Charlotte Albright


Charlotte Albright moved to Vermont from Maine in 2006, after more than a decade of reporting and producing for Maine Public Broadcasting Network. She has also contributed  many  stories to NPR. Her first project for Vermont Public Radio was a series on farming, followed by frequent free-lancing. In January 2012 she joined the VPR staff and now covers the Upper Valley and the Northeast Kingdom.

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Voters in Norwich refused Tuesday to borrow $3 million to replace aging facilities for police, fire and public works employees. The failure of the bond question also seems to have spilled over to the select board race.

The town of Norwich has been wrangling for years about whether and how to upgrade its decrepit police and fire stations. But when asked to approve a multi-million dollar bond to replace the facilities, voters balked. They defeated it by about 60 votes out of approximately 1,000 cast.


Vermont has lost a valued community leader. David Dill, former secretary of transportation and Lyndon selectman, died Thursday evening at his home following an illness. He was 68.

Dill moved to Lyndonville in 1990 after a long career in the Air Force, including a stint in the Department of Defense working on North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) issues. Associates say he brought the same passion he had shown on the national level to his state and local public service in Vermont.

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Voters in the tiny Northeast Kingdom town of East Haven will decide Tuesday whether to approve an education budget that would raise their taxes. The town closed its school four years ago, but it’s turning out to be more expensive to educate East Haven children elsewhere than it was to keep the school doors open.

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Lots of Vermont college students graduate from the four-year public college where they started. That’s according to a new report from a national research group. But the study also shows that students who do transfer out of Vermont colleges tend to leave the state altogether.

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In the upscale town of Norwich, the police department occupies a dilapidated 1950's ranch house. On a recent winter morning, a building and grounds staffer for the town is removing snow and ice from the roof, which is already leaking.

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When the weather gets tough, the tough go swimming. Outdoors. In the winter. In bathing suits. And we’re not just talking about a quick penguin plunge. Hugging the shores of Lake Memphremagog, Newport has landed on the global map of places where swimmers race each other in pools carved out of frozen lakes.

Ice swimming has been popular for decades in Europe and Asia but it’s just catching on in America. And Phil White, a former attorney from Newport, wants to be first on the ice block.

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An Upper Valley lawmaker is proposing a way to reduce costly delays in the permitting process for affordable housing.

Woodstock Rep. Alison Clarkson says almost half of all renter households in Vermont pay more than 30 percent of their monthly income for housing. The rental vacancy rate in the state is only about 1 percent. And a Department of Housing study shows that the state needs 29,000 apartments to meet the needs of renters on a tight budget. So Clarkson wants to put affordable housing on a faster track for permitting, under the Act 250 development review law.

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Over 7,000 Vermont children have parents who are incarcerated, and only about a third of them visit their mothers and fathers in jail.

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It looks like a big new building will finally fill a gaping hole left by a fire in St. Johnsbury  five years ago. Rural Edge, a non-profit community development agency, has bought the land in the town’s retail Main Street district.

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Dozens of schools were closed again in Vermont on Monday. The culprit this time was the low temperature, not heavy snowfall. Bitter cold makes starting buses and heating school buildings a big challenge.