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New name proposed to unite Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, Vermont Tech

The merger involving Castleton University, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College, is planned to occur in 2023.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Three thoughts: CVU girls soccer locks up South Burlington in title-game rematch

Emma Crum’s first-half penalty stands up as Champlain Valley silences defending champion South Burlington 1-0 in Saturday’s title-game rematch.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Vermont sports scores for Saturday, September 25: See how your favorite team fared

Vermont high school and college sports scores and results as reported to the Burlington Free Press sports department.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Barre, St. Albans, Newport and St. Johnsbury report Covid surges

An image of the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two weeks after Labor Day weekend and school reopenings, Covid-19 cases have exploded across the state — with a record-high weekly average and elevated hospitalizations. The latest data from the Vermont Department of Health shows surges in some of…

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Project removes old, disused dams to make healthier waterways

Seen through the window of Patty Smith’s home in East Bethel, James Rogers, left, and Fran Rhynhart, right, watch as Ben Canonica, of Canonica Farm and Forest, makes a buffer to protect the bank of the Second Branch of the White River while preparing to remove the Hyde Dam on Tuesday, Sept. 15. “As kids,…

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Then Again: The Winooski River — power, pearls and politics

Photographer Frank F. Currier took this image of the Middlesex Narrows on the Winooski River during the 1870s, before it was dammed. Getty Museum photo Visiting the Winooski River one Sunday in 1854, Frederick William Shelton found it an almost religious experience. “(U)pon that peaceful Sabbath, with no habitations near, I heard a grander sermon than…

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Vermont high school football: What we learned in Week 4 of the 2021 season

Here are a few highlights worthy of a spotlight from the weekend games in Vermont high school football.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Get your grub while you can: Seasonal eateries in Vermont make plans to shut down

The fall chill in the air means it’s time, or soon will be time, for summer-seasonal eateries to close. Here’s a rundown of what some are planning.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Vermont high school football: Live updates, scores, results from Week 4

Vermont high school football Week 3 scores, details for Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Fatal zip line accident at Stowe Mountain Resort under investigation

A refurbished gondola cabin hangs from its lift cable at Stowe Mountain Resort in 2014. File photo by Glenn Callahan/Stowe Reporter Authorities are investigating why a Stowe Mountain Resort employee crashed and died while riding a zip line on Thursday. Scott Lewis, 53, of Stowe crashed into the anchoring platform that holds up a zip…

Covid case counts set Vermont records, and state data shows concerning trends on fatalities

New data from the Vermont Department of Health shows the Delta variant of Covid-19 continues to drive concerning trends despite the state’s sterling vaccination rate. The state reported 238 new Covid cases Friday, down from Thursday’s 274 cases but far higher than the seven-day average of 206.  Thursday’s total was increased from the initial report…

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The Deeper Dig: Life and learning inside the Burlington Macy’s

A former Macy’s department store was converted into the temporary home of Burlington High School in January 2021. Students have begun their first full academic year in the building. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger The Deeper Dig is a weekly podcast from the VTDigger newsroom. Listen below, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify or anywhere you listen to…

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Four new businesses are coming to Essex. Here’s what to know.

Four small, Vermonter-owned businesses will be coming to the Essex Experience. Here’s what’s opening by spring 2022.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Vermont sports scores for Thursday, September 23: See how your favorite team fared

Vermont high school and college sports scores and results as reported to the Burlington Free Press sports department.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Older Vermonters who got the Pfizer COVID shot can get a booster. How and when to sign up.

Vermont health officials are starting to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot to older residents by age band. Here’s how and when to sign up.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

UVM study shows Vermont town leadership leans older, white, male

A new study reveals a number of struggles for small towns in Vermont, including a disproportionately high number of town leaders who are over 50 years of age and male.  The study conducted by the Center for Research on Vermont relied on a combination of survey data and public information, mostly gathered between June and…

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Vermont’s legislative leaders call off plans to convene in October

Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint, left, and House Speaker Jill Krowinski. Photos by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger Vermont’s legislative leadership has called off plans to reconvene this October due to substantial delays to President Biden’s federal infrastructure bill. The decision likely forecloses the possibility that the Legislature could seek to enact more stringent Covid-19 protocols this…

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Department of Public Safety hires Mourning Fox as 1st director of mental health

Department of Public Safety’s first Director of Mental Health Programs Mourning Fox at the DPS headquarters in Waterbury on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Courtesy of Vermont State Police The Vermont Department of Public Safety has its first director of mental health. Mourning Fox, former deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, started the…

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Vermont sports scores for Wednesday, September 22: See how your favorite team fared

Vermont high school and college sports scores and results as reported to the Burlington Free Press sports department.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Varsity Insider: Week 2 power rankings for Vermont high school girls soccer

South Burlington remains the top-ranked team in the latest Varsity Insider high school girls soccer power rankings.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Vermont is struggling to keep up with the demand for spaying and neutering pets

Vermont is struggling to keep up with the demand for spaying and neutering pets, which could lead to a overcrowding problem in shelters.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Brattleboro Union High School wrestles with past claims of teacher sexual misconduct

Brattleboro Union High School educates students from the towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney and Vernon. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger The board that governs Brattleboro Union High School is debating how to respond to years-old yet newly publicized allegations that a retired educator sexually exploited teenage students. The weekly Commons newspaper last month published…

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