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WTSA NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2024

Olivia Sweetnam has been appointed Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Trustees from Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital. Effective July 1, 2024, Sweetnam has accepted the position, taking over from Doug DiVello, who previously announced his retirement plans. Sweetnam lives in Brattleboro with her family and actively contributes to the community as a board member of the River Gallery School and a member of the Brattleboro Town Arts Committee.

In recent years, the Vermont Senate has been dominated by familiar faces who have held their positions for multiple terms. This year, however, will be different as more than half of the senators will have only two years or less of experience. This significant change has occurred over the past two years. Ten new senators entered the state House in the last election, and with the recent deaths of Senators Dick Mazza and Dick Sears, along with four others who did not seek re-election, there will be a significant number of new faces in the next two years.

Vermont officials have allocated nearly $7 million to the Vermont Bond Bank so municipalities can repair drinking and wastewater systems damaged by the 2023 flood or due to age. More details on how to access the funding will be available shortly. In addition, funds are provided to help manufactured home communities manage stormwater in accordance with Vermont regulations. This funding, from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, is specifically for manufactured housing communities to meet stormwater management requirements.

Vermont Senator Peter Welch helps new farmers overcome early financial challenges. Senator Welch introduced the Capital for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Act this week. Under the legislation, the Farm Service Agency would be directed to develop a pilot loan program
helping new farmers who often face financial obstacles in their first years
of the operation. Welch says supporting new farmers is critical for the long term.
long-term success of communities and food systems.

As Vermont and the region continue to grapple with a housing crisis, the market for existing homes remains tighter than ever. The average sales price of primary homes sold in Vermont last year reached
$325,000, increased by 5% compared to 2022, according to the Vermont
Housing Finance Agency. That comes as the number of annual sales
continues to decrease.

Authorities are looking for additional housing solutions after a temporary homeless shelter closed in central Vermont. The shelter, located in the former Elks Club in Montpelier, averaged more than 80 individuals during the winter season. However, due to the depletion of government funding, the shelter was closed last week. Additionally, changes in government-subsidized hotel accommodations have reduced eligibility for individuals. Rick DeAngelis of Good Samaritan Haven, the organization that runs the shelter, expects an increase in the number of unsheltered individuals.

Governor Phil Scott signed a bill regulating library policy, including banning books and establishing statewide rules for book challenges. The law also lowers the age limit for parental notification of checked out books from 16 to 12. While some worry about limiting parents’ rights, supporters argue the law promotes reading freedom. In addition, the law allows criminal threatening charges in public and established libraries, based on the findings of a two-year study commission on the problems in public libraries.

WTSA SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2024

THE CELTIEN ARE HOME TONIGHT TO START GAME ONE OF THE NBA FINALS WITH THE DALLAS MAVERICKS. TIP TONIGHT AT 8:30 PM

THE REDSOX BEATED THE BRAVES YESTERDAY 9 – ZIP. REDSOX STARTS A SET OF 4 GAMES WITH THE WHITE SOX TONIGHT AT 8:10 PM FIRST PITCH

YANKEES BEAT THE TWINS YESTERDAY 9 – 5 YANKEES LOOK TO CONTINUE THEIR 3 GAME SERIES WITH THE TWINS TONIGHT AT 7:05… YANKEES STARTING A 3 GAME SERIES WITH THE DODGERS ON FRIDAY.

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