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April 15th, 2013
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health is calling for volunteers to participate in a research study that will test blood samples from residents living in Brandon, Sudbury and Whiting for antibodies to the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.
The Health Department wants to learn if many people have been infected with EEE virusbut did not get sick. Individual test results will not be shared with participants. All information collected during the study will be confidential.
VERGENNES — Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes will present “Exploring the Rabbit Hole of Fractured Fairy Tales” on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Bixby Assistant Librarian Dianne Lawson will discuss how fairy tales became fractured, how they are defined, how they are passed down, and whether they are relevant today.
VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns will be asked in a district-wide May 14 vote to support a five-year, $600,000 loan to put a new roof on the leaky Vergennes Union High School classroom wing and auditorium.
In Vergennes, balloting will coincide with the city council’s request for a $1.45 million bond to build a new North Main Street police station, and school and city officials are looking at holding a joint informational meeting, possibly on May 7.
MONTPELIER — When Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee chair Sen. Jeannette White, D-Windham, opened a hearing on H.182, the Search and Rescue Bill, last Wednesday she gave a nod toward Carol Ault and Kathy Duclos, who were seated in the cramped hearing room.
The two women are aunts of Levi Duclos, the 19-year-old New Haven man whose death while hiking in January 2012 launched public demand for a change in search and rescue procedures.
VERMONT — If you’ve ever seen a tick — especially if it is on you or your pet friend — you’ll never forget it. As if ticks were not bad enough, these bloodsuckers can also transmit serious diseases. While Lyme disease is fairly well known in humans, not everyone is aware of how it can affect our dogs. April has been designated National Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs month by the Lyme Disease Foundation.
FERRISBURGH — “Where does our food come from?” is a question to which shoppers concerned about eating local have given careful consideration in recent years.
Ferrisburgh farmer and baker Erik Andrus has a slightly different take on it: “How does our food get to us?”
Long ago waterways, not roads, were the backbone of the Northeast’s regional food system. After decades of reliance on roads and automobiles to get foods to market, Andrus is taking a journey back in time.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes American Legion Auxiliary has selected three junior girls from Vergennes Union High School to attend Green Mountain Girls’ State this year. The Auxiliary will sponsor Taylor Paquette, Phoebe Plank and Samara Sausville as they spend the week of June 16 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.
MIDDLEBURY — Jamie Gaucher has only been Middlebury’s first-ever business development director for about 10 days, but he has already mapped out what he wants to accomplish during his next 90.
Gaucher’s plan is to lay a strong foundation for job growth in Middlebury that will include setting up new software to track corporate prospects, networking with Middlebury College alumni as well as state and local economic development officials, and meeting with local business leaders to get feedback on how to fill voids in the local job market.