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Facing invasive species, Mendon to remove trees
Local News
April 26, 2017

Facing invasive species, Mendon to remove trees

By Evan Johnson 

Spread out among 17 tracts in the woods around Mendon, 150 acres of red pine are coming down this year.  The trees are being removed due to red pine scale, an invasive species that preys on the coniferous trees.

“If they’re not…

Farewell Killington, hello Delaware
Local News
April 26, 2017

Farewell Killington, hello Delaware

 KILLINGTON—After 35-plus years in Killington, Craig and Mary Hogstrom are beginning  the next chapter of their lives in Newark, Del. As you can tell from the smiles on their faces, parting is not such sweet sorrow, as they are excited about their upcoming move in…

Senate OKs marijuana legalization amendment
Featured
April 26, 2017

Senate OKs marijuana legalization amendment

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

Following spirited debate Friday, April 21, the Senate supported a proposal that would legalize marijuana and create a system to regulate and tax marijuana sales.

The proposal, which would set up a system similar to the model currently in place in…

Rutland City denies police bias claims
Local News
April 26, 2017

Rutland City denies police bias claims

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

An attorney for Rutland City is disputing claims of bias policing and wants a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit from a former nightclub owner alleging discriminatory police tactics forced him out of business.

The city, in its recent…

VFFC touts agriculture as economic engine
Local News
April 26, 2017

VFFC touts agriculture as economic engine

By Evan Johnson

Governor Phil Scott has stated he wants economic growth to be a cornerstone of his administration and this week in Rutland he got a preview of what that growth could look like in a state with a rich history of agriculture.

On…

Local News
April 26, 2017

Jim Harrison appointed as House rep

By Evan Johnson

Jim Harrison has jumped “with two feet” into his new role as state representative for the towns of Killington, Mendon, Chittenden and Bridgewater. The Chittenden resident was selected by Gov. Phil Scott to replace Rep. Job Tate, who resigned from his post…

Local News
April 26, 2017

Downtown pop-up gallery to debut May 19

RUTLAND—A group of Rutland boosters is hoping to use a pop-up gallery to raise local artists’ profiles and add to the growing art scene that will include galleries, murals and a planned series of sculptures in downtown Rutland.

Organizers this week issued a call for…

Local News
April 26, 2017

Castleton student newspaper scores regional award

CASTLETON—Castleton’s student-run newspaper, the Spartan, was recently selected by the New England Society of News Editors to receive recognition as one of the top college newspapers in the region.

“I honestly can’t believe it,” said senior co-editor Jadie Dow. “We’ve always been this good, we…

Local News
April 26, 2017

Strongs Avenue improvements to begin mid-June

RUTLAND—An initiative of the Rutland Redevelopment Authority (RRA) and the City of Rutland to improve appearance and safety along one of the key gateways into downtown is ready to commence. The Gateway Improvement Project construction contract has been awarded to Parker Excavation, of New Haven,…

Local News
April 26, 2017

Chaffee Art Center to undergo renovation

ArtBeat Cafe and multi-media space to open

RUTLAND—The Chaffee Art Center will begin a major transformation this summer with the addition of a café, artisan co-op, multi-media HD gallery, and expanded educational and community outreach offerings, including a dedicated mobile art unit.

In addition, the…