He joined forces Friday with Senator Patrick Leahy to help lead the fight against cancer.
While he has thee months left until his term ends, the Vice President's fight against cancer isn't going anywhere.
"Joe Biden understands these challenges, he understands the pain that cancer diagnosis can bring," says Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D) Vermont.
In May 2015 Biden lost his son Beau to brain cancer.
The following January president Barack Obama tasked Vice President Biden with leading the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force.
"We need to infuse the as Doctor King says the urgency of now," the Vice President said. He says he's determined to keep families from losing a loved one to cancer.
Senator Patrick Leahy invited the Vice President to discuss Vermont's cutting edge cancer treatment at UVM and UVM Medical Center.
Biden also presented findings from the task force's report.
The White House says only four percent of Americans diagnosed with cancer are able to get into a clinical trial.
"Trial is sometimes the only vehicle by which you have any prospect of your life being saved," says Vice President Biden.
He says one of the biggest hurdles in cancer treatment is access to information.
"Why is it you are able to click on your iPhone and determine exactly what movies are playing in any city you want to go to and I can't do the same thing to find out where there is a cancer trial."
"What Biden was speaking about, you know it's really why I'm here, it's the legislative work I have been doing in the state of Vermont," says Allison Hicks of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network.
She joined a handful of cancer survivors in the crows who applauded the Vice President's push to expand cancer research.
"All of us are one degree from cancer, so it's really important that we recognize that it could be us at any time," says Hicks.
Even after Biden leaves office Senator Leahy assured him, he'll keep fight for funding for cancer research and treatment.
"We will keep that money coming because it is an American thing, I admire you for what you are doing and I thank you," says Sen. Leahy.
This is not Biden's first trip to Vermont. The Vice President was here in 2010 in support of governor Peter Shumlin.
People living in Barre will soon be able to tell the city what they want for the future.
The Granite City will be updating its zoning ordinance citywide. It's part of the city's master plan, approved in 2014.
The public has a lot of say in what goes into these updates. Director of Planning & Permitting Janet Shatney says the city "could potentially rewrite the ordinances depending on input."
Here are a few things they're looking into now.
"We have our historic downtown district, We are going to keep that. We are looking at buffer areas, where industrial slowly goes to residential. perhaps creating a buffer zone that potentially softens one to the other," Shatney said.
You can share your thoughts next Thursday night. There will be an open meeting at Alumni Hall starting at 6:30.
The woman known for throwing the biggest chocolate egg hunt in Barre for nearly 3 decades is getting people going.
"I will have perhaps have to think a little more about the chocolate, but I understand the First Lady says a little bit of chocolate is okay," Stephanie Quaranta, the Assistant Director Building & Community Services Department in Barre, said.
For the past 18 months, Stephanie Quaranta has been leading the "Let's Move" initiative in the Granite City. It's a nationwide program, created by First Lady Michelle Obama. The point of it -- getting people active.
"Keeping moving, how can I be fit, how can I be a healthier person," Quaranta said.
Quaranta has partnered with local groups, such as the University of Vermont Extension and Hunger Free Vermont, bringing healthy summer snacks and new activities for kids. It's all done on a shoe string budget.
"She runs her department, her department is her, and you know limited funds like all small towns in Vermont," Mayor Thom Lauzon said.
Mayor Lauzon says Quaranta's work has helped make Barre healthier, and the city is now being recognized across the nation.
"Let's Move" ranks Barre as one if it's top cities, up there along with Anchorage, Alaska and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
"Cities who are 10 or 15 or 25 times the size the population, who also have 25 times the budget," Mayor Lauzon said.
Lauzon, and his wife Karen, nominated Quaranta for the Most Dedicated Staff Person Change Maker Award.
"You know, Stephanie cares so deeply about the kids - she knows them all. She knows their circumstances, and she goes out of her way to make sure she knows their circumstances," Mayor Lauzon said.
Taking the time to help others start an active lifestyle.
"It doesn't take a lot to get the fitness started, but if we can help instill that at a younger age, then I think down the road we will have healthier children, healthier adults and a much healthier Vermont," Quaranta said.
Next month will be big for Quaranta. She'll be flying down with the mayor to receive the Change Maker Award in Pittsburgh, Pa.
