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January 6, 2021 I awoke with the weight and honor of what was before me as I prepared to be sworn in for my first term as a Vermont State Representative from Essex, representing where I grew up, my home and community in Montpelier.

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday announced organizational changes to modernize the state’s public safety and select permitting and regulatory functions with the aim of increasing efficiency and improving these systems.

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MONTPELIER — Waterfowl hunters who did not remove their hunting blinds from the waters of the state earlier must do so before Feb. 15 on Lake Champlain or May 15 on inland waters, according to a reminder from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

MONTPELIER — Those receiving 3SquaresVT benefits from the Department for Children and Families will see their benefits increase by 15% from this month through June, made possible by the federally-approved Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, according to a Vermont DCF.

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Parents have been asking me some tough questions recently about their teenagers being stressed to the point they might try to hurt themselves or even try to commit suicide. This is a topic that should be stressed for all parents, so let me try to provide some helpful information.

The Essex Police Department reported 135 incidents during the week of Jan. 4-10. Listed below are some of those calls.

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Since the late 1700s, Vermont towns have held town meetings to vote on issues like local officials and municipal budgets. These meetings can be loud and crowded, as residents pack into rows of folding chairs and stand shoulder to shoulder along the wall.

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MONTPELIER — During a press conference Tuesday, state officials indicated that a recent surge in daily cases of COVID-19 in Vermont is mirroring a surge experienced in October, and may be tied to Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday gatherings.

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ST. ALBANS — According to state officials, Vermont is seventh in the nation for prevalence of vaccine distribution. This accomplishment comes despite significant logistical, operational and scheduling challenges hospitals have encountered.