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Norwich Divided Over Bond: Voters Balance Need, Tax Burden

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Norwich — Residents Monday night debated the merits of a proposed $3 million bond to renovate the fire, police and public works facilities, with some worrying that such projects were pricing out neighbors and others saying that the repairs were overdue. The Selectboard itself showed a divided front to voters, as members presented the board’s narrowly approved plans for the …

Tunbridge Voters Approve School Budget

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tunbridge — Following a lengthy discussion about the need to curb rising education costs, voters approved a $3.22 million school budget Monday night. Much of …

City Middle School Watches Snow on Roof

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lebanon — Officials at Lebanon Middle School moved students out of a classroom underneath the building’s roof garden on Friday as a precaution after a …

School Notes: Woodstock’s Agriculture Program Has Grown

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

S pringfield, Vt., native Arnold Howe moved to Woodstock in the mid-1950s to teach agriculture at Woodstock Union High School. Back then, a lot of his students came to school after helping with farm chores, and went home …

Young Writers Project: Describing a Step Into Weightless Space

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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 websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The …

Windsor Changes Its Tax Payment Schedule

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Windsor — Voters at Town Meeting Monday night approved a switch from quarterly property tax payments to semiannual. Payments will now be due in September and February instead of September, November, February and April. That means property owners would have to pay more of their annual taxes earlier …

Weathersfield Will Sell 33-Acre Parcel

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Weathersfield — At Monday night’s Town Meeting, residents gave the Selectboard authority to sell 33 acres with a pond on Tenney Hill Road and also voted in favor of moving the start of Town Meeting. The article to sell the land was amended to include an easement for …

Hartland Debates Merits of School Intervention Specialists

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hartland — A few of the two dozen voters who showed up to Hartland’s annual school district meeting Monday night expressed concerns about spending money on an innovative academic program, causing school officials to pledge that they would see the financial benefits of the program as early as …

Poll Supports Gun Checks

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Montpelier — A new VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey shows overwhelming public support for universal background checks on private gun sales in Vermont, yet legislation to do just that has stalled. Seventy-seven percent of respondents said they would support a law that would require all gun sales — except …

A Life: Oscar Ferris, 1927-2014; ‘Farming Wasn’t a Job, It Was Something He Liked to Do’

Monday, March 2, 2015

Randolph — It was New Year’s Day, 1927. Tiny newborn Oscar Ferris opened his eyes for the first time, wracked with fever and wailing, delivered in the old style, in his parents’ bedroom by a doctor paying a …

Neighbors of Windsor Prison See Pros and Cons to Possible Closing

Monday, March 2, 2015

Windsor — With a state budget deficit threatening the closure of the Southeast State Correctional Facility, residents and town leaders on Sunday offered their views on the prison’s place in Windsor. “There has been a prison in Windsor almost as long as there has been a Windsor,” the …

Fire Department a Hot Topic in Orford

Monday, March 2, 2015

Orford will hold its Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the middle-school gymnasium of Rivendell Academy on Route 25A. Voters will consider 21 warrant articles. Australian balloting runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Orford — Where there’s Orford Town Meeting, there’s fire. Again. For …

The Outside Story: Porcupines Waddle Through Winter

Monday, March 2, 2015

The porcupine is one of the most unusual and recognizable mammals in the north woods. And thanks to its short legs and fat body, it’s also one of the slowest. Of course, a porcupine really has little need …