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The Walpolean
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  • Town of Walpole Staff Meeting – 2/18/21
      Selectboard Present:​Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Cheryl Mayberry; Steven Dalessio Staff Present:​​Sarah Downing (Manager of Administration); Richard Kreissle (Administrator of Finance); Lt. Justin Sanctuary (Police Department); Michael Rau (Road Agent/Highway Department); Ben Hoy (Recycling Director); …
  • Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/18/21
      Selectboard Present:​Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Cheryl Mayberry; Steven Dalessio CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer, Chair of the Walpole Selectboard, called this meeting via Zoom to order at 6:30 PM.  She announced that Ms. Cheryl Mayberry and Mr. Steven Dalessio, the other two Selectboard members are pr …
  • Voting Day – 3/9/21
      Are you interested in working at the polls? Cindy Westover says that if you are interested, you should be at the Town Hall at 6:00 PM on Monday the 8th for a training session. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM on the 9th. If you would like more information before that you call her at 603 …
  • Up-date from Lucy – 2/28/21
      COVID by the Numbers—February 28 Edition From a low of 5 active cases of COVID at the beginning of the week, Walpole rocketed back up to 10 active cases on the 27th, before backing down to 8 active cases as of this writing.  Last week we had 4 new cases of COVID in town; this week we are up to 9 new …
  • Corrected Information Regarding Racism Programs
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Vermont Journal / Shopper
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  • Springfield Rotary helping efforts to fight Covid-19
      Springfield Rotary Club members assisting with vaccine clinics in Springfield. Photo provided SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The Springfield Rotary Club continues to provide assistance to regional efforts related to the Covid-19 pandemic, including providing masks as well as volunteer participation with the ope …
  • My 80 favorite songs
      Paul Ippolito of Chester shared his 80 favorite songs for his 80th birthday. Photo provided Dear Editor, For the past 52 years, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of singing and playing guitar with groups of all ages from young children to senior citizens in Chester, Springfield, Ludlow, and surrou …
  • Great River Hydro proposes changes for dam operations
      The Bellows Falls dam operated by Great River Hydro. Photo by Joe Milliken BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – During negotiations to renew its licenses to operate the Bellows Falls hydro station, Great River Hydro LLC, which owns and operates multiple dams along the Connecticut River, has proposed changes in the …
  • The Ludlow Selectboard replenishes departments with surplus
      LUDLOW, Vt. – The Ludlow Selectboard has decided to use a $300,000 budget surplus to replenish funds pulled from several departments earlier in the budget season and leave the rest in a “rainy day fund,” determining how to apply the funds at the end of the fiscal year in July. In early January, the …
  • Trustees looks at village financials, considers vote on retail cannabis
      BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Bellows Falls Village Trustees discussed the budget and cannabis retail. The Trustees began their meeting by looking at their financials to date. Municipal Manager Scott Pickup announced that AT&T was abandoning their cell tower and the village had recei …


Valley News
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  • Town Meeting preview: Mascoma schools’ proposed budget has less than 1% increase, three positions cut
      Hot topic: Mascoma Valley Regional School District voters will be asked to approve a $29.5 million budget for the 2021-22 school year, a less than 1% increase over the current spending plan.The proposal includes the reduction of three teaching positions through attrition. The Enfield Village, Canaan …
  • Out & About: Learn how Progressive Era crusader Jennie Powers brought justice in southern N.H., Vt.
      WOODSTOCK — A few years ago, the city of Keene was trying to decide the subjects for 16 murals that were to be painted throughout the city when Jenna Carroll suggested Progressive Era figure Jennie Powers, who crusaded against animal and domestic abuse. “It was funny because nobody had really heard. …
  • Federal aid rescues D-HH finances in back half of 2020
      LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health ended the first half of its fiscal year in the black, thanks in part to aid from Washington during the COVID-19 pandemic and a strong return from Wall Street, according to a filing with bondholders.D-HH had a positive operating margin of $38.6 million for the six …
  • Cities, towns OK sales of pot
      Voters in Burlington, Randolph, Strafford and Windsor and at least 15 other Vermont municipalities voted Tuesday to approve retail marijuana sales on Town Meeting Day.Bennington, Brattleboro, Montpelier, Middlebury, Vergennes, Waterbury, Berlin, Danby, Danville, Salisbury, Brownington, Waitsfield,.. …
  • Vermont state trooper from Bradford, Vt., accused of domestic assault
      BRADFORD, Vt. — A 25-year-old Vermont State Police trooper has been cited into court on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge following a three-month investigation, according to a news release from the Vermont State Police on Wednesday.Trooper Nicholas Cianci is accused of physically assaulting and. …


