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Hanover Medicare Reform Summit Mixes Optimism, Alarm; Urges Change

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hanover — Medicare spending can be brought under control even as the health and satisfaction of seniors covered by the program improve. At least that was the premise of a Monday summit that, according to registration materials, brought together “50 people selected for their knowledge and expertise in health care reform and new payment and delivery systems.” Speakers at the …

Proponents, Detractors Satisfied With Rieseberg’s Contract

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hartford — The final two-year contract of longtime Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg has brought together two opposing camps: Those who wanted him to continue as …

N.H. Man Charged With Child Porn

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lebanon — A former day care center director has been charged with four felony counts of possessing child pornography. Michael Whelton, 53, of Enfield, told …

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 …