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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.

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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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Lamoille County is not generally viewed as a commercial hub, but it is home to some thriving small businesses. This year three of those businesses are being recognized with awards from the Small Business Administration.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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