Vermont's Gun-Control Record Scrutinized After Massacres in Texas, NY
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Gov. Phil Scott says the gun control laws Vermont passed in 2018 in response a foiled plot to attack a high school in Fair Haven are a possible model for the nation following this week’s massacre of 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school. But some Vermont lawmakers and gun safety advocates note that Scott has opposed adopting...
'I Felt Safe': Steps to End Domestic Violence Gives Survivors Hope for a Better Tomorrow
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Domestic violence can happen to anyone. If you've never experienced it yourself, chances are you know someone who has. Founded in 1974 as a women's shelter and originally known as Women Helping Battered Women, Chittenden County-based nonprofit Steps to End Domestic Violence supports survivors of domestic violence; it now works with survivors of any...
Notice of Sale: 101 West Milton Road Unit 21 (nka 155 Dewey Drive)
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According to the terms and conditions of a Judgment and Decree of Foreclosure by Judicial Sale (the Order) in the matter of Vermont Housing Finance Agency v. Mechenna H. Ford, Cayman Ford and Any Tenants Residing at 101 West Milton Road Unit 21 (nka 155 Dewey Drive), Birchwood Manor Mobile Home Park, Milton, VT, Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden...
A Wave of Retirements Washes Over the Pandemic-Weary Vermont Legislature
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Corey Parent loves nearly everything about representing Franklin County in the Vermont Senate. The Republican from St. Albans enjoys the collegial atmosphere at the Statehouse, finds the policy debates invigorating and is honored to serve his constituents. But as his legislative duties increasingly pulled him away from his 4-year-old son and...
Burlington Police to Have Stronger Downtown Presence This Summer
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The Burlington Police Department will deploy more cops downtown this summer to combat what officials describe as a rash of unsavory behavior around Queen City tourist destinations. The summer staffing plan, which has been in effect for almost three weeks, will sacrifice patrols in quieter neighborhoods so that BPD officers can prioritize an area...
Notice to Creditors: Estate of Robert Corti
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State of Vermont Superior Court Probate Division Chittenden Unit Docket No.: 22-PR-02305 In re ESTATE of Robert Corti NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of: Robert Corti, late of Westford, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing...
A Guide to This Summer’s Classical Music Festivals in Vermont
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This year, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra embarks once more on its statewide Summer Festival Tour, serenading picnickers with pop favorites and upbeat classical selections. But that's just the beginning of the classical music on offer this summer in Vermont. To help music lovers make their plans, we've compiled a list of seven large and small...
The Round Goby, a New Threat to Lake Champlain, Reignites Debate Over Canal
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There's an aquatic army at the gates of Lake Champlain — a battalion of bottom dwellers born to conquer. The round goby, an insatiable, hardy fish that reproduces prolifically, has already colonized the Great Lakes in its advance across the country, reshaping whichever freshwater ecosystems lie in its path.  Recently, several gobies turned up in...
Notice to Creditors: Estate of John D. Vogelsang, Jr
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VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION, SS. DOCKET NO. 22-PR-02675 IN RE THE ESTATE OF JOHN D. VOGELSANG, JR LATE OF SHELBURNE, VERMONT NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of the Estate of JOHN D. VOGELSANG, JR, late of Shelburne, Vermont. We have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the...
Star Turns: For Young Actors, Very Merry Theatre Provides Ample Opportunities
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The young cast of a recent Very Merry Theatre production, The Adventures of Buster Bear, spread across the stage during a rehearsal at the company's headquarters in Burlington's Old North End Community Center. "Rodents, scamper!" called out Very Merry founder and director Don Wright from the lip of the stage. The children, portraying forest...
Pop Culture: Vermont Dads Lead the Way
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If you're organizing an outing with a group of dads and their young kids, take it from me: Nothing beats a nature walk. It's free, everyone gets some exercise and fresh air, and there are lots of things to talk about. I led one such walk at the Ethan Allen Homestead in April, with a dozen fathers and their 14 children. The outing was through Dad...
Charity Clark Joins Race for Vermont Attorney General
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The race for attorney general is on: Charity Clark, a lawyer who has spent the last four years as chief of staff to Attorney General T.J. Donovan, says she is running to become Vermont's next top prosecutor. Her announcement comes little over a week after her boss said he would not run for reelection. She joins Washington County State’s Attorney...
