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Cities and towns all over Vermont are contending with freezing water pipes. Two Upper Valley towns are voting on consolidating elementary schools. Five cities are holding mayoral elections.

Two Upper Valley towns will consider consolidating elementary schools on Town Meeting Day. Tuesday, March 3, voters and Bridgewater and Pomfret will vote on combining their kindergarten through sixth grade students into a jointly operated school, using the Pomfret School building.

Montpelier is the latest community to suggest water customers consider taking precautions against freezing pipes. The city is warning that incidents of frozen water pipes are on the rise, after many consecutive days of below-zero temperatures.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Colchester voters going to the polls on Town Meeting Day Tuesday, March 3, will consider adopting a 1 percent local option tax. If adopted, the town estimates the tax on sales, rooms, meals and alcohol could yield between $873,724 and $1.525 million in the next fiscal year.

Contractor bidding is underway for a new municipal complex in Waterbury. Towns get ready for some interesting votes on Town Meeting Day. Norwich voters will consider two major building projects next month.

Toby Talbot / AP/file

The budget Barre City voters will consider on Town Meeting Day does not fund the position of Assistant Cemetery Director and members of the Cemetery Committee are warning that cut could cost the city more than it saves.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

For 70 years, the Stowe Derby has been blurring the line between downhill and cross country skiing. And on Sunday, hundreds of skiers will line up to do it again.

Last March, Town Meeting voters in Waterbury approved a $2.95 million bond to build a new municipal building complex. Town Meeting Day this year is the bid deadline for contractors interested in working on the project.

Montpelier is named the "Best Small Town Downtown" in the United States. Three Vermont communities are listed among the "Top 20 Arts Vibrant Medium and Small Cities." Bethel brings back it's pop-up Bethel University for the month of March.

Bethel University

Promising twice the course offerings in its second year, Bethel's free "pop-up university" is returning next month. Registration is now open for over 40 courses and meet-up groups. Bethel University course offerings range from the history of beer to conversational French.