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The Walpolean
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  • Re: Deliberative Session – 2/5/20
      I received a copy of this letter to Supervisors of the Checklist from Cindy Westover. – Lil Checklist Supervisors FROM: Misty Bushee, School Board Clerk DATE: January 13, 2020 RE: ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING, FEBRUARY 5, 2020 ELECTION DAY, MARCH 10, 2020 Our annual district meeting will be held Wednesda …
  • Now Hiring
      Sarah Downing asked me to bring this to your attention. Lil The U.S. Census Bureau is holding a Census Hiring Event at the Town Hall Friday, January 24, 2020 9 to 11 AM A Census worker will assist applicants with registering for a position with the U.S. Census Bureau. The position pays $20/hour with …
  • Memoir Writing at the Library
      We all have important stories to share. Don’t you wish some of your family members and friends had recorded their histories so that you could re-live their experiences and pass on their stories? Your memoirs are just as important. Consider joining the Walpole memoir writing group which meets on the …
  • Broadband Committee Meeting Minutes – 1/6/20
        Present: Paul Looney, Chair; Dick Hill, Steve Grenier, Rod Bouchard, Bob Anderson, and Peggy Pschirrer.  Absent: Dennis Marcom   Paul Looney opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Selectboard office at Walpole Town Hall.   The purpose of the meeting was to prepare for Saturday’s Town Meeting which …
  • Broadband Committee Meeting Minutes – 12/18/20
      Present:  Paul Looney, Chair, Rod Bouchard, Bob Anderson, Dick Hill, Steve Grenier, Dennis Marcom, and Peggy Pschirrer Guest: Rob Koester, Vice President, Consolidated Communications, Manchester, NH.     Mr. Looney called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. The December 11, 2019 minutes were approved …


Vermont Journal / Shopper
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  • Two trade agreements offer optimism, but uncertainty remains
      REGION – On Dec. 13, 2019, the United States and China announced a “phase one” trade agreement just before new tariffs were scheduled to go into effect. Six days later, the House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, virtually assurin …
  • Full online edition: The Vermont Journal 01-15-20
      The full online edition is the same as our weekly printed publication. The Vermont Journal 01-15-20 This week’s edition of The Vermont Journal features: The 64th Apple Blossom Cotillion rehearsals begin; Chester Selectboard talks budget and economic development; Cavendish Selectboard stifles quarry …
  • Full online edition: The Shopper 01-15-20
      The full online edition is the same as our weekly printed publication. The Shopper 01-15-20 This week’s edition of The Shopper features: The 64th Apple Blossom Cotillion rehearsals begin; Council on Rural Development holds follow up to community forums; Selectboard discusses positions for budget; an …
  • Funding for organizations that support career pathways for women
      REGION – Funding is now available from the Vermont Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation for programs that support viable career pathways and career prospects for Vermont women and girls. The Vermont Women’s Fund was established in 1994 as an enduring resource to support women and girls i …
  • Dennis W. Johnson, 1972-2020
      Dennis W. Johnson, 1972-2020. Photo provided PROCTORSVILLE, Vt. – Dennis William Johnson, 47, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at the Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vt., after a long illness. He was born Dec. 10, 1972 in Hudson, N.Y., the son of Kenneth G. Trombley and Marie Myrtle M …


Valley News
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  • NH bill would bar landlords from rejecting a renter because of pets
      CONCORD — Lawmakers are contemplating whether to create new rights against rental and housing discrimination for New Hampshire pet owners. But landlords have raised objections.A bill by Rep. Ellen Read, D-Newmarket, would make it illegal for landlords or those selling or leasing homes to bar pet own …
  • Newport man pleads guilty in shooting that wounded 2-year-old neighbor
      NEWPORT — A 52-year-old Newport man pleaded guilty to reckless conduct on Thursday and will spend six months in jail for firing a gun through the ceiling of his apartment and injuring a two-year-old neighbor.Timothy E. Hale apologized in Sullivan Superior Court for his conduct in the Laurel Street.. …
  • Lebanon’s CCBA names new executive director
      LEBANON — The Carter Community Building Association this week named its new executive director, a Hanover native who has worked as a spinning instructor at the nonprofit Lebanon fitness center.Kerry Artman was chosen from among 58 applicants, according to an announcement from the CCBA on Thursday.“K …
  • Inmates get longer sentences after ‘attempted takeover’ at Springfield, Vt., prison
      WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Three inmates accused of an “attempted takeover” at Southern State Correctional Facility in November have been arraigned.Two of the inmates, Arthur Crandall, 43, and Logan Wheeler, 32, each pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault in Windsor Superior Court on Jan 7. Super …
  • Sununu calls on delegation to push money toward Meals on Wheels in NH
      CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu is asking New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to push to revise the national formula that determines how much funding states receive for Meals on Wheels, which could lead to more money for its senior nutrition services.“Reform is desperately needed,” the governor sai …


