Gov. Peter Shumlin gets a tour of the Berlin construction site of the new state psychiatric facility from engineer Michael Kuhn. The hospital is set to open before the third anniversary of the storm that flooded the original State Hospital in Waterbury.
There's been a spotlight on Vermont's mental health care system since Tropical Storm Irene slammed into Vermont and flooded the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. All of the patients at the hospital had to be evacuated immediately and the facility was never reopened. The State Hospital had been funded entirely by state dollars for most of the last decade after safety and security issues caused the federal government to pull its certification. "Let's be candid," says Governor Peter Shumlin, "it was a dump. And we should have been out of there years and years ago."
Each school year, thousands of Vermont students read the books nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award. Thirty books make the annual list, and fourth through eighth graders vote for their favorite title in the spring.
The iconic U.S. Route 66 stretches over 2,400 miles from Grant Park in Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier in California. Vermont Route 66 is a little shorter and has inspired far fewer songs and folklore. It’s a little less than 10 miles long, running from East Randolph to Randolph.
In this special series, VPR's Ric Cengeri set out to get some kicks on Vermont Route 66.
In the summer of 2012, documentary filmmaker Bess O'Brien invited producer Erica Heilman to conduct a series of workshops in St. Albans in which various artists encouraged people recovering from opiate addiction to document their experience in words and images.
Every year, according to the Fire Marshal’s report, fire strikes at least 2,000 buildings in Vermont. While the majority of these fires damage single family homes, about one fourth of the blazes rip through apartment buildings. Unlike private homes, those public spaces are subject to inspection by the state or the municipality.
When Tropical Storm Irene raged through Vermont it shattered homes and businesses, roads and bridges. 1,400 households were displaced. Many people were left with nothing, except the muddied remnants of their belongings. Some lost their homes and their jobs. The storm had eroded the foundations of many people’s lives. But others reached out to help.
The former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins wrote that high school is “all too often the place where poetry goes to die.” He set out on a mission to collect short, clear, contemporary poems, with the idea that teachers could read one per day, for the 180 day school year, and allow students to simply hear and absorb the poetry, with no discussion, explication or quizzes.
In this series, five women who are notable in their own right consider some of the women who worked as correspondents and reporters at a time when women's voices were not commonplace in the public press.