First ‘climate economy’ town zeroes in on priorities

POWNAL — More than 100 residents turned out for the launch of Empower Pownal, the state’s first initiative under the Climate Economy Model Communities Program. “We bring a disciplined process that starts with listening, and that’s what we’re here for today,” said Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development. The organization […]

Bennington businesses asked to help sell special tax district

A Burlington consulting firm is telling officials and residents in town that they need to move quickly and build support in the community.

Telemedicine expanding through Bennington health system

Technology allows the hospital to link to a larger teaching institution, and both say they’re seeing the benefits.

DPS criticizes noise monitoring plan for wind project

Among other things, the Department of Public Service wants the state, not the developer, to choose the contractor that will measure compliance with noise limits.

PSB rejects call for Deerfield Wind project halt

The developer says it will now comply with DMV registration for construction vehicles traveling on the road. But the board said registration doesn’t qualify as a “necessary permit.”

Bennington eager to take advantage of development tool

Officials are hoping to jump to the head of the line of towns seeking approval for special tax districts designed to spur private investment.

Judge refuses to overturn conviction in sex assault case

A Bennington man convicted of assaulting a 12-year-old girl argues that he had inadequate legal representation during his trial. He is serving a sentence of 25 years to life.

Grisham tour of ‘great bookstores’ comes to Manchester

“You know, we will always have print books, because we all love them,” Grisham said. “And we are always going to have bookstores, because a lot of people enjoy the experience of going to a bookstore.”

Stamford eyes in interstate school district with Massachusetts town

After overwhelmingly rejecting a merger with Readsboro and Halifax, the town is investigating affiliating with a school across the border in Massachusetts. However, that would require approval from both the Vermont and Massachusetts legislatures and the U.S. Congress.

Hospital, mental health agency team up to enhance care

“There is a sign in the hallway that medicine is a team sport,” says Alya Reeve, an advance practice registered nurse with United Counseling Service in Bennington County.

Douglas decries drift toward partisanship

Citing a few of the Trump administration’s policy decisions, the former governor suggested in his trademark low-key style that perhaps this was not the way to forge bipartisan agreements.

Opponents of assisted living project drop court fight over permit

“We were stunned. I thought we were in this for the long haul,” Mary Norman, one of the partners planning the facility, said of the appeal. They hope to open by Aug. 1.

Scott signs PFOA legislation in Bennington

The Scott administration will fund construction of town water line extensions if no settlement with the company can be reached and to seek to recoup the costs in court.

Three more solar arrays going up in Bennington area

Net-metering credits are expected to save $25,000 to $30,000 a year for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the town. A third project is to benefit Mount Snow resort.