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After over 40 years of planning, funding delays, re-planning and construction, on Oct. 31 the Morrisville Bypass will open to motor vehicles. The ribbon cutting is planned for noon on Oct. 31, followed by walking tours and, at 2 p.m., a motor vehicle parade. And although they're not allowed, there might be some rogue bike riders along the two-mile route as well.

On November 4, Voters in many Vermont towns will be weighing in on local ballot initiatives as well as electing local and statewide candidates. Local votes include school renovation projects, utility projects and municipal charter changes.

When Google announced its 2014 eCity list of the country's most tech-friendly metropolises, some Vermonters reacted, "Stowe? Really?"

When Vermonters go to the polls Nov. 4, many will vote on a local ballot initiative in addition to deciding upon candidates. Here are some of the local issues on Vermont ballots this Election Day. Let us know what your town is voting on by tweeting @AmyKolbNoyes with #ElectionDay.

Voters in Hinesburg will consider a $1.5 million bond vote in addition to making candidate decisions on Election Day. The bond would finance upgrades to the village water system, including two new wells and a pump house and filtration system.

A notice of public hearings on the project states:

There's a $32.6 million bond vote on the Election Day ballot in towns that belong to the Mt. Abraham Union High School District. The bond would pay for what's being called the Mt. Abe RevUP Project to upgrade the middle and high school facilities.

A website dedicated to the project says the Mt. Abe RevUP Project would be the first major renovation to the school building since it was built.

On September 27, 3,349 pounds of drugs were collected statewide. Vermont has been dubbed the most energy efficient state, and some events this week back that notion. There’s an effort underway in Shrewsbury to bring back the local phone book.

September 27 was the ninth semiannual Drug Take Back Day, coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. It’s a day when local police and sheriff departments accept unwanted prescription drugs for proper disposal, and to get them out of reach of people who might abuse them.

They'll be burning the midnight oil this weekend, all in the name of energy innovation.

The fourth annual 24-hour Vermont Hackathon takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies co-working space in downtown Burlington.

Solar panels and electric cars are becoming more prevalent across the state. But with lengthy commutes from rural residences and long and cold heating seasons, can Vermont really be the most energy efficient state? According to the finance website WalletHub, it is.

Here's WalletHub's interactive map showing its rankings:

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