• Then Again: What was this respected Vermont doctor hiding?

    John Wilson posed for this daguerreotype about five years before he died, in 1847. Neighbors knew him as a cultured man who worked as a doctor and school teacher.
    Editor’s note: Mark Bushnell is a Vermont journalist and historian. He is the author of “Hidden History of Vermont” and “It Happened in Vermont.”John Wilson hated to be the subject of speculation. But people couldn’t help themselves. He remained the talk of the town, even as he moved from town to tow
  • Leahy leads congressional delegation to Cuba

    News Release — Office of Sen. Patrick LeahyFebruary 16, 2018
    Contact:David CarleOffice of Sen. Patrick LeahyDavid_Carle@leahy.senate.gov
    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will head a bicameral congressional delegation that will visit Cuba next week, during the congressional recess.
    Leahy for two decades has been centrally involved in efforts to replace the failed 50-year-old U.S. Cuba policy of isolation with a new path toward normalization. Leahy is the Vice Chai
  • Speaker Johnson’s statement on report of discrimination in state government

    News Release — Office of the Speaker of the HouseFebruary 16, 2018
    Contact:Katherine LevasseurOffice of the Speaker of the House802-828-2245KLevasseur@leg.state.vt.us
    Montpelier – “I am deeply troubled by the recent reports of racial discrimination and harassment at the Vermont Psychiatric Hospital and across State of Vermont departments and agencies. This report is the latest of a troubling pattern of racial harassment and discrimination. Many Vermonters have voiced their
  • House Committee on Ways and Means holds public hearing on education funding system

    News Release — Vermont Legislative CouncilFebruary 16, 2018
    Contact:Sorsha AndersonVermont Legislative Council802-828-225sanderson@leg.state.vt.us
    Montpelier – The House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a public hearing onPotential Changes to the Education Funding System on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. The hearing will be held in Room 11 on the ground floor of the State House in Montpelier from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Materials outlining the potential changes to the education fu
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  • Norwich Farm Creamery welcomes former Olympians to talk about the power of milk

    News Release — Norwich Farm CreameryFebruary 15, 2018
    Contact:Chris GrayNorwich Farm Creamery917-459-5625norwichfarmcreamery@gmail.com
    Norwich – Recently, a group of former Olympic athletes from Norwich, VT gathered at the local Norwich Farm Creamery to learn about the health and nutritional benefits of milk. They came because milk is an official sponsor of the United States Olympic Committee and the hundreds of American athletes competing for Team USA in the Winter Olympic Game
  • Chaffee Art Center invites poets to join Poetry Writing Group

    News Release — Chaffee Art CenterFebruary 14, 2018
    Contact:Jim BoughtonChaffee Art Center802.775.0356info@chaffeeartcenter.org
    Rutland – The Chaffee Art Center is starting a Poetry Writing Group and is looking for members. The goal of this group is to connect people who want to share their craft with others and are looking for inspiration and encouragement in a non-threatening environment.The group will be made up of poets who want to share work in progress, get inspired, ask qu
  • Gov. Phil Scott named state co-chair of Northern Border Regional Commission

    News Release –Office of the GovernorFebruary 14, 2018
    Contact:Rebecca KelleyOffice of the Governor802-828-6403Rebecca.Kelley@vermont.gov
    Newport – Governor Phil Scott and Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano were in Newport Wednesday to announce that Scott will serve as the Commission’s first state co-chair.
    “While the cities and towns across the Northern Border Region are unique, we face similar economic and social challenges,” s
  • AVSBM hosts conference on alternative governance structures for schools, Feb. 24

    News Release — The Alliance of Vermont School Board MembersFebruary 14, 2018
    Contact:Jack Bryar, Research DirectorThe Alliance of Vermont School Board Members802-843-2735jack.bryar@gmail.com
    Grafton – On February 24, The Alliance of Vermont School Board Members (AVSBM) will be convening a conference to help school systems attempting to institute what are called alternative governance structures, or AGS’s.
    The conference will take place on February 24 at the Montpeli
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  • Legislation puts ‘unfair burden’ on independent surgical centers

    Dr. Greg McCormick of Vermont Eye Surgery and Laser Center testifies Friday before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Photo by Mike Faher/VTDigger
    Administrators at Vermont’s two ambulatory surgical centers – one of which has not yet opened its doors – say proposed state regulations could jeopardize their existence.
    Representatives of Vermont Eye Surgery and Laser Center in South Burlington and the proposed Green Mountain Surgery Center in Colchester converged on the Stat
  • Quechee man fired from independent living facility

