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Industrial Water Disaster – Mass Bottled Water Pulled from VT Shelves for Exceeding Safe Toxic Levels

Haverhill, Massachusetts Spring Hill Dairy provides bottled water under store-brand labels at Shaw’s, Cumberland Farms, CVS (Ice Canyon), Best Yet, 365, IGA, HyTop and Food Club. VT STRONG news - VT Digger Elizabeth Gribkoff reports - State officials announced Thursday that multiple brands of generic bottled water sold in-state have PFAS levels more than five times above Vermont’s new standard. Share More:
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Industrial Opioid Disaster – Brattleboro Overdoses Highest in VT

Green Cross Strong news – VT Digger .org reports – Brattleboro, VT: BRATTLEBORO — Local Police Chief Michael Fitzgerald stood by listening as Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson read the proverbial riot act to drug dealers who’ve pushed this southeastern town’s opioid overdose numbers to the highest in the state. … Share More: 
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GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT SIGNS DRUG PREVENTION BILL AT LAMOILLE COUNTY’S 4TH ANNUAL OPIOID FORUM

Gov Office reports - Hyde Park, Vt. – Tuesday, around 200 people attended the 4th Annual Opioid Forum at Green Mountain Technology and Career Center. This year’s forum was a community call to action and gathering of hope, in honor of Jenna Rae Tatro (1992-2019). Governor Phil Scott began the evening by signing , an act relating to substance misuse prevention and touched on the important work happening to…
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Man-Made & Natural Disasters

President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration

US STRONG NEWS - Washington, DC: The White House reports Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe storm and flooding on April 15, 2019. Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit…
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‘Vermont Stronger’ Norwich U Leads the Charge on Vermont Resilience 2019

VT STRONG NEWS - NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS reports May 24, 2019. Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security hosts Resilient Vermont Network’s Second Conference, Supported by the High Meadows Fund. NORTHFIELD, ;– The Resilient Vermont Network, coordinated by the Norwich University Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS), will host the 2019 Resilient Vermont Conference at Norwich University, on June 7-8, funded…
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VT STRONG NEWS Industrial Opioid Disaster – Attorney General Donovan Sues Sackler Family, Makers of OxyContin

Mount Snow Owner Sued. Lawsuit Alleges Violations of Consumer Protection Act, Unjust Enrichment, Public Nuisance. Office of the Attorney General of Vermont reports Montpelier, VT: Attorney General Donovan has sued eight members of the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma , makers of the opioid OxyContin, among others. The lawsuit alleges that for over two decades the Sacklers personally oversaw Purdue’s deceptive marketing campaign. They…
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VT STRONG – National Hurricane Preparedness Week

WASHINGTON, DC: The White House reports – During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, I encourage all Americans living in hurricane-prone areas to take the measures necessary to safeguard their families, homes, and businesses.  As a Nation, we are sadly too familiar with the destructive force of hurricanes.  To help prevent and mitigate hurricane-related harm, it is critically important that we prepare for the upcoming hurricane season,…
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16 Individuals Charged or Arrested For Drug Trafficking Crimes as Part of Joint Law Enforcement Effort

ATF Boston Fields report - On April 16, 2019, the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort that focused on drug trafficking in the area of Brattleboro, ; During the three-day operation conducted last week by federal, state, local, and county officers, and federal and state prosecutors, law enforcement arrested or charged 16 individuals, searched 3 residences…
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Awareness - Preparedness - Resiliency

Mining TALC – Johnson & Johnson Issues Statement on April 9 Reuters Article

Talc Baby Powder New Brunswick, NJ J&J reports – We stand behind Johnson’s Baby Powder because science confirms it is free of asbestos and safe to use. The accusations being made against our company are not only false, but the idea that we would purposefully and systematically target a community with bad intentions is unreasonable and absurd. We’re caught between sad and angry that anyone…
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VERMONT LAUNCHES “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING” PSA CONTEST

Montpelier, Vt: Office of the Governor reports – Governor Phil Scott and Vermont-NEA (VT-NEA) President Don Tinney today announced a joint initiative inviting Vermont middle and high school students to create a “See Something, Say Something” video public service announcement (PSA), which will be used by the Agency of Education (AOE) and VT-NEA to promote awareness and reporting of school safety threats across the state.…
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Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty and Receives Life Sentence for 2000 Carjacking, Kidnapping and Murder in Vermont

A federal inmate formerly residing in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty today to murder, carjacking and kidnapping, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Attorney Christina Nolan for the District of Vermont. Donald Fell, 38, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to a federal indictment arising from the Nov. 27, 2000 kidnapping, carjacking and murder of 53-year old Teresca King.…
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Historic Occurrences – 1938 Great New England and Long Island Express Hurricane killed 682+ people

  ATLANTIC STRONG - Sept. 21 1938 - The majority of the storm damage was from storm surge and wind. The winds reached up to 150 mph with waves surging to around 25–35 feet high. Readings from the Blue Hills Observatory showed sustained winds topping 120 miles per hour, with a gust of 186 miles per hour. The 1938 New England Hurricane (also referred to as the Great New England Hurricane and Long Island…
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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – Vermont Sues Purdue Pharma For Its Opioids Marketing Practices

G Alleges Deceptive and Unfair Acts and Public Nuisance.  Vermont Attorney General Donovan announced that today his office filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act and public nuisance law concerning Purdue’s marketing and promotion of opioids. Purdue is the manufacturer of Oxycontin. “The State of Vermont has been hit hard by the opioid…
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Londonderry EMS Volunteers Receive Mental Health Support After 5 Deaths In Community

via VPR - Londonderry, VT: Vermont’s first responders can face life-and-death situations any time they show up at a scene. But this week the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad dealt with five fatalities, and now support is being provided to these volunteers that serve this community. The five fatalities in the community occurred in just a three-day span. Last Friday the rescue squad Share More: ;mc_eid=f9d830f457#stream/0
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BRAT Volunteers Supporting Clean Water

White River Junction, VT: Since 2014, the Black River Action Team has conducted weekly sampling at several area swimming holes all summer long. BRAT volunteers are trained to collect their samples carefully, following protocols set forth by the State of Vermont and Endyne Labs (a nationally-accredited facility in Lebanon NH). Endyne tests the samples for fecal coliform, which are present in the gut of all…
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