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State News
March 27, 2015

Decision on closing call centers put off ‘til September

Rutland station’s future to be determined

By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger.org

The House Appropriations Committee approved a stopgap measure Monday that puts off a decision on closing selected state police call centers until mid-September.

The plan uses $425,000 in funding from…

Vermont sugar makers celebrate spring
Featured
March 27, 2015

Vermont sugar makers celebrate spring

By Stephen Goodhue, courtesy of vermontvacation.com

A sugar-maker empties a bucket full of sap into a collection tank, pulled by draft horses.

A Vermont time-honored tradition

March 28-29 — STATEWIDE — Vermont’s biggest harbinger of spring, maple sugar season, kicks off…

State News
March 26, 2015

Vermont ice surfaces are weakening

The public is encouraged to stay off ice-covered waterways

After a long and cold winter Vermonters have been treated to a few warmer days of late. But as spring approaches, ice on waterways is getting weaker. Because of the increased risk, state and federal…

“Leave No Trace”
Featured
March 19, 2015

“Leave No Trace”

©Ember Photography

A backcountry skier enjoys powder turns between the trees earlier this year. Partnering organizations are promoting safe and responsible backcountry practices statewide.

Ethics promote backcountry safety and responsible use of Vermont’s winter mountain environment

In…

State News
March 19, 2015

Happy tummies ride local at the Farm to Fork Fondo-Vermont

PITTSFIELD–The inaugaural Farm to Fork Fondo-Vermont, a cycling ride, will be held July 12, at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, organizers recently announced. Over 500 participants are expected from throughout North America. The accessible community athletic event will highlight Vermont’s local agriculture and the symbiotic…

News Briefs
March 12, 2015

Fewer school budgets defeated at Town Meeting

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

Voters rejected just 20 school budgets on Town Meeting Day, about half the number that went down a year ago. All told, 37 school budgets were defeated in 2014.

Jeff Francis, executive director of the Vermont Superintendents…

Changing of the guard at Economic Development
State News
March 5, 2015

Changing of the guard at Economic Development

Governor Peter Shumlin announced Feb. 19 that Commissioner of Economic Development Lisa Gosselin will be leaving her post in April to take a job outside state government. She will be replaced by Joan Goldstein, who currently serves as executive director of the Green Mountain…

State News
March 5, 2015

DCF allocates additional funds to WARMTH programs

Commissioner Ken Schatz announced Feb. 26 that the Department for Children and Families (DCF) is providing $375,000 to the state’s five community action agencies to fund additional crisis fuel assistance grants through their WARMTH programs.

“When a family asks for crisis fuel assistance,…

State News
March 5, 2015

Home heating assistance among proposed cuts

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger.org

In the ups and downs of the proposed 2016 budget for the Agency of Human Services, there are a few big winners, and many small losers.

Under the proposal, the agency’s overall budget would be $3.8 billion, including…