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Three Vermont towns hit in string of early-morning burglaries

Vermont State Police are investigating a half-dozen early-morning burglaries in three Vermont towns that troopers say are likely related. Four businesses along Route 100 in Pittsfield -- the Swiss Farm Market, the Original General Store, the CV Oil Company and Colton Enterprises -- were broken into


Is Vermont falling short when it comes to mental health care?

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A new report says mental health is the biggest health challenge facing Vermonters. Our Cat Viglienzoni explains what's being done to tackle the problem. The Community Health Needs Assessment is done every three years and data from this influences where money is invested to fix


Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department statistics April 5-11

Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department statistics April 5-11 Total reported incidents, including traffic stops: 127. April 5 at 2:51 a.m., on St. John’s Street in Johnson, a man said a woman had overdosed on heroin but was revived using Narcan. She was alert when police and emergency responders arrive


Burlington police arrest 2 more suspects in deadly shootout

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Police have arrested two more suspects in connection with a deadly Burlington shootout. Burlington Police say Angelina Pearson-Fitzpatrick, 54, of Burlington, and Takesha Thomas, 26, of Orlando, Florida, both face charges for trying to help two murder suspects escape capture.


Breaking down the numbers on opioid overdoses in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Despite the many initiatives the state has implemented to fight the opioid epidemic, overdose deaths continue to rise in Vermont. Preliminary data from the Vermont Health Department shows opioid overdose deaths generally did not change from 2017 to 2018.


Police ID toddler who drowned in White River

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont authorities have released the name and cause of death of the toddler who died after being swept into the White River Friday. It happened around 1 p.m. off Route 110 in Chelsea. Police say Paislee Champney, 2, wandered away from an adult, getting too close to the river


Stowe, Elmore-Morristown districts fight forced mergers in court

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) Lawyers were in court Monday arguing a forced merger under Act 46, the state's school governance consolidation law. Attorneys for the Elmore-Morristown and Stowe school districts want the case sent back to the State Board of Education because of mistakes made.


Bears Are On The Prowl In Vermont

MONTPELIER — Black bears have awakened from their winter slumber and are once again roaming the landscape looking for food. Vermont Fish & Wildlife is asking the public to help keep Vermont’s bears wild by removing any potential food sources that would cause them to associate people with food.


Time to Green Up Vermont

WHITINGHAM- Spring has arrived and with it, Vermont’s annual Green-Up Day. On the first Saturday in May many towns throughout Vermont will receive a spring cleaning. Jacksonville and Whitingham volunteers should meet at the Town Hill playground Saturday, May 4, at 9:30 am, to select an area to green


Organ museum celebrates legacy of one of Vermont’s most significant products

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — In our age of earbuds and all the music of the world at our fingertips, it can be hard to imagine. But it was only a century or so ago, before radio broadcasting and record collections in every home: If you wanted to hear music, you had to play it yourself, or have someone play it


New York, Vermont colleges get financial boost from U.S. Department of Agriculture

Poultney, Vt. — When the president of Green Mountain College in January said the school was closing this spring due to declining enrollment and insufficient funds, one of their creditors was a name that would be more familiar to nearby dairy farmers than to those in academia. The school in 2017 had


Ending the silence: community event to discuss youth mental health

STOWE — One in five children, teens, and young adults struggle with a diagnosable mental health disorder, and yet there is a stigma around the topic. A group of concerned citizens, parents and youth have partnered to end the silence and begin a community dialogue about adolescent mental health.


Watching the water subside in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, Vt. Flooded roads and fast moving streams covered parts of Route 15 in Cambridge. Those who live close by say they are not surprised to see the flowing water. "You will have areas like this where all the water is just coming over the road. But, for the majority of the village, we don't ac


Reports show sap is sweeter than average this year

UNDERHILL, Vt. (WCAX) While the maple season ends at different times for different sugarmakers, there's one thing several are saying about this year -- the sap is sweeter than average.


49th Annual Earth Day celebrated in Vermont

From planting trees to pulling invasive plants, Vermont celebrates Earth Day. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. Over the first twenty years, Earth Day was celebrated only in the United States, becoming an international holiday in 1990. As


College wrestles with how to handle right-wing speaker

MIDDLEBURY — Just hours before Polish right-wing politician and philosopher Ryszard Legutko was scheduled to deliver a lecture at Middlebury College last Wednesday, college officials canceled the event, citing safety concerns.


Fate of northern Vermont solar projects uncertain

The waiting game continues for developers of eight solar projects planned for the congested northern tier of the state’s electrical grid. The Public Utility Commission issued orders this week for six proposed 500 kW net-metered solar installations — two in Brighton, two in Jay, one in Lemington and


Vermont getting $2.2m in grants to protect water quality

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A number of Vermont communities will be sharing nearly $2.2 million in federal grants that are designed to manage stormwater. Republican Gov. Phil Scott says the grants from the Transportation Alternatives Program will help protect Vermont’s waterways.


NH airman dies overseas in noncombat-related incident

DOVER, Del. (WCAX) A New Hampshire airman has died overseas, but not in combat. The Department of Defense says Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller, 24, of Richmond, passed away on Friday at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. It happened in a noncombat-related incident.


Police looking for missing Waterbury man

WATERBURY – Vermont State Police are requesting help in locating a Waterbury man. Police said Todd Mailhoit, 48, left the Kirby House in Waterbury unexpectedly Thursday. He does not have access to a cellphone or a vehicle, according to police.