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A car travels along the highway as snow falls , Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Concord, N.H. The season's first major snowstorm is promising up to a foot of snow in some places, slowing holiday travel. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Snowstorm Upends Thanksgiving

Friday, November 28, 2014

Concord — The first major snowstorm of the season left more than 300,000 customers in northern New England without power, forcing many to make last-minute changes to their Thanksgiving plans. The heavy snowfall set accumulation records across the region, snapped tree branches that fell onto power lines and caused cars to skid into utility poles. Utilities said it could take …

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 …

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 …

Boston Bombing Victim Vows to Run Race in ’15

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Katy, Texas — A woman injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who had several surgeries before having part of her leg amputated recently was discharged from a rehab facility Saturday and has vowed to run the race next year. Rebekah DiMartino said she looks forward to getting …

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 …