The impending closing of Vermont Yankee has everyone worried about job losses in southern Vermont. But a group of people in Windham and Bennington counties have been working for years to try to understand the region’s underlying economic situation.
August "Auggie" Pullman doesn't look like your average fifth grader, but that's exactly what he wishes he could be. He feels ordinary, but other people don't see him that way. That's because Auggie was born with a facial deformity.
Auggie's family is fiercely protective of him, but they can't shelter him from the world forever. After being home schooled through elementary school, Auggie is accepted at Beecher Prep. But no matter how prestigious, middle school is still middle school and not everyone is kind.
After years of planning, voting, more planning, and re-voting, the new Stowe Arena has opened. Stowe Youth Hockey held its first games at the new rink over the weekend.
The town’s seasonal rink – Jackson Arena – was torn down in the spring. In its spot now stands the new year-round facility. Joanna Graves uses the rink as a hockey player, a coach, and the high school athletic director. She says she’ll miss the quirky old rink, but the new facility is a big improvement.
Public Post reports on a proposed "mini-hydro" power project in Hinesburg; the results of a wind tower survey in Eden; Montpelier's district heat project; and a donation of 72 solar panels to Lyndon State College.
Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Wilmington, West Rutland, South Hero, Killington and more:
For the last few months, local opposition has been building in Lyndonville to a residential home for people with mental disabilities. The facility houses no more than two people who need support during a mental health crisis but do not require hospitalization. Neighbors say the leased home violates town zoning laws.
The debate highlights a tension between neighbor resistance and the state policy goal of providing services to people in their communities.
The Shumlin Administration is defending its decision not to allow small businesses to extend their current health care coverage for a year.
Some business leaders are calling for this extension because of ongoing technical problems at the state’s new health care exchange. But the administration says the plan isn’t needed because they’ve put new options in place.
The call for a one year delay picked up momentum this week when the Shumlin Administration announced that the exchange’s on line payment system for small businesses still isn’t working.
Vermonters are reacting to the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Senator Patrick Leahy said Mandela will be remembered as one of the greatest world leaders. Senator Bernie Sanders said Mandela was a powerful force for good in the struggle to dismantle the terrible legacy of apartheid.
One Vermonter with a special connection to Mandela is Chris Wren, a VPR commentator and former New York Times Bureau Chief in Johannesburg.
Wren describes to VPR’s Neal Charnoff the day Mandela was released from prison: