When a child is removed from his or her family because of abuse or neglect, someone needs to advocate for them in court. That advocate is a Guardian ad Litem. There are 300 of these volunteers in Vermont.
Mary Hayden, manager of Vermont’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and Guardian ad Litem Susan Hong discuss the work of these volunteers, the training they undergo, the research they do and how they arrive at the recommendations they make to the court on whether a child should be returned to their family.
It’s that time of year when swimmers and boaters in Lake Champlain can enjoy water temperatures that have finally become bearable. And when they have to be concerned about blue green algae blooms.
Vermont Edition spoke with David Mears, commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, about the algae blooms occurring in Lake Champlain, and if we could see what’s happening in Lake Erie here.
This summer Vermont ski resorts are investing millions to upgrade their snowmaking equipment, thanks in part to an innovative rebate offer from Efficiency Vermont. The snow gun exchange program is expected to help the state’s ski industry reduce carbon emissions and save $2 million a year in energy costs.
Killington is one of about 15 participating resorts.
On a recent visit, the resort's snow making control center was quiet. But in a few months, foreman Steve Reynolds pointed to a bank of computer screens he said would be humming.
The race for lieutenant governor is shaping up to become one of the most expensive contests for that office in Vermont history. And Republican incumbent Phil Scott and Progressive Party challenger Dean Corren are raising their money in very different ways.
Among the more onerous tasks of any political campaign is raising the cash needed to fund the effort. On this count at least, Progressive Party candidate Dean Corren is enjoying an operational advantage over the Republican incumbent.
Jim Jeffords was a GOP stalwart in Vermont, serving seven terms as a Republican in the House before moving to the Senate. Jeffords made headlines in 2001 when he renounced his Republican Party affiliation and became an Independent, caucusing with the Democrats. His decision shifted the balance of power in the Senate and made him a target of national devotion and disdain.
Following the Monday morning death of former Vermont U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords, VPR dug into its archives for recordings of the pivotal moments in Jeffords' career – including his bombshell 2001 announcement that he would leave the Republican party.
We also dusted off the tape of Jeffords' announcement, in 2005, that he would retire from the Senate, re-digitized The Jeffords Effect, a five-part series we created in 2002, and collected photographs of Jeffords' time in Washington and Vermont.