Vermont

02/27/2020
MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Tuesday voted to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a bill that would raise the minimum wage from $10.96 to $12.55 by 2022. In a 100-49 vote, Democrats were able to just meet the two-thirds majority needed to counteract Scott’s veto pen. The Senate successfully voted to override the veto of the legislation, S.23, earlier this month, meaning the wage increase will now become law. Six out of the eight House Democrats who opposed the minimum wage legislation on the floor in January changed their votes Tuesday, delivering the support needed to enact the...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School seniors Adelaide Brooks (second from left) and Alder Donovan Cook stand with State Reps. Diane Lanpher (left) and Matt Birong outside a committee room in the Vermont Statehouse this past Thursday morning. Brooks and Donovan Cook testified before the committee on a bill that would create a Vermont State Youth Council.
02/17/2020
Editor’s note: The writer, Alder Donovan Cook, is a senior at Vergennes Union High School and a student representative on the Addison Northwest School District Board. MONTPELIER — Though this past Thursday morning was a school day, I was not going to Vergennes Union High School. Adelaide Brooks and I, both seniors at VUHS, were traveling to the capitol in Montpelier to testify to the House Governance and Operations Committee. The bill that we were testifying on, H.775, would establish a State Youth Council. It was introduced and has been championed by our very own Rep. Diane Lanpher, a...

AS EVIDENCED BY these tracks, bears are more active than normal this winter due to mild winter conditions and fall foods being available. Photo/John Hall
02/10/2020
VERMONT — Many Vermont bears are not getting much rest this winter, according to Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s bear biologist Forrest Hammond, so he is urging people to avoid disturbing them or providing any kind of food for them. Most bears seek their winter dens when it becomes difficult for them to find food and not due to winter cold. During years of natural food shortage, some bears give up trying to find food and enter their winter dens as early as October. This enables them to conserve the energy and fat reserves they have, rather than staying out and expending more energy looking for...
02/10/2020
VERMONT — Vermont’s spring snow goose hunt will be held from March 11 through April 24. Since 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has annually issued a Conservation Order to allow the reduction of the population of migrating greater and lesser snow geese as well as Ross’ geese. The numbers of these geese have grown so high that they are destroying habitat for themselves and other species. Eight states in the Atlantic Flyway (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont) will hold a similar Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order in 2020. The...

VERMONT LAND TRUST is now accepting applications for the Rozendaal Memorial Award. Eric Rozendaal, above, known for his creativity and innovation in farming, died in 2018. Photo/Natalie Stultz
01/30/2020
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Land Trust is accepting applications for an award to celebrate and benefit Vermont farmers. The $5,000 Eric Rozendaal Memorial Award will be given to a Vermont farmer who exemplifies land stewardship, giving back, and entrepreneurial farming. The deadline for applications is June 30. A creative, innovative and enterprising farmer, Eric Rozendaal was a longtime vendor at the Burlington Farmers’ Market. He also worked to improve the soil on his farm, built community with customers and farm workers, and shared his knowledge with others. After Rozendaal passed away in...
01/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — UVM professor Luis Vivanco will share the story of the bicycle’s introduction to Vermont in a talk at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury next Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. His talk, “When the Bicycle Came to Vermont,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Vivanco will explore the fascinating early history of the bicycle in the Green Mountain State, an invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived in the 1880s — helping spark important changes in industrial production, consumerism, road...
01/30/2020
With the Legislature back in session and the governor putting the finishing touches on his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, it is a good time to remind ourselves why Vermonters deserve meaningful increases in funding for the Vermont State College System (VSCS).  The VSCS, which includes Castleton University, the Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College, continues to be the in-state destination for two thirds of Vermonters attending college in Vermont, or over 9,500 students, with another 5,000 in continuing education programs.  However,...
01/02/2020
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s loons are thriving, with a record 101 nesting pairs recorded statewide in 2019, the highest since loon monitoring began in 1978, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE). “Seventy-five of the loon nests successfully produced 115 chicks this year,” said wildlife biologist Eric Hanson with VCE. “Although there were losses, 87 chicks survived through August which exceeded the past five-year average survival of 73 percent.” VCE leads the Vermont Loon Conservation Project in partnership with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife...

FOUR BRISTOL ELEMENTARY School third-graders stand with Sparky the Dog and Smokey Bear at a Statehouse ceremony in Montpelier recognizing the prize-winning work they submitted to the state Fire Safety Fire Contest. The kids, shown from left, are Delia Park, Una Steele, Sarah Zelonis and Mae Cannon. Photo courtesy of Deb Mager Rickner
12/19/2019
BRISTOL — Four Bristol Elementary School third-graders and their families traveled to Montpelier on Nov. 8 to celebrate their winning artwork that was created for the 2020 Robert Howe Fire Safety Calendar Contest. Organized each year by the Vermont Division of Fire Safety, this contest promotes fire safety throughout the state. Congratulations to the BES winners: Una Steele and Mae Cannon, and to Honorable Mentions: Sarah Zelonis and Delia Park. Each year the calendar has a total of 13 winners and 13 honorable mentions. This year there were more than 3,500 entries from 45 schools from all...
12/16/2019
MONTPELIER — Vermont is once again the healthiest state in the nation, according to the United Health Foundation’s recently released America’s Heath Rankings annual report. The state moved up three steps to reclaim the top spot in the Foundation’s 30th year documenting the nation’s health trends, challenges and opportunities.  For nearly two decades, Vermont has ranked among the top five healthiest states, as gauged by the foundation’s review of 35 core measures, including health behaviors and outcomes, clinical care, policy impacts, as well as community, environmental and s o c i o - e c o n...

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