• 20 degrees above average: May temps soar

    May 22, 2024 ⦁ by Pat Wise in Featured
    By Erin Petenko/VTDigger Vermont is forecast to hit temperatures in the upper 80s Tuesday and Wednesday, far above normal for this time of year, the Vermont branch of the National Weather Service reported on Monday, May 20. Parts of the state, particularly the Champlain Valley down to Rutland in the west and the Connecticut River Valley regions to…
  • Gov. Scott vetoes bill that would’ve restricted bee-killing pesticide

    May 22, 2024 ⦁ by Pat Wise in Featured, State News
    Staff report On Monday, May 20, World Bee Day, Gov. Phil Scott vetoed legislation meant to protect bees and other pollinators from a widely-used neuorotoxic pesticide. The bill (H.706) would  eliminate most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) in Vermont, which have been associated with alarming losses of managed and wild bee populations. Neonic insecticides are used on…
  • Submitted—Chip Piper, 55, is running 10 marathons in 10 days this week, finishing Saturday, May 25.

    Piper takes on 10 marathons in 10 days, for charity

    May 22, 2024 ⦁ by Pat Wise in Featured, Sports
    By John Flowers Salisbury’s Chip Piper will have run more during the next 10 days than most of us will run in a year. And he’ll be doing it for an important cause. Piper on Thursday, May 16, began running the first of 10 consecutive marathons in 10 days — a staggering 262 miles —…
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    Slate Valley school district to hold fourth vote on district budget

    May 22, 2024 ⦁ by Pat Wise in Featured, Local News
    In response to the results of the last vote on May 9, and valuable community feedback during the school board meeting on May 13, the Slate Valley Unified Union School District will hold its fourth vote in an attempt to pass the budget on May 30. It will be a revote on the third FY25…
  • Courtesy FB—Matt Stedina holds a large brown trout he caught in a favorite local river.

    Stockbridge resident makes World MastersFly Fishing team

    May 15, 2024 ⦁ by Polly in Featured, Sports
    U.S. team of five will compete in the Czech Republic May 19-24 By Katy Savage A Stockbridge resident is casting up to test his fishing skills at the 2024 World Masters Fly Fishing Championships. Matt Stedina is one of five people who made the U.S. team. He’s currently in the Czech Republic preparing for the…

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Slate Valley school district to hold fourth vote on district budget

May 22, 2024
In response to the results of the last vote on May 9, and valuable community feedback during the school board meeting on May 13, the Slate Valley Unified Union School District will hold its fourth vote in an attempt to pass the budget on May 30. It will be a revote on the third FY25…

Where is the road construction this week? 

May 22, 2024
The Agency of Transportation produces this weekly report of planned construction activities that will impact traffic on state highways and interstates throughout Vermont. Hartford: Monday, May 20, through Friday, May 24, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., multiple concrete mixers will be moving in and out of the project area at either end of the…

Superstar’s iconic spring skiing:a party, a community, a family, a pilgrimage

May 22, 2024
By Victoria Gaither For spring skiers, Killington’s Superstar is like honey to bees. Skiers come from all over to bump that one strip of trail that starts in November and ends in late May or June 1, when possible. A gathering of personalities hanging out at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar, many occasionally popping up…

Killington Road reconstruction: what to expect this week

May 22, 2024
Drilling and blasting will continue this week at the intersection of Route 4 and Killington Road in Killington. A detour remains in place via West Hill Road. Monday, May 20, there was a brief break in the blasting, but Tuesday onward will see one blast per day between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1…

Killington Street Hockey action heats up

May 22, 2024
In Week 3 of the Killington Street Hockey League season, May 6, the Superstars schussed the Comets with a big third period comeback led by Ziva and Kelvin Fisko. They netted some late game goals to put the Superstars over the Comets. Ben Reed and Preston Bigelow played tough for the Comets, both notching some…
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A public education Vermonters support and value

May 22, 2024
By Margaret MacLean Editor’s note: Margaret MacLean, from Peacham, has been an educator for 50 years, working as a teacher, school principal and consultant both in Vermont, the U.S. and internationally. Over the past 14 years Vermont has enacted three sweeping school district consolidation laws. The overarching goals of Act 153, Act 156, and Act…

Vermont’s lost submarine memorial

May 22, 2024
Dear Editor, At the Veteran Administration (VA) in White River Jct, VT, there is a distinct memorial dedicated to the Submarine USS Flier (SS 250) lost during World War II.  Ever mindful of our lost shipmates, friends and family that have served in the submarine service of our country, the U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI)…

