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This photograph by Liam Lenel captures the detail of the finished murals by artist Sarah Rutherford in Jeffersonville. This marks the ninth year of the fine arts festival that fills Main Street in Jeffersonville with over 50 artists and artisans.
Liam Lenel

Main Street in Jeffersonville will be busy on Saturday. Its the 9th Annual Festival of the Arts presented by the Cambridge Arts Council. Over 50 artists in all media set up booths that line the street, ready to meet and talk about their life's work. And this year, a Lamoille Valley bike tour company is encouraging art lovers to take a new trail to get there.

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The Catamount Outdoor Family Center is an oasis of wooded trails and serene wetlands in the heart of rapidly-developing Chittenden County. And it may soon become Williston’s newest town forest.

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While Tuesday, March 7 – Town Meeting Day – may seem far away, January is the time when Town Meeting petitions start filling up with signatures to get names and voting items on local agendas and ballots.

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Vermont wants to get 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources before the year 2050. And towns across the state are starting to think about where all those renewable energy projects will be built as they begin the planning process required under Act 174, Vermont's new energy siting law.

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At its meeting next week, the Mount Holly Select Board will consider an ordinance allowing all terrain vehicles to use some town roads. It's an issue that's been discussed in the past, and some residents are wondering why it's back on the agenda.

If you’re tired of all the Black Friday hype, a group in Cavendish is offering up an antidote: Cavendish Connects is sponsoring its third annual Abundance Swap on Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Thanksgiving in the Hardwick area is a little sweeter, thanks to a community collaboration called Pies for the People. It's an annual tradition that puts dozens of pies on plates in one corner of the Northeast Kingdom.

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Voters in several Vermont communities considered local ballot initiatives at the polls on Tuesday. 

Questions over whether communications between public officials violate the state’s open meeting law aren’t unusual, but the issue has become more complex. 

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The Public Service Department has issued the final planning standards required under the state's new energy siting law.

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On Nov. 8, Vermont voters will cast ballots for local, state and national political candidates. At the same time, voters in some cities and towns will also be considering local ballot initiatives. 

For the second time this year, Hartford voters will be asked to approve a pair of changes to the town charter on Election Day. Both proposed changes passed on Town Meeting Day but the Legislature refused to ratify the amendments, saying they were inadequately warned. One amendment would allow the town to implement a local option tax. The other would require an Australian ballot vote for all budget items put before town voters.

Twenty-four hour water service has been reinstated in Dorset. The water system for the Dorset Fire District had been under restricted use due to a dangerously low spring-fed reservoir. While the district says the supply has been restored to safe levels, users are still under the boil water notice imposed a week ago.

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A lack of summer rains has some municipal water system operators worried about their systems running dry. And a few towns are taking steps to lower consumption until we get more rain.

The ongoing drought has forced the operators of the municipal water system in Dorset to halt service between midnight and 6 a.m. until further notice. In addition, all customers in the Bennington County town are under a boil water order.

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After decades of conservation efforts, East Montpelier is considering refocusing its land use goals to support more affordable housing. The town is kicking off the conversation by holding a Land Conservation Summit.

The deadline for the last 2016 round of the Vermont Community Foundation's Small & Inspiring grant program is Oct. 11. And there are 16 Vermont communities the foundation is particularly encouraging to apply.

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Stagecoach bus driver Seth Corbett has a quiet manner and a kind smile as he helps passengers on and off his bus. He's the newest bus driver at Randolph’s Stagecoach Transportation Services. When he joined the organization in the spring, he became part of a 40-year tradition of getting Central Vermonters where they need to go.

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The Norwich Pool was a public swimming hole created by a town-owned dam in the Charles Brown Brook, until Tropical Storm Irene washed part of the dam away five years ago. Since then, the town has tried unsuccessfully to get the green light to replace the dam and restore the community pool.

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Only the breadth of Portland Street separates the offices of the Lamoille County Planning Commission and the town offices of Morristown. But when it comes to their working relationship, they’re miles apart.

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