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Scott calls for 'common ground' approach

MONTPELIER — It was not the usual mandate from a governor at an inaugural. On Thursday, Phil Scott, the re-elected Republican incumbent, called on lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Legislature to find common ground with him in seeking out answers to the challenges the state is facing and to inspi


Police: Additional steps should have been taken amid kidnapping investigation

WATERBURY, Vt. — Vermont State Police said late Tuesday night that the agency should have taken additional steps when it came to the investigation of Everett Simpson. Simpson, 41, of St. Johnsbury, is accused of forcing a woman and her child into a car in New Hampshire on Saturday, and driving them


Scott Skinner: A Parting Glass

Scott Skinner of Middlesex, a partner in the Montpelier law firm Biggam Fox Skinner and a former director of the ACLU of Vermont and the Vermont Public Research Interest Group, died December 15 at age 76. He is remembered here by his friend David Kelley.


Roundup: Williamstown tops Woodstock

WOODSTOCK — Tyler Orton scored 29 points for the Williamstown boys basketball team Thursday and three teammates also reached double-figures during a 76-46 victory over Woodstock.


Lankum Brings Irish Folk with a Bite to The Barre Opera House

“What will we do when we have no money?” asks the opening track of Lankum’s 2017 breakthrough album, Between the Earth and Sky—called “brilliant, raw, detonating folk” by The Guardian newspaper. The question sets the edge for the collection of tracks that tells tales of poverty and pain, fight fasci


Employees at sex assault crisis center resign

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Employees at a sex assault crisis center in Chittenden County have officially resigned. We told you last month that employees at HOPE Works stopped showing up to work, alleging the executive director and board of directors were ill-equipped to carry out the mission of the orga


North Country Animal League to host Menagerie fundraiser

NCAL’s Annual Menagerie Fundraiser Goes Hawaiian. Morrisville, VT: North Country Animal League presents Menagerie Goes Hawaiian, on Saturday February 2nd, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Stoweflake Resort on the Mountain Road in Stowe. Tickets available now. The event has sold out in previous years.


Stratton skiers sweep freestyle sprints

CRAFTSBURY — Ben Saxton and Julia Kern gave the Stratton Mountain School T2 Team two more deposits of gold Tuesday. Saxton claimed his second sprint title in six days at the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships, edging runner-up Logan Hanneman at the finish line during the 1.5-kilometer freestyle ra


Barre Town burglar admits to another burglary

BARRE — A Barre Town man with a history of breaking into places has admitted to breaking into another. John W. Jarvis, 39, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a felony count of burglary. Jarvis has agreed to a sentence of 30 months to 20 years to serve. He will be


Vermont governor plans incremental health insurance reform

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Republican Gov. Phil Scott wants to make health insurance more affordable for young people, but he’s not planning a major overhaul after the state’s failed attempt to create a single-payer system.


Governor hints at policy proposals in inaugural

MONTPELIER – Speaking Thursday afternoon in his second inaugural address to the Vermont Legislature, Gov. Phil Scott championed collaboration and respect in Vermont politics while hinting at policy goals for the upcoming biennium.


Berlin Mall to host mall walk

Berlin Mall and Green Mountain Club Combine To Host Third Consecutive. In 2018, 949 registered mall walkers logged 20,260 miles, raising $10,000 for the Green Mountain Club. The Berlin Mall is pleased that the Green Mountain Club will be joining us once again in hosting “Walk the Long Trail at Berli



The former home of Beau Butchery on Barre Street has found a new tenant and is now open for lunch. Helmed by Kismet owner Crystal Maderia, “Kizy” echoes the cuisine of its big sister on State Street, serving a gourmet menu of pesto-rye tartines with avocado or cheese, grain bowls, kale salads, broth


CVU dominates courts; ski racers hit the trails

CVU 49, St. Johnsbury 40. Champlain Valley Union got a measure of payback for last year’s Division I title game loss, beating St. Johnsbury 49-40 on Tuesday night. Makenna Boyd paced the RedHawks with an 18-point effort on the road. Catherine Gilwee added 11 points and Julia Blanck was strong with s


Central Vermont agencies taking proactive approach to addicts in crisis

BARRE, Vt. (WCAX) What would happen, if you asked for help at a Vermont police station? In Washington County an addiction program that has been ongoing since 2016 aims to make access to help easy.


Vt. departments collaborate on captive insurance blockchain pilot

MONTPELIER, Vt. – On Jan. 9, the Secretary of State Jim Condos and Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak signed a memorandum of understanding outlining their collaborative efforts to explore emerging blockchain technology and its use in the digital recordkeeping practices o


Stowe biathlon competitor earns spot on U.S. youth championship team

Bjorn Westervelt of Stowe earned a spot on the USA Biathlon Youth World Championship Team, based on his performances Dec. 28-31 in competition in Soldier Hollow, Utah. Westervelt will compete in the IBU Youth and Junior World Biathlon Championships Jan. 25 to Feb. 3 in Orsblie, Slovakia.


Morse discusses cougar’s return

Susan Morse, a wildlife expert, naturalist and founder of Keeping Track, presents “The Cougar Returns to the East” on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Richmond Congregational Church at 20 Church St.


Forced school mergers put on hold after agreement

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont is pausing on a number of involuntary school district mergers following an agreement with a group of dissenting school districts. An agreement was reached Monday between the Attorney General's Office and the group of school districts across Vermont that appealed the Stat