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Longtime Vermont police officer becomes Wilmington manager

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:49:39 GMT

A longtime Rutland police officer who helped develop the city's response to the opiate scourge is going to become the new town manager in the southern Vermont town of Wilmington. Scott Tucker signed his contract with the select board on Wednesday night.




There's something new at 66th annual Bridgewater Country Fair

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:45:04 GMT

Becky Wheeler, 9, left, from Roxbury, Rebecka Klug, 9, from Torrington and Kris Wheeler from Roxbury wait for their turn in front of the judges for Two Best Female cows during the Bridgewater Country Fair on Saturday, August 19, 2017. less Becky Wheeler, 9, left, from Roxbury, Rebecka Klug, 9, from Torrington and Kris Wheeler from Roxbury wait for their turn in front of the judges for Two Best Female cows during the Bridgewater Country Fair on ... more Jay Dubac, from Vermont, left, and CJ Payne from Seymour, CT.




Group aims to combat opioid epidemic on local scale

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:15:56 GMT

Residents of a Vermont town who are fed up with the devastating impact of the nationwide opioid epidemic on their community have started an organization to help combat the problem. The group of Manchester citizens founded Fed Up Manchester last month, aiming to increase awareness, provide support, demand restrictions on opioid prescriptions and expand access to effective opioid addiction treatment.




Some Vt. waste transfer stations not seeing many people composting

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:25:18 GMT

Vermont's effort to move toward universal recycling has seen legislative success, but some waste transfer station officials say they haven't seen many residents take advantage of new food scrap disposal units. In 2012 Vermont legislators passed Act 148, which requires solid waste transfer stations to accept food scraps and other organic waste starting July 1 this year.




Vt. farmers invite the public for a look behind the scenes

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:58:23 GMT

"I had no idea they had as many cows as they do at this farm so it's pretty great," said Sara Desilets of Essex. It's something Sara Desilets of Essex and her kids and their friend wouldn't know without the help of Vermont Open Farm Week.




Vermonters headed to Boston for protest

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:16:20 GMT

Thousands of demonstrators and tens of thousands of counterprotesters are expected to head for Boston Saturday. It's all because of a planned free speech rally on the Boston Common.




Vermont closes $12.6m budget gap without painful cuts

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:46:27 GMT

The state of Vermont has trimmed $12.6 million from the current state budget, but officials don't think it will cause any pain to the state's residents. Rather than cuts to programs, lawmakers closed the budget gap with a series of savings and additional revenue, including $4.5 million savings in Medicaid spending and $3.5 million in additional fee revenue from the Department of Financial Regulation.




Vermont Closes $12.6m Budget Gap Without Painful Cuts

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:46:26 GMT

The state of Vermont has trimmed $12.6 million from the current state budget, but officials don't think it will cause any pain to the state's residents. Rather than cuts to programs, lawmakers closed the budget gap with a series of savings and additional revenue, including $4.5 million savings in Medicaid spending and $3.5 million in additional fee revenue from the Department of Financial Regulation.




President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:07:56 GMT

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from June 29 to July 1, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Orange, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor.




Williston runner crosses Vermont in support of refugees

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:27:00 GMT

Olivia Pintair can be forgiven if she had a moment. After months of planning and fundraising, the trio completing "Running for Refuge" was nearing the end of the trail.




Local towns front and center in rabies fight

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:52:13 GMT

The State of Vermont has targeted the Addison County towns of Ferrisburgh, Monkton, North Ferrisburgh, Starksboro and Vergennes and the nearby Chittenden County towns of Charlotte, Shelburne and Hinesburg as part of coordinated effort to halt the spread of rabies. "The week-long bait drop is part of a cooperative effort between Vermont and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services to stop the spread of the potentially fatal disease," according to Ben Truman, public health communication officer with the Vermont Department of Health.




Help for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:15:17 GMT

"It was very hard to swallow," Bianchi said. "It was hard for our family. It was especially hard for my mother."




Editorial: Which side are you on?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:53:16 GMT

Vermont in general and Manchester in particular pride themselves on being tolerant and welcoming places. But we know there is racism in our state, because this is the United States and it's part of our history, as uncomfortable as that legacy might be, and because we still struggle to overcome our inherent tribalism.




Vermont Challenge brings in cyclists from all over

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:39:41 GMT

Vermont has always been known as a tourist spot because of its appeal to skiers. Summer, also known as the shoulder season, offers a different event.




Clintons sighted near Vermont border

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:29:41 GMT

Bill and Hillary Clinton are vacationing just over the border in North Hatley, Quebec. They are staying at the exclusive Manoir Hovey resort with their daughter, Chelsea, and their grandchildren.




Mother of Slain Child Calls 13-Year-Sentence an 'Insult'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:05:20 GMT

The mother of a 2-year-old girl whose death spurred changes in Vermont 's child protection system says the 13-year-sentence the girl's stepfather was given is a "downright insult" to the memory of her daughter. The Rutland Herald reports that Sandra Eastman spoke in court Tuesday at the sentencing of Dennis Duby, who pleaded guilty in May to a charge of second degree murder in the February 2014 death of Dezirae Sheldon, of Poultney.




Vermont Town Prepares for Sidewalk, Bike Lane Upgrades

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:43:58 GMT

A Vermont town is preparing for a major transportation project that will make its sidewalks easier to navigate for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Rutland Herald reports the town of Proctor is planning a five-phase, $2 million improvement plan.