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07/09/2019
MONKTON — Vermont Reads is a Vermont Humanities Council program in which citizens throughout the state are invited to read the same book and participate in community activities related to the themes of the book The Vermont Humanities Council 2019 selection is the graphic novel “March: Book One.” The book is the first of a trilogy written by civil rights icon John Lewis, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and award-winning graphic artist Nate Powell. Lewis was chairman of the Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was one of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights...
07/09/2019
MIDDLEBURY — If you live in Addison County and buy your groceries here, you are probably well aware of Homeward Bound’s summertime message: Don’t leave dogs in hot cars. The sandwich board signs are up and the humane society is banging the drum, once again.  “We know that most people don’t intend to put their animals in harm’s way. They innocently think that a trip into the grocery store will only take a few minutes. What they don’t realize is that on a summer day, even with their car windows open, the temperature inside can reach triple digits in less than 10 minutes, putting their animals...
07/09/2019
MONTPELIER — Attorney General T.J. Donovan recently released a video guidance aimed at assisting Vermont employers in understanding workplace sexual harassment laws. The video, titled Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, provides businesses with an overview of Vermont’s current workplace sexual harassment laws and summarizes employers’ obligations under the law. A complete copy of the video can be found here. A joint project between the Attorney General’s Small Business Initiative and Civil Rights Unit, this video is part of Attorney General Donovan’s ongoing efforts to be...
07/09/2019
Eighteen years ago, when I moved back to New Hampshire, I rarely came across ticks. The dog didn’t carry them unwittingly into the house, and I could spend the day in the garden or on wooded trails and not see a single, hard-shelled, eight-legged, blood-sucking creepy-crawly. Not so anymore. Now, from the time of snowmelt in the spring to the first crisp snowfall of autumn — and often beyond — we find ticks everywhere: on the dog, crawling up the front door, along kids’ hairlines, on backs or arms or legs, and occasionally (and alarmingly) walking along a couch cushion or bed pillow. With the...
07/09/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — Two Addison County projects, the Addison Allies Network and The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, were recently awarded Vermont Community Foundation Spark! grants. The grants are given to local projects that will nurture their communities and build social capital. These grants — where a small amount can make a big difference — are intended to light the spark that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy. The Addison Allies Network, awarded $3,000, will hire bilingual high school students from local farmworker families to distribute a comprehensive resource guide and...
07/09/2019
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds the public not to swim at fishing access areas due to safety concerns. The primary use of the fishing access areas is for launching and retrieving motorboats. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department maintains 196 developed fishing access areas on lakes and rivers throughout the state. These areas have allowed uses determined by law, and swimming is not one of them. Fish & Wildlife regulations prohibit certain uses of fishing access areas including, but not limited to — swimming, littering, camping, picnicking, making a...
07/09/2019
MONTPELIER — Every year in Vermont, there are between 70 and 100 preventable heating fuel leaks from aboveground storage tanks (ASTs).  Nearly all are avoidable.  Leaks can contaminate drinking water or surface water, release toxic odors that affect residents, and impact home values.  In 2017, Vermont adopted new rules to help prevent fuel leaks to keep Vermont’s residents and environment safe. These rules apply to the 120,000 aboveground fuel oil storage tanks in Vermont. The rules specify standards for new installations and require periodic inspections of existing systems.  “Early...

AMY MASON OF Weybridge (left), Sarah Morris of Vergennes (middle) and Peg Sutlive of Lincoln (right) recently graduated from the from the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute.
07/09/2019
WILLISTON — Three Addison County women recently graduated from the from the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute: Amy Mason of Weybridge, Sarah Morris of Vergennes and Peg Sutlive of Lincoln. The commencement ceremony was held on June 1, at Basin Harbor in Vergennes. Mason is currently the Board Chair at WomenSafe in Middlebury. Morris is the fifth-generation host at Basin Harbor in Vergennes. Sutlive is a Literacy/Math educator at Hinesburg Community School in Hinesburg. As participants in the Vermont Leadership Institute, the three joined joined 21 other leaders...
07/09/2019
VERGENNES — When the dust settled this past Friday evening at the end of the second contentious Vergennes City Council meeting of the week, council members did not agree on a budget, but did approve an 8.5-cent tax increase to the city’s municipal rate. That means that in the fiscal year that began Monday, Vergennes property owners will pay a rate for taxes to cover non-school spending that rose by a little more than 10 percent from 83.5 cents per $100 in property value to 92 cents.  City Council members set the rate after the discovery of accounting miscues — they were not entirely the city’...
07/09/2019
BRISTOL — As officials in the Mount Abraham Unified School District mull the possibility of proposing a fourth bond to renovate Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School, a group of 5-Town energy committee members have come up with a proposal of their own. It’s called “performance contracting,” and it’s touted as a no-money-down, pays-for-itself strategy for increasing energy efficiency. “We’ve been looking at the performance contracting concept as a way to pay for improving our schools, through saving energy,” said Starksboro Energy Committee chair Richard Faesy during a May 28 presentation to...

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