Brattleboro Reformer
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Chester Telegraph
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  • Chester Select Board race recount set for Monday
      By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC With just six votes separating two candidates for a three year term on the Chester Select Board, a recount has been scheduled for Monday. Heather Chase and Scott Blair Scott Blair, who received 245 votes on Tuesday, asked for a hand recount of the …
  • Chester candidate to request recount in close race; results from other area towns
      This story has been updated to include results from Landgrove Chester Select Board candidates campaign outside Town Hall on a chilly election day on Tuesday. From left are Heather Chase, Leigh Dakin, Will Hoser and Scott Blair. Photo by Cynthia Prairie. By Shawn Cunningham and Cherise Madigan © 2021 …
  • Derry residents set priorities including revitalizing villages, expanding affordable housing and creating a community center
      By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC At the second in a series of meetings about the future of Londonderry, residents identified three primary priorities for the coming years: expanding affordable housing, developing a community center and revitalizing the North and South village center …
  • Chester Select Board agenda for March 3
      The Chester Select Board will hold its regular meeting in person at Town Hall and via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Wednesday March 3, 2021. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988842129    In person attendance is limited, so please consider whether your physical attendance is needed or if you …
  • Vaxx signups start Monday for those 65+
      ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the 65+ age band is poised to begin registering for the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, March 1, Gov. Phil Scott indicated that state officials are considering priority vaccinations for educators and school staff as the state’s focus heats up to get children back to ful …


E-Ticker News of Claremont
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  • SHS Alumni Looking for Float Participation Confirmation
      CLAREMONT, NH–Dick Girard, parade chairman for SHS Alumni Weekend, is asking classes that registered for last year’s parade to contact him about this year’s event. “I have classes that registered for last year and I have to get in touch with them to see if they still plan to participate, but if they …
  • Phase 1B Vaccination Scheduling to Begin Friday
      Concord, NH – On Friday, January 22, the State of New Hampshire will begin accepting vaccination appointments for individuals within Phase 1B, which includes: New Hampshire residents 65 and overNew Hampshire residents who are medically vulnerable at significant risk – including family caregivers for …
  • NH Dept. of Safety Issues Statement Following Reports of Nationwide Unrest Ahead of Presidential Inauguration
      CONCORD, NH–The New Hampshire Department of Safety has issued a statement regarding public safety as the presidential inauguration nears: “We remain committed to ensuring the safety and security of New Hampshire’s residents and visitors. The Department of Safety will continue to monitor any credible …
  • Sununu Begins 3rd Term
      Today, NH Gov. Chris Sununu was sworn in to begin his third term. Associate Justice Gary Hicks administered the oath; the ceremony took place in the Executive Council Chamber at the Statehouse in Concord. The event was smaller than usual, due to concerns about COVID and public safety issues (Photo: …
  • Message Re: COVID from Claremont City Manager Ed Morris:
      City Staff has been closely monitoring the recent increase in active COVID-19 cases here in Claremont. Late last week we were made aware of active cases of COVID-19 at the Earl Bourdon Center. Fire Chief Bryan Burr, the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator, has been working closely with the Bourd …


