Each spring bicyclists return to Charlotte’s roads, and in this COVID year they seem to be out in greater numbers than ever. Here are some safety tips for cyclists and motorists.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services welcomes the public for a day of fun and education for all ages. Residents of Charlotte and neighboring towns are invited to visit with public safety providers from a variety of organizations, watch live demonstrations that will include CPR, vehicle extrication, fire demonstrations, and much more.
In recognition of this celebratory and potentially dangerous time of year (prom and graduation season), Connecting Youth in Champlain Valley School District has held student and community awareness activities across the district throughout the month of April.
If a driver of a parallel-parked car suddenly opens the driver-side door just as a cyclist is passing alongside, the cyclist either has to suddenly veer into the traffic lane—and perhaps into the path of an oncoming car—or get “doored.” Either option can result in injury or even death to the cyclist, as well as injury to the passengers in the car or damage to the car itself. Enter the Dutch Reach.
After the outbreak of school violence in Parkland, Florida, and our own threats closer to home in Vermont, I’m reaching out to assure you that the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. While statistically, school shootings remain rare, these horrific incidents focus our attention on critical security needs and cause us to re-evaluate our safety plans.
On November 28, 2017, first responders were called to Wake Robin, a retirement community located in Shelburne, VT to investigate a report of a possible Ricin exposure.
With recent headlines describing hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, earthquakes, hazardous spills and a host of other natural and man-made disasters nationally, it is worth taking a moment to review what all of us can do to make sure that we are prepared for an extreme weather event or if a small-scale disaster hits us here in Charlotte. As a town we are required to have an emergency plan that provides the Selectboard, fire and rescue services and the road commissioner with a check list for procedures and resources they may draw upon should a major event affect our town.
The event attracted more than 150 people who enjoyed the first-ever Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Public Safety Day on Saturday, Oct. 21. Children jumped and squealed when the DHART helicopter landed on the Town Hall Green, but the day was educational for all ages. Attendees also enjoyed an obstacle course, Vermont State Police K-9 demonstrations with the amazingly smart Kimbra, and fire safety live training. And Charlotte was even recognized as a HeartSafe Community.
Vermont trapping season has started and runs through March 31. Each trapping season, dogs, cats and other non-targeted animals, including endangered and protected species, are injured or even killed in traps.