Vermont Senate Finance Committee raises overnight occupancy fee


REGION – The Vermont Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved a $2 overnight occupancy fee, defying Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s request for no new taxes and fees this year.  The vote came as the governor has been wrangling with House members over his repeated requests for … Continued

Bellows Falls Drama Club wows with “Beauty and the Beast”


BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – “Beauty and the Beast,” the Disney story familiar from the cartoon world, came to life on March 24-25 at Bellows Falls Union High School. The Bellows Falls Drama Club production sparked comments like “Wow! What a … Continued

State budget showdown expected next week in Vermont House


REGION — After weeks of exchanging barbs over the state budget plan, leaders in the Vermont House are moving toward a decisive vote that could bring years of legislative overspending to a halt. Republican Gov. Phil Scott and House Democrats have been locking horns for weeks over taxes, … Continued

Dear Editor, Nitka’s notes from the State House

  Recently I had an opportunity to talk about agriculture and other Northern VT matters with Senator Bobby Starr of North Troy, (who can see Canada from his living room), and Senator Carolyn Branagan of Georgia whose town is just … Continued

Colon cancer screening saves lives


March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, so this is a great opportunity to talk to your physician about colon cancer screening. I would like to share some information about colon cancer and what you need to know to decrease … Continued

History Fair showcases research projects

LUDLOW, Vt. – The students of Black River Middle School and Mount Holly Elementary School created thirty different historical projects, presenting them on Friday, March 17 to fellow students, teachers, friends, family, and the community at the second annual History … Continued

Put your best fork forward


March is National Nutrition Month and Springfield Medical Care Systems encourages everyone to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” by making small, healthy shifts in food choices – whether cooking at home or dining out. Choosing a variety of healthy foods … Continued

Help protect older adults from financial abuse


REGION – Financial exploitation costs older Americans billions of dollars per year, according to several sources, including the National Council on Aging. If you have older parents, could they be vulnerable to financial scams and rip-off artists? And, if so, … Continued

Local businesses plan for Walker Bridge closure

Walker Bridge

LUDLOW, Vt. – Walker Bridge, located by the intersection of Main St. and Elm St. in Ludlow, will be closing June 9 for up to 35 days. Cold River Bridges, contractor, will be working around the clock to remove and … Continued

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