News Briefs

News Briefs
May 3, 2017

GMP ranked high for energy storage

RUTLAND—Green Mountain Power earned top spots on Smart Electric Power Alliance’s annual energy storage rankings for 2016.

GMP ranked No.10 for the most storage installed in the country, with two megawatts in 2016. GMP also scored the No. 9 spot for most watts per customer…

News Briefs
May 3, 2017

Assisted-living worker assaulted a resident

By Evan Johnson

HARTFORD—A 22-year-old worker at a Hartford assisted-living facility has been accused of sexually abusing an 83-year-old woman with dementia.

Valley Terrace employee Michael Paton, allegedly had sex with the woman in her room on Monday, according to a news release from Vermont…

Regional 4-Hers demonstrate knowledge
News Briefs
April 26, 2017

Regional 4-Hers demonstrate knowledge

RUTLAND—For 4-Hers from seven clubs in Bennington and Rutland Counties, April 14 was an action-packed night. Southwest Regional 4-H Night, held at Rutland High School, provided an opportunity for them to demonstrate what they have learned in University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H projects and…

See a baby animal? Don’t touch!
News Briefs
April 26, 2017

See a baby animal? Don’t touch!

Watching wildlife is enjoyable, especially when young animals appear in the spring. But it’s best to keep your distance. Picking up young wildlife can do more harm than good, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. It’s also against the law.

When people see…

News Briefs
April 26, 2017

Hubbardton claims planning award

HUBBARDTON—The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site isn’t the only thing to put the small Rutland County town of Hubbardton on the map these days. The town recently won a statewide award for its modern creativity and fresh approach in its newest town plan. The award…

News Briefs
April 26, 2017

Lakes Region News Briefs

Fair Haven schools look ahead

FAIR HAVEN—Girls’ and Boys’ Club activities are opening to Fair Haven Grade School students in the fall. Grant-funded, the club will be free to students from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., including Power Hour academic time, an activity, light dinner, and…

News Briefs
April 26, 2017

Rutland Region News Briefs

Homeless family shelter planned for downtown

Homeless Prevention Center Executive Director Deborah Hall asked the city for support in developing a shelter to house as many as 10 families in the former Red Cross building, 117 Strongs Avenue. Hall told the aldermen she is not…

News Briefs
April 26, 2017

Police investigate drug smuggling at jail

RUTLAND—Bureau of Criminal Investigations detectives with the state police have finished a 30-day investigation of an incident that occurred in March at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility.

On March 19, 20-year-old Emma Decubellis was caught by corrections officers attempting to smuggle the pain-relieving drug…

News Briefs
April 26, 2017

Police: online extortion alert

Police are urging the public to watch out for a computer scam that can access bank accounts and lock a user out of their computer.

Police say incidents have been reported locally, in which individuals have had their bank accounts fraudulently accessed after having a…

State’s insect-eating birds in decline, others decreasing
News Briefs
April 19, 2017

State’s insect-eating birds in decline, others decreasing

By Mike Polhamus, VTDigger

Fewer birds appear to live in Vermont today than 25 years ago, according to recent research by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. The most dramatic declines in bird populations were seen among those that live off flying insects, scientists say. Known…