We are wrapping this work week up with scattered rain, some still moderate to heavy. An area of low pressure continues to move across the region with a cold front tailing to the south. Rain will continue into the overnight hours through Saturday. Rainfall totals so far range widely from less than an inch across eastern Vermont and western New Hampshire to nearly 5" in Potsdam, NY. In between a range of 2-4" from the Saint Lawrence River Valley to the Champlain Valley. While we will remind mild for your Friday night and Saturday morning, a cooler air mass will arrive Saturday afternoon. As our counter clockwise spinning area of low pressure moves northeast it will allow for cold Canadian air to move in from the west northwest. All this means is the change over from rain to snow will occur from west to east. Saturday afternoon snow will be seen across the Adirondack Mountains, and come late Saturday/ early Sunday snow will be seen across Vermont's Green and New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Heading into the early morning hours of Sunday a strong westerly wind will pick up cooling the region down into the 30s. Giving even valley locations the opportunity to see some snow fly across the sky, with no accumulation. We will have snow accumulation for folks living above 1000'-1500' starting at a dusting to 1". Getting above 2000' snow will accumulate 1"-3" with higher amounts as you climb higher in elevation. A jackpot of a potential 6"+ will be found on the highest peaks across the region (Whiteface, Mansfield, and Jay Peak). These snow totals will continue into Sunday night. Sunday we are starting to wind things down, less rain and clouds. Even a few peaks of sun come Sunday afternoon, but still chilly with highs in the 40s.
Looking ahead to next week, things will be more calm (other than a few snow flurries Monday and Tuesday morning), and much cooler with highs in the 40s.
The man accused of driving the wrong-way on Interstate 89 and causing a fiery crash that killed five teenagers is out of the hospital.
UVM Medical Center spokesperson Mike Noble said Steven Bourgoin was released from the hospital Thursday.
Bourgoin, of Williston, is currently being held without bail at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield on various charges, including five counts of second-degree murder.
Bourgoin was arraigned at the hospital on October 14 in connection to the October 8 crashes on I-89 in Williston. His attorney Bob Katim's entered not guilty pleas to all charges.
Police say the 36-year-old was driving the wrong-way on I-89 in Williston when he crashed into a car, killing five teenagers. He then stole a police cruiser before crashing into seven other vehicles, police said.
Mary Harris, 16, of Moretown; Cyrus Zschau, 16, of Moretown; Liam Hale, 16, of Fayston; Janie Cozzi, 15, of Fayston; and Eli Brookens, 16, of Waterbury, died in the crash.
According to court documents, Bourgoin was facing financial difficulties, as well as domestic and custody issues with his ex-girlfriend.
The judge has ordered a mental evaluation for Bourgoin.
If convicted, he faces 20 years to life in prison on each murder count.
(CNN) Digital media exposure for children of all ages should be limited, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
This week, the AAP hosted a national conference in San Francisco, where an estimated 10,000 pediatricians met to discuss new children's health recommendations for 2017. Children's screen time, social media and cyberbullying were key points of interest.
Previously the Academy set a general screen time limit: no more than two hours in front of the TV for kids over age 2.
Today, in a world surrounded by digital media 24/7, defining screen time is difficult.
"It doesn't make sense to make a blanket statement [of two hours] of screen time anymore," said Dr. Yolanda Reid Chassiakos, lead author of the "Children and Adolescents and Digital Media Technical Report" and assistant professor at UCLA. "For some children, two hours may be too much."
For the new guidelines, the AAP identifies screen time as time spent using digital media for entertainment purposes. Other uses of media, such as online homework, don't count as screen time.
The academy recommends that for children 2 to 5 years of age, screen time should be limited to one hour per day. For kids ages 6 and older, parents can determine the restrictions for time spent using screen, as well as monitor the types of digital media their children use.
Babies are most vulnerable to screens. Infants aged 18 months and younger should not be exposed to any digital media, the academy says.
Infants 18 months and younger: No screen time
For parents with infants, cutting off technology completely can be challenging. But banning screen time for babies is hugely important for brain development and healthy parent-child connections, Chassiakos said.
"The noise and activity of a screen are distracting for a child," she said. Even if the baby isn't directly looking at the screen -- for example, if a mother is nursing her child on the couch while watching TV -- the baby can be overstimulated by the lights and sounds, which may cause distress and sleep problems.
Perhaps most negatively, screen time causes a disconnect between parents and children.
"When a mother is breast-feeding, that is a crucial bonding time," said Chassiakos. The more face-to-face interaction children have with mothers and other adults, especially eye contact, the better for the brain development of infants, she explained.
If parents' attention is fixed on a TV or phone screen, babies are deprived of that attention; and if they are repeatedly neglected in favor of digital media, children may develop behavioral issues in the future, Chassaiakos said.
"The TV should not be a babysitter," she said. "It's much better to talk to a child or read from a book."
