-30- Vermont Life magazine, the state publication that explores Vermont’s dynamic culture, has won three awards from an international association of regional publications. The magazine won a Silver medal in the Historic Feature category; a Bronze medal in the Most Improved Magazine category; and an Award of Merit in the General Feature category at the International Regional Magazine Association’s annual conference earlier this week in New Mexico.“These awards really reflect on the dedication and hard work of the staff,” said Vermont Life Managing Editor Mary Hegarty Nowlan. “They have done a tremendous job in moving the publication forward, and the fact that we have been honored in the Most Improved category two years in a row shows that the changes we are making have been recognized by our peers.”The Historic Feature award was for Enosburg Falls resident Leif Tillotson’s essay, “Earl’s Barn,” which chronicled the life lessons he learned growing up in the barn and how its recent destruction in a lightning-sparked fire affected him.The essay won the 2008 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Prize awarded annually by Vermont Life and Green Mountain Power.Leslie Wright’s “Killington at a Crossroads” General Feature award winner detailed the changes at the venerable ski area as it turns 50 and moves in a new direction.“These two stories really exemplify how Vermont Life is staying true to its historical roots while expanding its vision to include contemporary topics like outdoor recreation, food, and not just living in but making a living in Vermont,” Nowlan said.Founded in 1946, Vermont Life is published quarterly and is considered one of the nation’s premier regional magazines. It has won over 95 national and international magazine awards since 1990.Vermont Life’s mission is to create an engaging online presence and publish a premier-quality magazine filled with the best writing, illustration, art and photography Vermont has to offer. For more information please visit www.VermontLife.com(link is external) or http://regionalmagazines.org(link is external)Source: Vermont Commerce Agency.
Additionally, the drug agreement is expected to specifically address opioid use, aiming to to rehabilitate users rather than punish them. Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died in a hotel room in Southlake, Texas, on July 1, and an autopsy found evidence of fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system.As part of a new agreement on opioids being negotiated between Major League Baseball and the players’ union, MLB will remove marijuana from the list of banned substances for minor leaguers, sources tell The Athletic. Major leaguers have not been subject to testing for marijuana.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2019MORE: What’s next for Nats after signing Stephen Strasburg?Neither marijuana nor opioids provide a competitive advantage to players, of course, and are thus not categorized the same way as performance enhancing drugs. MLB will stop testing players not on 40-man rosters for marijuana use as part of a still-to-be-finalized drug agreement between the league and Players’ Association, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.While players on 40-man rosters are currently not subject to tests for marijuana, the league still scans and suspends minor league athletes for positive tests. This proposed change, then, would standardize the testing process for pro players at all levels. Decriminalization of pot in many states around the U.S. as well as shifting policies in other leagues such as the NBA, have set precedent for MLB to loosen its approach to the drug.Opioids, meanwhile, represent a national addiction crisis. For athletes in particular, painkillers can be a dangerous entry point to substance abuse. As a result, both the Players Association and MLB have publicly voiced support for the drug policy to offer treatment options rather than punishment.Players Association head Tony Clark said last week that he believed a deal between his union and the league was imminent.