October 21st, 2010
NEW HAVEN — Authorities are warning residents of New Haven, as well as the general public, to be wary of wild animals that act strangely after a rabid raccoon attacked a local man and his brother on Summer Road near New Haven Mills this week.
Larry Buck said he was out walking with his brother, Bob, on the road near his home Tuesday afternoon when a snarling raccoon confronted them. Buck, who has been battling health problems, could not run from the animal.
The raccoon bit Buck’s knee and latched on, but Bob Buck, who was visiting from Minnesota, beat it off with Larry Buck’s cane.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School Co-principal Ed Webbley said only time will tell if the VUHS juniors did well on New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests on Oct. 5, 6 and 7.
But school officials are optimistic that years of focus on improving test scores will pay off: VUHS teachers have coordinated their efforts at helping students whose classroom work has lagged, and the school sets aside time at midday to allow teachers to give extra time to students.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School girls’ soccer team and senior goalie Erin Trombley kept visiting Woodstock at bay for 40 minutes on Tuesday, but the Wasps erupted for three goals in the first 12:21 of the second half on the way to a 4-0 win.
The Otters had chances, too: Wasp goalie Lizzy Miller made six saves, two Wasp defenders made goal-line stops, and a shot by sophomore forward Lauren Nesshoever hit the crossbar as the second half opened. One of the Wasp defensive saves followed on the rebound of that shot.
MIDDLEBURY — For Middlebury resident Stephanie Smith’s mother, Marthena Smith, slow medicine seemed to be the right fit.
Marthena Smith, who died in June at age 89, enrolled herself in Porter Hospital’s Partners in Palliative and Home Care program the previous December. She had a stomach problem, and it seemed as though she was sick all the time.
“She just made the decision to go to them herself,” Stephanie Smith said. “They empowered both me and my mother to make decisions that were best for her.”
For all of the wonderful fishing opportunities that abound in Vermont, one thing the state does not have in abundance is salmon fishing. Yes, there is some good fishing for landlocked salmon in some of the bigger lakes and their tributaries (including Champlain), but despite all of the restoration efforts there are almost no ocean-run (anadromous) Atlantic salmon that still spawn in New England waters.
St. Albans Messenger
ST. ALBANS — It’s the economy that’s behind poll numbers showing a possible Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives on Election Day, according to Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.
Nothing that the government has done has been sufficient to alleviate the suffering and anxiety of the people who’ve lost their jobs and those who fear losing them, he said.
WEYBRIDGE — Cow Power is coming to Monument Farms.
The methane digester program run by Central Vermont Public Service Corp. launched its Cow Power pilot program at Blue Spruce Farms in Bridport in 2005, and since then has added six more farms around the state. The digesters use cow manure to create electricity that CVPS buys from the farms and sells to environmentally conscious customers.
WILLISTON — For the past six years, Rep. Steve Maier has been helping shape the state’s health care reform policy from the Statehouse chambers.
The Middlebury Democrat will now implement that policy in line with the new state job he officially started on Monday: The Department of Vermont Health Access’s (VHA) “Health Care Reform - Health Information Technology Integration Manager.”
“I’m pretty excited to get started,” Maier, 54, said during a phone interview during his first day on the job with the VHA.