(22) Think twice about shopping at a “big box” store such as Wal-Mart January 9, 2016 23 Things Check out the Home Town Advantage, a publication by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance to show how sprawl presents a tangible threat to historic downtowns all across the country. Share This Tweet Share See Also (19) Help some of the statewide organizations that are working hard to protect the character of Vermont. Visit the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Natural Resources Council for starters. (20) In most Vermont communities, worship services are still held in historic buildings. These churches, synagogues, and other places of worship need support. Show your support. (16) Get married at the Grand Isle Lake House. A beautiful site and a PTV-owned property on Lake Champlain.