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We are a local 5-days a week newspaper based in Barre, Vermont owned and operated by Brunswick Publishing, LLC. We deliver print newspapers Tuesday through Saturday in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties. With the Rutland Herald we operate the Vermont Press Bureau year-round in Montpelier.

Another Weekend(er) is here. It's full of news, arts, opinions, puzzles, comics, and more. Join thousands of other subsc...
04/25/2020

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Jeff  Danziger's take ...
04/24/2020

Jeff Danziger's take ...

We've all had bad hair days, but we don't normally get rewarded for them -- especially now with the longer duration to o...
04/23/2020
Bad Hair Day Photo Contest

We've all had bad hair days, but we don't normally get rewarded for them -- especially now with the longer duration to our next hair cut. Enter your photo for a chance to win. We want to see your most embarrassing hair-tastrophes! www.timesargus.com/contest/badhair

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Another issue has arrived. Today's edition has important news about the state college system, two pages of letters and c...
04/23/2020

Another issue has arrived. Today's edition has important news about the state college system, two pages of letters and commentaries, puzzles, comics, The Scene, as well as Five Questions With ... poet and professor Major Jackson. Don't miss an issue. Support your local newspaper. Call us today to subscribe at 800-244-2131.

Congratulations to our Mask Master Photo Contest WinnersMask Master Winner: The Myers Family winners of the $25 Gift Cer...
04/22/2020

Congratulations to our Mask Master Photo Contest Winners
Mask Master Winner: The Myers Family winners of the $25 Gift Certificate to Next Chapter Books
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Spaulding withdraws proposal to close three VSC campuses
04/22/2020
Spaulding withdraws proposal to close three VSC campuses

Spaulding withdraws proposal to close three VSC campuses

MONTPELIER — Following public outcry and votes of no confidence from teacher and alumni associations, the chancellor of the Vermont State College System has withdrawn his proposal to close Northern

04/22/2020

Breaking: Chancellor withdraws proposal to reconfigure Vermont State Colleges System

This story is developing.

Williamstown voters uphold ordinance, ATVs ready to roll
04/22/2020
Williamstown voters uphold ordinance, ATVs ready to roll

Williamstown voters uphold ordinance, ATVs ready to roll

WILLIAMSTOWN – Roughly 18 miles of local roads will soon be opened up to all-terrain vehicles after an attempt to overturn a Select Board-approved ordinance came up short during a

A lot of news in recent days. We crammed in as much as we could for Tuesday's edition. Look for lots of local news, lett...
04/21/2020

A lot of news in recent days. We crammed in as much as we could for Tuesday's edition. Look for lots of local news, letters, sports and today's Five Questions With ...

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USS Vermont commissioned across the Green Mountain State
04/20/2020
USS Vermont commissioned across the Green Mountain State

USS Vermont commissioned across the Green Mountain State

MONTPELIER – It wasn’t made in Vermont and won’t ever visit Vermont, but the nuclear submarine that now bears the name of the Green Mountain State was quietly commissioned over

Brenda Clark of Barre shared these photos with us. On Saturday morning around 7:30 a.m. a moose came sauntering down Div...
04/19/2020

Brenda Clark of Barre shared these photos with us. On Saturday morning around 7:30 a.m. a moose came sauntering down Division Street "without a care in the world," according to Clark. "Guess this is the sort of thing that happens when the streets are as quiet as they have been." Only after a spectator in a vehicle got nearby did the moose retreat up Hale Street.

What kinds of cool things are you seeing out there in nature these days? Share them here, or email them to [email protected]

Three more COVID-19 deaths in Vermont.
04/18/2020
Another three COVID deaths, 24 new cases

Three more COVID-19 deaths in Vermont.

Three new deaths of patients who had been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, were announced by the Vermont Department of Health on Saturday, and 24 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

You made it to another Weekend(er). Nice! We have a lot for you this week, including news, commentaries, puzzles, sports...
04/18/2020

You made it to another Weekend(er). Nice! We have a lot for you this week, including news, commentaries, puzzles, sports, arts and a features called "Five Questions With ..." that lets you tell us how you're faring during this pandemic. Call us to start a subscription at 800-244-2131. Stay safe, and have a great Weekend(er).

