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Plainfield Fire Under Investigation

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Plainfield — The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Boston newspaper publisher’s custom-built log home in a remote part of Plainfield. T wo investigators sifted through a pile of debris Monday afternoon at the home of Melvin Miller, the founder, publisher and chief editor of the Bay State Banner, an …

Time Is Now For Flu Shots

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lebanon — Public health advocates are recommending that members of the public get a flu shot this fall, and several organizations are offering free clinics …

Dartmouth’s Panarchy Crowdfunds for House

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hanover — Panarchy, an alternative undergraduate society at Dartmouth College, has launched an Internet crowdfunding campaign to renovate and reopen its house on School Street, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vermont Law School Gets USDA Funding South Royalton — Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems has received $759,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The money will fund a three-year partnership between VLS and the National Agriculture Library in Beltsville, Md., and will allow the …

Spaulding Named Chancellor

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeb Spaulding will leave his post as secretary of administration for Gov. Peter Shumlin to take over as chancellor of the Vermont State College system. Current Chancellor Tim Donovan announced his retirement in May. The former state treasurer …

Blue Cross Site Will Serve Small Businesses in Vt. Health Exchange

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The state’s largest private insurer will soon launch a website for small business customers that will allow members to renew their Vermont Health Connect coverage and change their information online. Vermont was the only state to mandate that businesses with 50 or fewer employees purchase health insurance through …

Wet Paint

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rachael Facteau, of Springfield, Vt., puts a new coat of paint on a weathervane made by her grandfather Richie Fernandes at his home in Hartford last week. Valley News — James M. Patterson …

Big Crowd Turns Out for Quechee Pocket Parks Talk

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quechee — During a workshop session of the Hartford Selectboard, a crowd of about 75 Quechee residents pushed for immediate improvements to a pair of lots that have been the subject of development talks for years. Bob White, …

Liberty Seeks to Double Rate

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lebanon — The roughly 21,000 customers in the Upper Valley who purchase electricity through Liberty Utilities could see a nearly 50 percent increase in their bill come November. The utility has asked state regulators for permission to double its energy charge per kilowatt-hour of electricity from 7.7 cents …

Interim Chief Is Finalist In Thetford; Norwich Police’s Robinson Is One of Three in the Running

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thetford — The police chief in Norwich has made public that he is one of three finalists for the permanent chief position in neighboring Thetford, where he has been serving as interim chief since June. Doug Robinson, who …

Norwich Delays Manager Review

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Norwich — Despite the protest of the board member who’s been most critical of Town Manager Neil Fulton, the Norwich Selectboard decided Tuesday night to postpone the first part of the town manager’s annual performance review, citing several reasons for the delay. One selectman, Keith Moran, was absent, …

Fletcher Allen Bond Rating Is Upgraded

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Moody’s Investors Services, a major bond rating agency, recently upgraded Fletcher Allen Health Care’s bond rating from Baa 1 to A3 with a “stable” outlook for the future. Moody’s said the upgrade is based on an analysis of the Burlington hospital’s parent company, Fletcher Allen Partners. The four-hospital …

Welch Wants to Lift Regulations on Community Banks

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rep. Peter Welch has introduced legislation that he said will make it easier for Vermont’s community banks to offer mortgages and loans. The legislation would exempt many smaller banks from the financial regulations that were put into place following the national financial crisis in 2008. Welch said it’s …