The word in the House…

The word in the House…

This report was submitted by six area Democratic state representatives: Jessica Brumsted and Kate Webb, Shelburne; Mike Yantachka, Charlotte; Bill Lippert, Hinesburg; and Terry Macaig and Jim McCullough, Williston. The Legislature met last week in a veto session to address the statewide budget and education property tax bills. Although these bills are essential to fund… Read More »

Poor soil, compaction, affect tree health

Poor soil, compaction, affect tree health

Trees that grow in the urban environment can experience many environmental stresses, including compacted and poor soils and competition with turf for water and nutrients. Soils, especially in newer housing developments, may be significantly deficient in the nutrients necessary for the optimum growth of trees. In construction and building processes, the native topsoil is often… Read More »

Last flight

By Scott Funk I’m just back from a cross country flight via JFK. It was a learning experience, made no easier by memories of the luxury and excitement of flying some years back. Remember when people got dressed up to fly? It was fancy. Stewardesses catered to you and made you feel special. The competition… Read More »

Choosing the right tree for the right place

Choosing the right tree for the right place

The first critical step in planting a tree that will stand the test of time in the urban landscape is choosing the right tree for the right place. Take a walk through a wooded natural area and you will find that most species of trees occupy a specific niche. You will not find a willow… Read More »

Diagnosis: Diabetes

Diagnosis: Diabetes

At my last annual physical, my doctor informed me I had diabetes. No big deal, I thought. I feel great; I’ve got no symptoms. Maybe I have to give up candy bars and do a little less recreational eating, but how bad could it be? Then I went to the nutritionist for diabetes education. It… Read More »

End-of-session summary

End-of-session summary

By Rep. Mike Yantachka As the 2017 legislative session ended shortly before midnight on Thursday, May 18, it was with a lot of pride and a lot of disappointment. The reason for the disappointment was because we would have to go back to Montpelier on June 21 for a veto session because Governor Scott declared… Read More »

It’s time to talk about aging

It’s time to talk about aging

We are all, inexorably, marching toward old age. By 2030, 72 million Americans will be age 65 or older. The good news is longevity has been improving, and people are remaining healthy and vibrant at older ages. The bad news is cultural perceptions of “old” people have not kept pace. A 2016 analysis by the… Read More »

Teachers’ health care proposal

by Rep. Mike Yantachka In the final week of the legislature, bills move at a fairly rapid pace between the House and Senate as differences are resolved and agreement is reached. Some legislation, however, deals with highly controversial issues such as marijuana legalization, paid family leave, and education issues. These bills often generate much floor… Read More »

Help for First Responders

Help for First Responders

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Vermont has seen its share of tragic automobile accidents and fatal fires over the years. Accidents like the one on I-89 in Williston caused by a wrong-way driver that killed five teens on their way home from a concert, or the recent accident on U.S. Route 7 in Charlotte that killed… Read More »

Vermont owned forever

Vermont owned forever

By Jan Demers “I have consistently doubled my income for the last three years. This year my gross is so far past my wildest expectations of what I thought I could do!” Johannes Ziegler, owner of JZ Carpentry LLC, began working with CVOEO’s Micro Business Program in 2011. He had a dream of owning his… Read More »