Vermont Edition
10:15 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Citizen Scientists, Unite!

Alison Wagner records the bird count in Fayston, as she takes part in The National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count in 2008. The annual event is one of the longest-running citizen science data collection projects in the country.
Toby Talbot AP

When scientists need massive volumes of data or they need data collected over a huge geographic range, they often turn to well-trained citizen scientists for help. From counting the populations of species, to monitoring water quality, citizens scientists are contributing to research and learning about science in the process. Wednesday at noon on Vermont Edition, we dive into some of the research projects in Vermont that are boosted by citizen-gathered data.

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VPR News
6:28 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Flash Flooding Hits Chester, Andover

Flash flooding closed roads in Chester and Andover yesterday. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Chester Fire Department to support first responders and people who may have had to move to safety.

Rising floodwaters blocked roads for a time on Routes 11 and 103, but both roads have re-opened as of this morning.

The Red Cross says that one Chester woman’s home was devastated by flooding, and was possibly destroyed.

The shelter closed last night, and Vermont State Police say no one spent the night there.

VPR News
5:30 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Upper Valley Manufacturer Is Hiring, And Training, Many

Daniel Bell, 23, of Wilder, Vermont, tests his skill at operating a drill press at a summer training institute run by Hypertherm in Hanover.
Charlotte Albright VPR

There are signs that after years of decline, manufacturing is making a comeback in the United States. One global company based in the Upper Valley has been adding so many workers so fast that it’s had to create its own on-site academy.

Hypertherm, in Hanover, makes high-tech machines that use laser and water to cut metal. On a summer day perfect for swimming, in a factory built just for training, about a half dozen young men are hard at work, gathered around a drill press.

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VPR News
5:52 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Celebration Shows Growth And Diversity Of Vermont's Islamic Community

Muslims celebrated the end of Ramadan with communal prayers and celebrations at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington on July 28.
Angela Evancie VPR

In Burlington today, Muslims celebrated the end of Ramadan with communal prayers and celebrations. This year’s celebration shows the growth and diversity of the Islamic community in Vermont.

Two thousand worshipers gathered at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

This marks the end of month-long period during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset.

And it begins the Eid ul-Fitr or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, where Muslims exchange social visits and celebrate.

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VPR News
5:43 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cheryl Hanna Remembered For Her Passion For The Law And Gender Equity Advocacy

Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna, who died Sunday.
Credit Vermont Law School

Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna, a longtime VPR commentator, died Sunday.

The announcement was made in a news release from the law school. No cause of death was given. 

Hanna was remembered as an engaging professor with a passion for gender equity. 

She said she knew at a young age that she wanted to teach, and eventually she settled on law school, where she would study to become a professor. 

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VPR News
4:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cheryl Hanna On VPR: A Collection Of Commentaries

As colleagues, students, family and friends mourn the death of Vermont Law School professor and VPR commentator Cheryl Hanna, we present a collection of the commentaries — both legal and personal — that Hanna contributed to VPR over the years.

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The Frequency
2:16 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna Dies

Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna, also a VPR Commentator and frequent guest on Vermont Edition, has died.
Vermont Law School

Vermont Law School has announced that Professor Cheryl Hanna, a prominent professor and expert in constitutional law, has died.

From the VLS announcement:

It is with the most profound sorrow that we announce the untimely death of our dear colleague Professor Cheryl Hanna.

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Vermont Edition
1:48 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Returning Out-Of-State Prisoners To Vermont

Vermont houses almost 500 prisoners in private out-of-state facilities.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Vermont sends nearly 500 prisoners to privately run out-of-state facilities in Kentucky and Arizona. The contract with the company that operates these jails, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), comes up for renewal next year.

Now, a group of concerned Vermonters is proposing that room be made here to return these prisoners to the state.

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The Frequency
1:34 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Vermont Gas Ordered To Halt Digging Near VELCO Lines

The Vermont Public Service Board ordered Vermont Gas Systems to stop digging for its pipeline near power lines owned by the Vermont Electric Power Company, citing environmental and health concerns.

Vermont Gas approached the Public Service Board after the state Agency of Natural Resources alerted the company to the possibility that soil contaminated with Pentachlorophenol (PCP) could be disturbed by pipeline construction.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Search For Meaning In A Life Close To Nature

In this photo taken Friday, July 13, 2012, stone pillars delineate the actual site of Henry David Throeau's cabin on the shores of Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.
Michael Dwyer AP

The 1960s and '70s saw a lot of people arrive in Vermont with the back-to-the-land movement. Their idealism followed the legacies of people like Helen and Scott Nearing, and even Henry David Thoreau well before them. On the next Vermont Edition, we discuss the impulse to find meaning in a life close to nature. Our guest is Rebecca Kneale Gould, a writer and senior lecturer at Middlebury College.

Professor Gould recommends these titles for further reading:

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