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Shumlin Won’t Seek Single Payer Health in 2015

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s not going to ask lawmakers to pass a single-payer health care system in the upcoming session of the state Legislature. Shumlin made the announcement today at the Vermont Statehouse. Shumlin says he likes the idea, but “this is not the right time.” It’s unclear if he might resurrect the idea in the …

Enfield Collects for Fire Victims

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Enfield — Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a three-alarm fire that destroyed the home of a member of the town’s ambulance …

Enfield to Alter Sewer Rates

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lebanon’s City Council unanimously approved an increase in sewer rates, effective Jan. 1, at a meeting earlier this month, driving up costs for city residents, …

Unity Board Pursues Suit Against Architect

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Unity — The School Board will hear from its attorney early next month on the status of a suit being filed against Scott Vaughn and his company, Vaughn Associates, which was the original architect and construction manager on the new Unity School. At Tuesday night’s School Board meeting, …

Library Services To Stay in WRJ

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hartford — It looks like White River Junction won’t lose its library services after all. Selectboard members voted to restore $15,000 to support library services in the village, overriding an initial recommendation from Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg to eliminate all funding from that line item. The board also …

Vt. Exchange Extends Dec. Deadline

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont Health Connect quietly extended the deadline for people to buy insurance coverage that would start Jan. 1, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. The previous deadline was Monday, but VHC officials said people who sign up for coverage before Dec. 31 can still select a Jan. 1 …

Outages Dwindling in Upper Valley

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chelsea — Will Miller, a Pepper Road resident, turned up his stereo speakers on Monday afternoon, enjoying the electricity he had been without since last Tuesday evening. The outage was the longest Miller could remember, he said. The …

Hartford Budget Adds Jobs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hartford — Now is the time to restore Hartford’s depleted municipal workforce, the town manager told town leaders as he presented a proposed budget that would result in an 8.9 percent increase to Hartford’s municipal tax rate. Nearly half of the $957,000 increase would go toward funding several …

2 Charged in So. Royalton Brawl

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

White River Junction — A 31-year-old Royalton man has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a weekend fight outside a South Royalton home. Police allege Travis French-Dyer walked onto Jeremy Colson’s property on Sunday afternoon and beat him with the butt of a shotgun, which he had …

Corinth Lawyer Will Lead Vt. PBS

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Corinth — A telecommunications lawyer from the Upper Valley has been named the new president and CEO of Vermont PBS, public television’s statewide affiliate. Corinth resident Holly Groschner’s appointment was announced Monday, and she plans to start the …

Memories on Paper: Middle School Students, Kendal Residents Share Journals

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What happens when a group of seventh-graders born into the age of Twitter, Instagram and texting become pen pals with women and men born into the age of the Smith-Corona typewriter, the public pay phone and the 78 …

Students Write About What Might Await Behind a Door

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …

Lebanon High School First Quarter Honor Roll

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Grade 9 High Honors: Kainat Altaf, Jaret Armstrong, Benjamin Ask, Edward Bieszczad, Hunter Boutin, Samantha Brady, Clarisse Brown, Meredith Cocklin, Ethan Daly, Matthew Eylander, Tyson Goracke, Rachel Grohbrugge, Cecilia Hampton, Shelby Hanks, Alexander Hill, Madison Hunt, Samantha Jones, Sachin Kamath, Fatima Khan, Sabrina Lawrence, Quinn LeCain, Zoe Liebold, …