As Vermont heads into the heating season, the state has launched
a major change in how it helps people who heat with wood. For the first time, the fuel
assistance program is making benefits directly to people on electronic debit
is still a season away. But as the temperatures begin to drop, many are
beginning to think about heating their homes – or, in some cases, helping their
neighbors get the fuel they need.
A program in Addison County is giving people wood to heat their homes.
Record-setting snowfall and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast have led to
increased demand for firewood this heating season. There’s also been an up-tick
in complaints by consumers who say they’re getting less firewood than they pay
In this program: Experts have warned for years that Americans aren’t saving enough for
retirement, but the unfolding financial crisis gives new urgency to that warning. Also, a 19th century Vermont painter’s images of Montpelier. And, a lesson in stacking firewood.
The wood harvesting program that state officials plan to expand is a multiyear initiative under which state lands
would have certain lots tagged for use by do-it-yourselfers, on a first-come
When former Gov. Howard Dean became chairman of the
Democratic National Committee in 2005, he put a controversial plan in place
that allocated financial resources to every state Democratic committee in the