FEMA Turns Down State’s Request For Larger Culverts

A stream crossing in Townshend is the test culvert for building back town infrastructure in a more resilient fashion after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it won’t pay for larger culverts like the one in Townshend that the state says are needed to withstand future floods. FEMA says the state is applying inconsistent standards.

Book Showcases People Of Townshend

Photographer, Karl Decker, is a photographer who has spent nearly a decade in the homes and gardens of Townshend’s residents, learning their stories and taking their portraits. Those photos and stories are now published in a book called "The People of Townshend, Vermont."

Hydro Advocates Tout Bill That Expedites Permitting

Some advocates would like to see Vermont towns go back to the renewable energy future by relying more heavily on hydroelectricity. They say a bill to simplify the permit process that’s pending on Governor Peter Shumlin’s desk would make that more likely, but skeptics say hydro is still too inefficient and expensive.

VTrans Closes Damaged Covered Bridge In Townshend

The Vermont Agency of Transportation says a recent inspection of the Scott Bridge in Townshend showed that it had extensive deterioration, and that it should be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians.