Amanda Shepard

Digital Producer

Amanda Shepard was a digital producer for VPR.

Rebecca Grenier

Rebecca Grenier is an American citizen. She was born and grew up in Vermont, but in 2009, a law change made by the Canadian government suddenly gave her and her father citizenship of a country to which she’s been connected for a long time. She joined Vermont Edition to explain her newfound citizenship.

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It may seem as though social media sites like Twitter are full of griping and negativity, but it turns out this may not be entirely true.

Kayla Kizer

A group of women from Vermont ventured north to Montreal this winter, some for the first time, to take photos of the city and build confidence through the creative process.

Elizabeth Farrell

Many have heard of pop-up galleries, boutiques and restaurants, opening up seemingly out of nowhere and closing just as fast. But, how many have heard of a pop-up university?

The town of Bethel is about to start its second year of Bethel University, a pop-up community school that offers a wide variety of free classes open to anyone, Bethel resident or beyond.

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Whether it’s eating organic, trying supplements or jumping on board with trends such as the Paleo diet, it seems that everywhere we look there is advice on how to eat healthy. And frankly, a lot of the advice can be conflicting and confusing.

Bryan Pfeiffer

If you've been out in the early morning lately, you may have been hearing the welcome arrival of more birdsong. Don’t get too hopeful – it doesn’t mean spring is coming.

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Who can resist an old-fashioned meet-cute, especially when the setting is our lovely Green Mountain State?

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Wilson ‘Snowflake’ Bentley was born just over 150 years ago. Raised in a modest farm family, Bentley lived in the village of Nashville in the town of Jericho. His mother was a teacher and his father ran their small dairy farm.

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In 2007, the CNA Military Advisory Board issued a report calling climate change a “threat multiplier.” Seven years later, an update to the report included more urgent language, calling climate change a “catalyst for conflict.”

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In his budget address last month, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that he plans to cut almost $2 million of funding from the Community High School of Vermont, a program that provides high school classes to those in Vermont’s prison system.

Michel Arnaud

Mah jongg, a card game that mixes skill and strategy with a bit of luck, originated in China in the 1850s. In the late 19th century, Chinese craftsmen left paper behind and started hand carving mah jongg symbols on bamboo and bone tiles.

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The deteriorating water quality in Lake Champlain has been a topic of ecological concern, litigation and spending in the last two decades. Much of the problem comes from phosphorous washing into the lake from its massive watershed and setting off blooms of toxic, filthy blue-green algae.

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Efforts to clean up Lake Champlain are about to get a big boost from the federal government. Today, Jason Weller, chief of the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, visited Montpelier to announce that the state will be getting $16 million over the next five years.

With falling ad revenues and declining circulation, it’s become a tough time to be a leader in the American newspaper business. Vermont’s largest daily, the Burlington Free Press, hasn’t been immune to those issues.

On Tuesday, the paper announced it has a new president and publisher to help guide it through a variety of transitions. Al Getler is a veteran of the newspaper business and most recently worked with several publications in Massachusetts.

Getler joined VPR’s Alex Keefe to talk about the future of the Free Press.

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Within the past three weeks, adjunct professors at three educational institutions in Vermont have announced that they've voted to organize unions. Adjuncts at St. Michael’s College, Burlington College and Champlain College all say they want better pay, more benefits and stable working conditions.

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