Recently the media reported that fifteen Vermont ski areas would receive $5 million from Efficiency Vermont to help them purchase more than 2,000 energy efficient snow-making guns, replacing older, less efficient ones, and saving the ski resorts millions of dollars.
I've had decidedly mixed feelings about the countless on line video clips I’ve seen of people dumping buckets of ice water on each other to help raise money to cure Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS.
About 30,000 Americans have this degenerative neurological disease at any time, making it an “orphan disease” which means research funding to find a cure is scarce, compared to more common diseases like cancer. So at first I was pleased to see anyone even talking about ALS – especially since it usually gets little public attention.
On Thursday, Scottish voters will vote on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom and form their own independent country. While Scots living in Vermont don’t have a vote in the referendum, many are watching it closely, wondering if their native country will be forever changed by the end of the week.
Green Mountain Power in recent years has installed wind turbines atop Vermont’s ridgelines and solar arrays in its fields. All fueling the delivery of clean, green, renewable power to conscientious Vermonters’ homes, right?
Turns out, that’s a matter of debate.
“If you were to ask Vermonters, ‘do they think that by buying GMP power from wind projects, they’re reducing their carbon footprint’ I’d venture to say a strong a majority of Vermonters would say, ‘of course that’s what we’re doing’,” says Vermont Law School professor Pat Parenteau. “The truth is, they’re not.”
Burlington residents took to Church Street in droves to celebrate the city’s annual Pride Parade. Despite clouds overhead and chilly temperatures, spectators lined the parade route and gathered in Battery Park.
LGBTQ groups, community members and local businesses marched in the parade alongside politicians and religious organizations.
The newly minted Commissioner for Children and Families spoke Thursday to the lawmakers scrutinizing his department. And Ken Schatz says reforms to child protective services are already underway.
It’s been a dark year for the Department for Children and Families. The deaths of two toddlers formerly under its watch have prompted a flood of public criticism. And operations at the department are the subject of a meticulous legislative review.
On October 1, Vermont’s new cell phone law goes into effect. This will prohibit the use of hand-held electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. While some people have wondered if they’d need to trade in their vehicle for one that is compliant with the new law, there are other options.