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Jacob Rice, a worker from the Retreat Farm, helps with the Christmas tree in Pliny Park, in Brattleboro, Vt., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, for the holiday season. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Some schools go remote, others ask for voluntary quarantines

Nov. 30, 2020 1:05 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Some Vermont schools are moving to all-remote teaching in the week following Thanksgiving while others could be sending students home if they say they celebrated the holiday with people outside their households. On Friday, Gov. Phil Scott continued his call for children to stay home...

Vermont governor: Keep students home after big gatherings

Nov. 27, 2020 2:39 PM EST

Gov. Phil Scott said Friday he's hearing anecdotally that most Vermonters kept their Thanksgiving celebrations among their immediate families and he's hopeful there won't be a surge of cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 linked to the holiday. But he continued his call for children to stay home from school...

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...

School district: Some not complying with quarantine

Nov. 25, 2020 1:20 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A school district in Vermont's Orange County is concerned about families not complying with quarantine rules after a cluster of coronavirus cases turned up in the district that serves Randolph, Braintree and Brookfield. The Orange Southwest School District has moved to remote...

Vermont AG: Officer justified in non-fatal Rutland shooting

Nov. 25, 2020 11:19 AM EST

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Rutland police officer was justified when he shot and wounded a man who he believed had run over another police officer during a drug investigation in July, the attorney general's office said. The attorney general’s office said Tuesday it was declining to prosecute Rutland City...

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...

Women picked for most top roles in Vermont Legislature

Nov. 24, 2020 1:31 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Women are expected to hold most of the top leadership positions in the Vermont Legislature next year. Democrats, who hold a majority, nominated Sen. Becca Balint, of Windham County, to be the state's Senate president pro tempore on Sunday. She would be the first woman and first...

Snowmobile COVID rules announced; district goes remote

Nov. 22, 2020 8:12 PM EST

A look at coronavirus developments around New England: ___ MAINE State health officials reported two new deaths and more than 200 cases of coronavirus on Sunday. The latest figures bring Maine’s total to 175 deaths and more than 10,000 cases of the virus since the pandemic started. The state's seven-day...

Massachusetts adds New Hampshire, Maine to travel order list

Nov. 21, 2020 4:38 PM EST

A look at coronavirus developments around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT Connecticut officials have released details of new rules announced recently by Gov. Ned Lamont that restrict team and club sports activities because of the coronavirus outbreak. The state also is now requiring masks to be worn in gyms, fitness...

Recount confirms Vermont House Speaker Johnson election loss

Nov. 21, 2020 12:43 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A recount held Friday confirmed that Vermont Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson lost her re-election bid earlier this month to a Republican newcomer. After the Nov. 3 election Johnson was in third place in a two-person district representing Grand Isle in the Legislature. She was...