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After The Fire: A Small Vermont Congregation Is Enfolded Into Nearby Churches For Worship

Last month, a Middlesex landmark, built in 1906, was destroyed by fire. Early this week, fire investigators determined an electrical fire in the church’s basement furnace room caused the fire.

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The Rise And Fall Of Vermont's One-Room Schoolhouses

How did Vermont end up with so many small, one-room schools? And why don’t we use them anymore?

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Coronavirus FAQ: Does It Make Your Hair Fall Out?

Mar 6, 2021

Each week, we answer "frequently asked questions" about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

I had COVID-19 months ago. Now my hair is falling out! What is going on?

A theater marquee in Randolph advises people to wear a mask.
Sarah Priestap / For VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Friday, March 5.

One year after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered classrooms around the country and the world, U.S. parents are guardedly optimistic about the academic and social development of their children, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds.

But 62% of parents say their child's education has been disrupted. And, more than 4 out of 5 would like to see schools provide targeted extra services to help their kids catch up. This includes just over half of parents who support the idea of summer school.

This week, health care providers began administering the first doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. — the third vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration to help stop the coronavirus pandemic.

That's welcome news in a country that still faces high levels of circulating virus in most regions, and a demand for vaccine that still far outstrips supply.

U.S. Capitol Police requested a 60-day extension for a portion of the National Guard troops currently in Washington, D.C., Thursday as the threat of a possible attack from militia groups looms over the city.

Angela Evancie / VPR File

Department of Corrections officials held a press conference Thursday morning about the COVID-19 outbreak at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, which has infected 128 inmates and 10 staff.

A photograph of Vermont Cynic journalist Ella Ruehsen in quarantine on the University of Vermont campus. Also an image of Ruehsen's story on the Vermont Cynic website.
Kate Vanni and the Vermont Cynic, courtesy

A reporter at the University of Vermont student newspaper The Vermont Cynic was covering the coronavirus on campus for more than a year when she got what any reporter craves: access to the inside story. But for this UVM student journalist, the inside story came courtesy of her own COVID-19 diagnosis.

Sen. Patrick Leahy is sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Senate on Feb. 4, 2021, with wife Marcelle Pomerleau by his side.
Greg Nash / Associated Press File

This could be a critical week for a huge COVID-19 stimulus package in Congress. The $1.9 trillion measure has already passed the House and is expected to be approved by the Senate within the next few days. This hour, we talk with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy about the key provisions of the package and what it means for individuals, towns and the state of Vermont.

An overlooking photo of Montpelier in the winter.
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The Montpelier Senior Activity Center once bustled with people. But COVID-19 changed that. This hour, we hear how this center, like many across the state, has adapted to the crisis and what this has meant for Vermont seniors.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voiced concern on Wednesday about the recent climb in the number of new cases of the coronavirus, warning that pandemic fatigue and the loosening of restrictions may be setting the stage for yet another surge this spring.


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It's Been A Year Since The Pandemic Began. How Are You Doing?

COVID-19 has affected us all, and so VPR wants to know: How are you doing one year in? And, as we peer, cautiously, toward a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel, what are you looking forward to?

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Vermont Public Radio has hired journalists Connor Cyrus and Mikaela Lefrak as the new co-hosts and senior producers of Vermont Edition.

Connor Cyrus, Mikaela Lefrak To Join VPR As Co-Hosts Of Vermont Edition

Vermont Public Radio has hired journalists Connor Cyrus and Mikaela Lefrak as the new co-hosts and senior producers of Vermont Edition , the station has announced.

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Why Do People Die? Questions About Death

This episode of But Why is a serious one. We're talking about death. Why do people die when they get too old? What happens to people when they die? What does it feel like when you're dead? Our guide is Jana DeCristofaro from the Dougy Center : The National Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Oregon, which supports children and families facing serious illness or coping with the loss of a family member.

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