Amy Kolb Noyes

Reporter

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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VPR’s Public Post pores through municipal public documents, posted online, to bring you local news from Vermont’s cities, towns, villages and gores. When we find something interesting or otherwise newsworthy, we send out a tweet. We follow up on the bigger stories at the VPR News Blog. Here are some tweet highlights from the past week:

The town-owned island on Curtis Pond, in Calais, is a popular destination for summer campers. Along with that popularity, has come the need for increased accountability, according to the minutes of Monday's Calais Select Board meeting.

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A mosquito carrying West Nile virus was among those caught in a trap in Leicester earlier this month. This is the first time the virus has been detected in Vermont in 2013.

VPR’s Public Post pores through municipal public documents, posted online, to bring you local news from Vermont’s cities, towns, villages and gores. When we find something interesting or otherwise newsworthy, we send out a tweet. We follow up on the bigger stories at the VPR News Blog. Here are some tweet highlights from the past week:

It may not draw the same size crowd as this week's Comic-Con in San Diego, but for Vermont maple producers, Maplerama is where it's at.

Maplerama is a three-day trade show for Vermonters who tap trees and make maple syrup, candy and sugar. This year it's sponsored by the Orleans County Maple Producers, and the three-day event will cover a lot of Orleans County territory.

The issue of unauthorized trail use by motorized off-road vehicles has been brought back before the Worcester Select Board this summer. The minutes of the July 1 regular board meeting state:

William Barker, Tammy Thompson, Matt McLane and Randy Shover, representing Eagle Ledge Trail and Shepard’s Hill Trail were present to discuss the continued heavy, unauthorized and damaging use of the trails by recreational vehicles.

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The Kellogg-Hubbard Library, on Montpelier's Main Street, will be the 15th and final customer of the Montpelier District Heat project in its inaugural heating season. In a report on Friday, City Manager William Fraser said the City reached an agreement with the library and he expected to have a signed contract in hand by Monday.

VPR’s Public Post pores through municipal public documents, posted online, to bring you local news from Vermont’s cities, towns, villages and gores. When we find something interesting or otherwise newsworthy, we send out a tweet. We follow up on the bigger stories at the VPR News Blog. Here are some tweet highlights from the past week:

The border village of Derby Line was chartered 115 years ago, and now the Village Trustees are proposing a couple big changes to its 1898 incorporation document. The problem is, very few people are paying attention. Last week only two members of the public turned out for the first public hearing on the changes.

Now village officials are trying to create some buzz before the second and final hearing. Sharon Booth is Village Clerk and Treasurer. She has sent out notices to local newspapers, trying to draw attention to the matter.

Goddard College is known for doing things a little differently. It was the first American college to offer adult degree programs, and it pioneered the now-commonplace low residency degree model. Now the Plainfield campus' education program is about to host its first unConference.

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The City of Montpelier planned to pave State Street - the road the Statehouse faces - this fall, after construction concludes on the District Heat Project. As part of that project, pavement has been torn up along State Street and other downtown roads. Now the city has pushed back the paving schedule to next spring. City Manager William J. Fraser broke the news in a report last month:

VPR’s Public Post pores through municipal public documents, posted online, to bring you local news from Vermont’s cities, towns, villages and gores. When we find something interesting or otherwise newsworthy, we send out a tweet. We follow up on the bigger stories at the VPR News Blog. Here are some tweet highlights from the past week:

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In Brandon on Wednesday, Vermont health and agriculture officials will discuss a new plan to monitor and react to the threat of viruses spread by mosquitoes. The State of Vermont 2013 Arbovirus Surveillance & Response Plan details how state officials plan to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services to track and respond to incidents of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus.

The Vermont Community Loan Fund has loaned over $7 million to more than 100 child care programs throughout Vermont in the last 13 years.

A recent study shows a direct correlation between VCLF funding and improvements in child care quality.

Bolstered by the results of that study, VCLF is launching a new initiative. The Next Generation Fund will finance projects such as the creation of new child care centers, expanding existing centers, and making program quality improvements.

The Vermont Community Loan Fund, or VCLF, has loaned over $7 million to more than one hundred child care programs throughout Vermont in the last 13 years.

A recent study shows a direct coloration between V-C-L-F funding and improvements in child care quality.

Bolstered by the results of that study, V-C-L-F is launching a new initiative. The Next Generation Fund will finance projects such as the creation of new child care centers, expanding existing centers, and making program quality improvements.

 

There's a stretch of Vermont Route 4, between Bridgewater and Hartford, that's locally referred to as the "crash corridor." That section of road was the site of 392 motor vehicle accidents between January 1, 2008 and June 9, 2013. Included in that number are seven crashes resulting in eight fatalities - five of which occurred this year.

In June the crash corridor was the focus of a Highway Safety Roundtable, organized by the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance. A report on the meeting is posted on the Town of Hartford website.

There has been a lot of talk about voting rights in the past week, since the United States Supreme Court ruled on the federal Voting Rights Act. Meanwhile, in the Northeast Kingdom Village of Derby Line, the Village Trustees have been addressing their own constitutionally questionable voting requirement.

The Village is requesting state approval for a change to its 1898 charter, which stipulates voters must have lived in the Village for a year before being eligible to vote.

In regard to the annual village meeting, the charter currently states:

VPR’s Public Post pores through municipal public documents, posted online, to bring you local news from Vermont’s cities, towns, villages and gores. When we find something interesting or otherwise newsworthy, we send out a tweet. We follow up on the bigger stories at the VPR News Blog. Here are some tweet highlights from the past week:

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It's been two years since record spring flooding on Lake Champlain wiped out the Island Line Trail that extends out over the lake, between Colchester and South Hero. Repairs to the causeway trail have been in the works ever since and a total of 545 people and businesses donated $1.5 million for the repairs.

Voters in Waitsfield head to the polls on July 30 to consider two bond questions. Article I asks voters to approve borrowing up to $650,000 to construct a new town office building on Main Street on a parcel of land officially known as the Flemer/Compere Lot 5, but commonly called the Farm Stand Lot. The town has been awarded a $750,000 Community Development Disaster Recovery block grant for the project. The former town office building flooded twice in recent years, including during Tropical Storm Irene.

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