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Vermont Technical College Announces Layoffs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Randolph — Faculty members at Vermont Technical College in Randolph learned Thursday that some of them, including tenured professors, may receive pink slips after Thanksgiving. At a regular monthly meeting with faculty on Nov. 20, VTC president Dan Smith announced potential layoffs in the 2015-2016 academic year in several programs: English, humanities, social science, rlectrical engineering, civil engineering, architectural engineering, landscape design and horticulture, math and science. “In certain programs …

Ski Areas Welcome Snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing the …

Sale of New Hampshire Oil Dealer Goes Through

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Manchester — Fuel trucks are making deliveries to homes after a judge approved the sale of a New Hampshire home heating oil in bankruptcy court. A deal was reached Tuesday for Fred Fuller Oil & Propane to be sold to Rymes Propane & Oil for $12 to $13 million. Fuller had filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month. In September, Sprague, a fuel …

Consumer Group Lists Worst Toys

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Boston (ap) — A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet and the “Catapencil” — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a Massachusetts-based consumer watchdog …

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, …

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, …

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 …

FairPoint Strike Rages On

Friday, November 21, 2014

Montpelier — About 200 striking FairPoint workers and their supporters rallied at the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday as many said they’re willing to stay on the picket line until they are offered a contract they consider fair. A …

Vt. Health Officials Monitoring 2 for Ebola

Friday, November 21, 2014

virus, department officials have said. Vermont was recently able to purchase better protective gear for EMS workers with $250,000 in federal preparedness assistance, he said. The likelihood of an Ebola case in Vermont is still low, officials said, noting that there is currently no person in the U.S. …

Vt. Company Plans to Fortify Public Buildings

Friday, November 21, 2014

The organization that runs Efficiency Vermont is beginning a new kind of energy-saving venture. If all goes according to plan, a spin-off of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation will spend more than $50 million over the next five years to conserve energy in buildings used for low-income housing …

A Sweet Boston Symphony

Friday, November 21, 2014

Boston — Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director Andris Nelsons got a chance to make some beautiful music together. The two have joined forces for their first BSO performance together. Ma and …

Customers Frustrated By FairPoint

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tunbridge — Tracy Vesper, the administrative assistant at Tunbridge Central School, has printed up little yellow slips of paper with her son’s cell phone number on them, distributing the makeshift cards to all of the school’s staff and teachers. It’s the best solution she could come up with …

Buffalo Hit With 5½ Feet, More to Come

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Buffalo, n.y. — Homeowners opened their front doors to find themselves sealed in by sheer walls of white. Shovelers turned walkways into head-high canyons. A woman gave birth in a firehouse after the snow prevented her from reaching …