Thousands of people, many in costume, will line the streets of Rutland Saturday night for the city’s 55th annual Halloween Parade.

Members of Drum Journeys of Earth, perennial crowd favorites in their skeleton costumes, will lead the parade again, dancing and drumming their way down the street.

The long-awaited Morrisville Bypass is set to open on Halloween. Volunteers help prepare nests for spiny softshell turtles. Motorboats are still allowed on Wolcott Pond, under five miles per hour. Burlington establishes an adopt-a-drain program.

The clean-up of Lake Champlain looms as perhaps the largest, and most expensive environmental challenge facing Vermont. And state officials are exploring whether a cap-and-trade program for phosphorus runoff might help solve the problem.

Back in the 1990s, the acid rain problem had gotten so bad that some New England lakes couldn’t support brook trout anymore.

Recently, top Republicans held a secret meeting to urge Libertarian Dan Feliciano to drop out of the governor’s race because they feel Feliciano is drawing votes away from GOP candidate Scott Milne.  

The effort was unsuccessful, and points to a continuing rift between two factions of the Vermont Republican Party.

Over the past century, Bag Balm has become a staple in barns, bathrooms and kitchens all over America. The yellow, gooey salve in a bright green and pink tin is used for everything from softening cows' teats to quieting squeaky bedsprings. Bag Balm even soothed the legs of dogs that searched the Twin Tower rubble after 9/11. 

Mike Perkins, who’s been mixing and packaging the stuff for over 17 years, gives a quick tour at the Lyndonville assembly line and tells the ointment's creation story.

Political analyst Eric Davis of Middlebury College looks at the role of voter turnout in statewide and legislative races and which parties are better organized for voter turnout; gives an update on the governor's race between incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin and Republican challenger Scott Milne; and he describes a quietly-held meeting between the Milne campaign and Libertarian Dan Feliciano in which Republicans tried to convince Feliciano to leave the race.

Forests cover about three-fourths of Vermont’s land making it one of the most heavily forested states in the country. And well over half of those forests are family owned.

Vermont Family Forests Director David Brynn and Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder discuss the challenges these family forests face, the role they play in our ecosystem and the best practices that can be employed to keep them sustainable.

The interim administrative team that was in place to right the troubled Burlington Public School system earlier this year resigned suddenly Friday morning, citing conflicts with the city’s school board.

A letter signed by the three-member administrative team says that some members of the school board “have little understanding, concern or respect for the work the interim administrative team has faced in a very short time under very difficult circumstances.”

This week started off with a big business story: IBM’s deal to offload its Essex Junction plant to Global Foundaries. Also this week, we learned how the rules the state is writing for the new GMO labeling law, the well-known Rutland police chief announced his retirement, and Vermont earned an average grade for the quality of its public infrastructure. And finally, Allen Prue was found guilty of the murder of a popular school teacher, Melissa Jenkins.

These were some of the voices in the news this week:

Candidates have a week and a half of campaigning left before Election Day, and Dean Corren is among those working hard for votes. He's the Progressive and Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, and he's our guest Friday on Vermont Edition. We'll look at why he's made single-payer health care his top priority and the challenges in implementing that system.

Also in the program, political analyst Eric Davis looks at the impact of what will likely be a low voter turnout election.

And we listen back to some of the voices in the week's news.