To the casual observer, Lake Champlain might seem pretty calm right now. But lake scientists know that it is kicking up a storm. It's undergoing turnover and seiche (sounds like saysh) as we speak.
What, exactly, are these phenomena? Breck Bowden, director of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program, explains.
Turnover is "one of the most unusual and least-known properties of water," Bowden says. It starts with the lake's stratification; the warmer water sits on top, and the cooler water sinks to the bottom.
Mayor John Hollar thinks the city’s parking requirements for businesses wishing to locate in the city are too onerous and may be discouraging development.
He raised the issue at a recent meeting of the City Council, in an agenda item that sought to determine whether parking requirements in the city’s zoning ordinance should be reduced or eliminated in the downtown district.
Hollar indicated he thinks the requirements are unfair compared with what existing businesses have had to do.
Beginning next month, communities in Vermont will need to follow new rules to qualify for state assistance following a disaster. Community leaders learned about the new standards — and about other ways to prepare for emergencies — at an annual conference hosted by the Department of Public Safety.
A family of seven living in a small trailer in Coventry is going to get a brand new house, thanks to Habitat for Humanity.
In the Northeast Kingdom, Habitat is looking for mobile homes in disrepair, and replacing them with small, energy-efficient bungalows. Daniel and Elisabeth Prue, of Coventry, will be the first clients to benefit from this new approach to affordable housing.
Chittenden Sen. Ginny Lyons is the chairwoman of the Legislature’s Health Care Oversight Committee. And she says that security shortcomings on Vermont Health Connect warranted the decision earlier this week to temporarily shut it down.
But Lyons says legislators were caught flat-footed by a surprise announcement of bad news from the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin.
“I believe that some prior notice would have been very helpful to folks, so that we would respond to the questions that we’ve been asked,” she said.
How cathartic would it be to step onto a stage and give the performance of your life, literally? Steven Cadwell grew up in Pittsford in the 1950s and didn't come out as a gay man until the 1970s. He is now a married and works as a psychotherapist in the Boston area. His one-man performance is called Wild and Precious.
In the performance, Cadwell uses his own poetry, song, photos and costume changes to tell the story of his own life and the immense changes that have taken place in gay history in the last 50 years.
Last week, students on the soccer and football teams at North Country Union High School were stopped in their tracks by a mysterious rash on their feet and hands. Hand, foot and mouth disease is actually more common among children under five years old, but it can affect adults too … and it is more common this time of year.