May 7th, 2012
In 1986 it was estimated that the cost of obesity in the United States amounted to about 5 percent of total health care spending. Today, that figure has more than tripled to 15 percent, meaning it costs us $350 billion a year to treat.
That’s bad enough. Worse is the prospect that the costs will continue to escalate and that Type 2 diabetes is becoming prevalent among children and teens.
VERGENNES — There’s no older adage in baseball than pitching and defense wins games.
The Vergennes Union High School baseball team has Exhibit A to prove it’s true: The Commodores’ 1-0 win over visiting Missisquoi on Thursday.
Junior pitcher Devin Hayes tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking none, while his teammates played flawlessly in the field.
MIDDLEBURY — The Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury voted on Sunday, April 22, to call as its next settled minister the Rev. Barnaby J. Feder of Montclair, N.J. Feder succeeds the congregation’s interim minister, the Rev. Emily Melcher, and will begin work on Aug. 1, 2012.
Family, friends, co-workers and law enforcement personnel from around the state filled Mead Chapel Monday morning for Addison County Sheriff James Coons’ memorial service. Coons died on April 16.
For pictures from his funeral service, which hundreds attended, flip through the slideshow below. For more on this story, click here.
VERGENNES — At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, Vergennes officials and residents will take what could be one of the final steps on what has been close to a five-year journey.
Then, in the city fire station’s basement meeting room, aldermen will convene a public hearing on new zoning regulations proposed by the Vergennes Planning Commission. A copy of the laws is posted at vergennes.org.
Planners have been working on those zoning laws since Vergennes adopted its award-winning city plan in October 2009.
MONKTON — An intensive search through the night for a Monkton man reported missing Thursday evening ended tragically early Friday morning when authorities found the man dead near a swamp.
Vermont State Police said the circumstances around the death of Ralph Meader, 65, did not appear to be suspicious, though their investigation was continuing.
Police said Meader was dropped off for a nature walk on the east side of Bristol Road near Church Street in Monkton on Thursday, May 3, and was expected back by 5:15 p.m.
A Ferrisburgh fire, which started just before 11 p.m. on Sunday night, burned to the ground the rear of a rambling Route 7 structure and badly damaged the rest of it. The conflagration destroyed many valuable tractors, cars and equipment stored there, and it has forced a marine sales and service business renting a storefront — Eriksen’s Crow’s Nest Marina — to relocate.
BRISTOL — Bristol Elementary sixth-grader Jacob Gorton, son of Jackie and Katie Gorton, last month was diagnosed with leukemia. Since then, the cash-strapped family has received an overwhelming wave of community support.
Family friends are organizing fundraisers, have established a fund to help pay for Gorton’s treatments, and are holding a meeting for anyone interested in supporting Jacob and his family. The meeting is next Tuesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bristol Elementary School library at 6:30 p.m.