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Judge: Marijuana “sniff test” enough to search vehicle
Local News
May 24, 2017

Judge: Marijuana “sniff test” enough to search vehicle

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

RUTLAND — A Vermont judge has rejected a Rutland man’s challenge to the “sniff test,” ruling the smell of marijuana alone does provide probable cause for police to search a vehicle.

“Vermont’s decriminalization statute explicitly states that it leaves unchanged…

Local News
May 24, 2017

Circa 1810 wine tasting room opens

By Stephen Seitz

(Updated with edits May 25, by Todd Trzaskos at Vermont Wine Media)

LUDLOW—Local connoisseurs don’t have far to go to find the latest offerings of Brook Farm Vineyard. The vineyard has come to Ludlow at 116 Main Street, the Circa 1810 tasting…

Local News
May 24, 2017

School unification back on the ballot

Rochester, Royalton, Mount Holly and Ludlow to vote on measures

By Evan Johnson

Closing high schools and unifying school districts are the ballot items voters in central Vermont will confront in the coming weeks. Thanks to a measure approved by the Legislature, the deadline for…

New Americans welcomed in Brandon
Local News
May 18, 2017

New Americans welcomed in Brandon

By Evan Johnson

BRANDON—They came from Thailand, Somalia, the Philippines, Canada, Sweden, Mali, Bhutan and more, but at the end of the naturalization ceremony at the Neshobe School in Brandon on Wednesday, May 10, 62 candidates from 29 countries left as Americans.

The event on…

Mountainous CCC Road to reopen before Memorial Day
Local News
May 18, 2017

Mountainous CCC Road to reopen before Memorial Day

By Karen D. Lorentz

The high elevation CCC Road between North Shrewsbury and Route 100 in Plymouth will reopen this month, according to Stewardship Forester Lisa Thorton of the Rutland office of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR).

Thorton said in an…

Harriet Bellerjeau, age 76
Local News
May 18, 2017

Harriet Bellerjeau, age 76

Harriet Layton Bellerjeau, age 76, passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of May 1. She was surrounded by family, birdsong, and sunshine in her glorious garden.

Born to William Young Bellerjeau and Ysabel Welanetz Bellerjeau in Plainfield, N.J., on Aug. 24, 1940,…

Honor society welcomes new members
Local News
May 18, 2017

Honor society welcomes new members

On Thursday, May 11, friends and families gathered at the Rutland High School Theater to honor the 2017 inductees to the National Technical Honor Society. Every year Stafford Technical Center inducts students to the society who have met the criteria of an 88 or better…

Controversial Dollar General store proposal withdrawn
Local News
May 18, 2017

Controversial Dollar General store proposal withdrawn

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

A proposal to build a Dollar General store in Pittsford has been withdrawn, at least for now.

The possibility of a store locating in town led some residents to post signs in their front yards that read, “We Don’t Want…

Local News
May 18, 2017

Limited marijuana legalization clears legislature

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

With a historic vote Wednesday, May 10, the Vermont Legislature became the first in the country to send a marijuana legalization bill to its governor.

The House passed the latest version of a legalization proposal on a vote of 79-66. With…

Local News
May 18, 2017

Proctor voters to weigh fate of town manager position

By Lee J. Kahrs, The Reporter

PROCTOR—The question of whether or not to continue employing a town manager in Proctor will go back to the voters next month.

A group of Proctor residents secured a petition with more than 5 percent of the required voter…