H.121 poses significant risk to Vermont’s business community

May 22, 2024
Dear Editor, As the CEO of the Vermont Country Store (VCS), I strongly support consumer privacy as does the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and many peer companies in the state. I wholeheartedly endorse the Connecticut law that was the foundation of H.121. However, as passed it is my hope that Governor Scott will veto H.121.…

Vermont’s outsize appetite for taxes

May 22, 2024
Dear Editor, Most Vermont taxpayers have just experienced a period of tax focus, specifically property taxes to support our public schools. Some communities are still going through the valuable public debate about property taxes and, more generally, the overall tax burden and trying to evaluate that relative to what we receive for our tax dollars.…

Please vote ‘yes’ for the Slate Valley budget

May 22, 2024
Dear Editor, On May 30, voters will be asked to go to the polls for the fourth time to approve the 2024-2025 Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD) budget of $30,810,135. This budget is unchanged since the last budget vote. We are maintaining the same spending figure because we believe that this is the…
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Gov. Scott vetoes bill that would’ve restricted bee-killing pesticide

May 22, 2024
Staff report On Monday, May 20, World Bee Day, Gov. Phil Scott vetoed legislation meant to protect bees and other pollinators from a widely-used neuorotoxic pesticide. The bill (H.706) would  eliminate most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) in Vermont, which have been associated with alarming losses of managed and wild bee populations. Neonic insecticides are used on…

Health premium increases of 16%-19% projected for 2025

May 22, 2024
Vermonters are again facing steep upward premium growth for 2025 due to the cumulative impact of hospital costs, drug prices and state health care policy choices. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont projects that these trends will continue and will require rate increases of 16.3% for individual health plans and 19.1% for the small group…

Sanders: weight loss drugs could bankrupt U.S. health care

May 22, 2024
As part of his investigation into the outrageously high price of Ozempic and Wegovy in the U.S., U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a stunning new report May 15 exposing the potential of weight loss drugs to bankrupt American health care. In the report, HELP…

The future of fertilizer? Pee, says this Brattleboro institute

May 22, 2024
By Kate Kampner, Community News Service Editor’s note: The Community News Service is a program in which University of Vermont students work with professional editors to provide content for local news outlets at no cost. When Peter Stickney walks along his cow paddocks in the morning, he notes the scattered patches of greener grass across the…

Vermont Legislature adjourns after a contentious 2024 session

May 15, 2024
Session was shaped by debates over property taxes, housing shortages, flood recovery and public safety By Sarah Mearhoff and Shaun Robinson/VTDigger After a tumultuous day of dealmaking on housing, land use and property tax measures, the Vermont Legislature adjourned its 2024 session in the early hours of Saturday morning, May 11. The Senate gaveled out at 1:18 a.m.…
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RHS art exhibition: A showcase of talent

May 22, 2024
May 27-June 7—RUTLAND—The creative works of Rutland High School artists will be in display at the RHS Art Exhibition at The Hub Coworks, 67 Merchants Row, Rutland. The exhibition, titled; "Connected Evolution, Rutland  High School AP Drawing," will be open daily from May 27-June 7 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., this exhibition offers an…

Creative Tweens Showcase Sustainable Fashion at’Reuse Runway’ Show

May 22, 2024
Wednesday, May 29 at 4:45 p.m.—WHITE RIVER JUNCTION­—Creative tweens from rePlay Arts and JAM – Junction Arts & Media’s after-school programs are joining forces to present “Reuse Runway,” a fashion show in the JAM space at 5 S. Main St., 1st floor, White River Junction. rePlay’s students will strut the red carpet in their own…

Vermont State Historic Sites Opening May 24 for 2024 Season

May 22, 2024
Friday, May 24—The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation announces the opening of the State Historic Sites for the 2024 season beginning  on Friday, May 24, at Bennington Battle Monument, Chimney Point, Hubbardton Battlefield, Mount Independence, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, President Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site, and the Senator Justin Morrill State Historic…

Smash it up

May 22, 2024
The 2024 Vermont State Championship Demolition Derby Saturday, May 25, 3 p.m.—RUTLAND—The 2024 Vermont State Championship Demolition Derby will take place at 3 p.m. at the Vermont State Fairgrounds, 175 So. Main St., Rutland. This event will feature the 2023 feature winners from around the state competing for the 2024 State Championship. Tickets are available…

Discover local artistry at Open Studio Weekend

May 22, 2024
Saturday, May 25-Sunday,26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.—STATEWIDE—Artists all over the state open their work spaces to share their talents, tools, and inspirations. Whether in small towns or at the ends of back roads, studios are interesting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process used to design and produce a finished work…
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