Monday, May 20 2013 10:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:29:03 GMT
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Burlington police say, inMore >>
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:53 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:53:56 GMT
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser. He has started a online campaign to raise money for the One Fund Boston, whichMore >>
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:08:20 GMT
On a quiet, Morristown, Vermont street, police say a neighborhood feud went too far. The owner of 80 George Street says he and the people in 75 never got along. "Ever since they moved in, they've justMore >>
We're beginning to learn more about a feud between neighbors that almost turned deadly. Four people have been arrested, two charged with attempted murder.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:12:36 GMT
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today. The 22 year old from Newport, Adam page pleaded not guilty to allMore >>
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:01 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:01:55 GMT
Call it death with dignity or physician assisted suicide, Monday Vermont became the first state to pass legislation, and the fourth state in total, allowing the hotly debated end of life choice. "I thankMore >>
How hospitals can develop protocols for the new law and whether or not they can in the first place.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:48 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:48:44 GMT
Vermont governor Peter Shumlin signed the so-called "death with dignity bill" into law. But at the end of a long battle Vermonters now have a choice about ending their life given specific circumstances.More >>
There are limitations to using the new patient end of life choice.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 3:24 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:24:58 GMT
Last week, the Morristown Police Department investigated an intentionally set fire on George Street in Morristown, Vt.Police say the fire was set to a residence that was occupied by 4 adults and 2 childrenMore >>
Last week, the Morristown Police Department investigated an intentionally set fire on George Street in Morristown, Vt.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:00 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:00:22 GMT
The Burlington Police Department released security information for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon Monday. A press release says various law enforcement from multiple agencies at the federal, state,More >>
The Burlington Police Department released security information for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon Monday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:27 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:27:55 GMT
Green Mountain Power and NRG Residential Solar Solutions have signed an agreement to pilot a central solar lease program in Rutland, Vt.A press release says the agreement includes the development ofMore >>
Green Mountain Power and NRG Residential Solar Solutions have signed an agreement to pilot a central solar lease program in Rutland, Vt.More >>
CHITTENDEN COUNTY, Vt. -
Compost from the Chittenden Solid Waste District and Green Mountain Compost are undergoing tests to see if herbicides are causing the unusual growth in plants among home gardeners in the area.
It's just curly little leaves on these tomato plants
that made Jessica Hyman realize that her community teaching garden was
contaminated. Potentially with herbicides Hyman is the director of Friends of Burlington Gardens and the Vermont Community Garden Network, the nonprofit organization that operates the Teaching Garden program.
"We saw the signs on the tomatoes and the eggplant as well," Hyman said.
Now Chittenden Solid Waste District and Green Mountain Compost have pulled their compost products as they investigate, along with the Agency of Agriculture, if the compost has been contaminated with types of herbicides.
"We don't know yet what it is," Michele Morris of the CSWD said.
"But if it is one of these persistent herbicides it should never have gotten here in the first place."
Morris says it would be impossible for CSWD to test every square footage of compost before selling it to gardeners and farmers. It's possible, she believes, that the herbicides could have come from livestock feed, which becomes part of the compost as manure.
Since no one is quite sure yet what the contaminant is, the Vermont Department of Health is saying that it's better to be safe than sorry. If your plant has unusual curled leaves or if you used the compost warned about don't eat the produce.
"Until we have a lab result that shows what chemical was there we just ask the people to not eat them," State Toxicologist Sarah Vose said.
Almost 40 school busses worth of compost were sold between mid-April and the end of May. That's when CSWD believes the product was contaminated.
But Hyman says she and the Community Teaching Garden instructor and students won't decide what to
do with the plants until test result on the contaminants come back next week.