• Skier’s death in Vermont offers grim reminder: Don’t go alone

    Skier’s death in Vermont offers grim reminder: Don’t go alone
    This story by Tommy Gardner was first published by the Stowe Reporter on Feb. 29.The death of a skier on Mount Mansfield last week required a recovery by backcountry rescue crews who worked all night in the same sketchy terrain that claimed the man’s life.Brooks Ralph, 27, of Cold Spring, N.Y., had been skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort on Feb. 20 when he attempted to descend through an area known as the Rock Garden. He was reported missing that afternoon and rescuers found his body just be
  • Wayward strays keep new Morristown dog catcher busy

    Wayward strays keep new Morristown dog catcher busy
    Morristown police officer Bruce Emerson has been named the town’s new animal control officer.This story by Tommy Gardner was first published by the News & Citizen on Feb. 29.Morristown’s new dog catcher is putting some teeth into the town’s animal ordinance.Bruce Emerson, a desk officer with the Morristown Police Department and a retired Stowe cop, has been named the town’s animal control officer, a position that has been vacant for almost a year.“I filled the
  • ‘A new direction’: Nikki Haley courts Vermont voters at South Burlington campaign stop

    ‘A new direction’: Nikki Haley courts Vermont voters at South Burlington campaign stop
    Republican presidential candidate and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks in South Burlington on Sunday, March 3. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn RussellSOUTH BURLINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley campaigned in South Burlington on Sunday, just two days before Vermonters head to the polls to cast their ballots in the state’s presidential primaries.Addressing a packed ballroom at the DoubleTree Hilton, the former governor of South Carolina an
  • Young Writers Project: Fairy tale children

    Young Writers Project: Fairy tale children
    Young Writers Project is a creative online community of teen writers, photographers and artists, which has been based in Vermont since 2006. Each week, VTDigger features the writing and art of young Vermonters who publish their work on youngwritersproject.org, a free, interactive website for 12- to 18-year-olds. To find out more, visit youngwritersproject.org, or contact Executive Director Susan Reid at [email protected] and 802-324-9538.If you’ve ever read “Grimms&rsquo
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  • Mark Bushnell: A submariner’s bravery earned him the nation’s highest honor

    Mark Bushnell: A submariner’s bravery earned him the nation’s highest honor
    After 31 hours on the ocean floor, the USS O-5 is pulled to the surface by a crane barge on Oct. 29, 1923. A man can be seen at one of the submarine’s hatches while another seems to be being helped onto a small boat pulled up next to the submarine. Photo from Wikimedia Commons
    Shocking news reached Henry Breault’s home in Grand Isle on Aug. 28, 1923 when a messenger arrived at Ridge Crest Farm to hand deliver a telegram.
    The cable, sent at 2:06 p.m. by the Navy’s Bureau of Nav
  • VTDigger’s 2024 guide to Vermont Town Meeting voting

    VTDigger’s 2024 guide to Vermont Town Meeting voting
    Vermonters are set to cast ballots on local leaders and spending this Town Meeting season. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger
    Vermonters are set to cast ballots on local leaders and spending this Town Meeting season. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger
    Vermonters are set to cast ballots on local leaders and spending this Town Meeting season. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger
    Feel overwhelmed by fewer dollars and rising costs? The selectboard in the town of Tunbridge relates.“R
  • Bill Schubart: Vermonters, protect the future of your health care

    Bill Schubart: Vermonters, protect the future of your health care
    Compared to my prior columns on health care, this one will be short, concise and easily understood. It’s a call-to-aims (sic) for all Vermonters concerned about their access to quality health care.
    The legislative session is in full swing and the health care of all Vermonters is under discussion. Now is the time to contact your legislator and make clear to them your wishes.Recent lobbying efforts by the Vermont Association of Hospital and Health Systems (VAHHS), UVM Health Network (UVMHN)
  • Final Reading: Party director is a comics nerd

    Final Reading: Party director is a comics nerd
    It turns out Jim Dandeneau, the executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party, is a certified comic book nerd. Photo illustration by Natalie Williams/VTDigger
    If you weren’t already aware of this, allow me to inform you: Jim Dandeneau, the executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party, is a certified comic book nerd.As I rifle through the metaphorical filing cabinets of my memories, I can’t quite pinpoint the moment I learned this. Perhaps it was innate knowledge about him
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  • GlobalFoundries, state officials celebrate funding for Essex Junction chip plant