Another edition is out, and once again it's packed with local news, two pages of commentaries and letters to the editor,...
04/16/2020

Another edition is out, and once again it's packed with local news, two pages of commentaries and letters to the editor, multiple pages of puzzles, as well as The Scene. Call 800-244-2131 to have the paper delivered to your home or home computer. Don't miss what's going on in your community.

Who will be the Mask Master? Check out all the locals in masks supporting the health of others. Enter for your chance to...
04/15/2020
Mask Master Photo Contest

Who will be the Mask Master? Check out all the locals in masks supporting the health of others. Enter for your chance to win.

Enter your Mask Master photo between now and April 19. We want to see all of you showing off your new look and supporting the health of others. The photo with the most votes will win the title of Mask Master and receive a prize. And one winner will be chosen at random to win a prize.

04/15/2020

ICE OUT IS OVER!

WEST DANVILLE – COVID-19 couldn’t stop the start of the Joe’s Pond Ice on April 1 and it couldn’t prevent it from ending early this morning. It did depress ticket sales, but not nearly as much as organizers feared and while this year’s winner hasn’t yet been identified, the prize is expected to be just under $4,500.

Who won is still a mystery and Henretta Splain is still busy entering information from the more than 10,000 tickets that were sold at $1-a-pop over the last couple months. However, the big question was answered when a concrete block slipped through the ice pulling the plug on the clock that is the ultimate arbiter in a popular winter-ending contest that started in 1988.

The block dropped and the clocked stopped at 6:07 a.m. today. The winner, or winners (the prize has been split in the past) will be decided after Splain finishes the data entry and the ice-out committee confirms who came closest to predicting the contest would end at 6:07 a.m. on April 15.

Send us a photo of you in your mask, and become eligible for a prize. Click the link below.
04/14/2020
Mask

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A packed paper, to say the least. Lots of news, sports, two pages of opinion, piles of puzzles, and more. Join thousands...
04/14/2020

A packed paper, to say the least. Lots of news, sports, two pages of opinion, piles of puzzles, and more. Join thousands of your neighbors who have the paper delivered to their home, either our print or online edition. Call to subscribe today at 1-800-244-2131, and see what you're missing.

Charlie and Cassie Morse, of Northfield, install a “Don’t Get the Bug!” sign Monday after decorating a 1969 VW Bug belon...
04/13/2020

Charlie and Cassie Morse, of Northfield, install a “Don’t Get the Bug!” sign Monday after decorating a 1969 VW Bug belonging to Frank and Diane Vanacek with a facemask on the green in Northfield. The humorous display, dubbed Mad Mask the Thunder Bug, is a reminder to citizens to stay safe during the coronavirus crisis. Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

04/11/2020

Another COVID-19 death in Vt.

As of Saturday afternoon, there was one additional Vermont COVID-19-related death reported, bringing the statewide total up to 25.
In addition, according to data provided by the state Department of Health, 711 positives cases have been reported, up 42 since Friday.
Thirty two individuals with COVID-19 are reported to be in Vermont hospitals; and 45 are under investigation.
In all, 9,258 tests have been given; with 40 individuals self-monitoring at this time. Seven hundred eighty five individuals have completed their monitoring to date. In the last 24-hour period, about 600 tests were given, according to information released by the state.
Currently, there are 28 positive COVID-19 cases in Washington County and 35 positive cases reported in Rutland County.

