• Land trust rejects Norwich creamery’s proposal as farm purchase from VTC approaches

    Chris Gray, of Norwich Farm Creamery, talks with visitors during Vital Communities’ Flavors of the Valley event at Hartford High School in White River Junction in April. Photo by James M. Patterson/Valley News
    This story by Rob Wolfe was published by the Valley News on April 20, 2018.
    NORWICH — The fate of Norwich Farm Creamery remains in limbo as the owners of the business dispute an end-of-April deadline to move out established by their current landlord, Vermont Technical College.
  • VLS student to be expelled at end of semester

    The Vermont Law School is in South Royalton. File photo by Roger Crowley for VTDigger
    This story by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling was published by the Valley News on April 20, 2018.
    SOUTH ROYALTON — The 50-year-old Vermont Law School student who has filed formal complaints about the institution with the Department of Education and various other entities is being expelled at the end of this semester.
    Sissy Bradford, who charged the law school and its staff with discrimination and obstructing her ri
  • Montpelier Bridge publisher and editor Nat Frothingham stepping down

    News Release — Montpelier BridgeApril 19, 2018
    Contact:Tim Simard, board of directorsPhone: 802-828-8804Email: tim.simard@vcfa.eduWebsite: www.montpelierbridge.com
    Montpelier, Vt. – Nat Frothingham, editor and publisher of The Bridge, a Montpelier newspaper that publishes twice a month, is retiring in June. Frothingham has been involved with the paper in one form or another since its founding in 1993.
    In announcing the change, the paper’s board of directors note that the lion&r
  • Scott signs executive order creating Community Violence Prevention Task Force

    News Release — Office of the GovernorThursday, April 19, 2018
    Contact:Ethan LatourOffice of the GovernorEthan.Latour@Vermont.Gov802-595-3776
    Montpelier, Vt. – Thursday, Governor Phil Scott signed an Executive Order creating a Community Violence Prevention Task Force.
    The Executive Order is one part of the Governor’s broader efforts to ensure Vermont continues to be one of the safest states in the country.
    “I’m hopeful every Vermonter will join in the responsible dis
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  • Vermont unemployment rate holds at 2.8 percent in March

    News Release — Vermont Department of LaborApril 20, 2018
    Contact:Mathew Barewicz(802) 828-4153Mathew.Barewicz@vermont.gov
    The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for March was 2.8 percent. This reflects no change from the revised February rate. The national rate in March was 4.1 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was fourth lowest unemployment rate in th
  • Vermont-Quebec partnership drives progress on passenger rail service to Montreal

    News Release — Vermont Agency of TransportationApril 20, 2018
    Contact:Jacqui LeBlancAgency of Transportation802-498-5988jacqueline.leblanc@vermont.gov
    Ethan LatourOffice of the GovernorEthan.Latour@Vermont.Gov
    Montpelier, Vt. – Plans for restoring Amtrak Vermonter passenger rail service to Montreal, electric vehicle initiatives, and other critical Vermont-Quebec border transportation projects made headway today, driven by a long-standing partnership between the governments of Vermont
  • Gov. Phil Scott’s public schedule April 21-27, 2018

    News Release — Gov. Phil ScottApril 20, 2018
    Contact:Ethan LatourEthan.Latour@vermont.gov
    Governor Phil Scott’s Public Schedule: 4/21/18 – 4/27/18
    Saturday, April 21
    5:30 – 9:00 PM
    Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Celebration
    Trader Duke’s, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington VT 05403
    Sunday, April 22
    No public events scheduled
    Monday, April 23
    3:15 – 4:00 PM
    Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals – National Outdoor Recreation Conf
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  • Tribute May 7 for retiring Johnson State College professor Bill Doyle

