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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 yesterday. There was a chorus of cheers and whistles at the final vote, which capped a battle with echoes of the debate that led to Vermont's first-in-the-nation civil unions law nine years ago.

Beth Robinson, chairwoman of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, says the vote shows that fairness, justice and love are more powerful than one man's veto pen. Supporters of same gender marriage outnumbered opponents yesterday, with a sea of yellow buttons visible in the gallery. A sign planted outside the Statehouse said "Let Love Win." Opponent Craig Bensen says his side was outspent. The President of the state Senate, Peter Shumlin, tells Jonathan Brown that Vermonters should be proud of the debate over this controversial issue.  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 inspired by an actual diary from World War Two. Bohjalian's 12th novel, the book is a love story that takes readers to the last six months of the war as German refugees flee the advancing Russian army. Bohjalian lives in Vermont where he also writes a weekly column for the Burlington Free Press. He spoke with Todd Moe about his writing style and finding his literary voice in Vermont. Chris Bohjalian will be the guest on "Readers and Writers on the Air" at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, Thurs. April 2nd at 7 pm.  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 become crucial to many farms' survival. Meanwhile, the farmers themselves, and their families, are in involved in a degree of illegality they're not used to. It's this underground world meeting sanguine farm life that's the backdrop for the latest novel by Julia Alvarez. It's a book for teen readers called Return To Sender. Alvarez is one of America's most famous Latina authors. She wrote How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. Alvarez was born in the Dominican Republic, but she's lived the majority of her life in Vermont. She's taught at Middlebury College since the 1980s. She told David Sommerstein when she first moved to Vermont, there were very few latino faces.  Go to full article
A bat in Vermont's Aeolus Cave frozen in icicle (Source:  Brian Mann)

Scientists battling "white nose" bat disease prepare for worst

The mysterious ailment called "White-nose Syndrome" continues to decimate bat populations across the Northeast. A new outbreak was confirmed earlier this month in New...  Go to full article
Little brown bats carpet the floor of Aeolus Cave in southern Vermont.

White nose syndrome spreading

Scientists are still scrambling to understand the mysterious bat ailment known as white nose syndrome. The disease is spreading fast, with new outbreaks confirmed in New...  Go to full article

Despite weak economy, the show must go on

The economic downturn has hit the arts scene around the region, with some groups cutting back and others getting creative. To save money, the Vermont Stage Company in...  Go to full article
Chuck Eller at the controls in his studio

Heard Up North: Chuck Eller's Audio Alchemy

One of the hottest New Year's Eve tickets in the North Country is tonight's show at the Higher Ground Ballroom in Burlington. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals is an up and...  Go to full article
Kelly Rohan, UVM Associate Professor of Psychology

Tips for making winter bearable

The days are graying and sunlight is diminishing as winter approaches. It's SAD season. Todd Moe talks with University of Vermont psychologist Dr. Kelly Rohan about...  Go to full article
Social Band   (Photo: Natalie Stultz)

Social Band celebrates ten years

Social Band, Burlington's band of singers, celebrates its tenth anniversary with a series of concerts this weekend. "Tried and True" will be performed Saturday night in...  Go to full article
Lisa Barnes as Lisa (left) and Dale Soules as Ann. Photo credit: Lindsay Raymondjack.

Theatre Review: "Well" opens season at the FlynnSpace

A production of Well has opened the season of Vermont Stage Company at the FlynnSpace in Burlington and runs through November 2. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng...  Go to full article

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