July 18, 2019

Vermont ranks fourth among states in energy efficiency

Vermont is among the top five states in the nation for advancement and support of energy efficiency, according to new rankings by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

The group, a non-profit that advances policies and programs for energy efficiency nationwide, compares states annually in its “State Energy Efficiency Scorecard” and offers recommendations for how each state can improve its rank. [Read more…]

Vermont doubles down on electric car rebates

A host of Vermont utility companies and car dealerships have joined the State of Vermont to promote new incentives to speed adoption of electric vehicles in the state. [Read more…]

Teen environmental leadership program accepting applications

Vermont students interested in teaching younger kids about environmental topics are invited to apply for the Teens Reaching Out for the Environment program through the University of Vermont Extension. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 8.The application is available for download at uvm.edu/extension/youth.

The program is for students in grades 7-12 interested in receiving training and teaching groups of younger students about one of five possible subject areas: energy, climate change through waste solutions, forests and trees, food systems and water. Teaching occurs at in-school and after-school programs, vacation camps and youth groups, among other options.

The program is designed to help teens hone their leadership, communication and problem-solving skills as well as increase knowledge of Vermont environmental issues.

More information is available by calling Lauren Traister at (866) 260-5603, ext. 402.

The human origin of Vermont’s forests

Ethan Tapper

Ethan Tapper

By Ethan Tapper

Special to the Observer

If you spend time in the woods, chances are you will stumble upon an old cellar hole, stone wall or agricultural implement rusting among the trees. [Read more…]

‘This is the future’

Observer courtesy photo Sen. Bernie Sanders visits the U.S, Department of Energy's Solar Regional Testing Center in Williston on Oct. 12.

Observer courtesy photo
Sen. Bernie Sanders visits the U.S, Department of Energy’s Solar Regional Testing Center in Williston on Oct. 12.

Sanders visits Williston solar testing center

Sen. Bernie Sanders proclaimed the Solar Regional Testing Center in Williston to be the most successful of the five centers installed nationally under the Sunshot Initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy during an Oct. 12 visit. [Read more…]

Library Notes

For Youth

After-School Tuesdays

Game Day: Oct. 31, 2-3 p.m. Play games and make a ghoulish snack. Grade 3 and up. [Read more…]


Ruth Stokes

Ruth Stokes


Ruth S. Stokes of Cape Coral, FL and Williston, VT, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, VT.

Ruth was born in Newark, NJ, January 19, 1942 to Hyman and Dorothy (Brown) Shapiro. After receiving her B.A. from Douglass College in New Brunswick, NJ, Ruth taught in the Metuchen, NJ school system before moving to Philadelphia, PA where she was a social worker. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Preparing local cemeteries for winter

We want to thank Bob Gokey and his cemetery crew who have cared for our cemeteries with hours of mowing and keeping them looking neat all summer while dealing with the challenges of poor soil, trees, shrubs and stumps that needed to be taken care of out of respect for families and their deceased loved ones. [Read more…]

Guest Column: A different path to a livable minimum wage

By Stephanie Yu

It’s understandable. The “Fight for 15” has a certain alliterative ring to it. But ultimately, the number itself matters less than the timing. [Read more…]

Federal upheaval won’t change 2018 health care premiums

Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

By Erin Mansfield

For VT Digger

The state’s top health care regulator says insurance prices on Vermont Health Connect will remain steady for calendar year 2018, despite recent actions at the federal level. [Read more…]