    Editor’s note: This story by Nora Doyle-Burr was first published by the Valley News on Friday, Feb. 16.The administrator of The Woodlands, an independent living community that shares a campus with Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, has been fired.
    A letter distributed to residents on Thursday cited “a pattern of unprofessional behavior” as the reason for the termination of Timothy Martin, a Quechee resident who had managed the 63-unit independent living facility in Lebanon since
  • Mumps Cases Confirmed at St. Michael’s College and University of Vermont

    For Immediate Release: February 16, 2018
    Media Contact:Vermont Department of Health802-863-7281
    BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of mumps among students at St. Michaels College and the University of Vermont. Mumps is a contagious illness caused by a virus that can be spread through close person-to-person contact, such as coughing, sneezing or sharing drinking glasses. The virus causes fever, swelling of the parotid glands, and can affect other part
  • The Deeper Dig: Burlington candidates in conversation

    Miro Weinberger, Infinite Culcleasure and Carina Driscoll at Thursday’s mayoral candidate forum. Photo by Bob LoCicero/VTDigger
    Livability issues dominated Thursday night’s mayoral candidate forum in Burlington. As Mayor Miro Weinberger highlighted his administration’s accomplishments in housing and infrastructure development over the past six years, independent candidates Carina Driscoll and Infinite Culcleasure suggested that the mayor runs the city t
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  • School income tax to get public vetting

    School tax chart from the Joint Fiscal Office.
    Changes to the education tax formula have been touted by the House Democratic leadership as a way to fix a shortfall in the education fund without raising property taxes.
    House Speaker Mitzi Johnson began a public campaign last week to back a proposal that promises to slash homestead property taxes in half and introduce a new school income tax.RELATED STORIESFinance commissioner says education funding proposal falls shortProperty taxes slashed in pr
  • Gov. Phil Scott’s schedule for the week of Feb. 1

    Governor Phil Scott’s Public Schedule: 2/17/18 – 2/23/18
    Saturday, February 17
    12:30 – 1:00 PM
    Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Winter Conference
    UVM Davis Center, 590 Main Street, Burlington, VT
    Sunday, February 18
    No public events scheduled
    Monday, February 19
    President’s Day
    7:30 – 9:00 AM
    Lamoille County Legislative Breakfast
    Johnson State College, Stearns Student Center, 337 College Hill Road, Johnson, VT
    Tuesday, February 20
    10:00 – 10:30
  • Scott open to reviewing gun laws in wake of thwarted school shooting

    Gov. Phil Scott. File photo by Kristopher Radder/Brattleboro ReformerIn the aftermath of the arrest of a man who allegedly plotted to shoot up a Fair Haven school, Gov. Phil Scott said he is open to reviewing the state’s gun laws.
    “We must determine if we are truly doing all we can to prevent violence,” Scott said Friday.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox.Daily
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  • Teenager denies school shooting plot; Governor says allegations ‘jolted me’

    Jack Sawyer, 18, appears in Vermont Superior Court in Rutland on Friday. Photo by Ryan Mercer
    RUTLAND – Police say an 18-year-old Poultney man told them he planned to shoot up his former high school in Fair Haven, inspired by the two killers who carried out the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado nearly two decades ago.
    Jack Sawyer also told police of a notebook he kept where he wrote down his preparations for carrying out his plot, titled, “The Journal of an Active Sh
  • Jen Berger & Mary Lacy: Righting the mural

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Jen Berger and Mary Lacy, both community engaged artists from Burlington. Berger works in visual and performance-based mediums and is adjunct faculty at Community College of Vermont and former faculty at Burlington College; the views expressed are her own. Lacy primarily does murals, though recently completed a gallery show of smaller works. Her works in Burlington include the ruby throated hummingbird in the City Hall Park and the colorful silos on Pin
  • Patrick Cashman: A public flagpole in a public space

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Patrick Cashman, who is originally from Barre Town and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
    Deb Markowitz’s commentary regarding the organizational flag being flown over Montpelier High School can be taken in many ways. While I am sure it was provided as a sincere testimony of her faith, it can also be taken as a sanctimonious attempt to impose her beliefs on others. Her piece implies that if a reader is sufficiently educated and enlightened, an
  • Injury and rights violations claimed in suit against Bennington police

