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Vt. House To Vote on Act 46 Caps

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

White River Junction — Eight months ago, lawmakers told school districts across Vermont to rein in their spending, but now, members of the House are considering whether to back down — at least partially. In an effort to amend Act 46, a sweeping education reform law that supporters hoped would provide property tax relief to Vermonters and spur school consolidations as enrollment drops, the state Senate recently voted to repeal …

Cheesy Goodness — For a Cause

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Norwich — A frigid winter day calls for bumping up the thermostat, but when money’s tight, just keeping the heat on can be a struggle. A buttery, gooey competition Saturday at King Arthur Flour served up classic comfort food with the goal of helping needy Vermonters stay warm. For a $5 donation, visitors …

Norwich to End District Merger Talks

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Norwich — School officials in Norwich are likely to withdraw from talks of a merger with the Strafford, Sharon and Thetford educational districts under Act 46, the Vermont school consolidation law. Norwich School Board Chairman Neil Odell made the announcement during Thursday night’s board meeting, saying state officials had informed him the arrangement was not feasible under the new law, according to a …

Art Notes: Hartford Art Teachers Receives National Recognition

Thursday, January 14, 2016

On a recent Friday morning at Hartford High School Odin Mattern, a 10th grader wearing a Star Wars: The Force Awakens baseball cap (seen it three times already) is working on a stop-motion short film about Darth Vader …

Judith K Bowden

Saturday, January 9, 2016

South Strafford, Vt. — A memory gathering for Judy Bowden, who died Dec. 10, 2015, will be held at 10 a.m. at Barrett Town Hall, Justin Morrill Hwy/Route 132, South Strafford on Jan. 23. For those family & friends who wish to make a contribution in her memory, …

Solar Plan for Mine Moves to Next Step

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

South Strafford — In the public’s last chance to participate informally in the approval process for a major solar array proposed at the former Elizabeth Mine, residents on Monday poured a litany of concerns into Vermont officials’ ears. …

ECFiber Poised For Investment

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Royalton — A fiber-optic network based in central Vermont aims to accelerate its build-out by changing its organizational structure so as to become more investor-friendly. Officials anticipate the move to become a communications union district — approved by East Central Vermont Community Fiber Network’s 24 member towns and …

Four Towns Mull Model For Merger

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Norwich — School officials from Norwich, Sharon, Strafford and Thetford are discussing a school district merger under Vermont’s new school consolidation law, an arrangement that could provide tax relief for residents and greater choice for students . The Three Rivers School District, as it’s currently dubbed, would operate …

Judith K. Bowden

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

South Strafford, Vt. — Judith K. Bowden passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital with loving family & friends by her side. Judy was born on Oct. 7, 1936, in Marblehead, Mass. She was the youngest daughter of Edith (Mason) Bowden and Rodney …

Introductory Meeting Scheduled For Emergency Response Team

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Royalton — A community emergency response team is being reestablished in east central Vermont, with an introductory meeting set for Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Royalton Academy Building, 1482 Route 14. The CERT program “is a method to organize, train, equip, and then utilize citizen volunteers …

Barbara Jean Savery

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Strafford, Vt. — Barbara Jean Savery, 77, died Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2015, at her home in Strafford with her family at her side. She was born Aug. 29, 1938, in Randolph, Vt. the daughter of Everett and Gena (Barnaby) Moses. She grew up in Tunbridge, Vt. and …

Stagecoach Rethinks Routes

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Stagecoach Transportation Services, which provides shuttle services to a significant chunk of the Upper Valley, rolled out a dramatically retooled offering this week in an effort to attract more riders. While the service has traditionally …

Small Farmers Worry About Effect of Clean Water Rules

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Barnard — Farmers on the east side of the Green Mountains say they want to learn more about pending regulations being implemented under a new law devised largely to protect Lake Champlain. Signed into law by Gov. Peter …