Amy Kolb Noyes

Public Post Reporter

Amy is an award winning journalist who has worked in print and radio in Vermont since 1991. She has been a VPR contributor since 2006, primarily covering the Lamoille Valley. Amy has a B.S in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. She is author of Nontoxic Housecleaning, published as part of the Chelsea Green Guide series, and Living the Green Up Way, an activity and storybook published by Green Up Vermont.

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Amy is VPR's Public Post reporter, reporting stories and trends from Vermont cities and towns that are interesting and relevant to the entire state. Amy uses the Public Post app to monitor documents from Vermont's city and town websites and track news coming from local government. If you've got a story idea or news tip email Amy or reach out to her on Twitter.

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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:

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From street signs to copper piping, metal theft continues to be an issue in towns and cities around Vermont. While taking and destroying public property is certainly not a new phenomenon, law enforcement officials say they have seen a significant rise in metal thefts since the price for scrap metal has shot up in recent years.

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The Town of Sharon revised its Tobacco Use Policy this month. Many towns have tobacco policies, which regulate the use of tobacco by town employees while on the job. Some policies also lay down rules for tobacco use on town-owned properties. And the State of Vermont has several smoke-free laws on the books.

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What would your town really look like if it were built out to the maximum standards set by municipal planning and zoning documents? Many of us have a hard time envisioning the real-life applications of terms such as  "medium-density mixed-use." That's why the Town of Hinesburg undertook its Village Visualization Project, which is now available for viewing on the town's website.

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:

The town-owned island on Curtis Pond, in Calais, is a popular destination for summer campers. Along with that popularity, has come the need for increased accountability, according to the minutes of Monday's Calais Select Board meeting.

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A mosquito carrying West Nile virus was among those caught in a trap in Leicester earlier this month. This is the first time the virus has been detected in Vermont in 2013.

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:

It may not draw the same size crowd as this week's Comic-Con in San Diego, but for Vermont maple producers, Maplerama is where it's at.

Maplerama is a three-day trade show for Vermonters who tap trees and make maple syrup, candy and sugar. This year it's sponsored by the Orleans County Maple Producers, and the three-day event will cover a lot of Orleans County territory.

The issue of unauthorized trail use by motorized off-road vehicles has been brought back before the Worcester Select Board this summer. The minutes of the July 1 regular board meeting state:

William Barker, Tammy Thompson, Matt McLane and Randy Shover, representing Eagle Ledge Trail and Shepard’s Hill Trail were present to discuss the continued heavy, unauthorized and damaging use of the trails by recreational vehicles.

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The Kellogg-Hubbard Library, on Montpelier's Main Street, will be the 15th and final customer of the Montpelier District Heat project in its inaugural heating season. In a report on Friday, City Manager William Fraser said the City reached an agreement with the library and he expected to have a signed contract in hand by Monday.

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:

The border village of Derby Line was chartered 115 years ago, and now the Village Trustees are proposing a couple big changes to its 1898 incorporation document. The problem is, very few people are paying attention. Last week only two members of the public turned out for the first public hearing on the changes.

Now village officials are trying to create some buzz before the second and final hearing. Sharon Booth is Village Clerk and Treasurer. She has sent out notices to local newspapers, trying to draw attention to the matter.

Goddard College is known for doing things a little differently. It was the first American college to offer adult degree programs, and it pioneered the now-commonplace low residency degree model. Now the Plainfield campus' education program is about to host its first unConference.

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The City of Montpelier planned to pave State Street - the road the Statehouse faces - this fall, after construction concludes on the District Heat Project. As part of that project, pavement has been torn up along State Street and other downtown roads. Now the city has pushed back the paving schedule to next spring. City Manager William J. Fraser broke the news in a report last month:

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:

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In Brandon on Wednesday, Vermont health and agriculture officials will discuss a new plan to monitor and react to the threat of viruses spread by mosquitoes. The State of Vermont 2013 Arbovirus Surveillance & Response Plan details how state officials plan to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services to track and respond to incidents of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus.

The Vermont Community Loan Fund has loaned over $7 million to more than 100 child care programs throughout Vermont in the last 13 years.

A recent study shows a direct correlation between VCLF funding and improvements in child care quality.

Bolstered by the results of that study, VCLF is launching a new initiative. The Next Generation Fund will finance projects such as the creation of new child care centers, expanding existing centers, and making program quality improvements.

The Vermont Community Loan Fund, or VCLF, has loaned over $7 million to more than one hundred child care programs throughout Vermont in the last 13 years.

A recent study shows a direct coloration between V-C-L-F funding and improvements in child care quality.

Bolstered by the results of that study, V-C-L-F is launching a new initiative. The Next Generation Fund will finance projects such as the creation of new child care centers, expanding existing centers, and making program quality improvements.

 

There's a stretch of Vermont Route 4, between Bridgewater and Hartford, that's locally referred to as the "crash corridor." That section of road was the site of 392 motor vehicle accidents between January 1, 2008 and June 9, 2013. Included in that number are seven crashes resulting in eight fatalities - five of which occurred this year.

In June the crash corridor was the focus of a Highway Safety Roundtable, organized by the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance. A report on the meeting is posted on the Town of Hartford website.

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