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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: http://www.hillcountryobserver.com/2017news/sept2017pownal.htm

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: http://www.reformer.com/stories/now-or-never-family-to-open-general-stor...

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."

Costello Commentary: Coming Together to Answer Climate Change

As seen in the Times-Argus: https://www.timesargus.com/articles/answering-the-climate-challenge/

This week saw yet another disturbing climate change report in the news—this one authored by U.S. Government officials—highlighting the grave danger humanity faces from climate change. To answer the challenge, we will need leadership, entrepreneurship and creativity. That creativity is all around us in Vermont.

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