Vermont beer experts weigh in on the state’s best brews, styles

The Vermont beer scene is complex. Gone are the days when you could just ask the bartender for a beer. Let these experts guide you through the scene.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

A national travel site calls 3 Vermont towns ‘winter wonderlands.’ Here are 3 they missed.

Can you guess which three charming Vermont towns made this national list? Plus, we have a few more suggestions.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Norwich 13-year-old becomes youngest champ ever in Vermont chess tournament

Alexander Collins, 13, of Norwich, replays a game he won at the Vermont Open chess tournament. Collins is the youngest champion to win the competition. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, he was at his weekly chess club at the Howe Library in Hanover, New Hampshire. Photo by Jennifer Hauck/Valley News Editor’s note: This story by Liz…

Haviland Smith: Will there be political violence in America’s future?

This commentary is by Haviland Smith, a retired CIA operations officer and station chief who now lives in Vermont. He worked primarily against the Soviet Union and East European countries and had a tour as CIA”s first chief of counterterrorism. The violent events of Jan. 6 of last year at the nation’s capital have persuaded…

Lisa Jablow: In Fish & Wildlife survey, nearly two-thirds of Vermonters oppose trapping 

This commentary is by Lisa Jablow, a resident of Brattleboro. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department fielded a survey recently on Vermonters’ attitudes towards trapping. Documents obtained via a public records request show that the department seemed more interested in advancing a pro-trapping agenda than in genuinely understanding the public’s attitudes.  Despite this bias, with…

Women learn power tools and other skills as part of nonprofit Vermont Works for Women

Vermont Works for Women is a nonprofit that equips women and girls with the skills to enter male-dominated fields, including construction and trades        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

South Burlington finalizes a design for pedestrian bridge over I-89: Here are the details.

Voters will decide whether to fund the pedestrian bridge through TIF financing at Town Meeting Day.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

NCAA Tournament: Vermont men’s soccer stuns SMU to reach Sweet 16

The Catamounts head to Dallas to face No. 11 seed SMU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Game time is 8 p.m. eastern on Sunday.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Emerson Wheeler: We are failing the many people struggling with long Covid

This commentary is by Emerson Wheeler, a public health professional specializing in health equity for the disability community and a graduate student at the University of Vermont. They are a public speaker and consultant for organizations looking to improve workplace inclusivity, accessibility and culture. In their free time, Emerson reads tons of books and explores…

Dylan Giambatista: CCV’s Life Gap Fund helps students overcome obstacles

This commentary is by Dylan Giambatista, a former Vermont state representative elected from Essex Junction, past trustee of the Vermont State Colleges System, and an alumnus of the Community College of Vermont. Imagine being a college student who’s trying to get ahead but faces obstacles at every turn. Maybe it was a late phone bill,…

Katherine Ash: Skilled trade jobs are in high demand. Vermont can seize the moment.

This commentary is by Katherine Ash, founder and principal at Second Mountain Strategies, a national economic opportunity and workforce policy consulting firm. She splits her time between Washington, D.C., and her home state of Vermont, where she previously was deputy Irene recovery officer and a field representative for a member of the federal delegation. Our…

NCAA Tournament: How to watch Vermont men’s soccer vs. SMU

The Catamounts head to Dallas to face No. 11 seed SMU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Game time is 8 p.m. eastern on Sunday.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Enter the 2022 Burlington Free Press Hand Turkey Contest

The Burlington Free Press will mark Thanksgiving by featuring reader entries in the annual Hand Turkey Contest. Here’s what you need to know.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Vermont men’s basketball: Iona thumps Catamounts at Mohegan Sun Arena

Iona leads wire to wire to post 71-50 over the UVM men’s basketball team in the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

5 municipalities in Chittenden County form new communications union district

A shipment of fiber optic cable is delivered to the Washington Electric Co-op in East Montpelier on Thursday, April 21, 2022. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Essex, Essex Junction, Shelburne, South Burlington and Williston are banding together to form a new communications union district.  Such districts are the foundation of Vermont’s plan to cover nearly every…

Where do historic Election Day losses leave the Vermont GOP?

H. Brooke Paige’s top hat sits on a table at the Vermont Republican Party election night party in Barre on Nov. 8. The perennial candidate lost in races for state treasurer and secretary of state on Election Day, as Vermont Republicans lost all but one statewide contest, did not pick up any state Senate seats…

Bill Schubart: Tom Sullivan and Leslie Niehoff take a long look at free speech

Residents recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of Londonderry Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. When “One nation under God” was added to the pledge in 1954, Jehovah’s Witnesses and atheists sought court relief from being required to repeat the pledge. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger I’m reading former UVM President Thomas Sullivan’s…

Nationally ranked UVM women’s hockey sweeps Merrimack

Results and schedules for University of Vermont men’s and women’s hockey and women’s basketball from Nov. 17- 19, 2022.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Retail roundup: Skis, international snacks, brunch and clothes arriving in Burlington area

The latest slew of openings includes places to dine and drink, a specialty snack shop and a women’s boutique with affordable prices.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Preserved by family love: What this standout Burlington home tells us about city history

The home’s story traverses many eras, tragedies, marriages and families, but it’s also a story of the surrounding neighborhood: the Old East End.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

The Deeper Dig: What keeps Vermonters together across a widening income divide?

The Craftsbury General Store in Craftsbury in October. 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 podcasts. Data from 21 billion Facebook friendships shows that when you know more high-income people, your income is more likely to…

As federal housing assistance winds down — and needs ramp up — lawmakers ask about ‘splitting the baby’

The Travel Inn in Rutland is one of the motels around Vermont where state agencies are housing people who would otherwise be homeless. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger Service providers helping to keep Vermonters sheltered came before lawmakers Friday to paint a bleak picture of conditions on the ground as the state confronts dwindling federal…

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