A pickup truck driver hit and injured three bicyclists in Somerset Vt. Saturday morning, police say.
According to Vermont State Police, Lukas Wallace, 19 of Halifax, struck the cyclists on Somerset Rd. in Somerset at around 8:45 Saturday morning.
Graeme Street, 40 of Essex, CT, John Biehn 33, of Madison, CT, and Tim Ahern, 53, of Essex, CT were taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and treated for their injuries, ranging from knee, head and internal injuries.
Street was treated and released. Biehn and Ahern were transferred to Albany Medical Center and listed in stable conditions.
The Town of Essex opened doors to its new energy efficient town offices Saturday.
While town employees started working there in March, locals were able to get a tour of the newly renovated offices.
The approximately $2 million project was funded by both local and state dollars.
Essex selectboard members say the changes were well worth the wait.
"It was many months in the process a lot of planning and some very good support from the public which we greatly, greatly appreciate their support to have us do both the police facility and to rehab this building," Chair of the Essex Selectboard Max Levy said.
Some of the improvements include better insulation and windows, as well as enlarging the conference room and adding an elevator.
People were getting their stars and stripes out early Saturday in Waterbury.
Floats paraded down Main Street for the annual Not Quite Independence Day Parade.
It's the earliest Fourth of July celebration in the Green Mountain State.
Residents say the event brings together the close knit community. Gary Kenyon was at the parade with his daughter, Adeline. He says it's fun for the whole family.
"To see the young and upcoming people in the town supporting the local community and we go to the festivities after and they have a food festival and games for the kids. Then we enjoy the fireworks at the end of the day," Keyon said.
Kids also got to dress up as their favorite characters marching behind the parade's grand marshal and mascot.
Some changes coming you'll need to know about if you're remodeling your home soon in Vermont.
The next phase of the state's universal recycling law kicks in next week. A number of recycling changes are coming to Vermont July 1st. First, any trash can accessible to the general public, must be paired with a recycling container.
"This has shown to improve recycling rates in general," says Jonny Finity of the Chittenden Solid Waste District.
Another change means certain construction and demolition debris in Chittenden County will be banned from the the landfill.
"That would be asbestos free, asphalt shingles, unpainted or unstained plywood and unpainted and unstained oriented strand board," says Finity.
Right now in Vermont such materials don't have to be recycled if under 40 cubic yards.
"Meaning today if you were to remodel your bathroom that sheet rock in your bathroom wouldn't necessarily have to be recycled because you're under 40 cubic yards," says Joe Sinagra.
He is the Sustainability Director for Myers Waste & Recycling, the first and only construction debris recycling center in Vermont."
"Those products come here, we sort them into like minded products, all the concrete goes together all the sheetrock goes together," says Sinagra.
The center recycles thousands of pounds of materials, including concrete, wood and sheetrock.
Sinagra says summer, or remodeling season, is the busiest time of year and it will be even busier once July first rolls around.
"You figure you have 300-400,000 homes in Vermont, so you're thinking about it every 20 years, 300,000 roofs are being done, shingles are taken here we process them and grind them up," says Sinagra.
People in Chittenden County can bring in their materials at Meyers Waste and Recycling, but there are other options for those outside of the area.
"We also see a lot of companies who realize what needs to be done and they are bringing the product here. we have product being brought here from products in Lyndonville and Rutland and Bennington and all over the state," says Sinagra.
Another phase of the recycling law to go into effect includes a ban on disposing leaves and yard debris in the trash.
Winooski firefighters spent time this morning honing their skills. They practiced drills on the abandoned Winooski Motel on Main Street.
Neighbors and local businesses donated the building so the department could practice.
Firefighters went in and out of windows, cut ventilation holes, and broke down doors.
The department says the motel will likely be demolished next week.
"Today is a perfect opportunity where we can use real life scenarios to go in and out, especially upper floor windows," says Winooski Fire Dept. Assistant Chief, Michael Antoniak. "We don't get much of a chance to practice these skills so when the actually event happens we are able to perform the function we need to help people survive in a fire." The Winooski Fire Department has 17 firefighters. The Assistant Chief says they're always looking for more volunteers.
