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SKIMMER HELLIER OF Stark Mountain Woodworking holds a stingray hide to finish custom cabinets. Stingrays are farmed commercially, Hellier noted. Photo by Anne Wallace Allen/VTDigger
10/06/2019
NEW HAVEN — It’s not every day you need stingray hide to finish a cabinet. But if you’re building high-end interior cabinets, it’s actually not that uncommon either, says Skimmer Hellier, who keeps a stack of the hides in a drawer at work. Hellier owns and runs Stark Mountain Woodworking with partner Louis DuPont, whom he met while the two were on a construction crew together in the 1990s. They’ve since expanded their company to 18 workers and operate out of a three-story, 70-year-old former chicken barn in New Haven. The building and many additions include about 12,000 square feet on the...
09/26/2019
VERMONT — Paul Bruhn, who preserved hundreds of historic sites throughout Vermont and led a movement to fortify downtowns across the state, died Thursday, Sept. 19, at age 72. Bruhn, who co-founded the Preservation Trust of Vermont in 1980, was a modest but visionary steward of countless developments, from country store rehabilitations to Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace. He also worked as a top aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. serving as his campaign manager in 1974, and his first chief of staff in Washington. Bruhn died of cardiac arrest this past Thursday evening after living with...
09/23/2019
Vermont Gas was out of compliance with regulations when it blasted along the route of the Addison Natural Gas Pipeline in June 2016, a regulatory panel says. In a ruling issued Sept. 12, the Public Utility Commission denied Vermont Gas’ request to dismiss a case that alleged the company failed to comply with requirements with a blast in Monkton in June 2016. The commission concluded that the company violated both its final order and certificate of public good by failing to provide adequate notice of the blast, failing to exercise the industry standard in its oversight of the blast, and...
08/29/2019
BRIDPORT — An activist group alleges that a group of people recently surrounded farmworkers’ homes in Bridport, shouting insults and firing guns. The group Migrant Justice has called on police to investigate, which they are doing. Following publication of the incidents on social media, Vermont State Police announced Tuesday that troopers have been investigating multiple incidents and vandalism on farms and at nearby residences near Bridport over the past three weeks. VSP Lt. Jeff Danoski, commander of the New Haven state police barracks, confirmed on Wednesday police are interviewing three...
08/26/2019
VERMONT — The statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington knew at least 40 Vermont priests faced accusations of sexually abusing children over the past seven decades but did nothing to alert the public or police, a lay-led church committee announced Thursday. Twelve of those priests served in Addison County or Brandon. Their tenures occurred at various points between 1950 and 2002. The committee, given unprecedented access to personnel files once seen by only Catholic leaders and lawyers, issued an online report that named the accused clergy — none whom are currently working but several...
08/22/2019
VERMONT — On Monday, Planned Parenthood bowed out of receiving federal funds due to a restrictive Trump administration rule — and Vermont, a state with no alternative funding recipients, will now forgo the money entirely. The new rule does not allow states to pass on federal funds to agencies that may refer health care clients for abortions, even if those funds won’t be used for abortions. Several Vermont state bodies, including the Legislature, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Agency of Human Services, are working to ensure that Planned Parenthood retains the funds to operate. During...
08/01/2019
WILLISTON — Hundreds of Vermonters protested against immigration detentions and conditions Sunday outside of the Department of Homeland Security’s Law Enforcement Support Center in Williston. The demonstration ended with a road block resulting in 20 arrests. Five of those arrested had Addison County connections — three residents and two Middlebury College students. Joanna Colwell of East Middlebury was one of those arrested and cited by police for disorderly conduct. Colwell is Jewish and her family immigrated from Eastern Europe, likely illegally, she said, because restrictions were in place...
07/16/2019
VERMONT — In 2013, Vermont became one of the few states in the nation to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Six years later, it is one of two states to have allowed federal immigration authorities to search its photographic database of drivers. Vermont and Utah have used facial recognition technology to run searches for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, known as ICE, according to documents compiled by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology. Vermont stopped the practice in 2017. The searches were first reported by The New York Times and the Washington Post....

Xusana Davis
07/01/2019
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Xusana Davis, who currently serves as a top official in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to be Vermont’s first executive director of racial equity. Davis, 30, is the director of health and housing strategic initiatives in the city’s health department. She also served as the director of the New York City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. “Xusana’s leadership and experience are a perfect fit for this position, and she will be a valuable addition to our team,” Scott said in a statement Friday. “In this role, she will be...

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