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Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, March 10

Fire Destroys Barn, Chicken Coop in Enfield

Enfield — A blaze on 743 Lockehaven Road destroyed a barn, chicken coop and school bus on Saturday evening.

Firefighters responded to the call just after 9 p.m. and were able to save a nearby garage, said incident commander Fred Cummings of the Enfield Fire Department.

The fire, which is believed to have originated in the chicken coop, killed three chickens. One firefighter suffered an injured ankle, he said. Other animals, including a horse, some sheep and other chickens survived after being evacuated from the burning barn. No other injuries were reported.

In addition to Enfield, fire departments from Canaan, Lebanon, Springfield and Hanover responded to the call.

Cummings said the scene was secured by 5 a.m. Sunday. “As the cold weather continues people need to extra vigilant,” he added.

Vt.’s Sen. Sanders to Lead Climate ‘Wake-Up’ Call

Burlington — Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will help lead an overnight session of the Senate’s Climate Action Task Force in what he terms a wake-up call on global warming.

Sanders — an Independent who is co-sponsor of a bill that would tax carbon and methane emissions — will be joined by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Maine Sen. Angus King and two dozen other task force members.

The overnight session will take place on the Senate floor tonight through Tuesday morning. Sanders said the overnight session shows their commitment to alert Congress to the dangers of global warming.

He said constituents want action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.

UVM Extension Sponsors Pumpkin Growing Contest

St. Albans, Vt. — Vermont kids who’ve ever wanted to grow a giant pumpkin — here’s your chance.

Growers between the age of 8 and 18 can take part in a pumpkin-growing trial sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension 4-H.

Participants will get a variety of pumpkin seeds to grow in the upcoming season. The pumpkins will be weighed on Oct. 11.

Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest pumpkin of each variety.

Seeds will be available to pick up at the UVM Extension office in St. Albans on April 15 or they can be mailed to participants.

To register for the trial contact Martha Manning, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at (800) 639-2130 or (802) 524-6501, extension 449, or by email at martha.manning@uvm.edu.

Vt. Officials Taking Nominations For Teacher Award

Montpelier — The Vermont Agency of Education is asking the public to join educators in nominating candidates for the 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year distinction.

This is the first time that everyone can join in the process of nominating for the distinction, the agency says.

The program, launched in 1964, seeks to promote teaching and recognize an outstanding teacher in the state to advocate for the teaching profession, education and students.

To be considered, a teacher must be employed at a Vermont public, private or approved independent school, hold a current state teaching license and have a minimum of five years teaching experience.

Nominations will be accepted online through March 28.

— Staff and Wire Reports