By Erin Mansfield
Kevin Ruane spent all day Sunday in the woods tapping his maple trees and preparing for the sap to run. His farm in Tinmouth produces about 3,200 gallons of maple syrup per year, but this year he and his six sons haven’t even started.
“Really there’s no warm weather coming in until the last week of this month,” Ruane said. “It needs to be 35 to 40 degrees to make the sap start running.” Continue reading
By SUSAN SMALLHEER
NEWFANE — Vermont State Police are investigating the theft of about 100 gallons of heating oil siphoned from a Newfane man’s home.
Police suspect that someone siphoned the heating oil from the home of Bart Clark, 52, of Blueberry Circle Extension, sometime in the past month. Continue reading
BENNINGTON — A Mount Anthony Union High School student will go before the reparative board after admitting in Bennington criminal court Monday to hitting her gym teacher in the face Jan. 10 because the teacher was “pushing her buttons.” Continue reading
By DAVE GRAM
The Associated Press
MONTPELIER — A Vermont House committee Tuesday emphatically rejected legislation to raise the age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.
The House Human Services Committee took the action after state health commissioner, Dr. Harry Chen, said he opposed the legislation because 18- to 20-year-olds are legally adults and should have the freedom to smoke. Continue reading
By Neal P. Goswami
VERMONT PRESS BUREAU
MONTPELIER — The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee killed off a proposed tax on disposable shopping bags Tuesday with little fanfare.
Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Hartwell, D-Bennington, asked the committee to weigh in on his proposal to charge customers 10 cents for each plastic or paper bag they receive while shopping. Three members of the committee indicated they were not in favor of the bill, but no formal vote was taken. Continue reading
By Kevin O’Connor
LUDLOW — Think March Cinderella stories only center on college basketball players scoring upset wins in this month’s national tournament?
Meet Logan Nicoll, a 27-year-old political newcomer who just bagged a surprise victory this Vermont Town Meeting Day. Continue reading
By Brent Curtis
Tony Flory said there was little left of his family’s motel even before a fire started Sunday afternoon that razed the building on Business Route 4 in Rutland Town. Continue reading
BRATTLEBORO — Police are investigating the death of Dr. Kathryn Eppel of Brattleboro.
Eppel, 60, a psychiatrist, was discovered at her East Orchard Street home Wednesday afternoon, police said. Continue reading
The Associated Press
WATERBURY– Vermont State Police say a man involved in a crash on Interstate 89 over the weekend has died.
Police say 38-year-old Brian German of Warren died Wednesday evening. Continue reading
By Patrick McArdle
MANCHESTER — Officers from the Winhall Police Department and the Manchester Police Department arrested two people on the morning of Feb. 9 at a Route 11/30 hotel and cited them for possession of heroin and cocaine, according to Sgt. Josh Epstein of the Winhall Police Department.
Acting on a tip, police spoke with Brittany Herrmann, 25, of Londonderry, and Joseph Giordano, 26, of Manchester, around 2:30 a.m. Continue reading