April 15th, 2013
MONTPELIER — When Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee chair Sen. Jeannette White, D-Windham, opened a hearing on H.182, the Search and Rescue Bill, last Wednesday she gave a nod toward Carol Ault and Kathy Duclos, who were seated in the cramped hearing room.
The two women are aunts of Levi Duclos, the 19-year-old New Haven man whose death while hiking in January 2012 launched public demand for a change in search and rescue procedures.
VERMONT — If you’ve ever seen a tick — especially if it is on you or your pet friend — you’ll never forget it. As if ticks were not bad enough, these bloodsuckers can also transmit serious diseases. While Lyme disease is fairly well known in humans, not everyone is aware of how it can affect our dogs. April has been designated National Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs month by the Lyme Disease Foundation.
FERRISBURGH — “Where does our food come from?” is a question to which shoppers concerned about eating local have given careful consideration in recent years.
Ferrisburgh farmer and baker Erik Andrus has a slightly different take on it: “How does our food get to us?”
Long ago waterways, not roads, were the backbone of the Northeast’s regional food system. After decades of reliance on roads and automobiles to get foods to market, Andrus is taking a journey back in time.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes American Legion Auxiliary has selected three junior girls from Vergennes Union High School to attend Green Mountain Girls’ State this year. The Auxiliary will sponsor Taylor Paquette, Phoebe Plank and Samara Sausville as they spend the week of June 16 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.
MIDDLEBURY — Jamie Gaucher has only been Middlebury’s first-ever business development director for about 10 days, but he has already mapped out what he wants to accomplish during his next 90.
Gaucher’s plan is to lay a strong foundation for job growth in Middlebury that will include setting up new software to track corporate prospects, networking with Middlebury College alumni as well as state and local economic development officials, and meeting with local business leaders to get feedback on how to fill voids in the local job market.
VERGENNES — Bixby Library will hold a public reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on Tuesday, April 16 at 1 p.m.
WATERBURY — The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad on March 23 retired two veteran explosive detection canines.
MIDDLEBURY — In a rematch of the 2012 Division I semifinal, the host Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team opened this past Wednesday with a convincing, 12-7 win over Rutland.
Next up for the Tigers, whose Friday home game with Woodstock was postponed, is another rematch: Defending D-I champion South Burlington, the team that knocked off MUHS in the 2012 final. The Tigers will visit the Rebels on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.