The Northeast Kingdom town of Greensboro is home to a number of unique and successful ventures – from Circus Smirkus to the cheese cellars at Jasper Hill. And now it’s home to what a popular beer rating website has named the single best brewer in the world: Hill Farmstead Brewery. Despite being located far off the beaten path, crowds are flocking to Greensboro to get a taste of what Hill Farmstead has to offer.
VPR’s Public Post pores through municipal public documents, posted online, to bring you local news from Vermont’s cities, towns, villages and gores. When we find something interesting or otherwise newsworthy, we send out a tweet. We follow up on the bigger stories at the VPR News Blog. Here are some tweet highlights from the past week:
Governor Peter Shumlin says that the new law decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana should allow law enforcement to deal with a more pressing drug problem in Vermont.
“I would argue, that if you want to talk about the biggest threat to our downtowns, to our quality of life, to a low crime rate, which we’ve always enjoyed in this state, to our family members being destroyed by an epidemic, it’s opiates," said Shumlin. "It’s heroin. It’s Oxycontin. It’s all of the issues that are driving crime in this state.”
Camping reservations at Vermont’s 52 State Parks poured in for the Memorial Day Weekend, despite rain in the forecast. Last year broke a twenty year record with more than 900-thousand visits to the parks all year.
State Parks Director Craig Whipple says the State Park website has added some new bells and whistles to entice even more campers this year.
"We’ve got menu ideas, we’ve got ideas for activities, we’ve got checklists for how to plan, the gear to bring camping, and we’ve also done seven really fun videos," Whipple said.
US Rt 5 in Derby Line has been closed just north of Caswell Avenue due to a hole discovered in the pavement just over the Canadian border. The hole in pavement is small, however a large area beneath the pavement has eroded away.
For safety concerns traffic will not be allowed to travel Route 5 north into Canada and people are asked to use the Interstate 91 or Beebe Plain boarder crossings. It is currently anticipated that construction to fix the problem will be take place in Canada on Monday.
According to former Governor Jim Douglas, the Republican Party has two paths it can follow in the future.
One is to promote a narrow group of issues based on a strict ideological and inflexible point of view. The other is to become a “big tent” Party that allows its members to have different positions on a number of controversial social issues such as same sex marriage and abortion.
Douglas says it is now clear that the inflexible approach, as promoted by many local Tea Party groups, is not the path that the GOP should pursue in the future.
Last year, nearly a quarter of Vermont’s middle school students, and a higher percentage of secondary school students, were labeled “substantially below proficient” in a standardized science test given throughout the United States.
School districts are adjusting lesson plans to bring up those scores. And in the Northeast Kingdom, there’s an unusual hands-on approach to learning about astronomy.
This time of year is known to many as black fly season. For others, it’s rhubarb pie season. And for the lucky few – it’s black fly pie season.
There’s no recipe for black fly pie. And it doesn’t contain actual black flies. No, these are the pies entered into the annual pie contest at the Adamant Black Fly Festival, to be judged on taste and the degree to which they honor the black fly theme. Then, slices are sold as a fundraiser for the Adamant Co-op.