    The U.S. District Court and post office building in Rutland. File photo by Andrew Kutches/VTDigger
    BENNINGTON — A Pownal man is suing Bennington police for injuring him and violating his civil rights following his arrest in 2015 for driving under the influence of drugs.
    The suit, filed by Andrew Clyde, 39, in U.S. District Court, names the town of Bennington,Bennington police officers James Gulley and Nicholas Cervero, and other department personnel as yet unidentified, as defendants.Clyde
  • Chloe Learey: Ways businesses can support child care

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Chloe Learey, the executive director of Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development in Brattleboro. She serves on the Building Bright Futures State Advisory Council, a governor-appointed body which advises the administration and Legislature on early childhood care, health and education systems. She recently was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce.
    Child care offers a two-generational strategy for economi
  • Minimum wage bill passed by Senate, heads to House

    Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe speaks to press in May. Photo by Michael Dougherty/VTDigger
    The Senate passed a bill Friday that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. However, even if it makes it through the House, Gov. Phil Scott has indicated that he will not support the legislation as is.
    Under bill S.40, Vermont’s current minimum hourly rate of $10.50 would be increased incrementally over six years. Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political sto
  • New timeline, and hope, for Putnam Block redevelopment

    The former Hotel Putnam is one of three historic buildings to be renovated in the first phase of the $53 million Putnam Block project in Bennington. File photo by Holly Peczynski/Bennington Banner
    BENNINGTON — The developers of the $53 million Putnam Block revitalization effort have announced a new timeline for the project, with financing of phase one to be completed by the spring, and groundbreaking as early as May.
    Construction was to start in the fall of 2017, but the $25 million initia
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  • As election day nears, Burlington candidates highlight differences

    Infinite Culcleasure speaking at the Burlington Mayoral Forum on Livability, Feb. 15. Photo credit: Bob LoCicero.
    BURLINGTON — Mayoral candidates squared off Thursday night on housing, infrastructure, the power of neighborhood planning groups and other livability issues during a debate less than three weeks from election day.
    Incumbent Democrat Miro Weinberger touted his six-year record in office, which Independent challenger Carina Driscoll, a former city councilor and state representativ
  • Mayor Weinberger responds to Parkland, Florida school shooting

    News Release — Office of Mayor Miro WeinbergerFebruary 16, 2018
    Contact:Katie VaneOffice of Mayor Miro Weinberger802-734-0617katie@burlingtonvt.gov
    Burlington – Mayor Miro Weinberger today offered his response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida:
    “The school shooting in Parkland, Florida again demonstrates the deeply tragic and unacceptable inadequacy of the nation’s and Vermont’s gun laws. No other nation on earth tolerates these unbearable massacres and Am
  • Police: 18-year-old threatened ‘mass casualties’ at Vermont high school

    A mugshot of Jack Sawyer. Photo courtesy Vermont State Police
    Police arrested a Vermont teenager on Thursday after they say he threatened to cause “mass casualties” at Fair Haven Union High School.
    Jack Sawyer, 18, of Poultney, is currently held without bail and set to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Rutland Superior criminal court, police said.
    He faces charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted first-degree murder and attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, accor
  • Vermont State Police: Motor vehicle crash on I-89 in Williston, Feb. 16

    News Release — Vermont State PoliceFebruary 16, 2018
    Contact:Corporal Andrew LeiseVermont State PoliceAndrew.Leise@VERMONT.GOV
    CASE#: 18A100650 & 18A100648
    RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Andrew Leise, Lt. Robert Lucas, Cpl. Mark Magnant, Trooper TJ Howard
    STATION: VSP Willison
    CONTACT#: 1-802-878-7111
    DATE/TIME: February 8, 2018/ 1601 hours
    STREET: Interstate 89
    TOWN: Williston
    WEATHER: Cloudy
  • YWP: ‘Easy Things Can Be Harder than Hard Things’

    Young Writers Project, an independent nonprofit based in Burlington, engages young people to write and use digital media to express themselves with clarity and power, and to gain confidence and skills for school, the workplace and life.Check out the most recent issue of The Voice, Young Writers Project’s monthly digital magazine. Click here.Each week, VTDigger features a writing submission – an essay, poem, fiction or nonfiction – accompanied by a photo or illustration from Yo
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  • SCOV Law Blog: A case of primary eligibility

