Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:43:07 GMT
As boaters take to the water, biologists with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department want to remind people to use the spread prevention method. The recommended method will help reduce the spread ofMore >>
As boaters take to the water, biologists with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department want to remind people to use the spread prevention method.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:34 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:34:21 GMT
The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday. A press release says of the estimated 4,060 people diagnosed with cancer this year in Vermont, about 1 in 4 will be served with American CancerMore >>
The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:02:05 GMT
The traffic lights at Dorset Street and Williston Road are malfunctioning. Police say the South Burlington Highway Department is working on fixing the problem. It may take crews a few more hours to fix.More >>
The traffic lights at Dorset Street and Williston Road are malfunctioning.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:37:07 GMT
Here are some thunderstorm safety tips from the FOX44 & ABC22 SkyTracker weather team. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable for storm development. As a result, you should remainMore >>
Here are some thunderstorm safety tips from the FOX44 & ABC22 SkyTracker weather team.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:47:05 GMT
A boiling water advisory has been issued for some Montreal residents Wednesday. According to CBC, the boil water advisory, affecting more than 1 million Montrealers, covers all areas south of the MetropolitanMore >>
A boiling water advisory has been issued for some Montreal residents Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:51:34 GMT
The body of a Vermont man was found floating offshore of Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida Sunday. Florida police say the body was identified Monday as 55-year-old Mark Parent, of Enosburg, Vt. Someone calledMore >>
The body of a Vermont man was found floating offshore of Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida Sunday. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:09:35 GMT
A car struck the Kinney Drugs located on Shelburne Road in Burlington, Vt. Wednesday morning.Police say Frederick Gundlach, 74, of Burlington, Vt. was trying to turn around in the parking lot of the storeMore >>
A car struck the Kinney Drugs located on Shelburne Road in Burlington, Vt. Wednesday morning.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:30:21 GMT
An agreement has been reached between the state of New York and the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. The tribe will have exclusive rights to the casino gambling in the North Country. It also means they will haveMore >>
An agreement has been reached between the state of New York and the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:35 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:35:35 GMT
FBI agents shot and killed a suspect they believe may have known the Boston bombing suspects in an apartment complex in Florida. ABC News reports while law enforcement officials were asking about the suspect'sMore >>
FBI agents shot and killed a suspect they believe may have known the Boston bombing suspects in an apartment complex in Florida.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:09 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:09:42 GMT
A Burlington restaurant did some tipping of their own to help out a local charity. The Scuffer Steak and Ale House on Church Street donated 15% of their profits last night to the Humane Society of ChittendenMore >>
A Burlington restaurant did some tipping of their own to help out a local charity.More >>
NORTHFIELD, Vt. -
Binge drinking on college campuses... it's not new, but the push to combat the problem is stronger than ever.
People dedicated to that fight got together today at Norwich University to talk about solutions. The good news is, they're realists, and they know that binge drinking unfortunately isn't going to stop, but if even one life can be saved, they say the energy they're putting toward the problem is worth it.
"A car full of kids, a drunk driver, an unbelted passenger gets thrown from the car, he's now paralyzed for the rest of his life," Health Commissioner Harry Chen said.
It's one story of many the Commissioner Chen shared with me about his time as an emergency room doctor. We also see it on the news, far too often, alcohol is the cause of a crime or a crash. People between the ages of 18 and 25 are at the greatest risk.
"Vermont perennially has some of the highest binge drinking rates in the country," Commissioner Chen said.
"Around one o'clock they'll come back after they get busted and then cause trouble," College Student Michael Shalginewicz said.
The student from Castleton State College sits on the alcohol and drug task force. His message isn't no drinking, it's responsible drinking.
"How many is enough for you? And how many is not too many?" Shalginewicz said.
The policies vary from school to school but students at Norwich know the consequences are a bit more severe.
"Your academics should come first, so you really shouldn't be drinking on campus anyway's," a Norwich college freshman said.
Other colleges make kids pay up, complete community service, or write another paper. Police aren't brought into the mix unless someone's seriously ill, hurt, violent or off campus. If there are multiple offenses, a substance abuse counselor steps in.
"What we see are students affected by academics, not making it to class the next day, they're not prepared, a dry campus, it rains a lot because students try to get away with stuff," Southern Vermont College Director of Counseling, Mike Goodwin said.
But if the group can reduce some of that, college campuses will be safer... and if even one life is saved, it's worth it.
Many of the school representatives who I spoke with today say partnering with the community is another important asset.
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