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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This week, children in the Upper Valley have been exploring the banks of the Connecticut River. It’s part of a multi-media collaboration between Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center and other non-profit groups celebrating a much more distant river: the Nile. One of the educational events  is a trek along the banks of the Connecticut River in an unlikely place, behind a shopping mall in West Lebanon.

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A new business is mushrooming in St. Johnsbury. Literally. 

At Mushroom King, a new venture at the former site of a lumber kiln, shiitake, oyster and reishi mushrooms are sprouting. The farmers, Bob and Lisa Brown, hope to sell the thousands of pounds of exotic fungi to local restaurants and to a produce distributor.

The Dartmouth fraternity that inspired the movie Animal House will no longer be recognized by the College following allegations that members branded their skin.

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Voters in Norwich will get a chance to reverse a decision they made on Town Meeting Day. In March, they refused to borrow around $3 million to replace police and fire stations in disrepair.

But the debate lives on.

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This spring, students all over Vermont are trying out  a new standardized test that will measure their progress towards new academic standards called the Common Core. It’s the Smarter Balanced test, and it’s taken completely online. Schools are holding practice sessions so any bugs can be worked out.

In a homey white building perched on a knoll in rural South Strafford, Newton School has been busy testing the test.

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Vermont has a wide variety of schools, each with its own set of challenges and its own supply of resources. A state funding law, enacted under court order in 1997, attempts to level the playing field. But local funding differences mean that some schools can afford more programs and services than others.

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As lawmakers grapple with education funding issues and ponder consolidation plans, small schools are growing concerned about their futures. In Part Two of our series, Declining Enrollment, we look at the challenges two very different small schools face.

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Construction will begin in Newport on May 14 for a biotechnology research and manufacturing center that will be one of the first of its kind in the nation.

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There’s controversy brewing in Lebanon, New Hampshire about a move to ban panhandling in public places. The proposed ordinance is spurred by the occasional soliciting of motorists slowed or stopped along busy Route 12A.

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The village of Island Pond, in the Northeast Kingdom, is becoming the maple sugar capital of North America. An out-of-state company called Sweet Tree has bought about 7,000 acres and tapped 100,000 trees this year. But they say they don’t want to make the stuff you put on pancakes.

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