Did you know that it is Vermont State Law that you must register your hives? Relevant statutes may be found online.
State of Vermont Apiary Inspection Program: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/food_safety_consumer_protection/apiary
State of Vermont Apiary registration page at: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/food_safety_consumer_protection/apiary/registration
Questions for David Tremblay, State Apiculturist?