Shopping locally benefits the economy and the community
Next week is the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season, although many would say that it really began at Halloween or earlier. In any event, once again we encourage folks around the v...
Nov 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Words for veterans
Saturday is Veterans Day. It’s important to take a moment to reflect on what veterans mean to the country. Wherever they might have been engaged, Kabul, Baghdad, Kosovo, Mogadishu, Panama City, Da ...
Nov 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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If the suit fits, wear it
News this week that the town of Whitingham, and two of its residents, have filed a lawsuit challenging the way Vermont accounts for and doles out its education dollars should not come as a big surp...
Nov 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Data on program is still inconclusive, needs time
Last week we had a front page story about a digital marketing dashboard program that, to this point, hasn’t been successful. We were disappointed to see that the backers of the plan were willing to...
Oct 26, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Workforce development, affordability are keys to finding good employees
Talk with just about any business owner or manager around the region, and it won’t take long before a common refrain begins to emerge. Many, if not all, businesses in southern Vermont are having a ...
Oct 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paving problems persist
Now when I die I don’t want no coffin, I thought about it all too often. Just strap me in behind the wheel and bury me with my automobile. Damn this traffic jam, how I hate to be late, it hurts my ...
Oct 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Three simple numbers, many difficult solutions
Oct 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
“The numbers that keep me up at night are six, three, one. Every day we lose six workers from the workforce. Every day there are three fewer students. And there is one baby born to opiates or addic...
Big loss for the valley
Sep 28, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 124 124 recommendations | email to a friend
The valley lost one of its more influential and colorful personalities this past week. Former Valley News publisher Don Albano died early Saturday morning after a long decline in health. For those ...
Tight labor pool cause for concern in rural towns
Sep 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend
The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August was 3%. This reflects a decline of one-tenth of one percentage point from the rev...
State, providers yet to deliver on broadband
Sep 07, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 173 173 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week we ran a story about a broadband access discussion at the Whitingham Selectboard meeting. At the meeting, the board heard concerns about the lack of service in the town, and concerns over...
Planning never done
Aug 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 197 197 recommendations | email to a friend
“Six years ago, Vermont faced one of its most impactful natural disasters when Tropical Storm Irene caused major flooding across the state. Our response and recovery – from the state and local gove...
EB-5 needs a fresh start
Aug 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 207 207 recommendations | email to a friend
News this week that the federal government is shutting down Vermont’s EB-5 regional center shouldn’t have been shocking to anyone who has followed the ups and downs of the state’s program during th...