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Re: “Trouble Bruin: Vermonters Are Reporting More Problems With Bears

I've been making very bear resistant compost bins out of 55 gallon plastic barrels. With a saber saw cut a large rectangular hole in the lid. Reattach the cut out section with two strong hinges and secure with two locking hasps and lock with carabiners. Cut vent holes with a spade bit. The bears may roll it around but with no reward they get bored and move on.

The peach trees get protected with a charged poultry netting enclosure. When the neighbors compost bin got raided mine was left alone and the peaches were unmolested.

Posted by Tom Prunier on 09/03/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Trouble Bruin: Vermonters Are Reporting More Problems With Bears

The timing of this article comes at a time when the Fish and Wildlife will be considering a request to allow the hunting of Black Bears in the Spring of the year by placing bait and shooting them as they feed. Baits are typically stale baked goods, waste fats or other human food that is deemed unsaleable. It is unfathomable that the Department would even consider a proposal that is so counter productive to the message they have been sending the public for such a long time. As a long time hunter, baiting an animal in order to shoot it ranks right up there with poaching, road hunting and deer jacking. To keep wild bears wild we need to minimize access to human food not be dumping a pickup load of donuts in woods.

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by cathartes on 08/19/2017 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Power Grab: Contracts Could Seal the Fate of Underwater Transmission Lines

The amount of money needed just to build these completely unwanted long distance transmission disasters could easily pay, likely ten times over, for rooftop solar arrays on warehouses, shopping centers, schools, offices and parking lots, at the source of demand. Thereafter producing free, clean power without transmission lines traversing several states. But that doesn't put the cash in the right pockets, does it.?

Posted by FreedomToThink on 08/07/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Bid to Host Visitors in Remote Adirondacks Forest Draws Fire

I see this as an opportunity for some rich people to get a catered meal and entertainment in a "rustic" setting. And I would love to see how 36 people every weekend are going to fill the coffers of the towns in the area. The whole glamping plan seems like a con for the taxpayers of New York State. The State Constitution is clear about what the Adirondack Park is supposed to be. This is just going back to the 1900 way of thinking and starting the whole process over.

Posted by golddragon214 on 07/29/2017 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

Thank you for taking your time to share such important information with your readers. I am happy to let you know that Vermont has a cemetery allowing green burials:

Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery
430 Orchard Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-257-0712

It is a hybrid cemetery which means there are traditional burial graves yet the cemetery will allow a burial without an outer burial container.

I love your stories, Terri.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Fournier
Author of The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial

Posted by Elizabeth Fournier Potts on 07/28/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Bid to Host Visitors in Remote Adirondacks Forest Draws Fire

Totally wrong on the businesses here there's more than 3

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Posted by Will Plumstead on 07/27/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

The author writes, "Burlington requires vaults and a five-foot grave depth at its two active cemeteries, Lakeview and Greenmount." That is true, except for the Muslim section of the cemetery, which has no such requirements

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Posted by Angela Moore on 07/22/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

Hi Kate,

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of your mother's burial. It is exactly the kind of thing we are trying to make accessible in Vermont. As of right now there are no designated green burial sites in Vermont.
The mission of Green Burial Vermont is to help people like you be able to have a burial that fits with their ethics and values. In some Vermont cities and towns this will lead the creation of new sites, and in others, that don't have land available, cemeteries may find a way to hold green burials within their existing cemeteries. There are also sites in the works that will fit the conservation model of green burial. We are working at all options to serve all Vermonters interested in green burial.
Please do not hesitate to email greenburialvermont@gmail.com with any questions or concerns, or to share your experience.
Sincerely, Michelle Acciavatti co-founder of Green Burial Vermont

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Posted by EndingWell on 07/21/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

My mother was buried in a cardboard coffin in a designated green burial site in the U.K. Which is one of several green burial sites in South West Devon which has been going for at least ten years. There are no cut flowers allowed, no upright gravestones. You can plant a tree in a nearby area (not on the plot) I understand that there is already a designated green burial site in Vermont. I hope that when my time comes it has taken hold here in VT as I can't be transported back to the U.K. Without being embalmed which doesn't fit with the green burial guidelines. Perhaps rather than trying to establish this practice at existing cemeteries a new site could be established?

