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Renters often stuck in unsafe homes

01/15/2018 Vermont's aging rental housing stock is deteriorating, and local officials are often limited in their ability to force landlords to fix their properties, according to a new report from Vermont Legal Aid. The report, "Renters at Risk," details personal ...

Ice Jam Flooding Wreaks Havoc in Vermont

01/16/2018 Additional homes on Monument Road in nearby Highgate were also evacuated, according to Swanton officials. "It put some folks in serious jeopardy here," said Dave Blackmore, the regional administrator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, who was ...

Macy's, Inc. Real Estate Sales Will Continue in 2018

01/16/2018 For example, the company found a buyer for its store in Burlington, Vermont within days of announcing plans to close it earlier this month. For vacant properties in less desirable locations, Macy's is working with a commercial real estate auction site to ...

Drone Video Captures Ice Jam Floods in Bethel, Vermont

01/14/2018 Ice jams have forced roads to close and some residents to evacuate their homes in several Northeastern states after heavy snowfall. This video taken by Rick Rivers in the town of Bethel, Vermont, shows a baseball field swamped by ice jams. Warmer weather ...

Vermont axes proposed sculling rules for popular pond

01/14/2018 CRAFTSBURY, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation ... It's also home to a public boat launch, a children's summer camp and private homes. There has long been tension between motorboat drivers and rowers on the pond.

Shelter opening in Vermont after flooding

01/13/2018 SWANTON, Vt. — The American Red Cross is opening an evacuation center in northern Vermont for residents who are leaving their homes due to flooding. Heavy rain overnight led to flooding in Swanton. Some roads were closed Friday night, including Route 78 ...

Mic Wakeup: Federal courts, Vermont and ‘Black Panther’ all had an awesome week

01/11/2018 Like other states, Vermont’s marijuana laws will allow people over the age of 21 to purchase and consume adult-use cannabis. People will also be able to grow a small number of plants in their homes. “This is a big step forward for Vermont,” Matt ...

Congrats to Vermont!

01/10/2018 Image via Getty. Congratulations to Vermont, a state where homes are powered by positive vibes and everyone is born with a pair of Birkenstocks on their feet, for becoming the first state to pass a bill legalizing recreational weed. Republican Gov.

The Vermont Senate just passed a bill legalizing cannabis — a rebuke to Jeff Sessions' crackdown on marijuana

01/11/2018 The Vermont Senate has passed a bill that legalizes the possession and consumption of marijuana and allows state residents to grow the plant in their homes. Gov. Phil Scott has said he would sign the bill, which would make Vermont the first state to ...

Vermont renters often stuck in unsafe homes, report finds

01/11/2018 Vermont Legal Aid attorney Maryellen Griffin speaks at the release of a report that found Vermont renters increasingly face poor living conditions and inadequate state and local regulations. Photo by Cory Dawson/VTDigger Vermont’s aging rental housing ...

Burst pipe closes Vermont CARES in Burlington

01/08/2018 The organization is meeting clients at their homes instead of office appointments this week. And it's referring people looking for HIV testing to other organizations until it reopens next week. Vermont CARES' other three offices across the state are open.

Vermont Officials To Update Bennington Residents Tuesday On Contamination Response

01/08/2018 The construction is being completed as part of a consent agreement with Saint-Gobain and the state of Vermont. Listen Listening... 3:30 The first homes in the Bennington, Vermont area with wells contaminated with the chemical PFOA have been hooked up to a ...

Vermont city considers making mural more inclusive to races

01/07/2018 BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Vermont's largest city are considering ... the Securities and Exchange Commission is probing the real estate company owned by the family of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and its link to a lucrative federal visa ...

Vermont House Passes Revised Adult-Use Bill; Moves to Senate

01/05/2018 Phil Scott, Vermont would become the first state to legalize cannabis ... Cynthia Browning – one to limit possession in homes to two pounds, and another that would have prevented the implementation of the program until the development of a roadside ...

The Latest: Vermont House approves marijuana legislation

01/04/2018 Vermont's House of Representatives has signed off on legislation that would allow adults 21 years old or older to possess up to 1 ounce (28.35 grams) of marijuana and grow marijuana at their homes. The Burlington Free Press says the bill would not create a ...

Don Keelan: Vermont’s shrinking workforce

01/05/2018 ... way of doing this is to provide a period of time – five years – where they are not subject to Vermont income taxes and possibly to local real estate taxes. An additional incentive would be for the state to provide free child care for a limited ...

Vermont House Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Bill

01/05/2018 MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s House of Representatives has signed off on legislation that would allow adults 21 years old or older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow cannabis at their homes. The legislation would make the Green Mountain ...

Cold has Vt. fuel delivery drivers working overtime

01/03/2018 "We've got a lot of people that we've got to get the customers, so the emergency declaration helps us in that effort," said Matt Coat of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association. "It was more important that those tanks are full in that people's homes stay warm ...

Margaret Harrington: Vermont’s plans to dump on Nevada

01/03/2018 Forty years of nuclear waste from Vermont Yankee in Vernon should not be transferred ... rails and waterways of 43 states going past the homes of tens of millions of Americans. Rep. Welch has written to me: “H.R. 3053 was approved by the House Energy ...

New wind power project goes online in southern Vermont

12/31/2017 Avangrid says the energy produced by the turbines will be enough to power roughly 14,000 average Vermont homes a year. The power will be sold to Green Mountain Power. Readsboro select board chair Helyn Strom-Henriksen says the community is looking forward ...

