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Re: “WTF: How Can Private Parking Lots Issue Tickets?

So, came to visit Burlington for the night...parked in the Lawson Lot....paid for "2+ hours"
Returned to a $30 parking ticket after 2hrs and 28 minutes...

As an out of towner, can someone please shed some light on this issue as the above post are over a year old.
OBTW the ticket was stuck down into the hood of the was 2 days later it was seen by my son when he was cleaning the windshield while fueling the car.

...If anyone is willing to post a picture of the machine showing "2+ hours" I sure would appreciate it.

Posted by Out of Towner on 07/13/2018 at 2:29 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Do You Sometimes Have to Dial 802 in Vermont?

Also, the area code used by a specific cell-phones is not necessarily "local".

For example, I live in Vermont and my carrier is Verizon. My (and my wife's) cell-phones have 802 area codes. However my account also includes a phone used by my (disabled) sister, who lives in the midwest and has the area code 317.

(Verizon --and I assume most carriers-- allow quite a bit of flexibility in obtaining new phone numbers, at least as far as regards area-codes and exchanges. I could, in principle, easily get a phone-number using just about every area-code in the U.S.)

Posted by Nichael Cramer on 06/13/2018 at 9:29 AM

Re: “WTF: Why Do You Sometimes Have to Dial 802 in Vermont?

It doesn't seem that long ago that you could dial anyone in Stowe using just 4 digits as everyone shared 253 as the first 3 numbers . I wonder if 4 digit dialing remains anywhere in Vermont today .

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 06/06/2018 at 10:37 PM

Re: “A Vet Recalls His Cold War Service in St. Albans

Actually, St. Albans AFS did have five (5) radar towers, with two of them housing radars that were replaced by newer models. There was operational overlap with the newer radars coming online before the older ones were retired. The tower there today was one of the 'newer' ones. For more information, refer to .

Posted by Tom Page on 05/27/2018 at 1:17 PM

Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

You'd have to be nearly blind to confuse a bobcat or a lynx with a cougar. It's absurd to suggest that most of these sightings are really sightings of another animal. The tail of a cougar, for one thing, is an identifying characteristic. No other animal in this area has a tail like that. They are here in Vermont. People I know who have seen them are very knowledgeable and reliable folks.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Pequod42 on 05/26/2018 at 2:56 PM

Re: “WTF: Is "Salad-Bar Syndrome" a Real Thing?

Raw foods are the best for us. Veggies anyway...

Posted by i can't eat that on 05/01/2018 at 12:37 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Are Barns Allowed to Fall Into Disrepair Yet Are Rarely Torn Down?

Lol!! This guy Joe is definitely doing some illegal shit in his barn!

Posted by Laura S on 04/26/2018 at 4:25 AM

Re: “WTF: Why Are Barns Allowed to Fall Into Disrepair Yet Are Rarely Torn Down?

^lol! This guy is definitely doing illegal shit. Haha.

Posted by Laura S on 04/26/2018 at 4:24 AM

Re: “WTF: Why Is the Town of Westford Suing Its Own Residents?

Them verbal agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mick on 04/12/2018 at 8:37 AM

Re: “WTF: What Can Vermonters Do About Nuisance Drones?

Little known fact: Drones are allergic to lead.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Paul Jones on 03/17/2018 at 8:05 AM

Re: “WTF: What Can Vermonters Do About Nuisance Drones?

Ken Picard, your corrections help to give more accuracy, but, as you are aware, problems still remain. But unfortunately too the sentiment of anti-drone remains clear in the article. So let me offer this counterpoint. Model aircraft are the safest form of aircraft in the skies bar none. The last fatality from a model aircraft was in 2013 (the operator was killed by his own craft in a freak accident) and there have been a total of 6, yes six, WORLDWIDE since 1936. Conversely powered parachute and ultralights that have zero FAA regulations (look it up) amount to over 60 fatalities per year in the U.S. alone. Numbers go up even further when looking at helicopters and airplanes. There are more registered drone operators in the United States than there are licensed pilots. There are incredibly few incidents with drones almost every incident makes national news because the incident occurrence is unique and rare. The fact is that even the FAA understands that their regulations on drones have gone too far. They are actively seeking to ease restrictions. Their latest rulemaking committee was tasked with looking to pull back on restrictions of flying beyond line of sight and flight over persons due to the findings of the ASSURE reports. Those changes will be coming and the easement is absolutely warranted. Why? Because drones continue to be the safest aircraft in the skies bar none and that's a fact.

