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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A wood-fired, district heating system is part of Montpelier's plan to emit zero net CO2 emissions by 2030.
Kirk Carapezza / VPR

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.

Five-hundred middle school students fill the room with enthusiastic chatter as they wait for the chance to meet some of their literary heroes. This is the 56th annual ceremony for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, which was held earlier in June at Vermont Technical College.

The DCF award is voted on by the middle school kids who are the target audience of the nominated books. The 2013 winner was “Running Dream” by Wendelin Van Draanen.  But this ceremony is focused on the newly nominated books that are vying for the 2014 award.

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:

Towns Going Solar

Jun 21, 2013
Town of Marshfield

A growing number of Vermont towns are taking a look at powering municipal buildings via solar arrays.

This month the town of Thetford sent out a Request For Information to companies that could help the town construct a "community/municipal solar farm."

In Worcester, the select board met with a solar development company earlier this month:

June marks the halfway point of 2013 and, likewise, the midpoint of the year-long Vermont Home Energy Challenge. The challenge was created by Efficiency Vermont, in partnership with Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) and other organizations.

As the beginning of the fiscal year approaches, towns across Vermont with budgets that did not pass on Town Meeting Day are trying to pass them now.

VPR’s Amy Noyes speaks with Peter Biello about this and other news found in Public Post, VPR’s online source of community news items that hold big consequences for Vermont towns. 

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:

In a letter to the Charlotte Select Board last month, members of the Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge, the Lewis Creek Association and the Charlotte Conservation Commission asked the board to consider an offer by Chittenden County Forester Keith Thompson to map non-invasive plant species. And this week the select board agreed to take part.

Voters in Bennington and Rutland Town head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for or against proposed school budgets. In Bennington this is the third time since March that an FY14 budget has been brought before the voters. It's the fourth time for school officials in Rutland Town. Fiscal Year 2014 budgets go into effect July 1.

Hinesburg, Vt

Shoreline development laws were a hot issue in the Vermont legislature this year, although no new bills on the topic were passed. Municipalities also have the ability to regulate land use around lakes and ponds through local zoning regulations, drafted in accordance with documents such as a Town Plan.

On sunny days, dog owners in some of Vermont’s biggest cities and towns can take their pets to a dog park.

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