Tapping for the Liquid Gold

MAPLE TAPPINGCABOT-I still can remember the feeling that I first time to try maple syrup, sweet but not greasy. With the pancake and bacon together, the sugar sap was definitely divine. After that, how to make maple syrup always made me curious. The Goodrich Maple Farm was one of the maple production farms around Caledonia area, in Washington County, Vermont. Among at least 16 maple farms, the Goodrich’s Maple Farm attracted my eye-bows because a giant stone as a commercial sign in front of the farm, and there was a huge orange maple leaf on it.

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Car Emissions in Vermont

CAR EMISSIONS thumbnailVERMONT - The Trump administration is looking to lower the emission standards on motor vehicles across the nation. This will undo all the legislation created to protect the environment and enforce stricter gas emission laws that were put in place during the Obama administration. Many Vermonters are against this move by the Trump administration, and members of Vermont's state government are working to keep emission standards where they are in our state.

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Scott Beck for New Education Formula

Lyndon Educaiton ThumbnailVERMONT- Caledonia State Representative Scott Beck has hopes this year that the state legislature will pass the bill H.911 that he has proposed to make changes to Vermont's education funding formula.

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Girls With Guns

GirlsWIthGunsCRAFTSBURY- The age old debate of gun control will be at the forefront of American Politics as long as their continues to be violence. But no matter the outcome, are at the heart of a major winter sport: Biathlon.

For girls from the ages of 8 to 18, a biathlon training clinic was held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center as part of five days of cross country events, including two national races.

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Vermont Residents May Loose Rural Cell Coverage

CellTowerthumbVERMONT- Cell phone communication may become harder to access for Vermont residents in rural areas.

Coverage Co, a company aimed to solving the challenge of rural cell coverage, had contracted with the Vermont Telecommunications Authority to build small cell wireless antennas along state roadways. 160 of the antennas were made and the business model did not work as planned. The company did attempt to sell to a buyer but the first but fell through.

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Nature is My Studio

studioBARNET - “It was a scary night. My one child was just two months old, and my daughter was only four. Before this thing happened, I always worried about what other people’s thoughts and was afraid of if they don’t like my works. But after that, I thought about it: life is short, I should do the things that I really like to do,” said Sarah Walls, a freelance photographer. In 2011, Sarah’s house at Joe’s Brook Rd in Barnet suffered a landslide. She and her family had to leave their house at middle of the night. This accident strongly influenced her mind about life. She determined to do photography business by herself.

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Barnet Solar Project

barnet solarBARNET- Last May the community of Barnet held an open discussion about the proposed Barnet Solar Array Project. This project involves multiple customers sharing a large Solar Photovoltaic (PV) array through Virtual Net Metering or Group Net Metering programs. Residents of Barnet, St. Johnsbury and Peacham will have the first opportunity to become members in order to use the power daily. Community Solar is an environment-friendly option for individuals and businesses who want to support clean energy. 

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VT Granted $2M for Opioid Misuse

mikebeat3VERMONT— Along with Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, as well as Congressmen Peter Welch, Governor Phil Scott introduced a $2-million federal grant increasing access to prevent opioid misuse. 

According to a letter sent by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, this is the first of two rounds of funding and is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services administration.

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VT Officials React to New Health Care Bill

mikebeat1VERMONT— This past Thursday, the House narrowly approved plans to repeal specific and major elements of the Affordable Care Act. The bill, known as the American Health Care Act, needed 216 of 430 votes to be passed. The final tally of votes by the House of Representatives was extremely close, being in favor of the act by a 217-213 vote.

Vermont Senator Joe Benning stated that he isn’t sorry to see ObamaCare repealed. “My biggest complaint about the ACA (Obama care) was the enforced federal mandate for failure to purchase health insurance,” said Benning. 


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Growing Freshness and Convenience

VEGGIEVERMONT - Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a method allowing farms to have a financial commitment from subscribed consumers, thus providing a periodical produce delivery service to those members. People essentially buy in, then farm receives some capital and the assurance they have a market to sell their products. Once the connection is made between farm and consumer, the customer becomes a shareholder and then receives apart of that harvest. 

