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Nominations sought for Vermont Teacher of the Year

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year program.

For the first time since the Vermont Teacher of the Year program launched in 1964, the public is being invited to join Vermont educators in going online to directly nominate teachers. The winner serves as an advocate for Vermont’s teachers, students and education system.
Nominations can be completed through March 28 at

To be considered for the Vermont Teacher of the Year, a teacher must hold a current Vermont teaching license, with a minimum of five years teaching experience, and be employed by a Vermont public, private or approved independent school.

Ice shanties must be removed before ice weakens

Vermont state law requires that ice fishing shanties be removed from the ice before the ice becomes unsafe or ice loses its ability to support the shanty out of the water, or before the last Sunday in March (March 30 this year), whichever comes first.

The same Vermont law requires the name and address of the owner to be on the ice shanty.

“Ice conditions can deteriorate quickly with warmer weather, so we urge owners of shanties to get them off the lakes while it is still safe to be on the ice,” said State Game Warden Major Dennis Reinhardt.

The fine for leaving your ice fishing shanty on the ice can be up to $1,000, and shanties may not be left at state fishing access areas.