VPR Governor's Debate

Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm host a gubernatorial debate among Liberty Union candidate Peter Diamondstone, Libertarian Dan Feliciano, Republican Scott Milne and Democratic incumbent Peter Shumlin in the VPR Performance Studio.
Angela Evancie VPR

VPR is hosting a debate among four candidates for governor on Tuesday, September 23, live at 7 p.m.

Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm will host a gubernatorial debate among Liberty Union candidate Peter Diamondstone, Libertarian Dan Feliciano, Republican Scott Milne and Democratic incumbent Peter Shumlin. The format will include moderator questions, voter questions, and an opportunity for the candidates to question each directly.

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VPR News
7:22 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Nine East Network Will Run Programs For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Students

The Vermont Agency of Education has tapped a Montpelier nonprofit group to oversee outreach services for Vermont children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Those services faced an uncertain future when the Brattleboro-based Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing closed abruptly earlier this month.

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VPR News
6:01 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Got Tech? Industry Wants To Be Part of Vermont's Image

Vermont high tech companies say the state’s way of life is a powerful calling card for the kind of clean industry it hopes to attract, but they would like state officials to do more to market itself to attract new business.

The “Envisioning the Future of Vermont’s Digital Economy” summit sponsored by the Vermont Council on Rural Development in Montpelier covered a range of subjects, including why tech businesses come to Vermont and what could be done to attract more.  

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VPR News
5:56 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

At Dartmouth, Reviving The Art Of The Letterpress

The press room in the basement of Baker Library at Dartmouth College has spawned generations of printers and is still in use today.
Charlotte Albright VPR

While more and more people are reading and working in cyberspace, some are stepping back in history.

They're using metal or wooden type to print what they want to say, one letter at a time. Six of them—all women, mostly writers, designers, poets, and one librarian--recently got their hands a little dirty at a letterpress workshop in the basement of the Dartmouth College's Baker Library.

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Vermont Edition
1:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

John Fusco: Screenwriter, Novelist, Martial Artist

John Fusco (right) with his friend, the stunt man Ju Kun, who was among the passengers who dissapeared on Malaysian Airlines flight 370.
Brian Ho Ap

When John Fusco’s son insisted they ride on horseback through Mongolia, the Hollywood screenwriter was inspired to write about Marco Polo. The story of the historical Italian explorer combined two of Fusco’s great loves: horses, and martial arts.

We’ll talk to Vermont writer John Fusco about his new TV series about Marco Polo, and his new book, Dog Beach.

Join the conversation: post comments and questions below or write to vermontedition@vpr.net

Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Apples: From Heirlooms To The Obscure

Apples bagged and boxed at Chapin Orchards in Essex Junction.
Ric Cengeri VPR

Hewes Crab, Zabergau Reinette, Winter Banana, Twenty Ounce Pippin, Summer Rambo, Sheepnose, Westfield Seek-No-Further, Arkansas Black.

You’d be excused if you couldn’t identify these as varieties of apples. There are hundreds, from the common MacIntosh and Red Delicious to the lesser known Smokehouse and Pixie Crunch.

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Environment
8:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

'The Woodchuck Returns To The Garden' With A New Book

Kale grows in the Tommy Thompson Community Garden in Burlington. Author Ron Krupp has a new book, The Woodchuck Returns To Gardening.
Angela Evancie VPR

Fall is here and for many Vermonters that means wrapping up the gardening season. But others are thinking about getting their hands in the soil, and planning ahead for next year's garden.

Author, gardener and VPR commentator Ron Krupp has a new book out where he chronicles the full year of a garden. It’s called The Woodchuck Returns To Gardening.  He views it as a companion to his first book, The Woodchuck’s Guide To Gardening.

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VPR News
6:34 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Springfield Hears About Rutland's Approach To Crime

Rutland Police Chief James Baker spoke in Springfield about Rutland's approach to cleaning up crime.
Susan Keese VPR

In Springfield Monday night, more than 200 people turned out to consider ways to deal with the problem of drugs and criminal behavior in town.

Rutland Police Chief James Baker was asked to come to Springfield to talk about Rutland’s approach to similar problems over the past few years. Baker is also the former director of the Vermont State Police. He said it takes more than police action to deal with drugs and crime. It takes creating an environment that isn’t conducive to illegal activity.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 23, 2014

St. Johnsbury Searches For New Town Manager, With Help

The Pomerleau Building houses municipal offices in St. Johnsbury, where the selectboard is searching for a new Town Manager with help from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.
Charlotte Albright VPR

St. Johnsbury is looking for a new Town Manager — again. That job has seen both turnover and turmoil, but things have calmed down under the current Manager, John Hall, who is retiring.

The St. Johnsbury Select Board recently held a special meeting to decide how to find his replacement.  Selectman Alan Ruggles proposed to form a committee to conduct the search without outside help. He says the Vermont League of Cities and Towns has handled the administration for past searches, helping to compose the job description, placing ads, and sorting through applications.

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VPR News
5:28 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Welch Wants To Lift Regulations On Community Banks

The First Bank of Orwell, pictured here in 2009, is a community bank that stands to benefit from Welch's proposed legislation.
Jane Lindholm VPR

Rep. Peter Welch has introduced legislation that he says will make it easier for Vermont’s community banks to offer mortgages and loans.

The legislation would exempt many smaller banks from the financial regulations that were put into place following the national financial crisis in 2008.

Welch says it’s very important for Congress to realize that there’s a big difference between the operations of large Wall Street banks and the work done by community based banks across the country.

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Public Post
1:31 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Mirror Theatre Gets Green Light In Greensboro

Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency has won conditional approval to construct a new theater, arts center and cafe.

Last week's decision by the Greensboro Development Review Board was unanimous. The Mirror Theatre, as it will be named, will be built on 10 acres where the Hazendale Farmstand is currently located.

The board's approval is subject to the following conditions:

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