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Amy Spears from Killington has been named the president of the Vt Chamber of Commerce.

Killington’s Amy Spear named president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce

June 7, 2024
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced June 6 that Amy Spear will be the incoming president of the organization. Spear was selected from a robust pool of applicants following a six-month search committee process that leveraged the expertise of Burlington-based Hawley Consulting Services. The committee’s recommendation was ratified by the full board…

Yale student wrote her thesis on Vermont’s school mergers, found they don’t save much

June 12, 2024
By Ethan Weinstein/VTDigger While studying economics and education at Yale University, Grace Miller found a surprise topic on the agenda: Vermont’s one-of-a-kind school funding formula.  The 22-year-old from Newport and her classmates learned about the Brigham decision, a 1997 Vermont Supreme Court case that found the state’s education finance system was unconstitutional.  In response to the case, the…

Killington road work extends into Saturday morning

June 12, 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.  As the project approaches the scheduled end date of July 8, work to haul out rock will occur on Saturdays till about noon time going forward, Markowski Excavating,…

Hartland board to propose new vendors’ ordinance

June 12, 2024
By Curt Peterson The Hartland Select Board refined a proposed new Vendors’ Ordinance to replace the original that’s been in effect since 1996. According to Town Manager John Broker-Campbell, “There are minor changes which will hopefully help to clear up any confusion or ambiguity on the applicability of the ordinance.”   The Select Board will next…

Building a stronger Killington-Rutland community:Essential nonprofits tackle tough issues

June 12, 2024
Vermont’s vibrant spirit thrives on a network of over 7,000 nonprofits; some 1,500 of them in the Killington-Rutland region alone. Considering that number, it’s not surprising that some of these organizations prompt the question: “Why does that nonprofit exist?” Yet, the ones that tackle tough issues and enrich lives spark admiring comments, like “Imagine how…

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Killington’s Amy Spear named president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce

June 7, 2024
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced June 6 that Amy Spear will be the incoming president of the organization. Spear was selected from a robust pool of applicants following a six-month search committee process that leveraged the expertise of Burlington-based Hawley Consulting Services. The committee’s recommendation was ratified by the full board…

Come Alive Outside’s new board members bring passion, experience

June 5, 2024
Come Alive Outside announced the inclusion of two new members to its board: Barbara Spaulding and Dean Rinaldo, in a news release Monday, June 3. Barbara “Barbie” Spaulding is a well-known Rutland resident who produces the popular Bellevue Avenue Haunted House. She began the haunted house 21 years ago and has also published a children’s…

The Vermont Donor Milk Center opens new freezer site in Mendon

June 5, 2024
The Vermont Donor Milk Center (VDMC) has announce the opening of a new freezer site at 123 S. Mendon Road in Mendon. This expansion aims to increase the availability of pasteurized donor human milk to families in Vermont and northern New York. Since its inception in 2020, the VDMC has been dedicated to providing life-saving…

Public comment sought on long-range management plan for Blueberry Hill and Birdseye Wildlife Management Areas

June 5, 2024
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) will host an informational meeting open to the public on Wednesday, June 12, to present a draft long-range management plan (LRMP) for the Castleton Management Unit (CMU) plan for Blueberry Hill and Birdseye Wildlife Management Areas that will guide the management of these lands for the next 20…

Rutland mental health service providers accused of defrauding Vermont Medicaid

June 5, 2024
The Attorney General’s Office announced June 3 that it has filed civil enforcement actions against two Vermont Medicaid providers for fraud. The lawsuits, currently pending in Vermont Superior Court, were investigated and brought by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit (MFRAU) and allege separate violations of the Vermont False Claims Act. Locally,…

East Mountain Road work wraps up

June 5, 2024
Mosher Excavating has resumed their work on East Mountain Road for flood recovery repairs from the intersection with Route 4 (Skyeship) to Bear Mountain Road.   That section of East Mountain Road has been closed from 7 a.m. until the afternoon since May 13 and will remained closed during that time until Friday, June 7. …

Killington Road reconstruction update: what to expect this week

June 5, 2024
Expect drilling and blasting this entire week at intersection of Route 4 and Killington Road in Killington. A detour remains in place via West Hill Road. There will be one blast daily between 11 a.m. and 12 noon (if unforeseen delays it could be as late as 1 p.m.). “A second drill rig will arrive this…

Hartland school budget Q&A

June 5, 2024
The Hartland school budget re-vote will take place on June 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Damon Hall. Voting early: Once the ballots are ready you can vote in person at Damon Hall and give the ballot to the Town Clerk, even if it is before voting day. Ballots are expected to arrive on…

Hartland school budget fails, board regroups

June 5, 2024
The first vote passed by 9 votesbut was petitioned,the second vote failed by 14 By Curt Peterson The Hartland school budget revote on May 28 failed by 14 votes – 537 to 551. Two days later the School Board held an emergency meeting to strategize its next move. Chair Nicki Buck explained the board can…

Rutland Town passes school budget, Slate Valley fails again

June 5, 2024
Barstow, Otter Valley prepare for third budget votes June 11 and 12 Staff report On Thursday, May 30, two Rutland County school budgets were up for revotes. Only one passed. On its third attempt, Rutland Town School District’s $10.57 million budget passed 477-288. On its fourth attempt, Slate Valley Unified Union’s $30.8 million budget failed…

Buss steps down from House rep, Kimbell steps up 

June 5, 2024
By Katy Savage After serving just one term, Rep. Tesha Buss, D-West Woodstock, is stepping down. Buss, 50, won’t be seeking reelection in November to spend more time with her family and focus on her daughter’s gymnastics career. Her daughter, Izabella Skuro, 10, recently won the state championship in Xcel Bronze.   “She won the…

New options presented for the reconstruction of Woodstock MS/HS

June 5, 2024
By Curt Peterson and Polly Mikula About 70 people attended the Mountain Views Supervisory Union (MVSU) school board meeting Monday, June 3, to hear a presentation by Marty Spaulding and Paul Stafford of PCI Capital Project Consulting, and Kurt Naser of PC Construction, on three options for fixing the 50-year-old middle/high school facilities in Woodstock.…

Celebrating Frank Pauzé: his mentorship, lessons live on

June 5, 2024
By Victoria Gaither Renowned for its world-class skiing, Killington also boasts a reputation for producing exceptional students through Vermont State University’s Resort and Hospitality Management Program at Killington. The man who led that charge, producing many students who are now managers in the ski industry and general managers of the hospitality industry is retiring. Family,…

New donut shop opening in Ludlow

June 5, 2024
The grand opening of New England Cider Donuts at 29 Main St. in Ludlow was recently celebrated with a ribbon cutting. The new shop will offer local coffee, breakfast sandwiches, assorted baked goods, in addition to delicious cider and specialty donuts. In the summer months it’ll also offer extravagant ice cream sundaes. 

After 36 years Killington road foreman steps down; highway department signs petition to unionize 

May 29, 2024
By Polly Mikula Ricky Bowen, foreman for the town of Killington highways and facilities, stepped away from that post on May 15 after 36 years of service.  “The town will not publicly comment further because of respect for the process and because this is a personnel matter,” wrote Town Manager Michael Ramsey. “However, during the…