Towns

The developers of a proposed wind power project in Swanton have formally notified 10 communities of plans to construct up to seven wind turbines.

A new Agency of Natural Resources rule would allow all-terrain vehicles to use a trail in the Les Newell Wildlife Management Area, in Stockbridge. Long-range planning efforts get underway in Essex and Norwich. Volunteers are wanted to hand pull Eurasian milfoil from Dewey Mill Pond, in Quechee.


The Norwich Recreation Council is working up a long-range plan and it is asking for input from local residents.

The town of Essex and its village, Essex Junction, have separate governing bodies and are run as independent municipalities. But in many other ways the two entities form one community. Now, a diverse working group has been appointed to improve coordinated planning efforts for both Essex and Essex Junction.

Melody Bodette / VPR

Three years after the completion of the Georgia Mountain Wind project in Franklin County, a proposal for a new wind development in Swanton has reignited the debate over turbines on Vermont’s ridgelines.

Democrats in the Washington-Chittenden House district organize to find a new representative. West Nile virus is discovered in several Vermont mosquito pools. Addison County Transit Resources gets ready to give its two millionth ride.

Steve Zind / VPR

Years ago, President Woodrow Wilson grazed sheep on the White House lawn. The wool was sold to raise money for the Red Cross during World War I.

Today there are other reasons to pasture animals on public property in towns and villages – and two Vermont towns experimenting with the practice are seeing positive results.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

On Wednesday afternoon, school directors from Elmore and Morristown are holding a community information and input meeting on a draft set of articles of agreement for a combined school district. The school district merger will be on the ballot in both towns in November.

The Vermont Legislature

Democrats in Bolton, Huntington, Waterbury and Buel's Gore are assembling a committee to seek out and recommend candidates to fill a vacancy in the Vermont Statehouse. Democratic Rep. Rebecca Ellis resigned her post earlier this month to take the job of senior counsel for government affairs at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

So far this summer, mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been detected in four Vermont communities: Springfield, Hartford, Putney and Montpelier.

While no infected mosquitos have been identified in Pittsford this year, that town has undertaken a new mosquito larva surveillance program.

Nina Keck / VPR

Write ups in USA Today, The New York Times and several travel guides have made the Dorset Quarry one of the most popular swimming holes in Vermont. YouTube videos and Facebook posts have meant even more visitors. And while many think the historic quarry is a public park, it’s privately owned by a couple who says it might be time for more help in running the area.

Lemon Fair Wild Life Management Area gains 330 acres. Milton has a new town manager. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture announces a free breakfast on the farm event.

Melody Bodette / VPR

Saturday will be the last day that people in Bristol can take their trash to the town landfill. The unlined dump is shutting down after nearly 100 years of operation. 

The town was losing money on the landfill as residents recycle more of their refuse.

Melody Bodette / VPR

Some Middlebury residents are concerned about a $55 million project to replace two aging state-owned rail bridges in the downtown. Some say disruptions would be devastating to local businesses, others say they’d rather have trains out of the town center all together.

Carrie Clement

Milton has a new chief administrative officer. Donna Barlow Casey started work last week as the tenth Milton Town Manager, and the first woman to hold the job since its creation in 1978.

The Windham County Economic Development Program has been re-launched to distribute funds negotiated from the closure of Vermont Yankee. The High Meadows Fund promotes and finances a new watershed resilience initiative. The Vermont Steampunk Festival is coming to Springfield in September.

Patti Daniels / VPR

Linda Michniewicz runs her hands over a Thai lemon basil plant and admires the lettuce that’s growing in the garden at her office in Barton, where she’s the program director for Northeast Kingdom Community Action Head Start and Early Head Start. Their central office is on a residential street, and the backyard of their building gives the eight-person staff enough space to try out gardening at work.

Stefan Hard for VPR

The state's draft rail plan released earlier this month says freight traffic on Vermont's railways is expected to grow 40 percent from 2007 levels over the next 20 years.

The plan focuses on making sure the state's railways have enough capacity to move all of that freight while safely carrying more passengers between Vermont cities, but serious questions remain about storing the train cars when they aren't moving.

Lenemeryphoto / Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival

Whether you're a steampunk enthusiast, or just curious about the fiction genre that has developed a cult-like following, you may want to make plans to be in Springfield this September. The inaugural Springfield Steampunk Festival is happening September 11-13.

Steve Zind / VPR

Severe thunderstorms dumped 3.5 to 4 inches of rain on central Vermont on Sunday night and Monday morning causing flash flooding in Barre and Plainfield. The flooding displaced some families in Barre and inundated several businesses. 

Monday afternoon, Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier said seven residential structures were uninhabitable out of a total of 80 that were damaged by flooding. Some were multi-family homes. Bombardier says emergency management officials are still assessing the damage.

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