    News Release — Johnson State CollegeApril 23, 2018
    Contact:Sylvia Plumb: 802.626.6459, Sylvia.Plumb@NorthernVermont.edu
    JOHNSON, VERMONT — An event to honor Bill Doyle, a Johnson State College political science professor since 1958 who will retire at the end of the semester, will be May 7 on campus. Doyle also was a longtime Republican state senator for the Washington District.
    The tribute to Doyle, at 3:30 p.m. at Stearns Dining Hall, is free for the public. Doors will open at 3 p.m
  • Jen Duggan named director of CLF Vermont

    News Release — Conservation Law FoundationApril 23, 2018
    Media Contact:Jake O’Neilljoneill@clf.org(617) 850-1709
    Brings Experience Cleaning Up Pollution from Industrial Facilities
    April 23, 2018 (Montpelier, VT) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced today that it has named environmental attorney, Jen Duggan, as the Vice President and Director of CLF Vermont.
    “Jen Duggan is a tireless defender of the right of all communities to have access to a clean and healthy en
  • Community Health Centers of Burlington announce Medication Assisted Treatment Program reaches 400-patient milestone

    News Release — Community Health Centers of BurlingtonApril 23, 2018
    Contact:Kim AndersonDirector of Development and Communications(802) 264-8193kanderson@chcb.org
    BURLINGTON, VT – The Community Health Centers of Burlington (CHCB) are proud to announce their Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program has reached a milestone of serving over 400 patients in need of addiction recovery care, nearly tripling their numbers since 2013.
    As a non-profit primary care organization, CH
  • Agriculture agency announces second public comment period for draft Medium Farm Operations General Permit

    News Release — Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and MarketsApril 23, 2018
    Contact:Trevor AudetTrevor.Audet@vermont.gov
    Public comment period to open April 23, 2018 and run through May 4, 2018.
    The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is releasing a second revised draft of the Medium Farm Operations General Permit (MFO GP). The Agency is initiating a second public comment period, which begins on April 23, 2018 and will conclude on May 4, 2018.
    The MFO GP sets standa
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  • Montpelier Development Corp. hires Laura Gebhart as executive director

    News Release — Montpelier Development Corp.April 20, 2018
    Contact:Michael Nobles(802) 229-5514; mnobles@unionmutual.com
    MONTPELIER, VT. On April 20, 2018, the Montpelier Development Corporation announced the hiring of Laura Gebhart as the Corporation’s Executive Director. Gebhart will be re-locating to Montpelier from Lancaster County, PA where she has been serving as an Economic Development Manager. Gebhart will start work in Montpelier on May 7th.
    “Laura Gebhart is a talented
  • Sanders holds job training discussion with Vermont high school students

    News Release — Sen. Bernie SandersApril 23, 2018
    Contact:Josh Miller-Lewis, 202-224-5141
    BARRE, Vt., April 23 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) met with roughly 300 Vermont high school students Monday morning to discuss job training and career opportunities after graduation.
    Students from Central Vermont Career Center, Randolph Technical Career Center and Spaulding High School participated in the discussion. Sanders, who serves on the Senate education committee, was joined by three
  • Support dogged digging in D.C.

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  • UPDATED: Prosecutor drops felony charges in Sawyer case

    Jack Sawyer, 18, appears in Vermont Superior Court in Rutland on Feb. 16. Pool photo by Ryan Mercer/Burlington Free Press
    RUTLAND — Rutland County State’s Attorney Rose Kennedy has dropped four felony charges, including three attempted murder counts, brought against Jack Sawyer, who police said had threatened to shoot up Fair Haven Union School.
    The filing by Kennedy comes on the heels of a Vermont Supreme Court decision earlier this month that cast doubt on the charges. Get all of V
  • BREAKING: Prosecutors drop felony charges against Sawyer

    Jack Sawyer, 18, appears in Vermont Superior Court in Rutland on Feb. 16, 2018. Pool photo by Ryan Mercer/Burlington Free Press
    RUTLAND – Rutland County State’s Attorney Rose Kennedy has dropped four felony charges, including attempted aggravated murder, filed against Jack Sawyer, who is accused of threatening to shoot up Fair Haven Union School.
    The filing by Kennedy comes on the heels of a Vermont Supreme Court decision earlier this month that cast doubt on the charges, ruling that
  • In stump speech at polluted Lake Carmi, Ehlers takes aim at Scott

    Gubernatorial candidate James Ehlers by Lake Carmi in Franklin on Earth Day Photo by Mike Polhamus/VTDigger.orgFRANKLIN — In an Earth Day press event with supporters, held near Lake Carmi, the most polluted body of water in Vermont, gubernatorial candidate James Ehlers took aim at the dairy industry.Speaking from the porch of Franklin residents Judith McLaughlin and Rob Cormier a stone’s through away from Carmi, Ehlers said industrial farming has been a bad deal for Vermonters. Get a
  • House committee debates limiting corporate influence in Vermont politics

    Sen. Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington, sponsor of S.120 said campaign finance laws need to be updated continually. File photo by Bob LoCicero/VTDigger
    In a packed committee room on Friday, the House Committee on Government Operations heard testimony about a bill to limit the influence of corporations on Vermont politics.
    Introduced in 2017 by Sen. Anthony Pollina, P-Washington, and approved by the Senate in March, S.120 amends Vermont’s campaign finance laws to eliminate direct contribution
  • Newly expanded Tri State Area Federal Credit Union chooses FirstLight

    News Release — FirstLightApril 19, 2018
    Contact:Jaymie Scotto & Associates (JSA)1-866-695-3629 ext. 6pr@jsa.net
    Albany, NY – FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced today that Tri State Area Federal Credit Union, formerly Hoosick Federal Credit Union, has selected FirstLight for Internet and Voice services for its Bennington, VT location. Tri State Area Federal Credit Union (FCU) is a small, up and coming
  • Milk Money L3C announces City Market member loan crowdfunding campaign

    News Release — Milk MoneyApril 19, 2018
    Contact:Louisa SchibliMilk Money802-899-0979louisa@milkmoneyvt.com 
    Alison HopeCity Market802-777-2667ahope@citymarket.coop
    Charlotte – MILK MONEY L3C, an equity crowdfunding portal for Vermonters, announces its seventh Invest Local Campaign: City Market. Vermonters, who are Members of City Market Co-op will have the opportunity to learn more about and invest in this community-owned food cooperative via the Milk Money platform.
    Milk M
  • Vermont specialty food producers take home gold at annual sofi Awards

    News Release — Vermont Specialty Food AssociationApril 19, 2018
    Contact:Erin Sigrist, PresidentVermont Specialty Food Association802-839-1928erin@vtrga.org
    Montpelier – This year at the annual sofi Awards, Vermont specialty food producers brought home three gold awards. The sofi Awards, which stands for “specialty outstanding food innovation,” are the most prestigious awards in the specialty food industry and honor excellence across a variety of food categories, from vine
  • Comcast introduces gigabit internet service in Vermont

    News Release — ComcastApril 18, 2018
    Contact:Elizabeth WaldenComcastELIZABETH_WALDEN@comcast.com
    Montpelier – Comcast announced that it is launching a new internet service that will deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) to residential and business customers in Vermont, These speeds will be among the fastest and most widely available and include access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network of more than 19 million hotspots. Comcast plans to launch 1 Gig service to the
  • UVM study finds a surprising link between food waste and diet quality

    News Release — University of VermontApril 18, 2018
    Contact:Basil WaughUniversity of Vermont802-656-8369
    Burlington – A national study of U.S. consumers conducted by the University of Vermont finds that fruit, vegetables and mixed fruit and vegetable dishes end up as food waste much more than other types of food. The study suggests people need better strategies for reducing food waste, especially those pursuing healthy diets.
    Americans waste nearly a pound of food per person each
  • Unitarian Church of Montpelier honored for being welcoming and inclusive

