BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health has announced that West Nile virus was detected in mosquitoes collected on July 10 from a trap in Leicester. This is the first detection of West Nile virus this year in Vermont.
Eastern equine encephalitis virus has not been detected so far in 2013.
West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, and three people became ill with the infection in 2012.
VERGENNES — Earlier this month, students in the Building Machines summer school class at Vergennes Union High School started chatting about Mark Twain’s stories of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer’s exploits in a small Mississippi River town.
Class member Malcolm Donovan-Cook described what happened next in a course taught by Ferrisburgh resident Peter Stapleford, and for which seven 7th-, 8th- and 9th-graders had signed up to spend time working with Lego robotics and computer programming.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously agreed to apply for almost $160,000 in state grants to build the first two 600-foot segments of a bike and pedestrian pathway on Exchange Street.
Officials are seeking money for the first 1,200 feet of pathway, extending from the Exchange Street/Elm Street intersection to the driveway of MacIntyre Services. If successful with this application, the town would apply for a future grant to complete the third and final segment — from MacIntyre Services to the Exchange Street/Route 7 intersection.
BRISTOL — The WalkOver Gallery in at 15 Main St. in Bristol is showing a retrospective of the work of 88-year-old Charlotte artist Maize Bausch.
Bausch has had a career as an abstract painter for over 40 years, yet little is known about her substantial and varied body of work. She has resided and worked in Charlotte since the 1960s.
The science behind the fracking of natural gas is evolving as rapidly as the process, which began in its current manifestation in the late 1990s, and clearly poses worrisome long-term issues.
It seems like only yesterday that my grandmother drove me down to the federal offices in Portland, Maine, to get my Social Security card. This American kid — who had lived abroad for several years — was finally “legal” to get a job, sock away some retirement benefits, and perhaps get drafted into the military.