Close to four dozen baby spiny softshell turtles were collected last autumn by Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department Biologist Steve Parren. They over-wintered at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain under the care of ECHO’s Animal Care staff. In late June a group of volunteers and staff released the turtles back into Lake Champlain. This marks the seventh year of this important animal preservation program.
Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area is the second largest Wildlife Management Area in the state. It’s about roughly 10,800 acres. Most of the WMA is located in the towns of Walden and Stannard but the property also trickles into Danville and Wheelock.
New England is home to hundreds if not thousands of summer camps every year. But if you’re looking for a camp that specializes in fly-fishing they are few and far between. In 2011 the Mad Dog chapter of Trout Unlimited launched its first fly-fishing camp for teens. Since then they’ve been spawning a new school of enthusiastic fly fishermen and women every summer.
Although Vermont is 5-thousand miles away from Hawaii -- the aloha mentality seems a lot closer with the new trend of supping. Stand Up Paddle Boarding is growing even on Lake Champlain and Gina gets a lesson to see how fun and easy this new way of enjoying the lake is.
The Wild Kratts take an undersea adventure with dolphins and blowfish.
This event is free and open to the public.
Screening & discussion of Makers: Women Who Make America. The production tells the story of how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years. It chronicles trailblazing women as they pursued their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. The story is narrated by Meryl Streep, and interviews feature Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters among others.
This event is free and open to the public.
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Barbara Cochran is a member of the famous Skiing Cochrans family. Cochran's Ski Area was established in 1961 when Mickey and Ginny Cochran purchased an old hillside farm along the Winooski River in Richmond, Vermont. Transforming the land with the family's hard work and Mickey's gifts as a mechanical engineer, the ski area consisted of a couple of backyard trails and a short rope tow so their children and neighbors could enjoy skiing and race training.
In the next decade, the ski area helped put all four of the Skiing Cochrans on the road to Olympic and World Cup success as members of the United States Ski Team, which Mickey coached during the 1973/74 ski season. Barbara Ann captured the Olympic gold medal in slalom in 1972 and the facility grew to four lifts and eight slopes attracting a loyal contingent of children and families from around Vermont.
Cochran also has her own business, Golden Opportunities in Sports, Business, and Life, which teaches people how to handle the pressures of competition, work, academics, and any other obstacles that life throws at you.
A Vermont Technical College graduate in automotive technology, Pollitt, 34, dreamed of opening an all-girl garage offering full service car repairs. After working at well-established dealerships around the state but dissatisfied with working in traditional male-dominated garages, she took the leap and opened her own shop in South Burlington with the help of her business partner and mother, Donna. Girlington Garage offers free car care clinics to educate and empower car owners and prides itself on its transparency of service and sensitivity to the needs of female car owners who may feel intimidated by mainstream garages. Although her garage is not completely all-female due to a lack of skilled female technicians, Girlington Garage is going strong with plans to open a second shop.
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MacLean ran two successful elections for Governor Peter Shumlin as his deputy chief of staff and secretary of civil and military affairs. Thirty year-old Peacham, Vt native, MacLean was also aide to House Speaker Gaye Symington. She recently left the governor's office to supervise the $600 million Northeast Kingdom Economic Revitalization Initiative that hopes to draw foreign investors to develop a region spanning from Jay Peak to Burke Mountain.