State Police remind snowmobile operators of safety steps

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police are reminding snowmobile riders about ways to stay safe this season.

Operators who are 12 or older are required to take and pass a snowmobile safety course before operating on the State Snowmobile Trail System, police said Wednesday.

Before heading out, snowmobilers should check weather and trail conditions and do a safety checks of the machine, police said. They should also travel with a friend and tell someone where they are going and when they will return. They should not operate while impaired, avoid frozen bodies of water and drive in a safe and controlled manner, police said.

Vermont Land Trust to give out outstanding farmer award

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Land Trust is giving a $5,000 award to a Vermont farmer who exemplifies land stewardship, giving back, and entrepreneurial farming.

The deadline for applications for the Eric Rozendaal Memorial Award is June 30, the Bennington Banner reported. Rozendaal, who died in 2018 at age 51, was a pioneer in the farm-to-plate movement in Vermont and one of the first to sell directly to restaurants, stores and hospitals, the Land Trust said. He also enhanced his farm’s soil, built relationships with customers and farm workers and shared his knowledge with others, the group. said

His family and friends raised money to create the award in his honor.

The award will be given out each year through 2028.

Corie Pierce of Bread & Butter Farm in Shelburne and South Burlington was the first recipient of the award last year.

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