Bob Hartwell
10 years ago:
School consolidation bills that had stirred local opposition during the legislative session were languishing in their committees, according to local legislators.  The Legislature had turned its attention to the passage of a balanced budget. The “Challenges...

Ten years ago, Mount Snow released a rendering of their master plan for the base area. New ski lodges, services, and condominiums were all a part of the 30-year build-out.
10 years ago:
Mount Snow rolled out a new proposed master plan that included a new base lodge, expanded ski school facilities, and other improvements.  Peak Resorts VP Dick Deutsch said the goal was to make the base area look like a village center with a town green. ...
It has now been four weeks since the Senate left Montpelier and started meeting remotely. Our Constitution says that we meet in the Statehouse and that the sessions are open to the public. At this time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders we needed to figure out a way to do what we needed...
“Universe of Two” by Stephen P. Kiernan
William Morrow, 2020

“Universe of Two” is a wartime love story of a physicist, Charlie Fisk, and an organist, Brenda Dubie.  They meet in 1943 when he wanders into Dubie’s Music, a Chicago store that sells sheet music and...
Officials say numbers may track lower
MONTPELIER- Vermont’s COVID-19 mitigation measures appear to be working, Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday, with the number of cases on track at a lower rate than had originally been projected.
“Your sacrifices are having an impact...

No haggis needed: A patchouli-soaked Vermonter has no problem following recommended social distancing practices
MONTPELIER- Legislators this week approved funding for a state program to aid in social distancing.  
Under the bill, H.401, the Vermont Department of Health will purchase and distribute bagpipes and patchouli to Vermonters to support their social distancing efforts.  “Our testing...
By Ydnar Inatipac
DOVER- When the state of Vermont ordered all hair and nail salons to close two weeks ago, as part of the effort to stem the community transmission of the coronavirus, it was done with the interest of protecting public health. 
While the order was meant to slow the...
WILMINGTON - When community members began regularly engaging in video chats in recent weeks, Ralph Dune noticed a trend. 
“Everyone was sizing up people’s backgrounds,” he says. “Whose house is most eclectic? Who has the best view?” 
Dune got an idea. “Sure, you could remodel your...
WILMINGTON - Though bears were surprised to see a lack of food debris downtown upon waking last week, when they learned that humans are engaging in social distancing, they quickly pivoted to offer advice and support. 
“Really all the time, but especially from October to March each year, we...
DEERFIELD VALLEY- With stay-at-home orders shuttering restaurants, schools, and many businesses, people are stocking up on more than just toilet paper, say local package store and bar staff. 
“Beer sales are through the roof,” said Charlie Angle of Tatoo’s Liquors.  “All of the Mexican...


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