The July 12 "walk in the woods" is organized by the Vermont Woodlands Association, Plum Creek, and the Conte Wildlife Refuge.
The tours will include visiting a deer habitat, an active timber harvesting operation, a quick stop at the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge visitor center and a woodcock habitat enhancement area.
The tour is free, but participants must preregister by July 10.
People taking the tour will meet in Island Pond and ride by bus to the tour area.
For more information, visit www.vermontwoodlands.org or call 802-747-7900.
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Vermont Health Department urging HIV tests
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The Health Department is urging all Vermonters to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, at least once in their lives and yearly for people considered to be at high risk of acquiring the virus.
Friday was National HIV Testing Day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nationally about 16 percent of people living with the virus don't know that they have it. It can take about 11 years from when people become infected before symptoms present themselves.
"While there is no cure for HIV, there are medications available to treat the condition," said state infectious disease epidemiologist Patsy Kelso. "Treatment can improve health and prolong life - and it can reduce the amount of virus in the bloodstream which can greatly reduce your chance of spreading HIV to others."
The state recommends that most people should be tested for HIV at least once. People at higher risk for infection who should be tested yearly include injection-drug users and their sex partners, persons who exchange sex for money or drugs, sex partners of people who are HIV-infected, and men who have sex with men or heterosexuals who have had multiple sex partners since their last HIV test.
"Getting tested for HIV provides valuable information that can help stop its spread," said Kelso. "When people find out that they have the virus they can take action to prevent passing it on to others."
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Vermont promotes state's Abenaki heritage
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- This summer the Department of Tourism and Marketing is working with Abenaki tribes to help people learn about the first people to live in what is now Vermont.
Abenaki Heritage Weekend is scheduled for June 28 -29 at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes.
The weekend will feature members of Vermont's four Abenaki tribes and members of the Abenaki Artists Association.
There will be beadwork, quillwork, basketry, pottery, woodworking, and demonstrations and performances of songs, drumming, dancing, games, food preparation, and other life skills.
The information on the VermontVacation.com/Abenaki website serves as a hub for events, exhibits and destinations that welcome visitors to explore the 12,000-year history and culture of today's Abenaki.