Three years after Tropical Storm Irene, much of Vermont’s damaged infrastructure has been repaired. The federal government has dispensed more than $600 million to help make that happen. But some towns are still struggling. One of them is Bennington.
The town is about to enter the final round of a battle with FEMA over funding for emergency work on the Roaring Branch of the Walloomsac River.
FairPoint Communications says it will unilaterally implement the terms of its union contract offer. The company has declared an impasse in talks with the unions representing as many as two thousand workers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Under federal labor law an impasse declaration enables FairPoint to make changes to wages, benefits and employment conditions without union consent.
A company can declare an impasse if there is no prospect for a negotiated settlement.
Congressman Peter Welch is our guest on the next Vermont Edition. We'll discuss the Islamic State in Syria and what he thinks the United States' military response should be. We'll take your calls on domestic issues facing Congress.
Three years ago today, Tropical Storm Irene turned much of Vermont into a disaster area of flooded-out roads, homes and businesses.
The effort to raise money to help those in need had started months before Irene, when spring flooding caused its own formidable damage. After the tropical storm, millions more dollars were raised to help Vermonters, and borne out of this effort was the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.
Once a not-so-mod neighborhood with hulking and empty factories and processing plants, the South End of Burlington is seeing much better days.
Thanks to the influx of artists, art galleries and new creative businesses in the last 30 years, plus the South End Art Hop -- which entices tens of thousands of visitors to explore and purchase art and meet the artists -- the South End is thriving.
Tropical Storm Irene is phrase we have spoken on this program an uncountable number of times in the three years since devastating floods tore apart a third of the state on this date in 2011. Since then, the name “Irene” has become shorthand for huge issues like disaster recovery, flood plain management, climate change and personal loss.
As the town of Randolph prepares to build a new wastewater treatment facility, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week it has reached a settlement with the town regarding failures of the old plant.