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.

Public Post

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.

Ways to Connect

This morning we begin a new series of conversations about the local news found in VPR’s online Public Post. That’s where you’ll find meeting minutes and community news items that hold big consequences for Vermont towns.

This week, we turn our attention to the flooding Vermont experienced in May and a new trend among towns trying to be transparent under Vermont’s public records law. VPR’s Amy Noyes manages Public Post and she speaks with Peter Biello.
 

Several northern Vermont towns experienced heavy rains, flash flooding, and washed-out roads over the long Memorial Day weekend. Many of those towns turned to their municipal websites as a way to get emergency information out to residents. Even after the flooding, towns are using their home pages to provide updates on road repairs and encourage residents to report damage for the federal assessment that will determine eligibility for federal emergency assistance.

Escaped Cows On I-89

May 28, 2013

Early morning motorists may have come across some unexpected obstacles on Route 89 North, near exit 16.

Several cows escaped from a farm on Mallets Bay Road, near the Colchester-Winooski border. The cows made their way to the interstate shortly after 3 o’clock this morning.

About an hour later State Police reported all bovines had been removed from the interstate. And all cows are now safely back on the farm.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Northeast Kingdom town of Greensboro is home to a number of unique and successful ventures – from Circus Smirkus to the cheese cellars at Jasper Hill.  And now it’s home to what a popular beer rating website has named the single best brewer in the world: Hill Farmstead Brewery. Despite being located far off the beaten path, crowds are flocking to Greensboro to get a taste of what Hill Farmstead has to offer.

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:

Monday afternoon the Vermont Emergency Operations Center reported that all State roads that had been closed due to rain, flooding, and snow over the past few days are now open, with the exception of Maidstone Highway. However, a number of local roads remained closed. Motorists are asked to respect detours until roads are deemed passable.

US Rt 5 in Derby Line has been closed just north of Caswell Avenue due to a hole discovered in the pavement just over the Canadian border. The hole in pavement is small, however a large area beneath the pavement has eroded away.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has a plan for taking care of the White River and its tributaries, and it is now asking for public input before finalizing and implementing it.

Reduce, reuse, recycle. The Town of Jay has put that motto to work in re-purposing its former town garage. The Jay Planning Commission and Zoning Board recently issued a change of use permit to house the Troy/Jay Recycle Center in the fourth bay of the Cross Road building that formerly served as the town garage.

There is no longer a food shelf in the Weathersfield village of Perkinsville, or anywhere else in Weathersfield. That has created a hardship – not just for residents who are food insecure, but also for at least one food shelf in a neighboring community. The Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf has been serving approximately 20 Weathersfield families since the food shelf at the Perkinsville Community Church closed its doors.

Is it necessary or beneficial to have both a Regional Planning Commission and a separate Economic Development  Corporation serving the same population? In Central Vermont, a committee considering that question has decided the answer is no.  A "joint committee on consolidation of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission and the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation" is recommending merging the two organizations into a Central Vermont Regional Commission.

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:

After a winter's worth of wear and tear, bridges can take a beating in Vermont. This time of year cities and towns, as well as the state, take stock of how the bridges are holding up. The bridges that raise the most concern tend to fall into two categories: the oldest and the busiest. When a bridge fits under both those headings, the problems can be far more complicated.

The Montpelier City Council recently put together a list of goals to focus on over the next year. Among them is "to become a nationally known bike and pedestrian friendly city."

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:

Rockingham Health Officer Ellen Howard is asking residents to be sure their pets' rabies vaccines are up-to-date. While there have not been any confirmed cases of rabies in Rockingham so far this year, Howard reported, "the Rockingham Highway Department has recently dealt with four instances of very ill, disoriented animals."

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Ludlow's West Hill Recreation Area has a problem. In fact, one might say the town recreation committee is on a wild goose chase. It's searching for ways to get a gaggle of unwelcome geese to leave the recreation area and find another home.

The city of Burlington adopted its first Climate Action Plan 13 years ago. Since that time, the city has set goals, as outlined on the city's website, to reduce its carbon emissions to a 20 percent reduction of 2007 levels by 2020 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

A grand opening celebration following a library renovation project doesn’t always attract a lot of attention. But when that library is one of only four built in Vermont, over a century ago, by Andrew Carnegie… and it happens to be in the House Speaker’s hometown, dignitaries take note.

Work on the Morristown Centennial Library started three years ago with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by then-Governor Jim Douglas. Today Governor Peter Shumlin greeted a full house in the newly expanded library. He said the expansion ensures the historic library will serve generations to come.

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 annual town reports came out late this year in Lincoln - only three days before Town Meeting Day. As it turns out, that has caused  lot of hassle.

At first, town officials feared the problem meant the annual town meeting had not been properly warned, putting the town out of compliance with Vermont's open meeting law. But after consultation with the secretary of state's office, town officials were assured town meeting could go ahead as planned, so long as Lincoln held a separately warned "validation meeting" where voters would ratify Town Meeting Day results.

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