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St. Johnsbury center buys property for new museum

Editor’s note: This article is by Taylor Reed of the Caledonian-Record, in which it was first published on Aug. 31, 2014. ST. JOHNSBURY — The St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center on Friday afternoon purchased a Victorian house on Summer Street for $185,000 in order to establish a new museum to display local artifacts. “We’re […]

Shumlin names Ramniceanu to lead pretrial services system

Annie Ramniceanu will oversee the state’s new pretrial services system to help people convicted of crimes access substance abuse and mental health services, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito announced Friday. Ramniceanu, who left Spectrum Youth and Family Services this year after 17 years, will develop and implement the state’s new program, crafted […]

Trucker charged after snarling traffic on Smugglers Notch Road

This time, the trucker is facing charges. Jacques Marchand, 64, of Dunham, Quebec, is the latest in a long line of truckers whose vehicles became stuck on narrow, twisting Vermont 108 through Smugglers Notch. Marchand has been charged with failure to obey a traffic-control device — the big signs warning large trucks not to try […]

Retired Vermont teachers now have fossil-free investment option

Vermont teachers now have the option to invest in a mutual fund that excludes fossil fuel companies. The state Teacher’s Retirement Board of Trustees recently approved the addition of a fossil fuel-free mutual fund investment option for its 403(b) plan, Treasurer Beth Pearce said in a news release. The board approved the addition of the […]

Vermont Law School to honor Cheryl Hanna on Sept. 4

SOUTH ROYALTON –– Vermont Law School will honor professor Cheryl Hanna with in on-campus remembrance ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4. The ceremony is open to all members of the Vermont Law School community and will be followed by a reception, a news release said. “For many of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, Cheryl […]

GMP’s 2.46 percent rate decrease approved

Green Mountain Power will reduce residential and commercial electricity prices by 2.46 percent starting Oct. 1. State regulators approved the rate decrease Monday. “Lowering electricity rates at a time when other costs continue to rise, is an important part of helping Vermont families and businesses,” GMP President and CEO Mary Powell said in a statement. […]

Randolph settles with state over sewage discharge

The state’s environmental enforcement agency and the town of Randolph reached a $56,350 settlement last week over the discharge of human waste and other sewage into the White River. Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division (CED) in 2012 responded to an anonymous complaint and found toilet paper, human waste and grease flowing from […]

Erenhouse, Morris, Fields, Corcoran win primaries in Bennington House races

Running in House District 2-1, for the Democrats, Timothy Corcoran II and Rachael Fields will be the party’s nominees with 812 and 340 votes respectively. They defeated Jackie Kelly, who had 222 votes.
Of the Democrats running for the nomination in District 2-2, Joann Erenhouse and Kiah Morris won, with 184 and 239 votes respectively. They defeated Jim Carroll, who got 164 votes, and Brandy Reynolds, who got 154 votes.

Feds to conduct environmental study of proposed underwater transmission line

The Department of Energy will prepare an environmental impact statement for a proposed power line that will pass under Lake Champlain to connect power supplies in Canada to the Coolidge substation in Ludlow. TDI New England is proposing the 154-mile transmission line. It estimates the line would deliver 1,000 megawatts of hydro and wind power […]

Vermont Right to Life endorses Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, declines to back a gubernatorial candidate

The Vermont Right to Life Political Committee released its endorsements for the primary election on Monday. The organization encourages its members to choose the Republican ballot. The committee chose not to recommend a candidate for governor. Three of the four candidates who are vying for the Republican nomination are pro-choice. The exception is Steve Berry, […]

Livingston announces write-in campaign for Bennington-4 House seat

Editor’s note: This article is by Anna Boarini, of the Manchester Journal, in which it was first published Aug. 25, 2014. MANCHESTER – There’s another candidate to consider for Tuesday’s primary election. Judy Livingston, a Republican and former representative for the Bennington-4 district, has launched a write-in campaign. Livingston, who served for seven terms in […]

Former FBI director injured in crash on Route 12 in Barnard

Louis Freeh, the former director of the FBI was injured in a crash in Vermont on Monday afternoon. Freeh was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., for treatment. USA Today reported that he was seriously injured. Freeh was FBI director from 1993 to 2001 during which time he investigated the crash of TWA […]

Vermont Gas to pay VELCO $450,000 to use its right-of-way

The state’s transmission utility has set a price for Vermont Gas to use its utility corridor as part of its natural gas pipeline extension through Addison County. Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark said Friday the company intends to pay $450,000 for about 51 acres within the utility corridor. The price includes access roads, he said. […]

VSEA names new legislative director

Ben Palkowski, new legislative director for the Vermont State Employees Association. Photo courtesy VSEA.

Former Democratic political operative Ben Palkowski has been named legislative director for the Vermont State Employees Association, according to a news release Monday afternoon. He replaces Steve Howard, who took over as the union’s executive director in June. Palkowski led the Vermont Democratic Party’s House campaign from 2007 to 2011, and worked in 2006 as […]

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