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Voters Cheer Sanders’ Populist Platform in Claremont

Monday, August 3, 2015

Claremont — Over the course of an hour Sunday evening, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders laid out nearly his entire platform to an upbeat crowd of voters who filled the Common Man Restaurant and spilled out into the street. Time and again, the independent senator from Vermont drove home the populist message that has drawn crowds of thousands in early primary …

A Life: Ann Jean Thomas, 1926-2015; ‘They Are All So Beautiful’

Monday, August 3, 2015

Woodstock — In her last book of verse, published in 2013, Ann Jean Thomas included a short, enigmatic poem titled In Praise of Lithium Silicates. …

Mt. Ascutney Projects Break-Even for 2016 Budget

Monday, August 3, 2015

Windsor — After two straight years of losing money in its health care operations, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is projecting that in its …

How Insects Dine

Monday, August 3, 2015

Insects and flowering plants (angiosperms) are so evidently made for each other that scientists have long assumed it was the emergence of plants with flowers 125 million years ago that led to the sudden expansion and diversification of …

Orford Ready for Its 250th Birthday

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Orford — Orford will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its first settler next weekend with live music, picnics, a walking parade, historical re-enactments, artwork and more. A reading of the town charter and other events are scheduled for …

VTel’s Long Road to Network of 135 Antennas

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The backbone of VTel’s high-speed wireless broadband system in Vermont is a network of 135 antenna sites around the state that allow users to connect with the Internet with a technology similar to that used for smartphones. The antenna structures are commonly referred to as “towers,” although in …

Volunteers Needed for Fall Walk For Cancer

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hanover — Preparations are underway for a two-mile walk to support breast cancer research and prevention in Hanover this fall, and organizers are looking for help. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is set for Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at Storrs Pond …

VTel and Its $116 Million Vt. Promise: Five Years on, Wireless Push Leaves Many Unconnected

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — In November 2010, Cavendish Town Manager Richard Svec sent a letter of “enthusiastic support” on behalf of VTel Wireless to Washington. The letter backed VTel’s application for federal stimulus money to build a fiber-optic telecommunications …

Federal, State Grants Helped Build VTel Infrastructure

Sunday, August 2, 2015

VTel has relied upon both federal and state government grants to build its telecommunications infrastructure in Vermont. The Springfield, Vt.-based company said it also has invested $100 million of its own capital in infrastructure since chief executive Michel Guite bought the company in 1993. In addition to its …

Fundraiser Supports Land Preservation

Sunday, August 2, 2015

New London — Ausbon Sargent will hold its annual bicycling fundraiser on Aug. 29. The event includes four route choices ranging from 25 to 100 miles in length. Mostly on dirt roads, the rides begin and end at the New London Historical Society. They include a lunch stop …

How Guite Built, Changed VTel

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Over the years, the Vermont Telephone Co., a privately owned telecommunications company that was acquired 21 years ago in a buyout led by former Wall Street executive Michel Guite, has proven itself willing to challenge …

Jim Kenyon: At Hartford Dismas House, Bikes Help Ex-Inmates Get Lives Back on Track

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The bicycle pump that hangs next to the manager’s office inside the completely refurbished Hartford Dismas House could be mistaken for an artsy wall decoration. But it’s not about looks. For the 10 residents of Dismas House, the …

A ‘Really Good Show’: Canaan Kicks Off Its Weekend-Long Old Home Days Celebration

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Canaan — From the suits to the hats to the swagger, Teddy Makalinaw and Eben Brown had the Blues Brothers down pat. While far from the only entertainment at yesterday’s Canaan Old Home Days parade, the duo, performing …