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Barre fire in historic building no accident

BARRE — One of the oldest buildings in Barre appears to have survived a fire that authorities say was intentionally set. After conducting a “layer by layer” analysis of the rubble in and around the vacant North Main Street building that last housed Tenco Equipment Inc., state investigators concluded Tuesday’s three-alarm fire wasn’t accidental or electrical. It was, in their […]

A grim task in the wake of 1927 flood

MIDDLESEX — Swimmers and boaters at the Wrightsville Beach, just north of the Montpelier town line on Route 12, may be aware that a village of 30 homes was removed to create the reservoir that protects the Capital City from the devastation of violent floods. But how many have considered that a cemetery with over 600 graves was relocated as […]

Co-op review is praised and challenged

MONTPELIER — There were high marks from a survey, members and customers at a meeting of the Hunger Mountain Cooperative on Tuesday. But there were also some tough questions about spending, policy direction and some management moves.  About 100 members and customers of the co-op turned out at the Montpelier Senior Citizen Center for an update by co-op General Manager Kari Bradley on ongoing initiatives.  After […]

Legislature reconvenes for special session

  MONTPELIER — Vermont lawmakers arrived back in Montpelier on Wednesday for a special legislative session to address a stalemate over the state budget and property tax bills. Republican Gov. Phil Scott has said he will veto the bills, in part, because they violate his campaign pledge of no new fees or taxes. Scott also hopes to use one-time funds, […]

BRIEF: VT Delegation announces housing grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vermont’s Congressional delegation – Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Peter Welch –  announced Wednesday that the state will receive more than $2.5 million in federal grants to preserve, improve and develop public housing.  Grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Capital Fund Program went to: Barre Housing Authority, $623,504; Montpelier Housing Authority, $108,689; Rutland Housing Authority, $434,135; Brattleboro Housing Authority, $532,792; Winooski Housing Authority, $429,514; and Bennington […]

WEC seeks rate increase

EAST MONTPELIER – Washington Electric Co-op has filed for a 3.72 percent rate increase with the Vermont Public Utility Commission.  General Manager Patty Richards said that WEC last applied for a rate increase 18 months ago, in Jan. 2017, and that the utility’s rate increases have averaged about 2 percent annually for the past 20 years.  Richards said the need for the rate increase […]

Talk of the town

Granite plants? BARRE – We’re not talking about “manufacturing facilities.” We’re talking about “plant” plants, like the perennials members of the Granite Center Garden Club will be selling first thing Friday morning in the converted granite plant that is now home to the Vermont Granite Museum. The perennial sale has long been an annual tradition for the garden club, which […]

Central Vermont Memorial Day events on tap

Barre, Montpelier and the state of Vermont each traditionally host ceremonies, open houses and events to honor those who lost their lives during military service. Memorial Day was traditionally held May 30, but now it’s officially observed on the last Monday in May. Here are events in and around central Vermont   Thursday, May 24 COLCHESTER — The Vermont National […]

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