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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A researcher at Middlebury College says the tick population has doubled, and in Rutland county the mosquito count is up by 30 percent. But down in southern Vermont there's an historic infestation of fungus gnats.

Gov. Phil Scott announced Tuesday that the state has reached a settlement with the company Saint-Gobain over the water contamination in Bennington.

The Department of Mental Health will hold two meetings this week as it works on a report that addresses the crisis in Vermont's mental health care system.

Lori Claffee is a member of the Union/Park Neighborhood Association which has been working to take back a neighborhood in Springfield. She is standing in front of a demolition site where a nuisance house was torn down.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Neighborhood activists, who are trying to clean up one of Springfield's toughest neighborhoods, say they'll only be able to tackle the problem one building at a time.

Victoria Quine leads a class during the New England Center for Circus Arts camp Wednesday.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The entire board of trustees of the New England Center for Circus Arts stepped down Wednesday. The board members announced their decisions late in the day after accepting the resignation of the embattled executive director Michael Helmstadter.

The town of Vernon voted Tuesday to leave the Brattleboro Union High School district.

Peter Drescher, technology coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Education, says teachers can do a better job of embracing technology in the classroom.
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Vermont still has a lot of work to do to fully integrate technology into public school classrooms, according to the latest draft of the state's digital learning plan, put out by the Agency of Education.

The New England Center For Circus Arts' summer camp has been proceeding through the turmoil. About 6,000 people take lessons over the year.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The executive director and president of the board of directors agreed to step down from the leadership of New England Center for Circus Arts.

Serenity Smith Forchion, left, and her twin sister Elsie Smith started the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro. A volunteer board fired them this week.
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The New England Center For Circus Arts board of directors has fired the organization's founders, and supporters are rallying to their defense as the group faces an uncertain future.

Kay Curtis sets up the new childcare center at the Brattleboro Retreat which is for the children of opioid adicts who are receiving their treatment.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

There were 11 overdoses in Brattleboro over the Fourth of July weekend, and as eye-popping as that number is, officials who are dealing with the opioid crisis every day say they weren't surprised.

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Vermont grass-fed beef is in high demand, and if the market wants to continue to grow, there will have to be better collaboration in the industry.

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Vermont’s Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living says allowing adults with developmental disabilities to make more of their own decisions will help them to live independent and healthy lives.

The spent nuclear fuel at Vermont Yankee is being stored in dry casks on the property in Vernon.
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A company that specializes in the dismantling of nuclear reactors says it's signed a contract to take down Vermont Yankee in Vernon.

Henry Wein has cerebral palsy, and he lives in an apartment in Dover. The state provides round-the-clock care, which allows him to live in his own apartment.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Vermont has seen success providing housing and care for adults with developmental disabilities out in their communities – but as the number of adults seeking services increases, the state will be tested to find the funding and programs to serve the growing population.

Jeff Hardy is general manager at Cersosimo Lumber in Brattleboro. Hardy says about 25 percent of the company's white piune goes to Canada, and the new tariff on imports could affect business.
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The U.S. Commerce Department this week slapped a new round of tariffs on Canadian lumber coming into the states, and companies in Vermont are anxious to see how it could affect business.

Skylar White, 18, of Chester, says she was raped by Ryan Stocker, a fellow student at Green Mountain Union High School. Stocker was arrested last week and charged with two counts of sexual assault.
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Like a lot of recent graduates, Skylar White, of Chester, is thinking about her future: about her upcoming gap year in Brazil and about what it might to be like to come back to her tiny community after living abroad.
 
White didn't think she'd be talking about sexual assault in these waning days of high school.

Eva Mondon, in foreground, listens to a recording she made about the Andrew's Inn at an exhibit at Next Stage Arts in Putney. A portrait of Mondon hangs on the wall.
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Andrew's Inn, a gay bar in Bellows Falls that was open from 1973 through 1984, is the subject of a new oral history project that features the voices and stories of people who worked at and went to the club.

Bellows Falls wants to tear down the former Robertson Paper Mill and redevelop the property. A development group was awarded a $200,000 EPA grant Thursday, which will help begin remediation work on the former industrial site.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Brattleboro, Bellows Falls and Bennington will share $700,000 in Environmental Protection Agency cleanup funding to redevelop former industrial properties.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Recent test results showing almost a dozen new residences in Bennington with PFOA levels above the health standard prove that the chemical is still moving through the environment. The state is struggling to understand just how long it will be before any homeowner within the area of contamination can be assured that their water is safe.

Mount Snow is using $22 million in EB-5 funding for a new ski lodge at the resort's Carinthia section, and another $30 million for a snow making expansion.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

After months of delays in securing its EB-5 funding, Mount Snow is finally moving ahead with a $52 million upgrade.

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