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Panel seeks public input on school athletic complex upgrades

Nov. 20, 2021 14:33 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — After voters turned down a $3.5 million bond to pay for improvements to the athletic complex at the Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, the committee working on the project wants to come up with a proposal that voters support. “As a...

Vermont's unemployment rate remained at 2.8% in October

Nov. 19, 2021 11:16 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's unemployment rate remained at 2.8% in October, unchanged from the previous month, the state Labor Department said Friday. The national unemployment rate for October was 4.6%, a drop of ten-tenths of a percentage point from September. ...

New water lines to homes with contaminated wells completed

Nov. 16, 2021 12:19 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — New pipes bringing water to more than 440 homes near Bennington have finished being installed after chemical contamination was found in groundwater wells in 2016. Gov. Phil Scott and other officials gathered at a pump station Monday to mark the...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Nov. 12, 2021 17:16 PM EST

Portland Press Herald. November 8, 2021. Editorial: Federal prescription plan has been on Maine’s agenda for years The Build Back Better plan includes a price negotiation system for prescription drugs, and all of Maine’s congressional delegation...

Company to pay $34M in chemical contamination lawsuit

Nov. 11, 2021 16:59 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A chemical company has agreed to pay $34 million to compensate residents of a Vermont town for chemical contamination in groundwater and soil. The ChemFab plant in Bennington, owned by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, used industrial chemicals...

School mulls next steps for field after bond vote fails

Nov. 05, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — After voters turned down a $3.5 million bond to pay for improvements to the athletic complex at the Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, the question remains about what to do with the dilapidated athletic field. The project would have...

Vermont Tissue Paper will reopen under new ownership

Nov. 04, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A dormant hydroelectric plant in Vermont is planning to reopen under new ownership after its closure in 2018. According to town property records, the Vermont Tissue Paper hydroelectric plant was sold to North Bennington Hydroelectric for $100,000...

Bennington to seek grant for work to explore uses for armory

Oct. 31, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Bennington Select Board has voted to apply for a grant to pay for work to explore potential uses for the downtown Vermont National Guard Armory building. After a planned new Guard Readiness Center is constructed, the town will own the the...

Report suggests battery plant could be used for housing

Oct. 31, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A new report looking for possible ways to redevelop the now-closed the Energizer industrial buildings in Bennington says it could be converted into hundreds of units of much needed housing for the community. When the company vacated the buildings...

Teen taken into custody after report of school threat

Oct. 28, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Police took a 17-year-old male into custody near a Vermont high school after investigating a report of a threat that resulted in a brief lockdown Thursday. The teen was overheard making a comment involving the safety of students at Mount Anthony...