Brattleboro Reformer
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  • From back roads, to your table
      Staff report BRATTLEBORO — On Dec. 16, Gov. Phil Scott honored recipients of this year’s Vermont Building Communities Grants for Regional Economic Development. One of those businesses is …
  • Climate activist: Don't argue, get involved
      BRATTLEBORO — Don’t bother wasting your time trying to convince a skeptic that climate change is real, author and climate activist Bill McKibben told seventh- and eighth-graders at Hilltop
  • Walpole, village urge action on Vilas Bridge
      BELLOWS FALLS — Bellows Falls village trustees have joined the Walpole, N.H., Selectboard in urging both Vermont and New Hampshire’s governors to do something soon about the closed Vilas
  • Mayor question comes to a vote
      BRATTLEBORO — Residents will soon get their say on whether this community should have a mayor. On Thursday, Town Clerk Hilary Francis confirmed an article would appear on the March 3 ballot
  • Potential Hermitage buyer identified
      WILMINGTON — A potential buyer of Haystack Mountain and other Hermitage Club properties involves a group that says it runs a portfolio of commercial real estate worth $200 million. …


Chester Telegraph
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  • Chester board nears final budget version
      By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Wednesday, the Chester Select Board took its next-to-last look at its 2020 budget with the goal of limiting an increase in the tax rate. At the time of the meeting it appeared that that the budget was $241,565 greater than last year — equivale …
  • State experts urge action on emerald ash borer beetle
      Area residents pack into the Twitchell Building in Londonderry to hear about the emerald ash borer beetle. All photos by Bruce Frauman. By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The primary take-away for individuals attending a community forum about the emerald ash borer beetle is not to move …
  • Chester Planning Commission agenda for Jan. 20, 2020
      The Chester Planning commission will hold a regular meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday Jan. 20, 2020 at the Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St., Chester. Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from the Jan. 6, 2019 meeting 2. Citizens Comments 3. Go over map changes with Gabe Ladd 4. Discuss PC i …
  • Obituary: Laura Dudek, 72, of Chester
      Laura Kate Dudek, 72, passed away from cancer on Friday evening, Jan. 10, 2020, at her home in Chester surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 26, 1947, in Bronx, New York, the daughter of Louis and Connie (Ferro) Siracusano. She graduated from State University of New York at New Paltz, where sh …
  • Powden resigns as TRSU superintendent effective June 30
      By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Meg Powden, superintendent of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union, resigned her position on Monday, Jan. 13 effective June 30 — the end of the 2019/2020 school year. She will have served four years, overseeing the operations of two school districts — …


E-Ticker News of Claremont
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  • Mutual Aid Called for Fire at Earl Bourdon Centre
      CLAREMONT, NH—On January 16, at 3:49 p.m., the Claremont Fire Department responded with an engine and a ladder to 67 Maple Avenue, also known as the Earl Bourdon Centre Box 0345 for an automatic fire alarm sounding. While fire apparatus was responding, the city’s emergency dispatch center radioed th …
  • Attorney General Issues Warning About Scammers Impersonating Department of Justice
      CONCORD, NH — Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald has issued a warning regarding a scam using his name and title in a forged letter that appears to notify the recipient that a legal proceeding has been initiated against them. The letter, which appears to be on Department of Justice letterhead and s …
  • Details of Fatal Pedestrian/Motor Vehicle Collision in Newport Released
      NEWPORT, NH—The Newport Police Department Emergency Communications Center received several 911 calls at approximately 3:30 P.M., Jan. 9, advising that there had been a pedestrian struck by a dump truck on Sunapee Street at Bald Mountain Road. According to a press release from Newport Police Chief Ja …
  • Newly Seated
      

    The new Claremont City Council was sworn in and seated this evening (Eric Zengota photo).