Hopefully you are enjoying the start of this beautiful weekend we are experiencing! High pressure is in control of the region allowing for plentiful sunshine with only a few fair weather clouds along the mountain ridges. This evening and overnight we will watch those fair weather clouds give way to mainly clear skies, and lows will range depending on your location. For the Champlain Valley expect lows in the mid 60s, Northeast Kingdom/ Southern Vermont/ and Saint Lawrence River Valley the mid 50s, and Adirondacks the mid 40s.
Sunday we will warm up quickly to mid 80s by lunch time, then soaring into upper 80s and low 90s by mid afternoon. Southerly winds 10-15 mph will help to usher in the warm/hot air, luckily this air mass is relatively dry... aka low humidity levels! We will remain quiet into Sunday night/ Monday morning overnight lows in the mid and upper 60s.
Monday we will start off dry before the first of two cold fronts passes through the area, popping up showers late Monday with highs in the mid 80s. Tuesday brings better chance for a few thunderstorms, highs in the low 80s.
A federal GMO labeling bill, introduced to Congress Thursday, would wipe out Vermont's law that goes into affect July 1.
"Vermont's law requires (food manufacturers) to put clear words in American English letters on the packaging, so people know if there are Genetically Modified Organisms in that food," said Sen. David Zuckerman, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Vermont is currently the only state to require GMO labeling. Zuckerman was the lead sponsor for the bill in the Senate.
"The Washington D.C. law would allow it to be a phone number you have to call, or a QR code which most people don't have phones that even read those," said Zuckerman.
Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), a non-profit, also opposes the federal bill.
"Nine out of ten Americans want to know whether their food is genetically engineered, and the simplest way to do that is to have a label people can read," said VPIRG Consumer and Environmental Advocate Falko Schilling.
Schilling says if the federal bill passes, it would delay labeling for another two years nationwide. Advocates and leaders in Vermont worked from 2012 to 2014 to compose a bill that will now become law.
"Few people have the time, while they're grocery shopping, to get out their smart phones, check for an internet signal, pull up an application, scan it, and go through whatever information the company decides to put on its website to find out if the food is genetically engineered," said Schilling.
The U.S. Senate takes up the bill first, followed by the House no sooner than July 5.
"The bill is not enforced and it's not transparent," says Zuckerman.
"We've been winning so far and now isn't the time to turn back," said Schilling.
Beginning July 1, Vermont's law gives food manufacturers a six month grace period before they must begin labeling.
Friday is the first day for early or absentee voting for Vermont's primary. The primary is August 9th. You can order an early absentee ballot online, by phone or by mail.
For the 2014 Governor's race voter turnout was just over 196,000. The Secretary of State's office says this primary and this November could see higher turnout.
"Partly because it is a presidential year, so there is a lot more interest, but also you got a primary on a Republican side for Governor and and you got a primary on the Democratic side for both governor and Lieutenant Governor," says Vermont Secretary of State, Jim Condos.
The deadline for voter registration is August 3rd, the Wednesday before the primary election. Online voter registration is new as of last fall. You can register online or head to your town clerk's office.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday free fishing days in New York State.
During these special days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license in any of the state's lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. This weekend is the first of several free fishing days over the next year.
Governor Cuomo has also designated November 11, 2016 (Veterans Day) and February 18-19, 2017 as free fishing days.
Saltwater anglers may also fish in marine waters or for migratory marine fish species without enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry during free fishing days.
In addition to the Free Fishing Days program, the Governor's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative will now allow organizations and groups to conduct individual free fishing events. Participants in these events do not need a license to fish and are not required to enroll in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry.
Anglers are reminded that although a fishing license is not required during the free fishing day weekend, or free fishing events, all other fishing regulations remain in effect.
For a listing of all free fishing events, including those conducted during free fishing days, please visit the DEC website. The public is advised to check back regularly as new events are regularly added to the list throughout the year.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders still pushing for support while campaigning Friday in Albany, N.Y.
"What this campaign has accomplished is opening the doors to a process that must, must, must continue," Sen. Sanders said.
This comes after the senator said he will cast a vote for his democratic competitor Hillary Clinton on CNN's "New Day" show with Chris Cuomo.
"When the day comes in November and Sanders has to cast his vote, to whom does it go?" Chris Cuomo said.
"In all likelihood, it will go to Hillary Clinton," Sen. Sander said.
University of Vermont Police Science Professor Garrison Nelson says at this point, Sanders doesn't have the votes to move forward as the nominee. Garrison says his "flirtation" with supporting Clinton is an attempt to get more media attention.
