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For New Hampshire sixth grader Ruby Pepperdine, the “center of everything” is up on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors, stargazing with her grandmother, Gigi. In Vermont author Linda Urban's book The Center of Everything, after Gigi dies, Ruby has one big regret. She didn’t listen to the last thing her grandmother tried to tell her.

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Vermont has lost a valued community leader. David Dill, former secretary of transportation and Lyndon selectman, died Thursday evening at his home following an illness. He was 68.

Dill moved to Lyndonville in 1990 after a long career in the Air Force, including a stint in the Department of Defense working on North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) issues. Associates say he brought the same passion he had shown on the national level to his state and local public service in Vermont.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Town Meeting Day this year is without any major statewide referenda, but municipal and school budgets are up for voter approval statewide.

Last year’s Town Meeting Day saw more than two dozen school budgets defeated and kicked off a discussion about education funding that lawmakers are working to address in Montpelier this year.

The city of Burlington has entered into an agreement with developer Eric Farrell to help plan the development of land formerly owned by Burlington College.

Farrell purchased roughly 28 acres of land from Burlington College as part of the college’s efforts to reduce its debt. Now he’s launching a public process to develop a plan for the site, keeping in mind community goals of conservation and access across the property from North Avenue to the city’s bike path.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin is losing favor among the Vermonters that elected him, according to a new poll commissioned by VTDigger.org.

A survey of 700 Vermonters, conducted in mid-February by the Castleton Polling Institute, found that more people disapprove of the Democratic governor’s job performance than approve of it.

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Voters in the tiny Northeast Kingdom town of East Haven will decide Tuesday whether to approve an education budget that would raise their taxes. The town closed its school four years ago, but it’s turning out to be more expensive to educate East Haven children elsewhere than it was to keep the school doors open.

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Most of us who work for a business appreciate some openness about how the company is doing and how decisions are made.

But how would you feel if everything in the workplace was out in the open – including your salary and those of your co-workers?

Cities and towns all over Vermont are contending with freezing water pipes. Two Upper Valley towns are voting on consolidating elementary schools. Five cities are holding mayoral elections.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Gov. Peter Shumlin wants to raise $90 million in state revenues to pay for a wide ranging health care reform agenda. And while a key House committee is backing his push for new taxes, the House Committee on Health Care looks to be leaning toward a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to raise the money, not the payroll tax preferred by Shumlin.

While there maybe some agreement at the Statehouse on the health care policies that need to be addressed this year, there is a lot disagreement on how to pay for these programs.

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