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    WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — An organization in the Vermont town of Hartford sees an opportunity to grow more food on town-owned land. The group, called Resilient Hartford, is first focusing on developing alternative uses for Ratcliffe Park, which is on the Connecticut River in White River Junction, and Clifford Park, which sits along...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department on Saturday reported eight new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the state's total number of cases to more than 1,730 since the pandemic began. The number of deaths remained at 58, a figure that has not changed since July 28. There were no reported...
    SHREWSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Officials from the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, the town of Shrewsbury and others on Saturday are going to be celebrating the state’s 100th Wildlife Management Area. The Rutland Herald reports the event in which the name of the area in Shrewsbury will be held Saturday from noon until 2...
    A Vermont man pleaded not guilty to federal civil disorder charges in Portland, Ore. on Friday, stemming from a June protest in the city during which he allegedly charged at police officers repeatedly with a shield, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon. Charles Randolph Comfort, 24, was indicted by a federal grand...
    By WILSON RING, Associated Press A system to provide child care to Vermont children during the COVID-19 pandemic so parents can return to work on days their children aren’t in school is continuing to expand, officials said Friday. Speaking at Gov. Phil Scott's regular virus briefing Friday, Holly Morehouse of the organization Vermont Afterschool says...
    A Vermont man spent his Wednesday morning paying respects to more than 3,200 veterans buried at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery. "It's special down here. It's a beautiful, beautiful place," Navy veteran Dwayne Williams, of Randolph, said. FORMER MARINE SUFFERING FROM BURN PIT EXPOSURE SAYS VA 'LEFT EVERYBODY OUT TO DRY' Williams said he normally goes the cemetery...
    By WILSON RING, Associated Press Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday he would not seek to raise taxes or fees to help the Vermont state government cope with an expected economic shortfall in next year’s state budget caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In a radio debate with his Democratic challenger in the November election, Lt....
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Racial minorities in Vermont have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, statistics from the Vermont Health Department show. Collected between March 5 and Sept. 16, the statistics show that while white Vermonters represent more than 80% of Vermont COVID-19 cases, the rate per 100,000 for white Vermonters is 23.3....
    STOWE, Vt. (AP) — A New York City man is dead after he fell into the water at a well-known Stowe waterfall, Stowe police said. Rescue crews were called to Bingham Falls around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports a person had fallen into the water and not resurfaced. A second person who had fallen...
    HOULTON, Maine (AP) — Parts of northern New England now face extreme drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Maine and New Hampshire are almost entirely classified as experiencing severe drought by the monitor, which is a collaboration between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska, the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
    WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Two Williston firefighters were injured battling a fire in a warehouse in the Vermont community, the department said. The Williston Fire Department did not describe the extent of the injuries, but one of the firefighters was taken to the hospital. The fire was in a warehouse outbuilding. It took firefighters about...
    BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A driver is dead after the vehicle the driver was operating hit a utility pole in the Vermont town of Brattleboro, police said. The crash on Upper Dummerston Road was reported at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The name of the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash,...
    By WILSON RING, Associated Press A Vermont police officer who has been the focus of protests over the use of excessive force is leaving the Burlington Police Department. At a Monday night meeting, the Burlington City Council voted 11-1 to authorize Mayor Miro Weinberger to enter into a separation agreement with Sgt. Jason Bellavance. “We...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Early voting in Vermont began Monday for the Nov. 3 election, along with the mailing of ballots to all active, registered voters in the state. Voters should expect to receive their ballots by early October, Secretary of State Jim Condos said. Voters whose ballots have not arrived by Oct. 7 should...
    SEARSBURG, Vt. (AP) — A set of human remains discovered last year in Searsburg have been identified as those of a New York woman, Vermont State Police said Monday. An autopsy has ruled the death of Jessica Hildenbrandt, 43, of Ballston Spa, New York, as a homicide, although the cause of death has not been...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices are falling across northern New England, particularly in New Hampshire. The latest GasBuddy price report shows the average price for a gallon of gas fell 2.9 cents last week to $2.09 in New Hampshire. In Maine and Vermont, the average prices fell by 0.6 cents per gallon, to $2.15...
    BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont community is reviewing its requirements for parade permits after members of the town fire department held a parade to commemorate the 9/11 attacks without masks. Acting Bellows Falls Municipal Manager Charles “Chuck” Wise said he “foolishly” assumed people would be wearing masks when he issued the permit granted...
    MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — A small plane on a flight from Vermont crash landed on a residential street in Pennsylvania, injuring the pilot and a passenger. The single-engine aircraft was trying to land at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Sunday night when the pilot apparently hand engine trouble and brought the plane down on Stone Street,...
    A Vermont grocery store clerk claims that he was fired after he tried to stop a purse thief, according to a WCAX report. Amir Shedyak had worked at the Hannaford supermarket in Essex for four years before the incident in August. Shortly after Shedyak started his shift, a customer told him that a theft...
    A GROCERY store employee in Vermont was fired after stopping a thief who took a woman's purse during his shift. Amir Shedyak, 20, worked at Hannaford Supermarket in Essex, Vermont for four years prior to being fired. 3Shedyak worked at Hannaford Supermarket in Essex, VermontCredit: Google Maps In August, Shedyak had just started...
    WEST LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Work to rebuild two Interstate 89 bridges over the Connecticut River is underway but drivers will not encounter major changes for at least a year, New Hampshire transportation officials said. Site work on the $43.8 million project started this past week. The first task is to build a new pier...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont secretary of state’s office said it's working with the Vermont Bar Association to get lawyers and law students to volunteer as poll workers during the November election. Many of the people who traditionally volunteer as poll workers may not be able to do so in-person amid the coronavirus pandemic...
    Pickpocketing, senior, raid, Taschendiebstahl, Seniorin, Ueberfall. Bildagentur-online/Universal Images Group via Getty Images A grocery store employee was terminated for helping an elderly woman get her purse back from a burglar, WCAX reported.  Amir Shedyak was working during a shift in August when he was told that a woman's purse was stolen by a...
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — More than $6 million in federal grant funding will go to Vermont organizations that help victims of domestic violence, officials said. The grant awards are part of a new series of grants intended to assist law enforcement, victim service providers and prosecutors in identifying and helping victims at high risk of...
    This good Samaritan stopped a thief from stealing a woman’s purse, and his reward was losing his job. A Vermont grocery store worker nabbed a purse snatcher — and was fired for his efforts. Amir Shedyak, 20, who worked at the Hannaford supermarket in his hometown of Essex for four years, and was even an...
    EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Work is underway on the construction of trail bridge over the Winooski River between East Montpelier and Berlin. The 200-foot bridge is a central piece of a larger project to build miles of new trail connecting the Montpelier bike path, according to the Cross Vermont Trail Association. The association said...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Food and drink service can take place at bar and counter seating in restaurants, and lodging facilities can rent all of their rooms, as long as social distancing and other requirements are followed, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Friday. “I know some may worry about whether this means we'll have a...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — New federal funding will reward Vermont farmers who further reduce phosphorus runoff from beyond current targets. The $7 million in funding announced Thursday is meant to help Vermont meet clean water targets, officials said. “Vermont’s farmers play a critical in meeting our clean water goals," Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said in...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House of Representatives has approved a deal on a bill that would allow for the legal sale of marijuana, as well as taxation on those sales. The legislative conference committee report passed the House by a vote of 92-56 on Thursday, the Bennington Banner reported. It now heads to...
    MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A major construction project through downtown Middlebury is taking a big step forward Friday with traffic resuming through the heart of the community. Vermont officials are planning a ribbon cutting to mark the reopening of traffic at Main and Merchant streets. The area was closed to traffic for 10 weeks this...
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The high school campus that serves Vermont’s largest city is going to remain closed to in-person learning for at least the fall semester — and it has nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic. In a Wednesday message, Burlington School District Superintendent Tom Flanagan says air quality tests during a renovation...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to override a gubernatorial veto of a bill designed to combat global warming. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a bill that would have required Vermont to meet certain greenhouse gas emissions targets in the coming years and...
