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Wilmington residents looking for minutes and agendas of municipal meetings are being told not to look on the town website, www.wilmingtonvermont.us, at least for the time being. The site has been infected with a virus, and they're working to get to the bottom of it.

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On Christmas Eve, a building known as the Stone Hut at the top of Mt. Mansfield caught fire. The blaze destroyed the historic building’s wood elements. Now, an effort is underway to rebuild.

Nate Freeman is a new selectman in Northfield. He was elected at town meeting last month, and it didn't take long for him to start challenging the status quo.

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Vermont celebrates Arbor Day the first Friday in May, and Vermont Urban & Community Forestry is observing the occasion with an Arbor Day conference. The May 6 conference in Montpelier is open to anyone with a passion for trees.

 

  Andrew Glover, founder of Immersive Technology Studios in Barre, joined VPR recently to explain the artistic cache behind his latest project called, Vermont Peaks, which he describes as "Vermont's largest art exhibit."

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The Vermont State Drama Festival was held last weekend in St. Johnsbury. The competition features one-act plays put on by high schools, which have advanced from five regional festivals around the state. Two performances, including an original piece by Otter Valley Union High School, were chosen to move on to the New England festival next week.

Town of Colchester

Planners in Colchester have had their eye on Malletts Bay for two decades. Discussions over the years have yielded a set of priorities, and the planning commission has incorporated those priorities into new draft zoning regulations for the area.

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This week, the Cutler Memorial Library in Plainfield is honoring two longtime trustees. Jan Danzinger and Sandra Wells each served for 20 or more years on the library board.

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The Vermont Veterans' Home is offering up free garden plots to veterans in the Bennington area. The new Vermont Veteran's Community Garden takes root May 1.

High school students and adult mentors from high schools in Bethel, South Royalton, Chelsea and Rochester got together at the Bethel Town Hall on Monday to talk about flexible pathways in public education.

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In a shared office space above a coffee shop in Barre, a small startup company is making lofty plans. And like with so many other big ideas, one of the first stops on this journey was a trip to the local library.

Gordon Auchincloss

Last fall, residents and visitors to Morrisville had the chance to vote for a tree-themed public art project. Now, Hardwick artist Gordon Auchincloss has been commissioned to build the first of his three winning public art sculptures.

VTrans

Why did the salamander cross Monkton Road? To get to its spring breeding ground. But perhaps the more interesting question is: How did the salamander cross Monkton Road? It took the amphibian underpass.

Ian Noyes

Most mornings, Stowe High School Principal Jeff Maher can be seen out in front of the building, greeting students as they get to school. It’s that sense of community that Stowe residents like about their small school, and they don’t want to lose it by merging with another school district.

Vermont Department of Public Safety

Earlier this month the Bristol Police Department was surprised to learn a man on probation for raping a child had been living in the village, a short distance from the school and a daycare, since October.

Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative

Looking for a firewood dealer near you? Or maybe you're in the market to kiln-dry some boards. Or do you just want to know the name of your local forester? The answers to all of these queries can now be found in one place, a new interactive online map of Vermont forest and wood products.

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Vermont is the second healthiest state in the country, behind Hawaii, according to United Health Foundations's annual health rankings. But do you know how your county ranks? According to a report released this week, Chittenden County is the healthiest county in Vermont and Orleans County is the least healthy.

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Some community members in Stowe are leading an effort to revisit the idea of converting the town's public schools into independent academies. 

City of Montpelier

Montpelier now has enough money to move forward with its planned transit center at One Taylor Street, to be located on the former Carr parking lot. But there are still a handful of rights-of-way issues to be cleared up before construction can begin.

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As lawmakers in Montpelier debate legalizing marijuana, some local communities are taking action to regulate businesses that cater to users of the drug. In Weathersfield, a new bylaw regulating what it calls “drug and tobacco paraphernalia establishments” went into effect on Wednesday.

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