    GlobalFoundries, state officials celebrate funding for Essex Junction chip plant
    GlobalFoudries CEO Thomas Caulfield speaks during a ceremony to mark the hundreds of millions of CHIPS and Science Act funding that will support modernization of GlobalFoundries’s longest continuously operated fab in Essex Junction on Friday. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn Russell
    GlobalFoudries CEO Thomas Caulfield speaks during a ceremony to mark the hundreds of millions of CHIPS and Science Act funding that will support modernization of GlobalFoundries’s longest co
  • How rising health care costs are driving up property taxes

    How rising health care costs are driving up property taxes
    A hospital bill from UVM Medical Center. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
    On Tuesday, many Vermont voters will weigh in on school budgets that have grown by the largest margins in recent history. The reasons for that growth include rising costs for special education, vanishing Covid-19 pandemic aid, deteriorating school buildings and increased expenses related to student mental health.Another reason is likely familiar to Vermonters across the state: health care is getting increasingly expe
  • Post-flooding ‘life raft,’ motel program changes head to Phil Scott’s desk in annual budget bill

    Post-flooding ‘life raft,’ motel program changes head to Phil Scott’s desk in annual budget bill
    Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, chair of the the House Appropriations Committee, listens as the committee considers the Budget Adjustment Act at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 14. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn Russell
    Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, chair of the the House Appropriations Committee, listens as the committee considers the Budget Adjustment Act at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 14. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn Russell
    Rep. Diane Lanphe
  • ‘A slight sigh of relief’: State officials say motel rate cap won’t displace residents

    ‘A slight sigh of relief’: State officials say motel rate cap won’t displace residents
    Housing advocate Brenda Siegel speaks on her phone outside the House of Representatives chamber at the Statehouse in Montpelier on May 12, 2023. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger
    This story, by Report for America corps member Carly Berlin, was produced through a partnership between VTDigger and Vermont Public.As the first of the month approached, homelessness advocates and service providers braced for hundreds or thousands of people to potentially lose their state-subsidized rooms through Ve
  • Brattleboro man pleads guilty to manslaughter and drug dealing, gets at least 14 years in prison 

    Brattleboro man pleads guilty to manslaughter and drug dealing, gets at least 14 years in prison 
    The Vermont State Police major crime unit works Aug. 20, 2022, to investigate the shooting death the night before of an unidentified man at Brattleboro’s Great River Terrace. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDiggerA Brattleboro man charged with second-degree murder in a fatal shooting has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter, as well as a drug dealing offense, and will serve at least 14 years in prison. Nicolas Baker, 36, entered his plea to the felony charge F
  • Agatha Kessler elected Vermont Legislature’s next sergeant-at-arms

    Agatha Kessler elected Vermont Legislature’s next sergeant-at-arms
    Outgoing Sergeant-at-Arms Janet Miller, left, chats with newly elected Sergeant-at-Arms Agatha Kessler at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Friday. Photo by Natalie Williams/VTDigger
    Outgoing Sergeant-at-Arms Janet Miller, left, chats with newly elected Sergeant-at-Arms Agatha Kessler at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Friday. Photo by Natalie Williams/VTDiggerOutgoing Sergeant-at-Arms Janet Miller, left, chats with newly elected Sergeant-at-Arms Agatha Kessler at the Statehouse in Montpelier on
  • Ensuring mental health care for the “golden years”

    Ensuring mental health care for the “golden years”
    By 2030, one in three Vermonters will be over the age of 60; One third of the state’s population.Earlier this year, the Vermont Department of Health released the Age Strong VT draft plan, citing that the state’s aging population will reach a peak. The draft plan names eight pillars in aging strong: self-determination, safety and protection, financial security, optimal health and wellness, social connection and engagement, housing, transportation and community design, family caregive
  • Vermont Supreme Court rejects Daniel Banyai’s appeal

    Vermont Supreme Court rejects Daniel Banyai’s appeal
    Daniel Banyai, owner of the Slate Ridge paramilitary training facility in West Pawlet, appears for his contempt hearing in Environmental Court in Rutland on Friday, November 4, 2022. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger
    The Vermont Supreme Court on Friday upheld contempt sanctions imposed on Daniel Banyai, owner of the former Pawlet weapons training facility Slate Ridge. The court heard oral arguments in the appeal in January. Banyai, who faces an ongoing arrest warrant for failing to comply wi
  • Suzanne Lupien: The ayes have it, a vote in the affirmative

