The split in Islam between Sunnis and Shiites took place in the 7th century, over who would succeed the prophet Mohammed. The Shias believed it should be Ali, Mohammed’s cousin and son-in-law. The Sunnis argued it should be a consensus choice of Mohammed’s close associates. The Sunnis won after much bloodshed and the conflict continues to this day.

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.

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An often-forgotten backdrop to the current focus on Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single-payer health care reform plan is that we have been through this exercise once already.

The first legislative effort to install a single-payer system came in January of 1991 when Sen. Cheryl Rivers, a Democrat from Stockbridge, introduced S-127, a Canadian-style single-payer plan for Vermont. Canadian style means that it would cover everybody in the state, it would be financed entirely by taxes and it would leave the delivery system – the doctors and hospitals – in the private sector.

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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Both the Vermont legislature and the Shumlin administration are quietly gearing for next year’s single payer health care reform financing challenge by hiring consultants to provide an unprecedented level of detail about the way we pay for health care now and how a new system might recast that structure.

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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.

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

Toby Talbot / AP

The Legislature’s adjournment last week marked a third birthday of sorts for Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single-payer health care reform plan. The campaign has done well in some areas, not so well in others. It probably deserves a smallish cake.

At the birth of the single-payer push in mid-winter of 2011, the Shumlin team had to accomplish four fundamental tasks, all of them difficult: