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Mollie Matteson (Source: Center for Biological Diversity
Mollie Matteson (Source: Center for Biological Diversity

As "white nose" syndrome spreads, green groups want more funds for bat research

On Thursday morning in Washington DC, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on "white nose" syndrome. The mysterious ailment was first identified in upstate New York. It has since spread across the Northeast, killing hundreds of thousands of bats. Green groups are urging Congress to commit millions of dollars for new research and response efforts. Brian Mann spoke with Mollie Matteson in Richmond, Vermont. She's with a group called the Center for Biological Diversity.  Go to full article

Vermont's Dead Creek thrums with life, views of Adirondacks and Green Mountains

The Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area isn't very big (only about 3000 acres) but it's one of the most popular bird-watching sites in the Champlain Valley. The waterway on the Vermont side of the valley also offers gorgeous views of the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains. Brian Mann took an evening paddle this week and sent back an audio postcard.  Go to full article
Samuel de Champlain was the first European to reach Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain Quad celebrates a forgotten explorer and a neglected landscape

This summer, Lake Champlain will be ringed with events - in New York, Vermont and Quebec. Towns along the shore will be celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of French Explorer Samuel de Champlain. Champlain was the first European to reach the lake in 1609. Organizers hope to do more this summer than just throw a big party. Historians, writers and archeologists see the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial as a way to re-introduce what they see as a neglected landscape. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Book review: "The Lamoille Stories"

The characters in Bill Schubart's The Lamoille Stories are rural Vermonters with bottles of blackberry brandy in the pockets of their wool shirts and rusting "parts...  Go to full article
Haley Rice as Rita, Craig Maravich as Peter and Malachy McCourt as the Old Man. Photo: Lindsay Raymondjack

Theatre Review: "Prelude to a Kiss" at Vermont Stage Company

Vermont Stage Company is closing their season with Prelude to a Kiss, which runs through May 10. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has...  Go to full article
The Cycling for a Sustainable Future team.

Cyclists take climate change message on the road

A quartet of cyclists has spent most of this month on the road, cycling from central Vermont to the North Country to raise awareness of climate change. The Cycling for a...  Go to full article

A backyard view of climate change

Ecologist Amy Seidl writes about climate change and life in a small town in Vermont in her new book, Early Spring: An Ecologist and her Children Wake to a Warming...  Go to full article

Vermont legalizes same-gender marriage

Vermont has become the fourth state to legalize gay marriage. Lawmakers in the state Senate and House mustered two-thirds majorities to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto...  Go to full article

Books: "Skeletons at the Feast"

Book clubs and reading groups around the region have been discussing Chris Bohjalian's Skeletons at the Feast -- this year's North Country Reads selection. It was...  Go to full article

"Return To Sender"?Julia Alvarez portrays illegal dairy farmworkers in young adult terms

Mexican and central American immigrants--most in this country illegally--have become a fixture on hundreds of dairy farms in northern New York and Vermont. In fact, they've...  Go to full article

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