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Vt. Removes Vaccine Exemption

Friday, May 29, 2015

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday signed a bill that removes Vermont’s philosophical exemption to mandatory vaccination for schoolchildren. The move was a major reversal for the governor, who said in no uncertain terms that lawmakers should “leave it alone” when asked about it this February. “Vaccines work and parents should get their kids vaccinated,” Shumlin said in a statement released by his office after the signing. “I know …

Planet Fitness Threatens to Move HQ Out of N.H. Over Tax Laws

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Concord — Planet Fitness is threatening to move its headquarters out of the state, taking hundreds of jobs with it, if the Legislature doesn’t change a tax law ahead of its anticipated initial public offering. The fitness company, founded in New Hampshire and based in Newington, N.H., said Tuesday it had filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week to …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hartford Man Pleads Not Guilty To Bomb Threat Charges White River Junction — The Hartford man who allegedly had pipe bombs in his home last winter pleaded not guilty this week to new charges that he called in a false bomb threat to the Hartford probation and parole office. Police also allege they found empty heroin baggies inside the Jericho Street camper he …

Freeze Wrecks Northeast Marinas

Monday, May 25, 2015

Glastonbury, Conn. — The deep freeze that gripped the Northeast last winter dealt a severe blow to marinas and yacht clubs: Ice snapped pilings in half, shredded wooden docks and left behind wreckage that many compare to the …

Grave Injustice: Family of Union Soldier Fights to Have His Final Resting Place Marked

Sunday, May 24, 2015

In the months before Moses Elkins, of Troy, Vt., gave his life for his country, he endured almost unimaginable deprivation. His bones, mixed in a jumble with those of hundreds of other American soldiers, now lie in the …

8 From Upper Valley Died At Salisbury Confederate Prison

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Moses Elkins, of Troy, Vt., is only one of the 145 soldiers from Vermont and New Hampshire who died in Salisbury Confederate Prison during the Civil War, according to the Roll of Honor compiled in 1868. Many other Union soldiers from the Upper Valley also were victims of …

Maine Launching Website About Food Safety Regulation

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Augusta, Maine (ap) — Maine officials say a new state website will assist farmers and food producers with information about changes to federal food safety regulations. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry says the information on the website will pertain to the federal Food Safety Modernization …

Civil War-Era Music Returns to N.H.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Concord — Civil War-era music arranged for one of the Union Army’s best regimental bands has returned to its roots for Memorial Day weekend. The 3rd Regiment Band of the New Hampshire Volunteers, largely recruited from the Concord …

Brookfield’s Famed Floating Bridge Reopens

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Brookfield, Vt. — A tiny Vermont town’s famous wooden floating bridge — believed to be the only one of its kind in the country — has been rebuilt and is reopening this weekend with fanfare including a parade …

Unionized Workforce Battles Bath Iron Works Leadership

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bath, Maine — The last time Bath Iron Works looked beyond Navy shipbuilding, workers agreed to a contract aimed at boosting efficiency by allowing shipbuilders to learn and perform multiple tasks. President Clinton heaped praise on the shipyard for innovation, but those provisions were tossed aside a couple …

Hero’s Lost Purple Heart Reunited With Grandson

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Albany, n.y. — Six years before he died in a car crash, Daniel W. Quinlan was among the 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals issued by the U.S. military. His family lost …

N.H. Park Honors African Burial Site

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Concord — From installing sculptures to planting grass, constructing Portsmouth’s newest park posed a unique challenge: deep digging was off limits given the hundreds of bodies buried below the site. The remains, however, are the very reason for …

Prison Populations Dropping in Vt.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Montpelier — The Department of Corrections passed a milestone this week as Vermont’s prison population dropped to its lowest point since 2002. According to a population count as of Wednesday, the number of Vermonters in correctional facilities dropped to 1,892 — about 350 fewer inmates than there were …