Berlin Elementary School students hold signs and wave to their teachers Friday morning. A parade of teachers followed th...
04/11/2020

Berlin Elementary School students hold signs and wave to their teachers Friday morning. A parade of teachers followed the school’s lunch bus on its delivery route in their cars so they could see their students in person for the first time in weeks. Photos by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

We made it to another Weekend(er). There's puzzles, comics, arts, opinions and, of course, lots of local news. Pick up a...
04/11/2020

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Official: Vt. COVID data promising
04/10/2020
Official: Vt. COVID data promising

Official: Vt. COVID data promising

MONTPELIER - Despite an outbreak at the prison in St. Albans, state officials say the data shows Vermont appears to be in good shape in combating the spread of the

04/09/2020

No new Vt. COVID-19 deaths

The Vermont Department of Health reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, but no new deaths.

The health department announced 628 positive tests for COVID-19 as of Thursday out of 8,181 tests. On Wednesday, the state had identified 605 cases of COVID-19.

According to the health department, there have been 23 deaths in Vermont attributed to COVID-19. That number hasn't changed since Tuesday.

As of Thursday, 33 people were hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19, while 44 were in the hospital while being tested for COVID-19. On Wednesday, there were 35 people hospitalized for COVID-19 and 40 people hospitalized for testing.

Vermont has identified three cases of COVID-19 in Grand Isle County and one case in Essex County. Last week, Grand Isle and Essex were the last two counties in Vermont showing no COVID-19 cases but testing sites were opened in both counties.

Dr. Mark Levine, commissioner of the health department, said medical officials wanted to expand testing in the two counties to determine whether the lack of identified COVID-19 cases meant the virus wasn't there or the testing wasn't being done in those areas.

Council backs bare bones solution to cash crunch
04/09/2020
Council backs bare bones solution to cash crunch

Council backs bare bones solution to cash crunch

MONTPELIER – The Capital City will have a lowercase workforce starting next week, when 30 municipal employees are placed on voluntary furlough as part of cost-saving plan designed to avoid

Barre Town police officer Leo DePrato holds Lakota, the force's new German Shepherd K-9, in South Barre. Photo by Jeb Wa...
04/09/2020

Barre Town police officer Leo DePrato holds Lakota, the force's new German Shepherd K-9, in South Barre. Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

Happy Thursday! (Yep, it's Thursday.) Another issue of The Times Argus is out. Today's edition is packed with local news...
04/09/2020

Happy Thursday! (Yep, it's Thursday.) Another issue of The Times Argus is out. Today's edition is packed with local news, extra pages of op-eds and letters (as well as puzzles), and The Scene. Join thousands of subscribers (and many new ones) in supporting local journalism and knowing what's going on in your community. Call to subscribe at 800-244-2131. And have a great Thursday. (It really is Thursday, yes.)

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04/07/2020

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Dozens of law enforcement and emergency personnel representing local, regional and state departments converged on the Ce...
04/07/2020

Dozens of law enforcement and emergency personnel representing local, regional and state departments converged on the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin Monday and encircled the building with their vehicles in a show of support for the front-line workers inside the hospital. Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

Correctional facility placed on lockdown
04/07/2020
Correctional facility placed on lockdown

Correctional facility placed on lockdown

SWANTON -- After another member of the Northwest State Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Corrections on Monday night announced it has locked down the facility.

Two more deaths; 52 new positive cases reportedThe Vermont Department of Health on Sunday announced 52 new cases of COVI...
04/05/2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Two more deaths; 52 new positive cases reported

The Vermont Department of Health on Sunday announced 52 new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont, and two new COVID-related deaths in a day.
The state is reporting a total of 22 deaths in Vermont caused by COVID-19. On Saturday, the total stood at 20.
On Sunday, a daily update from the health department reported 512 positive tests for COVID-19 from 6,582 tests. On Saturday, there were 70 reported new positives -- the highest one-day increase since the state began tracking COVID-19 on March 7. The number of cases on Friday was 389; on Saturday was 461.
In addition, as of Sunday, 62 individuals were being monitored for COVID-19; some 745 had completed monitoring.
The daily update on Sunday said that 29 people remain hospitalized for COVID-19 and 44 are hospitalized as they are being tested for COVID-19. That is unchanged from Friday's and Saturday's posting by the state.
The department is reporting there are 22 positive cases currently in Washington County; 27 in Rutland County.
If you have questions about COVID-19, dial 2-1-1. If you have trouble reaching 2-1-1, dial 1-866-652-4636. You can also use the Ask a Question tool at https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus
If you are sick or concerned about your health, contact your health care provider by phone. Not everybody needs to be tested. Do not call the health department. Do not go to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation.

