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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.

“This is a great big church,” says church council chair Jane Cook as she stands between the long rows of pews that march toward the front of the gleaming white nave.

It’s easy to imagine the pews filled and 200 voices rising with the organ. But that’s not the case anymore.

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.

Not far from where she sits, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Windham County is about to shut down for a final time. She says she’s paying attention to the overlaps — of the towns she works with, and with nearby towns in Vermont, and Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

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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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Most children's books are fun little bits of fiction conjured up to make children laugh. It's not often you'll find non-fiction children's books that also manage to delight young readers with their true tale.

Trapp Family Lodge

The 1965 film The Sound of Music won five academy awards, and along with a popular Broadway musical, made Maria and Georg von Trapp and their children household names.

This year, Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last surviving sibling of the original singers, died at her home in Stowe. She was 99.

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