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
5:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Northeast Kingdom Families To Get Bungalows From Habitat For Humanity

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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VPR News
10:24 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Sterling College Cuts Ribbon On Expanding Ag and Food Center

Sterling College is naming its Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Center after former trustee Rian Fried, who died in 2013.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Sterling College is starting the school year with several small new buildings, as well as renovations to the newly named Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.

As a Sterling College Trustee, Rian Fried spearheaded the school’s divestment of fossil fuel company stocks. He died suddenly last year at the age of 65.

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Developing
6:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Opioid Use Is Rising Among Some Medicare Recipients, Report Shows

Forty percent of people getting Social Security Disability Insurance take opiod pain releivers, according to a new Dartmouth study.
Rich Pedroncelli AP/file

Researchers at Dartmouth College have learned that more than 40 percent of people getting Social Security Disability Insurance take opioid pain relievers.

Many of those patients fill six or more different painkiller prescriptions per year, typically from different doctors.

The new study is raising concerns about potentially harmful health effects.

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VPR News
5:39 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Advocates Educate Doctors And Patients About End Of Life Law

Vermonter Marnie Wood, right, supports the physician-assisted-death law. Her sister Nancy Valko, left, chose to die peacefully in her Oregon backyard after suffering from ALS. Oregon's law was enacted in 1997.
courtesy Marnie Wood

It’s been a little over a year since it became legal in Vermont for physicians to help terminally ill patients hasten their death with medication.

But so far only two doctors have reported writing the lethal prescriptions, and it's not clear if they were used. So some advocates worry that patients are having trouble finding doctors willing to grant that final wish. Some doctors say the barrier is not just a moral dilemma—it’s a practical one.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Do You Phone While Driving? Listen Up!

A speaker for a cell phone can make and receive one-touch calls on a car visor.
Charlotte Albright VPR

In just a few weeks, holding your cell phone while driving will be illegal in Vermont. The new law will take effect on October 1. The legislation calls for a public education campaign beginning in August, but a few of our road warrior employees still had questions, so we did a little research — and shopping.

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VPR News
6:10 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Lebanon College Students Lament Closure, Look For Options

Lebanon College stands empty in the heart of the downtown mall.
Charlotte Albright VPR

As the fall college term gets underway, some Upper Valley students are finding themselves in limbo. That’s because they had enrolled in New Hampshire’s Lebanon College, only to find out without warning that their school was closing.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Some State Buildings, Including Prisons, Going Solar

Sixty five solar panels are being erected on the grounds of the Northeast Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury.
Charlotte Albright VPR

The state of Vermont is equipping 12 public buildings, including prisons, with solar energy systems. Thursday Governor Shumlin and the leaders of several businesses held a news conference at the first solar array under construction, for the Northeast Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury.

The complex of low buildings surrounded by barbed wired fencing perches on a scenic knoll on Route 5 just south of town.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

More And More Cows Are Giving Milk (To Robots)

Cows file into automated milking chamber at Tullando Farm in Orford, New Hampshire.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Next time you pour a nice cold glass of milk, you could have a robot to thank. That's because automated milking machines are showing up at more and more dairy farms in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The technology is cutting down on labor costs, increasing yield and teaching farmers more about the health and productivity of their herds.

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