WTSA News for your Monday, November 14:

WTSA News for your Monday, November 14:

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has a new online tool to track food prices. Working with the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the Agency collected years of data on vegetable, meat and egg prices at farmers’ markets across the state. This dashboard provides an interactive visual to see how prices have changed from 2019 to today. The Dashboard will help farmers, retail outlets, organizations and the public compare prices, set competitive prices, assess the business value of insurance rates and loans and allow consumers to make informed choices.

A community discussion tonight in Putney, and you’re invited. Our Future Putney is a 3 month process to engage everyone in the town to brainstorm ideas and identify important priorities for the future. The Vermont Council on Rural Development, a neutral facilitator invited into the community by the Putney Selectboard, will facilitate the process to hear your ideas and then help connect them to resources and technical assistance that can help them move forward. Chats start at 430, and you are invited to a FREE community dinner from 6-7 p.m. at Putney Central School.

Tax day in Brattleboro is tomorrow. The fourth installment of Brattleboro 2022 property and property taxes will be due November 15. Late payments will have an additional interest of 1%. City of Brattleboro utility bills are also due Nov. 15. Payments made after this date will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the outstanding balance. Payments can be mailed to City of Brattleboro, 230 Main Street, Suite 111, Brattleboro VT
05301. An official postmark of November 15 will be considered payment on time. Payments can also be made by dropping an envelope containing your check (no cash) in a locked “mailbox” in the parking lot behind the Civic Center.

The Vermont Transportation Agency says the Highway 9 upgrade between Brattleboro and Wilmington is continuing this week. In Marlboro, crews will continue work on shoulders, slopes and ditches. Throughout the project boundary, crews will place line strips and symbols on secondary roads. Crews will continue cleanup activities and prepare for the winter shutdown. There will be alternating one-way traffic between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. until Friday.

The Vermont Department of Children and Families hopes a new position will increase awareness among Indigenous people. The role is called Indian Child Protection Act Coordinator. The title refers to federal law that aims to keep Native American children in the care of parents or tribesmen whenever possible. Since the Abenaki tribes are recognized by the state, but not by the federal government, this federal law does not apply to them. Where a child may have tribal affiliation or heritage, the coordinator will be responsible for verifying this information with the relevant tribes before the child is placed in another home.

As he prepares to leave office, Patrick Leahy is working to foster an atmosphere of collaboration in the Senate. Leahy has only a few months left in the position he has held for 48 years as a senator from Vermont. Now he’s turning his attention to pushing through a $1.5 trillion Omnibus bill before leaving office in January. Senator Leahy said, “As president, I’m going to have to bring people from all political backgrounds to get it passed. I think we can, and those who do, I’m going to say, “Now look at this as an example for the future.” It can be done; it was like that when I arrived there. Lea says Congress used to be more collaborative, with members working across the aisle to achieve their goals. So now he says he likes to invite people from both parties to his Senate chambers for off-the-record meetings to work towards a common goal – something he hopes his successor will continue.

LOTTERY NUMBERS:

TRI STATE PICK 3 2-8-9

TRI STATE PICK 4 2-7-7-7

MASS BOX 13-19-27-29-31

SPORTS WTSA:

The Patriots were out yesterday with the bye week. The Packers beat the Cowboys in overtime, 31-28. The Giants beat the Texans, 24-16.

The Bruins improved to 9-0 at home this season with a 5-2 win over Vancouver on Sunday. The Bruins won’t play until Thursday when they host Philadelphia.

The Celtics host Oklahoma City tonight, tip is 7:30 p.m.

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