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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 …

Symposium Draws Many Faiths for Climate Change Action

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Strafford — The co-founder of this past weekend’s third annual symposium on the intersection of climate change and spiritual faith — aptly titled the “Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium” — said one of the biggest hurdles in drawing …

Soaking It Up

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Melissa Mellen, of Thetford, runs with her son Bennett, 3, through water sprayed by the Strafford Volunteer Fire Department during Monday’s Fire Truck Night on the Strafford Town Green. This was the sixth year for the annual supersize-sprinkler …

No Time to Waste: Major Provisions of Vermont Recycling Law Go Into Effect This Week

Sunday, June 28, 2015

“Nobody really knows what’s going to happen when this goes into effect on July 1,” Todd Allen, the chairman of Hartford’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, told town leaders earlier this month. “It’s a little bit of uncharted waters.” …

Elizabeth Mine Solar Plan Advances

Monday, June 8, 2015

Strafford — An area solar consulting firm is preparing to apply for state approval of a large proposed solar array on the site of the former Elizabeth Mine, a so-called “Superfund” site that underwent a massive cleanup in …

Wedding: O’Hara — Simpson

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Strafford — Molly Elizabeth O’Hara and Jessica Michelle Simpson were married on May 8, 2015, in Stannard, Vt. Genevieve O’Hara, Molly O’Hara’s daughter and flower girl, escorted the couple and Stevie Allen officiated at the ceremony. The simple …

Lifting Harness Gives Boost to Ambulances

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fairlee — Upper Valley Ambulance is getting a lift thanks to the Doty Belt, a device resembling a climbing harness that allows responders to more easily help up fallen patients. The ambulance service recently purchased three of the …

Tunbridge Picks a Principal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tunbridge — A South Royalton native who has earned praise for his work building community ties in the Hartford schools will be the new principal of the Tunbridge Central School. Scott Farnsworth, guidance and counseling director for the …

Sidney A. Pixley, Sr.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Strafford, Vt. — A graveside committal service with military honors for Sidney A. Pixley, Sr., 81, who died March 23, 2015, will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Strafford Cemetery in Strafford. The Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vt., is …

Bethel, Royalton Set to Merge School Offices

Monday, May 4, 2015

Royalton — In anticipation of a 2016 merger of supervisory unions now headquartered in Royalton and Bethel, the two staffs will start sharing office space near the ramps to Interstate 89 in Royalton this summer. The move to a building in an industrial park at the top of …

What Do You Remember About Vermont in the ’70s?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Norwich — They came to Vermont to escape the cities, live on a commune or try their hand at farming. They came as part of the counterculture movement to Vermont in the 1970s and the Vermont Historical Society wants to document that history. About 20 people gathered at …