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Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count this weekend

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERMONT — This holiday season marks the 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a favorite tradition among Vermont’s birding community. The counts are conducted from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 each year.

Even novice birdwatchers can participate because every event is led by an experienced birder. Organizers and participants include birders and biologists from Audubon Vermont, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, and many other groups.

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State hires expert to verify pipeline depth

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By Mike Polhamus of VTDigger.org



MONTPELIER — The Public Utility Commission (PUC) will hire an “independent expert” to check the burial depth of Vermont Gas Systems’ pipeline between Colchester and Middlebury, part of which is closer to the surface than intended.

According to a Dec. 6 PUC order, the expert will look in particular at a half-mile section where the pipeline’s depth doesn’t comply with the permit. The analysis will also check the pipeline’s depth at stream crossings along its 41-mile length.

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Flu season is upon us: H3N2 vaccine available now

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — Vermont health officials say this may be a rough flu season, and are advising people to get their flu shot to protect both themselves and others, such as children too young to be vaccinated.

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Permanent hunting and fishing license reduced for seniors

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding hunters, anglers and trappers of changes to permanent licenses that go into effect starting Jan. 1, 2018.

A permanent license is currently available free to Vermont residents 70 or older. Beginning Jan. 1, a resident 66 or older may purchase a permanent license for a one-time fee of $60.

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Winter storm safety tips for Vermonters

Posted on December 12, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — As the winter weather hit Vermont on Tuesday, the American Red Cross offered 10 steps that people can take to stay safe during the storm.

1.  Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

2.  Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

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Vermont Congressman reflects on a 'wild' week in Washington

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By By MICHELLE MONROE St. Albans Messenger



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ST. ALBANS — As the threat of another government shutdown loomed on Thursday, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., was busy dealing with an array of fast-changing events that will have varying degrees of impact in Vermont.

“It’s wild,” Welch said in a conversation with the St. Albans Messenger. As he was waiting for the Republicans to offer a plan to fund the government, he refelected on Jerusalem, impeachment and the House firearms vote, all of which had taken place the day before.

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The Outside Story: Coyotes are getting ready for winter

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By Susie Spikol Faber



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Eight years ago, my husband and I planted 128 fruit trees on a hillside, mostly apples, but the back few rows included stone fruits. Our apples began producing with gusto after only a few years. We made gallons of cider and sold bushels of heirloom apples. But the plums have required patience. Their blossoms are so delicate and our springs so unpredictable that after eight years, there are still varieties we have yet to taste.

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Nominate a Vermont Small Business of the Year

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Vermont District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting nominations for its 2018 small business awards.

Previous Vermont winners include Ben and Jerry’s, Switchback Brewing Company and Mike Rainville of Middlebury’s Maple Landmark, who was 2017 Small Business Person of the Year.

Since 1963, the SBA has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to the nation’s economy. The award categories are:

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Bray suggests a per-parcel fee to fund clean water; state officials differ on payment plan

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Debate in Montpelier surrounding efforts to clean up the state’s waterways has been surging like the Otter Creek in April, but legislative action on funding for those efforts has been moving at a glacial pace.

With that in mind, Sen. Chris Bray, D-New Haven, is suggesting Vermont adopt a per-parcel fee that would yield $18.8 million of the estimated $30 million the state will need to raise during each of the next 20 years as its share of a federally mandated, $2.6 billion cleanup of Lake Champlain and related waterways.

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Diplomat offers hope to Mexican dairy farm labor

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Microphone in hand, Consul General Emilio Rabasa addressed Mexican nationals at a mobile consulate event in Middlebury last Saturday, exhorting an assortment of Mexican dairy farm workers to know their rights — rights guaranteed by federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

Later that afternoon he stood in a Middlebury barn chatting with two local dairy workers about their lives both at home and here in Vermont.

Both workers, as it turns out, were from the state of Chiapas — near where Rabasa himself grew up.

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