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Mother killed on Southwest flight was firm believer in Catholic schools

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:14:16 GMT

Tributes from business leaders and politicians alike described Jennifer Riordan - the 43-year-old passenger who died April 17 from injuries suffered on Southwest Flight 1380 when its engine exploded - as a devoted mother, community leader, mentor and volunteer. Riordan, a Wells Fargo executive from New Mexico, was a "thoughtful leader who has long been a part of the fabric of our community," said Tim Keller, the mayor of Albuquerque.

Geo whiz

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:14:17 GMT

Aaron LaRose represented Williston Central School in the Vermont qualifier of the National Geographic Geography Bee on April 6 at Castleton University. The sixth-grader qualified for the competition by winning a local Geo Bee contest, then passing a qualifying test.

Super Troopers 2

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:57:06 GMT

The forgotten-but-not-gone "comedy" troupe Broken Lizard is back in a sequel to their 2001 turkey about incompetent Vermont Highway Patrolmen - this time opening a station in an area of Canada that's being ceded to the U.S. - and they're just as unfunny and talent-free as they were back then. All five wrote the non-script, and Chandrasekhar provided the non-direction.

The Greenest States Tend to Be Blue

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:36:22 GMT

Vermont, known for its granola-adoring citizens and hippie ice cream magnates, provides the most sustainable lifestyle in the U.S., according to a new study. Vermonters have the best "eco-friendly behaviors" of all states and West Virginians have the worst, in overall rankings compiled by WalletHub , a research group.

Emilie Kornheiser hoping to build a better community

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:07:49 GMT

Photos by Harmony Birch - Brattleboro ReformerEmilie Kornheiser delivered a speech at her campaign kickoff event on Saturday at American Traders. BRATTLEBORO - Emilie Kornheiser's superpower is facilitation; that's what she and people close to her say.

Vermont author aims to erase financial gender gap

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:25:35 GMT

Rickey Gard Diamond is a successful writer, editor and teacher. But the Vermonter can tell you about the day in 1979 when, struggling to budget for herself and three children on low wages and child support of $25 a week, she landed in a welfare office.

The Greening of Vermont: From Hippie Invasion To Blue State Conversion and Beyond

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:23:20 GMT

Donald Trump's fear-mongering about Mexicans and Muslims, Haitians and Africans, and other foreigners is hardly sui generis in U.S. history. In the mid- 19th century, east coast nativists regularly sounded the alarm about barbarian invasions from famine-stricken Ireland.

Trump reference in VTGOP email exposes rift

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:00:29 GMT

Trying to fit supporters of Gov. Phil Scott and President Donald Trump in the same tent is proving treacherous for Vermont's Republican Party. The governor is enjoying a 65 percent approval rating, according to the latest Morning Consult poll, while one of the most recent indicators of support for Trump - a 2017 Gallup poll - puts his approval rating in the state at 26 percent, the lowest in the nation.

More organic than thou? Rebel farmers create new food label

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:45:42 GMT

Was your tomato grown in dirt or water? Organic shoppers might notice additional labels this summer that will give them the answer - and tell them whether their choices align with what a rebellious group of farmers and scientists deem the true spirit of the organic movement. About 15 farmers and scientists from around the country met in Vermont late last month to create the standards for an additional organic certification program, which they plan to roll out nationally to between 20 to 60 farms as a pilot this summer.

Exterior Insulation for an Ugly Brick Building

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:51:32 GMT

How do you insulate an old building with exterior walls made of structural brick? The best approach, according to building science professor John Straube, is to install a continuous layer of exterior insulation. Straube told me, "It's a great solution for ugly buildings."

Did bad road contribute to death?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:05:19 GMT

The first person on the scene of Sunday's fatal accident on Route 112 is questioning whether the condition of the road contributed to the driver's death. "I believe that Mr. Platek's horrific death and the ensuing 50 minutes of confusion were avoidable," wrote Harry Hunkele, a resident of New York City and Wardsboro, in an email shared with the Reformer.

Mud season rules in effect for higher elevations

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 02:24:36 GMT

The Green Mountain Club along with state and national agencies, remind hikers that wet soils on and around hiking trails are very susceptible to erosion at this time of year. Land managers will post particularly fragile soil and vegetation as closed.

Vermont Legislative Update 4-6-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:52:20 GMT

A surplus of renewable electric generation, coupled with low demand, in northern Vermont has created constraints on the electric grid and caused ripple effects throughout the state's electric generation industry. ISO New England, the entity responsible for managing the grid, has had to curtail generation in that area, known as the Sheffield Highgate Export Interface, to ensure reliability of the electric system.

State colleges relax in-state tuition policy

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:24:28 GMT

The Vermont State Colleges System has announced a "Welcome Home" tuition policy to help former Vermonters return to the state and immediately qualify for in-state tuition. Under the new policy, any Vermonter who was a resident of the state - or whose parents or guardians were residents of the state - when they earned a high school diploma or equivalent certification, will be eligible for in-state tuition rates upon their return.

Time for bird feeders to come down

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:35:32 GMT

Observer courtesy photo The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department advises residents to take down bird feeders in April so as not to attract hungry bears. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department advises Vermonters to take down bird feeders in April as spring weather and melting snow cause bears to come out of their winter dens in search of food.

VTrans told to bridge its inspections communications gap

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:18:30 GMT

If Vermont municipalities seem slow to repair their bridges, a report by the Office of the Vermont State Auditor says it might be a failure to communicate on the part of the agency responsible for inspecting them. Local governments might attend to bridge repairs faster, the state auditor's report suggests, if the Vermont Agency of Transportation were to improve how it shares the information in its inspection reports.

Vernon board nixes solar project

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 01:28:44 GMT

Select Board and Planning Commission members say proposed solar projects would go against the town plan, which seeks to safeguard agricultural land. "For me, when you look at the history of this town, the people who came long before us were always so careful," Planning Commission member Patty O'Donnell told the Select Board during a meeting April 3. "They were preserving farmland.