Advocates for psychiatric patients say they don't want to see a relaxation of rules governing the use of involuntary treatment in the state's hospitals.
At a meeting Monday of an advisory group called the Mental Health Transformation Council, Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre heard extensive and vehement comments from advocates — some of them former mental health patients — that rules drafted by Dupre's department would harm patients' rights.
A coalition called Gun Sense Vermont hopes to succeed where previous advocates have failed.
Vermont is known as one of the least restrictive states when it comes to gun control laws.
The new coalition is promoting modest firearms legislation as a matter of public safety, rather than as an effort at gun control.
The leader of the effort is Ann Braden of Brattleboro. She says her campaign to promote gun safety is about as ‘grass roots’ as an effort could be. The thirty-four-year-old former teacher and mother of two started GunSense Vermont less than a year ago.
Voters in Walden go back to the polls this week for a fifth attempt to pass a school budget for the current fiscal year. Balloting on the $2,618,278 budget will be held throughout the day on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Vermont's fall turkey hunting season will open next weekend.
The shotgun and archery season runs from Saturday through Nov. 3 in many parts of the state and until Nov. 10 in parts of Chittenden, Addison, Rutland and Bennington counties.
State Wildlife Director Mark Scott says hunters may need to search the forests this fall to find the turkey flocks. He says unlike some years when large flocks were often seen in agricultural fields, hunters will have to look for the birds' ground scratchings to find their feeding areas.
Renewable energy advocates and industry players are set to gather in South Burlington next week for a conference devoted to topics ranging from energy project siting to net metering to the future of individual energy technologies.
R-E 2013, the annual conference organized by the industry group Renewable Energy Vermont, begins Monday, October 28 and runs through Tuesday October 29 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington.