On Thursday, the Senate gave final approval to S.92, a bill that requires manufacturers and distributors of cleaning products to only sell environmentally preferable cleaning products to schools. The bill will now make its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature.‘This legislation will create safer and healthier learning environments in our schools,’ said Charity Carbine-March, environmental health advocate for Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). ‘Children in classrooms across Vermont will soon be breathing easier.’Conventional cleaning supplies can contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to asthma, cancer, and other negative health effects. These chemicals can pollute indoor air and impact the health of students and staff. Advocates and other experts agree that environmentally preferable cleaning products are just as effective and affordable as conventional supplies. In fact, Vermont’s state buildings have already transitioned to ‘green’ cleaning products as a result of the Clean State Program created by an executive order signed by Governor Douglas in 2004. In addition, many schools in Vermont have voluntarily made the switch to safer products.‘There are clear benefits to using green cleaning supplies,’ said Carol Westinghouse, President of Informed Green Solutions, a non-profit organization that helps schools transition to safer cleaning products. ‘After making the switch, some schools in Vermont have reported fewer instances of asthma cases, nausea, and headaches, and others have even reported saving money on the cost of cleaning supplies.’‘This bill will protect generations of Vermont children from the effects of toxic chemicals. With asthma at epidemic proportions, any actions we can take to remove asthma triggers from our schools will make a difference,’ said Cindy Murphy, a school nurse at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier. ‘It’s a community’s responsibility to provide optimal health and safety for school age children whose bodies are not fully developed and, therefore, are most effected by toxic chemicals. Green cleaning policies serve as a strong educational tool for staff and students.’S.92 was brought to the brink of passage during last year’s legislative session. The bill began in the Senate and was passed on the floor by a vote of 29 to 0. The bill was then passed by the House (92 to 38) and was further amended by the Senate on the last day of session. The House took the bill up for immediate consideration upon the return of the legislature this year and gave their final nod of approval just last week.
NORTHERN Rangers and Santos FC tasted victory on the opening night of the Petra-organised, Corona Beer-sponsored football tournament at the GFC ground, Bourda on Sunday.The Rangers were in fine form as they disposed of East Veldt 2-0 with an own goal in the 22nd and Sunil Logan’s 64th minute strike, as they opened the tournament on a high.Game two, on the other hand, proved a goal-less stalemate, as Flamingo tackled Riddim Squad.Game three was an absolute firecracker where Santos downed Pele 4-0.Robby McClaggon’s 9th minute strike gave the lead to Santos before Kenroy Deminick’s 11th minute shot extended that lead in a good one-two fashion which lasted until the end of the half.However, Santos were by no means finished and a Josh Parvatan’s 56th minute strike took the score to three-nil. Orin Yarde added the final for good measure in the 90+2.Meanwhile, another triple-header is planned for tomorrow. Western Tigers will take on Black Pearl FC in game one, Georgetown Football Club (GFC) will play Camptown FC in game two and in game three Police and Beacons FC will clash.Matches begin at 17:00hrs
KGLO News · Ask the Mayor — July 15, 2020 — Clear Lake mayor Nelson Crabb Clear Lake’s mayor Nelson Crabb was the guest on “Ask the Mayor” on July 15th, 2020. Listen back to the program (and download it) via the audio player below.