Public Post
9:17 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Stay Off The Trails, Mud Season Is Officially Here

It will be a few weeks before muddy trails, like this one in Wolcott, dry out.
Amy Kolb Noyes VPR

Although it may have been evident in your neck of the woods for some time, this week the Green Mountain Club officially announced the start of mud season and urged hikers to stay off muddy trails "unless they still have extensive snow or ice cover," and until the trails dry out.

According to the club's press release, "high elevation soils take until Memorial Day to dry out, especially on north slopes and evergreen shaded trails."

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VPR News
6:03 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Brattleboro Voters Overturn Budget

Fifteen percent of the town's voters cast ballots in Brattleboro's budget revote. Almost half voted early, by absentee ballot.
Susan Keese VPR

Voters in Brattleboro overturned the town’s 2015 municipal budget in a town-wide ballot Thursday. The $16 million spending plan was approved at Brattleboro’s representative town meeting on March 22. But later, more than the required 50 town meeting representatives signed a petition to revisit the budget in a town-wide referendum. The budget failed by a wide margin, 771 to 478.

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Regional Report
5:57 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Regional Report: Lowell Couple Settles With GMP

Earlier this week, a long running lawsuit by a couple opposed to Green Mountain Power’s Kingdom Community Wind Project was dropped after the couple settled with the utility out of court.

Don and Shirley Nelson are selling their Lowell farm to the state's largest electric utility for $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit over the ownership of land that is part of Green Mountain Power's 21-turbine industrial wind project.

The Nelsons were among the most vocal critics of the GMP's plan to build the Kingdom Community Wind project on a ridgeline near their home.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Barnard General Store Enjoying New Life

Store operator Jillian Bradley with customer Bob Forman at the Barnard General Store which reopened a year ago.
VPR/Steve Zind

In 2012, after a 180 year run the Barnard General store closed.

In response, a local group raised $500,000 to purchase the building and find someone to run the store.

In May of last year, the store reopened and it appears to be doing well.

The store’s closing hit the community hard and it didn’t take much time for the local residents to get to work on a plan to reopen it.    

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VPR News
5:51 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lawmakers Put Pressure On Shumlin To Clean Up Lakes

House lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that aims to expedite the clean-up of Vermont waterways. But the bill that passed the floor Thursday doesn’t include any funding for the effort. And even its chief proponent says it won’t address the pollution crisis unfolding in places like Lake Champlain.

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Weekly Conversation On The Arts
4:12 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Poetry Out Loud State Champ Heading To Finals

Sam Boudreau performing at the Poetry Out Loud State Semi-finals. Boudreau will compete in the National Championshop in Washington, D.C. April 29th.
Courtesy Peter Arthur Weyrauch

Poetry Out Loud is a national competition for high school students, which calls on them to memorize and recite great works of poetry.

This year’s state champion is Sam Boudreau, a junior at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans.

Boudreau was one of 5000 Vermont students who took part in this year’s program.

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Vermont Edition
1:51 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Bartender, Make Mine A Rattle-Skull! Mixing Up Forgotten Cocktails

The Ale Flip was a cocktail made with beer and heated with a red-hot poker.
The History Press

What if the Revolutionary War happened just because all the colonists were rowdy drunks ginning one another up at the various taverns liberally sprinkled around New England? That’s taking it too far, of course, but those early colonists did enjoy their beverages.

The Green Mountain Boys hatched their plans for liberty and freedom over tankards at the Catamount Tavern in Bennington. And the Continental Army gave a ration of spruce beer to all its soldiers on a daily basis.

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Vermont Edition
1:20 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Progressive Legislative Roundup

House Progressive Caucus leader Representative Chris Pearson.
VPR/Peter Hirschfeld

When the 2014 legislative session started, leaders in the Progressive Party were expressing concern with some of the policies of Governor Shumlin. How do they feel about the Governor now as the session winds down?

We’ll talk with the House Progressive Caucus leader, Burlington Representative Chris Pearson, and with Enosburg Representative Cindy Weed and Senator David Zuckerman about the progressive legislative priorities for the end of the session.

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Public Post
1:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

From Parking Spots To Micro-Parks In Montpelier

Parklets, or micro-parks, like this one in San Francisco, can enhance the downtown experience for pedestrians and cyclists.
Eric Risberg AP

Montpelier's downtown streets are lined with metered vehicle parking spots, but places to park oneself for a while are few and far between. That's the sentiment behind Montpelier Alive's pilot parklet program.

Never heard of a parklet? Here's what the project description has to say:

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Return Of The Stay-At-Home Mom

After decades of decline, the percentage of stay-at-home moms is on the rise.
Jupiterimages Thinkstock

In 1970, nearly half of all mothers stayed home to raise their children. In the next several decades though, more and more women returned to work after having children. Pew Research Center has released a new study that shows the number of stay-at-home moms has risen to 29 percent.

D’Vera Cohn, senior writer for Pew Research, and Kathryn Flagg, staff writer for Seven Days, discuss the findings and why we’re seeing a return to stay-at-home parenting.

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