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This 1840s portrait by William Matthew Prior is of Nancy Lawson, a minister's wife.  Courtesy of Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum’s Exhibit Frames the Narrative of a Nation Coming of Age

Thursday, August 21, 2014

T hanks to its founder Electra Havemeyer Webb, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt., seven miles south of Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain, is one of this country’s great repositories of Americana, a catch-all category that includes folk art and curios, historic buildings, furniture and textiles and genre paintings of rural scenes. A staggering 150,000 objects in all are on exhibit, which doesn’t even speak to the museum’s entire holdings. It’s a kind of Noah’s ark of American art. Webb, who was born in 1888 and died in 1960, had eclectic taste and a keen instinct for what and when to collect. Sometimes …

Vt. Environmental Official: Make Permit Process Simpler

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s environmental permit review process must be changed, according to a top state regulatory enforcement official. David Mears, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, told members of the Associated Industry of Vermont on Tuesday that the state must make it easier for developers to apply for environmental permits such as those for stormwater, septic and wetlands. “I remain utterly, completely …

Vermont Public Money Gives Progressive Fundraising Edge

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Montpelier — Public campaign financing has left Vermont’s incumbent Republican lieutenant governor in an unusual position — trying to catch up in the campaign money race against a Progressive Party challenger. Former Progressive lawmaker Dean Corren qualified for public financing by more than meeting the requirement that he raise $17,500 in donations of no more than $50 by June. That qualified him for …

Former Legislator Marion Milne Dies at 79

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Washington, Vt. — Marion Milne, a former state representative and founder of Milne Travel, died unexpectedly Monday morning at her home in Washington. She was 79. Milne is the wife of Don Milne, clerk of the Vermont House of Representatives. Her son, Scott Milne, is the front-runner in …

Vermont Lawmakers Asked For Budget Cuts

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration asked a legislative committee on Monday for budget cuts that would leave seven vacant state trooper positions open and require reductions in Medicaid funding in a range of human services programs. “Today’s situation is caused by revenue that continues to grow, but at …

Keeping the Music Alive

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Williamstown, Mass. — After 75 years, a little-known music publishing business is still chugging along in a nearly forgotten former elementary school in the hills of northern Williamstown. Housed inside the classrooms and hallways of what used to …

CEO as Rock Star

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Boston — The saintly visage of Arthur T. Demoulas hangs over the New England summer like a rock star. His balding head and five o’clock shadow are plastered on posters and placards, his name scrawled across the back …

Professor’s Suicide Raises Waiting Period Issue

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The suicide of Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna — two days after she was released from a psychiatric ward and one day after she bought the handgun she turned on herself — is raising questions about whether …

Veterans Give Final Salute to USS Saratoga in R.I.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Newport, r.i. — Veterans who served on the USS Saratoga said goodbye Friday to the aircraft carrier that was their home. More than 100 veterans from all eras of the carrier’s life took part in a farewell ceremony …

Helping an Endangered Species

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Eastern Egg Rock, Maine — Wanted: puffinologists. No experience necessary. The Audubon Society wants bird lovers to contribute research to a project scientists hope will help save Atlantic puffins from starvation in Maine. There are about 1,000 pairs …

Mass. Scientists Create Fast, Cheap Robots

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Washington — In what may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots, researchers have created complex machines that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking automatons. Borrowing from the ancient Japanese …

Obama to Leave Vacation For Trip to Washington

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Washington — President Obama is doing something unusual with his summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard: He’ll come back to Washington midway through the getaway to attend White House meetings. It’s an odd move, especially since Obama and his …

Forecasters Expect Slower Atlantic Storm Season

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Miami — The Atlantic hurricane season will continue to be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation, federal forecasters said last week. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects three to six hurricanes to form during the six-month season that peaks …