    Suzanne Lupien: The ayes have it, a vote in the affirmative
    This commentary is by Suzanne Lupien of Vershire. She is a 69-year-old farmer who lives with her two draft horses.Exercising your right to express your point of view at Town Meeting has become a bit of a lost art these days. It makes people uncomfortable to speak in public, an opportunity once considered both an honor and a responsibility. You got hold of the town report fresh off the press, familiarized yourself with the Warrant, and prepared yourself for the discussion. Knowing that an article
  • James Harvey: Will Eberle’s solution to Decker Towers dilemma is naive

    James Harvey: Will Eberle’s solution to Decker Towers dilemma is naive
    This commentary is by James Harvey. He is a Vermont musician who grew up on a farm in Duxbury and now lives at Decker Towers in Burlington.Will Eberle’s recent piece — “How to win ‘The Fight for Decker Towers’” — interested me as a resident of the Towers. I salute his empathy for the young, homeless people with substance use disorder who are stuck in a lose/lose situation, and share it in some ways. It’s not helpful or fair to put all the blame for
  • Former Listen director pleads guilty to fraud

    Former Listen director pleads guilty to fraud
    This article by John Lippman was first published in the Valley News on Feb. 27.Kyle Fisher
    CONCORD — The former head of one of the Upper Valley’s leading charities has pleaded guilty to embezzling donations, acknowledging that he spent the money for personal use and to gamble at a casino in western Massachusetts.In U.S. District Court in Concord on Tuesday, Kyle Fisher pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud and that he is liable for paying back the nearly $240,000 he stole f
  • Final Reading: A 60-year-old Statehouse cafeteria worker celebrates his 15th birthday 

    Final Reading: A 60-year-old Statehouse cafeteria worker celebrates his 15th birthday 
    Vermont Statehouse cafeteria employee Nate Corson, who is a leap day baby, stands behind the grill on Thursday, a leap day. Photo by Shaun Robinson/VTDigger
    Vermont Statehouse cafeteria employee Nate Corson, who is a leap day baby, stands behind the grill on Thursday, a leap day. Photo by Shaun Robinson/VTDigger
    Vermont Statehouse cafeteria employee Nate Corson, who is a leap day baby, stands behind the grill on Thursday, a leap day. Photo by Shaun Robinson/VTDigger
    I had it on good intelligenc
  • In Vermont pharmacies, a cyberattack stokes uncertainty

    In Vermont pharmacies, a cyberattack stokes uncertainty
    After a cyberattack recently disabled a claims processing system, some Vermont customers — including Keilani Lime, shown in this photo — have struggled to access medications. Courtesy photo by Steve James
    After a cyberattack recently disabled a claims processing system, some Vermont customers — including Keilani Lime, shown in this photo — have struggled to access medications. Courtesy photo by Steve James
    After a cyberattack recently disabled a claims processing system,
  • How much does the proposed new renewable energy standard cost? Hard to say.

    How much does the proposed new renewable energy standard cost? Hard to say.
    Gov. Phil Scott addresses reporters about the flooding in Vermont during a press conference in Berlin on Dec. 18. Photo by Natalie Williams/VTDigger
    Gov. Phil Scott addresses reporters about the flooding in Vermont during a press conference in Berlin on Dec. 18. Photo by Natalie Williams/VTDigger
    Gov. Phil Scott addresses reporters about the flooding in Vermont during a press conference in Berlin on Dec. 18. Photo by Natalie Williams/VTDigger
    Lawmakers and advocates clashed with Gov. Phil Scott
  • Ghost guns: Vermont Senate targets unserialized, untraceable, homemade firearms

    Ghost guns: Vermont Senate targets unserialized, untraceable, homemade firearms
    Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth, D/P-Chittenden Central, explains details of a ghost gun bill on the Senate floor at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn Russell
    Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth, D/P-Chittenden Central, explains details of a ghost gun bill on the Senate floor at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn RussellSenate President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth, D/P-Chittend
  • Resettlement groups ask state to help fund transitional housing for refugees

    Resettlement groups ask state to help fund transitional housing for refugees
    Amila Merdzanovic, Vermont director of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, gave testimony remotely on Tuesday in support of refugee resettlement funding in the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. ScreenshotAmila Merdzanovic, Vermont director of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, gave testimony remotely on Tuesday in support of refugee resettlement funding in the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. ScreenshotAmila Merdzanovic, Vermont
  • Accountability effort aimed at elected county officials ‘all but dead’ in the Senate