    News Release — Vermont Center for Independent LivingApril 18, 2018
    Contact:Sarah LaundervilleVermont Center for Independent Living802-224-1817
    Montpelier – The Vermont Center for Independent Living recognized a Montpelier institution on April 17. The Unitarian Church of Montpelier received an Ally of Accessibility Award for its efforts to become increasingly accessible to people with disabilities.
    VCIL Executive Director Sarah Launderville said, “We are pleased to be honoring t
  • Nonprofits ask lawmakers to rethink charitable tax credit proposal

    Janet Ancel, chair of House Ways and Means. File photo by Roger Crowley/VTDigger
    Nonprofit leaders say a provision in the House income tax reform plan could discourage Vermonters from making large charitable donations.Under H.911, the tax bill passed by the House last month, Vermonters would no longer be able to deduct charitable contributions.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox.Daily
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  • Margolis: The art of the deal, Vermont version

    Soon it will be quiet again. File photo by Roger CrowleyEditor’s note: Jon Margolis is VTDigger’s political columnist.
    All good things must come to an end, they say. All not-so-good things, too.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox.Daily
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  • Dartmouth dissolving University Press of New England

    University Press of New England has been based at Dartmouth College. File photo by Geoff Hansen/Valley News
    Editor’s note: This story, by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling, first appeared in the Valley News on Apr. 19.LEBANON — Dartmouth College is dissolving the University Press of New England, a decision that will eliminate 20 jobs in the consortium’s Lebanon offices.
    Once a rare bright spot against a national backdrop of flagging academic publishing, UPNE has succumbed to a dwindling li
  • State regulator sets deadline for CoverageCo recovery plan

    CoverageCo microcells provide cellular service to 26 rural towns in Vermont. Courtesy photo
    Vanu CoverageCo, the financially-troubled provider of cell phone service to 26 rural Vermont towns, has until Monday to show state regulators that it has as plan for staying in business.June Tierney, commissioner of the Public Service Department, sent a blistering email last week to Richard Biby, the former CoverageCo executive and telecommunications engineer who was rehired by the company’s investo
  • House transforms and passes net neutrality bill

    Rep. Laura Sibilia, I-Dover, serves on the House committee that rewrote the net neutrality bill. File photo by Michael Dougherty/VTDigger
    Vermont’s attorney general would be instructed to determine whether internet service providers in the state follow net neutrality standards, under an amended bill passed by the House.
    That version of legislation passed by the Senate, S.289, also would require the Attorney General’s Office to make that information available to consumers by posting i
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves — online

    Editions of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” over the years.
    Editor’s note: This story is by freelancer Susan Green, a longtime Vermont journalist.
    It’s Shelved, proclaimed The New York Times.
    A Bible Discontinued, announced The Weekly Standard.
    Recent headlines about “Our Bodies, Ourselves” — which the conservative magazine also demeaned as “the primal scream of identity politics” — are somewhat misleading. Many people likely assumed they were
  • Construction set to begin on Colchester surgery center

    Amy Cooper is project manager for the Green Mountain Surgery Center. File photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger
    After years of planning and permitting, construction is set to begin on Vermont’s second independent surgical center.
    Crews may begin building the Green Mountain Surgery Center in Colchester before the end of this month, said project manager Amy Cooper. Opening is projected for this time next year, if all goes well.Get all of VTDigger's health care news.You'll never miss our health ca
  • Brian Shupe: In veto of toxics bill, Scott put the interests of industry before children

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Brian Shupe, who is executive director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council.
    Last week Governor Scott surprised the Legislature and public health and environmental advocates by vetoing S.103, a bill that would do two simple and important things: Ensure Vermonters have safe drinking water by requiring that new wells be tested for certain toxic contaminants; and protect children by fixing a program that addresses chemicals of high concern in children&
  • Reel: Let’s stop fighting over crumbs. Raising the minimum wage benefits everyone.

