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Vermont Dept. of Labor recognizes exemplary workplace safety
The Vermont Department of Labor and Gov. Phil Scott recognized several businesses last week for their commitment to providing safe, healthy workplaces and reducing injury and illness on the job.

At the annual Vermont Safety and Health Council held in South Burlington, the Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Workplace Safety were presented by Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle and Gov. Scott to: Champlain Cable Corporation of Colchester; Global Foundries in Essex Junction; Washington Electric Cooperative in East Montpelier; and HP Cummings Construction Company of Woodsville, N.H., with operations in Vermont.

The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is the highest honor given by the state to recognize an employer’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health policy.

“These exemplary businesses are protecting and investing in their most valuable assets – their hardworking employees. I am honored to have recognized these businesses today for their commitment to keeping Vermonters safe,” said Commissioner of Labor Lindsay Kurrle.

The awards were created 15 years ago, and are sponsored by the governor, the Vermont Department of Labor, and the Vermont Safety and Health Council.

Wake Robin staffer wins award
Patrick Krok-Horton, recreation services assistant at Wake Robin, was named Vermont Health Care Association’s Recreation Services Assistant of the Year at a recent ceremony. The association advocates for quality care and collaboration between Vermont’s residential care, nursing, and long-term care communities.

“To be recognized by peers and colleagues for the work you do is an amazing experience, and I’m so thankful to have the support of such a great team,” Krok-Horton said.

At Wake Robin for more than six years, Krok-Horton previously worked in the Linden Health Center before joining the Resident Services Department. In his current role, he helps implement new programs and activities for residents across all care levels.

Linda Phypers, director of health services at Wake Robin, said: “(Patrick) is a true asset to the Wake Robin community and we are thrilled that his hard work has been acknowledged by the VHCA.”

$1M in grant funding available for Farm Capital Equipment Assistance
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets announced $1 million in funding for the Capital Equipment Assistance Program to help farmers to acquire new or innovative equipment to aid in the elimination of runoff from agricultural wastes to state waters, improve water quality, reduce odors from manure application, separate phosphorus from manure, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

“Funding investments for equipment that will improve water quality is a vital aspect of our farm assistance programs,” said Anson Tebbetts, Secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  Tebbetts continued, “We’re excited to offer a new phosphorus removal technology funding category which will offer financial assistance for the installation of both physical and chemical mechanisms for the separation of phosphorus from manure.”

Applications are due by 4 p.m. Dec. 1.  Eligible applicants include custom manure applicators, non-profit organizations, and farmers. More details and applications are available on the agency’s website: agriculture.vermont.gov/ceap or call 828-2431.

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