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Nanny of the Week: Don’t mix beer and ice cream – because of the children

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  Colorado, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Image curtesey New Belgium Brewery

Ice cream is wonderful.

Beer is wonderful (as long as you’re at least 21 years old, of course).

Putting them together? Well, maybe not the most obvious of flavor combinations, but I guess I’d be willing to give it a shot.

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Stigmatization of mentally ill front and center in Vermont gun control debate

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Wikimedia Commons photo

A gun control bill that began as universal background checks on firearm purchases has morphed into a controversial measure about stigmatizing mentally ill Vermonters.

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Windham County districts revolt against school consolidation in Vermont

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  Education, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Brattleboro Area Middle School

A backlash over statewide school consolidation is under way in Vermont as members of the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Board sent a letter to state officials this week expressing united opposition to H.361.

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School consolidation plan creates anxiety for Vermont educators

By   /  April 7, 2015  /  Education, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Brattleboro Union High School

A plan for statewide school consolidation is only days old in Vermont, but already it’s sowing frustration and panic among leaders who would be charged with implementing the plan in Windham County.

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Vermont House approves forced consolidation of school districts

By   /  April 2, 2015  /  Education, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Despite one lawmaker’s valiant effort to preserve local control over schools in Vermont, the state House on Wednesday voted 88-55 to force districts to merge into 1,100-student pre-K-12 education systems, or to have the Agency of Education do it for them.

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Former tax commissioner: Vermont budget debate all taxes, no cuts

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

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As Vermont lawmakers attempt to fill a $113-million budget hole caused by chronic overspending, a former commissioner of finance and taxes says the fix under consideration is all taxes and no cuts, despite claims to the contrary.

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