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House Finalizes Budget

mikebeat2 edited-1VERMONT— The final day of April proved to be a busy one for the Vermont Senate and House Appropriations Committee. Leaders finally completed negotiations regarding a budget bill to fund the government through September 30. 

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Tick Season

TicksVERMONT- As the warmer months start to approach many animals and insects come out from hiding. One species in particular can be very dangerous to not only humans but animals as well. Ticks are commonly misinterpreted as being insects, they are actually a member of the arachnid family and are even considered to have traits of a scorpion. They are considered to be part of the arachnid family because of the number of legs that they have.

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Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend

Youth TurkeyVERMONT - Youth hunting weekends are a staple to Vermont's hunting landscape. From Deer to Turkey's, youth hunters age 15 and younger, are given a chance to pursue their quarry the weekend before the season opens for adults. But youth weekends also provide an opportunity for youth and mentor to grow closer and create lasting memories.

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Recycling Law To Enact New Phase

CompostLawVERMONT- Another phase of Vermont's universal recycling law will be enacted on July 1st, and focuses on composting food waste. For now, this affects businesses who generate larger amounts of food waste per year, and the waste facilities that handle it.

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Cancer Risk for Firefighters Grows

cancerthumbnail VERMONT - Firefighters have a dangerous job, but for years they went about their daily routine completely unaware of a deadly risk. 

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Education Ending at the Bell

AfterschoolVERMONT - Local area after school programs are in risk of losing the vital funding they need to help further students.

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Earth Day Rally for Science

Statehouse ShotVERMONT - The Trump Administration has released their proposed budget for 2018, and many are a little distraught over some of the budget cuts he has planned. One of the biggest cuts could go straight for the Environmental Protection Agency, which could effect many science-based organizations.

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Potential Tobacco Age Change

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VERMONT- A topic of discussion, which made its appearance last month, is making its way back to the forefront. Advocates are continuing to push lawmakers to change the age in purchasing and selling tobacco from eighteen to twenty-one. 

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Grants for Farmers

sweetcowVERMONT- There are many different types of farms in Vermont, some in which raise and butcher cattle, others produce dairy products and some that strictly grow vegetables and herbs. When it comes to farming there are many rules and regulations that need to be put into place to ensure safety and quality of the products.

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Sanders to Work on Healthcare Plan

Sanders DelegationHARDWICK - Over the weekend, members of Vermont's Congressional Delegation gathered at the Hazen Union School in Hardwick to discuss what has been going on in Washington DC.  Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Patrick Leahy, and Representative Peter Welch all attended to speak and answer questions.  One of the major topics discussed was proposed changes to the Affordable Health Care Act (Obama-Care).

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Vermont Flood Safety

bridge workVERMONT - According to the National Weather Service and Emergency Management Agencies in Vermont, March 13th through 17th is Flood Safety Awareness week.  Members of the weather service go to various locations across the state to gather information to help identify lakes and rivers that are flood prone. 

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Sweet Cow Yogurt

SCYNEWBURY - A Vermont business had to recently rebrand all of their products due to a name change. a small Newbury based dairy farm, formerly known as Green Mountain Yogurt to Sweet Cow Yogurt. 

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New Railroad Facility

newrailroadfacilityBARTON - As of January 2016, a new rail stop was created in the town of Barton for their freight trains.The Washington Railway now has a new facility thanks to Couture Trucking and the Craft Brewing Industry.  On Thursday, December 8th, the Vermont Rail System and Couture Trucking cohosted an event to talk about their recent success.

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Vermont Speaker Race

speakerraceVERMONT - In 2017, when the Vermont Legislature adjoins in its new legislative session beginning in early January, they will be faced with the decision to select the new Speaker of the House, replacing current Speaker, Shap Smith. Shap Smith has been Vermont's Speaker of the House since 2009 and has been re-elected as speaker three times, in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and is not running again in 2017.

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Ash Borer Bug Threat

ashborerbugVERMONT - Currently, a serious, dangerous and intrusive beetle surrounds all of Vermont’s borders. The Emerald Ash Borer or EAB is a Green Jewel Beetle native to the Asian countries of China, Japan, Korea, and along with the Eastern portions of Russia. 


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