Pioneer in exposure of PFOA issues speaks in Bennington

Attorney Rob Bilott said steps taken by states like Vermont have created pressure on the federal government to enact tougher standards and regulation for the suspected carcinogen.

Don Keelan: An annual Bernie pilgrimage would benefit Vermont

Matt Harrington believes that we need to capitalize on the popularity of the Bernie Sanders brand that is established throughout America.

Solar developer appealing PSB decision on Bennington project to Supreme Court

(This story by Ed Damon was published in the Bennington Banner on May 16, 2017.) ENNINGTON — The developer behind a proposed solar facility that had a state permit and a series of motions denied by state utility regulators is appealing those decisions to the Vermont Supreme Court. The 2.0 megawatt Chelsea Solar project is […]

Compromise could allow six new TIF districts

As the Legislature debated lifting the cap on tax increment financing districts, the focus was on the effects on the education fund. The legislation includes a study of the impacts.

Toxins bill dies after opposition from industry

The legislation, developed in the wake of drinking water contamination in Bennington County, would have required new wells to be tested for certain contaminants

Bennington fined $15K for failure to maintain wastewater plant

(This story by Derek Carson was published in the Bennington Banner on May 9.) BENNINGTON — The state has fined the Town of Bennington $15,000 for failing to maintain its wastewater treatment plant. The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday that the “facility’s disrepair caused foul odors and several releases of partially treated wastewater into […]

Bennington Wastewater Treatment Facility in Disrepair, Fined $15K

News Release — Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation May 8, 2017 Contact: Randy J. Miller, II. 802.272.1744 Danika Frisbie Communications & Outreach Coordinator Agency of Natural Resources 802.622.4122 [email protected] Montpelier, Vt. – The Department of Environmental Conservation today announced the Town of Bennington is required to pay $15,000 for failing to maintain its wastewater treatment […]

Lawmakers to negotiate differences on TIF district expansion

Skeptics say the districts divert money away from education. Bills authorizing from two to a dozen new districts emerged from the House and Senate.

Presentation on Bennington’s redevelopment project packed

An overflow crowd turned out Thursday for a presentation on a $50 million redevelopment plan for downtown Bennington’s Putnam Block.

Sex assault conviction, sentence affirmed on appeal

Roberto Miranda argued that he hadn’t understood the plea agreement and the sentence was too harsh, but a Vermont Supreme Court panel disagreed.

Bennington Third in National Arts Vibrancy Index

BENNINGTON — Bennington boasts a vibrant community and that local color and character has been recognized for the second time by the National Center for Arts Research, ranking third in a national list of the top arts vibrant small communities. Three lists based on population are collected annually by the Center, with factors including supply, […]

Saint-Gobain agrees to fund work for PFOA-affected homeowners

The plastics company has agreed to reimburse the state for approximately $800,000 in design work to extend water lines to affected homeowners.

Bennington Free Clinic, other service programs to get new digs

The nonprofit’s programs “are very stressed for space” at the First Baptist Church complex on Main Street, says the executive director.

Vermont firm is low bidder for Bennington airport project

BENNINGTON — A Florence contractor is the low bidder for a major runway reconstruction project at William Morse State Airport in Bennington. According to figures provided by the project design firm, Passero Associates of Rochester, N.Y., Markowski Excavating Inc. submitted a low bid of $3.9 million. Other bidders included Casella Construction Inc., of Mendon, which […]