November 9th, 2009
MIDDLEBURY — Ken Dabbs on Dec. 23 will step down after a very brief, but tremendously productive tenure as executive director of Community Health Services of Addison County’s Open Door Clinic.
Dabbs took the helm of the fledgling free clinic in July of 2007, when its staff consisted of a part-time director, case manager and a handful of volunteer physicians, nurses and other health care professionals operating out of a small space at 812 Exchange St. in Middlebury.
BRANDON — Brandon police are looking for the public’s help in locating the person or persons who robbed a Brandon storeowner recently.
Police Chief Christopher Brickell said in a press release that a man entered Union Street Grocery at about 8 p.m. on Oct. 28 brandishing a weapon and demanding cash from the register. Storeowner Raj Mastaram was working alone behind the register when the incident took place, and there was one customer in the store at the time. Witnesses said two other customers entered the store as the robbery took place. There were no injuries.
VERGENNES — After more than a year of research and cooperation with the Vermont Department of Health, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes is ramping up a major community-wide effort to address alcohol abuse among teens and young adults.
That effort began in January 2008, when the Department of Health gave the club a three-year, $360,000 Strategic Prevention Framework grant from a pot of federal funds.
ADDISON — Vermont and New York transportation officials said on Wednesday they are “encouraged” by the potential of establishing a temporary ferry crossing of Lake Champlain near the now-mothballed Crown Point Bridge, a move that would aid commuters and throw an economic lifeline to area businesses who depend on pass-by traffic.
Meanwhile, engineers continue to evaluate locations on both sides of the lake that could accommodate a temporary bridge, including a spot at the former ferry landing off Crown Point Road in Bridport.
MIDDLEBURY — Outside of the Middlebury American Legion post on Boardman Street, people began lining up as early as 8 a.m. on Tuesday for the state’s first public H1N1 vaccine clinic, which drew hundreds from all over Vermont to Middlebury in search of the vaccine.
But at least 150 people were left out in the rain when the clinic — armed with just 300 doses of the H1N1, or “swine flu,” vaccine — swiftly ran out of the product. Between 450 and 500 people were estimated to have turned out for the event, some coming from as far away as Montreal.
MIDDLEBURY — Wall Street pundits have been invoking the term “Great Depression” in conversations about the current state of the national and global economies.
Those pundits should talk to someone like Charlotte Forte, who turned 100 last month and actually lived through the greatest of financial meltdowns — as an adult — more than 70 years ago.
Charlotte was born on Oct. 22, 1909, the middle child to John and Ruby Gilmore of Bristol. Growing up in a farming community enhanced her knowledge of nutrition — something she cites as one of the keys to her longevity.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials have scheduled three public forums as the district begins to consider uniting under one school board with proportional representation from its five towns, much as Vergennes Union High School is now run.
ANwSU officials believe that a one-board union can better serve students and be deliver education in a more cost-effective manner.
MIDDLEBURY — Work has begun on a new Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA) headquarters off South Street that will give the organization a more than five-fold increase in space and allow it to offer centralized dispatching for fire and emergency services throughout the county.
“We are definitely pleased we were finally able to get this started,” MVAA Executive Director Bill Edson said of the $2.4 million project, to be sited on a one-acre plot just north of Porter Medical Center.
“We will be opening a new building in our 40th year (in 2010).”