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This photo simulation shows what the proposed Swanton Wind project might have looked like. Developers have put the project on hold for an undetermined amount of time.
VERA Renewables

Developers of Swanton Wind have decided to put the project on hold. The move has opponents of the project cautiously optimistic.

Catherine Goldsmith, of Responsible Growth Hinesburg, stands by a stake marking the corner of a proposed supermarket. The Vermont Supreme Court reversed an approval of Hannaford's site plan due to a required setback from a canal behind her.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

For seven years a citizen’s group has been fighting a proposed supermarket in the Chittenden County town of Hinesburg. The battle went all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court and it’s still not settled.

The sign outside the Vermont Department of Public Safety headquarters.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Vermont's Public Safety Broadband Network Commission was tasked with determining the state's best option for building out a public safety broadband network. The commission is now recommending that Gov. Phil Scott opt in to a federal contract with AT&T.

Twin Valley Senior Center Executive Director Rita Copeland shows how freezer meals are packaged for Meals on Wheels Delivery. The center lost nearly 400 meals when this freezer was knocked out after the recent wind storm.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

When the Twin Valley Senior Center's freezer died, nearly 400 "Meals on Wheels" had to be tossed. But Director Rita Copeland was determined not to let her homebound clients miss a meal.

Fred Bashara announces his family plans to open a new Hampton Inn & Suites behind the Capitol Plaza.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The family that owns Montpelier’s Capitol Plaza hopes to open another hotel right behind its existing hotel on State Street.

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Stewardship Forester Jason Nerenberg stands at the Monroe Trailhead at Camel's Hump State Park, in Duxbury.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Trying to balance the varying interests for more than 26,000 acres of land is a big task, but the state of Vermont has created a new draft management plan for Camel's Hump — and they want to know what the public thinks.

About half the artwork at the Lyndonville Art Walk includes images of crows. The call to artists stated, "Jeezum Crow, it's November!" and encouraged entries around that theme.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Fifty artists, most of them local, contributed work to a month-long art exhibit in ten businesses and empty storefronts throughout Lyndonville in the hopes of inspiring others to invest in the village.

GreenSpark founders Ella Malamud and Alex Chernomazov stand at the future site of GreenSpark's renewable energy exhibits. In the background are three modified shipping containers housing the park's transportation exhibits.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Between outdoor tourism, world-class agricultural businesses and a booming alternative energy market, Vermont has come to be known as a hub for sustainable living. Now Vermont is home to the country’s first interactive sustainability park.

Voters in Cabot gathered for a community forum held by the school board on Thursday, Oct. 5. The board is considering its next move in an attempt to comply with Act 46. The fate of the local high school hangs in the balance.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

After years of declining enrollment, the Cabot School Board is considering closing its 55-student high school. But some residents believe they have a viable plan to keep it open.

Second graders in Karen Anderson's classroom work with Reading Specialist Donna Cullivan, learning a poem from a big sheet of paper on an easel. Their hotel room classroom has a kitchenette and bathroom, but no chalkboard or whiteboard on the wall.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

There aren’t any kids running through the halls of the Hyde Park Elementary School building this fall. Instead, they're being put up at a hotel while their school is undergoing major renovations.

Jacquelyn Ripley gives her son Landen a smooch under the Plainfield 'love' signs. The anonymous signs have drawn strong reactions from some townspeople.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

In the heart of Plainfield there’s a utility pole covered with messages of love. But not everyone in town is moved by the mysterious “love” signs.

This railroad bridge is part of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail in Morrisville. According to the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, there are 42 bridges to repair or replace along the trail before it is complete.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers and the state have finalized an agreement regarding the construction of a four-season trail across Vermont.

President Elaine Collins poses with some of the new marketing materials for Northern Vermont University in the Lyndon State admissions office.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

As high school seniors are working away on their college applications, administrators at Johnson State College and Lyndon State College are gearing up to select the first freshman class of Northern Vermont University.

Workers at Andersonville Farm, in Glover, discovered this graffiti on a hay storage barn Friday morning, September 8. This image has been edited to remove profanity.
Jasper Hill Farm

Under cover of darkness, someone took to the back roads of Glover last week to spread messages of hate.  Since then, the community response has been both swift and broad.

The inaugural Bolton Community Fair, pictured here, was held last year at Smilie Memorial School. This year's fair will take place at Bolton Valley's Nordic Center on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Deb Shelby / Town of Bolton, Courtesy

The second annual Bolton Community Fair will be held on Saturday, and organizers say this year's event will have plenty of entertainment, as well as showcase local cottage industries.

After presenting a grant award to Cindy Locke of VAST on Aug. 10, Gov. Phil Scott recounts a snowmobile trip on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail when his security team rigged his sled to run only at low speeds, putting a governor on the governor.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

A third section of the 93-mile Lamoille Valley Rail Trail is on track to be built next year, and support and enthusiasm for the project is gaining momentum.

The Rover, CSWD's mobile household hazardous waste collection vehicle, had to shut down operations in Jericho on Saturday when someone turned in explosive diethyl ether.
Chittenden Solid Waste District

Chittenden Solid Waste District staffers got more than they bargained for at a household hazardous waste collection in Jericho on Saturday when someone tried to dispose of diethyl ether, a substance the district referred to as a "shock-sensitive explosive chemical."

Beachgoers enjoy a summer day at Lake Willoughby's clothing-optional Southwest Cove. Many regulars here feel changes proposed by the state could spoil this secluded getaway.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has some changes planned for the trails and beaches at the south end of Lake Willoughby. But not everyone believes those changes will be improvements.

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Emily Boedecker has postponed officially submitting a new proposed draft rule for Great Hosmer Pond that would limit the use of racing shells and rowing sculls.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is holding off on officially submitting a controversial draft proposed rule for Great Hosmer Pond, in Craftsbury and Albany.

EclipseSundial.com creators Dan Axtell (left) and Bill Gotesman pose at the Burlington Earth Clock, along the bike path. Gottesman also designed the sundial at the center of the stone circle.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

On August 21, the entire North American continent will witness a full or partial eclipse of the sun. And a couple of Vermonters have come up with an activity that anyone can do to tell time as they follow the eclipse’s progress.

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