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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A group of students from Lyndon Institute will meet their perhaps unlikely hero Saturday: Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion." The kids did their own version of the popular public radio variety show earlier this year and sent Keillor a copy. He liked what they did so much he invited them to a rehearsal and show.

Scott Milne

Former gubernatorial candidate and travel business owner Scott Milne has won a court battle in his attempt to develop a large parcel of land in Quechee on Route 4. Opponents say the mixed use project would snarl traffic and cause sprawl, but Milne says that part of the 167-acre property is ideal for offices, retail, and residences.

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When it comes to reducing youth smoking, some regions of the state have made much more progress than others.

That’s the word from the State Agency of Education, which has a released a statewide map showing the disparity of youth smoking rates in Vermont.

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Vermont’s new school consolidation law is raising concerns about school choice. Currently, students who live in towns that do not operate schools may take their state tuition dollars elsewhere, even to private academies.

But there is confusion about whether — and how — districts can hold onto choice as they combine under the new law.

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The tiny airport at Coventry, recently re-named the Northeast Kingdom International Airport, now has the second longest runway in the state, after Burlington.

Thanks to about a million dollars in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airport now has a 5,000 foot runway—about 1,000 feet longer than the old one. Larger planes can now land, and commercial air service may come to the Northeast Kingdom. At the ribbon cutting, Vermont Aviation Administrator Guy Rouelle said upgrades also include WIFI, modern snow removal equipment and a more reliable water supply.

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A big hotel and conference center under construction on Burke Mountain has narrowly escaped a work stoppage that could have killed the project. But the contractor and developer must still hash out disagreements with state regulators.

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On Thursday, 50 Norwich University cadets began a 50-mile march from the original home of the military academy in Norwich to the current campus in Northfield.

Along the way they will stop at landmarks to get history lessons on foot.

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School district consolidation landed on Tuesday’s ballot in two different counties with two very different results. Voters in Essex, Essex Junction and Westford decided to combine districts. 

Another merger proposal, in Lamoille County, was defeated. 

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This fall, Vermont Technical College launched a new degree program: a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. A newly renovated lab allows students to learn how to program machines very similar to those used in high-tech manufacturing.

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Debate continues to swirl around how well wind project developers monitor the sound their turbines produce. One pending investigation into possible noise violations focuses on towers atop a ridge in Sheffield.