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Vermont’s state constitution is staying warm with wood heat


The bitter arctic cold snap that hit this month has many Vermonters thinking about keeping their homes and businesses warm with wood and pellet stoves, but did you know that the Vermont State Archives, home to the constitution, is also heated with wood?


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