"He's a very competitive guy, but he's lost. and you have to be gracious when you lose. I've seen Bernie lose to people and gracious is not the way he loses," Nelson said.
Will Bernie supporters follow suit? A new poll from Bloomberg say nearly half of the Vermont Senator's supporters will vote for the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
"Because of their disappointment that Bernie's not going to get the nomination," Nelson said.
But backing the real estate mogul isn't on the minds of all Democrats.
"At this point I think I will be supporting Hillary Clinton in the general election, I think it's really important that Donald Trump not become our next president," Burlington resident Nicole Kubon said.
"We need somebody in the White House that will not set the world on fire," Robert Trithart, a former Burlington resident, said.
Sanders says he is pushing for the progressive ideas his voters want, to be incorporated into the Democratic party's agenda. He's also speaking with the Clinton campaign.
"To try and determine whether or not they can try and come up with some very serious proposals that will help us transform America," Sen. Sanders said.
Until that time, it could be a while before Sanders actually endorses the former Secretary of State.
The official party platform for the Democrats will be revealed during the convention. That'll be from July 25th to the 28th.
Each summer, UVM Men's basketball players make their way back to Burlington to help out at Head Coach John Becker's Basketball Camp. This summer, that included Josh Speidel, a basketball player from Indiana who suffered a traumatic brain injury in February 2015.
"In talking to my mom and dad its reassured me that I made the right choice and I'm happy with my decision," Speidel says of the commitment he made to play basketball at UVM before the accident.
He's been here to visit, but this time, he's here to stay. Speidl is signed up for a few summer classes at UVM.
"Just to have Josh around and be a part of everything, and be a college student, it really is a miracle and we'll just support him every way we can and hope for the best." said Becker.
He's staying with teammates in the dorms, that includes his friend from home Everett Duncan. Being roomates was also the plan all along.
"It's been tremendous, you know, it's been inspirational and Josh has shown us every day he's going to get there." said Duncan.
He's done so both on and off the court. "He's been working around with our strength and conditioning coach, shooting, dribbling, working on his game and a determined kid just keeps pushing." said Becker,
Speidel added, "It's been great, like I imagined. Getting to work out with the guys and the coaches, it's been great."
Like most student-athletes do, he's already embracing his home away from home. When asked if he misses Indiana, he said "I do, but I think the more and more I'm here, I realize that this is my new home."
Note: There's another session of the John Becker Basketball Camp scheduled for August 1st-5th. For more information, click here.
Welcome to the weekend, we made it! Friday night plans happen without any issues. Skies will stay clear and temperatures will fall into the middle & upper 50s. Some patchy fog is still possible, especially in river valleys through early Saturday. Fog will be quick to thin Saturday morning and we'll warm up fast. After starting in the 50s, afternoon highs will jump into the middle & upper 80s for most of us. "Cooler" spots will be in the Adirondacks and the Northeast Kingdom, highs there will only get into the low 80s. Either way, we're splitting hairs it'll be warm with a manageable amount of mugginess. Dew points will be in the low 50s, not bad!
Saturday night, we do it all over again but it'll be a couple degrees warmer. Lows will fall into the low 60s with another round of patchy fog Sunday morning. Sunday will be just as sunny but it'll be the hotter of the 2 weekend days. Many of us have a solid chance of hitting at least 90°. Dew points will start to come up too, into the low 60s. That's on the lower side of muggy, it'll be noticeable but far from oppressive.
Our next cold front arrives Monday bringing more clouds and scattered showers with it. Highs will still be warm in the low 80s but there will be no chance of a heat wave this time around. Another cold front moves through Tuesday, this one will be a little stronger providing more widespread rain and a chance at thunder. As it stands now, severe weather isn't a concern but we'll be watching the potential closely. Meanwhile, thanks to added clouds and rain highs will be in the middle & upper 70s. Spotty showers linger on Wednesday, especially in the north country but leftover rain should be light. Highs will be cooler in the low 70s. Thursday we're dry and near 80° before another round of showers by next Friday.
Recommendations are out from the New York State's Pollinator Task Force, it was created to address the decline in pollinators including bees and butterflies.
Even though there was a 9 percent increase in honey production last year, the governor's office says the state's beekeepers continue to see declines in pollinators.
