The Frequency
5:23 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Essex Junction Pays Up In Settlement Over Wastewater Spills

The Essex Junction wastewater treatment plant was undergoing upgrates when workers accidentally released more than 1 million gallons of undisinfected water.
Taylor Dobbs VPR File Photo

The village of Essex Junction will have to pay $22,625 in fines related to multiple unauthorized wastewater dumps last year, the state says.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Essex Junction wastewater plant wrongly released 1,954,853 gallons of un-disinfected wastewater into the Winooski River last summer.

The releases happened over two days, according to the DEC news release.

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Vermont Edition
4:33 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Brandon Budget Fails Four Times

Each year, Vermont towns vote on municipal budgets to outline their spending for the coming year. But in Brandon, this process is at an impasse. Last week, voters rejected Brandon’s town budget plan for the fourth time.

Lee Kahrs, Editor of the Brandon Reporter, spoke with Vermont Edition about why the budget has been so difficult to pass.

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Public Post
4:01 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Clean Energy Grants Announced On Governor's Summer Solar Tour

Waitsfield is building a 330-panel solar array near the town garage.
Town of Waitsfield/Ageis Renewable Energy Google Earth

The Waitsfield Community Solar Project got a big boost Tuesday, in the form of an $80,000 grant from the state's Clean Energy Development Fund. Neighboring Warren was also granted $80,ooo for its community solar project, going up near the town's elementary school. These are just two of nine grants Gov. Peter Shumlin announced during his "Summer Solar Tour." All the grants were issued to community solar projects in Vermont.

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Vermont Edition
2:15 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Citizen Scientists, Unite!

Alison Wagner records the bird count in Fayston, as she takes part in The National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count in 2008. The annual event is one of the longest-running citizen science data collection projects in the country.
Toby Talbot AP

When scientists need massive volumes of data or they need data collected over a huge geographic range, they often turn to well-trained citizen scientists for help. From counting the populations of species, to monitoring water quality, citizens scientists are contributing to research and learning about science in the process. Wednesday at noon on Vermont Edition, we dive into some of the research projects in Vermont that are boosted by citizen-gathered data.

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Commentary
1:34 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hanna: Poetic Justice

After having spent years forcing my younger sister to play student with me as the teacher, it came as no surprise to my family when I decided to go to law school to become a professor. I was so excited when I finally got to meet with the faculty advisor for those of us who wanted to teach. For now, I’ll just call him Professor Kingsfield, for reasons that will become apparent.

So Professor Kingsfield met with me, asked a couple of questions, and after just a few seconds said, “I don’t think you’re law professor material.” Just like that. “Not law professor material.”

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Returning Out-Of-State Prisoners To Vermont

Vermont houses almost 500 prisoners in private out-of-state facilities.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Vermont sends nearly 500 prisoners to privately run out-of-state facilities in Kentucky and Arizona. The contract with the company that operates these jails, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), comes up for renewal next year.

Now, a group of concerned Vermonters is proposing that room be made here to return these prisoners to the state.

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VPR News
6:28 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Flash Flooding Hits Chester, Andover

Flash flooding closed roads in Chester and Andover yesterday. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Chester Fire Department to support first responders and people who may have had to move to safety.

Rising floodwaters blocked roads for a time on Routes 11 and 103, but both roads have re-opened as of this morning.

The Red Cross says that one Chester woman’s home was devastated by flooding, and was possibly destroyed.

The shelter closed last night, and Vermont State Police say no one spent the night there.

VPR News
5:30 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Upper Valley Manufacturer Is Hiring, And Training, Many

Daniel Bell, 23, of Wilder, Vermont, tests his skill at operating a drill press at a summer training institute run by Hypertherm in Hanover.
Charlotte Albright VPR

There are signs that after years of decline, manufacturing is making a comeback in the United States. One global company based in the Upper Valley has been adding so many workers so fast that it’s had to create its own on-site academy.

Hypertherm, in Hanover, makes high-tech machines that use laser and water to cut metal. On a summer day perfect for swimming, in a factory built just for training, about a half dozen young men are hard at work, gathered around a drill press.

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VPR News
5:52 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Celebration Shows Growth And Diversity Of Vermont's Islamic Community

Muslims celebrated the end of Ramadan with communal prayers and celebrations at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington on July 28.
Angela Evancie VPR

In Burlington today, Muslims celebrated the end of Ramadan with communal prayers and celebrations. This year’s celebration shows the growth and diversity of the Islamic community in Vermont.

Two thousand worshipers gathered at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

This marks the end of month-long period during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset.

And it begins the Eid ul-Fitr or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, where Muslims exchange social visits and celebrate.

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VPR News
5:43 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cheryl Hanna Remembered For Her Passion For The Law And Gender Equity Advocacy

Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna, a longtime VPR commentator, died Sunday.

The announcement was made in a news release from the law school. No cause of death was given. 

Hanna was remembered as an engaging professor with a passion for gender equity. 

She said she knew at a young age that she wanted to teach, and eventually she settled on law school, where she would study to become a professor. 

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