Thursday, May 23 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:08:29 GMT
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone. We told you the fountain was being removed last month. Church Street Marketplace leaders say it was too expensive to run and blocked foot traffic.More >>
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:01:37 GMT
If you're approached by a Vermont State Trooper, there's one thing you may not see, a tattoo. That's because for six years the department hasn't allowed visible ink.But VSP Captain David Notte saysMore >>
Vermont State Police say it's considering changing its tattoo policy, to get more recruits. Right now you can't have any visible tattoos, but that could soon change.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:54:33 GMT
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses. So much so it has the Department of Public Works looking closely at making some major repairs to the entire system. TheMore >>
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:24:21 GMT
Undocumented immigrants in Vermont won a huge battle in the state legislature this year that will eventually give them the chance to earn driver's licenses. That includes Jose Norman. "I've been hereMore >>
The new law won't take effect until January 2014.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:51 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:51:07 GMT
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt. According to the Shelburne Fire Department, something in the back of a Casella Waste truck caught fire. TheMore >>
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:04 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:04:40 GMT
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state. According to the legislation HB573, it would allow patients with cancer, glaucoma, positive status forMore >>
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:34:26 GMT
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.FOX44 and ABC22 reporter Michael Page says they haven't found anythingMore >>
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:22 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:22:39 GMT
The annual Spring Move Out Project in Burlington Thursday. The project allows you to get rid of unwanted, but still usable household goods. You can bring clothes, books, furniture, household items, andMore >>
The annual Spring Move Out Project is being held in Burlington Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:40:21 GMT
If you're planning on traveling this holiday weekend, you're not alone. According to AAA, more than 30 million Americans will be on the roadways. On average, they'll also be driving at least 50 miles forMore >>
If you're planning on traveling this holiday weekend, you're not alone.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:31 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:31:51 GMT
Each year between 5 and 7 million animals enter a shelter. Purina Cat Chow is trying to offset some of those costs. The company is donating $200,000 to 50 shelters and that's where you come in. A quickMore >>
Each year between 5 and 7 million animals enter a shelter. Purina Cat Chow is trying to offset some of those costs. More >>
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
The next time you log on to Facebook, you'll have another option, to share the gift of life with others. Facebook is making the decision to be an organ donor as easy as a click away. Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerburg, came up with an idea to make becoming an organ donor easier for everyone, and this news is welcomed by transplant doctors who say any awareness is good.
Roughly 150 people in Vermont are on a waiting list for an organ transplant. The wait is anywhere from two to four years.
"When organs that could be used... aren't, six people could die," said Dr. Antonio Di Carlo, Transplant Surgeon at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
When Facebook announced Tuesday that it is making it easier for users to become organ donors, Di Carlo says it was great news, "The impact the potential good out of this is real."
So here's how it works: On your Facebook profile page click on ‘ Life Event,' then hit ‘Health and Wellness' and choose organ donor. If you're not already officially registered as an organ donor you can click on, ‘sign up here with the appropriate registry,' and it will take you to your state's web site to sign up.
"Doing this for yourself even for just 30 seconds one click and saying this is what I want to do, makes it easier for everyone else," said Di Carlo.
He says Vermont just activated its registry about a year ago, which could be confusing for people who think they are registered. In the state of Vermont, even if you check that you want to be an organ donor on your license it doesn't necessarily mean that you are, family members can still override that decision.
Dicarlo is hopeful this new option on Facebook will drastically help Vermont gain organ donors.
"A thing like Facebook is a godsend to us. It can get to the message and do in one night what it would take us a year to do."
Just to give you an idea of the influence Facebook could have, the site now has around 900 million members around the world.
Portion of video courtesy by Fletcher Allen Health Care