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The Stone Hut on top of Mt. Mansfield was destroyed by fire last Christmas Eve. Now, the 80-year-old cabin has been rebuilt and is already booked for the winter camping season.

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People experiencing a mental health crisis in Vermont don’t always have swift access to therapeutic care. And that’s a problem with no easy solution.

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Voters in several Vermont communities considered local ballot initiatives at the polls on Tuesday. 

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Voters in the Lamoille-Washington House District will be sending at least one new face to Montpelier next year. 

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On Nov. 8, Vermont voters will cast ballots for local, state and national political candidates. At the same time, voters in some cities and towns will also be considering local ballot initiatives. 

For the second time this year, Hartford voters will be asked to approve a pair of changes to the town charter on Election Day. Both proposed changes passed on Town Meeting Day but the Legislature refused to ratify the amendments, saying they were inadequately warned. One amendment would allow the town to implement a local option tax. The other would require an Australian ballot vote for all budget items put before town voters.

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Voters in three proposed Vermont school districts will cast their unification votes on Nov. 8. Voters in Grand Isle Supervisory Union, Barre City and Town and Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will all cast ballots on forming new school districts to comply with Act 46.

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In Vermont, the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities marks the occasion by recognizing employers with its Spirit of the ADA Awards. In Lamoille County, two Sodexo food service employees at Johnson State College are being honored.

Twenty-four hour water service has been reinstated in Dorset. The water system for the Dorset Fire District had been under restricted use due to a dangerously low spring-fed reservoir. While the district says the supply has been restored to safe levels, users are still under the boil water notice imposed a week ago.

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A lack of summer rains has some municipal water system operators worried about their systems running dry. And a few towns are taking steps to lower consumption until we get more rain.

The ongoing drought has forced the operators of the municipal water system in Dorset to halt service between midnight and 6 a.m. until further notice. In addition, all customers in the Bennington County town are under a boil water order.

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After decades of conservation efforts, East Montpelier is considering refocusing its land use goals to support more affordable housing. The town is kicking off the conversation by holding a Land Conservation Summit.

The Cambridge village of Jeffersonville is asking water customers to conserve water until further notice. The spring-fed system is running low due to drought conditions.

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A slate of Vermont dignitaries were in Stowe Wednesday to celebrate recent clean energy accomplishments in Lamoille County.

The deadline for the last 2016 round of the Vermont Community Foundation's Small & Inspiring grant program is Oct. 11. And there are 16 Vermont communities the foundation is particularly encouraging to apply.

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In fewer than two years, Johnson State College and Lyndon State College will join together as one school with two campuses. Talk of the unification plan has been circling around both campuses since the semester started.

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At its board meeting Thursday morning, the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees voted unanimously to unify Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges into one school with "two distinctive campuses," starting in July 2018.

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While Vermonters are biking, carpooling and taking public transportation as part of Vermont's Way to Go! commuter challenge this week, Montpelier is gearing up for a week focused on walking.

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Just in time for foliage season, there’s a new rest area open off exit 7 on Interstate 89, in Berlin, and it offers a lot of firsts for Vermont.

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Should recreational activities be given greater consideration when the state evaluates water quality in the relicensing of hydroelectric dams?

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