Amy Kolb Noyes


Amy is an award winning journalist who has worked in print and radio in Vermont since 1991. Her first job in professional radio was at WVMX in Stowe, where she worked as News Director and co-host of The Morning Show. She has been a VPR contributor since 2006, covering Lamoille County and the Northeast Kingdom. Amy has a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.

Amy is creator and curator of Dorothy’s List, VPR’s book club for kids based on the books nominated for Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award. For the show/podcast, every year she reads all 30 books nominated for the award. When she’s not reading middle grade books, talking to northern Vermonters or taking pictures, you can often find her in goal at the local ice rink or cheering on her favorite Boston sports teams. Go Sox!

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When Vermont’s ice and snow melts this spring, the runoff will create thousands of temporary wetlands.

EMT Andy Luce, left, and Cabot Select Board Chair Michael Hogan, right, stand with the town ambulance, housed at the Cabot Fire Department. The town's emergency ambulance service will stop transporting patients in June.
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A lot of Vermont’s emergency medical services are on life support thanks to declining volunteers and increasing costs. For some, time has run out.

Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux swears in a room full of deputies.
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A shortage of mental health treatment beds in Vermont has forced hospital emergency rooms to provide unprecedented levels of psychiatric care in recent years. Many of those ERs have used sheriff’s deputies to supervise violent or disruptive patients, but officials now say that practice runs afoul of federal regulations.

Three students sit at a table with a poster of drawn book spines hanging on the wall in the background.
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In Ban This Book some of 9-year-old Amy Anne Ollinger’s favorite books have started to disappear off her school library's shelves, and she discovers that adults are challenging the books and the school board is banning them from the library.

Dorothy’s List readers at Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library had a lot to say about banned and challenged books — especially when they discovered some of their favorite titles have been questioned.

Riad Hamade (left) and Alwayne Lawrence (right) ride a crowded Stowe Mountain Road Shuttle. Hamade is in town for a ski vacation and Lawrence works at the resort.
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Green Mountain Transit recently said it may cut routes and raise fares to stay afloat. The announcement surprised both riders and representatives from the state and towns that subsidize the bus service.

A group of students gather around a laptop computer
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The historical novel Refugee weaves the stories of three refugee families fleeing their homes in different parts of the world and during different time periods: Germany in the 1930s, Cuba in the 1990s and Syria just a few years ago.

Brian Schwartz in his Green Mountain Technology and Career Center classroom surrounded by firefighting gear.
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A shipping container filled with firefighting gear and school supplies from Vermont will soon make its way to Tanzania. It’s the result of a high school service learning trip last summer.

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What makes a community sustainable? High school students in Morrisville are trying to answer that question, through interviews and art that explore the stories of local residents.

Author and cheesemaker David Asher teaches a continuing education course on natural cheesemaking at Sterling College.
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Small colleges in Vermont and around the country are struggling to fill classrooms and remain viable. Meanwhile, Sterling College is attracting students from across the country and around the globe to its Northeast Kingdom campus to take classes offered by its School of the New American Farmstead.

Students at Castleton Village School - from left, Brian Lenox, Leah Reynolds, Jade Traverse and Rosalie Bates - sit holding up the book "Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus" by Dusti Bowling, a nominee for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award.
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Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you had no arms? How would you eat? Or write? Or turn the pages of a book? Those are some of the everyday challenges facing 13-year-old Aven Green, the main character in Dusti Bowling’s novel Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus.

Brian Palmer holds a flyer he is distributing to people in need of shelter in Lamoille County.
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After about a year of preparation, a homeless shelter opened in Lamoille County last week. But it’s not where organizers had planned, and the work to open cold weather emergency housing has turned out to be incredibly complicated.

Antoinette and Clint Hunt, co-founders of Abracadabra Coffee Co. in Woodstock, stand in front of their coffee roaster.
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What do you do when you want to start something new, but you don’t know exactly how?

Two teenagers sit at a table looking at a book titled The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked and Found.
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The real lives of pirates are documented in Martin W. Sandler’s The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked and Found. And after reading the book — nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award — a group of Dorothy’s List readers at Springfield Town Library did some pirate research of their own.

From left, The Alchemist owners Jen and John Kimmich, their dog Cookie, SunCommon co-founder James Moore and SunCommon VP of marketing and sales Tom Berry stand under a soon-to-be canopy of 400 solar panels at The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center.
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A new canopy solar array is going up over The Alchemist's parking lot in Stowe. Developers say it’s the first of its kind in Vermont and could become the new standard for businesses going solar.

The stones under this Route 15 bridge in Wolcott can be hard for people to navigate, let alone animals with hooves. From left, Vermont Fish and Wildlife's Jens Hilke and The Nature Conservancy's Paul Marangelo and Eve Frankel are working on that problem.
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Students of Vermont’s natural history know the state was largely clear-cut 100 years ago, and forests have been slowly regrowing ever since. But conservationists say the pendulum has begun to swing back the other way and that's changing how animals navigate the state.

From left: Bailey Boardman, Cadyn Jarvis and Jonathan Cole  work on stacking library books.
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Author Mary E. Lambert was a master’s degree student in a Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency program while she was writing Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes — now the novel is nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award.

From left, Spark Coordinator Ezra Ranz, WonderArts Executive Director Ceilidh Galloway-Kane and AmeriCorps volunteer Jake Lester are working to make Spark a place for local artisans, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, business owners, students and others.
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If you live in Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland – or any of Vermont’s more urban communities – you’ve probably come across a makerspace or a coworking space. Now the trend is catching on in more rural communities as well, including the small Northeast Kingdom town of Greensboro.

Preschoolers from Coventry march into the woods for their first Forest Day in the NEK activity.
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The Jay Community Recreational Centre is 300 acres of wooded trails surrounding an open meadow and a mountain stream. It also serves as a classroom for preschoolers from across the Northeast Kingdom.

The Green Mountain Byway, as established a decade ago, ran from Route 2 in Waterbury Village and up Route 100 through Stowe. Now the byway has been extended to include four more Lamoille County towns.
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As peak foliage colors spread across the Green Mountains, it’s not a bad time to go for a drive or a bike ride. One good route is the newly-expanded Green Mountain Byway.

Participants at the Lamoille Works Workforce Development Meetup broke up into small groups to learn more about their colleagues and the work they do.
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Vermont’s low unemployment rate can make it hard for employers to find workers. But it can also open up doors for people who face employment barriers.