The Senate Democratic Caucus on Monday unanimously chose Windsor County Senator Peter Welch as the Senate president pro tempore candidate for the upcoming session. Because the Democrats hold a commanding majority in the Senate, Welch’s formal election next week by the full Senate is considered a certainty.
The past year in Vermont will be remembered for its themes, as much as for its events. The state’s economic hardships, the rise of heroin and the struggle of dairy farmers were stories that recurred through the year. Along the way, Vermonters elected their first new governor in more than a decade, and celebrated the accomplishments of a few notable neighbors.
Like other businesses in the state, Vermont’s innkeepers are paying much more these days for liability insurance. And in at least one case, the insurance companies have deemed that some activities are just too risky to allow. For example, a favorite sledding hill in Brookfield is now off limits because of liability concerns.