The Frequency

The Frequency is VPR's news blog, and your main source for our digital news throughout the day. This is where we'll keep you up to date on developing stories, big and small, from around Vermont.

Some good news Friday for customers of Green Mountain Power, the state's largest electric utility. The company has agreed to lower rates starting in October by .76 percent.

Vermont’s E-911 system is officially in the hands of FairPoint Communications.

Last year, the state signed a five year $11.2 million contract with the company to take over E-911 services from Colorado-based Intrado, Inc.  

Interim E-911 Executive Director Barbara Neal says the transition took place on July 29.

According to Neal “things are going well” and voice calls and text messages are functioning properly.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

A new national poll out Thursday shows Sen. Bernie Sanders gaining ground in his presidential campaign.

New England Dairy Promotion Board

The Vermont Agency Of Agriculture wants you to have breakfast on them with a local dairy farmer. The first Vermont Breakfast on the Farm will be held at Nea-Tocht Farm, in Ferrisburgh.

VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

It's a big day at Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area in Bridport and Cornwall. This morning the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is celebrating the addition of 330 acres to what it calls some of the most productive wildlife habitat in that part of the state.

Carrie Clement

Milton has a new chief administrative officer. Donna Barlow Casey started work last week as the tenth Milton Town Manager, and the first woman to hold the job since its creation in 1978.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Gov. Peter Shumlin joined a growing group of politicians and advocates calling for an ethics commission to examine conflicts of interest and other ethical issues within Vermont state government.

On Vermont Edition Monday, Shumlin said he supports the premise, though “the devil’s in the details.”

Shumlin said he wanted to be sure such a commission would hold everyone in all three branches of state government equally accountable and wouldn’t grow into a costly bureaucracy.

Muriel Jane Waissman / iStock.com

Economists for the legislative and executive branches issued their biannual report on the state economy Monday. They say that Vermont is on pace to continue its slow recovery from the Great Recession. 

Vermont’s Veterans’ Cemetery is getting larger and adding some features designed to help people find friends or loved ones buried there. A new grant that will fund the improvements.

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.

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