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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More heroin is coming into Vermont than ever, state officials say, and the ripple effects are disturbing.  Families are facing tough choices as their loved-ones descend into addiction, and communities working to respond to the effects of addiction, including increased crime.

But Vermont's opiate epidemic also has a huge impact on the children who are living through the crisis.

The State Board of Education will consider four more proposed school district mergers at its January 19 meeting.

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Vermont has tried to keep up with the opiate crisis by offering services to those directly affected by addiction. But the parents and spouses of addicts face a lonely and confusing journey of their own.

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The roof is collapsing on Brattleboro's reluctance to make improvements to the town's fire and police facilities.

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Lawmakers are racing to make changes to the Act 46 spending cap to protect schools as they get ready to present their budgets to voters.

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Under the new Vermont Clean Water Law, cities and towns will be required to apply for a permit to verify that paved and unpaved roads are maintained to prevent stormwater runoff.

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It's hard to keep secrets in a place like Londonderry. In this small town of about 1,700, people tend to know each other's business, and so if you want to know where drugs are being sold Chad Stoddard is happy to show you.

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Vermont native Sophie Caldwell won a World Cup in Germany on Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. woman in history to win a World Cup in the cross-country skiing classic sprint.

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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.

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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.