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person, although it's not clear how easily this happens.

Mckayla Kingsbury waves to a long line of well-wishers Saturday in Waitsfield during a drive-by party on Kingsbury’s 24t...
04/05/2020

Mckayla Kingsbury waves to a long line of well-wishers Saturday in Waitsfield during a drive-by party on Kingsbury’s 24th birthday. Organized by a few friends and co-workers earlier in the week, the event quickly became a big celebration for the much-loved Kingsbury with dozens of honking vehicles sporting signs and balloons and numerous fire trucks and ambulances joining in. Photos by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

72 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths reported Saturday
04/05/2020
72 new cases, three deaths reported Saturday

72 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths reported Saturday

The Vermont Department of Health on Saturday announced 72 new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus and three new COVID-related deaths.

Restaurants, bars, DMV to stay closed at least another week
04/05/2020
Restaurants, bars, DMV to stay closed at least another week

Restaurants, bars, DMV to stay closed at least another week

Bars and restaurants in Vermont must remain closed and the Department of Motor Vehicles will not provide in-person services, both until at least April 15, according to a press release

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Is there a boil water notice in Barre?
Hey Times Argus...why don't you take down your paywall for awhile...since your our community newspaper.
#Vermont #Leahy #Sanders #Welch "Sanders sent out a campaign email to supporters Monday asking them to sign a petition demanding the government guarantee that a potential coronavirus vaccine will be free of charge. The petition asks supporters for “contributions to fight back against drug companies who want to profit off of health care.” “I am not very confident in the president’s ability to manage this crisis,” he wrote in the email. “Health experts agree that the spread of the coronavirus will likely get worse before it gets better,” Sanders added."
Dear Times Argus - SPORTS Section! If you are going to post about a HUGE event such as State Wrestling Championship maybe you should get your facts straight. The event was in Bennington, VT this weekend. My son Daniel Durgin is NO longer on the team since he graduated in 2019. Matthew Durgin deserves his picture in the article since he is the one busting his butt as a Varsity wrestler. The photo you posted with Matthew and ST Js Wilder is a year old and again also with the wrong Durgin. As we also contacted you last yr for the same error. Please get the facts straight next time you post about an important sporting event.
Trumpilton: An American Musical Parody is playing Off-Broadway in April! Another show conceived and developed in Vermont is going to New York City! Trumpilton: An American Musical Parody will play Off-Broadway in April! A Klami/Holmes Production After a successful run in Vermont, Trumpilton: An American Musical Parody will be performed Off-Broadway in New York City. In this original parody, the rise of Donald J. Trump as president is comically traced through the eyes of the singing and dancing Fred Trump, Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton, Robert Mueller, Melania Trump, Mike Pence, Stormy Daniels, Bernie Sanders, the Trump kids, and a slew of others, notorious and notable. Tracking Trump’s history, tweet by tweet, this irreverent romp features satirical scenes and musical numbers. Trumpilton: An American Musical Parody offers a humorous and provocative reflection on what our Founding Fathers feared could happen to the most powerful office in the world if left unchecked. Entertaining companion piece to Hamilton. Limited engagement! Saturday, April 18 @ 8:00 pm Sunday, April 19 @ 3:00 pm Actors Temple Theatre 339 West 47th Street (Between 8th and 9th Aves.) New York, NY 10036 Tickets: St. Luke’s Theatre Box Office 308 West 46th Street (Between 8th & 9th Aves.) 212-246-8140 -- Use discount code: FRIENDS35 Or at Telechargeoffers.com -- Use discount code: FRIENDS40 Running time is approximately two hours, with an intermission. Not Handicapped Accessible. Adult content – not recommended for children under 13. Additional information: ~ Conceived, Written and Directed: Karen Klami & Burnham Holmes ~ Musical Director & Keyboards: Leslie Klami ~ Cast featuring: Lina Cloffe, Danielle Houston, Michael Kingsbury, and Christopher Daniel Restino ~ Choreography: Lina Cloffe ~ Costume & Prop Design: Jessica Nguyen ~ Set Design: Karen Klami ~ Stage Manager: Jessica Nguyen For more information contact: [email protected] ---- 802-922-8662 (text or call) [email protected] ---- 802-287-0705 (text or call)
