• February 21,2014

    Skiiers found safe in Mendon

    KILLINGTON — Two New Jersey skiers are safe after they got lost when skiing out-of-bounds at Vermont’s Killington ski resort.

    State Police say Jack Cole and Jack Kiess, of Glenn Rock, N.J., called 911 for help at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday to say they had become lost.

    The Killington ski patrol helped the two men hike out. They reached Brewer’s Corners in Mendon at about 2:30 p.m.

    Last year there were 15 separate incidents at Killington in which 49 people got lost and had to be rescued.

    This year Killington opened a new natural area within the boundaries of the resort in hopes people seeking back country skiing could find it within the boundaries of the resort.

    Vermont farm numbers up

    MONTPELIER — The latest census of U.S. agriculture shows that the number of farms in Vermont and the number of acres used for farming are increasing.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture 2012 census found that there were 7,338 farms in Vermont, up from 6,984 in 2007, the last time the census was conducted. The census did not distinguish the kind of farms.

    In 2007, there were 1.23 million acres being used in farming in Vermont. In 2012 the figure had gone up to 1.25 million acres.

    The size of farms between 10 and 49 acres increased about 21 percent, from 1,862 in 2007 to 2,258 in 2012.

    And the market value of products produced by Vermont farms went up from about $673 million to about $776 million.

    State warns of roof danger

    MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont is warning people about the danger posed by snow on roofs across the state.

    Rain and mixed precipitation is forecast for parts of Vermont on Thursday night and Friday. The rain would add weight to snow already on the roofs of houses and barns, potentially causing some roofs to collapse.

    The state says that strange noises, cracking, or visible movement of rafters could be signs that a collapse is imminent, although roofs could collapse without those symptoms.

    Farm and homeowners are urged to monitor roofs and clear off snow if necessary and if it can be done safely.

    If there is a concern for the safety of people clearing roofs, a professional contractor should be called in to inspect and, if needed, clear the roof.

    — Staff and wire reports

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