Mary Carol Maganzini

Board Operator

Mary Carol joined VPR in January of 2013.  She began her broadcast career 25 years ago as news director at WEZF in Colchester.  She has a BA in Economics and Fine Arts from St. Michael’s College and an MFA in acting from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  She appeared in various roles over the years on the stage of St Michael’s Playhouse, and teaches young actors in The Broadway Workshop summer camp at St Mike’s.
 
In her free time, MC likes to spend time in the garden, painting, or enjoying the company of her husband and their 4 grown children.

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Children with autism often have trouble reading emotions. It’s difficult for them to tell a happy face from a sad one.

New research from the University of Vermont has uncovered part of the reason: Using eye-tracking technology, the researchers found that children with autism fixate longer on a speaker’s mouth — rather than the eyes — when the conversation turns emotional.   

State dam safety officials give final approval to Mount Holly's new Star Lake Dam. Morristown and Elmore will vote on merging town school districts. 

Two nonprofit housing organizations plan to renovate 18 apartments on Montpelier's Main Street. A draft charter in Charlotte would change the way the town adopts its annual budget. The Salisbury Select Board passes, then withdraws, a hunting and firearms ordinance.

Residents of the Shelburnewood Mobile Home Park have cooperatively purchased the park. School supervisory unions study consolidation. Stowe is named TripAdvisor's top fall foliage destination.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's wooden canal schooner is undergoing restoration. Summer's music festivals and agricultural fairs give way to job fairs, craft fairs and fall festivals. The fifth annual HackVT will 'hack the climate'.

Bill Doyle opens his Vermont Politics class for the public to hear guest speakers. The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program is offering tree steward training in Springfield. St. Albans celebrates the return of its Taylor Park fountain.


Democrats in the Washington-Chittenden House district organize to find a new representative. West Nile virus is discovered in several Vermont mosquito pools. Addison County Transit Resources gets ready to give its two millionth ride.

The Open Door Clinic

Changes at a clinic in Middlebury have some concerned that migrant workers could lose access to medical care. 

ITVFest

This year marks the third year The Independent Television and Film Festival will be held in Dover. For seven years the festival took place in Hollywood, but the executive director decided to move it out of the busy city to a Vermont mountain town.

USDA

August is “Tree Check” month.  It’s the time when ecologists are out surveying the forests to see if invasive insect species are showing up in the state. Here in Vermont scientists are primarily on the lookout for Asian longhorned beetle, Emerald ash borer, and hemlock woolly adelgid.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin joined VPR by phone on Monday to debrief the chain of events beginning on Friday afternoon that left four people dead in Central Vermont.

Lemon Fair Wild Life Management Area gains 330 acres. Milton has a new town manager. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture announces a free breakfast on the farm event.

The Windham County Economic Development Program has been re-launched to distribute funds negotiated from the closure of Vermont Yankee. The High Meadows Fund promotes and finances a new watershed resilience initiative. The Vermont Steampunk Festival is coming to Springfield in September.

Vermont Electric Cooperative tries to "beat the peak." Killington sets an 18-month tax rate for this transitional tax year. The state puts a piece of Camel's Hump State Park back up for sale.

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The number of monarch butterflies that overwinter in Mexico’s forests is down by 90 percent or more over the past two decades. And about half of these butterflies come from the U.S. Midwest, where their larvae feed on common milkweed. Part of the problem: A recent study cites a huge decline in milkweed in the Midwest, in part due to the use of agricultural pesticides. 

Between National Get Outdoors Day and Vermont Days, there are many free activities to choose from this weekend. The Vermont Library Association is encouraging patrons to visit libraries throughout the state with its Passport to Vermont Libraries summer program. Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union is hosting a community conversation on Vermont's new education governance law.

In 2012, the state legislature passed a bill requiring all law enforcement agencies in the state to adopt a bias-free policing policy, but no person or agency was charged with monitoring whether the agencies complied.

Communities across Vermont are participating in the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's drug take back day.

Youth turkey hunting weekend is underway.

An employee at the Agency of Human Services has filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont.

The Vermont Supreme Court has overturned the second degree murder conviction of a man who claimed he was acting in self-defense when he shot another man during a confrontation in a Chester park in 2008.

A New Hampshire couple has been honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for their work protecting lakes and loons.

Regional planners say they need to attract businesses, as well as workers and visitors to southern Vermont.

The University of Vermont administration has proposed a 3.4 percent  tuition increase for the next academic year.

Vermont State Police say one person is dead following a house fire in the town of Fairfax.

National Life Group is adding more than 30 new jobs at its Montpelier headquarters.

Money from Vermont's statewide energy efficiency program could be used to install electric heat pumps under legislation endorsed by the Vermont Senate.

Vermont officials say four rabid raccoons were found and trapped in Burlington and South Burlington in the last 10 days.

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