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As boaters visit Vermont’s lakes and ponds this summer, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation offers tips to stay safe and protect natural resources.

Before you sail: know the rules and read the signage in the access area for updates. Find out about weather conditions, familiarize yourself with known hazards, and bring a map. Check for valid registration cards and decals. Please bring the proper safety gear for boats, boats, or watercraft. Clean, drain and dry ( boats before entering the water to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

While Boating: Drive or operate boats at a slipstream speed (5 mph) within 200 feet of the shoreline. Do not operate boats faster than 5 mph within 200 feet of people, wildlife, other boats, docks, or swimming areas. Follow all boating rules ( when meeting other boats. Operate boats carefully and responsibly. Always respect private property.

After browsing: dispose of garbage properly. Clean, drain and dry boats after leaving the water to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Maintain vessels frequently to ensure safety and prevent oil and gas spills.

PCAVT Support

MONTPELIER — Prevent Child Abuse Vermont is offering the following family support meeting virtually via Zoom. Please email [email protected] for the link. For more information, call the 1-800-CHILDREN helpline. PCAVT also has a live chat feature on its website that families can access between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.

The Nurturing Parents and Strengthening Families programs are curriculum-based parent education programs for families experiencing stress. Participants can join up to two weeks after the start date: Caring Parents Program 6-8 pm Tuesdays beginning August 16; Nurturing Skills for Families 6 to 8 pm Wednesdays begin Aug. 17; Nutrition Program for Families in Substance Use Treatment and Recovery 5-7 pm Mondays begin Aug. 22; Nurturing Skills for Families 5:30 to 7:30 pm Thursdays begin September 1; Strengthening Families Program for families with births-5 noon to 2 pm on Mondays beginning September 12; Prenatal Family Nutrient Parenting Program 4-6 pm Tuesdays beginning Sept. 27; Parenting Skills for Families from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesdays beginning October 4.

Circle of Parents is a peer-led support group facilitated by professionals for parents and other caregivers to meet virtually once a week. Groups offer support to families who are sharing similar experiences and help lessen isolation: Foster Parent Circle 10 am Tuesdays; Parents in Recovery Circle 5 pm Wednesdays; Circle of parents with children who identify as LGBTQ on Thursdays at noon; Circle for Adoptive and Post-Permanent Families 5 pm Thursdays; Parents Circle for Single Moms 5:30 pm Thursdays; Teen Parent Circle 7:30 pm Thursday.

squirrel hunting

MONTPELIER — The gray squirrel hunting season began on Thursday, September 1 and ends on December 31, according to the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.

lakes and ponds

The Vermont Federation of Lakes and Ponds announces its 50th anniversary celebration and annual meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, virtual. Free and open to the public, to view the full agenda and sign up for the meeting link, visit

retirement security

MONTPELIER — State Treasurer Beth Pearce will host a Retirement Security Awareness Roundtable from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College St. in Montpelier, with panelists Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, special representative of the US Secretary of Labor; representative Tiff Bleumle; and Greg Marchildon, AARP state director. Email [email protected] for more information.

backyard workshop

WOODSTOCK — The Billings Backyard Series Workshop “Canning and Preserving Your Garden’s Bounty” will be held from 10 to 11:30 am on Saturday, September 24, at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. Chef Emery Gray will guide participants through safe food canning and preservation methods through drying and freezing herbs and late harvesting. Registration, cost, and course details can be found at online.

Wellness in the workplace

Seventy-two Vermont employers received the Governor’s Workplace Wellness Excellence Award at the Annual Workplace Wellness Conference. Recipients are Albert Bridge School, AN Deringer, ASIC North Inc., Aspire Living & Learning Inc., Ben & Jerry’s, Berlin Elementary School, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Burton, Caledonia Central Supervisory Union, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Chittenden Solid Waste District, Chroma Technology Corp., City of Burlington/HR, Collins Aerospace, Community Care Network, Co-operative Insurance Cos., Engelberth Construction Inc., Franklin County Home Health Agency, Gifford Health Care Inc., GlobalFoundries, Grace Cottage Hospital, Grand Isle Supervisory Union, Hallam-ICS, Hartland Elementary School, Heritage Family Credit Union, Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence, Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group, Hill, Howard Center, Injury & Health Management Solutions Inc., IVEK Corp., Jericho Elementary School, King Arthur Baking Co., Lamoille County Mental Health Services, Lamoille Health Partners, Lane Press, School District Maple Run Unified, Mascoma Bank, Mount Mansfield Union Unified School District, Mount Ascutney Hospital, MVP Health Care, New Chapter Inc., North Country Hospital, North Country Federal Credit Union, Northeast Kingdom Community Action, Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Northfield Savings Bank, Northwestern Counseling & Support Services Inc., OneDigital, OnLogic, PC Construction, ReArch Co. Inc., Springfield Hospital, State of Vermont, The Richards Group, The University of Vermont Medical Center, The Vermont Country Store, City of Brattleboro, Union Mutual, United Counseling Service, University of Vermont, Vermont Electric Co-op, Vermont Federal Credit Union, Vermont Information Processing Inc., Vermont Mutual Insurance Co., Vermont Packinghouse, Vermont Precision Tools, Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust, Vermont Student Assistance Corp., VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region, Waitsfield Elementary School, Washington County Mental Health Services.


Northern Vermont University’s spring 2022 academic honors include:

President’s List: Tammy Thomas, from Brandon; Jordan Goodermote of Castleton; Madelyn Page of Chittenden; Caitlin Downs of Mendon; Halie Gates of Middlebury; Nicole Liebig, Stephanie Stuart, both from Rutland.

Dean’s List: Destiny Jurado, Mary McDonald, Jill Perry, all from Rutland.

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