You’ve probably heard the phrase: You are what you eat. Well, that’s doubly true in the sanitation world. Everything we consume makes its way to the sewage treatment plant. And some things go all the way through to our rivers and streams. That’s especially a problem with phosphorus, nitrogen, and pharmaceuticals - the antibiotics, anti-depressants, and other chemicals many of us take on a daily basis.
Because of a projected 7 cent increase in the statewide property tax rate for education, there’s a lot of debate at the statehouse about whether the time has come to implement a new education financing program to replace Act 60 and Act 68.
Those laws were passed after the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that all students in Vermont deserve the same educational opportunities. The ruling was a reaction in part to the fact the property rich towns could raise a lot of money with little tax effort and property poor towns had to increase their rates to raise the same amount of money.
Through a collaborative effort, residents of the Johnson area have been sitting down to a free community meal a couple times a month for the past few years. Beginning in March, the Johnson CommUNITY Meal will be offered every Wednesday.
There are over a dozen Vermonters headed to Sochi to compete in the Olympics. VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb spoke with one of them, Liz Stephen, to find out what it’s like to compete at the most elite level of international challenge.
Liz Stephen is competing in her second Olympics as a cross country skier. She competed in 2010, and most recently came in fourth in the 4 by 5k Relay and 6th in the 10k Freestyle at this year’s World Championships. When she’s not traveling for competition and training, Stephen calls East Montpelier home.
To call someone a “quitter” is a serious insult, but a new book explains that there is a right way to extricate oneself from a bad situation and that persistence may be overrated. In "Mastering The Art of Quitting," Vermont writer Peg Streep explores the evolutionary and cultural impulses that guide people toward staying in situations even when they shouldn't. Monday on Vermont Edition, we talk with Streep about the psychology of quitting, resilience in handling change, and how to set appropriate goals.
Two college students, one from the University of Vermont and one from Dartmouth, died this weekend while skiing.
Kendra Bowers, a 19-year-old UVM student from Newport, R.I. died Saturday after she lost control at Sugarbush’s Mount Ellen and hit a trail sign, according to a Vermont State Police release. She was pronounced dead at Central Vermont Hospital. Trooper Trevor Carbo said in an email to VPR that Bowers was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.