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One woman was arrested and four others were served trespass warnings at a “knit-in” protest at Vermont Gas Systems’ headquarters in South Burlington Wednesday.

Jane Palmer of Monkton was arrested for trespassing when she refused to stop knitting and leave the building at the close of business at 5 p.m.

Palmer and four other protesters staged the homespun demonstration in the lobby of Vermont Gas Systems offices in opposition to the company’s plans to extend a natural gas pipeline through Addison County.

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When journalist Michael Hastings died in a car crash a year ago at age 33, he left a legacy as a tough war reporter and gifted writer. Hastings might be best remembered for an article he wrote in 2010 for Rolling Stone about General Stanley McChrystal that led to the general’s resignation.

Emily Shur

Neko Case is on a roll. The singer-songwriter is a card-carrying member of the indie supergroup The New Pornographers, who are about to release a new album, Brill Bruisers. And she’s touring in support of her latest solo release, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.

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Ask any working parent: Child care can be expensive. While some low-income families qualify for subsidies, many middle-class families pay full tuition.

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Research shows that the young brain is developing at a faster rate than we previously thought, and that there are good and bad strategies to help children acquire language and the love of learning.

So Vermont’s child care providers are learning the best way to introduce books into a child’s daily routine.

Charlotte Albright / VPR

Beginning in 2015, every public school district in Vermont will have to subsidize at least 10 hours of pre-kindergarten per week for 3 and 4-year-olds.

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The majority of children spend time away from their parents each day, and Julie Coffey believes it’s important to make sure that time is well spent.

Charlotte Albright / VPR

Fewer than half of the state's preschoolers are ready for kindergarten, according to a recent report. So the state of Vermont is trying to prepare them better. 

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

The last two years have been busy ones in Montpelier. Lawmakers introduced 894 separate bills in the House, and another 317 pieces of legislation in the Senate. Some garnered only cursory review by committees of jurisdiction. Other spawned public hearings, heated debates, and close votes on the House and Senate floor.

Chris Cammock / "Why We Stay"

There are two types of people in this state: those who stay here, and those who leave.

Well, maybe it's not so simple. Some people leave and come back; some people leave but still call Vermont home; some people boomerang to and fro for years before returning to settle down for good; some people arrive from "away" set down their own roots.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Vermont's Department for Children and Families has come under intense scrutiny following the death in February of 2-year-old Dezirae Sheldon.

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The names of the places around us often tell the unique story of Vermont’s history. Our guide is Vermont Place Names: Footprints of History, by Esther Munroe Swift.


Swift wrote the town “was chartered to some of the Green Mountain Boys’ officers and men and to the heirs of other men who had been killed during the revolution. …The town was chartered to the veterans in the hope that it would be a post-war Eden for them; however as far as can be ascertained, none of them ever settled there.”

Vermont author Rebecca Rupp takes us inside a transformative summer for Danny Anderson, when he makes a set of new friends who help him overcome his grief in the novel After Eli.

At Green's Sugarhouse in Poultney, Vt., visitors are gathered around four squeeze bottles of maple syrup, sampling the each under brand-new labels.

Vermont recently replaced its syrup grading system and now uses new names that make different syrups sound more like wine or expensive coffee.

Gone is the former system, with names like "Fancy," "Grade A Dark Amber" and "Grade B." The new labels give both the color — "Golden," "Amber" or "Dark" — and a flavor description: "Delicate," "Rich," "Robust" or "Strong."

Angela Evancie / VPR

It's easy to find goat milk and goat cheese in Vermont. Goat meat, not so much.

That makes it hard for members of the state's refugee population. The city of Burlington is home to more than 6,000 Africans, South Asians and Central Europeans who are accustomed to eating goat on a regular basis.

But there's a movement afoot to meet the demand not only of refugees in Vermont, but of ethnic populations throughout New England and what may be a growing mainstream market for the meat. 

In recognition of Women's History Month, VPR again collaborated with the Vermont Commission on Women in March, 2014, to present a series of stories about women from our region who achieved significant success in the arts.

We heard from women who are notable in their own right about innovators and trail blazers in the fine arts, from writers to painters, and designers to photographers.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Two cyclists walk into a bar. Then they get on stationary bikes and pedal like crazy.

It's a form of racing called goldsprints, and it's a social event as much as it is an athletic competition. Ingredients for a goldsprints event are simple: Two bikes, front wheels removed, set into a metal frame. The back wheels go on rollers. Add a little music and an emcee, and you've got yourself a sporting good time.

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We often hear from Senator Bernie Sanders regarding legislative issues in Washington that affect Vermont, but many political observers and Vermonters were also intrigued recently when the Independent Senator commented in The Nation that he was “prepared to run for President” in 2016. 

Full Coverage: Town Meeting Day 2014

Mar 4, 2014
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VPR News covers town meetings statewide, on air and online. Get town by town results of the votes on school and town budgets plus the resolutions on the public bank.

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The 1965 film The Sound of Music won five academy awards, and along with a popular Broadway musical, made Maria and Georg von Trapp and their children household names. Who hasn't got to bed humming "So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye?"

Last week, Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last surviving sibling of the original singers, died at her home in Stowe. She was 99.