decreased need for PCR testing

COVID Resource Center Discontinues Testing at the End of Next Week. Vermont Business Magazine Employees of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) collected more than 110,000 COVID specimens at the COVID Resource Center (CRC) since January 2021. Clinical staff worked outdoors in inclement weather. Staff members throughout the organization spent time beyond their regular professional commitments to support the effort. Lab technicians worked overtime to deliver results.

Vaping: The Hidden Danger in Plain Sight

These days, it's hard to go anywhere without encountering someone using a vaping device. Often called "e-cigs," "jules," "vapes," "vape pens," or "ENDS" (electronic nicotine delivery systems), these battery-operated devices deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals in the form of an aerosol that users inhale. While vaping devices may look...
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School districts and hospitals are wading into the housing business and even becoming landlords to attract workers

“I never thought I’d be doing this,” said Randi Lowe as she reviewed a spreadsheet of southern Vermont homes available for rent or sale. Lowe isn’t in the real estate business–she’s the superintendent of a Vermont public school system. But for the past few months, she and her staff at the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union have been compiling a list of properties in the hope it will help recruit and retain workers amid an acute shortage of both housing and labor.

Court orders Bennington teen released from adult jail

Superior Court Judge Cortland Corsones said the prosecution hasn’t proven “by clear and convincing evidence” that the teenager’s release poses a threat of violence to others and to herself. Read the story on VTDigger here: Court orders Bennington teen released from adult jail.

Peckham Industries Organizes Student Tours

Peckham Industries recently partnered with several local schools in order to inform local students about available career opportunities and to teach them more about the construction industry. The Dailey Precast team organized several tours with Southwest Tech’s Building Trades program throughout the month of April. Junior and senior high school...

Bennington man held without bail in ex-girlfriend’s killing

The remains of Jessica Hildenbrandt, 43, were discovered near an abandoned gravel pit in Searsburg in September 2019 and identified as those of the New York woman a year later. Deven Moffitt pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder on Friday. Read the story on VTDigger here: Bennington man held without bail in ex-girlfriend’s killing.

Consolidated Partners with Vermont Municipality on Fiber Network

Consolidated Communications is partnering with the Southern Vermont communications union district (CUD) to provide symmetrical gigabit speed broadband services to almost 12,000 Bennington County, Vermont homes by the end of the summer. A CUD is a non-profit municipal entity that provides or aims to provide broadband in Vermont to two...

Fidium brings fiber to nearly 12,000 homes in Southern Vermont CUD, including 400 unserved homes

Gigabit speeds for $70/month with no contracts, data caps or required bundles coming to Bennington County. Vermont Business Magazine Construction is underway in Bennington County and before autumn, 12,000 Vermont homes will have access to gig-speed internet from Fidium Fiber(link is external), a consumer internet service from Consolidated Communications(link is external) (NASDAQ: CNSL).

Driver charged after clocked doing 113 mph on Route 7 in Manchester

MANCHESTER — A man from Manchester is facing charges following an incident in Bennington County on Friday. Police say they initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for excessive speed and negligent operation on US Route 7, near the Sunderland/Manchester line. The driver was identified as Elijah Johnson. Police...