Vermont Public Radio http://digital.vpr.net en Douglas Reflects On Political Life In New Autobiography http://digital.vpr.net/post/douglas-reflects-political-life-new-autobiography <p>Former Governor Jim Douglas says people still ask him how he, a Republican, could be repeatedly re-elected in a liberal state like Vermont. He says the question stems from deep political divisions that see "red states" growing redder and "blue states" turning deeper blue.&nbsp; Douglas reflects on that political trend and how to rebuild a moderate center in his new autobiography, <em>The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America's Most Liberal State.</em> We talk with Douglas about his book and his career in Vermont politics, on the next Vermont Edition.</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Jane Lindholm & Patti Daniels 31096 at http://digital.vpr.net Douglas Reflects On Political Life In New Autobiography Public Post: Randolph Wastewater, Vandalism Problems, Heating Lothrop School http://digital.vpr.net/post/public-post-randolph-wastewater-vandalism-problems-heating-lothrop-school <p>Randolph is about to build a new wastewater treatment facility and has a settlement agreement with the state regarding violations at the old plant. Concerns are raised over litter and vandalism at recreation areas in Wallingford, Norwich and Waitsfield. And school and town officials in Pittsford aim to lower last year's $68,000 heading bill at Lothrop Elementary School.</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:26:56 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes & Peter Biello 31086 at http://digital.vpr.net Primary Election Results Finalized Today http://digital.vpr.net/post/primary-election-results-finalized-today <p>At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, representatives of Vermont’s Republican, Democrat, Progressive and Liberty Union political parties will gather in the wood paneled conference room in the offices of Secretary of State Jim Condos to certify the results from 275 voting precincts across the state.&nbsp;</p><p>If all goes according to plan, they will review the results from the primary election and then certify them.</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Bob Kinzel 31088 at http://digital.vpr.net Health Coaches Help Patients Battle Chronic Illness http://digital.vpr.net/post/health-coaches-help-patients-battle-chronic-illness <p>More than 25 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and one in every ten health care dollars is spent to treat it. But what if those patients were coached to live healthier lives?</p><p>One hospital experimenting with this new strategy is Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.</p><p>That’s where 39-year old Jennifer McFarlin spends a lot of time. Like about 500 other patients getting treated at Dartmouth Hitchcock, she has diabetes.</p><p>A head housekeeper at a motel, she gets some exercise each day, but still, her weight began creeping up. For diabetics, that can be a dangerous trend.</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Charlotte Albright 31070 at http://digital.vpr.net Health Coaches Help Patients Battle Chronic Illness Program Teaches Business Skills To Young Farmers http://digital.vpr.net/post/program-teaches-business-skills-young-farmers <p>Dan Brassard, 19, is already well versed in many skills. He raises beef, sells firewood and produces maple syrup in the new East Randolph sugarhouse he’s standing in.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“All the lumber here I cut and logged off my parents’ land. It was my senior project at the tech center. I sawed it all out,” he says.</span></p><p>In the past year, Brassard has gained some business know-how to go along with his hands-on experience. He’s a graduate of a new program run by University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Steve Zind 31084 at http://digital.vpr.net Program Teaches Business Skills To Young Farmers My Place: Back To School http://digital.vpr.net/post/my-place-back-school <p><font color="black" face="arial" size="2"><i>My Place</i> looks back to the early years of rock and roll for popular songs about going back to school. Joel Najman plays memorable hits by Chuck Berry, Ricky Nelson, The Beach Boys and others.</font></p><p><em>Broadcast on Saturday, August 30th at 8 p.m.</em></p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:30:33 +0000 Joel Najman 31094 at http://digital.vpr.net My Place: Back To School VPR Morning Edition Music Beds For the Week of 9/1/14 http://digital.vpr.net/post/vpr-morning-edition-music-beds-week-9114 <p><strong>Monday, September 1</strong>:<strong><em> Happy Labor Day!</em></strong></p><p>5:59am: Herbie Hancock: "Scarborough Fair", from "The New Standard."</p><p>6:20am: Shawn Lee and the Ping Pong Orchestra: "Mystery Train", from "Miles of Styles."</p><p>6:49am: Thelonius Monk: "Work", from "Thelonius Monk and Sonny Rollins."</p><p>6:58am: The Waybacks: "Mind Your Own Business&gt;Andy Griffith Theme", from "Way Live."</p><p>7:20am: Penguin Cafe Orchestra: "In the Back of a Taxi", from "Broadcasting From Home."</p><p>7:58am: Sonny Rollins: "Park Palace Parade", from "Sonny, Please."</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:01:23 +0000 Mitch Wertlieb 31092 at http://digital.vpr.net Student Composer Showcase: Ethan Duncan http://digital.vpr.net/post/student-composer-showcase-ethan-duncan <p>September's <a href="http://digital.vpr.net/term/student-composer-showcase">Student Composer Showcase</a> is Ethan Duncan, who enters 8th grade at Williston Central School this fall. Ethan whistles while he works - literally working out his melodies with a whistle before committing them to the page.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Kari Anderson 31057 at http://digital.vpr.net Student Composer Showcase: Ethan Duncan Blue Bins Coming To Parades And Tractor Pulls http://digital.vpr.net/post/blue-bins-coming-parades-and-tractor-pulls <p>This year, for the first time in its 38-year history, there will be a full-on recycling effort at the popular <a href="http://northfieldlaborday.org/">Northfield Labor Day Weekend</a>.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s a voluntary effort on the part of event organizers, but next year recycling will be mandatory at this and other public events across the state.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Zind 31090 at http://digital.vpr.net Blue Bins Coming To Parades And Tractor Pulls Budget Cuts Threaten Some Mental Health Services For Teens http://digital.vpr.net/post/budget-cuts-threaten-some-mental-health-services-teens <p>Earlier this summer, the Shumlin administration announced that revenue projections have been too rosy and that <a href="http://digital.vpr.net/post/budget-cuts-loom-after-revenue-downgrade">budget cuts will now be needed</a>.</p><p>That’s creating stress among social service providers.</p><p></p><p></p><p>One program that faces an uncertain future due to cuts endeavors to help at-risk young people in the Upper Valley.&nbsp;</p><p>Micah Porter is 19, with a mop of curly red hair springing out of a baseball cap.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Charlotte Albright 31071 at http://digital.vpr.net Budget Cuts Threaten Some Mental Health Services For Teens