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Rising from the ashes in Burlington

burlingtonfreepress.com — The doors of the College Street Congregational Church in Burlington were wide open Sunday as congregation members greeted fellow worshipers for the first service since a fire destroyed the church's steeple in October. Almost six months of repairs and restoration led up to the homecoming service on Easter Sunday - and the congregation was not disappointed.

Vermont hikers urged to stay off muddy trails

burlingtonfreepress.com — The Green Mountain Club is urging hikers to stay off muddy and high-elevation trails. The trails need time to dry out, according to club officials. Soil, especially at high-elevations, is still thawing and can take until Memorial Day to be completely dry.

Man faces charges of attempting to kill ex-girlfriend

burlingtonfreepress.com — A man who police said tried to kill his recent ex-girlfriend early Sunday morning was arrested in Burlington Sunday afternoon, Burlington police said in a news release. Daniel Godin, 34, was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington for lack of $25,000 bail, and he is scheduled to appear Monday morning at Vermont Superior Court in Burlington.

Essex Junction artist masters Ukrainian Easter eggs

burlingtonfreepress.com — The process of making Ukrainian Easter eggs requires an aptitude for design and detail. Theresa Somerset, an artist from Essex Junction, has both. Somerset was introduced to the process of making those intricate, colorful eggs, or "Pysanky," as a child. But took serious interest in the art form as a professional artist and owner of Precision Studio.

Idyll Banter: Sun does indeed rise - especially today

burlingtonfreepress.com — If you're the Easter Bunny, some years you just have to pull a rabbit out of a hat. Some Aprils, you have to deal with blizzards - and, thus, snow bunnies in Vermont. Sometimes in March, you find nothing but dust bunnies under the beds when you're hiding the eggs.
This week's Idyll Banter column in the @Bfp_news : "The sun does indeed rise -- especiually today." burlingtonfreepress.com/story/life/201…

Burlington (again) eyes a harvest of heat from McNeil

burlingtonfreepress.com — This spring, some of Burlington's most forward-looking energy experts are asking us, again, to consider the humble path of plumbing. Or the lack thereof. To clarify: A handful of volunteers (collectively known as the Burlington District Energy Service, or more commonly, BURDES) suggest that we cast our gazes toward the Intervale.

Long forgotten, UVM’s 1st black graduate gets his due

burlingtonfreepress.com — When the pivotal nudge came for the University of Vermont to honor a long-overlooked alumnus, it came from an unlikely place: the town of Brandon. In their last action taken at the annual town meeting on March 3, the citizens of Brandon approved a resolution directing their legislators to inquire why UVM has never commemorated Andrew Harris, the university's first African American graduate and a member of the Class of 1838.

Vermonters return to Boston Marathon year after bombing

burlingtonfreepress.com — Over the next two days, 156 Vermonters are expected to make their way to Hopkinton, Mass. Grandfathers in their 70s, wives and mothers, sons and daughters, college students from campuses elsewhere. Runners all. The reasons each sought out the starting line for the 118th Boston Marathon are at the same time deeply personal and unavoidably similar.
RT @eadanforth: Emotions, reasons run gamut for Vermonters headed to the Boston Marathon on Monday — my story: bfpne.ws/1jh9nDd via @…