  • Mayoral Notes by Mayor Charlene Lovett
      2019 – A Pivotal Year for Claremont As 2019 draws to an end, we may find ourselves reflecting upon the year.  For the City of Claremont, 2019 was a pivotal year.  Increased funding and economic incentives brought new development, increased city valuation and a lower tax rate.  Individuals received s …


Seven Days
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  • Leahy, Sanders Split on Trump Trade Deal
      Vermont’s two U.S. senators on Thursday landed on opposite sides of a vote to approve an updated North American Free Trade Agreement. By an 89-10 vote, the Senate passed the trade pact, which President Donald Trump has dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) back …
  • When Bernie Sanders Said He'd Do More for Women Than Vermont's First Female Governor
      Former governor Madeleine Kunin still recoils at a male opponent’s claim that, as she recalls it, he’d be “more pro-female than me.” When Kunin, Vermont’s first — and, to this day, only — female governor, ran for reelection in 1986, Burlington mayor Bernie Sanders told voters that he would do more f …
  • Legislators Set Their Sights on New Gun Restrictions
      Anako Lumumba tried to protect herself from an abusive ex, her brother told Vermont lawmakers on Wednesday. “But the system wasn’t enough to take the guns away from the guy,” Adolphe Lumumba said. In May 2018, police have alleged, Leroy Headley shot Anako to death in the South Burlington home they o …
  • Vermont Lawmakers Strike a Deal on Paid Family Leave
      Vermont lawmakers struck a tentative deal Wednesday on a compromise bill for a paid family and medical leave program, a goal that eluded them during last session’s impasse. A negotiating team made up of three senators and three representatives hammered out the deal during two days of what Rep. Tom S …
  • Three Childcare Centers Serving 90 Vermont Youngsters to Close
      Three Loveworks childcare centers that serve 90 infants, toddlers and preschoolers will close March 13 due to budget woes.  The company sent parents an email Tuesday announcing that Loveworks sites in Milton and Montpelier as well as one on Williston Road in South Burlington will all be shuttered. T …


Concord Monitor
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  • Murder victim’s clothing, other evidence shared with jury
      A mostly navy blue T-shirt adorned with a Beatles logo, a long-sleeve plaid button-up and a pair of black slacks.That is what Sabrina Galusha was wearing when she left her childhood home for the final time on the night of May 30, 2017. Just as it was getting dark, she hopped into the backseat of a.. …
  • Former State Rep. Kyle Tasker gets warning from judge, but no extra prison time
      Despite admonishing former state representative Kyle Tasker for his lack of judgment and noting that he lied about using Facebook to contact a 19-year-old girl, a judge rejected an attempt by prosecutors to add years onto his prison sentence.At a hearing Friday, prosecutors pointed to an electronic. …
  • Cracker Barrel in Hopkinton up for sale again
      For the second time in a year, the Cracker Barrel, the iconic general store on Main Street in Hopkinton, built in 1790, is up for sale.Shaun Geary, who bought the store on Jan. 24 of last year, said this week that his other business ventures, most notably his role as a landlord, had disrupted the fo …
  • OLLI holds spring preview
      No matter what wind and snow January hurls at the city of Concord, in one small building on East Side Drive, for two hours, spring will reign.Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College will hold its Spring Class Preview on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Tad’s Place at Heritage Heights, 149 Ea …
  • Squam Center offers free senior programs
      Meeting wild animals up close is fun for all ages. From children to adults, the look of wonder on a person’s face when they are only feet away from a Peregrine Falcon is priceless. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness has brought native New Hampshire animals and ecological education to.. …


