BRIGHT YELLOW SLIME molds, which are not harmful to adults or animals, often appear on bark mulch in beds after rainstorms.
VERMONT — Have you ever noticed something bright yellow or orange on your bark mulch after a rain? You may notice that this blob actually has moved across the mulch over the course of a few days.
This is a unique organism called a slime mold. Slime molds are no longer classified as fungi, but instead as a member of the Kingdom Protista (Protoctista). Slime molds are not harmful to adults or animals, and you can break them up with a rake if desired.
There are hundreds of different slime molds with a range of colors and forms, but the bright yellow one we see after rainy weather is in a group...
Emergency contraception causes infertility. You can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding. Non-hormonal intrauterine devices cause blood clots. These are only a part of the misinformation women’s health care providers have been fighting for decades — misinformation that has contributed to unintended pregnancies.
In 2012, almost half of all pregnancies in Vermont were unintended, according to the Vermont Department of Health. Seeking to change that, DoH officials set a goal for 65 percent pregnancy intention by 2020.
The plan, laid out by the Women’s Health Initiative, is multipronged.
VERMONT — With its four seasons, mountains, rivers, lakes and millions of acres of forests and fields, Vermont is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts locally and beyond. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation and the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont are seeking input from Vermonters to help capitalize on these natural assets and deliver facilities and programs that make it easy for people to enjoy the outdoors.
From Aug. 12 through Sept. 9, Vermonters are invited to participate in a survey to help shape the future of outdoor recreation in Vermont. The...
Commander Ron LaRose
BRISTOL — At the American Legion Department of Vermont’s annual convention in South Burlington in late June, life-long Bristol resident Ron LaRose was named American Legion Commander for the Department of Vermont
LaRose was born in Bristol in 1947, graduated from Bristol High School Class of 1964, and graduated from Vermont Technical College Class of 1966.
LaRose has worked for the Agency of Transportation and Lee Lowell as a land surveyor, and later was self-employment as a land surveyor. He also worked fulltime for the Vermont Army National Guard for 27 years. He is presently partnered with...
Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has not put out legally required reports on pesticide use since 2013, blaming the lapse on a database change gone wrong.
The reports that are publicly available on the amount of pesticides applied to golf courses, lawns, farms, utility corridors and other commercial uses come with the caveat that the data “are currently undergoing review and have not been verified.”
According to Vermont law, the Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture must “make information reported to the Agency relative to the use of pesticides available to the public via the...
As the new school year gets under way later this month, the Addison Independent’s editorial discussions will spend a week reviewing the thrust of Act 46 — the law passed in 2015 to consolidate school governance as a response to the changing demographics and diminished number of students in many school districts. While many communities and school districts readily accepted the tax incentives to do so — not to mention a more manageable school governance apparatus for school officials — we’re just now on the cusp of what could be very controversial decisions: that of potentially merging some...
SALISBURY — The Salisbury landfill will stop accepting trash on Sept. 1, thus ending its more than 30-year run and its status as the state’s last operating unlined landfill.
And while closure plans are going smoothly, Salisbury still needs to find a hauler to run a mini transfer station at the landfill. Residents will then be able to bring their trash and recyclables to the there for transport to the Addison County Solid Waste Management facility in Middlebury.
“All of the haulers in Addison County are so busy,” Selectwoman Pedie O’Brien said. “I think a lot of it is that so many people are...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says bear-hunting season starts in September and reminds hunters about the bear-hunting regulations that went into effect last year.
Vermont has two bear-hunting seasons. The early season, which requires a special bear tag, starts Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 15 with one exception. Nonresident hunters using dogs cannot start bear hunting until Sept. 15. The late bear season begins Nov. 16 and continues through Nov. 24. A hunter may only take one bear during the year.
In addition to a hunting license, a bear hunter using a bow or...
BURLINGTON — Vermont has long been home to some of the best-known outdoor recreation companies, including international brands such as Orvis, Burton, and Darn Tough. Now, a new initiative is underway to network, grow and raise awareness of Vermont’s diverse businesses, large and small, that help make the state a leader in outdoor recreation.
That’s the mission of the Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance (VOBA), a new non-profit group of private-sector businesses. “We’re working to educate Vermonters about outdoor recreation and engage businesses in development initiatives, collaboration...
VERMONT — Vermont Fish & Wildlife says anyone interested in taking a hunter education course should consider doing so this summer, because fewer courses will be available later in the year.
“Invariably many people are disappointed when they can’t find a hunter education course being given in the fall,” said Nicole Meier with Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program. “We actually have more courses available now because many of our certified volunteer instructors have more time to give the courses before hunting seasons begin.”
“While more classes will be added through...