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Summer solstice 2021: How can Vermonters celebrate the longest day of the year?

The weekend leading up to the summer solstice is packed with celebrations and ceremonies to commemorate the longest day of the year.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Vermont’s fishing access areas aren’t safe for swimming: Places to go instead

Vermonters have a plethora of places to swim in the state, but fishing access areas aren’t on the list.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Students at these five rural Vermont schools could have an easier path to college

Rural students are less likely to get their college degree. These five Vermont schools seeking a change were selected for college readiness program.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Vermont lawmakers speak on ‘unprecedented’ year of racial justice bills

Vermont’s 2020-21 legislative session saw a handful of resolutions geared toward addressing or acknowledging systemic racism. What comes next?        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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D-I girls lacrosse: Record-setting South Burlington uses fast start in championship repeat

South Burlington scores the most goals and earns the most-lopsided victory in the 26-year history of the D-I girls lacrosse tournament.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Five of Vermont’s strangest museums for your next road trip

These Vermont museums display collections and curiosities you’re not likely to find elsewhere. Here’s what makes them stand out.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Carol Frenier: ‘No neutral place from which to view the world’

This commentary is by Carol Frenier, a business owner in Chelsea who was a high school U.S. history teacher and curriculum developer for over a decade. She is former chair of the Orange County Republican Committee. The emotion-laden debate on American public education has been ramped up by the controversy over teaching critical race theory…

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State board questions Dan French over Kurn Hattin review

The original building of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger Members of the State Board of Education sharply questioned Secretary of Education Dan French on Wednesday about his agency’s handling of a recent investigation into Kurn Hattin Homes for Children.  They expressed concern about what the state’s treatment of the…

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Juneteenth events across Vermont to acknowledge and ‘celebrate Black liberation’

About 200 people gathered on the Statehouse lawn to celebrate Juneteenth in 2020. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger Silent vigils and anti-racism protests marked most of June 2020. This June, Vermont has Juneteenth celebrations scheduled for Saturday in Burlington, Bethel, Charlotte, Essex, Montpelier, White River Junction and Winooski.  June 19 also marks Vermont’s first weekend free…

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Vermont Conversation: Daniel Ellsberg on leaking the Pentagon Papers and ending the Vietnam War

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Daniel Ellsberg’s leak of the Pentagon Papers. Photo by Christopher Michel (CC BY-SA 4.0) The Vermont Conversation with David Goodman is a VTDigger podcast that features in-depth interviews on local and national issues with politicians, activists, artists, changemakers and citizens who are making a difference. Listen below, and subscribe…

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In-person prison visitations set to resume, but not everyone is happy with the rollout

Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans. Photo by Sawyer Loftus/VTDigger While Gov. Phil Scott lifted statewide Covid-19 restrictions in Vermont this week, the state Department of Corrections is taking a slower approach. Scott announced Monday he was lifting the restrictions because 80% of eligible Vermonters had been vaccinated.  The corrections department is also easing…

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What will next week’s veto session look like?

Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint, left, and her chief of staff Carolyn Wesley walk through the Statehouse in May. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger Though they adjourned last month, Vermont lawmakers are preparing to log back on to Zoom once again next week.  Legislators will return June 23 for a remote veto session, during which…

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Burlington’s next police chief faces big challenges: What the community hope to see

Burlington will soon be searching for its next chief of police after more than a year of delays. The stakes will be high for whoever is hired.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Madeleine Kunin: Vaccinated Vermonters trusted science and government

Soldiers from the Vermont National Guard filled syringes at a folding table inside the Spaulding High School gym during a vaccine clinic in Barre on May 19, 2021. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger “I’m so proud to be a Vermonter,” my friend said to me, as we were walking along a tree-lined dirt road shortly after…

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Big year for Alexander Twilight continues with Juneteenth celebration at his Vermont home

Celebration for Vermonter said to be first African American college graduate marks year in which Twilight film debuts, portrait planned for Statehouse        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Vermont public meetings set to switch from online to in-person

The Brattleboro Selectboard, that has been meeting virtually since the state of emergency declared last March, will return to its Municipal Center meeting room while offering the public the ability to join through Zoom and community access television. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger BRATTLEBORO — When the Brattleboro Selectboard decided to hold an online meeting Tuesday…

Addie Lentzner: Vermont’s so close to ending homelessness — but hasn’t

This commentary is by Addie Lentzner of Bennington, who’s headed into her senior year in high school. For the past few years she has been involved in issues of homelessness, and used her research to write stories for a Facebook page she helped begin. One night in February 2020, a homeless man in Bennington went…

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Overdose prevention: What help is available around Burlington?

As fentanyl and opioid-related overdose deaths are on the rise, stay in the know about prevention and intervention resources and strategies.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Got a wall? Want a free mural? These Vermont artists want to hear from you.

Indoors or outdoors, if there’s a wall in Chittenden County that’s ripe for brightening,— a group of artists would love to get some paint on it.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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New Essex Westford school policy aims for anti-racism and inclusion: What will change?

A new equity policy will change the way history is taught in Essex and Westford schools and is aimed at making schools anti-racist and inclusive.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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UVM reinstates smaller version of child care program following controversial closure

UVM has reserved slots for up to 50 children of its employees at Trinity Children’s Center after recently closing their own child care program.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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A fiber broadband network could be coming to Alburgh

A Vermont Electric Cooperative crew works on broadband installation. Photo courtesy of Vermont Electric Co-op Alburgh plans to offer fiber broadband internet to nearly all homes in town through a partnership with New Jersey-based Matrix Design Group. Voters authorized the town selectboard to sign a memorandum of understanding with the company in May, and the…

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