Sausage recall, license-plate scanners lose their luster, Public Philosophy Week diss -- it's Daybreak, 3/26

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WHAT A FINE DAY, UPPER VALLEY!

Another crisp spring day. Probably a bit cooler than yesterday, but just as beautiful, dry, and sunny. Winds shifting to bring in more southerly air tonight, so lows in tomorrow's early-morning hours won't be as low as what we just woke up to. 

North Country Smokehouse recalls kielbasa. The Claremont company says there may be metal in its sausages. It's a national recall.

The Hartford Historical Society needs help. It's updated its online catalog, and now all those photos need to be associated with entries. You can do it from home. Because, you know: the cloud.

VTEL fails state on broadband, Masland calls public funding "a boondoggle." The Springfield-based company has built two networks using federal funds. The fiber-optic one around its home base seems robust. The one for the rest of Vermont, not so much. Why does this matter now? The feds say that since VTEL spent that money, the areas with poor service are no longer "underserved." So a lot of VT is no longer eligible for funding. The whole thing "has turned out to be a phenomenally bad false promise,” says state Rep. Jim Masland of Thetford.

VT lawmakers consider school lead standards stricter than what may come from taps at home. The Senate wants 3 parts per billion. The House says that might be too expensive, and wants 5 parts per billion. Both would be the lowest levels allowed nationwide, and are well below EPA standards of 15 ppb. So schools may be forced to spend serious money retrofitting to spare kids from lead levels they're already getting at home.

NH sets out to update arts standards for schools. And the VN's Sarah Earle checks in with a lovely little story lead. "As long as there are refrigerators, there will be children’s artwork hanging on them, and as long as there are cheap plastic woodwind instruments, there will probably be fourth-graders lined up on bleachers piping Hot Cross Buns in semi-unison." You should go read the whole thing, though as always: VN, subscription reqd.

VT police agencies drop license-plate scanners. According to the Vermont Intelligence Center's latest report, there were 69 using them in 2017, and just four last year, none around here. Turns out they've been expensive to maintain.

It's campaign season, so the national press is discovering -- again -- that NH voters like to pay attention. This time in an LA Times piece that's datelined Lebanon, because that's where Beto was, but is really about how, all around the state, Warren, Hickenlooper, Klobuchar, Gabbard and other candidates deemed less glitzy by the national handicappers are drawing "standing-room-only crowds, ovations and long lines of selfie-seeking fans." 

What does it mean that there's only one Upper Valley bull session during Public Philosophy Week in VT? The UVM-organized series of events this week is being billed as "the largest public philosophy event" in the country, with 50 discussions scheduled around the state, but only one around here. That was in SoRo yesterday, on school funding. Otherwise, looks like you'll have to head to Peacham to talk "How Far Should We Go in Local Eating?" Here's the full schedule.

YIKES! THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH TO DO TONIGHT!

You could, for instance, be awash in Sound of Ceres at the Montshire. Synths, ethereal vocals, laser-lights, fiber-optics... Go expand your head. 

Or root your feet at West Leb Feed & Supply for Seed Starts and Waking Up the Garden. It's their first gardening seminar of the season, all about... well, starting seeds and getting the garden ready. Maybe once the snow is gone? Space is limited, so call 603-298-8600 to reserve a spot. 

Then there's "You Come Too," a public Robert Frost reading in celebration of the poet's 145th birthday. It's led by Dartmouth's Dept of English & Creative Writing, and Crossroads Academy's 7th grade. Anyone's welcome to bring and read their own favorite Frost poem, or share an anecdote, or do a poem in translation. Okay, dare you: "The Death of the Hired Man" in Ukrainian.

Still pondering? Let's do one more: Blockchain and Private Keys 101. At Claremont Makerspace. "Short and sweet with a little interactive fun," they say. "You will leave with basic concepts of blockchain and cryptography, plus some tokens!" For the subway, right?  

See you tomorrow.

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