WCAX
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  • Should Vermont lower legal limit for drunken driving?
      Vermont lawmakers are looking at lowering the legal limit for drunk driving. Right now, your blood alcohol content must be below 0.08 before you hit the road. But two senators want to lower that to 0.05. Our Dom Amato found out what impact the lower limit would have on drivers and what’s behind the …
  • Gun reform bills return to Montpelier
      Lawmakers in Montpelier are making another effort at passing gun reform laws to reduce violence and curb suicide rates. But Governor Phil Scott, who vetoed similar bills last year, has said they would not be effective.
  • Rutland fire chief suspended over hostile workplace complaints
      Rutland’s fire chief is suspended for a week after complaints from firefighters that he created a hostile work environment.
  • Vt. officials say Lake Champlain water quality efforts on track
      Vermont environmental officials say the state’s investment in improving Lake Champlain water quality is paying off. In a 150-page report released Thursday, officials say the $100 million spent on recent improvements is working, but clean water advocates say more needs to be done.
  • Sanders, Warren mum on post-debate tangle
      Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are still not talking about the details of their post-debate debate Tuesday.


VPR
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  • 'We Have It All': A Night At The Auction House
      Every Tuesday and Friday night, there’s an auction at the corner of Lower Plain Road and Route 25 in Bradford. Ely Commission Sales is run by Ernie Stevens, and VPR’s Erica Heilman went down on a recent Friday night to talk with Ernie and check out the auction.
  • Senate OKs North American Trade Deal To Replace NAFTA, Giving Trump A Much-Needed Win
      Updated at 7:28 p.m. ET The Senate overwhelmingly approved a revised North American trade pact in a rare bipartisan vote Thursday that hands President Trump a victory on a key campaign promise just as lawmakers are preparing his impeachment trial. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, passed b …
  • Counting Down To Iowa Caucuses: Assessing Sanders And The 2020 Democratic Race
      Live call-in discussion: The Democratic presidential race is in high gear, with the Iowa caucuses less than three weeks away. Sen. Bernie Sanders has made “Medicare For All” a major issue and is seeing strong support in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Vermont Edition hosts a roundtable of political ana …
  • On The Eve Of Impeachment Trial, Revisiting A History Of Whistleblowers In America
      The U.S. House officially voted to send articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate Wednesday, and an impeachment trial could begin as early as Tuesday. But you might be forgiven if you forgot this all started back in August with a whistleblower’s complaint about a phone cal …
  • 'Kwawaldam?': Middlebury Language Schools To Offer Abenaki Pilot Program
      Middlebury College is expanding its language school offerings this summer with a pilot School of Abenaki. The two-week-long immersion program will be taught by Jesse Bowman Bruchac, a member of the Nulhegan Abenaki and a teacher of the Abenaki language for more than 25 years.


NHPR
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  • Littleton Residents Push Back On Battery Storage Project, Citing Safety Concerns
      A draft of the proposed battery energy storage system in Littleton. Credit ENEL Green Power North America Edit | Remove Littleton residents continued to evaluate a proposal to build a battery energy storage system in town at a public hearing Tuesday night. The proposed battery storage system would c …
  • Mayberry Joins Mowers and Fowler in GOP 1st CD Primary
      A former Dover City Councilor who was also vice chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party is running for his party’s nomination in the 1st Congressional District. As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, the Republican primary to choose a nominee to take on incumbent Democrat Chris Pappas is getter crowded. …
  • Where They Stand: Rural Policy At the Heart of Many 2020 Candidates' Platforms
      In their effort to woo voters before next month’s primary, Democratic Presidential candidates have come out with an array of policy plans, including ones to revitalize the rural United States. NHPR’s Sarah Gibson has been looking at what these plans might mean for rural New Hampshire and talking to …
  • Shaheen Urges U.S. Army Corps to Accelerate Dredging at N.H. Harbors
      Senator Jeanne Shaheen wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up dredging projects for two Seacoast harbors in the coming year. Shaheen pushed last year for the Corps to dredge Hampton Harbor . That project was recently completed. Now, she says dredging is overdue for Rye Harbor and the Pis …
  • With N.H. PFAS Limits in Limbo, Saint-Gobain Continues Well Testing in Merrimack
      The Saint-Gobain plastics factory in Merrimack says it will continue voluntarily complying – in part – with the state’s halted PFAS chemical limits. New Hampshire’s strict standards for the toxic chemicals are on hold under a court injunction . But Saint-Gobain says it will continue with a plan appr …


Vermont state government
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