VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 23, 2014

St. Johnsbury Searches For New Town Manager, With Help

The Pomerleau Building houses municipal offices in St. Johnsbury, where the selectboard is searching for a new Town Manager with help from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.
Charlotte Albright VPR

St. Johnsbury is looking for a new Town Manager—again. That job has seen both turnover and turmoil, but things have calmed down under the current Manager, John Hall, who is retiring.

The St. Johnsbury Select Board recently held a special meeting to decide how to find his replacement.  Selectman Alan Ruggles proposed to form a committee to conduct the search without outside help. He says the Vermont League of Cities and Towns has handled the administration for past searches, helping to compose the job description, placing ads, and sorting through applications.

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VPR News
5:28 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Welch Wants To Lift Regulations On Community Banks

The First Bank of Orwell, pictured here in 2009, is a community bank that stands to benefit from Welch's proposed legislation.
Jane Lindholm VPR

Rep. Peter Welch has introduced legislation that he says will make it easier for Vermont’s community banks to offer mortgages and loans.

The legislation would exempt many smaller banks from the financial regulations that were put into place following the national financial crisis in 2008.

Welch says it’s very important for Congress to realize that there’s a big difference between the operations of large Wall Street banks and the work done by community based banks across the country.

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Public Post
1:31 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Mirror Theatre Gets Green Light In Greensboro

Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency has won conditional approval to construct a new theater, arts center and cafe.

Last week's decision by the Greensboro Development Review Board was unanimous. The Mirror Theatre, as it will be named, will be built on 10 acres where the Hazendale Farmstand is currently located.

The board's approval is subject to the following conditions:

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Vermont Edition
12:30 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Apples: From Heirlooms To The Obscure

Apples bagged and boxed at Chapin Orchards in Essex Junction.
Ric Cengeri VPR

Hewes Crab, Zabergau Reinette, Winter Banana, Twenty Ounce Pippin, Summer Rambo, Sheepnose, Westfield Seek-No-Further, Arkansas Black.

You’d be excused if you couldn’t identify these as varieties of apples. There are hundreds, from the common MacIntosh and Red Delicious to the lesser known Smokehouse and Pixie Crunch.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Climate Change And Activism

In this file photo, 350.org leader Bill McKibben talks to Montpelier students in front of solar panels in 2007.
Toby Talbot AP

This weekend, some Vermonters are in New York City for a massive protest about climate change in the United States.  Meanwhile, new research from UVM has added more data to a picture of rising temperatures and less snow in the coming century. Monday on Vermont Edition, we’ll look at the impacts of climate change in our region.

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VPR News
10:38 am
Mon September 22, 2014

VPR Governor's Debate

Clockwise from top left: Incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, Republican Scott Milne, Liberty Union candidate Peter Diamondstone and Libertarian Dan Feliciano will debate on Vermont Edition on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
Angela Evancie/Bob Kinzel/Tim Johnson VPR

VPR is hosting a radio debate among four candidates for governor on Tuesday, September 23, live at 7 p.m.

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Commentary
9:51 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Henningsen: Finding My Place

I’ve been thinking a lot about “place” lately and what it means to be “placed”: not just to locate ourselves on specific coordinates of space and time, but to feel an organic connection to a particular piece of ground. It could be a stretch of river or a mountain trail, a small neighborhood on a dead-end road, a farm that’s been in a family for generations; it might be, as a newcomer observed, “a house – it’s not a home yet, but we’re working on it.”

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VPR News
7:36 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Vermont ACLU Sues State Over Traffic Stop, Car Seizure

In this screen shot from police video of a March traffic stop in Wallingford, Greg Zullo, 21, speaks with State Trooper Lewis Hatch about snow on the bumper of his car. Zullo is suing the state of Vermont.
ACLU-VT

The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont over a traffic stop in Wallingford last March.

The ACLU says that the young man filing the lawsuit was stopped, his car was seized and he was left to walk eight miles home after a trooper said he smelled burnt marijuana.

21-year-old Greg Zullo was pulled over for having some snow on the bumper of his car, which the trooper said was touching or covering the registration sticker on his rear license plate.

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Environment
6:13 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Vermonters Turn Out For People's Climate March

Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March Sunday. The march, along with similar gatherings scheduled in other cities worldwide, comes two days before the United Nations Climate Summit.
Jason DeCrow Associated Press

More than a thousand Vermonters marched in New York City yesterday as part of the People’s Climate March.

Some marchers were dressed as polar bears, some carried small wooden windmill replicas in their hands and some of the older activists held signs saying they were marching for their grandchildren. Contingents affiliated with colleges, labor unions and religious groups marched banners denouncing hydro-fracking, the tar sands oil project in Canada and the XL pipeline. Magdeline Valetis came from Putney with her 13 year-old daughter Ashley.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Springfield Seeks Solutions For Crime Surge

Springfield Police Chief Doug Johnston says a multi-pronged approach is needed to address to Springfield's problems.
Susan Keese VPR News

The town of Springfield has been considering an anti-loitering ordinance to help keep drugs and criminal activity off the streets. Those efforts have led to a broader discussion of the town’s problems.

Sitting in the Jenny Wren Café on Springfield’s main downtown street, Kimberly Bombria says she’s seen a lot of gang activity and drug sales. She traces much of the problem to tenants of the building that also houses the cafe.

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