Day and Overnight Camps Bring Dollars Into NH and VT
Overnight and day camps give NH and VT an economic boost. A recent study shows NH and VT along with seven other northeast states receive a direct financial benefit of $3.2 billion annually from the youth camping industry. Consulting Economist Charles Lawton, Ph.D. conducted the Economic Impact Report for the American Camp Association, Northeast Region. Other states benefiting financial gain are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Camps spend more than $2.5 billion on goods and services in the Northeast including food, supplies, fuel, marketing, banking, maintenance and repair in small, local communities who rely on this income.
In addition, trips surrounding camp drop-off day, pick-up day, visiting day, and prospective camper visits add to the indirect economic contribution in the Northeast for a total of $8 billion dollars.
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VSP Arrest Whitingham VT Man for Aggravated Sexual Assault
Vermont State Police arrested a Whitingham VT man for Aggravated Sexual Assault on a Child on Monday. Police said they arrested Gary Dix Sr. for offenses that occurred from 1982-1994. Dix Sr. was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail. Dix was scheduled for arraignment in Windham County Criminal Court yesterday.
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Celebrate Ausbon Land Trust 30th Anniversary
The public is invited to the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust this afternoon. The event starts on the New London Town Common at 1:00 pm. There will be refreshments and a performance by the Kearsarge Community Band. The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust serves the towns of Andover, Bradford, Danbury, Goshen, Grantham, New London, Newbury, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Warner, and Wilmot.

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VT Installing Baffles to Combat Beaver Problems
The VT Fish and Wildlife Department is installing water control devices on beaver dams. The department expects to install more than a dozen additional beaver baffles throughout the state this year. The baffles are one of many techniques the department uses or recommends to landowners to minimize beaver damage to property or trees. Other techniques include using culvert fences or placing wire mesh or special paint around the base of trees.
While effective, the baffles are not cheap and have limitations with each device costing roughly $1,000 to install. The baffles are only effective on smaller streams.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife has installed 291 beaver baffles in Vermont since the program started in 2000. Landowners with beaver problems can contact the Fish and Wildlife Department for assistance at http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com.
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VSP Explosive and Clandestine Lab Team Called into Weathersfield
Weathersfield and Springfield Police officers called in VSP Explosive Ordinance Unit and Clandestine Lab Team while executing a search warrant on Monday. VSP said the warrant was for 2164 Weathersfield Center Rd in Weathersfield when officers located suspicious materials. The materials were consistent with materials used to manufacture a regulated substance. Troopers from the Clan Lab and Explosive Ordinance Unit and personnel from the Vermont State Hazardous Materials Team assessed the materials and determined they posed no health or safety risk.