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West Lebanon Plazas Spared From Flooding

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

West Lebanon — Workers in the West Lebanon shopping plazas on Route 12A were removing sandbags and restocking merchandise this morning after the area escaped an overnight storm without major flooding. According to the National Weather Service, the Connecticut River crested in West Lebanon at 21.17 feet around 2 a.m. but had dropped below 20 feet by 2 p.m. (Keep …

Not-So-Calm Before the Storm

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

West Lebanon — By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, the bottom shelves at Encore Books were bare. Employees at the Route 12A reseller spent the day moving …

Hartford Adds Rules For Public Lands

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hartford — Residents will no longer be allowed to let dogs roam free on town park grounds, forest land and conservation areas, as the Selectboard …

Pray More, Earn Less, Be Happy

Friday, April 11, 2014

Anyone who has been in a Muslim country during Ramadan knows the transformation that comes about with the first sighting of the crescent moon. During the holy month, the devout fast from sunrise to sunset. Bustling thoroughfares go quiet; office hours are shorter to accommodate fasting employees; and …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, April 11

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vermont Law School Receives $500,000 Donation South Royalton — Vermont Law School announced a $500,000 unrestricted gift in a statement Wednesday. Because the gift was granted without restrictions, the school can put the money toward a wide range of purposes including leadership and faculty development and scholarships, the …

Brown Brings Star Power To GOP Senate Primary

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — When Bob Smith announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last month, he did it before a crowd of no more than a few dozen people in Concord. When Scott Brown made his candidacy official last night, …

Scholars: ‘Wife’ Gospel Is Ancient

Friday, April 11, 2014

A new report claiming to support the authenticity of a papyrus fragment that quotes Jesus as saying the surprising words “my wife” set off new debate Thursday over what can be known about Jesus and how early Christians saw matters of gender and sex. Two years ago, Harvard …

Home Destroyed by Blaze; Three Pets Perish in South Royalton Fire

Thursday, April 10, 2014

South Royalton — About 50 firefighters responded to a fast-moving fire that destroyed a South Royalton home Tuesday night, killing three pets. Nobody was injured in the blaze on Pleasant Street, around the corner from the South Royalton …

Dartmouth Announces Anonymous $100 Million Donation

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hanover — Dartmouth College today is announcing an anonymous $100 million donation — a record amount for the school — that is meant to fund several of the initiatives launched by first-year President Phil Hanlon. Part of the donation is being dubbed a challenge grant with a goal …

Lebanon Board Denies Tuition Waiver for Boy

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lebanon — A third-grader at Hanover Street School will attend his last class there on Friday, unless his father, who lives in Windsor and recently gained legal custody, pays tuition covering the rest of the 2013-2014 academic year. On Wednesday night, the School Board let stand, without discussion, …

Hartford Votes to Contract Buses

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hartford — Parents questioned the School Board’s move to switch from an in-house bus service to a contracted company Wednesday night, saying the district’s choice of Butler’s Bus Service was questionable given the recent alcohol-related charges against two of its bus drivers. “It is very concerning that this …

Claremont Asks to Dissolve Goodwin Center Trust

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Newport — The city’s petition to dissolve the trust governing the closed Goodwin Community Center property was presented in probate court Wednesday, but no decision was rendered by Judge Elizabeth Leonard, who said she would take the matter under advisement. The city, backed by the Attorney General’s charitable …

Neighbors Seek Commitment To Repair Road

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Windsor — At a meeting in the visitors’ center Tuesday night, residents affected by the washouts on Brook Road caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 urged Town Manager Tom Marsh to use whatever money the town receives …