Charlotte Albright

Reporter

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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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Ex-FBI Director Freeh Was Likely Asleep When He Crashed His Car, Report Says

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, shown here in 2012, crashed his car in Vermont on August 25. The accident report concludes he was asleep at the wheel.
Matt Rourke AP

A state police accident report concludes that former FBI Director Louis Freeh likely fell asleep at the wheel when he crashed his car in Barnard last month.

Since Freeh says he has no memory of the accident — or even of leaving his vacation home in Barnard that morning — the sequence of events has to be pieced together from the eyewitness accounts and the recently released accident report.

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VPR News
11:40 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Hartland Tries To Save Iconic Farm

Lemax Barn, in Hartland, needs repair, and a comminity group is trying to save it.
Friends of Lemax Farm

One of Hartland’s last four dairy farms is in serious disrepair, but community members are trying to save it.

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VPR News
6:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Two Vermont Rivers Headed For 'Wild And Scenic' Status

The Missisquoi River winds through several communities in northern Vermont. It has been recommended for "wild and scenic" status under federal law.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Two rivers in northern Vermont appear headed for federal recognition as wild and scenic waterways.

The Missisquoi and Trout Rivers would be the first in Vermont to get that status. Supporters say the law would protect and bring national attention to the unspoiled resources.

One of the gems in the Missisquoi near Troy is a majestic waterfall well hidden off a dirt road.

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The Frequency
2:28 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Statewide Science Scores Disappoint Education Officials

Vermont’s Secretary of Education says she is not satisfied with scores from standardized science tests given last spring.

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VPR News
5:56 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

At Dartmouth, Reviving The Art Of The Letterpress

Printed materials created by letterpress cover a table at a workshop given by Dartmouth College.
Charlotte Albright VPR

While more and more people are reading and working in cyberspace, some are stepping back in history.

They're using metal or wooden type to print what they want to say, one letter at a time. Six of them — all women, mostly writers, designers, poets, and one librarian — recently got their hands a little dirty at a letterpress workshop in the basement of the Dartmouth College's Baker Library.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 23, 2014

St. Johnsbury Searches For New Town Manager, With Help

The Pomerleau Building houses municipal offices in St. Johnsbury, where the selectboard is searching for a new Town Manager with help from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.
Charlotte Albright VPR

St. Johnsbury is looking for a new Town Manager — again. That job has seen both turnover and turmoil, but things have calmed down under the current Manager, John Hall, who is retiring.

The St. Johnsbury Select Board recently held a special meeting to decide how to find his replacement.  Selectman Alan Ruggles proposed to form a committee to conduct the search without outside help. He says the Vermont League of Cities and Towns has handled the administration for past searches, helping to compose the job description, placing ads, and sorting through applications.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Communities Ramp Up Emergency Preparations To Qualify For Future Disaster Relief

Jeb Spaulding, Secretary of Administration, left, and Joe Flynn, Director of the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, present Jan Sotirakis, of Chittenden, an award for best local emergency management director in Vermont.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Beginning next month, communities in Vermont will need to follow new rules to qualify for state assistance following a disaster. Community leaders learned about the new standards — and about other ways to prepare for emergencies — at an annual conference hosted by the Department of Public Safety.

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VPR News
5:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Habitat For Humanity Is Replacing Vermont Mobile Homes With Affordable Bungalows

Elisabeth, Caleb, and Daniel Prue live in a small trailer with four other children, but will be getting a new Habitat for Humanity bungalow.
Charlotte Albright VPR

A family of seven living in a small trailer in Coventry is going to get a brand new house, thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

In the Northeast Kingdom, Habitat is looking for mobile homes in disrepair, and replacing them with small, energy-efficient bungalows. Daniel and Elisabeth Prue, of Coventry, will be the first clients to benefit from this new approach to affordable housing.

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VPR News
7:55 am
Tue September 16, 2014

VA Town Meeting Brings More Thanks Than Complaints

Brenda Cruikshank, State Commander, VFW, chats with Deborah Amdur, Director, VA Hospital at White River Junction, prior to public forum at the hospital.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Veterans and their families got a chance to weigh in on services provided at the VA Hospital Junction at a Town Hall style meeting on Monday. The meeting is part of a national effort to improve communication about the way the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs functions.

The White River Junction VA Town Meeting is one in a nationwide series of forums in the wake of scandals about long waiting times and poor services in other parts of the country.

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The Frequency
9:30 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Craftsbury Gets New Solar Tracker, Thanks To Wind Power

A new solar tracker at the Craftsbury town garage will meet about one third of municipal energy needs.
Charlotte Albright VPR

The town of Craftsbury expects to cover about a third of its municipal energy needs with a new solar tracker. The 20-kilowatt panel recently installed at the town garage was funded by a payment made to the town by Green Mountain Power, which placed 21 turbines atop nearby Lowell Mountain. The select board opposed that wind project.

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