    All voters in Vermont will receive a ballot in the mail, whether they request it or not, marking the first time the state has used a widespread mail-in voting system. Roughly 85% of Vermont voters typically vote in person, according to Hot Air. Vermont joins other states that have either started or expanded their...
    ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the Vermont town of St. Johnsbury to cancel its annual Halloween parade. Organizer Diane Cummings told the town select board Monday that with adults the parade brings at least 3,000 people onto the streets of the community. The Caledonian Record reports she said the committee...
    CONCORD, Vt. (AP) — Three people are facing charges in the fatal shooting of a man found dead on a rural road in Concord, Vermont, two years ago. The girlfriend of victim Michael Pimental, Krystal Whitcomb, 28, of Waterford, John Welch, 34, of Woodsville, New Hampshire, and Michael “Moe” Hayes, 38, of Washington, D.C., were...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Lawmakers from the Vermont House and Senate have reached a deal on a bill that would allow for the legal sale of marijuana, as well as taxation on those sales. The three House members of the conference committee agreed Tuesday to drop language that would have prevented advertising for cannabis-related businesses,...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed a bill that would have required Vermont to meet certain greenhouse gas emissions targets in the coming years and allowed the state to be sued if it didn’t. Scott said in his veto letter on Tuesday evening that he "shares the Legislature's commitment to reducing...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Registered Vermont voters will automatically receive a ballot in mail for the November election and may return it by mail or drop it off at their town clerk's office early, or bring it to the polls on Election Day, Secretary of State Jim Condos says. Ballots will start to be mailed...
    an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington in March 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP Sean Fiore, 36, of Burlington, Vermont, faces federal charges for murder for hire and child pornography offenses, the Justice Department announced in a press release Tuesday. Between November 2018 and April 2019, Fiore allegedly paid an unnamed...
    The governors of three New England states that border Canada have called on President Donald Trump to reverse American tariffs on Canadian aluminum. Maine Gov. Janet Mills, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott assert the reimposition of a 10 percent tariff on imports of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum from the U.S.’s...
    By MICHELLE R. SMITH, BOBBY CAINA CALVAN and WILSON RING, Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open. Fans are gathering mask-free at football games. President Donald Trump is holding...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open. Fans are gathering mask-free at football games. President Donald Trump is holding crowded indoor rallies. While some Americans may see such things as a...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci gave resounding praise to Vermont on Tuesday for its coronavirus response and considerably low infection rate. Fauci is the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Vermont Governor Phil Scott said data presented Friday showed that the state “continued to have...
    By WILSON RING, Associated Press The nation’s top infectious disease expert on Tuesday called Vermont’s ongoing efforts to control the coronavirus a model for the nation. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Vermont's continued emphasis on wearing masks, avoiding crowds, keeping physical distance and other simple measures are things he has been trying for months to communicate...
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Leaders of Vermont’s largest city have voted to consider creating a supervised injection site for people who use heroin and other illicit drugs to reduce overdoses and get more people into treatment. The city council in Burlington voted unanimously Monday night in favor of a resolution asking the city attorney to...
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The driver of a Special Services Transportation Agency vehicle died Monday after becoming pinned between the vehicle and a telephone pole, Burlington police said. Police said they were called to the report of a crash on Monday and helped the Fire Department stabilize the vehicle to remove the man, who was...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, will speak at Vermont's bi-weekly COVID-19 media briefing on Tuesday. The office of Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Monday that Fauci will provide a brief perspective of the ongoing response to COVID-19 before taking questions. He will leave the video conference, which...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Activities are happening around Vermont this week to raise awareness about an invasive forest pest that has destroyed millions of the country's ash trees. The Emerald Ash Borer was first found in Vermont in 2018 and is now confirmed in eight counties, officials said. Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in Vermont...
    Federal agents busted a Paterson trio who they said trafficked city heroin and fentanyl to Vermont. A U.S. District Court magistrate judge ordered that Nysifah Deaveareaux, 27, and Caron J. Abrams, 26, and Shamir Williams, 25, remain in federal custody while the case proceeds. Federal agents caught Abrams with 200 bricks – more than 9,000...