Burlington Free Press moves to new quarters

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Vermont’s largest daily newspaper is moving from the downtown Burlington headquarters it has occupied since its founding nearly 200 years ago.

The newsroom and most of the operations of the Burlington Free Press will move from its College Street home to new headquarters on Bank Street.

The newspaper reports that its owner -- the Gannett Company -- sold its seven-building complex in September to the Handy family, operating as The Great Cedars LLC, for $2.8 million. The Handys plan to convert the buildings to a mix of shops, apartments and office space.

The newspaper began as a weekly publication in 1827, went daily two decades later and grew to become Vermont’s largest daily newspaper.

Former Gov. Madeleine Kunin was a cub reporter at the paper early in her career.

Fire officials find dead woman at fire scene

SOUTH BURLINGTON (AP) -- Vermont police say they do not suspect foul play in the death of a woman whose body was discovered at a fire scene.

South Burlington police and fire officials responded to a residential fire on Cedar Glen North just after 9 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities say they were able to contain the fire and located the deceased occupant during a search of the building.

They are not releasing the identity of the 53-year-old female victim pending notification of next of kin.

They say the cause of death does not appear to be suspicious, but have called in the Vermont State Police arson squad to investigate.

An autopsy will be performed early this week.

Bratt. opts ‘no’ on energy audit right now

BRATTLEBORO (AP) -- The selectboard in the Vermont town of Brattleboro isn’t going to do an energy audit of town-owned buildings right now.

Instead, the town will consider establishing a fund for a more comprehensive audit that would be done in the next few years.

In a select board meeting last month, board member David Schoales asked interim Town Manager Patrick Moreland to see if $3,400 from a projected surplus could be used for the audit.

At a meeting last week, the board was asked to commit a portion of the money to the audit, but Moreland said that while there may be savings in the current budget it was too early in the fiscal year to allocate funds that may not be there at the end of the year.

But the board decided to possibly establish a fund toward a more comprehensive audit that would be done in the next few years.

The Brattleboro Reformer reported the audit would include the municipal center, the Gibson-Aiken Center, Brooks Memorial Library, Nelson Withington Skating Rink along with the public works garage and waste water treatment plant buildings.

Selectboard Chairman David Gartenstein said he didn’t think $3,400 was enough.

"These buildings are complex. It is not in the town’s best interests given where we are," he said.

Gartenstein said he wanted to find up to $50,000 to start a fund to audit town’s buildings, and the likely upgrades that would follow.

Maine sculptor to exhibit at Vt.’s museum

SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) -- A Maine sculptor is opening an exhibit of contemporary art works made of steel spikes at Vermont’s Shelburne Museum.

The exhibit called "John Bisbee: New Blooms" opens Saturday in the new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education at Shelburne Museum.

Bisbee works exclusively in 12-inch bright common spikes. He describes his work as, "the ubiquitous object blown open into an expansive new existence that its original utility never dreamt of."

The museum says a wall of the gallery is hung with the work "Pelt," made with approximately 5,000 spikes placed so as to evoke an animal’s coat. "Hearsay" is a large- scale, funnel-shaped piece in which the artist’s welding creates a brocade-like effect.

Bisbee is the sculptor in residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.