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Time To Button Up

17 hours ago

This Saturday is Button Up Vermont's Day of Action. It's the second annual event intended to inspire Vermonters to weatherize their homes. Organizers are hoping Vermonters will embrace the fall Button Up Vermont event in the same way they take part in Green Up Day each spring.

Here's what the Button Up Vermont website has to say about the Nov. 1 event:

The Button Up Vermont Day of Action is an annual tradition aimed at inspiring more Vermonters to “Button Up” each fall, just like we “Green Up” every spring!

What would happen if an entire city practiced mindfulness? The Vermont Community Foundation has set out to answer that question by awarding the Center for Mindful Learning an Innovations and Collaborations Grant "to teach and integrate mindfulness into the core city institutions of Winooski."

Dan Feliciano, the Libertarian candidate for governor who’s using an anti-single-payer message to draw conservative votes, will hit the television airwaves for the first time this election cycle.

Late Monday afternoon, about 50 protesters with the groups 350VT,  Rising Tide Vermont, Just Power and the Vermont Workers Center staged  a sit-in at Gov. Peter Shumlin’s office in Montpelier.

Organizers said they plan to stay until the governor meets their demands to renounce his support for the Vermont Gas Systems natural gas pipeline expansion – and back a ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure.

At similar demonstrations in the past, protesters refusing to leave an area have been arrested.

Authorities in the Upper Valley confirmed today that a recent surge in drug overdoses is linked to heroin mixed with Fentanyl.

According to Hartford Police Deputy Chief Braedon Vail, there have been nine known overdoses in the Upper Valley this month, two of which were fatal.

Test results announced today showed that “a sample of heroin that was sent to the lab regarding the many overdoses in our area” were found to be mixed with Fentanyl.

Traveling Vermont 116 in Bristol is about to get a whole lot easier. This afternoon, local and state officials will be on hand for the grand opening of a new 368-foot span over the New Haven River.

"Travelers have been dealing with delays in the area for years with a one-lane temporary bridge," a Vermont Agency of Transportation media alert states. And although work on the bridge won't be finished until the spring, it will be open to traffic after the ceremony at 1 p.m. today.

VTrans has posted a YouTube video about the project. Check it out:

The long-awaited Morrisville Bypass is set to open on Halloween. Volunteers help prepare nests for spiny softshell turtles. Motorboats are still allowed on Wolcott Pond, under five miles per hour. Burlington establishes an adopt-a-drain program.

The interim administrative team that was in place to right the troubled Burlington Public School system earlier this year resigned suddenly Friday morning, citing conflicts with the city’s school board.

A letter signed by the three-member administrative team says that some members of the school board “have little understanding, concern or respect for the work the interim administrative team has faced in a very short time under very difficult circumstances.”

Growth in Vermont's local food systems is outpacing that of the state's overall economy by a rate of three to one and creating thousands of new jobs, according to new numbers identified by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.

Over the past five years, local food systems have grown at a rate of 3 percent, while Vermont's economy as a whole has only grown at a rate of 1 percent. 

A panel of experts will be on hand to answer questions tonight before voters in Brookline and Newfane  reconsider a NewBrook Elementary School energy project. Half of the two-part project was approved at a special meeting in June.