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A large mixed-use development proposed for Exit 4 on Interstate 89 has attracted statewide attention as a district environmental commission weighs the impact on farmland.

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Bikes have been popping up throughout the village of Morrisville in the past week - in front of the Morristown Town Offices, at the library and down by the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. They're there for the taking, as long as you fill out a waiver at the town office and return your ride within 72 hours.

Vermont Electric Cooperative tries to "beat the peak." Killington sets an 18-month tax rate for this transitional tax year. The state puts a piece of Camel's Hump State Park back up for sale.

The towns of Royalton, Sharon and Tunbridge are considering forming a tri-town rescue squad. In Tunbridge, the plan will go before voters in August.

As tax new tax bills are arriving in the mail, some Killington residents may be surprised by changes voted in on Town Meeting Day last March. The town is transitioning its budget from a calendar year to a July 1 - June 30 fiscal year. As a result, during the transition, the municipal tax rate on the new bill covers 18 months of town expenses.

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The state has a piece of land and historic farmhouse in Bolton that it wants to sell, but not for the price bidders have been willing to pay thus far. The land, known as the Lafreniere homestead, is currently part of Camel's Hump State Park.

What will the Richmond look like in 10 years? How about 20? Planners in town say the answer to those questions can be influenced by the desires and actions of the people who live, work and play in the community. To that end, the town has launched a year-long effort to develop a 20-year vision for the town. It's called Richmond: Our Town, Our Future.

Hubbardton had such success with last year's 250th anniversary celebration that the town has decided to create a new annual event – Hubbardton Days. The first Hubbardton Day is set for Saturday, July 18.

Anne-Marie Keppel

Saturday, July 11 Craftsbury will hold its 45th annual Antiques and Uniques Festival. What makes this event different from other antique shows and craft fairs? Besides the bucolic Craftsbury Common setting, farm-fresh localvore food offerings and over 100 antique, craft and specialty food vendors, the difference is in how the event is run and who benefits from its proceeds.

Eve Frankel / The Nature Conservancy in Vermont

Eshqua Bog, in Hartland, is home to a variety of unique plants, including an impressive population of wild orchids such as the rare lady's slipper. Now it is also home to an environmentally sensitive, accessible boardwalk and a parking area built to help accommodate the thousands of naturalists that The Nature Conservancy says visit each year.

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Voters in Bristol will head to the polls on Tuesday, July 7, to weigh in on a plan for a new fire station.

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As the state prepares to re-open a controversial shooting range it owns in Hartland, a rift has developed within the Fish and Wildlife Board. One board member says the site is unsafe, but the commissioner strongly disagrees.

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Communities around Vermont celebrate Independence Day in a variety of ways. There are plenty of fireworks displays, parades and community barbecues to choose from, some with unique twists. And there are some less traditional celebrations too...

Town of Monkton

The Monkton Planning Commission is creating a map of geological resources in town and it's asking property owners to contribute by letting them know about their wells. They're hoping to gather as much information as possible before the end of this week and they're offering prizes to help get the job done.

The Road Pitch business bikers will tour Vermont in August. Eight towns are awarded Community Development Block Grants. Festivals this weekend celebrate Abenaki heritage, Barre history and barbecue.

This week Gov. Peter Shumlin stood near a failed retaining wall in Brattleboro to announce the eight towns receiving a combined $2,854,000 in Community Development Block Grants. The grants award federal funds to local communities via the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development.

Bob LoCicero

Last summer, a group of Vermont business investors and advisors went on a motorcycle tour of the state to hear pitches from entrepreneurs – like a Green Mountain version of television's Shark Tank. This August they're doing it again.

Jeb Wallace Brodeur

RockFire, Barre's three-day celebration of local history and art, returns this weekend for its fourth year. If you're into live music, bonfires, abandoned quarries and/or discovering art in unexpected places, then this is the festival for you. If it's food festivals that light you up, then Waterbury is the place to be this weekend for the premier Vermont State BBQ Championship.

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The fate of Concord High School was on a ballot — again — on Tuesday. Last April voters decided to end the secondary program and keep only kindergarten through eighth grade. But a petition drive forced yet another vote in a deeply divided town.

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Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe says the state's new education reform law provides smaller schools with a governance framework that could help them stay open in the future. 

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