Children 2 to 5 years: One hour per day
The AAP recommends that "parents prioritize creative, unplugged playtime for infants and toddlers," according to its press release. Children this age can be introduced to screens, but only for one hour a day. The type of media they are exposed to is critical: only high-quality programs, such as "Sesame Street" and other PBS shows should be viewed.
"Shows like 'Sesame Street' are much better than standard TV, because they don't have advertisements, which tend to overstimulate children," said Chassiakos.
Toddler-aged kids haven't developed the cognitive skills to understand advertisements or animations, she explained. Children at this age "can't interpret images like an older kid," meaning they can't decipher between real-world people and fictional cartoons.
While cartoons get a thumbs-down, the academy supports toddlers using face-to-face interactive media, such as Skype or Facetime. Including children in Skype video conversations with grandma, for example, can promote healthy development in kids, Chassiakos says. After the conversation ends, parents can supplement children's learning by repeating what grandma said on the screen.
Children 6 years and older: Limit digital media
Parents are in charge of setting limits on digital media for kids and teens six and older, the academy says.
The amount of daily screen time depends on the child and family, but children should prioritize productive time over entertainment time.
For healthy kids, an average day includes "school, homework time, at least one hour of physical activity, social contact and sleep -- which is anywhere from eight to 12 hours for kids," said Chassiakos. "Whatever's left over can be screen time."
The academy agrees that digital media should never replace healthy activities, particularly sleep, social interaction and physical activity.
In the press release, Dr. Jenny Radesky stated, "What's most important is that parents be their child's 'media mentor.' That means teaching them how to use it as a tool to create, connect and learn."
Kids and teens have access to thousands of apps, film streaming sites, video games and social media on multiple devices, from personal smartphones to public school-issued tablets.
"The environment of media has changed today," Chassiakos said. Many aspects of digital media are positive: it can be interactive; it facilitates communication; it allows people to create. Kids often view class lecture notes and do homework through a screen, she said.
However, parents have to talk to kids, especially teens, about the risks of digital media -- including "cyberbullying, engaging in sexting, and being accessible to advertisements and online predators," Chassiakos said.
For smaller children, discussing advertisements on TV is important, the academy reports. Many products, such as sugary cereals and fast-food restaurants, are marketed to children, and parents should help kids understand that these foods aren't healthy choices.
"Even though the media landscape is constantly changing, some of the same parenting rules apply," Chassiakos wrote in the academy's press release.
"Parents play an important role in helping children and teens navigate the media environment, just as they help them learn how to behave off-line."
Tips for parents for healthy digital media use
Parents are children's main role models, so it's important for moms and dads to have healthy digital media habits. This means being conscious of setting down cellphones, turning off the TV and shutting laptops at night.
"Young children can tell when their parents' heads are always in their cells," Chassiakos said. The lack of attention from a parent can make "kids' levels of irritable behavior worse."
The academy recommends that families designate "media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms," according to the release.
With phones off the dinner table, families can have in-person conversations, which are very important for children's development. Parents benefit from media-free practices, too. Face-to-face interactions with family creates more intimate bonds, and tech-free bedrooms can promote better sleep, Chassiakos explained.
Keeping tech devices out of bedrooms is also a good way to monitor kids' digital media activity. Chassiakos recommends having children use computers in the living room, for example, to ensure they finish any online homework assignments before using entertainment media.
"This doesn't mean you can't play video games with your kids," she said. "What's most important is that families have media-free time, and when digital media is used, it's used mainly for communication rather than entertainment."
For help constructing a digital media plan for the whole family, the AAP recommends using the Family Media Plan tool, which can be found at healthychildren.org.
With the Vermont International Film Festival kicking off Friday, Champlain College professor and Local 44 Morning Brew film critic Julia Swift shared a few recommendations on what to see during the ten-day event.
Her recommendations include the documentary Sonita, about a teenage immigrant who aspires to be a rap artist, Fatima, a French/Arabic film about a mother and her two teenage daughters trying to find their identities, and the Australian fiction film Girl Asleep.
Sonita has its first screening on Monday, October 24, at the Main Street Landing Film House, and an encore screening on Saturday, October 29. Fatima also plays Monday night, in the Main Street Landing Black Box, with an encore on Friday, October 28. Girl Asleep has its first screening Sunday night, in the Main Street Landing Black Box.
For more information on the Vermont International Film Festival, a list of films, and tickets, visit the festival's official website.
Keep that umbrella on hand! This soggy stretch of weather continues right into the weekend. And, ready or not...the first mountain snow is quickly approaching!
Friday morning, a band of moderate to heavy rain continues to dump on northern New York and northwestern Vermont. Meanwhile, early Friday, the rest of Vermont and New Hampshire is seeing overcast skies with more spotty, light showers. That band of rain over New York's North Country will lift to the northwest throughout Friday, but not before putting down another 1-2" of rain.
