Southern Vermont

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Across Vermont, as elsewhere in the country, an upsurge of interest in bicycling — not only as a form of recreation but as a way to commute — is underway.

Last month the Agency of Transportation announced $5 million in funding for 28 Vermont communities to enhance their streets for pedestrians or bikes.

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The Vermont Council on Rural Development wants the state to become a leader in growing the green economy as scientists, governments and entrepreneurs confront the effects of climate change.

The council is going around the state to gather input on these issues, and held a forum in Brattleboro.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sided with Entergy Vermont Yankee on a decision to shut down a radiological monitoring system at its Vernon nuclear power plant.

Entergy had asked the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to allow it to cut back on the Emergency Response Data System, which Vermont said it needed to continue monitoring the radiological activity at the plant.

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Doreen Cooney has owned the Deerfield Valley Inn in West Dover for 17 years and she is ready to try something new.

She put the property on the market last year, and after a pending deal with a potential buyer fell through she decided she would try something different to help her get out of the bed and breakfast business:

Cooney wants to give away the historic Deerfield Valley Inn.

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Developers who want to build a commercial wind project in Windham and Grafton say environmental surveys will start soon which will give them a clearer picture of where the turbines might go.

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An exclusive members-only ski resort in Wilmington has big plans for development.

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The federal government is working to come up with rules to regulate drones, but as the emerging technology gets more popular, Vermont towns are contemplating whether they need their own policies on drone use to protect their citizens' privacy and safety.

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It may not be highlighted in the history books, but one Vermont town claims it was the site of the first casualties of the Revolutionary War.

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This spring Senator John McCain cited a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Sandglass Theater in Putney as an example of wasteful government spending.

McCain took the NEA to task for funding Sandglass’ puppet festival. He also singled out one of the scheduled performers, Paul Zaloom. Sandglass’ Puppets in the Green Mountains festival kicks off on Thursday. And Zaloom will be there to fire back at McCain.

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Four years after Tropical Storm Irene devastated central and southern Vermont, federal officials have identified nearly 900 properties in Bennington County as being in high-risk areas for future floods.

Property owners now have a three-month window to buy flood insurance before the cost of coverage will increase.

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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.

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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.

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