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.

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Brattleboro resident Diana Whitney's debut collection of poetry, Wanting It, is gathering praise from some of the state’s top poets. Vermont Poet Laureate Sydnea Lea calls it a “brilliant book.” Major Jackson refers to the poems in this collection as “ancient secrets.”

Whitney says the title of the book does not refer to one specific thing.

“It’s the wanting it that’s beautiful, more so than the having,” she says. “If you get what you want, then you don’t get that tremulous longing.”

Rutland Town is drumming up volunteers to spread the word about stormwater pollution. Berlin Mall owners announce a Kohl's department store is part of their plan for Berlin Corners. This fall St. Albans will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the St. Albans Raid.

Potential investors visited the now closed prison in Chateaugay New York this week. They came at the request of a local Assemblywoman.

Joe LoTemplio has been following that story for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican and spoke with Peter Biello for our Friday Regional Report.

Adam Kane

One year ago, Adam Kane took over as Executive Director of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

Kane says it’s been a brilliant first year at the helm.

“I think for the first few months, my head spun as I tried to learn all the new names and new faces,” he says.

Kane was hired after former executive director, Charlie Browne, moved on after 34 years on the job. Kane says biggest challenge is fundraising. 

“It’s the day to day grind of making sure you can provide the resources to have great organizations work well,” he says.

Vermont schools ranked third in the nation in an online list of the country's best and worst school systems this week. A community collaboration brings public art to a busy Londonderry intersection. The race for Lamoille County State's Attorney will likely be decided in this month's primary election.

Community solar projects around Vermont were awarded $442,000 in Clean Energy Development Grant funds this week. Towns across the state are setting property tax rates and mailing out annual tax bills. The final community participation event for the planning of Montpelier's One Taylor Street project has been moved back to September.

Correction, August 4, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.: The FY 2015 tax rate increase in Hinesburg is $0.0085, not $0.85, as was stated in the town's July 24 draft select board meeting minutes and originally reported in this story.

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Take your radio and a blanket into the backyard and tune in to VPR for our Eye on the Sky Star-Gazing Party.

VPR's Ric Cengeri speaks with Mark Breen, Planetarium Director of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury. He answers your questions about the stars, planets and constellations. 

The city of South Burlington has long planned to build a more densely-developed pedestrian-friendly city center.

Now a developer has proposed building it—but the problem is the city would have to sell an elementary school.

April Burbank has been following that story for the Burlington Free Press, and she joined VPR’s Peter Biello for our Friday Regional Report.

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Writing about a difficult experience can be therapeutic for the writer and informative for those who read the finished product. A writing workshop in Burlington this summer is dedicated to writing and sharing stories of addiction and recovery. Montpelier-based writer Gary Lee Miller speaks about the "Writers for Recovery" workshops. Learn more about the workshops.

The Department for Children and Families is charged with protecting the state’s most vulnerable population – abused and neglected children.


Yet the department has seen intense scrutiny in recent months because two toddlers that had been in state custody died after alleged physical abuse.

Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan asked the Vermont state police to investigate the latest case: the death of 15-month old Peighton Geraw of Winooski who died hours after being seen by a DCF caseworker.

This week Public Post examines potential places for new fire and police stations in Norwich, as well as the possibility of a new town garage and town hall in St. Albans Town. And new and old forms of communication are being tested in Vermont towns, from wifi hotspots to cracker-barrel discussions.

In the early 1970s, Sam Lattimore and Elizabeth Church met in an art gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They fell for each other and married and moved into a hotel, where, less than a year into their marriage, Elizabeth was murdered by a bellman who had become obsessed with her.

This week Public Post looks at weekend opportunities and events for Vermont Days and National Get Outdoors Day. And there are some big changes in the works for people who commute through Colchester, including a new onramp configuration for exit 17 off Interstate 89, a bike lane on U.S. Route 2 and a realignment of of the Milton Commuter bus route to serve a portion of Route 7.

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Public Post reports on Montpelier's first parklet; the results of budget revotes in Colchester, Elmore, Fairfield, Fair Haven, Milton and Georgia; and the opening of Southern Vermont's new Valley Trail.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Plainfield, Brattleboro, Huntington, Norwich and more:

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Public Post reports on proposed smoking bans at outdoor public places and events; ice storm clean up in Montgomery and beautification efforts in Cornwall and Rutland; and a new way to consider Town Meeting appropriations in Plainfield and Worcester.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Norwich, Jamaica, Cambridge, Middlebury and more:

Public Post reports on a Wolcott seed company that is the first to have its products verified as non-GMO; State Parks and other attractions that are opening for the season; and a variety of Memorial Day observances around Vermont.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Enosburgh, Castleton, Eden,Woodstock and more:

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Public Post reports on an innovative community solar project in Rutland; some municipal building maintenance and construction projects around Vermont; and the first annual Water Quality Day at wastewater treatment plants around the state.

Broadcast on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Brandon, Colchester, Franklin, Mendon and more:

Robert Nickelsberg

Photographer and University of Vermont alumni Robert Nickelsberg’s newest book of images, Afghanistan: A Distant War, offers a stunning look at the emotional cost of war.

In it, we see Americans at work with the daily toil of battle, wearing the stress and exhaustion on their faces. We also come very close to the people Afghanistan, struggling in a variety of ways with conflict that began long before Americans arrived.

Nickelsberg will be presenting his work and lecturing at Mt. Philo Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m.

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Public Post reports on an effort to create a Community Nurse position in Thetford; Vermont's status as a friendly state for working moms and hippies; and a rescission vote on a proposed Waterbury Municipal Complex.

Broadcast on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Shrewsbury, Waitsfield, Northfield, St. Albans Town and more:

Joan Courser

Public Post reports on a unique way to honor good neighbors in Halifax, Green Up Day activities around Vermont, the opening of the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market and other seasonal marketplaces and celebrations.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from South Hero, Royalton, Windsor, Waterbury and more: