The Frequency
3:25 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Rabid Skunk Bites Burlington Man

Burlington Police today announced Tuesday that a rabid skunk bit a “reportedly homeless” man last week. 

According to the police, the man went to the emergency room at Fletcher Allen Health Care and said he’d been bitten. The man “was able to kill the skunk and it was later brought to the Vermont Health Department for rabies testing.”

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Arts & Culture
3:00 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Vergennes Boat Builder Keeps A Japanese Tradition Alive

Douglas Brooks uses traditional tools and methods in his effort to preserve the knowledge of the last few remaining Japanese boat builders.
Sage Van Wing VPR

The city of Vergennes has a proud history of boat building. At the base of the falls on Otter Creek, Commodore Macdonough built the ships that would defeat the British in the War of 1812. Many of the steamships that plied the waters of Lake Champlain were built there too. And now, another boat building tradition thrives in Vergennes: hand-built wooden boats, in the Japanese tradition.

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The Catch-Up
2:15 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Catch-Up: Ello

Everybody seems to want an invite to Ello, the new social network pitching itself as the anti-Facebook. We talk about Ello's Vermont roots and its challenges.

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The Frequency
2:08 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Vermont Sisters Sue Jehovah's Witnesses For Child Sex Abuse

Miranda Lewis (right), with her mother Marina Mauvoleon-Folsom. Lewis and her older sister are suing the Bellows Falls congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses over sexual assaults they say took place when they were less than five years old.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Two sisters raised in Vermont filed lawsuits Tuesday against the Bellows Falls congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, alleging that an ordained minister of the church sexually abused them as children.

Miranda Lewis, 23, said she was in a church meeting when she was around the age of four when Norton True – at the time a "ministerial servant" in the church – held her back as everyone else left.

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The Frequency
2:08 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Shaw's Warns Customers Of Possible Security Breach

The parent company of the Shaw’s Supermarket chain says Vermont customers are among those affected by an ‘attempted criminal intrusion’ that sought to obtain the credit and debit card information.

According to a news release from AB Acquisition LLC, the discovery of malware used to illegally capture customer information is the second such incident in recent weeks.

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Vermont Edition
1:43 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Feds Say Some Vermont Hospitals Were Overpaid

If you’ve ever had a procedure done at a hospital, you know that hospital billing can get very complicated, very quickly.

You can imagine, then, that budgeting for an entire hospital is a difficult task. Some of a hospital’s income comes from private insurers, some from the state via Medicaid reimbursement, and some from the federal government in the form of Medicare reimbursement.

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Vermont Edition
1:26 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Lives Of Women In Prison

Julie Brisson says the saddest day in prison is Mother's Day. This photo was taken May 3 2014 inside the Folsom Women's Facility in California.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

On any given day, there are around 160 women in prison in Vermont. That’s a small percentage of the overall population, but the number of women in prison has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the specific challenges faced by Vermont women in prison with Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at the Department of Corrections. We'll also talk to Julie Brisson, coordinator of the Wellness Workforce Coalition at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, who served time in Swanton prison in 2009.

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Public Post
12:47 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Pittsford's Lothrop School Is One Step Closer To Heating Upgrades

The school board and select board in Pittsford have both voted unanimously to use a fund bequeathed to the town to finance a heating system and other energy upgrades at Lothrop Elementary School.

Last winter the Pittsford taxpayers spent $68,000 to heat the school building. A new wood pellet boiler and associated improvements are expected to knock $40,000 off the school's annual heating bill.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Celebrating Classical Music

Aaron Copland once guest conducted the VSO.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Lovers of classical music are celebrating two big milestones in Vermont: VPR’s own Walter Parker marks his 30th anniversary on the air this week. And the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its eightieth season.

We look at how Vermont’s classical music scene has grown and deepened over the decades with Walter Parker and VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan.

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Health
5:49 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Vermont Father Raising Awareness Of A Little-Known Water Danger

Vermonter Benjo Haller, 27, died this summer in the Bahamas after experiencing Shallow Water Blackout. His father, Dean, is working to raise awareness of the danger.
Corey Chapman

One Vermonter is doing everything he can to raise awareness of a little-known danger connected to swimming and free-diving. For Dean Haller, this effort comes from painful personal experience. His son, Benjamin Haller, died this summer at the age of 27, after experiencing Shallow Water Blackout.

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