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Late blight threatens Vt. plants

Posted on August 18, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERMONT — Gardeners beware: Late blight, which last swept tomato and potato plants in the state in 2009, has been confirmed in Vermont this year.

The University of Vermont Extension on Aug. 3 announced a case of the late blight on tomato plants in a home garden in Jericho.

Vern Grubinger of the UVM Extension said he’s spoken with a couple more people in that area who are sending their plants in for testing, but that there have been no other confirmed cases in the state.

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Deadline nearing for dairying deal

Posted on August 8, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERMONT — The deadline is drawing near for some 10,000 dairy farmers in the Northeast to file compensation claims in the sweeping Dean Foods antitrust settlement, which offers $30 million in monetary damages.

A portion of that money was allocated to be divided between farmers who produced and pooled raw milk on Federal Milk Marketing Order 1 between January 2002 and May 2011.

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Heffernan charged with attempted murder in shooting

Posted on August 8, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BURLINGTON — The Chittenden County state’s attorney charged Dean T. Heffernan, 27, of Bristol with attempted murder, first degree, at a Thursday morning arraignment at the criminal division of Chittenden County Superior Court.

Heffernan pleaded innocent to a charge that carries a penalty ranging according to court documents from "a presumptive minimum term of 35 years" to life in prison.

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No Child law requires testing, can penalize schools

Posted on August 8, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



No Child Left Behind (NCLB), signed into law by President George W. Bush in January 2002, takes a standards-based approach to education, operating under the theory that high standards and measurable goals are the keys to unlocking an individual child’s potential as a student. To measure improvement, the law ties federal education funding directly to student performance on standardized tests.

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Shumlin plan would trade USDA staples to local foods

Posted on August 1, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERMONT — Local administrators are welcoming a move by Gov. Peter Shumlin’s campaign to free up federal funding for fresh, local foods in schools by allowing states to receive cash vouchers from the USDA instead of commodity food.

Laura Collaro, foodservice manager for the Lincoln Community School, said the choices coming from the USDA include many processed foods and things that aren’t necessarily the healthy options for children, including peanut butter with hydrogenated oils and sugar.

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Heat wave pushes power grid to the limit

Posted on July 28, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



VERMONT — Soaring temperatures swept across New England last week scorching Addison County, Vermont and the entire six-state region.

While thermometers were reporting temperatures way above normal, other meters also gave unusually high readings: Electricity demand in the region was just shy of record.

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New dairy bill introduces supply management plan

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week Representative Collin Peterson, D-Minn., introduced a proposal that would dramatically overhaul federal controls on the national dairy industry into the U.S. House.

Peterson’s discussion draft bill would introduce dairy market stabilization measures that have been heralded by many in the industry as a solution to national overproduction issues.

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Way sought to make taxes more equitable

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Michelle Monroe (St. Albans Messenger)



ST. ALBANS — School taxes are the missing piece in an ongoing effort to revamp Vermont’s tax structure, according to Rep. Carolyn Branagan, R-Georgia. To remedy that problem the state recently hired a California firm to study the state’s education taxes.

Earlier this year, a blue ribbon tax commission released an analysis and recommendations for the state income and sales taxes.

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State dairy industry dips below 1,000 farms

Posted on July 7, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERMONT — During the month of May, eight more dairy farms in Vermont shuttered their milking parlors, dropping the number from 1,001 to 993 — the first time in recent history that Vermont has had fewer than 1,000 dairy farms in the state.

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Sole sisters

Posted on July 7, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



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VERMONT — Running 200 miles alone is a feat that only a select number of ultra-endurance athletes can accomplish. As a group of Addison County women found out on June 18, tackling the distance as a team still offers a significant challenge, but also leads to a fun, exciting and rewarding weekend — especially when the course runs right through the heart of Vermont.

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