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Jeffrey Reel, a writer/lecturer living in Lyndon Center, and general manager of Natural Provisions, in St. Johnsbury. He was previously sustainability manager at the Omega Center for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY.
    Raise Vermont’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. It will have long-term benefits for Vermont’s economy.It will also send a strong signal to individuals and families considering moving here that Vermont takes care of its ow
  • Jeffrey Reel: Let’s stop fighting over crumbs. Raising the minimum wage benefits everyone.

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Jeffrey Reel, a writer/lecturer living in Lyndon Center, and general manager of Natural Provisions, in St. Johnsbury. He was previously sustainability manager at the Omega Center for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York.
    Raise Vermont’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. It will have long-term benefits for Vermont’s economy. It will also send a strong signal to individuals and families considering moving here that Vermont takes care of
  • Vermont officials of color reach record numbers

    Shanta Lee Gander is the first person of color to serve on the Brattleboro Select Board. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger
    BRATTLEBORO — On one hand, Shanta Lee Gander was just another local Select Board member facing a 3½-hour meeting agenda. On the other, she was making history.
    Brattleboro is an increasingly multicultural town in the nation’s second-whitest state, with about 15 percent of its high schoolers — double the figure of Vermont’s total population
  • Then Again: From farm to factory, young Vermont women were pioneers of paid labor

    During the mid-1800s, mill workers, like this one from an etching by Winslow Homer, worked a 73-hour week in Lowell, Mass.
    Editor’s note: Mark Bushnell is a Vermont journalist and historian. He is the author of “Hidden History of Vermont” and “It Happened in Vermont.”With 14 words, Mary Paul made her bid to join a revolution.RELATED STORIESThen Again: Powerful newsman of the Civil War era had start in VermontThen Again: The perpetual problem of taxesThen Again: Verm
  • Jessie Leyse: The importance of infant immunizations in protecting children

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Jessie Leyse, M.D., a practicing physician at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin and an infectious disease specialist. She worked in a children’s emergency department in Liberia during her residency, and two years later took a leave of absence to assist with the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
    Thanks to vaccines, most parents have never seen the devastating effects of diseases like polio, measles or whooping cough.
    It’s easy to think t
  • Karl Meyer: An ill wind blows for a great river

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Karl Meyer, of Greenfield, Massachusetts, a writer and journalist who writes regularly about issues affecting the Connecticut River ecosystem. He has been a member of the Fish and Aquatics Study Team in the current FERC relicensing process for the Northfield Mountain and Turners Falls projects since 2012.In April, Massachusetts will take a big step toward meeting its energy responsibilities in the era of climate change. A company will be selected for th
  • ‘Lila & Theron’ wins national award for popular fiction

    News Release — Independent Book Publishers AssociationApril 18, 2018
    Contact:Bill SchubartSchubart@gmail.com
    Manhattan Beach, CA – The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) – www.ibpa-online.org – announced over the weekend the winners in the prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, now in its thirtieth year.
    This year’s esteemed indie book award program recognized excellence in books published during calendar year 2017. From close to 1,500
  • RuralEdge closes Scenic View Community Housing

    News Release — RuralEdgeApril 18, 2018
    Contact:Patrick Flood/Interim CEORuralEdge802 535 0427PatrickF@RuralEdge.org |
    Lyndonville – On Monday, 16 April 2018, the RuralEdge (RE) Board of Directors approved the decision to close Scenic View Community Housing, in Westfield, Vermont, because RE can no longer afford to keep the facility operating.
    “The significant costs of running Scenic View for the past two years has caused an untenable financial situation for the RuralEdge o
  • Manchester Music Festival announces impressive season

    News Release — Manchester Music FestivalApril 18, 2018
    Contact:Manchester Music Festival802-362-1956info@mmftvt.org
    Manchester – The Green Mountains will come alive with glorious classical music on July 12 when the Manchester Music Festival raises the curtain on its highly-anticipated 44th season at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Artistic Director Adam Neiman expressed his enthusiasm for what he called, “a summer of world-class music.”
    “I am so looking forward to
  • Healthy Living Market to open new cafe on Burlington waterfront