The Racial Justice Alliance announces the 2020 Legislative Series and the kick-off our Statewide “Hidden in Plain Sight” Community Tour. The Legislative Series is created to provide a forum to educate community members and gain their perspectives while informing legislator’s decisions on policy. The Series will run through the legislative session and all forums will be conducted in room 10 in the Statehouse, from 5:30 PM till 7:30 PM. The first forum of the Legislative Series, “Hidden in Plain Sight” will also be presented on a community tour across the state. Learn more about the “Hidden in Plain Sight” Community Tour here. Hidden in Plain Sight: The Truth About Systemic Racism The Vermont Attorney General And Human Rights Commission Task Force on Act 54 Racial Disparities in State Systems Report in 2017 indicated that “In addition, and likely related to the income disparities, racial disparities have been documented in each of the areas identified in Act 54 (education, labor and employment, housing, healthcare and economic development).” Until we can gain a common understanding of how and why this is happening, there is limited potential for true transformation. Through personal stories and aided with the research of national experts on the matter, Racial Justice Alliance Coordinator, Mark Hughes unpacks systemic racism from several perspectives and discusses solutions. The Legislative Series scheduled forums include: 23 January 2020 – Making the Justice System Work with Data 13 February 2020 – Reparations in Vermont: Is that a Thing? 27 February 2020 – Use Of Force: How Much is Enough and How do We Know It? 19 March 2020 – Who’s Watching the Police? 26 March 2020 – Slavery: Bound By Law For Payment
The Vermont Attorney General And Human Rights Commission Task Force on Act 54 Racial Disparities in State Systems Report in 2017 indicated that “In addition, and likely related to the income disparities, racial disparities have been documented in each of the areas identified in Act 54 (education, labor and employment, housing, healthcare and economic development).” Until we can gain a common understanding of how and why this is happening, there is limited potential for true transformation. Through personal stories and aided with the research of national experts on the matter, Racial Justice Alliance Coordinator, Mark Hughes unpacks systemic racism from several perspectives and discusses solutions. “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be presented on a community tour across the state at the following locations, dates and times: 15 January 2020 – State House, room 10, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 16 January 2020 – Barre, Aldrich Public Library, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 29 January 2020 – St Albans, St Albans Free Library, time to be confirmed 5 February 2020 – West Hartford, West Hartford Public Library, time to be confirmed 4 March 2020 – Burlington, Fletcher Free Library, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 18 March 2020 – Bennington, Bennington Free Library, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 2 April, 2020 – Rutland, Rutland Free Library 6:00 PM – 8:00 15 April 2020 – St Jonhsbury, St Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 30 April 2020 – Middlebury, – Ilsley Public Library, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dates and times are subject to change.
Please investigate this. This is absolutely disgusting.
Iranian General Qassem Soleimani women brutally murdered under his tactics internally in Iran. On December 15, 2019, the Iranian Resistance announced that the number of those killed by security forces during Iran protests exceeded 1,500. At least 4,000 were wounded and at least 12,000 detained. Then on December 23, 2019, citing sources within the clerical regime, Reuters confirmed that 1,500 people had been killed in Iran during less than two weeks of unrest that started on November 15. Reuters was told that about 400 women and 17 teenagers were among those killed. The Iranian officials who provided the figures to Reuters, said they were based on information gathered from security forces, morgues, hospitals and coroner’s offices.
Fun local event tomorrow!