Burlington Legacy Project

April 27, 2010 

The Burlington Legacy Project began in the year 2000; this video is an update on where the community stands today, after the tenth year of the project.

The purpose of this video is to get the Burlington Community’s input on two questions:
1. What do you value most about Burlington?
2. What would you like too see for Burlingtons future in 2030?


Vermont Delegation Critical Of BP’s Response To Spill

Host) Vermont’s congressional delegation has entered the debate in Washington about how to respond to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tuesday, 05/25/10 5:49pm and Wednesday, 05/26/10 6:34amRoss Sneyd – Colchester, VT

As VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, the delegation is critical of BP’s response to the spill.

(Sneyd) Senator Bernie Sanders says BP should be held responsible for all the costs of the disaster.

He says that includes paying to stop the oil gusher, clean it up, and get the fishing industry back in business.

In Sanders’ view, the government should remove the cap on damages that BP could face.


Green Mountain Power to build wind generating plant in Vermont

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:51 AM

Green Mountain Power, which transmits, distributes and sells electricity, has filed with state regulators for permission to build a second wind generating plant, up to 63MW, in Lowell, Vermont. 

The $150 million investment in the Northeast Kingdom will provide jobs and economic benefits, in addition to increasing the state’s renewable energy generation. Green Mountain Power, Vermont Electric and VELCO are working together on the project to provide customers of the two distribution utilities stably priced, renewable energy, Green Mountain Power said.


Farmer stands up to Department of Homeland Security

Ingrid Peritz

Franklin, Vt. — From Saturday’s Globe and Mail Published on Friday, May. 21, 2010 9:51PM EDT Last updated on Friday, May. 21, 2010 10:03PM EDT

Few spots on the Canada-U.S. border would seem as tranquil as Morses Line. Cows vastly outnumber cars. You’re more likely to hear the sounds of songbirds than an idling 18-wheeler.

Yet it’s here, on a rustling meadow seeded with clover and alfalfa just steps from the border with Quebec, that the Department of Homeland Security envisions a modern new border station to bolster security on its northern frontier. That is, unless dairy farmer Clement Rainville gets his way.

“ They say they want to reinforce the border here. But we’re not at war. ”— Clement Rainville

In a David-and-Goliath standoff, Mr. Rainville and his family are resisting demands to hand over 4.9 acres of their farmland to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, arguing that it’s crucial to the operation of their third-generation family farm.


Nothing But Wisdom – A Pete & Karen Sutherland Crankie

May 14, 2010 — This Crankie show was made by artists who attended the 3rd annual
Conservation Congress in Bristol, VT sponsored by ACORN and Vermont Family
Forests. Discussion was focused on what steps could me made to
immediately most effectively move our community toward ‘Transition Town’,
and those essential steps were then illustrated as a vision of what that
would look like. Others have seen the show and were asked to help develop
it as a community project. There were a total of about two hundred people
involved in illustrating Pete Sutherland’s song “Nothing But Wisdom”. Some
of the first drawings were made by Monkton Maples 4-H teens and some by
artists in Greensboro, Vermont at Wonder and Wisdom after-school program.
The show was completed on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22,

Vermont Villagebuilding Convergence

 2009, the first central Vermont Villagebuilding Convergence was held in the greater Montpelier area, a celebration of sustainable living, practical homesteading skills, and resilient local community. A small group of volunteers manifested their vision into 9 days of free events that included 37 workshops and celebrations. Those who had skills to share joined hands with those who were ready to learn new relationships with economy, ecology, and community.

VTDigger.org wins New Voice Award – Grant!

By DANIEL BARLOW Vermont Press Bureau – Published: May 19, 2010

MONTPELIER – An independent Vermont news site will get a boost from a $25,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

VtDigger.com, an on-line news site launched last year by a former Times Argus editor, was one of nine independent and community journalism projects to receive funding from the foundation.

The funds – $17,000 in the first year and then an additional $8,000 in the second year if matching funds are found – will allow the website to create what it calls Tipster, an on-line program that will allow readers and reporters to collaborate on news gathering.