Leaf-peeping from the water: 4 scenic boat rides you can book in Vermont this fall

Taking in the autumnal color of Vermont from one of its scenic lakes can be extraordinary. Here are ways to do it without lifting a paddle.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Vermont H.S. scores for Sept. 24: 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

Vermont high school football: What we learned in Week 4 of the 2022 season

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

State employees gear up for fight over cost-cutting Medicare Advantage plans

“Our retirees trust their bargaining teams more than they trust the private insurance industry,” said Steve Howard, executive director of the Vermont State Employees’ Association. “We want to maintain collective bargaining and not privatize this benefit out to an industry that is renowned for denying health care services to people when they need it the…

Vermont State University to cut tuition by 15% for in-state students

Students at Vermont Technical College and other schools within the Vermont State University will benefit from the price change. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Tuition at the Vermont State University will be 15% lower, on average, than what students currently pay, according to a press release Friday. The $9,999 yearly undergraduate tuition will take effect…

Meals on Wheels, other providers told to cut back in Windsor, Windham counties

Meals on Wheels volunteer Al Pristaw of Woodstock chats with Joyce Phillips while delivering her pork tenderloin lunch in March. Phillips had recently moved in with her son in Bridgewater. File photo by Jennifer Hauck/Valley News This article by Liz Sauchelli was originally published in the Valley News on Sept. 22. Home-delivered meal providers in…

Vermont high school football: Scores, results, stats from Week 4

Vermont high school football Week 4 scores, details for Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Vermont H.S. scores for Sept. 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

Fall foliage update: Yellows starting to show in northeastern Vermont

Vermont’s fall foliage season is ramping up. Where to find this best color this weekend.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

George Till: Dangerous misinformation vs. the facts on elective abortions

This commentary is written by Rep. George Till of Jericho, who is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who has served in the Vermont Legislature since 2008. Dr. Till is also an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UVM School of Medicine.   A lot of misinformation is being circulated regarding the abortion-rights amendment known as Article…

Michael Hogan: Vermont values are at the heart of the VSECU merger

This commentary was written by Michael J. Hogan, a retired state employee and vice chair of the VSECU Board of Directors. I joined VSECU in 1986 as a new state employee. After retirement from the state of Vermont, I became a director in 2016 and have extensive experience in board governance as a member of…

Michael Caldwell: Pilgrimage to constructive confrontation

This commentary is by Michael Caldwell of North Wolcott, a member of the international ecumenical Iona Community and author of The Radical Center, a syndicated monthly column transcending current fractures in culture and religion.  When we give vacations the character of pilgrimage, we see things, remember stories, notice encounters that escapist vacations miss. A recent…

2022 Fearless Free Press Football Forecast: Here are the Week 4 picks (and standings)

High school and college football in Vermont has returned, which means it’s once again time to resume the annual Fearless Free Press Football Forecast.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Starbucks isn’t the only place to get special fall drinks. Here are 5 local options.

There are pumpkin spice lattes, of course, but here are some other drink options that will keep you cozy this fall.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces potential suspension for violating team policy

Udoka is facing possible disciplinary action for his role in a consensual relationship with a woman who is on the team’s staff.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Kevin Ellis: Give me your tired, your poor…

This commentary is written by Kevin Ellis, a communications consultant based in Montpelier. He is a member of the board of the Vermont Journalism Trust, the parent organization of VTDigger.  “… Give me your tired, your poor,  your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,   the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send these, the homeless,…

Dan Smith: The bright side of giving

This commentary was written by Dan Smith, who has been the president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation since 2016. The foundation provides advice to the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love.  I am a relentless and dogged optimist. That is likely why I can’t help but…

Brady Toensing: Keep qualified immunity out of the consolidation conversation

This commentary was written by Brady Toensing, a Vermont lawyer and partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm, diGenova & Toensing. He previously served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman. More recently, he worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as a senior counsel in the Office of Legal Policy. In private…

Vermont Varsity Insider: Week 3 high school football power rankings

Who dropped and who is claiming stake across the state in high school football? The Week 3 Varsity Insider power rankings are here.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Rising seas will force North Carolina beach towns to move. The idea of leaving isn’t easy.

Experts says sea levels will rise 11-13 inches along southeastern North Carolina by 2050, leaving towns to reconsider their place alongside the ocean.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Green lakes in the Green Mountain State? Blame climate change for cyanobacteria increase

Over the past 20 years, climate change has made Vermont hotter and more rainy — leading to an increase in toxic cyanobacteria in our waters.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Joe Resteghini: Fall forward in Vermont schools

This commentary is written by Champlain Elementary School principal Joe Resteghini. Each spring we inevitably hear the Alexander Pope poetic term, “hope springs eternal.” This annual refreshment offers a ray of sunshine at the end of a long, cold winter. This year, as we begin a new school year, I would like to encourage Vermont…

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