Vermont in Brief

Monday February 18, 2013

Vt. reminds anglers to remove lake shanties

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding anglers to remove their fishing shanties from the state’s frozen lakes and ponds before the spring thaw.

State law requires that shanties be removed from the ice before the ice becomes unstable or no later than March 31.

The same law requires that the name and address of the owner to be on all ice shanties.

Chief Game Warden David LeCours says this is a good year to have a portable ice-fishing shack rather than one that’s left on the ice overnight because the fluctuating weather could mean that March 31 would be too late.

The fine for leaving an ice-fishing shanty on the ice can be as high as $1,000.

Vermont Student Assistance Corp offers college planning

WINOOSKI (AP) -- The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. is holding a free day of workshops for students to plan for college.

Three college pathways programs will be held in March and April. VSAC’s also offering a remote option for families who are unable to attend.

The program includes workshops on picking colleges, writing a college application essay that stands out and demystifying financial aid.

The first session will be held March 16 at St. Michael’s College. A second session will take place at Castleton State College on March 23. That event also will include a remote option via Vermont Interactive Technologies at three sites: North Country Union High School in Newport, Lyndon State College, and Brattleboro Union High School.

The final session will be at Lyndon State College on April 6.

Vermont Chamber accepting nominations for top business

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2012 Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award.

The chamber and Vermont Business Magazine created the award in 1990 to recognize and honor Vermont’s best companies. It’s named for former Vermont Gov. Deane Davis.

The award recognizes a business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. Recent award winners include the Foley Family of Companies, Small Dog Electronics, and BioTek Technologies.

The application deadline is March 1.

Finalists will be announced in early May. The winner will be announced on May 22.

Vermont bill would issue fines for rescues

BURLINGTON (AP) -- A Vermont legislator is proposing fines of up to $500 for skiers’ rescues.

Sen. Kevin Mullin’s bill says skiers and snowboard riders who go beyond designated trails and require rescue assistance could face a trespassing charge. Fines would amount to no more than $500.

Mullin, a Republican, represents Rutland County, which includes the Killington resort. Rescue crews have pulled about 50 people out of the woods this year in that area.

Mullin says his bill wouldn’t begin to cover the cost of rescues, but it would make errant skiers contribute something.

Killington says it hasn’t reviewed the particulars of his bill, but it supports a measure to pay the state and ski resorts for search and rescue efforts.


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