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Public Post is a community reporting initiative using digital tools to report on cities and towns across Vermont.

Public Post is the only resource that lets you browse and search documents across dozens of Vermont municipal websites in one place.

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Rockingham Health Officer Ellen Howard is asking residents to be sure their pets' rabies vaccines are up-to-date. While there have not been any confirmed cases of rabies in Rockingham so far this year, Howard reported, "the Rockingham Highway Department has recently dealt with four instances of very ill, disoriented animals."

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Ludlow's West Hill Recreation Area has a problem. In fact, one might say the town recreation committee is on a wild goose chase. It's searching for ways to get a gaggle of unwelcome geese to leave the recreation area and find another home.

The city of Burlington adopted its first Climate Action Plan 13 years ago. Since that time, the city has set goals, as outlined on the city's website, to reduce its carbon emissions to a 20 percent reduction of 2007 levels by 2020 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

VPR’s Public Post pores through municipal public documents, posted online, to bring you local news from Vermont’s cities, towns, villages and gores. When we find something interesting or otherwise newsworthy, we send out a tweet. We follow up on the bigger stories at the VPR News Blog. Here are some tweet highlights from the past week:

The annual town reports came out late this year in Lincoln - only three days before Town Meeting Day. As it turns out, that has caused  lot of hassle.

At first, town officials feared the problem meant the annual town meeting had not been properly warned, putting the town out of compliance with Vermont's open meeting law. But after consultation with the secretary of state's office, town officials were assured town meeting could go ahead as planned, so long as Lincoln held a separately warned "validation meeting" where voters would ratify Town Meeting Day results.

Northfield Farmers Market

Seasonal farmers markets will soon begin sprouting up around Vermont. Among them will be the Northfield Farmers Market, which has been held Tuesday afternoons at the Northfield Village Common since 2007. But this year the Northfield Village Common will also be home to a second farmers market, held on Monday afternoons. The new market will be called Friendly Farms Market, but the relationship between market organizers is far from cordial.

Judging by the forecast, Wednesday is going to be warm and sunny across Vermont – a delightful day to be outside. And that's a good thing, because  it happens to be Vermont Intergenerational Walk and Roll to School Day. This is the second year Vermont Safe Routes to School has sponsored Walk and Roll to School Day.

The first day students returned to Montpelier's Union Elementary School after their spring vacation on Monday also turned out to be the first day construction crews began work on School Street on the city's new district heating project.

City officials knew this would cause some traffic headaches, especially during school drop-off and pick-up times. But they say the situation couldn't be helped if the city's district heat project is to be kept on track.

VPR’s Public Post pores through municipal public documents, posted online, to bring you local news from Vermont’s cities, towns, villages and gores. When we find something interesting or otherwise newsworthy, we send out a tweet. We follow up on the bigger stories at the VPR News Blog. Here are some tweet highlights from the past week:

Around 90 people came out to the Folsom School and Community Center last week for a special meeting of the South Hero Select Board. They were there to discuss the idea of enacting interim zoning measures to limit the size of commercial, industrial, and professional service buildings in town.

VTrans

Last week the Vermont Transportation Board officially expanded the Scenic Route 100 Byway to encompass 138 miles through 20 towns in central and southern Vermont. To be clear, Route 100 hasn't changed, just the "byway" designation has been expanded to new portions of the road. So, why are so many towns and businesses along the route so excited? It's all about marketing.

Voters in Vergennes are being asked to consider a scaled-down version of the new police department that was defeated on Town Meeting Day. Last month city voters defeated the $1.85 million project by just ten votes. The final tally, which was confirmed by a recount, was 292 yes to 302 no.

It's a story that's repeated across the Vermont landscape: historic barns - once treasures in their communities - falling into a near-terminal state of disrepair. Fortunately, thanks to motivated citizens who step forward to help, the story sometimes has a happy ending. That's the storyline a community group in Williston is hoping to write for the Brennan Barn.

Dollar General Continues Vermont Expansion

Apr 23, 2013

Based on the number of stores it operates, Dollar General is the largest discount retailer in the country. According to the company’s 2012 annual report, hundreds of new stores were opened last year.  It's also clear that Dollar General has found a home in Vermont. 

VPR’s Public Post pores through municipal public documents, posted online, to bring you local news from Vermont’s cities, towns, villages and gores. When we find something interesting or otherwise newsworthy, we send out a tweet. We follow up on the bigger stories at the VPR News Blog. Here are some tweet highlights from the past week:

Pipeline Info Campaign Is Under Way In Cornwall

Apr 18, 2013

The exact route for the proposed second phase of Vermont Gas's natural gas pipeline in Addison County has yet to be determined. Vermont Gas announced five possible Phase II routes earlier this month, three of which would take the pipeline through the town of Cornwall on its way to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y. However, Cornwall isn't waiting for a final determination to inform residents about risks that could come with the Addison Natural Gas Project.

Montpelier Sewer Problems Plague Winooski River

Apr 18, 2013

Water and sewer customers in Montpelier will be receiving some advice with their April bill on what is and is not acceptable to flush down the toilet. This comes after a wad of industrial cleaning rags was found to be the cause of a backup in the system on March 11. The result was an estimated 360,000 gallons of effluent discharged into the Winooski River. In his weekly report on Friday, City Manager William Fraser wrote:

Nature-Based Learning Coming To Craftsbury

Apr 18, 2013

Two educators in Craftsbury are working to bring nature-based learning to town for children as young as 3 years old. This month Anna Crytzer is launching a new outdoor program, currently called “Forest School,” modeled after the Earthwalk program in Plainfield. Based out of Sterling College, Forest School will offer programing for school-aged children, including homeschoolers and public school students.

VPR’s Public Post pores through municipal public documents, posted online, to bring you local news from Vermont’s cities, towns, villages and gores. When we find something interesting or otherwise newsworthy, we send out a tweet. We follow up on the bigger stories at the VPR News Blog. Here are some tweet highlights from the past week:

By keeping the birds in mind when planning haying, brush-hogging, and property development, landowners can help protect Vermont’s grassland bird species that are suffering from dwindling habitat. That’s the message the Charlotte Conservation Commission is trying to spread via a brochure entitled Grassland Birds in Charlotte: Our Role in Their Future.

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