Vermont Digest

Family of 4 escapes house fire in Milton with help from neighbors

(Scott Barbour/Getty Images) (MILTON, Vt.) A house fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning forced a Milton family of four from their home, NBC5 reported. Milton Fire Department Chief Chris Poirier said neighbors woke up around 1 a.m. to the sound of popping noises coming from across the street. When they checked to find the source, Poirier said they saw flames coming out from near the garage of a house on Birch Lane.
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Menstrual products will no longer be taxed in Vermont starting July 1

(Chris Hondros/Getty Images) (MONTPELIER, Vt.) Starting July 1, Vermont will no longer tax people for buying menstruation products like tampons and sanitary napkins. The Burlington Free Press reported that new law came into effect after Gov. Phil Scott on June 8 signed tax bill H.436. The bill includes tampons, panty liners, menstrual cups, sanitary napkins and other menstrual products as tax-exempt items.

Judge fines former Newport UPS store owner for violating Vermont’s mask mandate

(NEWPORT, Vt.) A Vermont judge agreed to the state’s request and fined the owner of a former UPS store after he and his employees violated Gov. Phil Scott’s mask mandate. WCAX reported that Andre Desautels was fined $850. The owner, whose store lost its franchise because it openly dismissed the statewide mask mandate, was fined $50 for the 17 days that his store was out of compliance.

Vermont kicks off bass fishing season and holds Summer Free Fishing Day on June 12

(Matt Cardy/Getty Images) (MONTPELIER, Vt.) The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department announced on Wednesday that the state’s bass fishing season will start Saturday, June 12. Vermont’s bass season starts each year on the second Saturday in June and extends through the last day of November. Outside of that time period, anglers can fish for bass in open water on a catch-and-release basis, using artificial lures and flies only on waters that are not seasonally closed.