"Pollinators are critical to our ecosystem, as well as New York's agricultural industry, and the work of this Task Force will help in our efforts to reverse the troubling decline of the bee population in New York and help to preserve and further improve this state's environmental and economic health," said Governor Cuomo.
The Plan includes working to protect pollinators and their habits as well as creating the best practices for bee keepers and the general public.
Britain's stunning vote to leave the European Union is both historic and world-changing. But what does it really mean for folks living on the other side of the Atlantic? Potentially, everything -- the economy, national security, even the race for president. Here are five ways Brexit will affect Americans:
It could hurt the economy
The U.K. is the world's fifth-largest economy and one of the United States' largest trading partners, so if it catches a cold, we may get a little sick, too. When the pound dropped to 30-year lows as the results came in and British stocks got pounded, it was no surprise when Wall Street tumbled more than 500 points right after the opening bell Friday morning. So yes, your 401k's probably a little smaller right now.
Lots of U.S. companies invest in the U.K. as a gateway to the rest Europe's market. Companies like Rolls Royce and JPMorgan warned before Thursday's vote that leaving the EU would put those investments and jobs in the U.K. at risk. Big companies and banks may also move staff to Germany or France to avoid disruption to their EU business. Why's that risky for the U.S.? There's a real fear that increased unemployment in the U.K. and all the uncertainty could push Britain into a recession, and it could take America's economy down with it.
It may leave a less stable Europe
Brexit could start a long line of dominoes to fall across Europe. Greece has been thinking about getting out of the EU for a couple of years now. Now they may start thinking out loud. Far-right politicians in the Netherlands and France looked at what happened in Britain and said, hey, we want get-out-of-the EU referendums in our countries too. If enough dominoes fall, there's a real danger the EU could collapse.
Heck, the U.K. itself may be headed for a breakup. Scotland, which voted Remain, is almost certain to call for another referendum on its independence -- so it can join the EU. Leaders in Northern Ireland may push to reunite with Ireland.
In short, the U.S. could soon be dealing with a volatile and unstable Europe, a plight that makes everyone less safe.
Uncertainty. Instability. Economic anxiety: the very things the world said it had enough of when the idea for a European trading bloc was born decades ago in the ashes of World War II.
It puts stress on the 'special relationship'
Both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden said after the vote that the special bond between the U.S. and the UK will endure, but there can't help but be some changes.
Remember, back in April, Obama said a successful Brexit would move Britain to the "back of the queue" when it came to trade deals with the United States. America's already trying to cobble together a deal with what will be left of the EU now. If the Brits want one with the U.S. after they get out of the EU, they'll just have to wait. That won't exactly make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Another thing the U.S. finds so special about the UK? Being able to exert some influence on the EU, via the UK's voice. With the British soon to be gone from the bloc, the U.S. may now need to start paying more attention to its relationships with some other countries -- hello, Germany and France -- in order to achieve that goal.
Trump will go all in on immigration
Donald Trump shot to the top of the GOP primary field and eventually to the nomination by focusing on illegal immigration. Fears surrounding immigration was a big factor for a lot of Brits who pulled the lever for Leave, and Trump suspects it will be, too, for Americans voting for a new president in the fall.
"Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first," he said Friday from Turnberry, a golf resort he owns in Scotland.
So expect Trump -- who was showing signs of moderating his positions somewhat -- to go full throttle on his immigration ideas, like building a wall with Mexico and his proposed Muslim ban. Trump's also betting that the kind of political message that worked like a charm in the referendum -- a harsh critique of free trade and demands to "take our country back" -- will be just as effective among blue-collar workers in rust belt states in the United States.
Travel to the UK will be cheaper
Looks like the pound's going to be down for a while, so yes, your upcoming U.K. vacation just got a lot cheaper. You can see Big Ben, the Tower of London, Stonehenge, Buckingham Palace and other British landmarks with less cash than you've had to dole out in decades, because your U.S. dollar will be a lot stronger compared to the pound over there for the foreseeable future.
And the Brits will be happy to see you: the U.K. is going to start having far fewer tourists from the EU itself. That's because it'll be more of a hassle for Europeans to visit. Immigration lines will be more clogged due to the extra processing for EU citizens who would've previously enjoyed visa-free access.
Last year, EU countries made up seven of the top 10 countries sending tourists to the U.K., so Americans, who were the second biggest group, will likely move on up to the top spot, replacing France.