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Railroads become Oil Pipeline

Discovering the clean-energy potential of old mills

After a state and federal permitting process that consumed much of the past five years, Bill Scully is ready to start work on his dream of reactivating an old hydroelectric dam at the former Vermont Tissue mill in North Bennington. The project is one of a handful that together may represent the beginnings of a revival for small-scale hydropower in western New England.
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Vermont Passover

Wider access planned at Millay’s home

Poetry and place, Visitors get more access to home of Edna St. Vincent Millay read more



Study backs passenger rail for Bennington County

A study released earlier this year by the Vermont and New York transportation departments concludes that passenger train service should be restored to southwestern Vermont after an absence of more than 60 years. A consulting firm hired by the two states recommended routing a new train from New York City and Albany to Rutland by way of Schenectady, Mechanicville, North Bennington and Manchester. read more


Saving Farmland

Taking a stand for unadulterated food

When Sue Duncan began to organize this year’s March Against Monsanto in Glens Falls, she decided to fight the infamous agribusiness giant not with a line a protesters, but with good food. On May 24, activists around the globe will take to the streets to voice their disapproval of the company that symbolizes chemical agriculture and genetically modified crops. In Glens Falls, however, Duncan says the day will be observed with a festival in the city’s largest park featuring plenty of non-GMO food, live music, speakers and heaping helpings of information. read more



Large in scope, tiny in detail

When Brooklyn-based artist Teresita Fernandez’s new show opens May 24 at the Mass MoCA, it will take over the museum’s entire first floor. But sheer size is just one aspect of the exhibition, “As Above So Below,” which offers visitors many perspectives from which to engage with Fernandez’s work.
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