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Fear of empowerment: In a Vermont town, goal of ‘climate economy’ draws support, resistance

By Evan Lawrence, as seen in the Hill Country Observer:

POWNAL, Vt. - This spring, the rural town of Pownal became the first in Vermont to embark on a new planning initiative aimed at helping communities prepare for climate change and diminishing fossil-fuel supplies.

Supporters say the project, which they’ve dubbed Empower Pownal, will help the town take control of its future while providing new tools for economic development.

'Now or never': Family to open general store in Vernon

By Chris Mays, as seen in the Brattleboro Reformer:

VERNON — Residents missing the community store need worry no longer.

Construction is visible at 67 Governor Hunt Rd., where a mobile home is being made into Cold Brook Ice Cream & General Store.

"We've been without a store for five years," said Dana Macaluso, store manager. "It's just ... we miss it."


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