Vermont Water Cooler aggregates top news headlines from all over Vermont in one easy-to-find place.

Schools take different approaches on guv’s Thanksgiving ‘guidance’ - WCAX

Some school districts are avoiding having to ask students where they spent Thanksgiving by going all-remote learning for a week or two. A few are holding in-person learning but are refusing to ask “the Thanksgiving question.” Others plan to fully comply.

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State worried about running short of snowplow drivers - VT Digger

If too many of VTrans’ finest call in sick with Covid or are quarantined, who will drive the snowplows?

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Irasburg pastor disputes Health Dept. finding of ‘positive’ in congregation - WCAX

It’s not true that a parishioner tested positive, regardless of what a Vermont Health Dept. press release announced Friday, an Irasburg church pastor says. And anyway that person was even in church the Sunday the Health Dept. says he or she was.

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Covid cases climbing in nursing homes - Seven Days

A list of ongoing outbreaks released earlier this week showed 100 resident and employee cases combined at six long-term care facilities, ranging from large nursing homes to small residential care homes:

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3 Covid-19 deaths last two days - Bennington Banner

As of Sunday, four Vermonters in intensive care, 16 hospitalized with Covid-19.

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Former high-ranking Air Guard officer accused of child porn crime - Fox 44

The former logistics officer for the VT Air National Guard was accused of possessing and transporting child pornography. Major Scott Brochu (Ret.) of Shelburne is pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

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Bird feeding season begins tomorrow - AP

December 1 is the unofficial first day of bird-feeding season, the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife says.

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Farm's neighbors object to expansion - VPR

Neighbors to an Addison County farm won't talk publicly "for fear of retribution" about why the Vorsteveld farm shouldn't be allowed more cows. So a Conservation Law Foundation lawyer is speaking for them about the farm's record of violations and alleged water pollution.

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The Whole Story: Vaccine protest banner removed from highway bridge

A banner raised Sunday morning to protest liability exemption for the Covid-19 vaccine was removed by state workers this afternoon, Jennifer Stella of Health Choice Vermont said.

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Dorothy Day’s VT granddaughter sentenced for nuclear break-in - VT Digger

The Weathersfield granddaughter of famed Catholic social change worker Dorothy Day heads to prison for breaking into a naval base to protest nuclear weapons. The activist apple didn’t fall far from the tree!

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Employers consider making Covid vaccine mandatory - VPR

“I believe in civil liberties,” a Washington state employer says. “But….” In this NPR story carried by VPR, employers in the fellow deep blue state of Washington discuss making the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for employees. Here in Vermont, Health Commissioner Mark Levine hasn’t committed to mandatory vaccination.

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Smugglers’ Notch road closed for Thanksgiving, season - Burlington Free Press

VTrans has officially closed Rte. 108 through Smugglers Notch.

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Distillery says happy holidays with new cranberry liqueur - Brattleboro Reformer

Part of the fun of the holidays is trying new food and drink. How about a Marlboro, Vermont-made cranberry liqueur?

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Burlington votes to divest from fossil fuel companies - Seven Days

Burlington will divest its treasurers’ investments of all fossil fuel companies. Will it make any difference?

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Restaurant owner: we ‘won’t survive’ if restrictions continue - True North

No bar service. No multi-family groupings. 10:30 pm closing time. Covid-19 restrictions have made survival tough on Vermont’s restaurants.

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VT to receive $354,000 for Home Depot data breach - VT Business Magazine

A 2014 Home Depot customer data breach has resulted in a $354,000 payment to the State of Vermont.

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BLM unhappy with flag compromise, questions Jewish flag - VPR

One of the Barre city councilors condemning the Blue Lives Matter as a symbol of ‘hatred’ also wonders why the 22-flag compromise includes the Star of David. That’s a good question for a Holocaust survivor.

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Covid rules too tough, Burlington restaurants closing - WCAX

The straw that broke the camel’s back for many Church Street Marketplace restaurants is the new rule that only people at the same household may dine together.

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Valley Vista rehab facility staff hit by pandemic - Valley News

Eight staff members at a Bradford drug and alcohol rehab facility have contracted Covid-19. Valley Vista won’t take more patients until the outbreak is over.

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Goodbye to two VT Digger writers - Seven Days

A venerable columnist and an editor who (some say) clashed with founder and editor Anne Galloway have left the stable of journalists at VT Digger.

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