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Rebuilding Barre & goats of East Calais

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Vermont Public continues its week of coverage commemorating the one-year anniversary of last summer’s flooding. Today, we examine the slow pace of efforts to rebuild Barre as a place that would be more resilient to future flooding, and we travel to East Calais to check in with a farmer who used canoes to rescue part of her flood-ravaged goat herd. Plus, Vermont State Police investigate an incident in St. Johnsbury that left two people dead and several others injured, Barre City’s fire chief recalls the swiftness of the rising floodwaters last summer, why it will take several years to flood-proof the state office buildings damaged last year, a three-time Paralympic cycling medalist from Putney has been barred from competing in 2024 Paralympic trials after testing positive for a banned substance, and Vermont-made butter gets a shout-out on a hit television show.


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A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station WBUR...as a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Brittany Patterson joined Vermont Public in December 2020. Previously, she was an energy and environment reporter for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Ohio Valley ReSource. Prior to that, she covered public lands, the Interior Department and forests for E&E News' ClimateWire, based in Washington, D.C. Brittany also teaches audio storytelling and has taught classes at West Virginia University, Saint Michael's College and the University of Vermont. She holds degrees in journalism from San Jose State University and U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. A native of California, Brittany has fallen in love with Vermont. She enjoys hiking, skiing, baking and cuddling with her rescues, a 95-pound American Bulldog mix named Cooper, and Mila, the most beautiful calico cat you'll ever meet.