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 >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:18 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:18:54 GMT
With gas prices rising rapidly, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wants to see federal regulators follow the lead of Europeans and investigate oil and fuel price manipulation. Sanders also proposed a 30 dayMore >>
With gas prices rising rapidly, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wants to see federal regulators follow the lead of Europeans and investigate oil and fuel price manipulation.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:56:07 GMT
People in Pat O'Hagan's small hometown of Sheffield say there is a bit a closure. That this week's developments end some of the two-and-a half year old mystery. Friends and neighbors say all this beginsMore >>
People in Pat O'Hagan's small hometown of Sheffield say there is a bit a closure.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:29:47 GMT
Chittenden Solid Waste District general manager Tom Moreau says the chemical aminopyralid is the herbicide found in Green Mountain Compost that ruined up to five hundred gardens last year including his. "We'reMore >>
The herbicide likely came from hay that came to the compost through manure.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:23:32 GMT
For the first time in more than a year, we're hearing from the couple accused of brutally killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher, Melissa Jenkins. Both Allen and Patricia Prue spoke in court today -More >>
For the first time in more than a year, we're hearing from the couple accused of brutally killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher, Melissa Jenkins. Both Allen and Patricia Prue spoke in court today - requesting new attorneys. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:25:01 GMT
Voters across the state of New York headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote on their school districts budgets and elect school board members. For voters in Peru, NY the reaction to the proposed budget isMore >>
Voters across the state of New York headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote on their school districts budgets and elect school board members. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:10:06 GMT
South Burlington fire fighters say they had to close off some streets Tuesday to repair a gas leak. It happened around 2 on Hayes Avenue, as construction crews were working on a street project. FirefightersMore >>
South Burlington fire fighters say they had to close off some streets Tuesday to repair a gas leak.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:44:30 GMT
For more than two and half years we haven't heard much from police about the death of Pat O'Hagan. That changed Tuesday when we received these federal documents that connects Michael Norrie, 22, KeithMore >>
Even with confessions of three people regarding the death of Pat O'Hagan, state prosecutors say there isn't enough evidence to charge them. Instead, federal prosecutors are hoping to use that information to lock at least one of them behind bars for a longer time.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:32 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:32:47 GMT
Here's a timeline of events regarding Pat O'Hagan's death. On September 10, 2010, police say 78-year-old Pat O'Hagan was attacked and killed inside her Sheffield, Vt. home.The next day a friend reportedMore >>
Timeline of events regarding Pat O'Hagan's death.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:32 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:32:54 GMT
Vermont Restaurant Week donates $6,600 to Vermont Food Bank. A press release says the money will provide 19,800 meals for families throughout Vermont "The Vermont Food Bank is thrilled to again be theMore >>
Vermont Restaurant Week donates $6,600 to Vermont Foodbank.More >>
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
85% of adults in the U.S. own a cell phone. Many are using them for more than just making calls. As an object we constantly put to our face we wanted to find out if your cell phone is harboring germs that can make you sick?
These days it seems everyone has a cell phone and with smart phones and app's, you use the phone for more than making calls. It's also a way for instant entertainment. With so many features and ways to use it-many people refuse to put it down, even when they go into the bathroom.
"If you bring your phone into the bathroom with you there's chance you will have bacteria that is normally in our stool on your phone."
Hearing that was enough to make me want to quit this story, but we decided to put my phone and our photographer Tyson's phone to the test, to see just what kinds of germs live on cell phones.
To help us we asked Dr. Christi Wojewoda, Director of Clinical Microbiology at Fletcher Allen to help.
First is my phone, "I wiped the phone with the swab and then we put the swab onto a plate," said Dr. Wojewoda.
Next, Tyson's; and then it goes into the incubator.
Which is, " A warm nice environment for the bacteria to grow up," said Dr. Wojewoda, and then we wait, "we looked at them at 24 hours and saw a few colonies so we let them incubate for another 24 hours."
Dr. Wojewoda even took pictures of the germ's progress each day and finally it was time to look under the microscope, "We base our observation on how the colonies look to us color, texture, consistency I guess."
On the pink phone we found two different varieties of bacteria.
"Just a group of organisms that live on your skin," said Dr. Wojewoda.
So luckily, no fecal matter was found on either of our phones?
"No fecal matter, haha no poop on the phones," said Dr. Wojewoda.
Thank goodness, but she does say she expected our phones to be worse. If you are worried about your own lifeline, these simple, almost obvious steps help.
"Wash your hands. Everyone needs to wash your hands," said Dr. Wojewoda.
For at least 15 seconds with warm water and soap and on top of that, "I'll take an alcohol wipe and wipe down my phone."
All good ideas to try and make sure what goes near your face so often is somewhat free of germs but just know it will never completely be clear of bacteria.
"The bacteria are there for a reason so we don't want to sanitize ourselves but every now and then wiping your phone down with some soap and water won't hurt," said Dr. Wojewoda.
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