Peter Biello

Producer/Announcer

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 ratebeer.com. 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.

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Salman Rushdie is best known as the author of the novels The Satanic Verses and Midnight's Children. His book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, is this year's selection for Vermont Reads, a statewide  community reading project sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.
 

Rushdie spoke at the University of Vermont as part of the launch of this year's Vermont Reads program. Introduced by poet Major Jackson, he discussed the art of storytelling and freedom of speech and shared stories from his career as a writer.

Act 250, Vermont's land use law, has been in the news again lately. The town of Ferrisburgh is raising questions about the process after a second deal to sell a town-owned parcel to a developer has fallen through.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation issues a water quality certification regarding the future operations of Green Mountain Power’s hydroelectric project in Waterbury. Many wooded trails are closed due to downed trees and debris. Vermont State Parks offer First Day Hikes. Colchester is asking local artists to submit design ideas for creative bicycle racks.

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This holiday season, many make long journeys to spend time with their families. For parents with children in the armed forces, such holiday reunions aren’t always possible. A group of military mothers are mending their empty nests by reaching out to veterans in need of a family of sorts — those who are homeless and living in transitional housing.

Some organizations who support Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision to back away from single-payer health care say there are other health care reform efforts that could have a positive impact on medical costs. 

Tom Torti, president and CEO of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, is one of those watching the health care reform efforts closely. As part of the governor's business advisory council, Torti said he has seen various scenarios for how to fund single payer and was worried about the price tag.

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Vermonters are reacting to the news that Governor Peter Shumlin won't move forward with the implementation of a single payer health care system.

Doctor Deb Richter, the chair of Vermont Health Care for All, said she's disappointed by the governor's decision, but said it could lead to an opportunity to do things in a different way, noting she has advocated for incremental reform.
 

The White House Names Montpelier a Climate Action Champion. Students in Putney and Wolcott learn about community and share what they know. The 115th annual Christmas Bird Count starts this weekend.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans affairs offers great medical care, but its customer service needs improvement. That was the word from many veterans who attended an open forum on Friday about Vermont’s VA health care system.

All veterans who spoke praised the medical care they received, but some complained about phone calls that weren’t returned, or alleged rudeness on the part of VA clinic staff.

Todd Alexander is a veteran from Milton. He says the care he’s received at the VA has been good, but overall the VA needs better management.

Locally developed solar-powered wreaths decorate Randolph's Main Street. Winter parking bans go into effect. Waterbury celebrates with its annual River of Light lantern parade.

Namelos Editions

Will Poole's Island, a new novel by Vermont writer Tim Weed, is a perfect fit for the Thanksgiving season. It's historical fiction set in the colonial era, and it tells the story of an English boy who becomes immersed in a native community.

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