Saturday, May 25 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:56:57 GMT
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities. Saturday of Memorial Day weekendMore >>
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:54:42 GMT
An Au Sable Forks, New York theater is one of ten in the North Country doing what it can to stay open. "We'll be dark. There will be no movies shown in these theaters and you'll have toMore >>
After being denied a state grant, a number of North Country theaters could go dark by the end of the year. That's because Hollywood is getting rid of film movies, which is what those theaters rely on. But they're not giving up yet.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:51:11 GMT
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path. Governor Shumlin was at the site of the hardestMore >>
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:36 GMT
Beansie's Bus is situated right along the start and finish of the race so they're looking to get swamped by hungry customers Sunday but rain too. "Unfortunately the weather might not cooperate," Beansie'sMore >>
VCM organizers making sure they have cold/rainy weather equipment for runners.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:38 GMT
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.In just a few hours heavy rains flooded much of Northern Vermont. Hardest hit were Essex, Jericho, and Underhill.The torrential rains Thursday nightMore >>
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has some recommendationsMore >>
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help.More >>
ESSEX, Vt. -
Inside a home in Essex live a man and a woman, and get this… 47 pet pigs. All 47 pigs live indoors, and now because of numerous complaints and zoning violations, they all need new homes.
Although all 47 of the pigs were just darling and their owner is clearly passionate, neighbors say that many, is too many.
It's a beautiful home in a nice part of Essex, but as you get closer, there's an odor… and just over the kitchen counter, you can see why… 47 pigs live here, but all of them have to go.
"They are my family and now we desperately need really good homes," Florence Gruber said.
Gruber has been breeding miniature pigs for three years. After neighbors in New York forced her out, her and her snout nosed family landed in Essex, in September.
"We thought the pigs were legal here," Gruber said. Turns out, they aren't, so neighbors, like Mary Thomas made several complaints. "Property value will go down," Thomas said. Thomas says she also has health concerns. "I cannot imagine anybody putting pigs in a house," Thomas added.
Because Gruber is violating zoning ordinances, the town is giving her until January 22nd to have the one hundred pound pigs, the piglets, and all of the pigs in between that have taken over the kitchen, living room, and bedrooms gone.
"It's devastating, devastating," Gruber said.
None of the pigs are farm animals, they're all house pets, and although donations are accepted, she's really just looking for them to have a good home.
"They do use litter boxes like a cat and they can be trained to go outside like a puppy," Gruber said.
But Thomas doesn't buy it."You can make a horse into a house pet if you wanted!"
Gruber argues the dirty, dumb and lazy reputation pigs have is a misconception. She's considering buying land elsewhere and continuing to breed pet pigs.
If the animals aren't adopted they'll end up in a shelter, because Gruber says they certainly won't be makin' bacon!
But before you can own the next Porky, Wilbur or Babe… You have to check with your town or city's planning and zoning department. Essex - as we've learned restricts residents from owning farm animals if their lot is a certain size or within a certain proximity to other homes… and even then, one or two pigs would be the limit! Burlington on the other hand, lets pig lovers own up to four miniature house pet-pigs at a time... but that's it!
"That amount of pigs living inside your home, it's just not healthy, it's not healthy for the animals, it's not healthy for the people living there," Essex Planning and Zoning Administrator Sharon Kelley said.
Again, if you're looking to adopt one of these little guys... you may also need to submit an application, so be sure to check with your planning and zoning department so you don't end up in hot water!
If you're interested in adopting a pig, go to www.cutiepigs.com or call Florence Gruber at 802-871-5990.
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