There will be a drying-out period today for most, midday through early afternoon. But then, a surge of moisture from a subtropical system near the mid Atlantic provides yet another round of rain, some of which may be heavy, throughout a lot of central and eastern Vermont into western New Hampshire, including those spots that didn't see much rain Thursday night.
With a cold front swinging from northwest to southeast through northern New England Friday, high temperatures will range from the low 50s in the St. Lawrence Valley to the mid 60s near Lake Champlain, all the way to near 70 degrees in the Upper Valley. Southerly winds ahead of the front will be at 5-15 mph in valleys, but up to 30-50 mph across the mountains.
Over the weekend, periodic showers continue under mostly to, at times, partly cloudy skies. Temperatures continue to trend cooler. Saturday brings highs near 50 degrees; while on Sunday, temperatures reach into just the low to mid 40s.
Ready or not, here it comes...snow! Well, at least for the mountains. Saturday morning, rain will begin to change to snow in the Adirondacks; and by late Saturday into Sunday, the Green Mountains. Any accumulation will be confined to mid slope and above, including mountain towns like Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Stowe. From around 1000-1500', a dusting to 1". Around 2000', 1-3". Highest summits of both ranges could see 4-6" or more. Valleys, including the Champlain Valley, may see a few fat, wet flakes mix in with rain drops, but nothing will stick to the very warm and wet ground.
Early next week, this large low pressure system finally scoots out of the area and we begin to dry out. A few up slope snow showers may linger on through Monday and Tuesday, but most begin to see peaks of sunshine. That cool air sticks around, though, with highs in the 40s and nighttime lows in the 20s/30s.
Burlington police say they, along with Burlington Fire, responded to a hit and run around 10:20 Thursday night, involving a pedestrian and a pick-up truck.
It happened at the intersection of Oak Street and Intervale Avenue. Burlington Police Sgt. Wade LaBrecque says an 18-year-old woman was walking across the street, and struck by a woman driving a red pick-up truck, according to two witnesses. LaBrecque says the victim was conscious when she was transported to UVM Medical Center.
"We had our accident reconstruction officers here, they did their measurements, so they'll try to reconstruct the accident as best they can, then we'll pull video footage from Cumberland Farms and the Boys and Girls Club, and places we know have cameras to hopefully, catch the vehicle passing through," says LaBrecque.
He says the victim had facial injuries, though other injuries are currently known. He says witnesses say the woman driving is a white, blonde, skinny female, possibly in her late twenties.
"In the state of Vermont, if you're in an accident, you're required to stop and render care and leave information, like your drivers license and insurance information," says LaBrecque.
BPD is asking people to be on the lookout for this vehicle, which LaBrecque says could have damage to the front bumper and windshield.
"This right now, would be leaving the scene of an accident with injury resulting," says LaBrecque. "Depending on other factors, it could be careless and negligent operation as well, depending on speed and if the driver ran a stop sign and in situations like this, we always want to know if there was alcohol, or drugs involved."
Progress is being made in the North Country for the transgender and gender non-conforming community.
Since March, the New York State Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Town Hall Project has held ten town halls in seven locations around New York State.
At Thursday night's meeting at SUNY Plattsburgh, the group discussed the progress that's been made since the group's meeting in June.
Kelly Metzgar is a transgender and LGBTQ advocate. She's been working alongside many others to help solves issues, ranging from healthcare and legal issues the LGBTQ community faces in the North Country.
"I just have hope for the North Country. I hope to bring the North Country into the rest of New York State, and let our voices be heard, and so people in the state know that we do exist up here," said Metzgar.
Planned Parenthood of the North Country made an announcement at Thursday night's meeting.
"We'll be expanding our transgender persons healthcare services to include hormonal treatments," said Grace Carlic, of PPNC.
Planned Parenthood says the expansion will take place in early 2017.
The Town Hall Project also played a part in Plattsburgh's pride parade in early October. Metzgar says it was born out of an idea from the first town hall event in June.
Metzgar says with more work, the transgender and gender non-conforming community needs to know it's safe.
"This is our decade. Nobody should have to live in fear, live in hiding, live in shame. Everybody should be able to live their own life," said Metzgar.
The group's next big project is still in the planning stages, but it hopes to hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance in Plattsburgh on November 20th.
Here is a link for the group: https://www.facebook.com/nytranstownhalls/?fref=ts
The 10th annual Empty Bowl dinner went off without a hitch Thursday night in Colchester. More than 250 people packed the Elley-Long Music Center, eating homemade soup, and donating to a critical organization.
