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September 20th, 2012
BRISTOL — Bristol police responded to a report of a potential scam on Sept. 14. A senior citizen living on Mountain Street received a letter from a company that claimed to be based in California. The resident was told to send a fee of $3,000 in order to claim his prize.
The scammers didn’t get any money this time; police were contacted, and the resident was advised that if he sent the money he wasn’t likely to see it again.
Chief Kevin Gibbs said the police department had seen similar scams in the past, and victims were not always so lucky.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police twice dealt with a drunken Bristol man in the early morning hours of Sept. 14, and the second time they issued him a citation for unlawful mischief.
Police first made contact with Daniel Fleming, 34, at about 12:45 a.m. after they were flagged down by an employee of the City Limits nightclub. The employee told them Fleming had been asked to leave the bar because he was drunk, and that bar employees suspected Fleming of taking a decorative fountain from the tavern’s entrance.
VERMONT — As the state works toward establishing the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange, which will act as the central clearinghouse from which Vermont residents and businesses alike must purchase their primary health insurance, and beyond the Exchange a Vermont single-payer health care system, a number of key dates lie on the path.
Some dates have passed: In May 2011, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 48, which called for most of the major health care reforms, and a year later the Legisature passed H. 559, which made final plans for the Health Benefit Exchange.
MIDDLEBURY — At the Ilsley Library on Sept. 13, Vermont Commissioner for Department of Vermont Health Access Mark Larson described the workings of the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange that will by 2014 will serve as the central purchasing point for all the state’s insurance plans — and touched on how the Exchange will help Vermont transition into a single-payer health care system by 2017.
MIDDLEBURY — According to the federal Affordable Care Act, all insurance plans offered in Vermont by 2014 must contain 10 essential elements.
Those are coverage for:
1. “Ambulatory patient services,” which refers to outpatient hospital care and walk-in care at medical practices.
2. Emergency care.
3. Prescription drugs.
4. Rehabilitative and chronic illness care.
6. Maternity and newborn care.
SUDBURY — A second man from the area has died from Eastern equine encephalitis.
Scott Sgorbati, 49, of Sudbury died of the mosquito-borne disease, the Vermont Department of Health announced on Tuesday evening. He was a furniture installer who was said to be in very good health before contracting the disease and being hospitalized last month.
Sgorbati’s death follows the death of 87-year-old Richard Breen of Brandon, who also contracted EEE in August and who died Sept. 4.
MONTPELIER — Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry delivered a well-orchestrated message to the Legislature’s Search and Rescue Strategic Plan Development Committee last week: The Shumlin administration has determined that search and rescue in Vermont will remain under the primary jurisdiction of the Vermont State Police.
MIDDLEBURY — Some local and state officials want the Legislature to double the funding for mosquito control and surveillance in light of two recent cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in humans.
The revelation came at a monthly meeting of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission last Wednesday at Middlebury College featuring a panel discussion on the issue.