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Voices In The Week's News: Feb. 21, 2014

Charlotte Albright
Woodstock high school's SpeakChorus delivers a mixture of speech and song in "Ambassador Satch."

A new state telecommunications plan being prepared by the Department Of Public Service. The Mount Snow ski resort said they’ll try to attract foreign investors like Jay Peak has.  The federal farm bill gave Vermont permission to experiment with growing hemp. The organizers of Green Up Day warned they may need to shut down in a year due to lack of funding. Author James Patterson gave surprise grants to two local bookstores. And students in Woodstock organized a month-long celebration of Louis Armstong.

These were some of the voices in the news, this week:

Broadband Focus Shifting To Need For Speed

“I think that the VTA is a good organization and it’s taken a lot of time to get it up and running and have good relationships with the companies.  I think it's time that we doubled down. Expand the mission, change the goals and continue.” - West Glover Representative Sam Young

Inspired By Jay Peak, Mount Snow Looks To Court Foreign EB-5 Investors

"We’ve followed their progress very carefully. And what Jay Peak and Bill Stenger have accomplished is tremendous and we hope that we can do something similar here at Mount Snow. We think we can." - Peak Resorts partner Dick Deutsch

New Farm Bill Boosts Hemp Cultivation In Vermont

“For Vermont farmers, we see this as an additional economic benefit for the farmers who can add a product there is a high demand for. You can easily make bio fuels, you can make hemp seed oils, you can make bedding for your livestock.” - Robb Kidd, hemp coordinator for Rural Vermont

Green Up Day May Get Trashed If Lawmakers Don't Find Money

"We really are facing the reality that if something positive does not happen, that after Green Up Day 2015 we will face planning an orderly shutdown of Green Up Day." - Melinda Vieux, president of Green Up Vermont

Checks In The Mail For Two Local Bookstores

"He just doesn’t think people are reading enough. So his motivation was to help the people who had helped him years and years ago be successful by doing something back.” - Phoenix Book co-owner Michael DeSanto

Woodstock Pays Theatrical Tribute To Louis Armstrong

“This whole series is called 'Louis Armstrong, Playing It Forward.' The idea is that what he had inspires all of us to continue on our lives - musically but also just as people.” - Alina Bloomgarden,  independent producer

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