Seven Days
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  • Candidates of Color Win, Lose and Even Tie on Town Meeting Day
      The Vermont candidates of color profiled in a February 23 Seven Days cover story had a varied showing in Tuesday’s election. Two won, three lost and one tied — a rare occurrence that could spark a recount. Middlebury voters chose Esther Thomas, a residence director at Middlebury College, to serve a …
  • Roughly Two Dozen Vermont Towns Just Say Yes to Marijuana Sales
      The Evansville Trading Post, a general store in the small town of Brownington,  has adapted over the years to stay afloat. These days, its wares include food, fuel, fishing licenses and furniture. Thanks to the town’s voters, store owners Andrew and Kelly Swett hope to add cannabis to that list — no …
  • Burlington High School Opens Downtown Campus in Former Macy's
      After almost a year with no school to call their own, Burlington High School students have a home base. On Tuesday, school leaders and local politicians gathered to celebrate the opening of a downtown school campus, in the Cherry Street building that once housed a Macy’s department store. Students w …
  • WTF: Why Do So Many Vermont Beers Come in 16-Ounce Cans?
      In 2011, John and Jen Kimmich, owners of the Alchemist, began building a production brewery to package their beers for retail sale. And they made a decision that some in the craft beer industry thought was strange: They built a canning line. At the time, John Kimmich recalled in a recent interview, …
  • Act 250 Notice Minor Application #4C0550-25 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 – 6093
      On February 17, 2021, Grumpy Knuckles, LLC, c/o Jeff Jimmo, P.O. Box 64941, Burlington, VT 05406 filed application number 4C0550-25 for a project generally described as construction of a 49,500 s.f. flex space commercial building with an 11,500 s.f. mezzanine level and a maximum of 80 employees on L …


Concord Monitor
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  • Visa restrictions put strain on businesses that rely on foreign workers
      Midway during last year’s peak summer tourist season Larry Litchfield shut down the kitchen at Sawyer’s Dairy Bar in Gilford after most of his workers quit.At the Naswa Resort in Weirs Beach, Cynthia Makris was unable to offer the full range of guest amenities because she could not hire enough help. …
  • As pandemic continues, Bow to decide the future of its town meeting format 
      The future format of Bow town meetings will be decided this year at an in-person meeting where people concerned about the coronavirus won’t be able to participate.Bow currently uses a traditional town meeting schedule, where residents gather to debate and vote on town business, usually in early Marc …
  • Survey points to divide on in-person classes
      A recent survey of parents, students and staff in the Monadnock Regional School District found that most parents want kids to return to in-person classes five days a week as soon as possible, while employees and students generally want to wait until the beginning of next school year. Superintendent. …
  • CFO’s departure a shock for legislative delegation
      Carroll County’s chief financial officer, who came aboard in September, is no longer working for the county, commissioners announced this week, which appeared to stun members of the legislative delegation Monday.Fergus Cullen of Dover started work Sept. 21. He came to Carroll County after having ser …
  • Police: Live pipe bomb found at polling place in Iowa
      ANKENY, Iowa — The discovery of a live pipe bomb at a central Iowa polling place as voters were casting ballots in a special election forced an evacuation of the building, police said.Officers called to the Lakeside Center in Ankeny around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday found a device that looked like a pipe bom …


WCAX
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  • Danville to hold special meeting on their school mascot
      DANVILLE, Vt. (WCAX) – On Wednesday, there will be a special school board meeting in Danville to talk about the school district’s current mascot.Danville’s current nickname is the Danville Indians, but now some students want that name changed.During the meeting Wednesday night, there will be present …
  • CityPlace seeks zoning permit; attorney argues project violates order
      BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – CityPlace developers have the zoning permits they need for their revised plan to fill in Burlington’s “pit”. Burlington’s Development Review Board voted unanimously on Wednesday for the project which means developers can now move forward in the design process.“We went into t …
  • CityPlace developers secure zoning permits
      BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – CityPlace developers have the zoning permits they need for their revised plan to fill in Burlington’s “pit”. Burlington’s Development Review Board voted unanimously on Wednesday for the project which means developers can now move forward in the design process.“We went into t …
  • Critics say Newport prison outbreak could have been avoided
      NEWPORT, Vt. (WCAX) – Vermont officials are racing to contain what has become the largest coronavirus outbreak in a state prison since the start of the pandemic. Upwards of 127 inmates and 10 staff have now been infected at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, with the number of case …
  • New York will loosen some virus restrictions on gatherings
      NEW YORK (AP) – New York is clearing the way for some public performances that have been banned for nearly a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that arts and entertainment venues will be allowed to welcome up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outd …


VPR
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NHPR
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Vermont state government
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