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Rob Mitchell
From Central Vermont; now split time between Rutland and Montpelier
Third generation journalist, family owner of Vermont's two best daily newspapers - the Rutland Herald and Times Argus.
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From our friends at ibrattleboro.com, a tip on how to protect (some of) your privacy pending Google's change of their privacy policy. The post begins: On March 1st, Google will implement its new, unified privacy policy, which will affect data Google has collected on you prior to March 1st as well as data it collects on you in the future. Until now, your Google Web History (your Google searches and sites visited) was cordoned off from Google's other products. This protection was especially important because search data can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including facts about your location, interests,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Vermont Today
RUTLAND — Rutland Town School Principal Patricia Beaumont has resigned. Beaumont confirmed her resignation this morning after asked to confirm or deny the rumored resignation of her assistant principal Aaron Boynton. She said, in fact, she was the one who was leaving but did not provide a timeline. Beaumont said she was leaving for personal and professional reasons. A Rutland Town School Board meeting tonight may address the issue. It begins at the school at 6:30 p.m. Rutland Town School is a K-8 elementary and middle school serving about 350 schoolchildren. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Vermont Today
Good Morning, and we're still digging out from the Great Storm of 2012 in Rutland (that's sarcasm, BTW), but it looks like there's more white stuff on the way. Up the hill a bit towards Killington and Pico, there's at least 6 inches, more the further up you go, but down in Rutland there's not much snow left on the ground after a sunny Sunday. We hear there was more snow up north as well, to the east of the mountains. As for today, we've got a forecast of increasing clouds and highs in the 30s, with scattered snow showers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Vermont Today
WOW! Montpelier's Arlo Patterson sinks a running layup to tie with three seconds left, but U-32 senior Jack Shea sinks a buzzer-beating shot from beyond halfcourt as the Raiders defeated cross-town rivals Montpelier on a last-second shot for the second time in three nights on Wednesday, 58-55. Video courtesy of Jack's dad, Ryan Shea. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Vermont Today
STOWE — Stowe Mountain Resort will be offing two free days of skiing and riding for all active, full-time, National Guard and Amry Reserve Vermont military personnel and their families Feb. 26 and March 25. “Stowe’s VT Military Days are a wonderful opportunity for many families to discover the East’s most exciting winter resort and share memorable lifelong experiences together,” said Stowe Mountain Resort international sales manager Chris Belanger, an active sergeant with the Vermont National Guard. Each military member will need to show their ID and declare family members at the Spruce Camp, Mansfield or Midway Base Lodge Guest... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
NORTHFIELD — A Connecticut man was arrested on charges of unlawful mischief in Northfield. Police report, Joseph Gumbrewicz, 21, of Oxford Conn., was arrested on charges of unlawful mischief on Feb. 16 following large fight on VT Route 12A. Upon arrival of the scene police reported people were going everywhere and some were injured. During the investigation Gumbrewicz was named as the subject who intentionally broke out the rear window of a vehicle not belonging to him. When Gumbrewicz was interviewed he admitted to breaking the window and advised he was angry at the time. Gumbrewicz was cited to appear... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
Dr. Joseph Bertolino will be the 15th President of Lyndon State College, Vermont State Colleges Board Chairman Gary Moore announced today in a press release. Bertolino, 48, comes to LSC after eight years at Queens College, part of the City University of New York. As vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, he was primarily responsible for supervising 22 departments including Admissions, Career Services and International Student Services. Under Bertolino’s leadership, a new Veteran’s Services Office and a Health and Wellness Center were created. He was also the executive assistant to the president, and an associate professor and chairman... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
In case you missed the Sunday paper, reporter Brent Curtis went out to cover a health care forum in Wells featuring Steve Kimbell, the BISHCA commissioner for the state of Vermont, and Wendy Wilton, Rutland City Treasurer. He filed this report: WELLS — There was universal opposition from residents who spoke Saturday at a forum to consider the pros and cons of a single-payer health care system in Vermont. Close to 100 people packed the cafeteria at Wells Village School on Saturday morning, where a panel of speakers including two doctors, Rutland City’s treasurer and the commissioner of the Vermont... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
