Analysis

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.

Vermont Electric Cooperative tries to "beat the peak." Killington sets an 18-month tax rate for this transitional tax year. The state puts a piece of Camel's Hump State Park back up for sale.

The Road Pitch business bikers will tour Vermont in August. Eight towns are awarded Community Development Block Grants. Festivals this weekend celebrate Abenaki heritage, Barre history and barbecue.

Between National Get Outdoors Day and Vermont Days, there are many free activities to choose from this weekend. The Vermont Library Association is encouraging patrons to visit libraries throughout the state with its Passport to Vermont Libraries summer program. Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union is hosting a community conversation on Vermont's new education governance law.

Turkey’s just concluded elections produced an outcome which is to be applauded as a victory for democracy. This comes at a time when some professed democracies seem threatened by autocratic leadership. Even here in the United States, admiration has been expressed for strong rulers such as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who can impose his will on his people and get things done.

The Vermont National Guard breaks ground on a vehicle maintenance facility in North Hyde Park. Vermont forest groups aim to train at least one Forest Pest First Detector in each town. Doctors are writing prescriptions to go spend time at state parks.

Voters in Stowe and Hyde Park Village vote to pursue community solar projects. Windsor students tackle tobacco litter in their town. Three towns vote to support replacing a dam at Lake Fairlee.

The upsurge of Middle East violence in recent days - particularly the latest battlefield successes of the extremist group Islamic State - has tended to overshadow the fact that time is running short, to finalize a comprehensive Iranian nuclear deal. June 30th is the date that Iran - and six world powers including the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - set for the completion of that agreement. Its purpose is to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon - in exchange for the lifting of the range of economic sanctions imposed by the world community on Iran because of its nuclear activities.

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the season for most Vermont State Parks. Volunteers are wanted to staff a visitors center in Smugglers' Notch. VTrans finishes a bridge replacement in Stowe and is starting another in East Burke.

A new option may be on the table for Waitsfield's new town office. Fifteen Vermont arts organizations receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tunbridge invites dowsers to its town forest celebration.

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