VT Fish and Wildlife To Change Rules on Hartland Shooting Range
VT fish and wildlifeThe Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is proposing strengthening rules for the shooting range it owns at Hammond Cove in Hartland and any others it may open in the future. The proposed rules would not apply to any other shooting ranges.
According to Vermont Fish and Wildlife, the proposed rules are needed to address potential noise, safety and usage issues with a goal of developing more ranges for members of the public to safely hone their shooting skills.
The public is invited to review and comment on the proposed rules at a public hearing in the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street, Montpelier, on Thursday, April 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will also be a public informational meeting in the Hartland Recreational Center, Route 12, Hartland on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30-8:30 pm.


VA To Host Town Hall
The White River Junction VA Medical Center and the Regional Veterans Benefits Administration is hosting a town hall event on April 7. The event is on the White River Junction VA campus in Research Building 44 from 5-6:30 pm. Veterans, family members and other beneficiaries are invited to attend and give feedback. White River Junction VA also welcomes input from Congressional stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and other community partners. This town hall meeting is part of a nationwide VA effort improve communication with, and hear directly from Veterans.

Hartford VT’s Police Chief to Be Sworn In
Hartford Police ChiefHartford VT’s new police chief, Chief Phil Kasten is being sworn in on Friday. The public is invited to the event at the Hartford Public Safety Building at 11 am. Chief Kasten’s family will be in town for the ceremony. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Kasten will fill the position left vacant for over three years after Chief Glenn Cutting resigned from the role.



Gov. Shumlin Invites AFSCME To Hold Meeting In VT
Gov. Peter Shumlin is inviting the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union (AFSCME) to relocate their 2015 Women’s Conference to Vermont. The union canceled plans to hold the conference in Indiana over disagreements with the state’s new ‘religious freedoms’ law and the message it sends to the LGBTQ community.
In a letter to AFSCME President Lee Saunders, Gov. Shumlin notes Vermont would be an ideal place to host the union’s conference given its legacy of promoting equal rights. “Vermont was the first state to outlaw slavery and the first state to legislate marriage equality simply because it was the right thing to do, not because a court mandated it,”

Dartmouth Admits 2,120 Students for 2019 – One’s From Newport
Dartmouth College has admitted 2,120 students for the Class of 2019. The decisions were made available to applicants at 5 pm on Tuesday. The College admitted 483 early decision applicants to the Class of 2019 last December, about 26 percent of the 1,859-person applicant pool, which was the largest early decision applicant pool in College history. This year the college received 20,504 applications giving the college a 10.3 percent admission rate. Of the 2,120 students 26.9 percent are from the western states, 9.3 percent from the mid west, 19.3 percent from southern states, 22.8 percent from the mid Atlantic states and 13.1 percent of the incoming students are from New England. Tony DiPadova a senior at Newport High School is part of the 13.1 percent New Englanders to be accepted to Dartmouth