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Report: DCF Overtaxed; Police Failed

Friday, November 21, 2014

Montpelier — Too much emphasis on reuniting children with their families, heavy social worker caseloads and absent communications among agencies were contributing factors in the deaths this year of two toddlers who authorities say were abused, according to a state report released Friday. The Vermont Citizens Advisory Board, tasked by Gov. Peter Shumlin to investigate the two cases, “found that existing policies and procedures were not followed throughout the system” …

Police: 3-Year-Old’s Fire Killed Family

Friday, November 21, 2014

Portland, Maine (ap) — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy set a fire that burned down his family’s mobile home in Maine, killing him, his mother and his twin 2-year-old siblings. The victims of the Thursday fire in Caribou, Maine, were 3-year-old Trenton Delisle, 28-year-old Norma Skidgel and 2-year-olds Mason and Madison Delisle. The …

Outdoor Writer’s Book Explores Some of New England’s Best Hikes

Friday, November 21, 2014

Climb Mount Washington in the dead of winter? Barely more than a morning constitutional for Marty Basch. Pedal a gear-laden bicycle from Maine to Alaska, along the Arctic Circle through Scandinavia, or along the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico? Just another day after day at the office for this New Hampshire-based veteran …

Grants Available to Protect Vt’s Waterways

Monday, November 17, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — The deadline is approaching to apply for state grants for efforts to protect and restore Vermont’s watersheds. The deadline to apply is Nov. 21. A total of $100,000 in grants is available to municipalities, local or regional government agencies, nonprofit groups and water-related citizen groups. …

Construction to Begin on Massive Solar Panel field

Monday, November 17, 2014

Peterborugh, n.h. — A small town in New Hampshire is undertaking a big solar panel project. The Hillsborough County town of Peterborough will break ground todau on what will be the largest solar power system in the state. The 944-kilowatt installation will be built on nearly five acres …

N.H. Depts. Present Requests for Next Budget

Monday, November 17, 2014

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire state agencies — including the departments of justice, education and corrections — are preparing to present requests for increased funding in the next state budget. Agency heads will outline their requests today, ending a three-day process that kicks off the budget year. Gov. …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Vermont Highlights Expanded Fishing Opportunities Montpelier — If you thought Vermont’s trout season ended Oct. 31, here’s a reminder that the state recently expanded its fishing opportunities. Revised state rules that took effect in January allow catch-and-release trout fishing year-round on 11 river sections. The rules require that …

Protesters Rally to Help Stop Mass. Pipeline

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fitchburg, Mass. — Several hundred people packed a high school auditorium Saturday to rally against a proposed pipeline that would carry high-pressure natural gas across northern Massachusetts. Protesters from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York staged the “Stop …

Vt. Seeks Owners of Unclaimed Property

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont treasurer’s office is looking for the owners of more than $8 million in unclaimed financial property turned over to the state in the past year. The property includes misplaced savings or investments, forgotten insurance policies, abandoned security deposits, estates and uncashed tax refunds or …

Hearings Set on Champlain Cleanup

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Montpelier — Federal and state officials plan to hold public meetings in Vermont on efforts to clean up Lake Champlain. The sessions, starting Monday, are the next step in what some environmentalists say has been a long, drawn-out process of coming up with a plan to reduce the …

N.H. Dept. Seeks Millions More From State Budget

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Concord — Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services warned on Friday that it will become even harder to fund programs for New Hampshire’s most vulnerable without new money in the next state budget. Commissioner Nick …

Online Tool to Aid Vermonters

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Waterbury, Vt. — Efficiency Vermont will launch a new program next week about a new online tool consumers can use to save energy and money. Jim Merriam, director of the Burlington-based nonprofit, said Friday the agency will send …

Hassan Announces New Site Evaluation Committee Nominees

Friday, November 14, 2014

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan has switched up her nominations to a powerful committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind or pipeline projects in the state. Hassan announced she was withdrawing the nominations of outgoing Republican state Sen. Bob Odell, R-New London, and Democratic …