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Joby Feccia will be the last Waterbury village police chief. Villagers have voted to disband the village government, which includes eliminating the police department.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Last month the Village of Waterbury voted overwhelmingly in favor of a charter amendment that would effectively eliminate the village government and turn authority over to the town. The biggest change will be the elimination of the village police department, which is the only police department in town.

This note was posted at the entrance to the Waterbury State Office Complex after it was forced to close from flooding due to Tropical Storm Irene. It took five years to bring a significant portion of the state employees back to Waterbury.
Toby Talbot / AP File

The redevelopment of the State Office Complex in Waterbury, after Tropical Storm Irene, has won national recognition. The American Public Works Association has named the redevelopment one if its “projects of the year.”

Musicians and child care advocates gathered at a Burlington recording studio last week to work on the arrangement for 'Something Beautiful'. Shown here, from the left, are Chris Dorman, Anna Gebhardt, Kat Wright, Bob Wagner and Josh Weinstein.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

If all goes as organizers plan, a 1,000-person flash mob will be singing and dancing on Church Street in Burlington October 1 in support of adequate early childhood care for Vermont's kids.

Montpelier's new city flag takes the place of one thrown together years ago to display in the Rose Parade.
Courtesy: City of Montpelier

The nation’s smallest capital city has a newly designed flag.

Montpelier’s original flag was created in haste years ago when the nationally televised Rose Parade put out a call for flags from all the state capitals.

In his Waterbury office Terry LaValley, Vermont's Director of Radio Technology Services, has a collection showing the evolution of radio communications in Vermont.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

An effort to build a national cell data network for first responders is likely to bring the added benefit of better cell phone coverage for all Vermonters. But some say the state could be doing more to get the most out of FirstNet.

Children and parents line up to place their orders at The Lunchbox, outside of the Barton Public Library.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Lunchbox isn't quite like other food trucks. Instead of simply setting up shop and selling food at different locations around the state like many commercial trucks do, The Lunchbox spends the summer months giving away freshly made, locally produced meals to kids under 18.

The Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic pro-tennis tournament starts Tuesday and last until Thursday. World class players will compete and use the tournament to warm up for the U.S. Open.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

It’s been a decade since Vermont hosted a professional tennis tournament. But pro tennis is returning to Stowe this summer, just prior to the U.S. Open.

Copley Hospital is getting a new surgical center.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

This weekend, Morrisville's Copley Hospital is moving into a new $12.5 million surgical center. The new wing will replace the hospital's undersized and out-of-date operating rooms.

The Cabot School, which serves grades pre-K through 12th grade, sits in the center of downtown Cabot. The outcome of an Act 46 vote on June 20 could mean the closure of Cabot's high school.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

On Tuesday, the towns of Cabot, Danville, Marshfield and Plainfield will vote on merging into one school district under Act 46. If all four towns vote "yes," it will be the beginning of the end for Cabot High School.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Vermont Environmental Court has issued its first decisions in an appeal concerning the dam at Green River Reservoir and other hydroelectric projects owned by Morrisville Water & Light. The municipal utility challenged new requirements from the state Agency of Natural Resources in a water quality certificate. The certificate is part of the federal relicensing process for the utility’s four dams.

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A local nonprofit is training young Vermonters to fill a labor shortage in some sectors of the state’s economy. But the program is struggling with the very problem it’s trying to fix.

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Vail Resorts' acquisition of Stowe Mountain Resort has been finalized. 

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

For the past few years, there has been a showdown over conflicting uses of central Vermont’s Berlin Pond. Now, state and local officials are working on finding a compromise.

Chandler Burgess / Associated Press/Killington Resort

Recent ski area acquisitions in Vermont are changing the season ski pass market in the state. Single-resort passes are giving way to discounted multi-mountain offerings. 

Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

Neighbors Day may be the most popular spring celebration you’ve never heard of. It’s a (relatively new) French tradition that spread across Europe and is now celebrated in countries all over the world. Just, not so much in the United States. But some Essex Junction residents are changing that.

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A conference in Stowe featuring anti-vaccination advocates is attracting negative backlash from the community, and raising concern that local parents could skip vaccinating their kids.

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Tax Increment Financing – also known as TIF – has been used to help pay for public infrastructure projects across Vermont, from the Burlington Waterfront to Newport’s industrial park. But how, exactly, does TIF work? And if it’s so successful, why does the state limit its use?

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

In February, Vail Resorts jumped into the eastern ski market with its planned purchase of the Stowe Mountain Resort. The $50 million sale is expected to close in June, and Vail has kept the buzz going with other investments and announcements.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Voters in Waterville went to the polls for the third time in a year on Tuesday to vote on an Act 46 school district merger. This time the question passed 113-35, meaning Waterville will be part of the Lamoille North Modified Unified Union when it officially forms July 1.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

If you’re a gardener, there’s a good chance you’ve already started thinking about your garden. Maybe you’ve perused seed catalogs, or spent some time wandering around the seed racks at your local garden or hardware store. Or maybe you’ve been to the Barton Public Library.

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