Vermont beers took some top honors in the new ranking lists from 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.

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.

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.

Just fifteen days after the terrorist attack of September 11th, 2001, then Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Meet the Press. As he discussed the new terrorist threat with Tim Russert, Cheney said: quote: “We have to work the dark side, if you will. Spend time in the shadows of the intelligence work.” He added, “a lot of what needs to be done will have to be done quietly, without any discussion.” Unquote

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.

The state is developing its first on-road bicycle plan for state highways. Real Estate items are in the news from Fairfield Pond, Mount Holly and Weston. And an open meeting law stumble means a revote on town property tax exempt status for Hard'ack Recreation Area in St. Albans.

Cities, towns and school districts are in the thick of building budgets for the next fiscal year. Towns continue to struggle with the online posting provision of Vermont's revised open meeting law. Guildhall will hold a runoff election for two justice of the peace seats.