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Public Post is a community reporting initiative using digital tools to report on cities and towns across Vermont.

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1:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Milfoil Pullers Wanted

Eurasian watermilfoil can get quickly out of control, as shown in this picture taken at Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York.
Robert L. Johnson Cornell University, Bugwood.org

The invasive water plant Eurasian watermilfoil has made its way into waterways around Vermont, and is nearly impossible to eradicate. At Dewey's Mills Pond, in Quechee, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the state of Vermont and the town of Hartford have been working together since 2003 to keep the invasive species at bay. This Saturday, the Hartford Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a volunteer day, to help in the effort.

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8:24 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Public Post: Nude Campground Fine, Open Meeting Law, Citizen Police Academy

Public Post looks at an Environmental Court settlement between the State and Maple Glen campground in Sheldon, that includes a $28,750 fine and permitting requirements. Towns are employing a few different different tactics in an effort to comply with the online posting mandates of the revised Vermont Open Meeting Law. And the Hartford Police Department is offering citizens a chance to learn more about law enforcement through a 10-week course this fall.

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12:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hartford Offers Police Academy For The Public

Ever wonder what it takes to be a police officer? This fall you can give it a shot, at least in the classroom, at Hartford's annual Citizen Police Academy.

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Public Post
3:40 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

St. Albans Looks To Become More Bike & Pedestrian Friendly

This map of St. Albans shows the existing infrastructure in the area where the town would like to locate bicycle and pedestrian paths.
Town of St. Albans

The select board in the town of St. Albans is considering several ways to make getting around town easier for cyclists and pedestrians. The town's top priority is to provide alternate routes for cyclists and pedestrians of all ages, but especially school children, between the town Education Center and the Collins Perley Recreation Center.

A select board-appointed steering committee has been working with consultants to study bike and pedestrian path alternatives. The committee recently presented the following recommendations to the board:

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Public Post
2:01 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Memphremagog Watershed Association Hosting Tar Sands Discussion

In this March 20, 2013 photo, a sign marks the location of the Montreal-Portland oil pipeline in Irasburg.
Toby Talbot AP

The Memphremagog Watershed Association is hosting a panel discussion Tuesday night about what it calls a "tar sands threat to Lake Memphremagog." The discussion has been organized jointly by the Memphremagog Watershed Association and National Wildlife Federation.

"Community members are invited to attend a discussion about an emerging threat to rivers, lakes, and streams in the Northeast Kingdom, including Lake Memphremagog," an event announcement states.

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12:58 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Nudist Campground Settles Environmental Violations

The owners of a communal nudist campground in Sheldon have agreed to pay the state $28,750 to settle environmental violations. According to an announcement by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Maple Glen faced numerous violations including of wastewater, wetlands, solid waste, Act 250, water supply and open burning regulations at the campground.

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3:40 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

CodeRED Comes To Norwich

The Town of Norwich now has a new way to get the word out to its residents during an emergency. CodeRED is a robocall system through Hanover, NH Dispatch that alerts residents to anything from a local chemical spill to a weather emergency.

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Public Post
12:19 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Festivities On The Fourth

This poster shows the Fourth of July events happening in Mount Holly. Similar festivities are happening in cities and towns around Vermont.
Town of Mount Holly

There's a lot going on around Vermont for the Fourth of July, from an Outhouse Race in Bristol to an old-fashioned boxcar Downhill Derby in Morrisville.

Here's a sampling of some of the many activities in the works for Independence Day:

Public Post
11:36 am
Tue July 1, 2014

EEE Found In Grand Isle Mosquitoes

Mosquitos trapped in Grand Isle last month tested positive for the EEE virus.
Flickr User Johan J. Ingles-Le Nobel Creative Commons Photo

The Vermont Department of Health has found its first batch of mosquitoes of the year carrying the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. The virus was detected in mosquitoes trapped in Grand Isle on June 17, making this the earliest detection of EEE in the Northeast as well as the first detection of the virus in Grand Isle County.

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3:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Public Libraries Getting STEAM-y

Toy Hacking is one of the STEAM and Maker programs being offered this summer at select public libraries in Vermont.
Vermont Engineering Initiative

Toy hacking, squishy circuits, E-origami – these are just some of the summer activities being offered for kids at Vermont public libraries this summer. Fourteen libraries around the state are partnering with Vermont Makers, the University of Vermont, the Vermont Community Foundation and others to transform the libraries in to maker spaces this summer.

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