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February 2nd, 2012
Childhood obesity is a growing public health problem in the United States. More than one-third of all children and adolescents in America are estimated to be overweight or obese, and thus at greater risk for developing heart disease and diabetes later in their lives. Childhood obesity rates in Vermont, at about 25 percent, are somewhat lower than in the nation as a whole.
BRISTOL — The planned move of the Bristol Internal Medicine doctors’ offices to the Bristol Works campus this summer could pave the way for a dentist to move into Bristol. The venue would be Bristol Internal Medicine’s soon-to-be vacated space at 6 Park Place, which at one point in its history hosted a dentist.
MIDDLEBURY — After a slow start in Monday’s home game against Mount Abraham, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team wore down the shorthanded Eagles and pulled away for a 59-36 win that snapped the Tigers’ five-game losing streak.
BRISTOL — When the teenage son of a Mountain Street resident in Bristol returned home on Jan. 17, he found two broken storm windows and the back door to the house left ajar, Bristol police report. The resident then returned home to find cash, alcohol and an expensive cigar missing.
With help from a neighbor, who witnessed the suspicious activity, Bristol police were able to identify the alleged culprit using images from Facebook. Police then arrested Jamie Weening, 16, of Bristol and cited him for burglary and possession of alcohol by a minor.
When schools lose a student to the streets it’s a compounded loss that multiplies its way through society. When students drop out, they limit their potentials and fall prey to higher divorce rates, lower incomes and fewer opportunities. They often become part of the cycle of poverty, which then traps their children. The challenge is to figure out how to keep the students in school.
Longtime Independent readers may have noticed a new byline thrown in with the usual suspects these past few weeks. Along with being the lucky winter intern for the voice of Addison County, I am the sophomore right fielder on the Middlebury Panthers baseball team. Mother Nature’s lackadaisical winter has gotten me thinking about baseball early this year and led me to ponder how we can improve on last year’s abysmal attendance.
MIDDLEBURY — Mother Nature has delivered Vermont an unseasonably tepid winter so far, leading business owners who depend on snow-related sales looking to the skies for signs of the white stuff.
“It’s been crushing for us,” said Mike Hussey, director of the Carroll and Jane Rikert Nordic Ski Center in Ripton. “Everybody is hungry to ski and just waiting for the snow.”
FERRISBURGH — Students at Ferrsiburgh Central School are striving to reduce their town’s carbon footprint, and they just took two giant steps toward their goal.