Spectrum Youth and Family Services served 1,500 people in the Burlington area this past year. The non-profit's Executive Director says it will serve 12,000 meals to young people in need this coming year. Donations from the Empty Bowl event will pay for those.
"We're now less than half funded by government sources, which means we need to raise dollars to support our work from private individuals, companies and foundations," says Executive Director Mark Redmond. "We've done this for years, but it's increasingly become more important so we can keep our doors open for young people."
Redmond says the soup was donated by more than a dozen local restaurants. The ceramic bowls were made by local potters, which people got to keep at the end of the night.
"Last year, we netted over $45,000, but this year is even bigger, so, I'm expecting over $50,000," says Redmond.
The fall season is here and the cool air is beginning to roll in, but experts say there are some precautions to take before firing up your wood stove.
Jake Loeffler owns Brickliners in Williston and offers chimney cleaning services year-round. He says fall is by far his busiest time of year.
"That is when people start thinking about their wood stoves, stacking their wood and getting ready for the winter," explained Loeffler.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommend that homeowners have their chimney inspected once a year. Loeffler said, "We do this to ensure there are no cracked flues, gaps or cracks and check clearances to make sure the exterior of your chimney is in working order."
Loeffler and his team feed specialized equipment through your chimney including a sweeping device and even cameras.
"The flues are there to contain the products of combustion so that they safely exit the home and if there is a buildup of creosote and it catches on fire it can become something that is unmanageable," explained Loeffler.
Ken Morton is the fire chief in Williston, he and his crew respond to a handful of chimney related fires every year. Morton says people need to mindful of what they're burning.
"When you have a fire make sure it is burning appropriate fuel using good dry wood not green wood which of course creates creosote more quickly," said Morton.
Morton also stresses the importance of cleaning the actual wood stove or fireplace.
Morton said, "Please please make sure that when you clean your stove out that the ashes go a good distance away from the home and are properly disposed of whether in the snow to snuff out or put out with water."
While some clean their own chimney, Loeffler says it's a task that should be left to the pros.
"You are reducing the risks of something going wrong throughout the winter, you want to enjoy your woodstove and fireplace and it can be very short-lived if there is a problem that you are unaware of," said Loeffler.
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America there are more than 25,000 chimney fires across the country every year causing more than $120 million in property damage.
Mr. Biden landed at Burlington International Airport around 5 P.M.
Senator Patrick Leahy invited him to discuss Vermont's work on cancer research.
On Friday morning he'll speak at UVM to strengthen ties between the Cancer Moonshot Project and UVM/UVM Medical Center. Thursday night he'll be attending a private dinner and fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Addison County.
Before he made his way North, Vice President Biden rallied for Hillary Clinton in Nashua, New Hampshire. Biden outlined for Granite State voters why he thinks GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is a threat to the democratic process.
"Not only is he disqualified by what all the press is talking about today and what he's been talking about, because he's questioning not the legitimacy of the election but the legitimacy of our democracy," Vice President Biden said. "If you assert that a democratic election is fixed you are attacking the very essence of the notion that we have a democratic system."
This is not Biden's first visit to Vermont. He was in the Green Mountain State to support Governor Peter Shumlin in 2010.
Biden's comments follow last night's third and final presidential debate. Donald trump's campaign released this statement: Granite State voters are tired of the same old Washington double-speak and back-room deals from career politicians like Hillary, and will vote for change in November.
The Vice President's roundtable discussion at UVM starts at 10:15 A.M. It is not open to the public, but Local 22 & Local 44 News will attend and have full coverage of the event Friday evening.
Six people were arrested after protesting the Vermont Gas Pipeline in Hinesburg. A crowd of about 200 protested this worksite on Shelburne Falls Road.
The price tag for the 41 mile pipeline is around $165 million. It once came in at $121 million.
Vermonters at the protest do not want to see the project come to completion.
"Frankly we have had enough of the state's complacency with this multi-national's corporation's plan to continue building fossil fuel infrastructure in our state despite the science of climate change that tells us that we need to stop doing that," says Will Bennington of Rising Tide Vermont.
But Vermont Gas says the protest is nothing new.
" This event was more of the same from the same group of individuals," says Beth Parent, Communications Manager for Vermont Gas Systems. "There will be added costs associated with delay. The work that was taking place at the site is important work necessary to ensure pipeline integrity."
Hinesburg police say the six individuals were charged with unlawful restraint, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. They were cited and eventually released.
"Thankfully it ended safely and we were able to move crews around to other clean up areas," says Parent.