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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation issues a water quality certification regarding the future operations of Green Mountain Power’s hydroelectric project in Waterbury. Many wooded trails are closed due to downed trees and debris. Vermont State Parks offer First Day Hikes. Colchester is asking local artists to submit design ideas for creative bicycle racks.

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Last week, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation issued a water quality certification governing the future operations of Green Mountain Power’s Waterbury hydroelectric project.

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Looking for something to do New Year's Day? Vermont State Parks suggests you go take a hike.

Guided First Day Hikes are being offered at nine Vermont State Parks and Forests on Jan. 1. Professional guides and outdoor educators will lead the family-oriented hikes. Leashed dogs are also welcome on most of the hikes. Snowshoes are recommended if the snow is deep. There's no need to preregister just pack a snack, water and warm clothes and go take a hike!

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Attention artists: Colchester wants you to design its new bike racks.

The Town of Colchester is asking artists to submit designs for permanent outdoor bicycle racks for its Colchester Rides! contest. Three winning designers will be offered $2,500 honoraria to produce the bike racks, which will be placed at prominent locations in the community. Artists will also be responsible for the first year of maintenance on their racks.

During his time in Vermont as a police chief and a town manager, many people turned to Stephen Soares for help. Now the tables are turned, and Soares needs the help of the public he served.

The White House Names Montpelier a Climate Action Champion. Students in Putney and Wolcott learn about community and share what they know. The 115th annual Christmas Bird Count starts this weekend.

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“What’s one thing you would change about Putney?”

Putney Central School students in Leah Toffolon’s eighth grade social studies class put that question to people in Putney one day this fall. They recorded the answers and edited them into vox pops audio montages set to music, and posted their work on the website SoundCloud.

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How would you like to be part of the world's longest running citizen science program? Sunday kicks off the 115th annual Christmas Bird Count, and birders throughout the state are invited to participate.

The count is conducted in specific areas, known as Christmas Bird Count circles. Each 15-mile diameter circle is managed by an experienced birder. Leaders and their contact information are listed on the website Vermont ebird.

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Last week Vermont's capital city was one of 16 communities the White House named Climate Action Champions for Leadership on Climate Change. In addition to the superhero-sounding designation, the honor comes with exclusive U.S. Department of Energy funding opportunities and technical assistance only available to the designated Climate Action Champion communities.

Locally developed solar-powered wreaths decorate Randolph's Main Street. Winter parking bans go into effect. Waterbury celebrates with its annual River of Light lantern parade.