Weekly Conversation On The Arts
4:58 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Carving Studio Brings Rare Italian Craft To West Rutland

West Rutland's Carving Studio and Sculpute Center is offering an opportunity to learn sculpting techniques unique to northern Italy.
Carving Studio and Sculpture Center

How do you take a clay model and carve it in marble two, three or even 10 times larger? Normally, you’d have to go to Italy to develop this rare skill.  But The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland is bringing Italy to Vermont.

They’re offering a special six-day course in advanced Italian compass enlargement techniques.

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Vermont Edition
4:44 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Festival Celebrates Vermont's Cheese Diversity

Vermont has the most cheese producers per capita in the nation and many of them were on hand to show off the complexity of their craft at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival this month in Shelburne. 

Cheese enthusiasts lined up at vendors’ tables to taste all the products they had to offer. And while you may think this would lead to fearsome competition, Vermont cheesemakers have banded together to expand their market as VPR's Catherine Hays learned.

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Vermont Edition
4:41 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Chestnut Trees Getting Help From Vermont

Just over a hundred years ago, billions of chestnut trees could be found along the east coast. However, the chestnut population was sent into functional extinction with the introduction of blight in 1904. But that doesn’t mean people are letting go without a fight.

Restoration efforts have taken hold nationally, but it’s the chestnuts in Berlin, Vermont that may hold the key to saving the species.

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Vermont Edition
4:28 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Analysis: New Hampshire Primary Races

Valley News Local News Editor John Gregg analyzes some of the key primary races in New Hampshire, including the Republican race to challenge incumbent Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

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Public Post
1:17 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Bread And Puppet Staging Gaza Protest Vigils

Bread and Puppet activists staged small protests around Vermont on Wednesday, like this one in Montpelier.
Janelle Treibitz Bread and Puppet

Activists from Glover's Bread and Puppet Theater spread out in communities around Vermont on Wednesday to hold vigils in protest of the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza. And the troupe is planning similar action on the statehouse lawn on Friday.

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Vermont Edition
1:05 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Health Exchange Woes Continue Unabated

Lawrence Miller, right, director of state health reform, faced tough questions from legislators.
Steve Zind VPR

Fifteen-thousand Vermonters people who are enrolled in the state's Health Care Exchange, Vermont Health Connect, can't change any of their information at the website,  and thousands of Medicaid enrollees can't renew their coverage online.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Acting Very Locally: Vermont’s Town Energy Committees

Projects like this solar barn have been completed through the efforts of town energy committees.
Vermont Natural Resources Council

Groups of volunteers in over 100 towns have been educating and facilitating home owners and municipalities transition to small-scale renewable energy or to find ways to reduce energy consumption. It’s the work of Vermont’s town energy committees.

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The Frequency
8:59 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Construction Worker Killed On Interstate 89

A construction worker was struck and killed by a car while removing temporary fog line makers on Interstate 89 in South Burlington last night.

Robert Stanhope, 61, was working for Whitcomb Construction Company. Vermont State Police say Stanhope was struck by a car driven by 22-year-old Emma Gentry of South Burlington at 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Northern EMS was traveling by and stopped to assist Stanhope, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact Vermont State Police in Williston.

VPR News
5:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Welch One Of Few Democrats To Work With House Republicans

Vermont's lone congressman is viewed as a conciliator who reaches out to conservative Republicans.
AP File/Toby Talbot

Congressman Peter Welch has one of the most liberal voting records in Washington. At the same time, he’s one of the few Democrats to work closely with some of the most conservative Republicans in the House.  

Welch’s work on the House Oversight Committee serves as a good example of his approach to politics. For the past year, the committee has been the scene of some extremely partisan behavior.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Lack Of Medicaid Coverage Hampers Addiction Treatment

A sign invites clients to a counseling service in St. Johnsbury. They can get Medicaid coverage for metal illness, but not addiction.
Charlotte Albright VPR

As an ever increasing number of people seek help with alcohol and drug addiction, a payment loophole is preventing many of those patients from getting timely treatment. That’s in part because Medicaid does not reimburse private providers who treat their patients for addiction, unless they are also diagnosed with a mental illness.

But not every patient who abuses alcohol or drugs is mentally ill.

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