Charlotte Albright

Commentator

Charlotte Albright lives in Lyndonville and currently works in the Office of Communication at Dartmouth College. She was a VPR reporter from 2012 - 2015, covering the Upper Valley and the Northeast Kingdom. Prior to that she freelanced for VPR for several years.

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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.  

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Should Vermont legalize marijuana?  It's a question that has been animating public forums around the state over the last few months in anticipation of the next legislative session, where it is likely to spur even more debate.

Last week, a group gathered at Lyndon State College to exchange views.

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The tiny town of Guildhall is losing its elementary school. On Tuesday, voters decided by a wide margin to close it in the face of declining enrollment.

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction wants to give veterans who cannot live independently the option to move into a foster home. But so far there have been no takers.

VA’s director for the project, James Pierce, is building the new foster home network in the White River Junction area.

“The program is designed to help veterans who can no longer independently find and reside in peoples’ homes, that are called caretakers,” Pierce said.

Vermont students, on average, are still not proficient in science. Results from the 2015 New England Common Assessment Program — or NECAP — show no statistically significant improvement over 2014 scores for grades 8 and 11. And there’s a slight dip in fourth grade scores.

Michael Hock is state testing director.

“You know we only have 40 or so percent of our kids that are crossing that threshold line that we associate with proficiency. So yeah, it’s a big concern,” Hock said.

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News hounds living near the Canadian border in northeastern Vermont are flocking to a hyper-local online site called Newport Dispatch News. In two short years, it’s garnered a surprisingly international following. 

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Democratic presidential contenders are not the only debaters squaring off this week.

The other debate takes place Oct. 14 in South Burlington, inside the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

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Vaudeville, that old-time brew of slapstick humor and outlandish stunts, is making quite a comeback in Vermont.

Vermont Vaudeville, a troupe based in Hardwick will be juggling, joking, singing and dancing this weekend in a restored theater beside the railroad tracks that used to host traveling vaudeville shows at the turn of the century.

Rob Strong

Raise the curtain and cue the drum roll: Northern Stage is opening its brand new theater in White River Junction with a performance of Thornton Wilder’s classic, Our Town.

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Children with complex medical needs get very different treatment depending on where in Northern New England they receive care. That’s the conclusion of a new study by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. 

Vermont’s Agency of Education is confirming that an administrative assistant to Secretary Rebecca Holcombe and to the State Board of Education was arrested on Friday, charged with child sex assault.

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There’s a brisk debate in St. Johnsbury over whether to open an emergency warming shelter this winter. Several sites have been proposed and rejected. So the fate of about 40 homeless families is still unclear.

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On Friday afternoon the University of Vermont announced the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its 224-year history.  Over the next four years it hopes to raise $500 million. Private donations have already brought it halfway to that goal.

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Residents of the Northeast Kingdom Town of Irasburg voted overwhelmingly Thursday night against a developer’s plan to put two 500-foot wind turbines atop one of its most scenic ridges.

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Schools across Vermont are trying to figure out how to consolidate services and also expand academic opportunities. As controversy swirls about how to preserve school choice, a growing number of students are choosing courses beyond school walls — in cyberspace. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency is gathering public comment on a plan to mitigate pollution at a long-abandoned copper mine in the Upper Valley Town of Vershire. 

At the hearing in Vershire town offices Tuesday night, about 15 local residents learned about the proposed methodology and cost. There was lively discussion about the extent of environmental damage caused by the defunct Ely mine,but no one questioned the need to keep polluted groundwater from finding its way into drinking water supplies.

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The first affordable housing project for the affluent Upper Valley town of Woodstock was officially opened Tuesday. The Safford Commons project has been a long time coming in an area where demand is high.

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