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Sites of the trenches that were dug to hold the bodies of 3,500 Union soldiers who died at Salisbury Prison in North Carolina. (Courtesy photograph)

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 earth, beneath the neatly manicured grass of a national cemetery. At the least — at the very least, say his relatives — …

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 the horrific conditions at Salisbury. Civil War historian Tom Ledoux has compiled a list 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 Act, which was signed into law in 2011. Maine Agriculture Commissioner Walter Whitcomb says the …

Police: Don’t Chase Bears With a Hatchet While Drunk

Thursday, May 14, 2015

North Adams, Mass. — Police in Massachusetts have some sage advice: Don’t go chasing after bears while drunk and armed with nothing more than a dull hatchet. North Adams police wrote on their Facebook page that someone did just that on Monday. The department noted that the drunken …

Senate OKs Vermont Water Bill

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Senate gave preliminary approval to an $8 million water quality bill by a voice vote on Monday. The money would be raised through a 0.2 percent surcharge on the property transfer tax, the same funding mechanism that was approved by the House. The property …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Construction Delays Set For Route 4 Bridge Lebanon — Motorists on Route 4 near the intersection with Route 4A can expect delays outside of commuter hours due to ongoing bridge construction during the next two weeks, according to a release from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The …

Vt. House Votes to End Philosophical Exemption

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Montpelier — Reversing an action it took three years ago, the Vermont House voted Tuesday to go along with the Senate’s longstanding wish to end the philosophical exemption that allowed some parents to decline fully vaccinating their children. The House voted, 85-57, to end the exemption and make …

New Hampshire Reps Host Mental Health Summit

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Concord — People with mental illness in New Hampshire sometimes face long waits for treatment from a too-bureaucratic system where low pay and other factors result in shortages of professional and other caregivers. That was the gloomy view Monday morning from the vantage of a self-styled Congressional “summit” …

McAllister Unsure if He Will Resign

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Montpelier — A Vermont state senator arrested outside the Statehouse last week on sexual assault and other charges said Monday he would decide whether to resign after he meets with his defense lawyer. The comments from Sen. Norman …

Hundreds Attend Vaccine Hearing

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Montpelier — Vermonters of all views on vaccines gathered at the Statehouse Monday to testify to lawmakers on whether they should require nearly all children to be immunized as a condition for attending school. The House Health Care Committee was taking testimony in advance of a vote in …

Vt. Looks At Swimming Hole Liability

Monday, May 11, 2015

The drowning death of a 12-year-old boy has spurred legislation that would allow private landowners to post warning signs about the dangers associated with swimming holes. Bentley Seifer, of Burlington, drowned at the Bolton Potholes, a popular swimming hole, in July 2011. Following Seifer’s death, a group of …

Four Decades Later, Sanders Still a Socialist

Monday, May 11, 2015

Montpelier — Once a democratic socialist, always a democratic socialist. Once a scold of big money in politics, still a scold. No one can accuse Bernie Sanders of flip-flopping over his four decades in public life. Rock steady, …

Young Leave Vt. For Different Reasons

Monday, May 11, 2015

Montpelier — As Vermont struggles to keep people in the state or draw them here, researchers at the University of Vermont say a recent survey found some familiar culprits for the migration — jobs and higher wages — but none of those reasons alone are enough to explain …