    Accountability effort aimed at elected county officials ‘all but dead’ in the Senate
    Sen. Ruth Hardy, D-Addison, speaks as the Senate considers the Budget Adjustment Act at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 8. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn Russell
    Sen. Ruth Hardy, D-Addison, speaks as the Senate considers the Budget Adjustment Act at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 8. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn RussellSen. Ruth Hardy, D-Addison, speaks as the Senate considers the Budget Adjustment Act at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 8. Photo by
  •  I-91 between Bradford and Fairlee closes following rockslide

     I-91 between Bradford and Fairlee closes following rockslide
    A portion of Interstate 91 South will be closed for at least a week after a Tuesday night rockslide. File photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger
    A portion of Interstate 91 South will be closed for at least a week after a Tuesday night rockslide. File photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger
    A portion of Interstate 91 South will be closed for at least a week after a Tuesday night rockslide. File photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger
    This story by Liz Sauchelli was first published by The Valley Ne
  • Robert Howard Rodgers

    Robert Howard Rodgers
    Born May 24, 1944Alexandria, LouisianaDied Feb. 20, 2024New Haven, VermontDetails of servicesIn keeping with Robert’s wishes, there will not be any public services. A celebration of life is planned for May 24, 2024, his 80th birthday. His family requests that anyone so inclined share written stories of Robert: funny, poignant, or memorable, to make into a keepsake for his granddaughter.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Haven Congregational Church.Robert
  • Vincent F. Mercurio

    Vincent F. Mercurio
    Born Feb. 8, 1949Coatesville, PennsylvaniaDied Feb. 21, 2024Reading, PennsylvaniaDetails of servicesA private graveside service will be held at Hershey Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Bean Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and online condolences may be made at www.beanfuneralhomes.com.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Rudden Family Foundation, 16 Pacific Avenue, Reading, PA 19608; or to the Reading Choral Society, 201 Washington Street, Reading
  • Ali Jalili: Where will the money to “invest at scale” come from?

    Ali Jalili: Where will the money to “invest at scale” come from?
    Will Eberle did an admirable job helping all of us appreciate the humanity of those experiencing homelessness and suffering from substance use disorder or mental illness. His commentary “How to win ‘The Fight for Decker Towers’” on the excellent recent piece in Seven Days challenges us to rethink our systems and claims that “we can fix this”. However, while I appreciate Mr. Eberle’s efforts to channel more resources to help our least fortunate, I’m
  • Bill Falls and Kim Hughes: When choosing a college, advising matters

    Bill Falls and Kim Hughes: When choosing a college, advising matters
    This commentary is by Bill Falls and Kim Hughes. Falls is dean and Hughes is advising supervisor for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont.
    The May 1 deadline for students to decide which college they plan to attend is fast approaching. Students and families are weighing their choices, balancing common considerations such as cost of attendance, available majors, location, campus life and co-curricular opportunities. There is, however, one often overlooked consid
  • Ed Baker: Open letter of support for overdose prevention centers in Vermont

    Ed Baker: Open letter of support for overdose prevention centers in Vermont
    This commentary is by Ed Baker of Burlington. He is a person in recovery from addiction, and an independent activist for the establishment of overdose prevention centers in Vermont.
    I’m sending this letter in support of H.72 with a sense of utmost urgency. I am a person in recovery from drug addiction of the most severe order. I have been unhoused; hospitalized; incarcerated; contracted Hepatitis C; subjected to coerced treatments; and suffered through the pervasive gauntlets of stigm
  • Walter Carpenter: Multiple bills are attempting the impossible on health care

    Walter Carpenter: Multiple bills are attempting the impossible on health care
    The article “With a flurry of legislation, Vermont lawmakers try to bring down health care costs” was interesting in how many disparate bills are taking a whack at the impossible. I am not criticizing the bills or the courageous efforts of our legislators in proffering them, except to reiterate what has been obvious all along to all concerned: you can’t cure chaos by continuing to apply band-aids. 
    Yet, I found it galling for the opposition of the status quo against one of
  • Vermont Conversation: 20 years after the Deaniac insurgency, Howard Dean still swinging hard on politics


    Former governor Howard Dean endorses Democratic Chittenden County state senate candidate June Heston in Burlington on July 13, 2020. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger
    Former governor Howard Dean endorses Democratic Chittenden County state senate candidate June Heston in Burlington on July 13, 2020. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger
    Former governor Howard Dean endorses Democratic Chittenden County state senate candidate June Heston in Burlington on July 13, 2020. File photo by Glenn Russel
  • Vermont Conversation: 20 years after the Deaniac insurgency, Howard Dean is still swinging hard on politics


