Why We Love Our Toys (And Games)

Shelburne Museum Senior Curator Jean Burks looks back at toys, dolls and games, some that were manufactured in Vermont. Also, with the first round of data from the 2010 census just released, we look at what Vermont’s results tell us. Plus we hear from an Enosburg Falls trio called Farm.

Morning Newscast: December 26, 2008

Christmas Eve fire destroys historic building in Fairfax; new regulations concern Vermont’s handmade toy industry; in VPR’s continuing series, Sounds of 2008, water flow after a dam excavation in Northfield.

Vermont toymakers concerned about rules change

Vermont’s handmade toymakers are resting after the Christmas rush. But they’re looking ahead with concern to the New Year. That’s when new regulations require manufacturers to test their products to prove that they’re safe. As VPR’s John Dillon reports, the tests are so expensive that some companies may be forced out of business.

Midday Newscast: November 25, 2008

A federal review panel says Entergy Vermont Yankee should not be allowed to operate after 2012 unless it conducts a more detailed analysis of aging metal components; community groups and restaurants already have begun to serve meals of turkey and all the trimmings;

VPR Evening News: November 23, 2007

Another Vermont tree goes to Washington for the Capitol Christmas Tree. One candidate could represent both Democrats AND Progressives in the 2008 race for VT Governor. VT biologist concerned over deer disease in NY State possibly heading for VT. VPIRG hoping media attention to understaffed Consumer product Safety Comm. will lead to legislative action on dangerous products, particularly toys.