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Extra 3SquaresVT food benefits through March

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — Those receiving federal aid for food will see their benefits increased for February and March, the state has announced. The Department for Children and Families (DCF) says that the extra help is part of the federal Coronavirus Relief Bill. DCF also says it will not permanently change a household’s monthly benefit and is…

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Vermont National Guard leave for Washington, DC

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — Soldiers from 1-172 CAV and 172nd Public Affairs Detachment of the Vermont National Guard, departed Sunday to join over 20,000 other National Guard members in securing a peaceful Inauguration. Approximately 100 Vermont Army National Guard soldiers will support operations in Washington, DC, ahead of the Presidential Inauguration on Wednesday, January 20. The announcement…

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IRS Criminal Investigation warns Vermonters about new wave of COVID-19 scams

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) is warning Vermont taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19-related scams as the agency delivers the second round of Economic Impact Payments. In the last several months, IRS-CI has seen a variety of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) scams and other financial schemes designed to steal…

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Vermont becomes 11th state to legalize marijuana sales

in Vermont

MONTPELIER — Governor Phil Scott today announced action on a range of bills, including the Legislature’s bill to create a regulated cannabis market in Vermont, which will be allowed to go into law without his signature. In 2018, lawmakers depenalized the possession and cultivation of small quantities of marijuana by adults, but not commercial activities…

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Vermonters in need will get grants for overdue mortgage payments

in Vermont

NEWPORT — When Kimberly Edgar was unable to work due to COVID-19, the new Mortgage Assistance Program offered her a path for keeping her home in Brattleboro. Funded by the federal CARES Act, the program provides qualified Vermont homeowners with grants for up to six months of overdue mortgage and property tax payments. By applying…

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The Vermont Leaf Company turns over a new leaf with expanded items

in Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Founded in 2015 on a challenge to create a company with no funding, the Vermont Leaf Company lived its first five years selling only leaves. The leaves were not preserved, and not even pressed. With free inventory that shipped light and flat, it seemed worth a go.  Five years on that business…

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Gov. Scott releases 3-phased reopening plan for manufacturing and construction

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — Governor Phil Scott today released the state’s “3-Phased Reopening Plan” for Vermont’s manufacturing, fulfillment, and distribution enterprises. Scott says the plan is considered “a living document” and will be continuously updated and improved as information and guidance are refined and new best practices emerge. The governor’s order today states that effective May 4,…

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Vermont continues to ease business restrictions

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MONTPELIER – Governor Phil Scott outlined some additional openings today as part of the phased restart of Vermont’s economy, introduced last week. The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect, but with modeling continuing to indicate Vermonters are significantly slowing the spread of the virus, the administration says they are taking a “cautious,…

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Food insecurity in Vermont up 33 percent during pandemic

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NEWPORT — Food insecurity in Vermont has increased by one-third during the coronavirus pandemic, from 18.3 percent to 24.3 percent, according to a statewide survey conducted by the University of Vermont at the end of March. The increase in food insecurity was strongly correlated with employment status. Among survey respondents overall, 45 percent had lost…

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Vermont extends stay-at-home order until May 15

in COVID-19/Vermont

NEWPORT – Governor Phil Scott today extended Vermont’s State of Emergency through May 15, which also extends the expiration date of all corresponding orders and directives issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The original State of Emergency, issued on March 13, was set to expire on April 15, as were the subsequent mitigation measures.…

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Vermont smoking age to increase to 21 on Sunday

in Vermont

NEWPORT – Starting September 1, Vermonters must be at least 21 years old to purchase and possess tobacco products or paraphernalia. The new law also includes tobacco-substitute products, such as e-cigarettes. Health officials say the increase in buying age will help protect youth from nicotine addiction and potentially toxic chemicals. Commonly known as Tobacco 21,…

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Sheffield man killed in head-on crash

in News/Northeast Kingdom/Vermont

SHEFFIELD — A Sheffield man was killed in a head-on crash on I-89 in Richmond this morning.   Police say it happened at around 6:50 a.m. when a 2015 Dodge Ram drifted from the southbound lanes of I-89, into the median, went airborne and struck a 2012 Ford F-350 traveling north head-on. The driver of…

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$250,000 awarded to help grow outdoor recreation economy of the NEK

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NEWPORT — More money and organizational support will be available in 2020 for NEK towns and nonprofits working to expand or improve local trail-based outdoor recreation options. The assistance comes thanks to a cooperative effort spearheaded by the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative (NEKC) and Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA).  The federal Northern Border Regional Commission this…

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AOT reports low fatality rate on Vermont highways in 2019

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NEWPORT — According to a new report by the Agency of Transportation (AOT), Vermont has seen a low number of fatalities on the state’s highways for the year to date. Statistically, Vermont experiences approximately 25-35 fatalities on its highways through the end of July. This year, there have been 13 fatalities. “While the reduction in…

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125 years at the Westmore Community Church celebration

in Vermont/Westmore

WESTMORE — The Westmore Community Church is inviting the community to join in for the 125-year anniversary celebration of the construction of the church building. The event will take place on Sunday, August 4, with the church service beginning at 9:00 a.m., followed by a reception. The church theme will be 1890s music, including attire…

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Driver sideswipes police cruiser while surfing internet for episode of “Saved by the Bell”

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THETFORD — Police say a Wells River man was on his phone surfing the internet for a specific episode of the 90’s television sitcom ‘Saved by the Bell,’ when he sideswiped a police car. The driver was identified as 55-year-old Kevin Bacon. Bacon was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Spark down Interstate 91 when he struck…

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Craftsbury man awarded for helping save the common loon in Vermont

in Craftsbury/News/Outdoors/Vermont

WILLISTON — Craftsbury resident Eric Hanson was recently presented the 2019 GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award. Hanson is a biologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) who spearheaded recovery of the formerly endangered common loon in Vermont. Hanson’s efforts over the past 21 years have included work to educate Vermonters about loons and their nesting needs,…

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2018’s guest judges, Jonathan Goldsmith, and 2017 Best Beard in Vermont and Wish Dad, Bryan Sturge.

Contest underway to find the best beard in Vermont

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/Vermont

NEWPORT — A truly Vermont-style fundraiser is back with the Third Annual Vermont Beardies, the contest to find the best beard in Vermont. Bearded Vermonters are invited to enter their magnificent scruff and encourage their friends to support Make-A-Wish Vermont through social media appeals. Contestants will compete online in three categories, Urban, Freestyle, and Backwoods.…

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Vermont’s rifle deer season starts tomorrow

in News/Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that starts tomorrow, November 10 and ends Sunday, November 25. A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one…

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Vermont bear hunting starts September 1

in Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — Vermont’s bear hunting season starts September 1, and officials say hunters can improve their chances if they scout ahead of time to find fall foods such as wild apples, beechnuts, acorns, and berries where bears will be feeding. “Fall foods for bears are more abundant than they were last year,” said Vermont’s bear…

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