DUXBURY — A late-night traffic stop on Route 100 over the weekend earned a Waterbury man a speeding ticket and a criminal citation for possession of marijuana. According to police, Ronald E. Ryan, 58, was pulled over not far from Crossett Brook Elementary School shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday when he was allegedly clocked driving 18 miles over the posted speed limit of 40 miles per hour. While speaking with Ryan, police said they discovered he was in possession of marijuana. Ryan was issued a ticket for speeding and a citation to appear in court on March 29 when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
Police responded to a complaint on Blodgett Lane in Hartland Sunday evening about a dispute between a landlord and his tenant over money. The dispute between tenant Edward Allen and landlord Michael Airheart led to Airhart confronting Alen with a knife and a baseball bat, according to police. The dispute escalated, a glass door and a window were smashed, and Airheart fled the scene in his mother's car, according to police. Airheart was arrested at his home in Weathersfield, and taken to Southern State Correctional Facility in Sprinfield for lack of $3,500 bail. He's scheduled to appear in criminal court... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
EAST DORSET — State Police from Shaftsbury responded to an alarm activation at the East Dorset General store shortly before midnight on Sunday. Upon arrival, they found a broken window, searched the store with the help of a K-9 team, found it was empty. It is unclear at this time if anything was taken, but it appears the offender or offenders was/were scared off by the alarm. Police are reviewing surveillance video at the store. State Police were assisted by Manchester Police at the scene. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
WILLIAMSTOWN — A Williamstown woman is facing criminal charges after she was allegedly caught driving when she shouldn’t have been over the weekend. Police say they pulled over a car driven by April Otis, 29, for a “display of plates” violation on McGlynn Road late Saturday afternoon. During the course of stop, which occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m., police determined Otis was driving with a criminally suspended license. According to police, Otis’ license was suspended for “numerous counts of failure to pay fines, points and insurance.” She was arrested, transported to the state police barracks in Middlesex and later released... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
LUDLOW — Town police are warning residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in the wake of about a dozen burglaries during the last two weeks. Most of the break-ins have occurred at homes located on back roads in areas such as North Hill and South Hill, police said. So far, no break-ins have been reported on Okemo, but police say residents throughout town should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. The burglars have used force — including kicking in doors, breaking through windows and the use of a crowbar — to gain entry to the homes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
BENNINGTON – The former Haynes & Kane Furniture store on Harwood Hill has a new owner who also owns stores in nearby New York that sell furniture. The building was sold for $85,000 on Wednesday to LaFlamme’s Inc. of Cambridge, N.Y. On Friday, Chris LaFlamme, the store’s new owner, said he wasn’t ready to discuss his plans for the store yet but said he and his wife Angela were very excited to be in Bennington because it’s her hometown. LaFlamme, who is from neighboring Hoosick Falls, N.Y., joked that because Angela, whose maiden name is Coyne, was from Bennington that’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
From Rutland Veterinarian Heath McNutt, a word to the wise on chocolate and your dog: Nearly every year there are least a few dogs out there who see this time of year as a great idea to break some perfectly good habits. These are the months out of the year when dogs who never steal food, go into the trash or even think about counter surfing end up in our clinic for ingesting candy. Chocolate candy to be specific. There's just something about Easter bunnies, Cadbury eggs and Valentine's candy that makes a good dog go bad. It is the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
Good morning - Every week we think winter may finally arrive. The betting has started on whether or not we'll get hit by a massive storm in late March to bookend the pre-Halloween dump that was the first and only real storm of the year thus far. Well, not so fast. We're looking at highs in the 20s and maybe low 30s today, with sun - and a few clouds - across the state. The rest of the week will see highs in the 40s, clouds, and maybe some sleet or snow showers on Thursday and Friday. We'll also get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
CORINTH — A Bradford man escaped serious injury Saturday in an early morning accident that occurred on an icy section of Taplin Hill Road. According to police, Lorin Burt, 24, was driving a 2006 Kia Spectra east on Taplin Hill Road shortly before 6:30 a.m. when he lost control of vehicle as it skidded off the north side of the road and overturned. Burt was unhurt, according to police, who said the car sustained damage to its roof and passenger side. State police were joined at the scene by members of the Corinth Fire Department. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Vermont Today
