Oil Trains Along Lake Champlain Are a Concern

Should Recreation Be Banned on Berlin Pond?

How Much 'Green' Does Green Up Day Require?

Health Experts Laud New Woodstove Rules; Stove Makers Doubt They'll Clear the Air

Sarah Cosgrove works at ground zero for Vermont asthmatics. The 35-year-old respiratory therapist serves as an asthma educator and tobacco-cessation specialist for Rutland Regional Medical Center. In 2010, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified Vermont as having the highest rate of adult asthma in the country — 11.1 percent of the population suffers from it — Rutland had Vermont’s highest incidence of the chronic respiratory disease.

Into the Wilds: Backcountry Skiers Push for State Help in Carving New Glades

Rochester is surrounded on both sides by the sloping Green Mountains, but the central Vermont town doesn’t look much like a ski area. It lacks overflow parking lots, overpriced cups of chili and a mountain range of condos. Another thing that’s missing: chairlifts.

Too Close to the Edge: Vermont Lawmakers to Focus on Shoreline Protection

When legislation to restrict development along the edges of lakes and ponds failed to pass the Vermont Senate last spring, the bill’s supporters left the Statehouse with a new concern: What if property owners began to preemptively clear their lakeshore parcels to avoid restrictions that might win approval in the 2014 legislative session? It may have already happened at Sunrise Lake, which straddles the border of Benson and Orwell, according to state environmental officials.

An Essex Christmas Tree Farm Battles Flood Damage

When Whites Christmas Tree Farm in Essex opens for business later this month, children will run up and down the rows of perfectly trimmed Fraser and balsam firs, looking for perfect specimens. The parking lot will be filled with pickups and wagons ready to haul them home. For now, though, the place is tranquil, with a backdrop of foliage glowing red and orange. It’s quiet, that is, until a chain saw starts up — preparing to cut down would-be Christmas trees before their time.

From 4000 Feet, Hugh and Jeanne Joudry Have Kept Watch Over Vermont's Stratton Mountain for Decades

When Hugh and Jeanne Joudry first ascended Stratton Mountain 45 years ago, “We had no idea what we were doing,” Jeanne recently recalled. Back then, Jeanne was 23 years old and fresh out of art school; she and Hugh, a 29-year-old math teacher, had signed up to spend the summer of 1968 working as fire lookouts atop the southern Vermont mountain.

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