Most talked about Burlington Free Press stories

VTrendlines: No ‘utopian place’ for the disabled — More than 80,000 Vermonters live with some kind of disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's most recent estimate. That includes includes vision, hearing and cognitive difficulties and problems with tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, bathing or doing errands.

Volunteer of the Week: Keith Lord — If you haven't set foot in your local library since "The Bridges of Madison County" landed on the best seller list, you might be surprised to learn how reliant upon computers many of these book-centric public institutions have become.

Unions: FairPoint not playing fair — FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have known it had to come to an end. Terms of their Verizon contract had carried over when FairPoint purchased the company's land-based telephone operations and had been mostly unchanged for 10 years.

Engagement ring found in parking lot — Morristown Police looking for owner.

Alarm over arson fires in Barre — An empty building on South Main Street in Barre, which used to be the Reynolds House Bed and Breakfast, is now surrounded by a line of bright yellow police tape while holes where windows used to be are covered with wooden boards.

Apple growers hope for a crisp crop — A cold winter and trees still weary from last season's massive apple crop have Northern New England growers eyeing a decent but not spectacular harvest this year. Early season varieties - like Paula Red - are already ripening, prompting pick-your-own orchards to open this weekend or next week.

Hop Jam 2014 — Tree House Dean of Monson, Mass. visits Three Penny Tap Room at the Hop Jam.