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Why did the salamander cross Monkton Road? To get to its spring breeding ground. But perhaps the more interesting question is: How did the salamander cross Monkton Road? It took the amphibian underpass.

Ian Noyes

Most mornings, Stowe High School Principal Jeff Maher can be seen out in front of the building, greeting students as they get to school. It’s that sense of community that Stowe residents like about their small school, and they don’t want to lose it by merging with another school district.

Vermont Department of Public Safety

Earlier this month the Bristol Police Department was surprised to learn a man on probation for raping a child had been living in the village, a short distance from the school and a daycare, since October.

Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative

Looking for a firewood dealer near you? Or maybe you're in the market to kiln-dry some boards. Or do you just want to know the name of your local forester? The answers to all of these queries can now be found in one place, a new interactive online map of Vermont forest and wood products.

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Vermont is the second healthiest state in the country, behind Hawaii, according to United Health Foundations's annual health rankings. But do you know how your county ranks? According to a report released this week, Chittenden County is the healthiest county in Vermont and Orleans County is the least healthy.

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Some community members in Stowe are leading an effort to revisit the idea of converting the town's public schools into independent academies. 

City of Montpelier

Montpelier now has enough money to move forward with its planned transit center at One Taylor Street, to be located on the former Carr parking lot. But there are still a handful of rights-of-way issues to be cleared up before construction can begin.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

As lawmakers in Montpelier debate legalizing marijuana, some local communities are taking action to regulate businesses that cater to users of the drug. In Weathersfield, a new bylaw regulating what it calls “drug and tobacco paraphernalia establishments” went into effect on Wednesday.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

It's hard to foster a sense of community in a place with no real town center. Perhaps that's why planning commissioners in Bolton are so determined to develop a unifying vision for their town.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Town of Shelburne and Vermont Railway issued two very different press releases Monday about the same court decision. Both sides claimed victory on what was essentially a non-decision. And in an email to the press, the chairman of the Shelburne Select Board accused Vermont Railway of lying.

Town of Milton

When Milton voters go to the polls on Town Meeting Day, they'll be asked to consider purchasing the Bombardier homestead, next door to the municipal office complex. But despite the seller's good intentions, the town historical society says it doesn't want to move there.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

They’ll be talking trash in Fairfax on Town Meeting Day. Specifically, they’ll be voting on whether to continue with town-wide curbside trash pickup.

Cellars at Jasper Hill

The Northeast Kingdom is home to some of the state's best known agricultural businesses, yet the region has one of Vermont's highest food insecurity rates. That is one of the puzzles to be addressed at next month's Northeast Kingdom Food System Plan Summit.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Anglers and whitewater paddlers from around Vermont joined local electric customers at a public hearing in Morrisville this week. They were there to comment on conditions being proposed by the state that would improve water quality while scaling back Morrisville Water & Light’s hydroelectric generation.

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Vermont's traditional Town Meeting Day is the first Tuesday in March, which is March 1 this year. However, in an attempt to increase participation, some communities have moved the annual meeting to Monday evening, Saturday, or even spread it across multiple days. 

Google Street View is going indoors in Rutland. Working with the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Google photographers are taking 360 degree interior pictures of Rutland businesses that have signed on and paid for the service.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Morrisville Water & Light customers received an insert with this month's electric bill encouraging them to attend a public hearing Tuesday night. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is holding the meeting to gather public comments on its draft Water Quality Certificate, which places new conditions on the utility's three hydroelectric dams.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

In just a couple of weeks, Vermonters across the state will gather in town halls and schools to have a voice in local government. Many of those town meeting discussions will center on taxes. In some municipalities, the focus will be on whether to adopt a local option tax as an additional source of revenue.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Vermont Electric Cooperative, like other Vermont utilities, is working on increasing its renewable energy portfolio. It’s currently proposing solar projects in Alburg and Grand Isle. And this week the co-op presented plans for a new project in Hinesburg. But some residents feel the project isn’t a good fit for their neighborhood.

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Did you know you can recycle disposable batteries in Vermont? And as of last month, Vermont became the first state to require disposable battery manufacturers to make battery recycling more convenient.

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