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Craftsbury is known for its movie-set perfect common, surrounded by a white split rail fence that mirrors the surrounding white clapboard buildings –  including the buildings of Sterling College. But beneath the town’s bucolic surface, tensions have built up this summer.

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A federal district court ruling issued last week by U.S. District Judge William Sessions cleared the way for Vermont Railway to develop a rail spur and move its road salt transportation and storage operation to the town of Shelburne.

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If you’re boating on Vermont lakes and ponds this summer, chances are you’ll be approached one day by someone in a yellow T-shirt offering to inspect your boat and trailer. 

This Wednesday, June 29, the Lamoille County Sheriff's Department is hosting a community discussion on opiate addiction and its effects on families.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont Eric Miller will be the guest speaker and Sheriff Roger Marcoux will facilitate the discussion.

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There’s a big construction project underway in the Northeast Kingdom town of Greensboro, at the corner of Hardwick Street and Center Road. The building is just taking shape, but it already seems somehow uniquely Greensboro. It’s a large barn-like structure, with what looks like an oversized drum sprouting out of the center.  

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Author and illustrator Cece Bell was in Montpelier Wednesday night. The author of the graphic memoir El Deafo was in Vermont to accept this year’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award.

Town of Killington

The Killington Select Board would like to update the town's slogan, and it's authorized a survey to get feedback from residents and visitors. The survey is expected to be on the town website for a couple of weeks, as well as distributed in other ways.

Amulet Books

Cece Bell, winner of this year's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, will be in Montpelier on Wednesday to accept the honor. Bell is author of the graphic memoir, El Deafo. The ceremony will be held at Montpelier High School, starting at 6 p.m.

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Stowe plays host to some notable sports events, but most of them are on snow. Yet back in the early '70s, Stowe attracted some of tennis’s biggest stars. And today there’s a group of Stowe businesses working to revive the town’s status as a professional tennis magnet.

Black River Good Neighbor Services

The building adjacent to Ludlow's Community Center will henceforth be know as The William and Phyllis Agan Memorial Building. The new name has already be installed on the building and the town has scheduled a public dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14.

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

Two Weston institutions are celebrating big anniversaries this month and the community plans to throw them a birthday party on Saturday, June 18. The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is commemorating its 80th year and the Vermont Country Store is turning 70.

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Every Tuesday, a group that calls itself the Trash Tramps takes to the streets of Montpelier to pick up litter. They start their quest with a rallying cry, borrowed from Unitarian Minister Edward Everett Hale.

Summer renovations at Brownell Library, in Essex Junction, have been pushed back several weeks due to manufacturing supply delays. However, library personnel anticipate new subflooring and carpeting will be installed on the main floor at some point this summer, and a plan to keep serving patrons is in place.

Ron Unterman / Friends of Star Lake

Last summer Star Lake, a popular recreation spot in Mount Holly, was drained so the dam that holds back the lake could be replaced. Now that the work is complete, the lake has filled back up and the floating raft has been put in, the recreation area is ready to again play host to summer fun. But some people are worried the dam isn't holding back all the water it should.

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This spring a new section of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail is open for year-round use. But the operator of the trail is short of funds, and needs to raise money privately to complete the project.

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Students from Brattleboro, Killington and Williamstown traveled to the Vermont Statehouse on Friday to receive Vermont's first Letters About Literature awards. This is the 23rd year the Library of Congress has held the nationwide contest, but the first year Vermont has joined as a participating state.

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This week, new form-based zoning regulations went into effect in Shelburne. It’s a concept the town has been studying for over five years, in an effort to fight sprawl on Route 7.

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This week Vermont is recognizing the 50th anniversary of Emergency Medical Services, or EMS, in the United States. The Vermont Department of Health is marking the occasion with an award ceremony to honor some superlative emergency responders. The state also hopes to drum up interest in EMS volunteering.

A farm in Monkton is one step closer to conservation, thanks to a commitment from the town's select board. The board unanimously approved spending $100,000 to help conserve the 218-acre Cota Farm, on States Prison Hollow Road.

Cushman Design Group

After four years of planning, fundraising and growing its membership, the Morrisville Food Co-op is breaking ground this week on a building renovation project. MoCo, as it is known locally, plans to officially open its doors this fall.

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