Howard Weiss-Tisman

Reporter For Southern Vermont & The Connecticut River Valley

Howard Weiss-Tisman is VPR's reporter for Southern Vermont & the Connecticut River Valley. He worked at the Brattleboro Reformer for 11 years, reporting on most towns in the region and specializing on statewide issues including education, agriculture, energy and mental health. Howard received a BA in Journalism from University of Massachusetts. He filed his first story with VPR in September 2015.

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The towns in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union will not be voting on school district mergers at town meeting.

But a vote might still be held before a July 1 deadline that gives the towns tax breaks under Act 46, the state's school district consolidation law.

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Mt.  Ascutney Hospital could face federal sanctions after an unannounced site survey from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services uncovered patient care and restraint issues.

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Members of the Rockingham Selectboard want more details on a proposed $23 million criminal justice center.

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A dispute between the owner of a private ski resort and the district Act 250 commission is coming to a head as the resort looks to obtain its environmental permits for further expansion.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR file

Brattleboro started a sidewalk compost program five years ahead of Vermont's 2020 mandate, and the move is already saving the town money.

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The Quechee Community Church is closing, and the church building will be sold.

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One of Windham County's largest employers will stay in Vermont, after considering a relocation to New Hampshire.

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Road crews across the state are taking advantage of the warm days to catch up on projects they couldn't get done during the fall.

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The town of West Windsor has purchased 468 acres of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort, thanks to local, state and national financial support. And the town is hoping the acquisition does much more than just open the land for recreation.

The spent nuclear fuel at Vermont Yankee is being stored in dry casks on the property in Vernon.
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is extending the period for public comment as it develops new rules on decommissioning nuclear reactors.

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Seven Windham County towns that have been used to receiving emergency planning money from Vermont Yankee will have to write budgets this year without that funding.

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After a six-month, $1.2 million renovation to the former United Church of Putney, the Next Stage Theater swung open its doors. The pews have been replaced with raised theater seating, the tin ceiling has been restored and the building is fully accessible.

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The Public Service Board will open an investigation into noise complaints stemming from the Vermont Wind project in Sheffield.

The spent nuclear fuel at Vermont Yankee is being stored in dry casks on the property in Vernon.
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Entergy Vermont Yankee says it wants to move its spent nuclear fuel into dry cask storage in 2017, two years earlier than originally planned.

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The State Board of Education approved three consolidation plans at its monthly meeting, held in North Clarendon Tuesday.

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Federal and state agriculture officials will be in Brattleboro Monday to talk about new federal food safety rules.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is going to let Vermont Yankee shut down the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the shuttered Vernon nuclear reactor.

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The State Board of Education will consider consolidation plans from three school districts at its December meeting.

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Edgar May believed that every child should have access to fresh air and outdoor activities.

Ethan Phelps remembers standing along a brook with the former Vermont senator near May's home in Springfield, and talking about the future of the property.

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The Brattleboro Retreat is asking the state to support a renovation of the hospital's adolescent unit.