The annual Vermont Farm Show is underway this week at the Champlain Valley Expo. The three-day event is a chance for farmers to come together mid-winter to check out new equipment, and meet with others in their agricultural sector. VPR's Patti Daniels took in the full range of equipment, products and animals on display at the Vermont Farm Show and filed this audio postcard.
Last fall, Vermont's Poet Laureate and Cartoonist Laureate collaborated on a unique project: a small book of illustrated poems. Poet Sydney Lea and cartoonist James Kochalka traded verse and drawing for what became Vermont Double Laureate Team-Up.
The economic forces affecting middle class Americans have been the subject of debate and scrutiny, recently, and issues like income equality and upward mobility are at the forefront of the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.
With the Super Bowl this weekend, many people are gearing up for tailgate parties. They're doing that in Shelburne too, but instead of touchdowns and yardage, the topics of conversation in Shelburne will be Route 7 and form based codes.
Vermont’s federal court judge William Sessions announced earlier this month that he’ll be shifting to senior status, an announcement that prompted Vermont’s senior Senator Patrick Leahy to call Sessions one of the most respected federal judges in the country.
Judge Sessions has served in Vermont since 1995, but was well acquainted with the state before then, having graduated from Middlebury College in the late 1960s.
Judge William Sessions spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb.
A petition submitted to the Westford School Board has raised a lot of questions this week. It asks for a vote on closing down the town's elementary school, and opening an independent school in its place. That vote will happen at Town Meeting, Monday evening, March 3, according to a school board posting on the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union website:
A Rutland lawmaker says the state needs a more comprehensive approach for dealing with bedbugs in buildings used for state services.
To that end, the House Human Services Committee will hear testimony on Wednesday from Rutland foster parents who had to move from their home because of an allegedly botched attempt to exterminate the pests.
Patricia and Neil Whitney say a foster child brought bedbugs into their home in 2012. The couple believes the state knew the risk of infestation and should have had a plan in place to deal with the problem.
Treatment for opiate addiction in Vermont has increased more than 700 percent since 2000. And as Gov. Peter Shumlin noted in his State of the State address, too many people are having to wait too long to find help, especially in the Northeast Kingdom. He’s asking lawmakers to spend $200,000 to reduce the backlog statewide.