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Large turnout for Hartland school budget info session

May 23, 2024
By Curt Peterson The May 21 Hartland school budget information session may be the best-attended school board gathering in recent history — an estimated 40 people attended in person at Damon Hall in Hartland, and another 41 tuned in online. Hartland voters had already approved the $11,040,567 budget 320-311 on April 2. But a petition…

Large turnout for Hartland school budget info session

May 23, 2024
By Curt Peterson The May 21 Hartland school budget information session may be the best-attended school board gathering in recent history — an estimated 40 people attended in person at Damon Hall in Hartland, and another 41 tuned in online. Hartland voters had already approved the $11,040,567 budget 320-311 on April 2. But a petition…

20 degrees above average: May temps soar

May 22, 2024
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
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…

Piper takes on 10 marathons in 10 days, for charity

May 22, 2024
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
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…

Stockbridge resident makes World MastersFly Fishing team

May 15, 2024
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…

Killington Cup to return in 2024 

May 15, 2024
Killington Resort is slated to kick off the 2024-25 Audi FIS Ski World Cup races in the U.S., hosting the Stifel Killington Cup for the eighth time over Thanksgiving weekend. Over 40,000 fans are expected to cheer on the fastest female ski racers in the world, including six-time Stifel Killington Cup Slalom champion and winningest…

Robert Hecker appointed to Killington Select Board

May 15, 2024
By Curt Peterson Robert Hecker has been appointed to take Steve Finneron’s seat on the Killington Select Board. The announcement came after an executive session Monday night May 13. The position lasts until next Town Meeting Day vote, when voters will choose the person to fulfill the remaining year of Finneron’s term.  Hecker was one…

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.…

Killington Resort announce hot summer events lineup

May 8, 2024
Killington Resort is charging into summer with a loaded events lineup including golf tournaments, mountain bike competitions, food celebrations, free concerts and more. “When the snow melts, we switch gears at The Beast and celebrate all the great things summer in Vermont has to offer,” said Mike Sutcliffe Killington Resort events manager. “We’ve got a…

Peavine Whitewater Race excites paddlers 

May 8, 2024
By Jerry LeBlond The Peavine Whitewater Race took place Saturday, May 4, on the White River. The annual downriver paddling event benefits the Ridgeline Outdoor Collective. Above: Justin Reich and Doug Pietrzak finished 18 overall in their tandem canoe. 

Volunteers green up two rivers

May 8, 2024
By Curt Peterson Jordan Dennis tosses plastic bale wraps into the dumpster.

Twice defeated: budgets in Rutland County school districts fail again

May 8, 2024
Staff report Last Tuesday, April 30, three of the four school budgets in Rutland County that failed on Town Meeting Day, failed again upon a revote. Voters in Rutland Town School District, Otter Valley Unified Union School District, and Barstow Unified Union School District again voted down school budgets. The fourth Rutland County district that…

Vermont among top in nation for preschool enrollment, quality

May 1, 2024
National report ranks Vermont second in the U.S. for 3-year-old education, sixth for 4-year-olds The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its annual State of Preschool report, which tracks preschool enrollment, funding, and quality across states. The 2023 State of Preschool Yearbook found that, in the 2022-2023 school year: Vermont served 71% of the state’s 3-year-olds…

After Vermont Senate rejects Zoie Saunders, Gov.Scott names her interim education secretary

May 1, 2024
By Ethan Weinstein/VTDigger After a lengthy and dramatic debate Tuesday morning, April 30, the Vermont Senate voted against the confirmation of Zoie Saunders as state education secretary — but the fight over her appointment appeared far from finished.  Saunders needed a majority of the 29-member Senate to approve her appointment, but 19 senators opposed it. Nine…

Killington Town offices plan move in June

May 1, 2024
Renovations scaled back due tobudget, timeline By Polly Mikula At town meeting day in 2023 voters approved $1.6 million to purchase and renovate the property at 2046 Route 4 to become the new Town Hall (the building that houses the Post Office.) Now, over a year later, that plan will begin to take shape, albeit…

Blasting to begin on Killington Road this week

May 1, 2024
Work to resume on East Mountain Road next week, delays expected Staff report With warmer weather in the forecast this week, Markowski Excavating, Inc. will continue excavation at the base of Killington Road up to Anthony Way. However, this week they’ll likely start blasting ledge that they encountered. “Last week, we received a couple loads…

Select Board to possess right of way off Killington Road by eminent domain

April 17, 2024
By Polly Mikula On Tuesday, April 16, the Killington Selectmen held a 20 minute meeting where they unanimously approved a motion to warn an eminent domain hearing May 20. The town was able to secure easements for the necessary reconstruction of Killington Road from its intersection with Route 4 to Anthony Way on the west…

Toasted Pecan restaurant closes after a year Clear River Tavern will be back May 31

April 17, 2024
By Katy Savage The Toasted Pecan restaurant in Pittsfield closed last month after just over a year since it opened. A March 27 post on the restaurant’s Facebook page announced it would close on March 30. “The why is difficult and we have struggled with what to say exactly — so we will leave it…