Peter Biello


Peter was a Producer/Announcer at VPR until 2015. He began his public radio career in 2007 at WHQR-FM in Wilmington, North Carolina where he served as Morning Edition host and reporter, covering county government and Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. His work has won several Associated Press awards and has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and PRI's This American Life. A graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Maine at Farmington, Peter enjoys writing, cooking and traveling.

Cities and towns all over Vermont are contending with freezing water pipes. Two Upper Valley towns are voting on consolidating elementary schools. Five cities are holding mayoral elections.

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Time is running out for 15 horses rescued from a South Woodstock farm to find foster homes. 

The rescued horses currently reside in stables owned by the Green Mountain Horse Association, but GMHA needs them to be out by the end of March. Currently, the Lucy MacKenzie Humane Society is hurrying to find foster homes for them.

Contractor bidding is underway for a new municipal complex in Waterbury. Towns get ready for some interesting votes on Town Meeting Day. Norwich voters will consider two major building projects next month.

There are three candidates running for mayor in Rutland: Christopher Louras, the incumbent mayor who is seeking his fifth term, David Allaire, president of the city's Board of Aldermen and Kam Johnston, a candidate running not only for mayor in March, but also a seat on the Board of Aldermen and for city assessor. 

Montpelier is named the "Best Small Town Downtown" in the United States. Three Vermont communities are listed among the "Top 20 Arts Vibrant Medium and Small Cities." Bethel brings back it's pop-up Bethel University for the month of March.

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February is Black History Month, and VPR is taking this opportunity to bring you special programming from State of the Re:Union that introduces us to a new generation of African American leaders.

Al Letson, host of State of the Re:Union, brings us three programs, which we'll run at 3 p.m. on Saturdays for the rest of the month of February. Here's what we can look forward to:

Vermont beers took some top honors in the new ranking lists from Towns are struggling to justify the expense of printing and mailing Annual Town Reports to every household. Rutland County Solid Waste Alliance Communities is rewriting its solid waste implementation plan.

Saturday is free ice fishing day in Vermont. Franklin County Stormwater has tips for dealing with ice and snow. Rutland is asking municipalities around the state to sign a resolution regarding siting renewable energy projects.

Middlebury's former Lazarus Department Store has been leveled and will become a pop-up pocket park. Three Vermont communities are semifinalists for Georgetown University's Energy Prize. Submissions are open for Montpelier's PoemCity and Randolph's PoemTown National Poetry Month projects, in April.

Mount Holly residents are fundraising to replace the Star Lake dam this spring. The first U.S. Winter Swimming Championships will be held in Lake Memphremagog at the end of February.