Vermont & Cuba in the News


New York Times: New group enjoys thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations with a party

Mr. Flake, a Republican from Arizona, related the story as he and several other lawmakers and American and Cuban diplomats joined Tuesday night at the packed Washington bar, Partisan – invitations added the prefix “Bi” — to celebrate Engage Cuba, a newly formed group pushing for an end to the bans. Attendees partied like it was 1959 as wine and dark rum drinks – Cuba Libre and Havana Nueva cocktails – flowed.

Huffington Post: Ben & Jerry, Fidel, & Patrick's "Blockade Buster" ice cream diplomacy

On Thursday June 16, 2016, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee overwhelmingly voted to include four pro-engagement Cuba amendments in the must-pass FY 2017 appropriations bill. 

Skift: Vermont fishing retailer to host guided tours of Cuba

Capitalizing on warming relations between the United States and Cuba, a Vermont-based fishing retailer has announced it will host guided fly-fishing tours of the island beginning in October.

NECN: Vermont Company announces fishing trips to Cuba

Vermont-based Orvis, the retailer known nationally for its fishing gear, apparel, and home accessories, will start hosting guided fly-fishing excursions to Cuba starting this October. 

The Boston Globe: Vermont Little League team heads to Cuba to play ball

A Little League team from Vermont is heading to Cuba to play ball for a week. The group is allowed to travel to Cuba as part of a special education exchange, and organizers hope the games and cultural exchanges will lead to a lasting connection between the island nation and the state, Vermont Public Radio reported.




WCAX: Leahy, Welch part of historic Cuba visit

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch joined President Barack Obama on his historic trip to Cuba this week, where Obama became the first president to visit the country since 1928.  

FOX 61: West Haven tennis contractor has hand in warming U.S.-Cuba relations

A West Haven-based tennis contractor will make history in Cuba next month. Hinding Tennis, one of the largest installers and coating contractors of tennis courts in the Northeast, is going international following a recommendation from the United States Tennis Association and a Vermont tennis instructor. 

Democracy Now: Sen. Patrick Leahy details back story to renewed U.S.-Cuba ties

Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont also attended Monday’s opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. He played a pivotal role in the secret negotiations between the United States and Cuba, and helped with the release of the Cuban Five.

VPR: With relations restored, Leahy sets sights on Cuba's trade embargo

Senator Patrick Leahy says it was "a thrill" to finally see the Cuban flag raised over the country's embassy in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning.  Leahy is one of the people who's been working for years to restore U.S.-Cuba relations.

The Hill: On Cuba, a bipartisanship path appears

In Washington it used to be that elected officials could vigorously spar in the halls of Congress, but then put partisanship aside to solve important problems or just meet together over a meal.

Miami Herald: Leahy, time to change frozen-in-time policies on Cuba

We are in the fifth decade – more than half a century – of our country’s embargo toward Cuba.  During that time the Soviet Union has ceased to exist. Apartheid in South Africa has ended.