News Briefs

Clark to take the reins on AHS finances

Sarah Clark, deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Finance and Management, will take over as chief financial officer at the Agency of Human Services in 2015. Clark, who’s been in her current post for one year, will replace retiring CFO Jim Giffin. Her term at Finance and Management, where Clark reports to commissioner Jim […]

AG settles with board of Upper Valley nonprofit

The board of Emerge Family Advocates on Monday agreed to resign as part of a settlement with Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s office after it filed suit against the board for failing to keep watch over Emerge’s finances, Sorrell’s office said. The settlement also provides for a new board to be appointed as soon as possible […]

Lars Torres to leave Office of Creative Economy

Lars Torres will depart the state’s Office of the Creative Economy on Oct. 24. He’ll take over as executive director of Generator, a combination artist studio, classroom and business incubator in Burlington. Torres has led the Office of the Creative Economy since March 2013. Before taking the job, he opened Local 64, a coworking space […]

Teachers OK contract agreement in South Burlington

South Burlington teachers ratified a three-year contract with the school board Monday evening, according to a news release issued by the school board. Classes already had resumed Monday, following a four-day teachers’ strike, after union leaders and school board members reached a tentative contract agreement over the weekend. Members of the South Burlington Education Association […]

Voter registration deadline Wednesday, Oct. 29

The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 4 General Election is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Voters can register at town clerk’s offices or by mail. The Secretary of State’s website offers voter registration forms that can be mailed to local town clerks. Click here to download the voter registration form. For information about voter […]

South Burlington teachers to vote on contract

School was back in session in South Burlington on Monday, following four days of canceled classes due to a teachers’ strike in the district. On Saturday evening, mediator Joseph McNeil announced that after 29 hours of negotiating, the school board and the South Burlington Education Association had reached a tentative agreement. No details were disclosed, […]

Melee breaks out at Keene pumpkin fest

Local police, firefighters and ambulances in New Hampshire responded to large crowds of students as the annual Pumpkin Festival is underway near Keene State College Saturday, Oct. 18. Media report several people have been injured in an apparent Saturday afternoon melee. Photo by Seth Meyer

Keene police did not have a final count of arrests Sunday, but the department’s police log shows officers responded to 235 calls between 2:30 a.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m.

Morristown joins support of proposal to freeze state school tax rate

This article is by Lisa McCormack, of the Stowe Reporter, in which it was first published Oct. 16, 2014. Morristown is among a growing number of towns calling for a two-year freeze on the statewide school property tax rate. The Morristown Select Board voted unanimously Sept. 29 to support the resolution, written and passed by […]

Keurig Green Mountain cleared in federal probe

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., announced Friday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had closed a four-year investigation into the company’s bookkeeping. No charges were filed, and the Waterbury-based coffee and beverage company faces no enforcement actions. The firm had been under scrutiny for improper accounting and disclosures, after hedge fund manager David Einhorn publicly questioned […]

Vermont debate provides fodder for political humorists

Vermont’s colorful cast of gubernatorial candidates garnered attention from national media outlets and the late night talk shows this week. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart poked fun at Republican Scott Milne, who forgot momentarily that he was not born in Vermont. Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon suggested debate moderator Stewart Ledbetter would make a better […]

FairPoint workers to commence strike Friday

FairPoint Communications workers across Northern New England have called a strike, effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17. Workers are instructed to walk off their shifts promptly after midnight, but not a minute before. Picketing also will begin Friday at pre-determined sites. The Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical […]

Kranichfeld to return to Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office

Bram Kranichfeld will depart as executive director of the State’s Attorneys and Sheriff’s Association at the end of the year. Kranichfeld in January will return to the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office as chief administrative deputy, he said this week in an email to staff. Kranichfeld was a deputy prosecutor in Chittenden County for six […]

NG Advantage sells majority stake to California firm

  A California-based natural gas company has acquired a majority stake in NG Advantage, a Milton company that delivers compressed natural gas to commercial and industrial customers. Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of natural gas fuel for transportation, purchased a 50.1 percent share of NG Advantage on Wednesday. The company owns about 500 natural […]

Shumlin launches new campaign spot

Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday released his fourth television ad, this time highlighting the state’s response to opiate addiction. The 30-second spot features Raina Lowell, a former opiate addict who was featured in the documentary “The Hungry Heart,” about opiate addiction in Vermont. She calls Shumlin “caring and courageous” for approaching addiction as a health […]

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