August 30th, 2012
BURLINGTON — Four mosquito pools from the Whiting area in Addison County have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus and one pool tested positive for West Nile virus.
No human cases of EEE have been confirmed in Vermont, and the last human case of West Nile Virus in was in 2003. The state traps and tests mosquitoes, and tests people and horses that have symptoms consistent with the virus. Both viruses are spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
LINCOLN — Vermont State Police “followed the Subway” to a Bristol resident they have charged with burglary in connection with an Aug. 1 break-in at the Lincoln General Store.
Police on Monday cited Josh Mayo, 21, for burglary for allegedly breaking into the Lincoln store through a side window. Once inside, authorities allege he stole around $305 in cash and $330 in cigarettes.
MONTPELIER — The Search and Rescue Strategic Plan Committee pressed forward with its legislative mandate to restructure search and rescue management in Vermont at the second of its five scheduled meetings in Montpelier last Wednesday.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-area middle- and high-school students will return to classes on Wednesday to find some new teachers and new campus improvements.
Middlebury Union Middle School Interim Principal Patrick Reen anticipates an incoming 2012-2013 class of 311 students for grades 7 and 8. That’s the most enrollees at the school since 2007-2008, he noted, and the largest seventh-grade class since 2002-2003.
WEST ADDISON — By definition a survivor is one who endures adverse or unusual circumstances. That is a description that Helen Kahrs, 78, of West Addison, fits perfectly.
First diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2005, and then hit by a second cancer diagnosis five years later, today Kahrs can happily say that she is a true survivor after years of battling cancer.
MIDDLEBURY — A local advisory board has been collecting facts and figures about the sluggish regional economy in an effort to convince the Middlebury business community about the importance of contributing toward a new business development director charged with bringing new jobs to town.
ADDISON COUNTY — The local high school sports season kicks off — literally — with two football games on Friday night. One of the first two teams in action this fall was the last team in action in the fall of 2011.
That would be the Middlebury Union football team, a perennial title contender that reached the Division I championship game a year ago in its return to D-I after two successful seasons in D-II.
Desperate times breed innovative ideas. That’s what happened on the job front in the Los Angeles area when two things happened a few years back: after 40-50 years of traffic gridlock, Los Angeles County residents finally voted to pay for the rail lines through the county. The initiative, called Measure R, required support from two-thirds of the voters. It passed with flying colors.