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Oxbow School Budget Passes Smoothly

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Oxbow Union High School’s $7.15 million budget passed handily on Tuesday, as residents here and in Newbury, Vt., approved all items on the warning, including an $80,000 request to replace one of the school’s furnaces. The furnace item succeeded with even less difficulty than the budget, by a vote of 273-69. The budget, which passed 232-120, calls …

Hartford Clears Budget Confusion

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hartford — Following Saturday’s annual Town Meeting from the floor, many voters, including members of the Selectboard, were confused about the actual impact their votes …

VLS Report Shows School’s Impact on State

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

South Royalton — In an effort to communicate Vermont Law School’s role as an “important economic and social player” in the state, the school has …

Art Notes: Hood Director Departs

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In a move that has shocked the Upper Valley art community, Michael Taylor is leaving his post as director of the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, after nearly four years in the position. His reason for leaving is …

Lawmakers: Prison Closing No ‘Done Deal’

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Windsor — Two top Windsor County Democrats in the Vermont Legislature say a proposal to close Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor is not a “done deal.” Instead, lawmakers will weigh the pros and cons of closing the facility in the coming weeks, as well as all other …

Dartmouth Frat: It Wasn’t Hazing

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hanover — A Dartmouth College fraternity accused by administrators of branding a new member has released a statement acknowledging that multiple fraternity brothers took part in such activity — allowing themselves to have a permanent mark burned into their skin — but denies that the practice constituted hazing. …

Fire Damages Claremont Apartments

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Claremont — Tenants of the Union Block apartments on Opera House Square escaped the building safely Wednesday evening, but not before some scary moments caused by heavy smoke from a fire that started in a rear wall above the second-floor ceiling. Several residents said the smoke thickened very …

Budget Plans Left as Is in Hartford

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hartford — Both the School Board and the Selectboard are expected this weekend to defend the budgets that voters rejected during voting earlier this month, with most officials arguing that an additional examination of the spending plans has confirmed there’s no fat to be trimmed. Voters will convene …

Dress Shopping

Thursday, March 26, 2015

South Royalton School freshman Claire McPhetres, 15, of Sharon, tries on a prom dress at the Cinderella Project shop in the Raq-On Dance Studio in White River Junction on Wednesday. In its sixth year, the project provides a …

State Officials Seek Comments on Proposed Hartford Solar Array

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hartford — A public comment period has opened for citizens to provide feedback about a proposed 750-kilowatt solar array to be placed on the town’s capped and closed landfill area on Route 5. Earlier this month, the Waste …

Court Rules on Termination of Town Managers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Town managers across Vermont may have gained a measure of job security with a recent Vermont Supreme Court ruling that selectboards may not dismiss municipal managers without cause. The state’s highest court in January issued an opinion on a lawsuit brought by former St. Johnsbury, Vt., Town Manager …

Dartmouth Frat Faces Branding Allegations

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hanover — Dartmouth College fraternity Alpha Delta is facing allegations that its members burned a mark on the skin of a new member, a practice called branding. “The activities in question reportedly occurred inside the Alpha Delta fraternity house, while the fraternity was on suspension for policy violations …

Unity Sues Architect of New School

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Newport — The Unity School District has sued the former architect and construction manager of the new K-8 Unity Elementary School, asserting that he repeatedly misrepresented the ultimate cost of the project, which was said to be $4.7 million in 2010 but wound up costing almost twice that …