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Posted by Kate Smith on 07/20/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Despite 'Ick Factor' and New Fees, Drop-Off Composting Catches On

I agree. Sooooohhh "new" Vermont. I live in a rural area and try to "oblige" the new ways by composting in my back yard. Like many of my neighbors, I have been visited multiple times by bears who are drawn to not only, compost, but also chicken coops and beehives. I decided I would be doing the right thing by taking my food scraps to the local waste facility, Casella in E. Montpelier. Imagine my disappointment when the waste employee charged me $2.00 PER GALLON, for my measly 1 month's accumulation of 2 gallons (which I had kept frozen), for a total of $4.00!!!!! NEVER AGAIN. The folks in charge need to come up with a better plan for residential food scrsp recycling, lest there be garbage on the streets.

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Posted by Cheryl Bean on 07/16/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Despite 'Ick Factor' and New Fees, Drop-Off Composting Catches On

I will never Pay hard earned money to drop off old food that won't hurt anything to begin with. Its all about the $$$$$$

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by kawksw on 07/08/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Despite 'Ick Factor' and New Fees, Drop-Off Composting Catches On

That's sooooo Vermont! a $1.50 to drop it off (byLaw) and then they sell it back to you as compost soil for a small fortune! - Awesome ...

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by kawksw on 07/08/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Meet the 79-Year-Old Man Who Will Oversee Vermont's Energy Future

Vermont Set To Enact Cape Cod Commission -Massachusetts 10 X Wind Turbine Setbacks

https://patch.com/vermont/burlington-vt/ve…

Vermont Proposes Cape Cod Commission Ma. Wind Turbine Setbacks 10 X Times
Vermont Like 21 Communities In Massachusetts Are Plagued By Thousands Of Complaints From Wind Turbines Too Close To Residential Homes
Burlington, Vermont June 12, 2017

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Frank Haggerty on 06/15/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Meet the 79-Year-Old Man Who Will Oversee Vermont's Energy Future

South Dakota Adopts Wind Turbine Setbacks Similar To Cape Cod Commission
Testimony and cross examinations around the world show wind turbines generate several types of noise know since Boone, North Carolina 1987
https://patch.com/massachusetts/falmouth/s…

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Posted by Frank Haggerty on 06/15/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Manure Storage Wars: In Ferrisburgh, Flower Power Fights Big Dairy

these open pits are create flies on steroids. IF you live within 200 yards of one of these expect everything you own to be covered with fly poop. Your house, your clothes if you hang the outside, and forget every sitting outside except in the dead of winter.

Posted by Linda Himber on 06/14/2017 at 9:26 PM
Posted by Toby Record on 05/27/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Vermonter Aims to Save Our Water — One Laundry Load at a Time

How do I preorder?

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Posted by חַנָּה רָחֵל on 05/07/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Vermonter Aims to Save Our Water — One Laundry Load at a Time

I hope it works. Good luck.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Doug Hoffer on 05/04/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Former Soldier Set to Marshal Gov. Scott's Energy Policy

"It's not about me and my views," Ms Tierney said. "It's about public policy." So. Nothing new here. Ms Tierney should have called it "POLITICAL POLICY" not "public policy. Because the public has made it clear how they feel about the fracked gas pipeline and wind and it admittedly doesn't factor into the decision making process. I applaud the efforts to remove herself from the process...but this overlay of policy over everything else...including ANR's scientific analysis...has got to stop. Members of the Department of Public Service have instructed the public that the way to change the policy is to elect those that share your views. This is a blatant admission that science does not matter. Just doing what they're told. We have some impressive people in the administration. Let's let them do what they do well. Make decisions based on SCIENCE and FACTS and public opinion, not the whims of the politicians who are obviously swayed by corporate pressure.

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Posted by Nathan Palmer on 03/11/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Vermont Animal-Rights Activists Aim to Keep Pets Safe From Traps

My grandfather was a sexual abuser of children. So was my father. It's one of those things. It's part of growing up here in Vermont and not moving here from Connecticut.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Matt Medium on 12/23/2016 at 9:37 AM

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