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Local and Regional Briefs for Sunday, Sept. 30


Saturday, September 29, 2018
Vermont Crime Victims Invited to Speak Out

Montpelier — The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services will hold forums around the state this fall to hear from Vermont crime victims about their experiences in the criminal justice system.

Organizers say local stakeholders and service providers will attend to listen and provide support. Crime survivors, including business owners and family members, are invited to speak.

The forums will take place at the Brattleboro Union High School on Oct. 15, the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center on Oct. 23, the Isley Public Library in Middlebury on Oct. 30 and the Grand Isle Courthouse in North Hero on Nov. 7. All forums will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Vermonters may also provide their stories and comments in writing to victimfeedback@ccvs.vermont.gov.

New Hampshire Schools Release Science Testing Data

Concord — The latest batch of data from New Hampshire’s new statewide education assessment system shows 58 percent of fifth-graders scored as proficient or higher in science.

The Department of Education has compiled data on science scores for grades 5, 8 and 11. A scoring analysis shows 53 percent of 8th -graders were proficient or above, but only 45 percent of 11th-graders.

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said those represent improvements compared to previous years. Officials said part of the improvement is due to changes to the test that better reflect the subjects students are learning.

Connecticut River Dams Owner Plans for Breach

Westminster, Vt. — The new owner of a series of hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River is working with emergency planners in Vermont and New Hampshire in the unlikely event of a dam failure.

Great River Hydro officials are holding a series of meetings with officials along the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers.

In a meeting earlier this week in Westminster, emergency management planners were introduced to a set of interactive “inundation maps” that show how Vermont and New Hampshire communities along the river would be under water in the event of a dam failure.

Vt. Board Gets $5.8 Million For Homes and Forests

Montpelier — A Vermont group has been awarded more than $5.8 million in state and federal funding to create and preserve 146 affordable homes and conserve 577 acres of forestland.

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board announced the grant this week. Executive Director Gus Seelig said the grants will result in new affordable housing options, increased recreational opportunities, improved water quality and support for agriculture.

The housing portion of the grant will be used in Vergennes, Shaftsbury, Ryegate and Milton. Land will be preserved in areas near Bridgewater, Strafford, Sharon, Charleston, and Hardwick.

— Wire reports