As we ring in the New Year, commentator Willem Lange is thinking about traditions – and celebrating the fact that – according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac – we’ve gained almost four minutes of daylight since the solstice just a few days ago.
Earlier this month a burst pipe unleashed a
flood of water in the local history room of the Rockingham Library. Crates of histories and genealogical archives were
sent to a restoration company in Illinois. But for a number of damaged documents, help
was much closer. A professionally trained paper conservator has a workshop on Main Street in Bellows Falls.
Department for Children and Families says it’s speeded up the time it takes to
process applications for benefits. Many DCF clients have endured long delays when
attempting to contact the department.
People who qualify for Vermont’s
low-income heating assistance program, known as LIHEAP, will be getting a bonus
benefit in the new year. By the end of January, most families enrolled in
the program will see their benefit grow from $660 to $930