All the rain we’ve had this summer has been great for gardeners, but it’s also been good news for the species of mosquitoes that like to breed in artificial containers: the little pools created in your drain spouts, bird baths, and garbage can lids. Those are the mosquitoes that carry some of the diseases we all worry about, like West Nile, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as EEE.
Alan Graham is the Vermont State Entomologist, and he joins us again today to tell us about this year’s mosquito season.
You’ve graduated from high school and you feel pretty good about yourself, but now the real test begins: college. First year students are showing up on campuses all over the state this time of year and realizing they don’t know much of anything at all. What classes should you take? How do you make friends? Where is the free food? Are textbooks really that expensive?
You might have heard about these blue-green algae blooms on Lake Champlain. But do you know what they smell like? What causes them? The health effects? VPR reporters Annie Russell and Taylor Dobbs take a field trip to an active bloom in St. Albans Bay to get some answers.
Former Governor Jim Douglas says people still ask him how he, a Republican, could be repeatedly re-elected in a liberal state like Vermont. He says the question stems from deep political divisions that see "red states" growing redder and "blue states" turning deeper blue. Douglas reflects on that political trend and how to rebuild a moderate center in his new autobiography, The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America's Most Liberal State. We talk with Douglas about his book and his career in Vermont politics, on the next Vermont Edition.
In just a couple of days from now the pennant chases of Major League Baseball will lose some of their luster, no matter how close the jockeying is. Because for a certain kind of sports fan, baseball is less America’s pastime than a way to pass time before football season begins.
The National Football League is the unquestioned dominant pro sports league in America, and the Superbowl might as well be declared a national holiday for the millions who watch, host or attend parties, and place bets on everything from the coin toss to the final point spread.
Gov. Peter Shumlin will officially launch his 2014 reelection campaign next week, according to a release from his campaign.
A campaign kickoff is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9, when the Democratic governor will outline his case for a third term.
Shumlin has tapped a member of his executive staff to serve as campaign manager. Scott Coriell, who until last week served as special assistant to the governor, has left his job in the administration to run Shumlin’s campaign.
Randolph is about to build a new wastewater treatment facility and has a settlement agreement with the state regarding violations at the old plant. Concerns are raised over litter and vandalism at recreation areas in Wallingford, Norwich and Waitsfield. And school and town officials in Pittsford aim to lower last year's $68,000 heading bill at Lothrop Elementary School.
At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, representatives of Vermont’s Republican, Democrat, Progressive and Liberty Union political parties will gather in the wood paneled conference room in the offices of Secretary of State Jim Condos to certify the results from 275 voting precincts across the state.
If all goes according to plan, they will review the results from the primary election and then certify them.