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May 04, 2016

May Is National Foster Care Month in Vermont

On May 3, 2016, foster, kinship and adoptive families from around the state gathered at the State capitol to witness Governor Shumlin sign a proclamation declaring May as Foster Care Month in Vermont. They were joined by Agency of Human Services (AHS) Secretary Hal Cohen and Department for Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Ken Schatz. Read more

May 04, 2016

Private Drinking Water Wells South of Bennington Landfill Positive for PFOA

MONTPELIER — May 3, 2016 — Gov. Peter Shumlin today released drinking water test results for PFOA from a new area of testing south of the Bennington Landfill. Of the 40 wells, three had no detection of PFOA, three had below 20 parts per trillion, and 34 had detections above 20 parts per trillion. The highest detection in was 201 ppt. Vermont's health advisory level for drinking water is 20 parts per trillion. The majority of the new results were from residences with private wells. read moreRead more

May 03, 2016

As Wildlife Emerges from Winter, Vermonters Reminded to be Mindful of Rabies

Whether you are in Danville, Burlington, Manchester or points in between, now that winter is behind us, the threat of rabies increases as wildlife becomes more active. Fifteen animals have tested positive for rabies so far this year, most of them raccoons. Read more

May 03, 2016

Respect and Enjoy Young Wildlife from a Distance

Watching wildlife is enjoyable, especially when young animals appear in the spring. But it's best to keep your distance. Picking up young wildlife can do more harm than good, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. It's also against the law. Read more

May 03, 2016

‘Ban the Box’ Bill Becomes Law in Vermont

MONTPELIER – May 3, 2016 – In order to help people with criminal convictions find employment and build successful lives, Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a bill to remove questions about criminal records from the very first part of job applications in Vermont. “Banning the box” will give those with criminal records a fair chance at a good job and reduce the risk of recidivism and incarceration. The law follows a 2015 Executive Order signed by Gov. Shumlin to implement a “ban the box” hiring policy for state jobs. read moreRead more

May 02, 2016

Health Department: Take Action to Prevent Lyme Disease

A growing number of Vermonters are falling ill with diseases spread by ticks, such as Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. These tickborne diseases are preventable if you take action to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors now, and in the warmer months ahead. Read more

April 29, 2016

It's Time to Dispose of Vermont's Most Dangerous Leftovers

Many people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from family and friends - often straight out of the medicine cabinet where the drugs may sit long after they are needed. Vermonters can dispose of these expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Read more

April 28, 2016

Vermont's Walleye Fishing Starts May 7

The best walleye fishing in New England will begin soon in several Vermont rivers and lakes, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The department is reminding anglers that walleye fishing season starts in much of the state on the first Saturday in May and that regulations vary, depending on the water you are fishing. Read more

April 28, 2016

Gov. Shumlin Signs Into Law Automatic Voter Registration

MONTPELIER – April 28, 2016 – With some governors working to make it harder for citizens to vote, Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed a law to make it easier. The bill (H.458), signed into law at Montpelier City Hall, automatically registers eligible Vermonters to vote when they apply for a state driver’s license. President Obama has called for so-called automatic voter registration (AVR) laws to be adopted nationwide. Vermont is now the fourth state with such a law. read moreRead more

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