Vermont farm rises above other creameries

12/30/2017 Of course, plenty of flatlanders with plenty of money are pretty fond of it, too — drive through nearly any town around here and you’ll see palatial homes sprouting up on old farmland or cleared hillsides. And so, like many other states, Vermont has ...

Forum, Dec. 30: Condescension Toward Vermont

12/28/2017 And shouldn’t youngsters have a right to clean air in their own homes? For many, marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to opioids. Last year, there were 112 opioid deaths in Vermont, a record. Do we need more? Do we need more expenses to help people get ...

Avangrid Renewables commissions Deerfield Wind, the company’s first project in Vermont

12/29/2017 The 30-megawatt wind farm includes 15 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines which produce enough clean, renewable energy to power roughly 14,000 average Vermont homes annually. Avangrid Renewables will own and operate the wind farm, and sell the energy to Green ...

Vermont to Sell $37M in Bonds to Fund Affordable Housing

12/29/2017 According to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), the bonds will go on sale beginning on Jan. 8 and will finance the creation of up to 650 homes. At least 25 percent of the housing created from the bond sales will be allocated to households with ...

Bond sale will boost Vermont affordable housing projects

12/29/2017 Vermont Public Radio reports the money will fund construction of up to 650 homes across the state. According to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, at least 25 percent of the housing funded by the bond sales will be "affordable" for people making less than ...

Tesla Powerwalls are now powering over 100 homes in Vermont

12/25/2017 As we previously reported, the rollout of Powerwalls, Tesla’s residential energy storage system, has been fairly slow over the last year since the launch of the second generation. But homeowners in Vermont are among the first to get access to the new ...

The best towns for affordable winter vacation homes

12/27/2017 From New York and Vermont to Connecticut and Massachusetts ... It’s undeniable: Your dollar buys more real estate when you get out of the city. So go ahead, start the new year with a new home. Dutchess County, where the Astors once held court in their ...

Marijuana legalization and veto voted Vermont's top story

12/24/2017 MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Legislature became the first legislative ... Federal authorities are said to be looking into the finances behind a real estate deal that burdened the tiny college with debt, helping to lead to its demise.

Case against 2 Vt. troopers goes to attorney general

12/20/2017 MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) A pair of Vermont state troopers are still off the job but collecting paychecks two weeks after a bizarre fire at one of their homes. We're now told the attorney general's office got the case late last week. Troopers Stephen ...

Charming 1850 farmhouse on 279 acres asks $3.9M in Vermont

12/20/2017 A charming 1850 Cape-style house with contemporary updates is on the market in Hartland, Vermont. Situated on 279 beautiful acres ... including the chance to develop future homes. Located at 37 Brothers Road, it’s offered at $3.985 million.

Calls For Legal Clarity And Funding To Protect Vermont's Animals From Cruelty

12/21/2017 Most of those animals are in foster homes. While the dogs overall seem healthy, their brown teeth are signs of neglect. As the court case against the owner proceeds, the animals are in a sort of legal limbo because animals in Vermont are considered ...

Some Vermont homeowners could take a hit under new tax law

12/20/2017 According to the agency’s review of grand lists around the state, only about 5 percent of Vermont homes have property tax bills over $10,000. Meanwhile, homeowners in some parts of Vermont are inquiring about paying their property taxes before the state ...

Energy Co-op of Vermont’s efficiency program manager earns certification

12/19/2017 December 18, 2017….Colchester, VT……Paul Fleckenstein, Energy Co-op of Vermont’s Efficiency Program Manager, has been awarded Healthy Homes Evaluator (HHE) certification from the Building Performance Institute. A Healthy Home Evaluator assesses home ...

Leahy: USDA economic development investments in Vermont this year now top $222 million

12/18/2017 (THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017) — Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that U.S. Department of ... assisted more than 400 Vermonters in purchasing homes, and invested $128 million in community facilities and infrastructure.

There Is No Last Minute Real Estate Perk in Tax Reform

12/18/2017 The idea was planted by David Sirota, a liberal writer/activist that used to work for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. It’s already been taken on by more responsible tax journalists at Bloomberg, who while acknowledging that real estate owners can ...

Then Again: How Christmas came to Vermont

12/17/2017 Photo courtesy of Vermont Historical Society Sarah Clement’s letter reminds ... In “mummer plays,” men would dress and act as women and vice versa, and the poor would invade the homes of the rich, expecting to be fed. The wealthy usually accepted ...

Demolition Underway on Vt. Mall, Ahead of Redevelopment

12/15/2017 This week marked the most visible progress yet in the complicated work to reimagine a tired, 40-year-old mall in the heart of downtown Burlington, Vermont. Demolition crews ... said Don Sinex, the real estate developer leading the $225-million job.

Ohavi Zedek and Vermont Interfaith Action offer steps to address climate change

12/12/2017 Co-sponsors Ohavi Zedek Synagogue and Vermont Interfaith Action offer advice on “Harnessing ... Attendees will hear how they can take practical steps in their homes, businesses, congregations, and organizations to reduce their carbon footprint and ...

Book Review: Two Views of a Bygone Vermont

12/14/2017 mention that Vermont has only a measure of control in a global economy. In the 1990s and 2000s, for example, the prices of real estate began to skyrocket as people flush with stock market gains began to look for other assets in which to park their money.

Vermont Architects Sweep Up AIA Awards

12/15/2017 Vermont architects were not impressed ... The character of the public façades on Maple Street is meant to echo the neighborhood's modest gable-roofed homes. click to enlarge Courtesy Of Jim Westphalen Joan Heaton Architects According to CBT principal ...