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7:13 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Vermont's Smallest City Thinks Big

The City of Vergennes is looking for community task force members.
City of Vergennes

The citizens of Vergennes have set the top three priorities for their city, in an effort to take a big picture approach to planning for the future. More than 100 people turned out to a community meeting last week. It was the second event in a three-month "Community Visit" facilitated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).

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The Frequency
5:40 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Shumlin Health Care Architect To Coordinate Regional Reform Efforts

Anya Rader Wallack testifies before the House Appropriations committee on Feb. 7, 2013 in Montpelier.
Toby Talbot AP

Anya RaderWallack, the principal architect of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single-payer health care reform initiative, announced Monday that she has agreed to advise Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on health reform issues across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Public Post
10:22 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Public Post Weekly Roundup

Parklets, or micro-parks, like this one in San Francisco, can enhance the downtown experience for pedestrians and cyclists.
Eric Risberg AP

Public Post reports on a debate in Hinesburg over what to do with the old police station; signs of spring in towns around the Green Mountain State; and seasonal micro-parks in the works for downtown Montpelier.
 

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Elmore, Franklin, Newfane, Weathersfield and more:

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The Frequency
12:02 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Vermont Labor Market Continued Growth In March

Vermont’s unemployment rate decreased for the sixth straight month in March, down to 3.4 percent, according to statistics from the Department of Labor.

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Public Post
9:17 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Stay Off The Trails, Mud Season Is Officially Here

It will be a few weeks before muddy trails, like this one in Wolcott, dry out.
Amy Kolb Noyes VPR

Although it may have been evident in your neck of the woods for some time, this week the Green Mountain Club officially announced the start of mud season and urged hikers to stay off muddy trails "unless they still have extensive snow or ice cover," and until the trails dry out.

According to the club's press release, "high elevation soils take until Memorial Day to dry out, especially on north slopes and evergreen shaded trails."

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Public Post
1:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

From Parking Spots To Micro-Parks In Montpelier

Parklets, or micro-parks, like this one in San Francisco, can enhance the downtown experience for pedestrians and cyclists.
Eric Risberg AP

Montpelier's downtown streets are lined with metered vehicle parking spots, but places to park oneself for a while are few and far between. That's the sentiment behind Montpelier Alive's pilot parklet program.

Never heard of a parklet? Here's what the project description has to say:

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The Frequency
6:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Vermont Companies Generally Upbeat About The Economy

Chief Executive Officers of many of Vermont's largest employers are generally optimistic about the economy, according to a recent survey.

The 1st quarter VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey was conducted by the Vermont Business Roundtable and Economic Policy Resources, a Williston research and analysis firm. 

The survey of Vermont Business Roundtable's membership, which includes CEOs of approximately 120 businesses in the state, is conducted quarterly. 

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The Frequency
2:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

High Water Recedes, But Many Roads Still Closed

Signs near Essex warned of high water on Route 128.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Rivers across the state are high and rising with a combination of snow melt and rain contributing to a surge, which officials say is likely to lead to flooding.

Update April 16th 6:30 a.m. The National Weather Service says that most rivers around Vermont should drop below flood stage today. But this morning, the freezing temperatures mean that many roadways are slippery. Crews are out, but Vermont Emergency Management is asking drivers to slow down on the roads and be mindful of conditions.

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The Frequency
1:08 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Moody's Upgrades Burlington Credit Outlook

Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the city of Burlington’s credit rating outlook this week from “Baa3 negative” to “Baa3 stable,” indicating increased confidence in the city’s financial management.

The move comes after the city closed a financing deal to cover the cost of settling a multi-million dollar lawsuit with Citibank over borrowed money that hadn’t been paid back.

Moody’s accompanied the upgrade with this explanation:

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The Frequency
11:01 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Controversial Former NSA Director To Speak At Norwich Commencement

Keith Alexander, who stepped down as head of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, delivered remarks at his retirement ceremony at the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., March 28, 2014.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler DOD Photo

Norwich University will host recently retired National Security Agency director Keith Alexander as commencement speaker this year.

Alexander served as the head of U.S. Army Cyber Command and the National Security Agency and oversaw the agency’s moves toward the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records and online activity.

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