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Contractors are in the midst of a dam replacement project on Lake Fairlee. The project should be finished in a matter of weeks, but it’s taken a long time to get to this point. Until recently, the dam at the west end of Lake Fairlee was privately-owned.

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The City of Montpelier has set a goal to become the country's first net zero capital city, and a new nonprofit plans to take on what it calls the biggest obstacle to that goal: Montpelier's car culture.

USSA

For the first time in 25 years, Alpine World Cup races are coming to the eastern United States. Women's giant slalom and slalom Audi FIS World Cup races are being held at Killington Thanksgiving weekend, and the resort is looking for around 300 volunteers to help pull it off.

Ron Unterman / Friends of Star Lake

It takes strong swimming skills and specialized training to become a certified lifeguard. But water emergencies often happen where there are no lifeguards.  So doesn't it make sense that everyone who swims should learn the basics of water rescue?

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

This week is Open Farm Week in Vermont. And with nearly 90 farms participating around the state, you don't need to go far to have a personal farm experience.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

At the White House this week, Vice President Joe Biden met with law enforcement leaders from across the United States. They discussed how to build trust between local citizens and law enforcement. Meanwhile, some interesting trust-building has been going on in a handful of Vermont communities.  

Vermont Secretary of State's Office

Wednesday, Aug. 3 is the last day to register to vote in Vermont's primary on Aug. 9. The good news is, you can register online right now. 

Beth Miller

The end of August will mark the fifth anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. Some Rutland County communities are observing the occasion with a series of events focusing on flood resiliency.

Jonathan Rutherford Photography

Some really big art is going up in Jeffersonville this month. Muralist Sarah Rutherford is painting two concrete silos on public land along Route 15, at the former site of Bell-Gates Lumber.

Lee Krohn / Town of Manchester

A statewide emergency response drill called Vigilant Guard is now underway and will stretch through August 2. The drill is designed to prepare emergency responders for potential disasters – and disasters require victims. To that end, the town of Wilmington is looking for three dozen people to act in a "catastrophic exercise" Friday, July 29.

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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.

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