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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 …

Granite United Way Request Process Opens

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Granite United Way has opened its annual request for qualification process, in which nonprofits begin the process of becoming a qualified partner. Becoming a Granite United Way qualified partner enables nonprofits to take part in the organization’s community impact grant application process, join its Day of Caring Volunteer …

Prohibition’s Last Stand

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

When Strafford resident and author Tim Matson and his friend, the late Lee Anne Dorr, first published their book, Mountain Brew: A High-Spirited Guide to Country-Style Beer Making , they were young, embracing life and violating an archaic …

Valley Schools Weigh Merger

Sunday, October 4, 2015

South Royalton — The impulses to hang on to what’s old, and yet to reap the benefits of what’s new, are in competition as residents and school officials in the White River Valley discuss how best to respond to the upcoming merger of their supervisory unions under Act …

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Royalton-Area Schools To Hold Merger Meeting South Royalton — The soon-to-be-formed White River Valley Supervisory Union will hold a public forum this weekend to tackle the biggest question facing educators: How to move forward in a way that best serves the students of the 10 constituent towns? The …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Judge Delays Release of Footage Concord — A judge has delayed the limited release of body camera footage from a deadly shooting by police in July, allowing himself four extra days to consider objections from attorneys on various sides. Redacted clips were scheduled to be released Monday, according …

Strafford Weighs Solar Project

Thursday, September 17, 2015

South Strafford — As developers seek approval to build a major solar array at the former Elizabeth Mine site, disagreement over its financing illustrates statewide trade-offs Vermonters have made to get renewable energy sources up and running. In order to subsidize the added cost of building on contaminated …

EPA Will Hold Meeting on Ely Mine

Monday, September 14, 2015

Vershire — The Environmental Protection Agency will host a public informational meeting and hearing this month on proposed plans to clean up the Ely Copper Mine, a Superfund site in Vershire. The EPA’s preferred plans would accommodate endangered …

Tunbridge Brewery Plans to Stay Small

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Off Route 110 in North Tunbridge and up the long climb of a tree-shaded dirt road that makes you think you’ve lost your bearings, there’s a small welcoming sign that announces Brocklebank Craft Brewing, a nano operation in …

Back in the Saddle: Strafford Man Returns to the Rodeo

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Strafford — There’s a bumper sticker that Rhett Emerson remembers seeing about rodeo: “It’s not just a sport, it’s a way of life.” The Strafford resident said that mantra couldn’t be more accurate. Emerson, 42, has returned to …

Volunteers Sought for Morrill Homestead Festival

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Strafford — Will fall approaching, organizers of an upcoming festival are looking for some help. The Apple and Cheese Harvest Festival is set for Sept. 27 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Justin Morrill Homestead Education Center. Volunteers are needed to staff the apple and cheese tasting tables, …