Legislators point to action on housing, environment, school funding

Local lawmakers on Monday listed a series of initiatives they believe will define the 2024 legislative session — including plans to address the state’s housing crisis and make Vermont better prepared to deal with major storm events — though they said it remains to be seen how many of those initiatives will survive Gov. Phil Scott’s veto pen.

Sen. Leahy reflects on his life in politics

Patrick Leahy was the third-longest-serving U.S. senator, cast more than 17,000 votes, and served under nine presidents. Some of that history will be explored next Wednesday, May 22, at a free conversation with the man himself at the Unitarian Universalis … (read more)

Panton grapples with plan for Vt.’s largest solar field

There is no question about one element of the 50-megawatt solar array that is proposed for land west of Route 22A in Panton. At 300 acres, mostly now farmland, it would be big — Vermont’s largest. 

Voters finally approve ANWSD budget

After rejecting two budget proposals since Town Meeting Day in March, Addison Northwest School District residents on Tuesday approved proposed spending for the 2024-2025 school year, 1346 to 932 votes.

Third ANWSD vote set for Tuesday

After rejecting two budget proposals, Vergennes-area residents on Tuesday will again make a decision on proposed school spending for the 2024-2025 school year.

Mount Abe school budget fails at ballot box again (UPDATED)

Voters in the Mount Abraham Unified School District on Tuesday defeated a proposed $35.9 million spending plan by 57 votes.

Lincoln man helps rebuild Notre Dame cathedral

Will Wallace-Gusakov has spent much of his life designing, building and restoring wooden structures in and outside of Vermont. Recently, the seasoned woodworker has found himself newly inspired after completing a once-in-a-lifetime project.  

Vermonters (and lots of visitors) enjoy the solar eclipse

Just before totality began on Monday, the DJ at the Middlebury recreation fields wrapped up “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” and a brief silence fell. Then the sun completely disappeared, and the crowd went wild.

Middlebury preps for today’s eclipse

Middlebury is closing a few roads and is urging people to be prepared and be courteous.

A young life back from the brink

The devastating event happened 10 years ago, on April 1, 2014, but Karly McConnell relives it every day.

Local lawmakers call for Vekos resignation

After she got a DUI charge, was criticized for some of her practices and lost her law license, most local lawmakers say they’ve had enough of State’s Attorney Eva Vekos.

New report confirms major student unrest in the ACSD

Thanks to new software and reporting requirements, the Addison Central School District has, for the past seven months, been able to chart both minor and major K-12 student behavior incidents on its campuses. And the numbers aren’t pretty.

Starksboro Rep. Caleb Elder to run for state Senate

Democratic state Rep. Caleb Elder of Starksboro won’t seek reelection; he will instead run for one of the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington, Rochester and Buel’s Gore.

Middlebury police to launch drone program

The program will give local officers an extra set of high-in-the-sky eyes to help find missing persons, monitor active-shooter situations, inspect natural-disaster areas, and document crime and accident scenes.

Major Starksboro sugarworks changes hands

Sugarmaker Dave Folino has spent over four decades tapping trees in the woods of Starksboro’s Hillsboro Mountain. 

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