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9:29 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Public Post: Rutland Stormwater, Commerce At Berlin Corners, St. Albans Raid 150th

Rutland Town is drumming up volunteers to spread the word about stormwater pollution. Berlin Mall owners announce a Kohl's department store is part of their plan for Berlin Corners. This fall St. Albans will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the St. Albans Raid.

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2:59 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

St. Albans Preparing For (Another) Raid

The 150th anniversary of the St. Albans Raid is being commemorated September 18-21.
St. Albans Raid Commemoration Committee

On October 19, 1864, St. Albans was the site of the northernmost land action of the Civil War. Confederate soldiers, 18 to 20 of them, came down from Canada and coordinated three bank robberies, making off with more than $200,000. They took hostages, corralled bystanders onto the Village Green, fired shots, stole horses and threatened to burn down the down.

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2:27 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Clean Water Crusaders Needed To Mark Rutland Town Storm Drains

Markers like this will be placed on storm drains along Moon Brook in Rutland Town on September 9.
Rutland Town

Rutland Town wants to make clear that some of its stormwater drains flow directly into Moon Brook. So on September 9, the town is calling in volunteers to place markers on storm drains that warn, "No dumping. Drains to creek."

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8:46 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Berlin Mall Targets Kohl's

Owners of the Berlin Mall, shown here, plan to build a stand-alone Kohl's department store adjacent to the mall.
Kyle Martel KSE Partners, LLP

If all goes according to plan, Berlin will soon have a Kohl's Department Store adjacent to the Berlin Mall. Mall owners announced this week they have reached a deal with Kohl's, but have not yet started the state and town permitting process.

The proposal is for a 55,502 square foot stand-alone store on the access road that leads from Fisher Road to the mall. Mall owners say they plan to start the permitting process later this month, and that the store opening date will depend on the speed of that process.

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Public Post
4:04 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Watch Out For Falling Bait

"Look - up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a rapidly descending dose of rabies vaccine!"

This week a team led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services is taking to the sky to drop small, green raccoon baits laced with rabies vaccine. This is the 18th year of the Vermont rabies bait drop. The program is designed to slow the northerly spread of the rabies virus, and keep rabies in raccoons from crossing into Canada.

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7:05 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Public Post: School Ranking Lists, Londonderry Mural, Lamoille State's Attorney Primary

Vermont schools ranked third in the nation in an online list of the country's best and worst school systems this week. A community collaboration brings public art to a busy Londonderry intersection. The race for Lamoille County State's Attorney will likely be decided in this month's primary election.

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12:09 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

A Community Effort Turns A Londonderry Eyesore Into A Work Of Art

The completed mural includes flowers, bugs and fairy houses all inspired by children's artwork.
Garrison Buxton Ad Hoc Art

Not long ago, graffiti was the only form of decoration on a crumbling cement retaining wall by the intersection of Routes 100 and 11 in Londonderry. Today, the wall is a picture of whimsy, featuring giant flowers, playful insects and fairy houses. The transformation was a true community effort.

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4:10 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

On 'Best Of' Lists, How Do Vermont Schools Measure Up?

Back to school is just around the corner, inspiring a batch of school rankings lists being shared around the Internet.
Toby Talbot AP/file

Granted, there are "best of" lists all over the Internet, but with back to school time just around the corner, it was interesting to come across a few lists this week mentioning Vermont schools.

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2:20 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Cavendish To Vote On Town Solar Array

Main Street in the village of Proctorsville, looking toward Cavendish Town Elementary School, where voting will take place August 26.
Town of Cavendish

Voters in Cavendish have an added reason to go to the polls on primary election day. The town will be holding a $450,000 bond vote to construct a 150-kilowatt solar array.

The Cavendish solar project vote will be held by Australian ballot, with an informational meeting the evening prior to the vote.

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12:25 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Public Post: Solar Projects, Property Taxes, One Taylor Street

Community solar projects around Vermont were awarded $442,000 in Clean Energy Development Grant funds this week. Towns across the state are setting property tax rates and mailing out annual tax bills. The final community participation event for the planning of Montpelier's One Taylor Street project has been moved back to September.

Correction, August 4, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.: The FY 2015 tax rate increase in Hinesburg is $0.0085, not $0.85, as was stated in the town's July 24 draft select board meeting minutes and originally reported in this story.

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