Southern Vermont

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An early learning center in Brattleboro says it wants to make a bid for the 177-acre campus of the former Austine School for the Deaf.

The campus has been largely vacant since the Austine School closed abruptly at the end of the 2014 school year. The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, which ran the school, declared bankruptcy five months later. 

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In the foothills of Vermont, artists are given the space, support and resources to really push limits and think beyond typical performance venues.

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This spring, the Legislature set a goal of improving the economy of southern Vermont. Last week, a special committee met to discuss how to make that goal a reality.

Lawmakers created a special economic zone covering the state’s two southernmost counties – Bennington and Windham, along with parts of Windsor county.

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For six weeks every summer, the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset becomes a Mecca for horse lovers. The 40-plus acre site, just off Route 7, plays host to the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show.

Event officials says close to 1,000 horses and 3,000 people will take part in this year’s show, with more than $750,000 dollars up for grabs in prize money.

On Tuesday, state and local economic development officials announced the relaunch of the Windham County Economic Development Program. The program is tasked with promoting jobs in Windham County, using funds promised to the state from the Vermont Yankee shutdown.

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It appears a troubled broadband service provider is still operating in Vermont, but officials say there’s a great deal of confusion over who’s operating it.

A street corner in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont
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A unique effort in Brattleboro is using town funding to help local homeowners become landlords.

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Despite concerns raised by the state of Vermont, federal regulators have allowed the owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station to use money set aside for decommissioning the plant to also manage spent radioactive fuel at the site.

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From emergency dispatch services to school districts the term "consolidation" has entered the Vermont conversation extensively this past year. Now, two communities in Southern Vermont are looking at consolidating police, fire and rescue services.

A new project in Bennington hopes to tap into the growing popularity of coworking spaces.

Organizers of the project, called The Lightning Jar, have partnered with the Vermont State Employees Credit Union to convert 1,200 square feet of the credit union’s downtown offices into a coworking space.

Manchester Confronts A Hotel Building Boom

May 21, 2015
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Back in the 1980s and '90s, Manchester became known as a retail outlet hub, with national brand name stores opening up and attracting crowds of shoppers and tourists. 

Now a new boom is underway in the scenic Bennington County town of 4,000 residents — but this one is driven by lodging, not retail.

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This week marks two important dates for William Shakespeare: Although his actual birth date is unknown, he was baptized on April 26, 1564, and died almost 400 years ago on April 23, 1616.

David Evans, president of Southern Vermont College in Bennington, argues that everyone – literary scholar or not – should be acquainted with Shakespeare, and not just on the anniversary of his death.

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We are finally coming out of the deep freeze that we were in for pretty much all of February. Forty-three days below freezing in some parts of the state, 5-degree averages in Montpelier and Rutland. There will be some casualties of the cold weather – but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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VPR’s Southern Vermont correspondent Susan Keese passed away on Saturday following a brief illness. She was 67.

Susan’s life in Newfane revolved around her family: her husband Bud, her two children Christopher and Annie, and her three grandchildren. 

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We are mourning the loss of VPR's Southern Vermont correspondent Susan Keese. She was a print and magazine journalist for years before joining VPR in 2002, and won numerous awards for her work. Keese died on Saturday following a brief illness. She was 67.

We will miss Susan's gentle nature, optimistic outlook, curiosity and incredible storytelling. Our thoughts are with her family.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission wants comments on Entergy Nuclear’s plan for decommissioning Vermont Yankee. The agency will hold a public meeting on the plan in Brattleboro on Feb. 19.

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If Vermont Yankee, the 620-megawatt nuclear power plant, and all of the spent nuclear fuel being stored on its site were to just up and vanish tomorrow, what would be left is a pretty good spot for a power plant.

Now that the plant is now offline, many are asking, what’s next? While the site of the power plant has a lot going for it, building something else where a nuclear reactor once stood is no easy task.

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The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant entered its final shutdown Monday at 1:03 p.m. The 620-megawatt reactor has been generating electricity for more than 42 years.

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In less than two weeks, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will enter its final shutdown. The Vernon reactor has generated electricity on the banks of the Connecticut River since 1972. It’s also generated public discord, litigation and mistrust. Officials on both sides hope that’s coming to an end, now that the plant is closing. But with decades of cleanup and decommissioning ahead, the saga of Vermont Yankee and the state is far from over.

Visitors to even the least restricted areas at Vermont Yankee must stop at the gatehouse and show their ID.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin was in Brattleboro Friday to name the recipients of the first $2 million in economic development funds from Entergy Vermont Yankee. In a settlement with the state a year ago, Entergy pledged $10 million over five years to help Windham County bounce back after the plant closes later this month.

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