Sunday, August 19, 2018

Springfield Hospital celebrates 105th birthday with golf challenge

Springfield Hospital is celebrating its 105th birthday, and inviting golfers to help celebrate at its 18th annual Springfield Hospital Challenge. The tournament will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the prestigious Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, Vermont.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

TIME magazine: These Amateur Astronomers Found Dark Sky Paradise on a Tiny Vermont Hill

For the best stargazing, some places are clearly better than others. There’s the great observatory atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii, 13,796 feet above sea level; there’s the University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory in Chile, at a nosebleed altitude of 18,500 feet. And then there’s Stellafane, a cluster of permanent telescope observatories built near a bubble-gum pink clubhouse on Breezy Hill in Springfield, Vermont.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Park Street School reimagined

This computer rendering shows the redesigned entrance at the rear of the Park Street School in Springfield. The area was a playground and here is regraded to open the lower floor and make the building entrance ADA compliant.

Come rain or shine: North School indoor/outdoor yard sale

The North School Preservation Society will be holding another one of its popular fundraising yard sales this Saturday, August 18th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 49 Main Street in North Springfield. Proceeds will go towards paying for restoration work this fall to the outside of the former schoolhouse.

How it all went down

“This was a nice house when I went to school here,” says Al Basso, nodding over his shoulder at the Union Street School behind him. At his side, in a pile of scrap metal, are a pool ladder and a hockey goal, signs of a certain kind of middle-class, American life.

Springfield athletics changing attitude

Back in 2005, Todd Aiken was playing football for the Springfield Cosmos. The Green and White did not have a winning season, but Aiken knew his team was pretty good because they came close to a winning season. Todd has now been charged with guiding the Cosmos football program.

VTel’s LTE build-out plays starring role in FCC’s net neutrality debate

The chairman of the FCC testified before Congress on Thursday and pointed to a rural wireless network operator in Vermont that he said has benefited from his agency’s abandonment of net neutrality guidelines.

VTel president plans to fight animal cruelty charge

The president of Vermont Telephone Co. is contesting the basis for an animal cruelty charge he faces in Stamford, Conn.

Vermont bacon producer provokes national chuckle for packaging humor teasing teachers

A three-week old snark-backed packaging design for Vermont's own Black River Meats bacon went viral, causing a national wave of chuckles and a counter-jab from Vermont's teacher's union.

Springfield thief gets 7-year sentence for 3 armed robberies

A man convicted of two bank robberies and the armed robbery of a pharmacy in Springfield in 2016 has been sentenced to seven years, eight months in prison and three years' supervised release. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the pharmacy of $230.71.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

HCRS welcomes new members of staff

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), southeastern Vermont’s community mental-health agency, has announced the appointment of 11 new professionals whose talents will augment HCRS’ services in the Brattleboro, Hartford, and Springfield regions.

Springfield Health Center celebrates creation of a private space for mothers and babies

Officials and medical care providers celebrated the official opening of the lactation pod in the Springfield Health Center Lobby on Wednesday afternoon.

Safety is job No. 1 in football

Making football safer is a prime directive among high school coaches. A result is that it’s better quality football, too. Springfield High School football coach Todd Aiken noted that he’s seeing his players make more good tackles on the edge with the shoulder tackle, the method that takes the player’s head out of the equation.

A mesage from Keith Stern

Thank you to all of my supporters. I am blown away by your commitment and enthusiasm. I will never forget any of this. I appreciate that many of you want to support me in a write in campaign. That would take a monumental effort to be at every polling place handing out papers with my name on it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Springfield Art Gym looking to take the next step

Located at 62 Clinton St., the Springfield Art Gym is a community art space offering people of all ages to utilize the tools and materials on hand to “exercise their creativity.”

Vermont Apple Festival calls for craft and food vendors

Do you make a special craft or delicious food that you’d like to share with the community? Join us for the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 36th annual Vermont Apple Festival. The event will be held at Riverside Middle School Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Springfield Supported Housing Program founding directors retire

The Springfield Supported Housing Program was founded in 2006 to assist families and individuals in southern Windsor and northern Windham counties who were either homeless, or in danger of losing their housing, find permanent, affordable housing and receive at home case management for six months to two years.

Progress at Union Street, Riverside school projects

As the school year is about to begin, work is proceeding to upgrade the grounds at Union Street School and repair the supports for the glass bridge at Riverside Middle School.

R E C E N T . . . C O M M E N T S

Video: Jammin' at Windsor County Democrats BBQ
(Don't they remind you of the Darling family of Mayberry?)

Stoughton Pond, 2016
Featuring Sue Mintner on the tambourine, the Democrats' nominee for governor that year.
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