Vermont in Brief
Vermont Health Dept. issues chick warning
BURLINGTON (AP) -- The Vermont Health Department is investigating an infant salmonella case after child came in contact with a chick.
The health department says the child’s illness was caused by the same strain of salmonella discovered in the chicks that were recently purchased from a local feed store.
The health department says dozens of people in several states have also been infected with the same strain of salmonella.
Vermont officials are working with other state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture to find the source of the baby poultry infection and stop the outbreak.
Among the suggestions to reduce the spread off the disease are not to let children younger than 5 handle young poultry.
Vermont to announce working lands enterprise grants
MONTPELIER (AP) -- The governor’s administration this week will be announcing the first round of grant recipients for state funding for agricultural and forestry enterprises.
The program called the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative was launched last year.
The enterprise investments -- one of three of the program’s grants -- range from $3,000 to $15,000 for new and growing agriculture- and forestry-based enterprises.
The program received a total of 191 applications seeking a total of $2.1 million in funding. On Thursday, the governor and his administration will announce nearly $220,000 in awards to 20 recipients.
Vermont cops: letter to U.S. rep. peculiar, but no threat
BURLINGTON (AP) -- Burlington police say a letter addressed to Vermont’s lone congressman was "peculiar," but not dangerous and workers are back on the job.
The discovery of the letter at mid-day Monday prompted workers to leave Welch’s office while police called in a hazardous materials team to investigate.
Burlington Deputy Police Chief Andi Higbee says parts of the return address on the envelope raised concerns, but he wouldn’t elaborate.
He says it’s unlikely the letter will result in any criminal charges.
Welch, a Democrat, is on an overseas trip.
search for moose
leads to pot plants
BURLINGTON (AP) -- Vermont police searching for a wayward moose in Burlington ended up stumbling across a marijuana-growing operation and made an arrest.
Police said they were called Saturday morning to assist Vermont Fish and Wildlife wardens who were searching for a moose that had been wandering through a neighborhood.
While helping in the search, police say they came across the pot plants in a shed behind a home. After getting a search warrant, they seized 32 plants and some processed marijuana.
Police arrested 29-year-old Joshua Brunelle, who lived in the home.
Officials break ground on new health lab
COLCHESTER (AP) -- Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen says the new state-of-the-art Health Department laboratory under construction in Colchester will be a cornerstone of the state’s ability to protect the people of Vermont.
Chen made the comments Monday following a ground-breaking ceremony for the building at the Business and Technology Park just off Interstate 89.
The new laboratory, scheduled to be completed in 2014, is a collaboration of the Health Department and the University of Vermont’s Colchester research facility.
The new lab is designed to bring together the scientific resources of public health and academic research to protect and promote the health of Vermonters.
It will replace the department’s current laboratory, one of the oldest public health laboratory facilities in the country.
house in South Hero
SOUTH HERO (AP) -- A fire has damaged a home in South Hero, Vt., affiliated with a therapeutic horseback riding program.
When the fire department originally received the call at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday, the caller said residents were trapped in the home.
Upon arrival, the fire departments learned that everyone had made it out of the home. No injuries were reported.
The fire had extended into the attic, but the fire departments were able to extinguish the fire and save much of the home. Damages were over $15,000.
Firefighters say it appears the fire was accidental.
The fire department says the building’s tenant is the Champlain Adaptive Riding Center in South Hero.
Power company proposes fishing pier in St. Johnsbury
ST. JOHNSBURY (AP) -- A planning commission in St. Johnsbury, Vt., has approved a power company’s proposal to build a fishing pier.
Planners have recommended a review of Green Mountain Power’s offer.
Green Mountain Power in February proposed installing the fishing pier at Fred Mold Park at the confluence of the Passumpsic and Moose rivers. After it’s built, St. Johnsbury would take ownership and maintain it.
Town officials say the utility is proposing the pier in order to meet re-licensing requirements. Power companies seeking licenses are often required to construct public installations like fishing piers and canoe launches.
2 suffer minor injuries in moose accident
DERBY (AP) -- A driver and passenger have suffered some scrapes after their car collided with a moose on Interstate 91 in Derby.
State police said the accident happened about 10:40 p.m. Sunday.
The driver, 22-year-old Sarah Ethier of Sherbrooke, Quebec, and her passenger suffered minor injuries from broken windshield glass. Ethier was wearing a seatbelt.
The moose died.
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