State officials are calling for a program to reduce lead in school and child care drinking water, after a new report found that 98% of Vermont schools and child care have completed testing for lead in their drinking water and taken any necessary steps to keep the water safe. A law passed in 2019 requires all Vermont schools and childcare facilities to test their drinking and cooking water for lead.
The report identified 75% of schools and 14% of non-school child care facilities that had at least one click with a score at or above action level. Testing also revealed that the bottle fillers had the lowest levels of lead, and that tubs—the most common ones tested—had among the highest levels of lead. All results are published online at leadresults.vermont.gov Online.
Lead is a highly toxic metal. There is no safe level of lead in the body, and exposure to it can slow children’s growth, impair their growth and learning, and cause behavioral problems.
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Corona virus vaccine
MONTPELIER – All Brains Belong VT, which provides personalized primary care and community/social contact based on shared interests, will be holding a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, at the Vermont State House Garden.
The Vermont Blind and Visually Impaired Association has an immediate need for volunteer drivers in the Barre/Montpelier area to help get the blind and visually impaired where they need to go, and fill the void when family or friends are not available to help, or when public transportation simply isn’t a viable option. VABVI Volunteer Drivers work on an as-needed basis and are free to accept or decline any ride to suit their own schedules. Drivers get mileage compensation for trips. For more information, call 800-639-5861 ext. 243, or email Vicki at [email protected]
Randolph – Cardiologist Bruce Andros, MD, MSc, FACC, FASE, joins Gifford Health Care on a full-time basis, after spending nearly 20 years as a cardiologist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. During that time, he also worked as a consultant cardiologist at Gifford, doing outreach once a week. Prior to working full time at Dubai Healthcare City, Dr. Andros split his time between Dubai Healthcare City and White River Junction Medical Center in Virginia.
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CAP helps in forests
The Vermont Wing for Civil Air Patrol has launched its third year of collaboration with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to monitor the health of Vermont’s forests, including annual surveys from the air and on the ground.
Capt. Jonathan Mercer, Expedition Commander and Co-Commander of the Bennington Compound Squadron (VT-076) has conducted survey missions to date. and 1st Lts. Gerald Coleman and Anthony Diderrian, expedition pilots with the Vermont Wing’s Large Squadron Burlington (VT-002) based in South Burlington. Captain John Combo, director of operations for the Fairmont Wing, oversees the expeditions.
The flights enable the identification of areas of forest disturbance, including defoliation due to forest pests, areas of tree death, and forest damage due to weather events, among other causes.
CAP is the Official Auxiliary Volunteer of the United States Air Force. The Vermont Wing is headquartered in South Burlington. The swarms are located in South Burlington, Barry/Montpellier, Rutland, Bennington and Springfield.
Falls are not a normal part of aging, yet 31% of Vermonters 45 years of age or older experience a fall that has resulted in an injury. In 2020, 171 Vermonters 65 years of age or older died from falls. To help reduce the risk of falls, state health officials and Falls Free Vermont, a statewide resource for information and training about fall prevention, are urging Vermonters to take the following steps:
– Stay physically active. Regular exercise improves muscles and makes you stronger.
Check your eyes and hearing. Even slight changes in sight and hearing can cause you to fall.
Know the side effects of any medication you are taking.
– Get enough sleep. If you feel sleepy, you are more likely to fall.
Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your balance and reactions.
– Stand up slowly. Getting up too quickly can cause your blood pressure to drop. It can make you feel shaky.
Always tell your doctor if you have had a fall since your last check-up, even if you weren’t hurt when you fell. Recognizing a fall can help your doctor give you the best care, alert him or her to check your medications, and make sure your vision is fine.
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Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus, a highly contagious virus capable of affecting rabbits and the snowshoe hare, appears in states near Vermont and may appear here, according to the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. The virus does not affect other wild animals, humans, or pets, with the exception of rabbits. It is spread through direct contact with infected rabbits or indirectly through contact with contaminated surfaces. Sudden death occurs in healthy rabbits with this virus, and infected rabbits may be lethargic, reluctant to move, or blood coming out of the nostrils or mouth. Vermont Fish and Wildlife advises hunters not to harvest rabbits that look sick.
Efficiency Vermont hosted more than 150 equipment suppliers, contractors, and facility managers who support Vermont’s large commercial and industrial operations, at its annual Best Practices Exchange, honoring seven organizations with the Energy Leadership Award.
Among the awardees: Perrigo Nutritionals in Georgia; Careys Reels in Rutland; Pompanoosuc Mills at Thetford; National Life Collection in Montpellier; Pennington College in Bennington. Vermont regional development companies as partner of the year; and Joe LaFleur of the Commonwealth Dairy Company in Brattleboro as an energy champ.
Governor Phil Scott, the Agency for Commerce and Community Development, and the Vermont Economic Development Authority have announced the launch of a forgiving short-term loan program designed to support Vermont businesses experiencing an ongoing shortage of working capital as a result of the pandemic.
There are no restrictions on how the money is spent, only to use the money for operating costs and not capital investments. Priority will be given to applicants from the hardest-hit sectors, including travel and tourism, food services, housing, childcare, and agriculture. Priority will also be given to applications from BIPOC-owned businesses (black, indigenous, and people of color) across all industry sectors. Non-priority industry sectors will be allowed to apply after the priority period has expired.
For more information, visit the VEDA website.
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