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Mayor of Vermont capital urges protesters to stay home

Jan. 15, 2021 2:23 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The mayor of Montpelier is urging protesters and counter-protesters to stay home this Sunday rather than gather at the Vermont Statehouse. But Mayor Anne Watson is asking that anyone who does show up in Montpelier to leave their firearms at home. “I know there have been calls...

Vermont State College employees offer alternative solutions

Jan. 14, 2021 5:47 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A group of Vermont State College employees has suggested streamlining upper-level administrative positions to save the system $7 million as an alternative solution to the system’s financial woes. The system was thrust into financial crisis last year after decades of...

Vermont to send 100 National Guard troops to Washington

Jan. 14, 2021 2:25 PM EST

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont National Guard will send about 100 infantry soldiers to Washington to help provide security for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Most of the soldiers will be from the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Vermont Adj. Gen. Greg Knight, the head of the Vermont...

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott takes the Oath of Office on on the steps of the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 Montpelier, Vt. Scott, a Republican, is beginning his third two-year term. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Vermont governor says pandemic recovery offers opportunity

Jan. 7, 2021 8:38 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott said that in the past year Vermonters and people across the country have been tested by the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice and the politics that led to the Wednesday riots at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The people of Vermont have responded...

Vermont Secretary of State James Condos administers the oath of office over Zoom to Vermont House Speaker Jill Krowinski, D-Burlington, during the first day of the new session on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021  in Montpelier, Vt. 2021.  (Kristopher Radder /The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont Legislature convenes for largely remote session

Jan. 6, 2021 4:47 PM EST

The Vermont Legislature convened Wednesday on the first day of the 2021 session, electing leaders for both the House and the Senate with few lawmakers at the Statehouse in Montpelier. In the Senate, Democratic Sen. Becca Balint, of Windham County, was chosen as the Senate’s first woman president pro...

Vermont Statehouse has batteries to protect against outages

Jan. 5, 2021 11:06 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier now has batteries that will provide power when the electricity goes out. During times of peak electricity demand the batteries will help meet that need, reducing costs for Green Mountain Power, the utility behind the project, and its customers....

New England Culinary Institute to close after 40 years

Dec. 28, 2020 3:47 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont-based New England Culinary Institute is closing its doors after 40 years partly due to added challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In an undated letter to the school community posted on the NECI website, President Milan Milasinovic said the school is...

Vermont Presidential elector Kesha Ram fills out her presidential ballot at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Vermont casts 3 electoral votes for President-elect Biden

Dec. 14, 2020 1:12 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s three representatives to the Electoral College cast the state’s presidential ballots for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Monday. The representatives, members of the state’s Democratic Party, met at the Statehouse in...

Vermont capitol Christmas tree comes from Wallingford

Nov. 26, 2020 2:55 PM EST

WALLINGFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Capitol Christmas tree this year is from Wallingford. The 48-foot Balsam Fir was set up in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier on Tuesday. The tree was cut down at a tree farm owned by Len and Mary Ann Cadwallader. The tree farm has been in the Cadwallader family since...

Vermont schools will ask students if they celebrated at home

Nov. 24, 2020 2:06 PM EST

The state of Vermont is again encouraging people to limit Thanksgiving gatherings this week to members of their immediate households as a way to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Next week, when children return to school, their regular daily health checks will include questions about whether...