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 July 29, 2014

Upper Valley Manufacturer Is Hiring, And Training, Many

Daniel Bell, 23, of Wilder, Vermont, tests his skill at operating a drill press at a summer training institute run by Hypertherm in Hanover.
Charlotte Albright VPR

There are signs that after years of decline, manufacturing is making a comeback in the United States. One global company based in the Upper Valley has been adding so many workers so fast that it’s had to create its own on-site academy.

Hypertherm, in Hanover, makes high-tech machines that use laser and water to cut metal. On a summer day perfect for swimming, in a factory built just for training, about a half dozen young men are hard at work, gathered around a drill press.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Take A Book, Leave A Book In Vermont's Tiniest Libraries

A little library awaits borrowers on Boynton Avenue in St. Johnsbury.
Charlotte Albright VPR

For many of us, summer is a time to kick back with a good book.  And in some neighborhoods, finding something new to read is as easy as strolling down the street. Little free libraries have been sprouting all over the world—including Vermont. Some are no bigger than a bird house. Others are as large as a phone booth. You leave a book, and take one—no card necessary.

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VPR News
8:00 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Wild Parsnip Foes Attempt To Slow Its Spread

Wild Parsnip resembles Queen Anne's Lace, but it's yellowish and can burn the skin.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Beware the wild parsnip.

That’s a warning sprouting in emails around the state, as the invasive weed spreads. It looks like a little yellow umbrella atop a stem that can be as long as five feet tall. It won’t hurt to brush along it, but if you break the stem, and the sap on your skin is exposed to sunlight, you can get a nasty burn. Harry Roberts, of Norwich, is seeing more and more of this pesky weed as he motorcycles around the state.

“It’s a very sinister plant and it starts at the roadside and if you don’t mow the adjacent field it takes over the field,” he says.

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VPR News
6:06 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Seneca Kills Wind Project

Seneca Mountain Wind is stopping development of a project that would have placed about 20 turbines at a remote mountaintop site in the Northeast Kingdom. The company has withdrawn its electrical connection request with ISO New England and terminated land leases in Newark, Brighton and Ferdinand.

According to a press release late Friday afternoon, “SMW’s decision reflects its commitment to obtain community support before advancing this project, which was not evident in any of the three jurisdictions where SMW had development plans.”

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VPR News
4:55 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Hanover Co-op Members Voice Concerns About Management

Antoinette Jacobson and Marguerite Ames solicit signatures for a petition to re-instate workers fired from Hanover Co-op.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Controversy is swirling in the Upper Valley around one of the oldest food co-ops in the United States. After two popular employees were fired from Co-op Food Stores of New Hampshire without explanation last month, members began questioning how management treats employees.

At a recent Board meeting attended by about 300 members, two starkly different answers emerged.

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VPR News
6:13 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

In A Kingdom By The Trees, Vermont Children's Theater Still Going Strong

Young actors present "Beauty and the Beast" at Vermont Children's Theater in Lyndonville.
Charlotte Albright vpr

Once upon a time, on a tree-lined ridge overlooking Lyndonville, a bunch of kids gathered in a red barn. They moved some hay bales around, scared away some angry starlings, and sang and danced their way into the hearts of the Northeast Kingdom.

Over 20 years later, and with a lot of help from volunteers and benefactors, the curtain is still going up on the Vermont Children’s Theater.

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The Vermont Economy
6:27 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Newport Residents Question Developers Of Bio-Med Facility

Bill Kelly, representing AnC Bio, Joe Greene, architect, and Debra Bell, civil engineer, display drawings of a new facility proposed for Newport prior to a public hearing.
Charlotte Albright VPR

On Monday, the public got a chance to weigh in on a plan to build a four-story glass and metal tower in Newport that would house bio-medical research and development.

The developers, Bill Stenger and his business partner Ariel Quiros, say the project will create as many as 500 jobs and will not harm the environment. But some Newport residents have some concerns about its impact on public health.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Cartooning Gets Practical In White River Junction

A humorous drawing offers advice in "A Guidebook for Cartoon Students" distributed at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. The center has a new track called Applied Cartooning.
Center for Cartoon Studies

Some cartoonists want to write the next great American graphic novel. Others, it turns out, may want to explain in pictures how the Civil War was won. Or how to assemble a complicated piece of furniture.

That’s why the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction has added a new career track called Applied Cartooning.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Young Scientists Drill Into Ice At 'CHILL' Camp

Max Wonsavage and Will Keegan watch Justin Andrew saw an ice block at "CHILL" camp at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Budding scientists from the Upper Valley are getting thrills and chills - literally - at youth camps hosted in Hanover by the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, or CRREL.  It’s run by the Army Corps of Engineers. Researchers often work in Greenland and Antarctica, but this summer a few have stayed here to teach young people how to conduct experiments about climate change.

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The Frequency
12:50 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New Report Applauds Vermont's Policies Guiding Pain Medication

A new report that ranks states' policies that govern the way doctors prescribe pain medications gives Vermont an "A". "Higher grades mean more balanced state policies influencing pain management, including with the medical use of opioid analgesics."
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Vermont gets an “A” for state policies that govern the way doctors prescribe pain medications. That’s according to new study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, with support from the American Cancer Society.

The state-by-state report card looks primarily at legislation and rules that spell out for doctors how to make sure that people in pain get the medications they need to maintain some quality of life as they battle serious conditions, like cancer.

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