5 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Ryan J. Latourette on 03/16/2018 at 6:59 PM

Re: “WTF: What Can Vermonters Do About Nuisance Drones?

Thanks for the clarification, Ryan. As for the drone name, that was a typo and will be corrected ASAP. As for flying drones over airports, The FAA website states: "Recreational operators are required to give notice for flights within five miles of an airport to both the airport operator and air traffic control tower, if the airport has a tower. However, recreational operations are not permitted in Class B airspace around most major airports without specific air traffic permission and coordination." Finally, as for the risks of injury or death from a falling drone should it experience a malfunction, that was the opinion expressed by Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, an experienced drone pilot who runs the University of Vermont's UAS program.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ken Picard on 03/16/2018 at 11:17 AM

Re: “WTF: What Can Vermonters Do About Nuisance Drones?

A note of clarification concerning the UAS flights on the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Recreational use of UAS/Drones is prohibited on Missisquoi NWR. In fact, launching and landing UAS/Drones is prohibited on all National Wildlife Refuges. The UVM work was conducted under a research Special Use Permit issued by the refuge.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Missisquoi NWR on 03/16/2018 at 8:06 AM

Re: “WTF: What Can Vermonters Do About Nuisance Drones?

Your article is full of inaccuracies and outright fabrications in regards to drone regulations - and appears to do so purposefully to sensationalize for click/views. It is perfectly legal to fly near airports. Both Part 101 and Part 107 have structure to allow such flights. Night flight is legal for hobbyists and legal with waiver for commercial operators. And the FAA has an ASSURE report showing that drones are not the deadly machines you make them out to be - either from a fall or from aircraft strikes. Oh, and just to show how poorly you've written the article, there is no such thing as a "DGI Phantom". Given that the "DJI" Phantom is the most widely sold drone in history, it is clear you are one of the minority to have even experienced a drone.

6 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Ryan J. Latourette on 03/14/2018 at 9:23 PM

Re: “WTF: What Can Vermonters Do About Nuisance Drones?

I read this article with really one question in mind: "Can I shoot that drone from my porch?"

I am off to Google with a heavy heart, but this was a good read otherwise.

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Justin Boland on 03/14/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Are More Postal Carriers Working on Sundays?

Good article. But if the author (Ken Picard) had contacted the National Association of Letter Carriers, the union that represents those who are delivering the packages on Sundays, he would have likely received a response to his inquiry. The APWU represents postal employees who work inside sorting the mail and staffing the customer counters.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jamie56 on 03/01/2018 at 11:08 AM

Re: “WTF: Is "Salad-Bar Syndrome" a Real Thing?

My dad & brother both get instant diarrhea & intestinal distress if they eat lettuce from a restaurant. It's happened enough times to know that's definitely the cause, and it sets in so quickly that it can't possibly be a stomach virus or something picked up from contaminated salad because those things take time to incubate before causing illness. My mom can eat the exact same thing & be fine. These are huge dudes who eat everything you put in front of them but lettuce scares them to death, lol. So I'm guessing a lot of restaurants still use this crap on their salad.

Eating food raw is a bad idea in general, whether it's oysters, lettuce, sushi or fruit. Uncooked food is more likely to contain harmful bacteria or viruses that can cause gastroenteritis. Cooking at least provides some protection against these pathogens.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by BannedintheUSSA on 02/08/2018 at 9:04 PM

Re: “What's the Deal with the Bennington Potters North Mural?

Burlington is lucky to have Steve Crafts, a deep thinker who's special wtf insights uncover great useless tales. Go Steve!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by David Griffin on 11/27/2017 at 6:13 AM

Re: “What's the Deal with the Bennington Potters North Mural?

Visual pollution. Isn't it a violation of our anti-billboard ordinance?

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Jimshifty on 11/26/2017 at 9:19 PM

Re: “WTF: How Can Private Parking Lots Issue Tickets?

Can you say, pieces of shit!!!!!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Edward McGrath on 10/17/2017 at 2:25 PM

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