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January 11, 2017

1,200 attend Gov. Phil Scott inaugural gala

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger

Organizers say Gov. Phil Scott’s inaugural gala was the largest in the state’s history. More than 1,200 people attended the event. Scott, the newly sworn in Republican governor, celebrated his inauguration at a helicopter hangar at the Vermont Air Guard complex…

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January 11, 2017

Local “newly” weds to compete for charity

Pack The Paramount food drive reorganizes RUTLAND—Pack the Paramount, which has annually filled seats at the Paramount Theatre with tons of food for the Rutland Community Cupboard, BROC Community Food Shelf and Salvation Army, is changing names and focus. It will now be known as…

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January 11, 2017

Need a passport? Bridgewater post office can now help

Passport Day is Saturday, Jan. 14 BRIDGEWATER–The travel industry saw close to one billion international travelers in the first nine months of 2016 according to the World Tourism Organization—that’s 34 million more than the same period the prior year — and the U.S. Postal Service…

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January 11, 2017

Sick moose sighted in Rutland County

VTF&W is monitoring the animal for possible brainworm disease RUTLAND—A moose that is suspected to have a fatal disease is being monitored in Rutland County. The moose has remained near a road for several weeks and biologists and wardens are checking on the animal for…

Okemo to host Grommet Throwdown, Jan. 7
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January 4, 2017

Okemo to host Grommet Throwdown, Jan. 7

Saturday, Jan. 7 at 12:30 p.m.—LUDLOW—”Grommet” is a widely accepted term for a young person who participates in extreme sports such as surfing, skateboarding, skiing or snowboarding. At Okemo’s Grommet Throwdown, Jan. 7, kids age 13 and younger can spend the morning with Okemo park…

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January 4, 2017

Allaire joins the race for Mayor

By Lani Duke

RUTLAND—Alderman David Allaire announced his intention to run for mayor of Rutland, Dec. 27. Allaire has run for mayor twice before, in 2011 and 2013. Outside sales manager for Interstate Batteries, Allaire has been repeatedly elected to Rutland’s Board of Aldermen and…

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January 4, 2017

Vermont’s minimum wage goes up slightly

Vermont’s minimum wage increased from $9.60 to $10.00 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017, in accordance with legislation signed by Governor Shumlin in June 2014. The tipped-employee minimum wage also increased on Jan. 1 to $5.00 per hour. Vermont’s minimum wage will increase in January…

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January 4, 2017

Vermont: who leaves, who stays

By Julia Purdy

There is bad news about population loss in six U.S. states, according to governing.com, which lists Illinois, West Virginia, Connecticut, Mississippi, Maine and Vermont as the states with the most concerning demographics, (“The States with Declining Populations,” Jan. 19, 2016). The article…

African Violets: Seven steps to success
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January 4, 2017

African Violets: Seven steps to success

By Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor Emeritus, UVM

African violets are one of the easiest and most adaptable flowering houseplants to grow, as they do well in the conditions found in most homes. There are seven main cultural factors you should be aware of to ensure…