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New Technology Extends Cell Coverage To Rural Areas
Saturday, 04/13/13
By Steve Zind
Vermont officials say some hard-to-reach parts of the state will soon have cell phone coverage thanks to the successful test of a new system.
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Congolese Man Teaches Dance And Music Of His Native Culture
Friday, 04/12/13
By Steve Zind
The Vermont Folklife Center's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program has been focused on helping Vermont's immigrant communities preserve the traditions of their home countries. For one Congolese man, that's meant teaching young people the dance and music of their native culture
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Handing Down The Art Of Stonecutting
Thursday, 04/11/13
By Steve Zind
Stonecutter Master George Kurjanowicz, teaches the art of stonecutting at the Vermont Folklife Center's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.
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Basket Maker Now Teaches Skills She Learned 20 Years Ago
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By Steve Zind
Basket maker, Jeanne Brink is co-author of A Western Abenaki Language Guide and she gives talks and workshops on Abenaki culture. She also was one of the first apprentices in the The Vermont Folklife Center's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.
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Stonecutters Ply Their Trade In Barre Granite Sheds
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By Steve Zind
Heather Milne Richie, an apprentice stonecutter in the Vermont Folklife Center's "Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program," is currently working on a public sculpture commissioned by the city of Barre.
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State Releases Irene Recovery Report
Monday, 04/08/13
By Steve Zind
A new report says report it's likely that by the second anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene in August, much of the recovery work will be finished and the focus will shift to preparing for the next disaster.
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Series and Specials
VPR Series and Specials: Keeping Traditional Arts And Skills Alive
Monday, 04/08/13
By Steve Zind
This week Vermont Edition look at The Vermont Folklife Center's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, which has helped keep alive a variety of traditional arts and skills.
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South Hero Joins Fight Against Dollar Stores
Monday, 04/08/13
By Steve Zind
Residents in South Hero are organizing to fight a proposed dollar store in their community.  They join a number of towns where there is opposition to proposals to build the small box stores.
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VTA Receives Grant To Expand Cell Service
Friday, 04/05/13
By Steve Zind
The Vermont Telecommunications Authority has been awarded a $1.6 million federal grant to expand cellular phone service and provide wireless internet in areas hit by flooding in 2011. 
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Philanthropist
Monday, 04/01/13
By Steve Zind
Bob Northrop devoted his life to support a variety of Vermont institutions.  He was best known for his efforts to protect the Long Trail. Northrup hiked the trail end to end many times over the years, most notably in 2001 at the age of 80. Northrup died this weekend at his home in Underhill.  He was 92.
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Vermont Crowdfunding Sites Launched
Monday, 04/01/13
By Steve Zind
As the popularity of crowdfunding grows, Vermont versions of Kickstarter are cropping up in an effort to attract support for a variety of causes.
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VTA Terminates Grants To Vt. Broadband Provider
Friday, 03/29/13
By Steve Zind
The Vermont Telecommunications Authority has terminated two grants awarded to the Springfield based broadband provider VTel. The decision stems from what was described as a performance problem with one grant.
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Fair Encourages Kids To Think About College
Thursday, 03/28/13
By Steve Zind
First grade may seem a little early to start encouraging children to think about college, but in the Northeast Kingdom there are good reasons to underscore the importance of a post-secondary education. The region lags far behind the state in the percentage of people with college degrees - and it's gearing up for an influx of jobs that will require an educated workforce.
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Reports Paint Different Pictures Of Affordable Housing
Wednesday, 03/13/13
By Steve Zind
Two different reports out this week paint two very different pictures of affordable housing.  One says housing is more affordable for families than it's been for 25 years. The other says housing is unaffordable for many Vermonters. 
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Demand For Specialty Food Prompts New Food Processing Centers
Tuesday, 03/12/13
By Steve Zind
The increasing number of Vermont specialty food producers - many of them farmers - is creating a demand for facilities where they can make their products. A new business in Chittenden County is the latest food processing center to come on line - and there are more in the planning stages.
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Rochester Family Signs Agreement With FEMA
Monday, 03/11/13
By Steve Zind
It's been more than 18 months since Tropical Storm Irene.  For most Vermonters, including many who experienced it firsthand, the storm is no longer a part of their lives and daily conversations. But for those who lost houses, Irene is still very present. 
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ECFiber Turns To Grassroots Business Model
Thursday, 03/07/13
By Steve Zind
Five years ago at Town Meeting, about two dozen towns from Montpelier to White River Junction voted to join ECFiber, a community based organization that promised to deliver high speed fiber optic broadband service to every household. Today ECFiber has been able to connect just a few hundred customers, and in the five years that have passed, its had to dramatically change its business model.
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Guarding Mobile Homes Against Floods Still Difficult
Friday, 03/01/13
By Steve Zind
In 2011, floods in the spring, and Tropical Storm Irene later that year destroyed more than 150 mobile homes and damaged hundreds of others. A meeting in Burlington Friday took stock of long term efforts to minimize future storm damage at mobile home parks.
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Cavendish Considers Solzhenitsyn Exhibit
Friday, 03/01/13
By Steve Zind
Cavendish voters in will take up a town meeting article on whether the town should assume ownership of an historic stone church. If they approve, the building will house an exhibit honoring author and Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn who spent 18 years in Cavendish.
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Lye Attack Survivor Gets New Face At Boston Hospital
Wednesday, 02/27/13
By Steve Zind
A Thetford woman whose face was disfigured in a lye attack has received a face transplant.
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Efforts Underway To Strengthen Cash For Gold Law
Tuesday, 02/26/13
By Steve Zind
Officials say the number of so-called ‘cash-for-gold' dealers continues to grow and they're concerned the businesses are catering to a significant number of thieves.
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Vermont Country Store Plans Sustainable Growth
Monday, 02/25/13
By Steve Zind
This month, the Vermont Country Store announced the appointment of Chris Vickers as its new President and CEO. The appointment continues a tradition of appointing a non-family member as CEO of the 3rd generation business.
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Crowd-Funding Platforms Hope To Target Investors
Monday, 02/18/13
By Steve Zind
Crowdfunding has taken off. Kickstarter is the best known crowdfunding site, but there are hundreds of online platforms like it. They enable entrepreneurs, artists and others to pitch an idea for a project and collect donations to finance it. But the day is coming when crowdfunding will be targeted to investors as well as donors.  
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In Waterbury
Saturday, 02/16/13
By Steve Zind
A state owned office building in Waterbury will be converted to affordable housing units under a federal disaster aid grant. Governor Peter Shumlin says the project is the fulfillment of a promise in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene nearly 18 months ago.
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Popular Chamber Health Insurance Plan To End
Thursday, 02/07/13
By Steve Zind
A popular health insurance plan offered by Chambers Of Commerce is coming to an end and many local chambers are concerned that without the plan they may lose members.
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