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State psychiatric hospital has difficulty hiring nurses

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger
The state psychiatric hospital’s patients are the most complex and highly acute psychiatric cases in the state, and the hospital is ramping up occupancy in a “clinically sound” manner, CEO Jeff Rothenberg said.


Margolis: Measuring Vermont’s schools on a variety of standards

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By any calculation, Vermont spends a lot on public schools, and by the most common approach to assessing school quality, it gets what it pays for.


Bennington Select Board working to name Welcome Center after Jeffords

The Bennington Welcome Center. Photo by Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner/
The late senator was instrumental in getting federal funding for the Bennington Bypass and the Welcome Center itself


Bennington Museum widens scope, adds taste of Vermont modernism

The Bennington Museum's director since 2012, Robert Wolterstorff, is exploring new ways to show and grow the museum's collection. Photo courtesy Bennington Museum
Robert Wolterstorff, who was hired as the museum’s new director in 2012, was seeking a new challenge, and Vermont seemed the perfect place to realize it.


State’s housing market lags

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Vermont is the only state in the nation in which housing prices declined in the last year.


In This State: Vermont’s traditional swimming holes endangered

Liz Slayton of Montpelier, wife of the writer of this column, cools off on a hot day at the bank of Journey's End swimming hole in Johnson, which features 100 yards of waterfalls, pools and clear, cold water. Photo by Tom Slayton
The Vermont River Conservancy has a plan, and a bold one: to conserve for public use a swimming hole in every town in Vermont.


Margolis: Cutting teachers is quickest way to reduce school costs

First grade teacher Emily Wrigley works with students at Union Elementary in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger
There are only two ways to hold down school spending, and by all indications, most Vermonters don’t want to do either one.


Bed and breakfasts give way to Airbnb in Vermont

Sharon Myers says of Airbnb’ers staying at her home: “They want some kind of connection with real Vermonters.”
These days, the Internet hotel service Airbnb is deregulating the traditional B&B experience and perhaps ushering in a new era of Green Mountain hospitality.


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VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

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Rob Roper: Vermonters support right to work — for good reasons

Over 85 percent of Vermonters agree that employees should have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union.

Elizabeth Macalaster: The passenger pigeon in the Connecticut River Valley

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who died at the Cincinnati Zoo on Sept. 1, 1914, at 1 p.m.

Telly Halkias: Citizen blogs – a chasm of standards

While some have anointed the casual blogger a citizen journalist, there still remains a chasm of standards between the two, most notably in the framework and the rigor with which…

Quote of the Day

“Many of them (elitist wealthy people) haven’t a clue what it is like to want to save money on gas and toilet paper or soap and moved here from San Francisco or Marin County or New Jersey and within a couple of years want their new town to look like a postcard when local working folks are just trying to save a buck. They don’t want any of those poor working folks who need to save money coming into their village centers. Maybe Bread and Puppet could occasionally satirize those folks.” — Alan Biederman, an attorney for Dollar General

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