RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) – Heating fuel prices are coming down, but are still higher than last year’s, leaving churches and other nonprofit groups around Vermont wondering how they’re going to keep their facilities warm this winter.

From the St. Mary Catholic Church in Newport to the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, organizations already operating on tight budgets are feeling the squeeze of higher heating costs.

Not many, though, have taken the drastic measure announced by the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland last month. Officials there said they would close for the winter.

At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, director Hilari Farrington says no service cutbacks are planned. She says in difficult times, libraries become even more important to people.

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