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While many Vermonters celebrate winter holidays, an entire town is already deep into the planning for its annual summer extravaganza: The Tunbridge World’s Fair. Right now you can see a new video documentary about who and what makes the fair one of a kind.

The vacant Lazarus Building, on Middlebury's Main Street, is coming down. The former department store building is being razed as part of the effort to build a new town hall and recreation facility. The demolition process is scheduled to begin on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, and last two or three days. Town officials hope the holiday will mean less downtown traffic to contend with as the project gets underway.

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Vermonters interested in pursuing a career as a physician assistant have always had to get their training outside the state. But that may change next year, if the College of St. Joseph’s in Rutland is able to launch the state’s first graduate PA program.

Physician assistants are midlevel health providers that typically practice medicine alongside a supervising physician.

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Who knows what lurks in the forest? Well, there are plenty of clues about at this time of the year. You just need to know how to identify the telltale signs being left by wildlife.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Director of Wildlife Mark Scott and George Leoniak, owner of Leoniak Tracking Services of Marlboro, offer their tips on reading those clues and share their stories of tracking animals in the wild.

Post your questions or comments about tracking animals here or email them to

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Just six months from  now,  many Vermont communities will have to come up with a new way to put a price on garbage. State law requires that by July 1, residents or haulers pay for trash disposal based on the amount taken to a transfer station, and recycling must be free of charge.

Act 250, Vermont's land use law, has been in the news again lately. The town of Ferrisburgh is raising questions about the process after a second deal to sell a town-owned parcel to a developer has fallen through.

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There is a great deal of history in the Christ's Church in Saxton’s River.

The pipe organ is circa 1893. The original building goes back another 50 years.

Poets who aspire to have their words posted for all to see in Vermont's capital city have until the end of January to make submissions for PoemCity 2015. This will be Montpelier's sixth annual PoemCity event that features poems displayed in the windows of downtown buildings throughout the month of April.

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When it comes to the economy in this part of New England, ignore the state borders, says Linda Dunlavey. She’s head of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments based in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

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City officials in Rutland say a strong private-public partnership has helped transform one of the city’s major corridors from an eyesore to a thriving downtown business district.

Brennan Duffy, executive director of the Rutland Redevelopment Authority, remembers how it used to look.

“When I got came here a little over three years ago, that entire block was really just empty store fronts," he said. 

He was talking about the downtown segment of West Street, a major east-west corridor through the city.