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Push On Again to Reduce Budget

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Voting in Grafton for Town Meeting and Mascoma Valley Regional School District ballot voting takes place on Tuesday, March 10, with the polls open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Grafton Fire Station. Grafton — Town Meeting voters will decide a five-way Selectboard race and weigh in on three dozen articles, among them 23 petitioned items with goals …

Dueling Library Proposals on Warrant

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Grafton — With Town Meeting approaching, some voters are seeking to defund the Grafton Public Library, while others want to move and upgrade the 92-year-old …

Hartford Bolsters Drug Fight

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hartford — The effort to combat drugs in the community got another boost this week, as members of the School Board and Selectboard vowed to …

Vt. GOP Formalizes Request For Federal Review of Gruber

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Montpelier — Republican lawmakers are calling for a federal investigator to review Vermont’s spending to implement the Affordable Care Act. The minority leaders of both chambers told the media in December that they would send a letter requesting that the Inspector General of the Department of Health and …

Thetford Official’s Family Grateful for Response After Fire

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thetford — Family members said a longtime town official’s condition was improving Monday as she received care at a Boston hospital following a three-alarm fire that destroyed her and her husband’s Route 5 home over the weekend. Roberta …

School Background Check Bill Advances

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Claremont — A bill that would provide school officials with more information about a prospective employee’s criminal background could be voted on by the full House as soon as next week. The House Education Committee unanimously passed HB346 on Friday. The bill would require the disclosure of an …

Strafford Proposes Tax Increase for Bridge Work

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Strafford Town Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at the Town House. Attendees will act on nine warning articles. The annual school district meeting follows at 1 p.m. Strafford — A bridge-replacement project that Selectboard members believe cannot be delayed any longer has …

Randolph High Student Thrives in Speech Competitions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One day after winning Randolph Union High School’s Poetry Out Loud contest for the second year in a row, senior Marya Merriam found herself at Jesse’s Restaurant in Lebanon on Feb. 12, silently rehearsing her entry in the …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Long Cold Spell Causes Trouble For Randolph Water System Randolph — An unusually deep frost brought on by recent cold weather has caused a number of water service lines in the Village to freeze, cutting off service to many residents, Town Manager Melvin Adams announced in a press …

Auditor: Gruber May Have Overbilled Vermont

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Montpelier — State Auditor Doug Hoffer says the Shumlin administration failed to provide sufficient oversight of Jonathan Gruber’s contract and it appears the economist may have overbilled for the work of a research assistant. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor was hired to use his proprietary economic model …

A Life: Patsy Schneider, 1950-2014; ‘She Was Just One of Those People That Just Sparkled’

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hartford — When the doctors suggested Patsy Schneider undergo chemotherapy for the lung cancer that was metastasizing in her bones, she responded with a list of questions. Will I be able to walk my dog? Will I be …

Lebanon Proposes Zoning Changes

Monday, February 23, 2015

Voting to elect city and school officials and to decide on zoning changes and the Lebanon school budget will take place on Tuesday, March 10. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon (Ward 1), United Methodist Church (Ward …

Pomfret to Vote on School Consolidation

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pomfret Town Meeting and annual school meeting are on Tuesday, March 3, at the Town Hall. Town Meeting starts at 9 a.m., followed by the school meeting at 1 p.m. Voting by Australian ballot for the Woodstock Union High School budget will be at the Town Hall from …