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I-91 Rockingham Bridge construction schedule - Special Caution

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:26:24 GMT

The projected completion date is May 18, 2020. Here is the anticipated construction schedule for the week of Nov. 20, 2017.

Vermont Town Disputes Claim It Filled in Wetlands

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:12:33 GMT

Officials in Clarendon, Vermont , are disputing a state claim that the town violated wetland rules when a new sports field was built two years ago. Selectman Michael Klopchin tells the Rutland Herald that the town "followed all the rules" in getting its Act 250 land use permit and other permits needed to build the ball field.

Reported hate crimes tripled in '16

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:06:01 GMT

Hate crime incidents reported by law enforcement agencies in Vermont tripled in 2016, according to statistics released Monday by the FBI. Vermont authorities reported 25 incidents last year compared to 8 in 2015.

Vermont Sets New Noise Rules for Wind Turbines

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:36:02 GMT

How loud is too loud? Vermont's Public Utilities Commission has adopted new regulations that limit turbine noise levels during the day and at night. One expert said new technology will be needed to allow turbines to operate at full capacity and still meet the nighttime cap.

Study looks at BBA impact

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:51:42 GMT

After years of what Board Chairman Seth Bongartz describes as "being on the defensive," Burr and Burton Academy is taking a proactive approach to demonstrating its contributions to the Northshire community. The Academy's economic impact in particular was recently articulated by University of Vermont professor and economist Art Woolf, who recently released a study titled "The Economic Impact of the Burr and Burton Academy."

Federal Cuts Threaten Vermont Homelessness Programs

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:11:10 GMT

Many in the college community are familiar with the Charter House Coalition on North Pleasant Street , a volunteer-based community home that aims to provide food and housing free of charge to those in need. Few, however, are aware that there is a significantly larger subsidized housing facility beyond the village center on the eastern end of town.

Hildene celebrates President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:33:40 GMT

President Abraham Lincoln signed the first annual national "Thanksgiving Proclamation" in 1863, designating the last Thursday of November as the official day of celebration for the country. The Civil War President saw this holiday as a time for a war-weary people to pause and give thanks that the conflict would soon be over.

Letter: Healthcare is a human right

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:58:34 GMT

Editor of the Reformer: Consider anyone you have cared about - a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor - who has had or will face a life-threatening illness. I don't believe that some of these folks should receive helpful healthcare while others with fewer resources should not.

In the Increasingly Corporate Ski Business, Bolton Goes Local

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:14:51 GMT

Vail Resorts' purchase of Stowe Mountain Resort was not the only Vermont ski mountain deal that went down this year, though it garnered most of the headlines. In April, Ralph DesLauriers and his children, Evan and Lindsay, purchased Bolton Valley Resort from Burlington developers Doug Nedde and Larry Williams for an undisclosed price.

Wilton, Welch focus on farms

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:28:16 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that Rutland resident Wendy Wilton will be director of the U.S. Farm Service Agency . Wilton is serving as an appointee of President Trump.

Why private health care would be less expensive than Obamacare while...

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:38:39 GMT

In recent months as the Republican majority in Congress wrestled with repealing and replacing government-centric Obamacare, some far-Left lawmakers led by avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont have been pushing for full-on government-provided health care. More popularly known as "single payer," Sanders' plan would create a "Medicare for all" system whereby every single healthcare procedure is financed via taxpayers, much like England's vaunted National Health Service.

Vermonters looking for change after Equifax breach

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:04:54 GMT

"It affects a lot of Vermonters," said Mallory Curtis, a Burlington resident. "It affects a lot of my relatives, a lot of my friends, so it's just a good thing to stay up-to-date on."

Letter: It's not about control

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:15:12 GMT

Editor of the Reformer: I wish we could stop using the term local control in reference to school governance and the interests expressed by citizens, such as in the resounding defeat of the Act 46 merger proposal. I think what Vermonters want is less about control than it is about local input and preservation of our long tradition of participatory democracy.

Volunteers keep food bank going in busy holiday season

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:19:39 GMT

The Vermont Food Bank's satellite location in Brattleboro is busy and bustling. Attached to a cozy office is a warehouse with food stacked to a high ceiling.

Mars needs women, Vermont needs taxpayers

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:37:59 GMT

Mars may need women, at least according to the 1967 sci-fi B movie, "Mars Needs Women", but Vermont needs more young people and middle-class families - that is, more people paying taxes and fees. In the campy sci-fi movie, NASA decodes a desperate message from deep space: "Mars ... Needs ... Women".

Rail official responds to concerns about rail tankers

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:55:19 GMT

A Vermont Railway System official said Monday that the long line of rail tanker cars parked on tracks in North Bennington was placed strategically in response to past wintertime shortages of propane gas in the region. Vermont Railway Vice President Selden Houghton said the cars, which have sparked concern among residents of the area, are being moved out as needed for commercial propane gas customers and won't be stored there indefinitely.

Amtrak updates Northeast train seating, with some improvements in time for holidays

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:45:21 GMT

Mark Yachmetz, Amtrak's vice president for Northeast Corridor business development, describes renovations being phased in on 450 train cars at Washington's Union Station on Nov. 13, 2017. The upgrades include new carpeting, simulated-leather seat cushions and LED lighting for all cars in coach and business class.