Jim Therrien

Jim Therrien

Jim Therrien is reporting on Bennington County for VTDigger and the Bennington Banner. He was the managing editor of the Banner from 2006 to 2012. Therrien most recently served as a city hall reporter with The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Email: jtherrien@vtdigger.org

Twitter: @BB_therrien

    Developers step up promotion of downtown Bennington project

    A presentation to the public and potential business investors is planned in May as the purchase of six buildings for the Putnam Block project moves toward a closing.

    Developer of Manchester hotel faces fraud charges in Florida

    The indictment does not suggest any links to development of the local hotel. The scheme allegedly involved fooling a lender into thinking there were buyers for condos being built in Florida.

    Promising site found for replacement of PFOA-tainted well

    Officials say it appears to be far enough from known contamination and is in an area where other wells yield sufficient water.

    Sanders supports Trump plan to fund VA system

    While Sanders has been highly critical of the president’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Veterans Administration care system would get more funding under Trump’s budget.

    Complaint alleges health hazards at Pownal town offices

    The unidentified complainant alleges “mold throughout building and mildew under the building,” according to VOSHA. The state is asking the town to investigate.

    Recount affirms Pownal Selectboard result

    POWNAL — A hand recount Wednesday affirmed the Town Meeting Day victory of veteran Selectboard member Nelson Brownell for another term. The recount was requested by challenger Michael George, who was eight votes behind after the initial count March 7 — 259 to 251. Assistant Town Clerk Julie Weber said the totals after the second […]

    Three Pownal sites in running to replace tainted water source

    As officials prepare to tour the sites Thursday, one person questioned whether a new well would provide the same capacity as the one contaminated with PFOA.

    Bennington election sweep boosts momentum for Act 46 talks

    Three candidates who have said they’re open to or support the concept of a regional school district were elected in place of three skeptics or outright opponents.

    Mass.-based YMCA to provide summer programs in Bennington

    The preliminary agreement calls for the YMCA to run summer camps and operate the Recreation Center pool.

    Select Board race recount set in Pownal

    POWNAL — A recount has been scheduled for Tuesday in the Pownal Select Board contest that saw veteran board member Nelson Brownell narrowly elected to another term by 8 votes. Assistant Town Clerk Julie Weber said the recount was requested by candidate Michael George, a former board member who received 251 votes in the annual […]

    Bennington residents say Scott administration is slow to release PFOA updates

    House Speaker Mitzi Johnson heard concerns that the Scott administration does not seem as committed as the former Shumlin administration to resolving the problem.

    Butler pleads not guilty in Arlington murder case

    Timothy Butler, 31, had worked for Helen Jones. Butler confessed to a friend that he had killed the 81-year-old woman who lived alone in Arlington.

    Bennington voters unseat school and select board incumbents

    Newcomers take all four seats on the school board and both on the Selectboard that were up for a vote. Voters also approved a $207,459 appropriation for the rescue squad, funding the nonprofit for the first time.

    Northshire school district merger overwhelmingly approved

    The merger passed in every town by at least a 2-to-1 margin, according to an official. It will combine districts in nine towns into one, with about 1,700 students.