Archive - May 13, 2013
A statewide search and rescue protocol inspired by an Addison County tragedy has passed the Vermont House and Senate and been sent to the Governor’s office to be signed into law.
The effort to restructure the state’s search and rescue practices was launched by Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, after the hypothermia death of Levi Duclos, a 19-year-old New Haven resident. Duclos died on a Ripton hiking trail after Vermont State Police failed to initiate a ground search for more than 12 hours after he was reported missing on a frigid night in January 2012.
BRANDON — Two Canadians who moved to Vermont in September 2001 became U.S. citizens last week at the Neshobe School in Brandon.
Bryan Holland, 38, from Newfoundland, began his volunteer rescue career in Essex on Sept. 11, 2001. Arabella Finlayson, 41, moved to Burlington from Halifax, Nova Scotia, a few weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center.
“It definitely made some of my relatives nervous,” she said. “ But I really wanted to be here.”
MONKTON — Trout and strawberries have always been sought-after seasonal treats in Vermont.
Now, Silas Doyle-Burr, 25, of the Last Resort Farm in Monkton is developing an aquaponics system that will support year-round production of up to 2,000 strawberry bushes and 4,500 trout.
BRISTOL — Last week, the Mount Abraham Union High School gymnasium was transformed. The bleachers were pushed back and colorful displays of mounted paintings and drawings, shiny metalwork and intricate sculptures filled the space.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury and Vermont Hard Cider Co. officials gathered on Friday, May 10, for a groundbreaking ceremony at the Exchange Street site of the company’s new, state-of-the-art cidery, slated for completion by next spring.
The $30 million, 100,000-square-foot project is being built less than a mile from the current Middlebury facility on Pond Lane, which will continue to produce the company’s very popular Woodchuck Hard Cider. A post-and-beam barn will also welcome visitors to Woodchuck, with a gift shop, tastings and tours.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital has recently agreed to join with all other Vermont hospitals, as well as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in the newly formed OneCare Vermont Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
MONKTON — After more than a year without first response service, Monkton is poised to get its rescue squad back.
Four Monkton EMTs, led by assistant fire chief Kevin Alexander, are applying for licensure from the Vermont Department of Health and hope to be up and running in June.
“It’ll bring quicker response time,” said Alexander, an EMT who serves with Bristol Rescue in addition to his service with the Monkton Fire Department. “There’s definitely a need.”
BRISTOL — As part of their yearlong effort to increase health and safety awareness among their peers, students in the Mount Abraham Union High School Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program (VTLSP) organized and hosted a mock crash scenario and Ghost Out day on Friday, May 3.
The simulated accident scene included student actors staging a car crash caused by impaired driving. Bristol fire, police and rescue personnel as well as Vermont State Police responded to the scene, securing the vehicle and addressing the staged medical needs of the involved students.