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Just six months from  now,  many Vermont communities will have to come up with a new way to put a price on garbage. State law requires that by July 1, residents or haulers pay for trash disposal based on the amount taken to a transfer station, and recycling must be free of charge.

The goal of the law is to promote recycling and discourage landfill disposal of trash.

The pending change has prompted towns and companies to talk about if and how they should change the pricing systems they have now.

Act 250, Vermont's land use law, has been in the news again lately. The town of Ferrisburgh is raising questions about the process after a second deal to sell a town-owned parcel to a developer has fallen through.

Andy Kirkaldy has been following that story for the Addison Independent and he spoke with VPR's Peter Biello for our Friday Regional Report.

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There is a great deal of history in the Christ's Church in Saxton’s River.

The pipe organ is circa 1893. The original building goes back another 50 years.

Poets who aspire to have their words posted for all to see in Vermont's capital city have until the end of January to make submissions for PoemCity 2015. This will be Montpelier's sixth annual PoemCity event that features poems displayed in the windows of downtown buildings throughout the month of April.

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When it comes to the economy in this part of New England, ignore the state borders, says Linda Dunlavey. She’s head of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments based in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

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City officials in Rutland say a strong private-public partnership has helped transform one of the city’s major corridors from an eyesore to a thriving downtown business district.

Brennan Duffy, executive director of the Rutland Redevelopment Authority, remembers how it used to look.

“When I got came here a little over three years ago, that entire block was really just empty store fronts," he said. 

He was talking about the downtown segment of West Street, a major east-west corridor through the city.

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Vermont may be a small state, but it’s big with readers. In fact, it ranks third in the nation when it comes to the number of bookstores per capita. That’s keeping independent booksellers happy this shopping season.

The state's response to emerging infectious diseases could be tested if Vermont faces a major flu outbreak this winter. A new report says the state should be well prepared.

New Hampshire is putting the brakes on a decision on a $13 million contract with FairPoint Communications to provide state government with telephone and Internet service.

Waterbury-based Keurig Green Mountain is recalling millions of home brewing machines from stores in the U.S. and Canada due to a potential safety hazard.

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