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 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.

An overhead sign that says Brattleboro retreat looking into a grassy area with park benches at entrance.
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The Brattleboro Retreat is asking the state to support a renovation of the hospital's adolescent unit.

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School districts in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union could be voting on a consolidation proposal at town meeting this year under the Act 46 accelerated merger plan.

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A southern Vermont private ski resort is moving ahead with a massive development project on Haystack Mountain.

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A Spanish energy company that wants to build a commercial wind project in Windham and Grafton says it will respect the outcome of a still-unscheduled public vote on the project.

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Ronald Read's story went viral earlier this year when it was reported that the thrifty Vermonter left an estate of more than $8 million when he died.

Brattleboro's Brooks Memorial Library received part of it, and now the library is starting a renovation project thanks to Read's gift.

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Consumer demand is driving farmers to grow and sell more produce, even as the days grow shorter and colder.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital settled claims made under the federal False Claims Act.
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Federal regulators have accepted a plan of corrections from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital following an unannounced site visit from the Division of Licensing and Protection.

The Public Service Board has agreed to open a hearing to settle a long running dispute between VTel and Springfield Area Public Access Television (SAPA).

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Local concern over large deposits of silt in two Deerfield Valley rivers has forced Mount Snow to call a public hearing on the issue.

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Artie Aiken used to have stomach problems. During World War II, he served on bases in Connecticut and Texas instead of going overseas. When he got back to Vermont, a doctor prescribed goat milk – and things were never the same.

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A Brattleboro company that was talking about moving to New Hampshire to expand will receive $1 million from the state of Vermont to encourage it instead to stay.

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As Vernon continues to head toward a referendum on siting a natural gas power plant in town, investors with serious money are waiting to see how the vote turns out.

If a natural gas power plant is built in Vernon it's going to take between $10 million and $12 million just to do the planning and preliminary work, and if the project doesn't move forward, for whatever reason, that money could be lost.

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The Brattleboro Selectboard has approved an option agreement to purchase the building that is currently occupied by the Brattleboro Reformer.

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A Brattleboro nonprofit that promotes sustainable building design says green buildings should be able to prove that they can stand up to natural disasters, especially those associated with climate change.

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An advisory panel that was set up to gather and share information on the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants communities to have a say in how federal regulators write a new set of decommissioning rules.

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Saxtons River  is celebrating art and the artists who live in the village.

There are fewer than 550 residents in Saxtons River.

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The Brattleboro Fire Department is now saying that the fire that displaced 45 people last weekend is suspicious, and the department is asking the public's help in tracking down who might have started it.

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There are some benefits to being 102 years old. Generally, when you have an idea you can find people willing to give you a hand.

So when Artie Aiken went before the Westminster Institute board of trustees and said he wanted to display a World War II plaque the institute had stored away the board got behind the idea.