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Police, Firefighters run for cause

The Williston Professional Firefighters and Williston Police Officers Association will host the Fit for Duty 5K on Friday, Aug. 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Champlain Valley Crossfit in Williston. All proceeds benefit the Vermont Special Olympics. Participation is $25 for adults and $10 for those 12 and under.

Last year, a similar event brought out 100 runners, according to firefighter Prescott Nadeau. This year, organizers are hoping to rally more participants.

For more information or to sign up, visit

GMP, BED alert customers to phone scam

The Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power are warning customers about an ongoing bill payment phone scam that threatens customers with disconnection if they do not pay immediately. Customers received calls claiming to be from GMP and giving the customer a fake toll-free number to call, which is answered by a recording claiming to be Green Mountain Power.

These calls are not from BED or GMP, and customers should call only the legitimate, listed phone number from their utility, not the number left on the message. The authorized phone number for GMP customers is 888-TEL-GMPC (888-835-4672) and for BED is 802-865-7300.

Further, customers receiving such a call are encouraged to report this scam by contacting the Vermont Attorney General’s Office Consumer Assistance Program at 800-649-2424 (in-state only) or 802-656-3183 (from out of state numbers) or by visiting