    News Release — ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake ChamplainApril 18, 2018
    Contact:Erik OliverECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain802-864-1848 ext. 118eoliver@echovermont.org
    Burlington – Healthy Living Market is opening a new Cafe on Burlington’s Waterfront at the Vermon, to add to its locations in South Burlington, VT and Saratoga Springs, NY.
    Just in time for spring – from April 18, all waterfront visitors will be able to purchase coffee, grab-and-go lunch items made by Healt
  • New grant opportunity to promote Vermont agriculture, food, beverage, forest, and fiber products

    News Release — Agency of Agriculture, Food & MarketsWednesday, April 18, 2018
    Contact:Scott Waterman, Policy and Communications DirectorAgency of Agriculture, Food & Markets802-828-2179
    Montpelier – Vermont agriculture, food, beverage, forest, and fiber product associations provide support to the development of Vermont’s economy and the viability of our working landscape businesses. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is committed to assis
  • Doug Davis of BSD named president-elect of School Nutrition Association

    News Release — Burlington School DistrictApril 18, 2018
    Contact:Russ Elek, Communication SpecialistBurlington School District802-540-5347
    Burlington – Members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) have spoken, casting their ballots for the top leadership positions for the organization that works to ensure all children have access to healthful school meals and nutrition education. Burlington School District (BSD) is pleased to announce that Director of Food Service Doug Davis has
  • Four Bennington County businesses awarded Vermont training program grants

    News Release — Agency of Commerce and Community DevelopmentApril 17, 2018
    Contact:John Young, DirectorWorkforce Development ProgramsVermont Department of Economic Development802-355-2725john.young@vermont.gov
    Ethan Latour, Assistant Director of Policy and CommunicationsOffice of the Governor802-595-3776Ethan.latour@Vermont.Gov
    Bennington – Governor Phil Scott and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development today announced that four Bennington County businesses have been awarded
  • Judge dismisses EB-5 investor lawsuit against state

    Superior Court Judge Thomas Carlson. File photo by Anne Galloway/VTDiggerA superior court judge dismissed an EB-5 investor case against the state Friday that alleged officials were negligent and violated state and federal securities laws.Lamoille County Superior Judge Thomas Carlson ruled that the state is not responsible for harm caused to investors by the fraud at Jay Peak Resort. Ten state officials and two agencies named in the lawsuit are immune from claims made by the investor plaintiffs i
  • Public Safety chief on Sawyer charges: ‘Not a great fit’

    Tom Anderson, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerVermont Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson told lawmakers Friday that it’s not easy to devise legislation to define a crime in response to a foiled school shooting because it’s such a rare occurrence — so much so that he couldn’t find a model from other jurisdictions.
    “There are not a lot of cases where police actually intercepted or thwarted these kind of att
  • Sherrer: On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine high school shootings

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Deb Sherrer,a freelance writer with professional training in school and clinical psychology with a specialty in trauma recovery. She lives in Shelburne.As a young child and native Vermonter, I saw my father’s locked, gun cabinet as natural a part of our family home as the kitchen table. The wooden cabinet, with a glass door for admiring the contents, and the smell of the oil he used for cleaning and lubrication, evoke visceral memories. A passiona
  • Connolly: An open letter to Miro Weinberger about the F-35 fighter jet

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Lena Connolly, a sophomore at the University of Vermont and a lifelong Burlington resident.
    My name is Lena Connolly. I am a sophomore at the University of Vermont, and I have lived in Burlington for my entire life. Surrounded by a loving and compassionate community, unbeatable natural beauty, and numerous activities both in the city and the outdoors, I am sure you know that Burlington is a phenomenal place to live.
    However, like any place, Burlington i

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