Vermont’s colleges and universities are seeing their fundraising figures go up or hold steady despite lingering economic worries. The Burlington Free Press reported that Middlebury College took in just under $42 million during fiscal year, the most of any school in state. The University of Vermont raised $29 million, a school record and a figure that represents four consecutive years of growth. Norwich University’s $6.7 million was down slightly from the previous year, but the school is still coming down from its most successful fundraising campaign ever, an effort that raised $82 million by the time it ended in 2009. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Vermont Today
In a press release issued this morning, Attorney General William Sorrell has announced he will appeal the decision of a federal district court to disallow two Vermont laws that would give the state a say over the relicensing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. From the release: Attorney General William H. Sorrell has filed an appeal of the federal district court’s recent decision in favor of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee. The district court, in its January 19 ruling, invalidated two Vermont statutes that gave the Legislature a say on the ability of Vermont Yankee to continue operations when its current... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Vermont Today
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Jennifer Langille / Staff File Photo Longtime Mad River Glen ski instrutor Andrew Stewart of Fayston poses with students during the 2009-10 ski season. Stewart was found dead at the mountain on Thursday morning. FAYSTON — Employees at Mad River Glen are mourning the loss of one of their own. Andrew Stewart, a longtime ski instructor for the ski area and Fayston resident, was found dead at Mad River Glen on Thursday morning. Few details have been available about the circumstances of his death, but police said he became stuck in a window connecting two parts of a building at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Vermont Today
SHAFTSBURY — State Police are investigating two more burglaries from Thursday, the latest in a rash of break-ins throughout Bennington County. The latest two incidents happened between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, and were reported within a half hour of each other as residents returned home from work. Several piggy banks were stolen from a home on Cider Mill Road, and a tanzanite ring, loose change and some camera memory cards were taken from a Timbertrail Road home. In the first incident, thieves failed to smash open and remove a large gun safe. Police believe the two burglaries... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Vermont Today
BENNINGTON – The public is invited to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s “Heart and Soul” event, a fundraiser for the hospital’s cardiology services, on March 31 at the Equinox Resort in Manchester. Wines, hors d’oeuvres and light dinner fare will be served and guests can dance to the sound of one Bennington-based band, the Prescription. Dr. Scott Rogge, a founding partner at Bennington Cardiology, said he and the other members of the practice were excited to again bring Heart and Soul to the community. “Heart and Soul is an opportunity for people to have a wonderful evening and raise funds to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Vermont Today
The man found dead at Mad River Glen yesterday morning has been identified by State Police as Andrew Stewart, age 51 of Fayston. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has concluded the autopsy performed on Stewart and ruled the cause of death to be positional asphyxia and the manner of death is accidental. Toxicology results are pending. There were no signs of forced entry in either the ski school building or the maintenance/paint shop in which Stewart was found. Stewart was a long time employee of Mad River Glen as a ski school instructor. Jamey Wimble, Mad River Glen... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Vermont Today
WAITSFIELD - On Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m., the Desolation Angels and The Gulch Band at The Big Picture Theater, 48 Carroll Road. The Desolation Angels’ style includes elements of rock ‘n’ roll, jam, blues, jazz and more. The Gulch Band was born out of the deep hollows of East Warren Vermont when the acoustic duo of Chuck Gaidys and Brendan Gilhuly joined up with stone cold Chicky Stoltz on drums and the star of the show, Emily Etesse on bass and violin. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. All ages are welcome. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Vermont Today
LUDLOW — The popular rock band Big Head Todd and The Monsters has been added to the Okemo Mountain Resort’s second annual FestEVOL lineup for March 24 and 25. They will be joining the stage with other well-known performing artists such as the Barenaked Ladies, Guster, and the Pete Kilpatrick Band. FestEVOL is a two-day celebration of snow sports, mountain lifestyle, live music, innovative natural brands and a sustainability-focused eco-village. The interactive village includes local, regional and national environmental nonprofit groups alongside alternative-energy and transportation exhibits, and more. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Vermont Today