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Residents of the Addison County town of New Haven are learning more about a proposed new transmission line that would connect to the Vermont electric grid in their community.

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The town of Elmore is a small, tight-knit community. But a school district merger decision has divided the town and emotions are running high.

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The intensifying debate over where renewable energy projects belong, and where they don’t, is about to land in the Statehouse again. And some lawmakers continue to want to give towns more control over projects proposed in their backyards. 

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Earlier this month a school district merger vote was held in Elmore and Morristown. Both towns needed to approve the measure for the two school districts to merge into one. The measure was defeated in Elmore and passed in Morristown by a four-vote margin.

Cambridge Conservation Commission

Sunday is Orange Up Day in Cambridge. It’s a hunting season twist on Vermont’s spring Green Up Day tradition and organizers are hoping this new event will catch on as well.

In a special election on Tuesday, Swanton voters said they opposed a proposed wind energy project in town.

Town of St. Albans

Voters in the town of St. Albans said no Tuesday to a plan to move the town garage and salt shed to another town-owned property. Voters also chose to support a new junk ordinance approved by the select board in August.

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The debate over what could be the state's largest commercial wind project is heating up in Windham and Grafton.

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Vermont acquired its newest state park last week when the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation purchased 1,029 acres in Cabot and Marshfield from Vermont Land Trust. The new Molly’s Falls Pond State Park includes a 402-acre reservoir with roughly 35,000 feet of undeveloped shoreline and over 600 acres of forestland.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter wants to eliminate a key part of Act 46, the state's new school district consolidation law. She says the law's budget caps will have a negative impact on many school budgets.

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Halloween is a Saturday this year, which often means some later-than-usual trick-or-treating. In Hartford, police are planning "strategic patrols" to help keep young ghouls and princesses safe from harm.

The town of Rutland says local government should have greater oversight in the siting of solar projects. The town’s attorney made the case to the Vermont Supreme Court Wednesday. The town and project neighbors appealed the Public Service Board’s Certificate of Public Good for a 15-acre solar project to be built by Rutland Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of groSolar.

State dam safety officials give final approval to Mount Holly's new Star Lake Dam. Morristown and Elmore will vote on merging town school districts. 

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The Morrisville Development Review Board Thursday rejected a zoning permit for a year-round homeless shelter.

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Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of national energy giant Kinder Morgan, will file an application for a 420-mile natural gas pipeline next month that may have implications for the town of Vernon.

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A new dam to contain Mount Holly's Star Lake is in place and, as of this week, approved by state dam safety regulators. The Friends of Star Lake Committee is reporting that a few finishing touches have also been approved that will improve lake access, but more donations are needed to complete the project.

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Voters in Elmore and Morristown will vote on a school district merger proposal on Nov. 3. If successful, the proposal would create one school district between the two neighboring towns. Some Elmore residents are concerned the merger would eliminate school choice as it currently exists in their town and could eventually lead to the closure of Vermont's last functioning one-room schoolhouse.

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A lawyer representing Champlain Housing Trust says an emergency housing facility in Shelburne does not violate local zoning codes.

Two nonprofit housing organizations plan to renovate 18 apartments on Montpelier's Main Street. A draft charter in Charlotte would change the way the town adopts its annual budget. The Salisbury Select Board passes, then withdraws, a hunting and firearms ordinance.

The Salisbury Select Board has decided to withdraw a hunting and firearms ordinance that was adopted in August and set to go into effect next week. The board met Tuesday night and decided to withdraw the ordinance when some residents questioned its legality.

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