    Editor’s note: This piece from the SCOV Law Blog is by Eric Fanning. 
    Paige v. State, 2017 VT 54
    Get ready, SCOV Law readers, 2016 is back … with a vengeance!RELATED STORIESSCOV Law Blog:A last minute pull-out from arbitrationSCOV Law Blog: Plea deal could have led to ‘procedural quagmire’SCOV Law Blog: Determining eligibility for a public defenderSCOV Law Blog: Insurance companies battle over who pays when policies overlapSCOV Law Blog: Trial court’s home det
  • Sanders announces continuation of affordable housing funding

    News Release — Office of Sen. Bernie SandersFebruary 14, 2018
    Contact:Dan McLeanOffice of Sen. Bernie Sanders802-862-6695Daniel_McLean@sanders.senate.gov
    Washington, D.C. – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a national leader in efforts to increase affordable housing, welcomed a decision by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt to continue funding for the National Housing Trust Fund – which provides hundreds of millions of dollars each year to expand affordable rental hous
  • City workers unanimously endorse change, support Driscoll for Mayor

    News Release — Carina for MayorFebruary 14, 2018
    Contact:Elise GreavesCarina for Mayor802-917-2302elise@carinaformayor.com
    Burlington – The union representing Burlington city government’s workers has votedunanimously to endorse Independent Carina Driscoll for Mayor.
    AFSCME Local 1343, Council 93 represents more than 200 workers in the following Citydepartments: Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Library, Airport, City Clerk / Treasurer’sOffice, the Assessor, Community an
  • City Market recognized with workplace awards

    News Release — City MarketFebruary 13, 2018
    Contact:John TashiroGeneral Manager802-861-9711jtashiro@citymarket.coop
    Allison HopeDirector of Community Engagement802-777-2667ahope@citymarket.coop
    Burlington – City Market is pleased to announce that they’ve been recognized with two workplace awards, Best Places to Work in Vermont 2018 and a Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award.
    Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently announced the t
  • Westfield man charged with importing exotic reptiles

    News Release — Vermont Fish & Wildlife DepartmentFebruary 15, 2018
    Contact:Col. Jason Batchelder802-828-1529
    Sgt. Chad Barrett802-224-6324
    Warden Jason Dukette802-334-2904
    Westfield – A Westfield man has been charged with a wildlife violation after a water monitor lizard and a dwarf caiman were found on his property. Raymond J. Barlow, 29, was charged with illegally importing wildlife and faces fines up to $722.
    Vermont State Game Wardens received a Facebook photo from a member o
  • Montpelier selects artists for $50,000 public project

    News Release — Community Engagement LabFebruary 15, 2018
    Contact: Paul Gambill, Executive DirectorCommunity Engagement Lab802-595-0087paul@celvt.org
    Montpelier – The Montpelier City Council last night awarded Putney-based artists Rodrigo Nava and Gregory Miguel Gomez $50,000 to create a major work of public art, to be installed at the new One Taylor Street Transportation Center in the spring of 2019. The team’s design – a two-part installation involving a revolving s
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    News Release — Vermont GasFebruary 15, 2018
    Contact:Elizabeth Parentbparent@vermontgas.com
    South Burlington – Vermont Gas announced today it has asked the Public Utility Commission (Commission) to approve a 3.8% rate reduction beginning in November of this year.
    “We made a commitment to keep rates low and stable for our customer and today’s proposal is about helping families and businesses save money and reduce their energy needs,” said Don Rendall, President and CE
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  • 2018 marks Vermont’s Wayside Restaurant’s 100th anniversary

    News Release — Wayside RestaurantFebruary 15, 2018
    Contact:Brian & Karen Zecchinelli802-223-6611, ext 7eat@waysiderestaurant.com
    Montpelier – In 1918, the Allies declared victory in World War 1, Babe Ruth pitched 29 1/3 scoreless innings for the Red Sox in the World Series, Woodrow Wilson was President, color movies were invented, and Effie Ballou opened the Wayside on the Barre-Montpelier Road.
    Originally just a roadside eatery, the Wayside Restaurant has withstood the test of t
  • Norwich Museum presents historian on Partridge’s rugged, outdoor lessons

