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At the White House this week, Vice President Joe Biden met with law enforcement leaders from across the United States. They discussed how to build trust between local citizens and law enforcement. Meanwhile, some interesting trust-building has been going on in a handful of Vermont communities.  

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Some really big art is going up in Jeffersonville this month. Muralist Sarah Rutherford is painting two concrete silos on public land along Route 15, at the former site of Bell-Gates Lumber.

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A statewide emergency response drill called Vigilant Guard is now underway and will stretch through August 2. The drill is designed to prepare emergency responders for potential disasters – and disasters require victims. To that end, the town of Wilmington is looking for three dozen people to act in a "catastrophic exercise" Friday, July 29.

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Craftsbury is known for its movie-set perfect common, surrounded by a white split rail fence that mirrors the surrounding white clapboard buildings –  including the buildings of Sterling College. But beneath the town’s bucolic surface, tensions have built up this summer.

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A federal district court ruling issued last week by U.S. District Judge William Sessions cleared the way for Vermont Railway to develop a rail spur and move its road salt transportation and storage operation to the town of Shelburne.

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There’s a big construction project underway in the Northeast Kingdom town of Greensboro, at the corner of Hardwick Street and Center Road. The building is just taking shape, but it already seems somehow uniquely Greensboro. It’s a large barn-like structure, with what looks like an oversized drum sprouting out of the center.  

Town of Killington

The Killington Select Board would like to update the town's slogan, and it's authorized a survey to get feedback from residents and visitors. The survey is expected to be on the town website for a couple of weeks, as well as distributed in other ways.

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Stowe plays host to some notable sports events, but most of them are on snow. Yet back in the early '70s, Stowe attracted some of tennis’s biggest stars. And today there’s a group of Stowe businesses working to revive the town’s status as a professional tennis magnet.

Black River Good Neighbor Services

The building adjacent to Ludlow's Community Center will henceforth be know as The William and Phyllis Agan Memorial Building. The new name has already be installed on the building and the town has scheduled a public dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14.

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

Two Weston institutions are celebrating big anniversaries this month and the community plans to throw them a birthday party on Saturday, June 18. The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is commemorating its 80th year and the Vermont Country Store is turning 70.

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Last summer Star Lake, a popular recreation spot in Mount Holly, was drained so the dam that holds back the lake could be replaced. Now that the work is complete, the lake has filled back up and the floating raft has been put in, the recreation area is ready to again play host to summer fun. But some people are worried the dam isn't holding back all the water it should.

A farm in Monkton is one step closer to conservation, thanks to a commitment from the town's select board. The board unanimously approved spending $100,000 to help conserve the 218-acre Cota Farm, on States Prison Hollow Road.

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Vermont is a small state where many people know each other — and this neighborliness often breeds a sense of trust. But when it comes to computer and email security, this could be a problem.

Wilmington residents looking for minutes and agendas of municipal meetings are being told not to look on the town website, www.wilmingtonvermont.us, at least for the time being. The site has been infected with a virus, and they're working to get to the bottom of it.

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A developer from Utah who has purchased 900 acres in Royalton, Sharon, Tunbridge and Stafford to create a 20,000 person closed community, has not filed any permits for the project yet.

Nate Freeman is a new selectman in Northfield. He was elected at town meeting last month, and it didn't take long for him to start challenging the status quo.

Town of Colchester

Planners in Colchester have had their eye on Malletts Bay for two decades. Discussions over the years have yielded a set of priorities, and the planning commission has incorporated those priorities into new draft zoning regulations for the area.

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This week, the Cutler Memorial Library in Plainfield is honoring two longtime trustees. Jan Danzinger and Sandra Wells each served for 20 or more years on the library board.

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The hydroelectric dam at Green River Reservoir is undergoing federal relicensing, and proposed restrictions have the utility that operates the dam questioning its viability. And it appears that decision could potentially have a big impact on Green River Reservoir State Park.

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It's been more than four and a half years since Tropical Storm Irene, and across Vermont, there are still more than two dozen infrastructure projects that haven't been completed.

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