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August 13th, 2007

Local cops train for schools' worst nightmare

August 13, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — The entrance to the library at Vergennes Union High School looks innocent enough. The door sits back about 10 feet from the hallway, flanked by windows that offer views of a computer room on one side, an office on the other, and long rows of bookshelves beyond.

But to Middlebury policeman and school resource officer Scott Fisher and another half-dozen cops with drawn guns on Wednesday, that entry looked like a death trap. Fisher called it a nightmare.

Fisher was one of 18 local police officers, eight of them full- or part-time members of the Vergennes Police Department, prowling the VUHS hallways, offices and classrooms. They were being trained by four members of the Vermont State Police Tactical Services Unit (TSU) to handle a true worst-case scenario: a shooter loose in school.

And that library entrance posed a potentially deadly problem. To those more often at VUHS, the windows are helpful: Students can find their friends, and teachers and administrators can keep an eye on what’s going on.

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Bristol eyes health center

August 13, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — A local group seeking volunteers to help start a federally funded community health center in the Bristol area, gathered to talk strategy with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., last Wednesday evening. They hope to get such a center up and running in two years.

Sanders said that a federally qualified health center would make medical services available to all area residents, not just a segment of the population.

“This is not poor people’s health care, this is community health care,” he said. “It doesn’t solve everything, but it helps.”

The Five-Town Health Alliance, which was organized over the last few years as concern about the lack of dental care in the five-town area grew, has been working with the Bi-State Primary Care Association, a group devoted to improving access to medical care in Vermont and New Hampshire, for more than a year.

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August 9th

Into the ring

SARAH HILL OF New Haven laughs as she stays one step ahead of her prancing calf, “Ginger,” and her older sister, Megan, during the peewee dairy show at Addison County Fair and Field Days Tuesday. For more photos from the fair, see Page 2A of Thursday's Addison Independent.
 Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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ANwSU tax rate goes down

August 9, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — Recently adopted residential school tax rates in the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns are lower than they were a year ago despite higher spending at the four ANwSU schools.

Although the municipal and non-residential school portion of the tax rates in Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham more often than not increased, the homestead school tax rate in those four towns fell. The residential school tax rates in Addison, Ferrisburgh and Panton dropped by about 3 cents, and the homestead rate in Waltham fell by almost 9 cents. (See box for full rate information, including municipal and non-residential rates.)

The Vergennes homestead school tax rate dropped by 99.05 cents to $1.1194 for every $100 of property value. But the city just finished a reappraisal of its property that city officials said will shift more of the tax burden from commercial property to homes, and although the residential school tax rate is lower most city homeowners will pay more in school taxes.

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Getting a second life

August 9, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Kiyup Ingraham was all set to lead a group of Middlebury College staff and students through the virtual world of Second Life recently, when the teleportation system crashed, leaving him stranded on a dance floor in Vienna. This happens sometimes, he said. Pretty soon, they’d be up and flying again.

In real life, Ingraham goes by the name Joe Antonioli and is an educational technology specialist at the college. Since last week he has been running a series of workshops to train students and tech staff in Second Life, an Internet-based virtual world where users can socialize, share digital creations and even buy and sell things for real money.

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A cannibal love story

August 9, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

MONKTON — A sense of déjà vu may fall upon anyone from the Bristol area who happens to catch the movie “Holocaust Holocaust” when it is released this fall.

Several of the zombies in the B-movie may resemble people who made large orders from local restaurants this summer. The chief of the cannibal tribe featured in the flick might look like a guy who showed up at Holley Hall a few times in the past month.

There’s a simple reason: most of the filming of the movie is taking place in the woods of Monkton. Producer Don Fetcher of Penniless Productions said that his unusual crew has received a warm welcome from people in the area.

The cast and crew of the movie have taken over Holley Hall for meetings, and scriptwriter Sofian Khan said he has taken advantage of wireless Internet access in the Bristol Bakery and Café to do last-minute script work on his laptop.

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August 6th

Swordplay

MIDDLE GROUND THEATER choreographer Colin Wulff, center, helps Sam Short, 12, left, and Silas Pohlman, 11, rehearse a swordfight scene from “MacBeth” during theater camp last Thursday morning outside the Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Porter Medical Center faces doctor crunch

August 6, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center’s staff of physicians include a number of elder statesmen like Robert LaFiandra, who has practiced internal medicine in the Middlebury area for the past 36 years. But in the coming years, the hospital will face a doctor crunch as LaFiandra and several others retire, and the hospital is trying to figure out how to fill their shoes.

“Finding people to replace me and other people of my generation is going to be a difficult problem for everybody,” LaFiandra said. He plans to retire from full-time work around the summer of 2008, but continue to practice medicine on a limited basis.

He isn’t the only one. About half a dozen other physicians will also be retiring from full-time practice within the next three to five years, or are already in semi-retirement and will stop practicing medicine completely, according to Fred Kniffin, president of the medical staff at Porter Medical Center.

“It’s going to be a huge loss when these doctors retire,” Kniffin said.

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