Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Town officials eye possible TIF district in Springfield

How to generate growth in the private sector without funding in the public sector, and vice versa, is a problem that plagues many Vermont villages, towns, and cities. But, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) has been available in Vermont since the 1990s.

New teachers welcomed

The Springfield School District, represented by School Superintendent Zach McLaughlin, welcomed a bunch of new teachers this week. They are attending a 7 day orientation to help them settle in and get prepared for the return of school days, just 2 weeks away now.

18th Annual RiverSweep

Come get dirty to help us get the Black River cleaner! The 18th Annual RiverSweep is happening on Saturday, September 9th starting at 8 am and ending at 12 noon.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Video: D’Souza educates Larry King about nationalism

8/10/17: Bombay-born Dartmouth graduate Dinesh D'Souza gives Larry King a history lesson about the Left's relationship with fascism.

Former VNA building to be razed

Come 2018, the former Visiting Nurse Association building may stand no longer, making way for a view of the Black River on Main Street in Springfield after the town selectboard voted Monday to allocate the money for its demolition.

Local groups collecting food, supplies for back-to-school drive

From Aug. 18 to 31, the Our Place Drop-In Center in Bellows Falls and the Springfield Family Center will be participating in the Back to School Food and Supplies Drive ahead of the new school year.

Springfield Area Obituaries

The memorial Mass for Caroline Aiken will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield. A reception will follow.

Gallery at the VAULT celebrates Steampunk

Gallery at the VAULT in Springfield has announced the opening of their third annual Steampunk Art Show. Also, the fun folks from the Steampunk Festival are coming to the VAULT to talk about Steampunk and the upcoming festival.

Fresh start for football teams

A new season is about optimism and there was plenty of it Monday at Bellows Falls as well as about 10 miles up the road in Springfield. Rich Saypack has 36 players out, a healthy number for Springfield in recent years.

The Circus comes to Springfield

On September 23 and 24, the Hartness House Inn will come alive with a Steampunk Circus Spectacular! The 3rd annual Springfield Steampunk Festival has a very different theme compared to the first two festivals, with a huge focus this year on circus and carnival type events.

Few in Vermont using food scrap bins

Vermont’s effort to move toward so-called universal recycling passed a major milestone last month, when transfer stations were required to begin accepting food scraps, grass clippings and other organic waste.

Kim Jong Un backs down in nuclear showdown

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un decided today not to fire ballistic missiles at Guam, reserving the right to change his mind if “the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions,” according to North Korean state media.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Two Vermont women arrested after I-91 traffic stop

Two area women were arrested this morning after a traffic stop on 1-91 in Westminster.

Magic comes to the library

Celebrate a super summer of reading and building at Springfield Town Library with magician Tom Joyce on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Free clinics predict increase in number of uninsured

Vermont’s free clinics say a reduction in state funding to help people sign up for health insurance could force the state’s rate of uninsured people to go up in 2018.

Super Senior: Roy Mark

This week's Super Senior isn't afraid of hard work. Roy Mark has been earning a paycheck since he was a teenager. And he used that same determination later in life to understand the written word.

Springfield man awaiting trial in Massachusetts on heroin trafficking charge

A young Springfield man who is awaiting trial in Massachusetts on heroin trafficking and possession charges was allowed to continue on probation in Vermont this past week despite a violation that resulted in three days of jail time.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

All-4-One welcomes new AmeriCorps volunteer

All-4-One AmeriCorps VISTA members are changing gears. The program welcomes Kelly Burton, a native of Springfield, Vermont, as this year's AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Burton takes the place of AmeriCorps VISTA Michael Wanigasekera, who will return to his native Dallas, Texas in a couple of weeks.

American Legion, Auxiliary send students to the capital

Each year the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary sponsor junior high school students to attend Green Mountain Boys State and Green Mountain Girls State, where they learn the workings of government at the Vermont state capital.

Pravda: In the US, solar power ends the era of peaceful atom technology

In the US, there are about 130 abandoned nuclear power plants. In 2016, the solar energy market in the United States has doubled. Before 2011, the Americans used solar panels mostly for household purposes, but these days, solar technologies have been conquering the industrial sector steadily.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

'Greater Tuna' final performances this week

Tom Field of Springfield plays 10 characters, including Aunt Bertha, who has her own way of dealing with stray dogs, in the comedy "Greater Tuna." The final performances of "Greater Tuna" will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Springfield Community Players' Studio on South Street in Springfield. Reserve your tickets by calling (802) 885-4098 or online at Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors.

Springfield couple suspected of numerous business burglaries

Police say heroin addiction was behind a string of commercial burglaries that took place along Route 5 last month in the towns of Westminster, Putney and Brattleboro and on Wednesday they identified a Springfield couple as their suspects in the spree.

Album Review: Jibba the Gent, 'The Broccoli Tree'

Springfield, Vt., rapper Jibba the Gent has been quietly paying dues for more than a decade. He's worked with a lot of crews and groups — most notably Cause and Effect, his collaboration with MC/producer Vazy. The Broccoli Tree is his debut album as a solo artist, and it's a serious accomplishment.

RVTC director advocates for reforms

Scott Farr of the River Valley Technical Center in Springfield, recently honored as Technical Center Director of the Year by the Vermont Principals Association, has been working to prepare youth throughout the country for careers since the late 1980s.
Video: A Hitchhiker's View of Springfield Drivers

A hitchhiker from the midwest outside the Irving truck stop amidst road construction work on Rt. 5.    More:

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