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Asked to Restore the Past

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fairlee — A Fairlee couple who run several businesses along Route 5 are battling state efforts that would have them remove vinyl siding and other modern renovations made to their 194-year-old farmhouse in recent years and replace them with more historically appropriate features, such as wooden windows and clapboards. Donald and Joyce Newton, who tend apartment units, rent UHauls, sell …

Payroll Tax Eyed to Fund Health Care

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stowe, Vt. — A roomful of hospital executives listened raptly Friday as a pair of Shumlin administration officials shared their thoughts, but few details, about …

Dartmouth Wants Students’ Help in Reforming Greek Life

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hanover — Reform is brewing at Dartmouth College, where senior administrators met with Greek leaders earlier this week to weigh possible measures to curb high-risk …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Traffic Patterns Changed For Anniversary Celebration Claremont — Several Claremont roads will be closed Saturday for “Birthday in the Bricks,” the city’s 250th anniversary celebration. Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., motorists should expect to detour around Pleasant Street from Opera House Square to School Street; Tremont Street …

Board Seeks To Purchase Ski Resort

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Brownsville — The Selectboard is asking residents to approve the purchase of 470 acres of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort ski area and other resort assets to protect the property from development, expand the town’s recreational trail system …

3 Years Later, Lebanon Discusses Airport Trees

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lebanon — After three years, airport officials say a project to clear more than 30 acres of trees along a runway is “back on track.” The Lebanon City Council reviewed an environmental assessment of the project at its meeting Wednesday night. Councilors expressed concerns that removing trees might …

John Gregg: Website Fail

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration this week announced that the health care exchange website it has spent tens of millions of dollars to construct has been shut down “temporarily” to “complete ongoing operational, technical, performance and security improvements necessary for a well-functioning customer experience.” Translation: This thing doesn’t …

Royalton, Sharon, Tunbridge Discuss Shared Ambulances

Thursday, September 18, 2014

South Royalton — Officials from Royalton, Sharon and Tunbridge met Wednesday night to discuss plans to consolidate ambulance service for the three White River Valley towns. During an hour-long discussion in the South Royalton School library, a study …

Bridge Remains Unkempt as Tourists Near

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quechee — Hartford officials are in a race against time as one of the town’s most popular tourist destinations remains an eyesore while hordes of leaf-peepers prepare to descend on the area. On Tuesday evening, Quechee resident Bob …

Vt. Cartoonist Gets ‘Genius Grant’

Thursday, September 18, 2014

White River Junction — The country’s most famous lesbian cartoonist can add a new title to her resume — genius — after being awarded a $625,000 MacArthur grant, foundation officials announced Wednesday. Alison Bechdel, a Bolton, Vt., resident …

Time for Pumpkins

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lyllah Martin works quickly to harvest the pumpkins from her large pumpkin patch in anticipation of the frost set to arrive later in the week in Hartland on Wednesday. Martin and her partner, Jason Cann, have been growing …

Recording on the River

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ron Rhodes, one of the river stewards for the Connecticut River Watershed Council, videotapes work being done to restore a section of riverbank on the Waits River at the Bradford Golf Club in Bradford, Vt., on Wednesday. The …

Hassan Names Odell to Sit on Utility Oversight Board

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan has nominated Republican state Sen. Bob Odell and Democratic state Rep. Amanda Merrill to sit on the committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind farms or pipeline projects in the state. The legislators would be among the first public …