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Prevent forest erosion: avoid muddy trails

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Green Mountain Club (GMC), maintainer of Vermont’s Long Trail and Vermont’s hiking trail advocate; and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR), manager of state forests and parks, announce that mud season has returned to the Green Mountains.

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House Speaker Smith, Rep. Jewett weigh future plans

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Vermont House of Representatives Speaker Shap Smith might re-enter the race for governor, and one decision he has already made could affect the plans of at least one Addison County lawmaker.

Smith, a Morrisville Democrat, acknowledged in a March 30 phone interview with the Independent that he might re-insert himself into the contest for governor, this after having withdrawn from the race this past November.

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Area 4-H students place in Vermont Dairy Quiz Bowl

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — Three Addison County 4-H members placed in the Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington on March 19.

The UVM Extension 4-H-sponsored event, which included a written test and several buzzer rounds of oral questions, attracted 76 participants. In the Junior Division, Emma Oliver of Bridport placed fifth among 8- and 9-year-olds; Michael Plouffe of Bridport placed seventh among 10- and 11-year-olds; and Andrea Palmer of Weybridge placed ninth among 12- and-13-year-olds.

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VSP commits to review safety of VSP training in light of trooper death

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Labor investigation into the Vermont State Police physical training procedures for its Tactical Services Unit has been wrapped up after the Vermont Department of Public Safety and the Department of Labor last Thursday came to an agreement.

The investigation was initiated after Vermont State Police Trooper Kyle Young, a 28-year-old Monkton resident who was stationed at the New Haven barracks, died during a try out for the Tactical Services Unit last Sept. 17 in Jericho.

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Vets' group offering aid to nursing students

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The local chapter of a national veterans organization is offering scholarships to qualified undergraduate students enrolled in two- or four-year academic programs of study to be registered nurses. These scholarships can help veterans with experience in related military occupations prepare for civilian careers in the nursing profession.

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It's time to file for student financial aid

Posted on March 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



WINOOSKI — Vermont Student Assistance Corp., the state advocate for Vermont students in their pursuit of higher education, wants you to file your FAFSA. Now.

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the crucial first step to receiving financial aid, including federal Pell grants, VSAC’s Vermont State Grant, financial aid from the school that the student attends and for student loans.

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Childcare center grants available

Posted on March 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Funding is now available for Vermont childcare centers to support children of preschool age (3-4 years) in need of assistance through the Edwards Child Care Scholarship Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.

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Now is the time to take down bird feeders

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says warm spring weather and melting snows are causing bears to come out of their winter dens early in search of a meal. The department recommends taking down bird feeders now to avoid attracting them.

Bears are very fond of suet and bird seed, especially black oil sunflower seed. Bringing feeders in at night doesn’t work, because bears will still feed on seed that is spilled on the ground.

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Vermont cliffs closed to protect nesting falcons

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT —  Forest Service officials in Vermont have announced that two prominent cliff sites on the Green Mountain National Forest’s (GMNF) Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Districts have been temporarily closed in order to provide protection and critical nesting habitat for peregrine falcons.

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Biochar enriches soil, boosts plant growth

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul



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At this time of year, many a gardener’s daydreams turn to the springtime promise of sprouting plants. Seed catalogs start arriving in the mail months before the soil will be thawed and drained enough for planting, and we use this downtime to plan for the coming season.

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