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 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.

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Work continues in Brattleboro to find housing for about half of the residents displaced by a weekend four-alarm fire at an affordable housing apartment building.

Monday, officials held a meeting at the Brattleboro Fire Station to discuss the situation. 

Aimee Harrison attended the meeting, and the news wasn't good.

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The federal government is gathering input on a 15-year plan for the Silvio O. Conte Wildlife Refuge.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife wants to significantly increase the amount of land in the four-state conservation area, but environmentalists have very different ideas about the plan.

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More than 40 people, including many children, were evacuated from a Brattleboro affordable housing building early Saturday when a four-alarm fire tore through two apartments.

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The debate over what could be the state's largest commercial wind project is heating up in Windham and Grafton.

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An early education center in Brattleboro is moving ahead with its bid to purchase the former Austine School for the Deaf campus.

The Winston Prouty Center has submitted a purchase and sale agreement for the 177-acres campus, which is in bankruptcy court.

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The Brattleboro Retreat board of trustees has appointed Louis Josephson as the hospital's new president and chief executive officer.

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The Londonderry Selectboard will ask voters to consider supporting a heightened police presence in town.

Following a growing concern about drug activity in Londonderry the board asked an ad hoc committee this summer to investigate the possibility of contracting with a local law enforcement agency.

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It's been more than 40 years since Townshend has seen an increase in the payments in lieu of taxes it receives for the Townshend Dam, and town officials are testing the waters to see if they can bump up those annual payments.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected the state's request to take a closer look at Entergy Vermont Yankee's decommissioning trust fund.

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Entergy Vermont Yankee wants to use money from its decommissioning trust fund to pay a property tax bill it received from Vernon.

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A representative from Iberdrola Renewables says the company is considering the development of 28 commercial wind turbines on property in the towns of Windham and Grafton.

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The Morrisville Development Review Board Thursday rejected a zoning permit for a year-round homeless shelter.

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Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of national energy giant Kinder Morgan, will file an application for a 420-mile natural gas pipeline next month that may have implications for the town of Vernon.

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Windham Farm and Food was started in 2009 to make it easier for schools to order more food directly from farms.

The program has been growing steadily, and a USDA grant is now going to allow the staff to purchase a refrigerated truck, which could help the group reach even more consumers and farms.