    News Release — Norwich UniversityFebruary 15, 2018
    Contact:Daphne Larkin802-485-2886dlarkin@norwich.edu
    Northfield – Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents Norwich historian Dr. Gary Lord on “Norwich Pedestrian Excursions: Learning in the Field,” in a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at noon.
    The event, sponsored by the Sullivan Museum and History Center Associates, includes a light lunch and is free and open to the public.
    When Captai
  • Registration now open for Town Officers’ Conferences

    News Release — University of Vermont ExtensionFebruary 15, 2018
    Contact:Briset FloresUniversity of Vermont Extension802-651-8343, ext. 511briset.flores@ uvm.edu
    Burlington – A keynote presentation on innovative approaches to improving municipal practice and workshops on Vermont’s open meeting law and technology in the workplace highlight the 73rd annual Town Officers’ Educational Conferences scheduled for two Vermont locations this April.
    Dates and locations are April 3 a
  • Olympics: More medal chances for Shiffrin and Diggins

    Vermont-schooled Mikaela Shiffrin missed out on a medal Friday after winning gold Thursday (pictured here). Photo by U.S. Ski & Snowboard
    A day after winning gold in skiing’s giant slalom, Vermont-schooled Mikaela Shiffrin missed out on a second medal Friday by dragging while defending her 2014 title in the regular slalom.
    The 22-year-old graduate of Burke Mountain Academy vomited violently before her first conservative run and couldn’t make up enough time in her cleaner second t
  • State pushes for health information exchange improvements

    A sign outside Vermont Information Technology Leaders’ office in Montpelier.A few months after receiving a scathing report about Vermont’s health information exchange network, state officials have begun taking steps to improve the system.
    The Department of Vermont Health Access and Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL), the network’s Burlington-based operator, are working together on short- and long-term fixes designed to make the patient record database more usable and
  • Scott signs executive order on net neutrality

    Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a press conference earlier this year. Photo by Bob LoCicero/VT Digger
    Gov. Phil Scott signed an executive order Thursday night that would require state bodies to uphold net neutrality protection when contracting internet service providers, effective April 1.The House and Senate recently proposed bills to push back against the Federal Communication Commission’s December decision to repeal Obama-era net-neutrality rules — a highly controversial move in line wi
  • House advances voter checklist protections

    Donald Trump speaks in New York City in September 2016. WikiMedia Commons
    The Vermont House on Thursday advanced legislation protecting personal information contained in the town and state voter checklists, after fears were stoked last year when a federal commission sought to collect it.
    The bill, H.624, would bar the state from releasing several types of information on voter checklists kept by city and town clerks and by the secretary of state. A key aim would be to keep the information out the
  • Vermont Gas may pay $25,000 for violations

    Ground cleared for the Vermont Gas pipeline, portions of which regulators have found were not properly buried. File photo by Morgan True / VTDigger
    Vermont Gas, the natural gas utility owned by Canadian fossil fuel giant Énergir, has likely buried an Addison County gas pipeline improperly, regulators said this week in a filing with the Public Utility Commission.
    The Department of Public Service has asked the PUC to assess a $25,000 fine against Vermont Gas for failing to bury the pipeline
  • Data collection companies to be regulated under House bill

    Attorney General TJ Donovan, right, presents a report to lawmakers Wednesday on regulating data brokers. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
    The Vermont House passed a bill Thursday that would regulate data brokers and provide consumers with protections against companies that collect, analyze and sell their personal information.Under the legislation, H.764 would require data brokers to register annually with the Vermont Secretary of State’s office and publicly disclose information about dat
  • Senate advances $15 minimum wage bill

    The Vermont Raise the Wage Coalition rallying last fall for an increase in the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, which advanced in the Senate Thursday. File photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger
    The Vermont Senate on Thursday advanced a measure that would raise the state’s hourly minimum wage to $15 by 2024.
    The bill, S.40, would incrementally hike the state’s minimum wage over the next six years, from the current level of $10.50 per hour.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll
  • Sarah Buxton & Dustin Degree: Expanding labor force is essential

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Sarah Buxton and Dustin Degree. Buxton is the director of Workforce Policy & Performance at the Vermont Department of Labor and a former Democratic member of the House of Representatives. Degree is special assistant to the governor and director of workforce expansion for the administration. He is a former Republican state senator. Together they lead Gov. Phil Scott’s Interagency Workforce Expansion Team.
    In April 2009, there were 361,200 peopl

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