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Getting the most from Vermont’s hydro power

July 10, 2024
By Jonathan Dowds Editor’s note: Dowds is the deputy director of Renewable Energy Vermont. From 18th-century mills to current hydroelectric facilities, hydropower has been a valuable resource throughout Vermont’s history. Today, hydro is an important source of carbon-free electricity, accounting for nearly 50% of the power that we generate in our state. Hydropower has less…

New plants available at Spring Plant Sale at Woodstock Union HS/MS Greenhouse

May 1, 2024
May 1-31—WOODSTOCK—The spring plant sale at the Woodstock Union HS/MS, 100 Amsden Way, Woodstock Greenhouse, will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on school days, with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Changes this year include sourcing all plants from a neonicotinoid-free nursery and featuring many native plants available this spring,…

Study: Vermont’s cigarette use has declined

April 10, 2024
Rates of vaping and use of flavored products by increased  Newly released data from the Dept. of Health on March 26 show that cigarette use among adult Vermonters is decreasing, but the number of adults who use e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, continues to rise. The 2022 Adult Tobacco Survey found that nearly one-quarter of…

Billings Farm & Museum Hosts 2024 Barn Quilt Exhibition: A Celebration of Rural Artistry

April 3, 2024
WOODSTOCK—Billings Farm & Museum is bringing the rural artistry of barn quilts to our scenic site for the 2024 Barn Quilt Exhibition from April 4 – December 1.  Barn quilting recreates the concept of quilt squares on durable mediums such as plywood. These squares, starting at 4 feet by 4 feet and up, feature striking…

The eclipses through Indigenous lenses

April 3, 2024
Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m.—BRANDON— Peggie “White Buffalo Moon” Rozell will speak about how Indigenous people have thought about eclipses at The Brandon Inn, 20 Park St., at 2 p.m. Sunday. Rozell is a member of the Abenaki and Cherokee people but will also talk about how Navajo, Iroquois and Mohawk people have considered…

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Love Your Peaks: Join Killington Resort in supporting breast cancer prevention with B4BC

March 27, 2024
  Saturday, March 30 at 9 a.m.—KILLINGTON—Killington Resort is excited to host Love Your Peaks, a breast cancer prevention event series & fundraising campaign organized by Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC). Love Your Peaks is a fundraising campaign in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention at resorts nationwide. Participants can head to Killington this…

150 students activate HOPE with Sweethearts & Heroes

March 27, 2024
Courtesy of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Teammates Tom Murphy and Sgt. Rick Yarosh smile with Levi Machia, a 6th-grader at The Neshobe School in Brandon. RNESU hosted the anti-bullying and suicide prevention program, March 18 An amazing duo of superheroes without capes came to Brandon to show middle school students how they can spread…


March 27, 2024
While our grandsons call me “Gramp,” my fellow House Appropriations Committee members were probably thinking “Grump” as a more fitting name for me by the time Friday evening came along. That it was a long week would be an understatement. As the committee clerk, one of my tasks is to record votes, draft and write…

Vermont House passes modernized renewable energy standard

March 27, 2024
Last Thursday, March 21, the Vermont House of Representatives passed H.289, to modernize Vermont’s renewable energy standard by a 99-39-11 vote. The bill would put Vermont on track to achieve 100% renewable electricity across all the state’s utilities by 2035, which would make Vermont only the second state to meet that critical benchmark, and would significantly…

Green Drinks: Home elctrification workshop held on Saturday

March 20, 2024
Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m.—WOODSTOCK—Norman Williams Public Library will host a workshop exploring home electrification. Topics will include a discussion on how electrifying your home is better for your finances well as the environment,  areas of the home that can be electrified,  what can be gained through electrifying the home, and more. The workshop…

University of Vermont announces new logo, branding

March 6, 2024
By Ethan Weinstein/VTDigger Courtesy UVM The new logo (above) will replace the steeple logo from the ‘90s. “Going forward, UVM will unify its brand message under a refined V logomark outlined by a shield,” wrote the University of Vermont’s strategic communications division. Image courtesy University of Vermont The University of Vermont will abandon its iconic Old…

Nikki Haley wins Vermont, the first state to spurn Trump in primaries

March 6, 2024
By Glenn Russell/VTDigger Above: Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley spoke in South Burlington on March 3.   By Emma Cotton and Paul Heintz/VTDigger Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley won her first state in the Republican presidential primary on Tuesday — and it happened in Vermont.  Haley defeated former President Donald Trump by the slimmest of…

The Movie Diary: Get up, stand up!

February 29, 2024
 A few weeks ago, the U.S. State Department issued a level 3 travel advisory for Jamaica due to crime and lack of medical services. A level 3 travel advisory is classified as “Reconsider travel.” The only level worse is a level 4 advisory, which means, “Do not travel to this location.” It was further noted…

A reality check

February 21, 2024
During House discussion of H.850 last week, which removes the controversial 5% cap on the equalized homestead rates for education, the chair of the House Ways & Means Committee repeated the obvious: Spending increases generally cause tax increases. And that is the predicament that K-12 education budgets are in right now. If there were minor…

Weekly Horoscope

February 15, 2024
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“UPDATE” — Changes to Winterfest Snow Carving Contest– Ice Sculpting and Chili Cook-Off

February 15, 2024
RUTLAND—Due to the mild weather impacting the region, Rutland Winterfest organizers regret to announce a change to another Winterfest activity, the Snow Carving Competition scheduled for Feb. 17 at Main St. Park.   However, longtime Winterfest Planner and Snow Carving Event Coordinator Russ Marsan has found a solution so that there can still be some beautiful…

Sherburne Memorial Library celebrates history of volunteer fire department

February 7, 2024
Firehouse sign, crafted by Killington founder Preston Smith, is on display along with video about its making By Karen D. Lorentz Saturday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. —KILLINGTON— While change often brings major improvements, it sometimes comes at the expense of losing a connection with the past and/or a sense of community.  That’s not the…

The Movie Diary: The gift that keeps on giving

January 31, 2024
For the first 10 years of my marriage, my mother-in-law gave me pajama pants for Christmas. She was a self-avowed horrible gift-giver and upon gracing me with the sleepwear, would announce, “Yeah, it’s another pair of pajamas. Just switch them out and keep quiet.” The pajama pants were generally good quality, usually flannel, with some…

Chaffee mansion to receive $20K historic grant

January 31, 2024
Courtesy Chaffee Center for the Arts George Thrall Chaffee built the now historic mansion in 1895.    Governor Phil Scott, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation (VDHP) and the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently announced grants totaling $319,090 to 19 municipalities and non-profit organizations in six counties to facilitate the restoration and rehabilitation of Vermont landmarks and…

David Francis Minard, 78

January 24, 2024
Submitted David Francis Minard   Nov. 9, 1945-Jan. 7, 2024 In the quiet early morning of Jan. 7, 2024 our father passed peacefully, on the knoll with family by his side. He was born on Nov. 9, 1945.  As daylight approached a cardinal pair were fluttering in his picture window to take him on his…