    Former governor Howard Dean endorses Democratic Chittenden County state senate candidate June Heston in Burlington on July 13, 2020. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger
    Former governor Howard Dean endorses Democratic Chittenden County state senate candidate June Heston in Burlington on July 13, 2020. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger
    Former governor Howard Dean endorses Democratic Chittenden County state senate candidate June Heston in Burlington on July 13, 2020. File photo by Glenn Russel
  • Final Reading: Going ‘cash free’ creates inequities

    Final Reading: Going ‘cash free’ creates inequities
    Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, D-Chittenden Southeast, chair of the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee, speaks during a committee meeting at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn Russell
    Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, D-Chittenden Southeast, chair of the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee, speaks during a committee meeting at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday. Photo by Glenn Russell/VT
  • House passes bill aimed at increasing diversity in Vermont’s courts

    House passes bill aimed at increasing diversity in Vermont’s courts
    Rep. Barbara Rachelson, D-Burlington, speaks as the House Judicairy Committee considers a domestic violence bill at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Jan. 4. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger
    Rep. Barbara Rachelson, D-Burlington, speaks as the House Judicairy Committee considers a domestic violence bill at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Jan. 4. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerRep. Barbara Rachelson, D-Burlington, speaks as the House Judicairy Committee considers a domestic violence bill at the Stat
  • Senate signs off on Budget Adjustment Act despite concerns from housing advocates

    Senate signs off on Budget Adjustment Act despite concerns from housing advocates
    The Senate Appropriations Committee considers the Budget Adjustment Act at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 13. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn Russell
    The Senate Appropriations Committee considers the Budget Adjustment Act at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 13. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn RussellThe Senate Appropriations Committee considers the Budget Adjustment Act at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 13. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glen
  • Corrections department stands up new internal investigative unit 

    Corrections department stands up new internal investigative unit 
    The Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. Photo by Phoebe Sheehan/VTDigger
    The Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. Photo by Phoebe Sheehan/VTDigger
    The Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. Photo by Phoebe Sheehan/VTDigger
    The Vermont Department of Corrections is launching a new unit to conduct internal investigations into serious incidents. The move comes nearly three years after the Legislature passed and Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill calling for
  • With competing bills, road to Act 250 compromise remains unclear

    With competing bills, road to Act 250 compromise remains unclear
    The House Environment and Energy Committee takes testimony on a land use bill that would affect Act 250 at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday, January 31, 2024. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerThis story, by Report for America corps member Carly Berlin, was produced through a partnership between VTDigger and Vermont Public.Before lawmakers descended on Montpelier in January, they appeared poised to make sweeping changes to Act 250, the signature land-use law that has governed and gui
  • City of Burlington, housing authority look to cooperate on Decker Towers security issues

    City of Burlington, housing authority look to cooperate on Decker Towers security issues
    Decker Towers in Burlington on Aug. 22. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerBURLINGTON — The Burlington Housing Authority and the city appear to be closing in on a plan to confront ongoing security and safety issues at the Decker Towers apartment complex.At a city council meeting on Monday, residents of the Burlington high-rise and officers of the housing authority, which operates the building, urged the City Council to help pay for new security measures, specifically round-the-clock security
  • Lawmakers replace ambitious Medicaid expansion with a study

    Lawmakers replace ambitious Medicaid expansion with a study
    Rep. Lori Houghton, D-Essex Junction, chair of the House Health Care Committee, questions Sarah Teachout of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont during Teachout’s testimony at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 14. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Credit: Glenn Russell
    Rep. Lori Houghton, D-Essex Junction, chair of the House Health Care Committee, questions Sarah Teachout of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont during Teachout’s testimony at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 14. Photo
  • Strong winds expected in Vermont on Wednesday afternoon

    Strong winds expected in Vermont on Wednesday afternoon
    The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning that will remain in effect for most of the state through 7 a.m. on Thursday. Image courtesy National Weather Service
    The National Weather Service said it was downgrading previously released flood risk projections on Wednesday, but said the state could still see high winds with gusts of 60 mph.The service issued a high-wind warning that will remain in effect for most of the state through 7 a.m. on Thursday. Winds are expected gener
  • Erin O’Farrell: Rethinking what It means to be ‘Vermont Strong’ 