Sirotkin Announces He's Catching the Wave of Senate Retirements
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The list of lawmakers not running for reelection next year got longer Friday with Sen. Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) confirming to Seven Days that he is retiring. The South Burlington attorney and former lobbyist has served in the 30-member Senate since he was appointed in 2014 to fill the seat of his late wife, Sally Fox, after she died of lung...
Compromise Housing Bill Caps Vermont's Legislative Session
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On the last day of the legislative session, Vermont lawmakers passed a sprawling housing bill they hope Gov. Phil Scott will sign and a controversial land-use reform bill they’re certain he won’t. Their actions Thursday reflected a last-minute decision by Democratic leaders to focus their dwindling legislative energies on addressing the housing...
Restaurants and Cafés Navigate New Policy on Compostable Takeout Foodware
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This spring, Bluebird Barbecue culinary director Dan Miele was juggling myriad tasks to get the Burlington restaurant ready for its first dine-in customers in two years. Along with hiring challenges, spiking ingredient costs, supply chain gaps and continued COVID-19 concerns, Miele — and many other Chittenden County resto managers — have faced...
The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, May 11-17
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Spring has sprung and there's no shortage of ways for Vermonters to connect, learn and have a good time. We've compiled seven must-do events, including a book launch from Middlebury College professor Estela González at Middlebury's Little Seed Coffee Roasters on Friday. The Turtle of Life Friday 13 Middlebury College professor Estela González...
Rory Thibault, Washington County's Top Prosecutor, Is Running for AG
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Well, that was quick. Less than 24 hours after Attorney General T.J. Donovan's surprise announcement that he won't seek reelection, the race to replace him is on: Rory Thibault, the state's attorney in Washington County, says he is running as a Democrat for the statewide office. Thibault, 39, declared his candidacy at a press conference in Barre, ...
Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan Won't Seek Reelection
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan said Thursday that he will not seek reelection. A Democrat from a well-known political family, Donovan has long been floated as a potential candidate for higher office in Vermont and considered a run for governor in 2019. A brief press statement announcing his decision on Thursday seemed meant to quash musings...
Vermont’s Take-Home Methadone Dispenser Program Could Be a ‘Game Changer’
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Mistee Lemons faced an impossible choice during her recovery from opioid addiction. It was 2018, and Lemons had spent almost two years making a daily three-mile pilgrimage to a methadone clinic in South Burlington, catching buses when she had money, walking when she didn't. After several years of living in tents and motels, Lemons had made progress...
Notice to Creditors: Estate of George Boretos
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State of Vermont Superior Court Probate Division Chittenden Unit Docket No.: 22-PR-01474 In re ESTATE of George Boretos NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of: George Boretos, late of South Burlington, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims...
Notice of Hearing: Sharron Flanigan
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STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT CASE NO. 22-CV-01378 IN RE: ABANDONED MOBILE HOME OF SHARRON FLANIGAN NOTICE OF HEARING A hearing on The Housing Foundation, Inc.'s Verified Complaint to declare as abandoned the mobile home of Sharron Flanigan, located at the Mountain View Mobile Home Park, Lot #13, 19 Bear Lane in...
Notice to Creditors: Estate of Kenneth McCormick
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State of Vermont Superior Court Probate Division Chittenden Unit Docket No.: 22-PR-02140 In re ESTATE of Kenneth McCormick NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of: Kenneth McCormick, late of South Burlington. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in...
South Burlington Starbucks Workers Seek to Form Union
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Workers at a Starbucks in South Burlington are seeking to become the first unionized location in Vermont, joining a historic labor uprising within the country's largest coffeeshop chain. In a letter to the company shared publicly on Sunday, six employees on a union organizing committee said they hope to secure better wages that align with the...
UVM Health Network Halts Badly Needed Psychiatric Bed Project
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Vermont’s largest hospital network says it is shelving plans to build new inpatient psychiatric beds because it can no longer afford the desperately needed project. The project has been in the works since 2018, when state regulators ordered the University of Vermont Health Network to use more than $20 million in budget surplus to open more...
Cottages Industry: The Housing Crisis Complicates Hiring, Forcing Employers to Become Realtors and Builders
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As HR manager at Stone Environmental, Joanne Perry has become adept at helping new hires find their way around Vermont's tight housing market. When the Montpelier-based company offered GIS specialist Paige Gebhardt a job in December, Perry advised her to start searching right away.  With her April start date approaching, Gebhardt, who had been...
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