safety

BRISTOL — After teachers at Bristol Elementary School raised school safety concerns in a public statement at Tuesday night's Mount Abraham Unified School District board meeting, Mount Abraham Education Association co-vice president Sarah Mangini followed with a statement cataloguing some of the damage and dangers experienced or observed at the school. Mangini described an atmosphere in which students and teachers have feared for their safety, property has been damaged, and learning has often being interrupted. Some of the concerns expressed Tuesday night echoed those that have been shared in...

A BRISTOL ELEMENTARY School classroom that recently suffered damage after an incident at the school.
BRISTOL — A group of Bristol Elementary School teachers banded together to raise concerns about safety issues at the school during Tuesday night's MAUSD board meeting in Bristol. Teachers spoke of incidents in recent days and weeks when "children were hiding and crying in fear and staff members were injured. Hallways were cleared and students and staff remained in the learning space they were in with the doors locked." They referred to the school as a "place of unrest" where "a general sense of helplessness and fear has permeated our school." The full statement, which was shared with the...
MONTPELIER — With the 16- day rifle deer season beginning this Saturday, Vermont Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters. and anyone who goes into the woods, to wear fluorescent hunter orange. “Studies prove that wearing fluorescent hunter orange keeps hunters visible to other people in the woods, but it keeps them relatively invisible to deer,” said Vermont Hunter Education Program Coordinator Nicole Meier. “Every year we should strive to be the safest we can be by wearing at least a hunter orange hat and vest,” she added. Meier says hunters moving into the line of fire of other hunters and...
Spring is here and while there may not be many cars on the roads these days, there are a fair amount of bicyclists out there. It is a great time to ride a bike even though we have many other challenges upon us. So, you’re driving your car along a two-lane country road with no shoulder like almost every country road in Vermont. You see a biker up ahead, going in the same direction along your side of the road. Your first thought is, “Darn it!” First, take a deep breath. This is a challenge and can be frustrating, even for us car drivers who are also bicyclists, but it is a bicycle, and like...
MIDDLEBURY — In a recent e-newsletter, The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) rejoiced at the arrival of warmer weather. But they added, “Unfortunately, the ticks are also waking up and having a great time latching on to unsuspecting hikers and runners.” Most Vermonters know that warm weather plus time in the forest means ticks. But it can be hard to remember what steps people can take to ensure they are protected and prepared to deal with ticks when they arrive. Below are tips from Vermont’s Department of Health to help avoid tick-borne diseases: •  Before going outside, put on EPA-registered...
WILLISTON — Along with hitting the gym more often and starting a diet, quitting smoking tops many New Year’s resolution lists. There are currently 67,400 smokers in Vermont and 57% of them tried to quit last year. New ads from e-cigarette companies would have those smokers falsely believe that switching to vaping is quitting smoking. The American Lung Association is reminding Vermont residents that the Food and Drug Administration has not found any e-cigarette to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit. Alex Crimmin, Health Promotions Specialist for the American Lung Association in...

ICE FISHING OPPORTUNITIES ARE close by, no matter where you are in Vermont. Ice fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in winter, offering a fun, unique winter experience. Photo/Shawn Good, VTF&W
RUTLAND — As winter sets in, many Vermonters are preparing for one of the most popular cold weather pastimes in the state — ice fishing. Anglers spend over 400,000 days each winter ice fishing in Vermont, and the state’s Fish & Wildlife Department is encouraging more people to give this accessible past-time a try. Department fisheries biologist Shawn Good says ice fishing is a fun, social, family-oriented activity, and that there are many great reasons for Vermonters new to the sport to try it this year. “Ice fishing is generally more accessible than open water fishing,” says Good. “...
VERMONT — With additional snow expected in the coming weeks, the U.S. Forest Service is looking forward to a successful snowmobile season and wants to encourage all riders to put safety first. Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) officials remind snowmobile enthusiasts to heed to all gates and signs and to stay off roads and trails that are closed.  Due to heavy snow in November, Forest Service employees and several snowmobile clubs throughout Vermont have been working to clear trees and other debris from trails. Officials want to remind trail users to use extra caution early in the season...
ADDISON COUNTY — In the past two weeks, Vermont State Police have conducted a number of saturation patrols in the area. Wednesday, Nov. 27, known as the busiest travel day of the year, marked the beginning of Operation C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) and the Governor’s Highway Safety Thanksgiving Click it or Ticket Campaign. In support of these campaigns troopers from the New Haven barracks and a Vergennes police officer conducted a saturation patrol between 8 a.m. and noon along Route 22A in Addison, Bridport and Shoreham. The purpose of the patrol was to detect and identify...
MONTPELIER — Many Vermont residents will have heating oil tanks inspected before the first fill of the winter season. The inspections, required by a 2017 rule, reduce the number of spills or leaks from these tanks. Under the 2017 rule, inspectors must attach a “do not fill” or “red-tag” if the tank is at risk of spilling or leaking fuel.  “To protect the environment and keep people safe from hazardous fuel leaks, we’re working with fuel suppliers to inspect tanks so that we’re able to prevent spills before they happen,” said Emily Boedecker, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of...

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