The Shumlin administration wants to talk about weed.

Administration officials announced a public hearing this week as part of their continuing look at marijuana legalization. A hearing on Nov. 12 will “provide Vermonters with the ability to contribute comments for a legislatively-mandated study on the issues involved with possible legalization of marijuana production, distribution and possession in the State of Vermont.”

Friday is, of course, Halloween. Have you stocked the bowl with candy for all of those trick-or-treaters? Well, here in Vermont, the answer to that question probably depends on where you live.

If you live outside of a town on a back road, like Deb Rickner, who lives in Monkton, it’s been a while since you’ve seen a trick-or-treater.

“Honestly, I can’t be sure,” she said. “Because we leave candy on the porch and go elsewhere.” One year, Rickner said, her mother stayed home to hand out candy, and only one person came.

Food grown and produced in Vermont may soon be making an appearance at a new market opening in Boston. The initiative is part of a new "domestic export program" called for by an economic development bill signed into law by Gov. Peter Shumlin earlier this year.

And to hear Shumlin tell it, Vermont food is so sought after that when out-of-staters come here and shop, it's basically a scene of non-violent looting.

WCAX TV has identified a man now in quarantine for possible exposure to the Ebola virus in West Africa as Peter Italia of Rutland. But questions remain about why he went to such a high-risk area and what his intentions were. Several local residents say they know Italia, and are worried about him.

In the final weeks of the campaign, the future of Medicare benefits for Vermont seniors has become a hotly debated issue in the race for governor.

It's an explosive subject because candidates who suggest changes to Medicare risk losing the support of many voters over 65.  

So how did Medicare become an issue in the governor’s race? 

America has lost a gifted poet who loved living in Vermont. Galway Kinnell, the state’s former Poet Laureate, died Tuesday at his home in Sheffield. He was 87.

Galway Kinnell was born to immigrant parents in Rhode Island, and in the years after World War II, he became a distinctly American voice in the literary world.  He won a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur fellowship, and an American Book Award for a large body of work that never went out of print.

Here is what he told VPR in 2013 about why he spent so much of his long life reading and writing poems.

Time To Button Up

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This Saturday is Button Up Vermont's Day of Action. It's the second annual event intended to inspire Vermonters to weatherize their homes. Organizers are hoping Vermonters will embrace the fall Button Up Vermont event in the same way they take part in Green Up Day each spring.

Here's what the Button Up Vermont website has to say about the Nov. 1 event:

The Button Up Vermont Day of Action is an annual tradition aimed at inspiring more Vermonters to “Button Up” each fall, just like we “Green Up” every spring!

Traverse the state on our highways and back roads and you’ll be treated to a display of historic barns. It’s believed there are as many as 10,000 historic barns and farm buildings in the state, dating as far back as the late 1700s. Some are still in daily use. But time and Vermont’s severe weather have taken a toll on these buildings.

School consolidation is something a lot of towns are considering, even without a legislative mandate.  We’ll get a close up look at one community’s conversations about the possibility of school consolidation with members of the consolidation study committee at Windsor Central Supervisory Union.

We’ll talk to Alice Worth, Windsor Central Supervisory Union Superintendent, and Greg Greene, member of the Joint Elementary Study Committee and chair of the Pomfret Elementary School Board.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, October 29 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

At first blush, the 2014 Division I boys' soccer post-season looks like business as usual. Perennial power Champlain Valley Union has once again marched through the playoffs and is within sight of yet another state title.

But there is a significant difference between this 12-3-1 CVU team and the one’s before it that rolled up 16 championships for the school known state-wide as "Soccer Central."

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