    Erin O’Farrell: Rethinking what It means to be ‘Vermont Strong’ 
    This commentary is by Erin O’Farrell. She was raised in the Northeast Kingdom and currently studies environmental humanities at the University of Utah, researching questions related to environmental communication and rhetoric.
    In Aug. 2023, Gov. Phil Scott unveiled a new license plate to support relief efforts from July’s devastating floods. “Time and time again, Vermonters have shown how willing they are to step up, join together, help their neighbors, and unite for their comm
  • VSAC workshops in March & April help students and families plan their next steps

    VSAC workshops in March & April help students and families plan their next steps
    High school students who are pondering their next steps for college, training, or career—and their parents and family members who are wondering how best to support them—are invited to attend VSAC’s 2024 College and Career Pathways events, taking place over the next six weeks at various locations around the state. The free events include four weekday programs during March and April for students, coordinated with their high schools and held at various college locations
  • Dr. Jessica McNally: Vermont Eye Surgery Safety at Risk

    Dr. Jessica McNally: Vermont Eye Surgery Safety at Risk
    This commentary is by Jessica McNally, MD of Montpelier. She is a comprehensive ophthalmologist at Central Vermont Medical Center, and the current president of the Vermont Ophthalmological Society. 
    A patient who needs surgery expects it will be performed by a trained and skilled surgeon. That makes sense. Yet, when it comes to your most sensitive organ — your eyes — some are lobbying Vermont lawmakers to legalize optometrists to do laser and scalpel surgery. I am a Vermont opht
  • The Vermont Town Meeting moderator who’s fighting for a ‘good clash’

    The Vermont Town Meeting moderator who’s fighting for a ‘good clash’
    Meg Mott has served as Putney Town Meeting moderator since 2015. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger
    Meg Mott was a political theory professor at the former Marlboro College when, relocating to Putney in 2008, she received an invitation to run for Town Meeting moderator.“I was once very suspicious of Robert’s Rules of Order,” said the 67-year-old, who recalled living in a yurt as her wife built their goat farm. “Was it just patriarchy or white supremacy or heteronorma
  • ​​Dr. Catherine Antley and Dr. Lisa K. Catapano-Friedman: Two reasons why amending Vermont’s cannabis law would be a step backward

    ​​Dr. Catherine Antley and Dr. Lisa K. Catapano-Friedman: Two reasons why amending Vermont’s cannabis law would be a step backward
    This commentary is by Catherine Antley, MD and Lisa K. Catapano-Friedman, MD on behalf of Physicians for Healthy Communities. Dr. Antley is a community physician in South Burlington. Dr. Catapano-Friedman is President of the Vermont Psychiatric Association. Additional signatories are listed below the text.
    The House Government Operations Committee is considering amending Vermont law to allow high-potency cannabis to be sold at retail stores to patients with medical cards for marijuana. This woul
  • Barre mayor will not run for reelection in May

    Barre mayor will not run for reelection in May
    Barre Mayor Jake Hemmerick listens to discussion at a flood forum at the Barre Opera House on Sept. 13. Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur/VTDigger
    The mayor of Barre City, Jake Hemmerick, said he will not run for reelection in the city’s delayed Town Meeting Day vote in May. Hemmerick first alluded to his departure in an Instagram post earlier this month, which was first reported on by the Times-Argus. He confirmed his decision to not seek reelection in an interview with VTDigger on Tuesd
  • Final Reading: State legislators speak out against Israel-Hamas War

    Final Reading: State legislators speak out against Israel-Hamas War
    People hold signs and Palestinian flags during a press conference on the Statehouse steps calling for a cease-fire in Gaza on Tuesday. Photo by Natalie Williams/VTDigger
    People hold signs and Palestinian flags during a press conference on the Statehouse steps calling for a cease-fire in Gaza on Tuesday. Photo by Natalie Williams/VTDiggerPeople hold signs and Palestinian flags during a press conference on the Statehouse steps calling for a cease-fire in Gaza on Tuesday. Photo by Natalie Williams
  • Cabot residents to vote — again — on whether to close their high school 

    Cabot residents to vote — again — on whether to close their high school 
    Cabot has a history of contentious school budget votes. Google Earth photo
    While school districts across the state are facing a difficult budget season, the one-town Cabot School District is wrestling with an additional layer of uncertainty.On March 5, voters in Cabot, a rural Washington County town of roughly 1,500, will weigh in on an oft-debated question: should their pre-K-12 school — one of the few remaining in the state — close its high school and tuition out the 40 students n

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